Asia-Pacific’s Luxury Property Sector Set To Soar

Pent-up demand is expected to convert into supercharged activity throughout the Asia-Pacific real estate market this year, with the luxury end of the sector set to do especially well. While a general uptick is anticipated, industry sources have identified a number of individual country markets that are likely to particularly benefit from this improved sentiment.

In the case of Singapore, according to the latest Asia-Pacific Market Snapshot by global real estate brokerage Colliers, demand for bigger and better-quality spaces is expected to be particularly robust, with homeowners willing to pay a premium to secure such properties. The market is expected to be further bolstered by a growing influx of high-liquidity overseas buyers. Throughout the region, it is also expected that greener, more environmentally friendly spaces will be at a premium.

One development that is keen to burnish its green credentials is the Marina One Residences, one of Singapore’s most sought-after upscale living complexes. With its award-winning blend of luxury, spectacle, convenience and unmatched natural harmony, the Residences continue to be the preferred choice for both high-end family living and as a high-return real estate investment opportunity.

Of late, working from home and changed consumer preferences have seen the development’s three- and four-bedroom apartments emerge as its most in-demand spaces, while its penthouses also continue to attract particular attention. Its status as one of the city’s most award-winning green buildings has also proven a huge draw.

Over in the Philippines, according to Colliers, the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects is likely to spur demand. Inevitably, this will hugely reassure investors throughout the sector, while also acting to buoy rental values and reduce vacancy rates.

Benefitting from this renewed market confidence is the portfolio of new properties on offer from Ayala Land, one of the Philippines’ largest developers. Having built its reputation through the provision of superior sustainable developments, this year the company is focusing on a raft of new projects set far from the Metro Manila area.

Among its current flagship projects is Solinea, which offers city resort-style living at the heart of Cebu Business Park. Those in the know are also eyeing The Residences at Azuela Cove, a luxurious planned space enjoying panoramic views out over the Davao Gulf.

With its GDP expected to surge over the coming years, the Philippines is also set for a boom on the luxury residential front. Spearheading this is a canny example of brand extension on the part of Grand Hyatt, which has seen the 50-story Grand Hyatt Manila Residences (GHMR) South Residences acclaimed for its eclectic mix of upscale lifestyle, dining and shopping options, not to mention its 188 designer residential suites.

Set adjacent to the landmark Grand Hyatt Manila and developed by Federal Land, GHMR maintains the level of premium living the five-star hotel is renowned for, while allowing its affluent residents to enjoy it in an ongoing, uninterrupted fashion.

These and other landmark projects signal an exciting year ahead for the Asia-Pacific real estate sector.

Singapore Scales New Heights

Despite the lingering impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore is taking center stage amid a resurgence in businesses, a calibrated resumption of travel, and upbeat consumer sentiment. The city-state has clearly regained its confidence as a global financial hub, with the growing number of wealthy entrepreneurs snapping up posh homes in prime residential districts, sending prices to record highs.

Adding to signs that the Singapore economy is returning to normalcy, the nation’s economic growth climbed a reassuring 7.1% in the third quarter compared to the previous year. This nascent recovery has boosted the country’s burgeoning fintech industry and the ever-resilient luxury real estate market. No doubt, the substantial economic stimulus measures announced by the government in the most recent budget has helped to further bolster economic activity across the board.

Peak of Luxury

While the restoration of international links has empowered certain sectors, it’s the legacy of the sundry local lockdowns that has brought added vitality to some businesses. With staying at home required for some people and the preferred choice for others over the past two years, the primacy of having access to truly resplendent residential spaces has never been greater.

Residential spaces don’t come more resplendent than the Wallich Residence, a skyscraper at the heart of Singapore’s central business district. The occupants of one of Singapore’s loftiest living spaces can endure pandemic-enforced confinement in the utmost comfort.

Inevitably, demand has soared for the remaining units in this deluxe abode, which extends from the 39th to 64th floor of the Guoco Tower, the city’s tallest and most exclusive mixed use residential, office and hotel structure. Now that fine dining and cultural exploration are very much back on the menu, the ultra-connectivity of the residence’s city center location has only further enhanced its allure.

Transborder Transactions

With trade rebounding, restrictions on travel being scaled down and supply chains surging back into life, the need for efficient and unfettered digital payments into China has become a priority for many international businesses. This bodes well for Aleta Planet, a Singapore fintech firm that processes cross-border digital payments.

Founded seven years ago, the successful rollout of its flagship AP-1 digital card has positioned Aleta Planet among the major players facilitating rapid and secure payments to China-based business partners and suppliers. AP-1 allows international users to make payments in China without the need for a local bank account.

This app-based system allows payments to be cleared into UnionPay personal accounts worldwide or to qualified WeChat users in China in an instant, much faster than the 2 to 4 business days it takes via telegraphic transfer. With its mainland system in place, the company is looking to replicate its services in other jurisdictions, making it ideally equipped to meet the needs of Singapore’s increasingly global businesses.

Building On A Global Recovery

As the global economy begins to emerge from the depths of the pan­demic, real estate markets across Asia-Pacific are poised for a strong recovery in 2021. In particular, the expected easing of border and travel restrictions this year should see investors return to key growth markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

According to a recent report by global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, total real estate investment volumes (exclud­ing development sites) in Asia-Pacific are expected to bounce back in 2021 to around US$165 billion, or 90% of the level in 2019.

“This rebound in investment activity in the region is supported by greater investor confidence as Asia-Pacific leads the eco­nomic recovery across the world. The region is also riding on the positive momentum off the back of a surge in investments in the last quarter of 2020,” the report said.

In terms of asset classes, investors are expected to favor residential properties. Con­sultancy Knight Frank estimates 17 out of 22 prime markets in the residential segment will see stable to moderate price growth in 2021.

In Singapore, the residential market contin­ues to be robust, with private condominium prices rising for the seventh straight month in February. Home buyers can look forward to high-profile luxury projects being launched in the city-state this year. One such develop­ment is the upcoming Park Nova in Singa­pore’s prime Orchard Road district.

The maiden project by Hong Kong-listed developer Shun Tak Holdings, Park Nova will include 51 luxurious units and three pent­houses in a 21-story residential tower. The development, nestled amid a lush vertical garden, features a unique biophilic design.

In Hong Kong, the luxury development 8 Deep Water Bay Drive by Nan Fung Group also offers a premium green living experi­ence to residents of the bustling metropolis. Nature is a key highlight of this development, with the surrounding greenery sculpted into multilevel green spaces within the grounds.

Meanwhile, office properties are another highly sought after asset class, especially those in prime locations. As companies adjust their office occupancy needs to take into account remote working arrangements, the office market should see some increase in momentum in the second half of this year, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

One upcoming prime office develop­ment that is catering to flexible working needs is CapitaSpring, located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. The development features hybrid workplace solu­tions that offer fully integrated workspace options—including hot desks, meeting facilities, private offices and large enterprise suites—in one building. Tenants can maintain a core office for key operations and choose from a host of flexible workspace options when required.

After a subdued 2020, projects such as Park Nova, 8 Deep Water Bay and CapitaSpring are set to excite investors once again as real estate markets ride the global economic recovery in 2021.

AMOMA: Above And Beyond

Living room

Offering an exquisite blend of secluded refinement, bespoke services and contemporary design, Fuin Properties is raising the bar for luxury living in Tokyo with the much-anticipated launch of AMOMA Hiroo. Nestled along an idyllic street in a neighborhood known for its embassies and prestigious higher learning institutions, the development features seven elegant residences set within a self-enclosed sanctuary, providing unrivalled privacy within the city’s most cosmopolitan district.

Fuin Properties—cofounded by Hong Kong-based, luxury real estate trailblazers Luke Fehon and Amy Li—has a reputation for crafting residential spaces suffused with sophisticated design and a unique sense of place, and these are qualities that AMOMA Hiroo embodies throughout. From the modern Japanese-inspired lines of the lofty perimeter facade and understated entranceway, to the serene simplicity of the communal courtyard garden, to the intrinsically chic interior design of the residences themselves, the development is imbued with an aesthetic that is at once minimal and cozy.

This luxurious and authentic expression of Japanese modernist architecture has been achieved in collaboration with a team of world-leading talents, including renowned Tokyo-based firm Wonderwall, French interior styling specialist Liaigre and Japanese landscape design mastermind Seijun Nishihata. The result is a true sanctuary in which each element combines to create a sense of harmony and tranquility. 

Master bedroom

Each of the seven two-story residences has been designed to allow for the effortless flow of movement, energy and light, creating spaces that are open and airy yet warm and inviting. A palette of finishes, including natural woods, glass, stone and patinated bronze detailing, evokes a sense of calm reflection, while an individual private courtyard garden provides a meditative anchor point at the heart of each home.

The spacious kitchens, which can be customized to buyers’ specifications, are crafted from Italian marble and solid oak by Germany’s renowned Bulthaup, and are replete with the finest modern appliances from Miele, Gaggenau and Dornbracht. Other notable features include natural oak wood flooring, Japanese Hinoki wood bathtubs, and stone fireplaces, while there is also a fitness area lined with Japanese shoji screens and featuring state-of-the-art Technogym equipment.

AMOMA Hiroo is much more than just a physical space, and residents have access to a complete array of personalized services and tailored lifestyle experiences. These include key personnel such as concierge, housekeepers, private chefs and personal trainers, who are on hand round-the-clock to cater to any and every need. The developer has also partnered with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and VistaJet to ensure that residents always arrive and depart in style: a fleet of bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms driven by a team of highly trained chauffeurs is available for use 24/7, while property owners also receive a complimentary one-year VistaJet Silver membership that provides preferred access to more than 70 private aircraft.

AMOMA Hiroo is the first of four such projects currently being developed under the AMOMA brand by Fuin Properties in Japan, with additional properties planned for Kyoto, Atami and Niseko.

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Alveo Forges Ahead

Broadfield Commercial District

The Philippine economy is expected to bounce back with a vengeance next year as businesses recover their momentum. This means now is an opportune time to consider new investments on the horizon.

Alveo Land, one of the country’s most respected and reliable names in real estate, is targeting visionary business investors with its extensive and strategic project portfolio. Banking on the heritage of its parent Ayala Land, the industry leader is forging ahead with innovative and exciting developments that are sure to make a lasting impact on the new business landscape.

In the middle of Metropolitan Manila, Alveo shines with its award-winning Stiles Enterprise Plaza. This 29-story building is Alveo’s flagship office-for-sale project in Circuit Makati, Ayala Land’s booming riverside district that is the city’s latest rising business address. Integrating eclectic office and lifestyle zones with dynamic workspaces, Stiles Enterprise Plaza is designed to provide an adaptable and inspirational environment for budding creatives, startups and entrepreneurs.

Ayala Land’s Arca South development in Taguig City is emerging as a cutting-edge, technology-charged urban hub. Strategically located at the convergence of major business districts and transport corridors in Metro Manila, the estate’s progressive urban design is complemented by verdant open spaces.

Stiles Enterprise Plaza

At the hub’s gateway rises Alveo’s Tryne Enterprise Plaza, another choice office-for-sale development offering flexible workspaces for future-focused businesses. With access to diverse retail destinations and lifestyle options, this master-planned estate is the next desirable business location for savvy urbanites.

Just outside Metro Manila, Alveo is contributing to the growth of emerging economic centers with Broadfield, Ayala Land’s newest estate in the Calabarzon region. Its location is highly accessible to the game-changing Cavite-Laguna Expressway, a key corridor of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway.

Broadfield’s future-proof master plan upgrades the region to the next level, boasting green open spaces, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes and parks lined with shops and restaurants. This vibrant community will attract those seeking a healthy, invigorating environment to live, work and play in the south.

Multiple investment opportunities abound in the area—commercial land prices have quadrupled in the past 10 years. Leveraging the captive market of surrounding areas (including Laguna Technopark, multiple residential enclaves such as Alveo’s Aveia and Venido, and De La Salle University Laguna), Broadfield’s retail and commercial prospects are certain to take off as the estate progresses.

“On the road to recovery, we believe that we will see greater demand for developments that are greener, more spacious, adaptable and people-friendly,” says Robert Lao, Alveo Land President. “Thankfully, these sensibilities align with the values and principles that guide the master-planning of all our communities. Alveo is more than ready to fulfill these needs as we anticipate a brighter and healthier future for us all.”

 

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One Bangkok: Breaking New Ground In Thailand

As Thailand’s largest private-sector property development, One Bangkok is poised to break new ground in design, smart-city living and sustainability. When completed, the integrated district will become a global landmark, attracting leading businesses, tourists and locals by seamlessly connecting offices, retail, luxury hotels and residences as well as cultural and social spaces. 

A joint venture between TCC Assets Co., Ltd. and Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the THB 120 billion (US$4 billion) project’s rich mix of uses will ensure the district is buzzing with energy around the clock. The development is expected to open in 2023, with full completion slated for 2026.

“One Bangkok will reshape and redefine Bangkok’s urban landscape in a positive and lasting way as the largest private sector property development initiative undertaken in Thailand,” says Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO, Frasers Property Limited.

One Bangkok—Thailand’s largest private real estate development

One Bangkok’s masterplan proposes a set of four diverse precincts centered around a 10,000-square-meter, landscaped civic plaza. These precincts are connected on multiple levels, and each includes a retail and lifestyle element at lower levels to create a vibrant streetscape, with towers for working and living rising above. The integrated development will be easily accessible as it is directly connected to Bangkok’s MRT train network.

Five Concepts in One

With a combined office net lettable area of almost 500,000 square meters, One Bangkok is able to house more than 500 local and international organizations at what will be the city’s most prestigious corporate address.

Leading brands, meanwhile, will have a new and exciting platform to engage their customers with fresh concepts and spaces across four connected retail precincts, which will encompass about 450 stores over 180,000 square meters. 

All towers at One Bangkok are designed to maximize views of Lumphini Park.

With five hotels, One Bangkok will also cater to all tastes of travelers, whether they are seeking a luxury experience or a boutique offering. The first luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangkok is scheduled to open in 2023.

Those seeking the finest residences in Bangkok, meanwhile, will have their pick of three luxury residential towers located at the north end of the district, offering unprecedented views of Lumphini Park and the city beyond. The first residence, located atop The Ritz-Carlton, Bangkok on levels 26-49, will comprise just 110 ultra-luxury units of two to four bedrooms that will launch in early 2020.

Crowning the sprawling One Bangkok integrated development will be the 430-meter Signature Tower, which will feature office spaces and a super luxury hotel. Set to become one of ASEAN’s 10 tallest buildings when completed, the Signature Tower will offer visitors panoramic views of the city and become a stunning addition to the city’s skyline. One Bangkok will also be a hub of culture, featuring public art and learning spaces as well as performing arts events and concerts all year round. 

Says Sirivadhanabhakdi, “We believe One Bangkok is an offering worthy of what Thailand’s capital can deliver on the world stage, and our goal is to see the country become the very epicenter of ASEAN.”

For more information, please visit:

www.onebangkok.com

 

Looking For Gems In The Global Real Estate Market

Developers continue to redefine the Singapore city skyline.

Despite global economic headwinds, there is value to be found in Asia’s real estate sector if one knows where to look.

In terms of individual markets, Singapore’s residential market continues to be a safe haven for foreign buyers seeking not just profits, but also capital preservation. Looking to capitalize on this trend, developers are rolling out ultraluxury developments that cater to the region’s wealthy in some of Singapore’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

For instance, the upcoming 3 Orchard By-The-Park is a short stroll away from the UNESCO World Heritage site, Singapore Botanic Gardens, while luxury boutiques, five-star hotels, embassies and Michelin-starred eateries of the premier Orchard Road belt are just minutes away. Launched by the YTL Group, the development features the signature touch of world-renowned architect Antonio Citterio.

Meanwhile, Frasers Property is offering homebuyers a rare riverfront living experience along the historical Singapore River. When completed, the Rivière will form part of a highly attractive cluster of waterfront developments as well as food and beverage and lifestyle outlets.

Innovative players such as Guocoland are transforming the city-state’s central business district. The developer is behind iconic properties such as Singapore’s tallest building, Guoco Tower, a unique 5-in-1 integrated development located in the heart of the CBD.

Reflecting their global ambitions, Singapore’s real estate developers are extending their footprint abroad as well. For instance, Pontiac Land Group is part of the development team behind the upcoming 53 West 53 skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The 82-story building is designed by famed French architect Jean Nouvel.

Malaysia is also well-positioned for growth. The residential property market in the country recorded a higher value of transactions in the first nine months of the year for the primary market compared with the whole of 2018, according to international real estate federation FIABCI. Malaysia’s National Housing Policy 2.0, which was launched by the Housing and Local Government Ministry at the start of the year, has helped address affordability issues and boost demand in the housing market.

One company that has capitalized on this potential is UEM Sunrise Berhad, a leading property developer in Malaysia. UEM Sunrise has posted an uptick in revenue over the past few years and appears to be on track for another year of growth in 2019.

In the face of an uncertain and evolving landscape, there are bright spots to be found in the region’s real estate market for discerning buyers with an eye for value and quality.

Luxury Living On The River Of Kings

ICONSIAM Superlux Residence is proud to announce the launch of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. This project marks the hotel group’s seventh residence project worldwide and its first in Southeast Asia. The newly unveiled project offers unparalleled luxury accommodation coupled with the renowned style, service and excellence for which Mandarin Oriental is known.

With the opening of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, located diagonally across the Chao Phraya River from the hotel, you can enjoy a more permanent stay under this iconic brand. As the most recent addition to the innovative ICONSIAM megacomplex—a new landmark addition to Thailand’s capital, which plays host to The Residences— Magnolia Development Corporation provides everything required for a new standard of luxury living realized through its pioneering vision.

A Harmony of Modern and Traditional

The Residences are comprised of 146 exclusive units and amenities across 52 floors, designed by renowned Joyce Wang Studio, which has put its unique stamp on landmark luxury hotels, residences and restaurants in major cities, including Las Vegas, Vancouver, Shanghai and Hong Kong. This latest project, the studio’s first in Bangkok, secured the South East Asia Property Awards 2016 for best residential interior design.

The building itself—one of the tallest in the city—with its grand entrance and lobby, was inspired by traditional Bangkok architecture as well as the form of the Chao Phraya River, which teems with traditional and modern life beside the Residences. Great attention to detail has been paid throughout the property, with top-quality wood, stone and metal structures designed and built in concert with space and light.

The lavishly designed structure is tastefully decorated with selected antiques, custom artworks and the finest local artisanal crafts, all handpicked to blend harmoniously with the building’s architectural style.

Much more than an architectural and artistic showpiece, the Residences were carefully conceived to foster a sense of community with social spaces and other beautiful communal areas open to all residents, including more than 1,600 square meters of gardens.

It all starts on the ground floor, with the impressive Grand Residential Lobby, the Chao Phraya Lounge (also available for private functions) and the Mandarin Gallery lounge area.

The 4th and 5th floors are dedicated to the River Clubhouse facilities, featuring the River Terrace with an outdoor lawn area and sunbathing deck, an outdoor infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and barbecue terrace, as well as the Garden Loft dining area and kitchen. For the kids, a children’s pool and an indoor and outdoor playroom are on offer.

Other facilities to keep the family pleasantly engaged include a golf simulator and a game room, as well as a private fitness and wellness studio and a fully equipped gym.

On the 36th floor is the Sky Pavilion, which includes the Oriental Salon, a formal lounge and the Siam Salon function room (also available for private functions).

Luxury Residences to Suit Your Lifestyle

Each freehold condominium unit has been designed to enhance its inhabitants’ lifestyle and privacy. There is a selection of varying dimensions and layouts, all featuring uninterrupted views of the Chao Phraya “River of Kings.” All units are available fully furnished.

The 2-bedroom units range from 128 to 165 square meters, while 3-bedroom units are of 222 to 228 square meters. Both configurations include generously sized bedrooms and central living areas.

Ultra-luxury penthouses range from 385-square-meter residences to two-story, 710-square-meter units, featuring private lifts and spectacularly large living spaces, with ceilings more than three meters high, natural light and incredible views of the river and the Thai capital far below.

A range of amenities are available to residents, such as around-the-clock concierge services provided by trained Mandarin Oriental staff. Owners are invited to join the Residences Elite Programme to enjoy bespoke benefits while at home, and VIP recognition and benefits while staying at any Mandarin Oriental property around the world.

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the THB54 billion (US$1.8 billion) ICONSIAM megacomplex has broken new ground with its dining, entertainment, leisure, cultural and shopping opportunities.

Since its opening, ICONSIAM has changed perceptions of what constitutes the city center of present-day Bangkok, by bringing vibrant life back to the banks of the river where the city was originally founded. While being easily accessible by road, river and rail, the upcoming gold line monorail link, scheduled to open next year, also offers an alternative route to the location.

The 20-acre site features spectacular water and fire installations along 400 meters of parkland riverfront, where the public can relax and watch the river flow. Here, modern international lifestyle joins hands with Thai tradition. This pioneering 10-story space provides the best the country has to offer, and since its opening late last year has been attracting countless local and international visitors to shop and enjoy Thai culture.

Offerings include movie and live theaters, a full range of international brand shops across 525,000 square meters of retail floor space, an indoor floating market, a mind-boggling selection of local and international cuisine, and the River Museum, a joint venture with the Ministry of Culture’s Fine Arts Department. The enormous complex includes the Magnolia Residences as well as a Hilton hotel.

And now, with The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, the ICONSIAM project is complete; a comprehensive luxury lifestyle is available entirely onsite that caters to residents’ needs and desires.

 

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Frasers Property: Building Multinational Real Estate Platforms

One Bangkok

Over the years, Frasers Property has evolved into a multinational real estate company that owns, develops and manages a diverse, integrated portfolio of properties covering five asset classes and six REITs. Listed on the Singapore Exchange, the group’s S$33.6 billion (US$24.5 billion) in assets range from residential, retail, commercial and business parks, to industrial and logistics in Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and China. It is also well-established in the hospitality business, where it owns and operates serviced apartments and hotels in over 70 cities.

This year, Frasers Property has focused its efforts on building a resilient and sustainable business, specifically by building up some of its key platforms.

An Integrated Industrial and Logistics Platform

In October, the group formed an integrated industrial and logistics platform, Frasers Property Industrial, combining its industrial and logistics operations in Australia and Europe that represent about S$5.4 billion (US$3.9 billion) in assets under management. Frasers Property Industrial offers modern, sustainable industrial real estate including logistics facilities, warehouses and production facilities in strategic locations across Europe and Australia. The integrated unit is also actively leveraging its strong connection with the group’s operations in Thailand, where Frasers Property Thailand is one of the nation’s largest industrial and logistics operators.

Creating Scale in Thailand

In recent months, Frasers Property Thailand completed its acquisition of 94.5% of shares in Golden Land Property Development Plc. This acquisition is an important milestone in its journey in Thailand as the two leading real estate developers come together to become a leading integrated real estate platform in Thailand, giving Frasers Property a balanced and diversified property portfolio spanning across industrial and logistics, residential, commercial and hospitality.

Frasers Property Holdings Thailand is the development manager for One Bangkok. When completed, One Bangkok is anticipated to be Thailand’s largest fully integrated district, and the group sees it becoming a new global landmark.

The group’s capabilities in mixed-use developments are not limited only to Thailand. In Singapore, its mixed-used development portfolio includes Northpoint City, which is the group’s first suburban mall as well as the largest integrated development in the north of Singapore.

Central Park Sydney

In Sydney, its Central Park development’s iconic and globally award-winning architecture with public green spaces have transformed the city’s downtown since the complex’s launch in 2014.

A Leading Retail Operator in Singapore

Its retail business has also been growing rapidly. A recent move to develop a retail focused platform to realize its aspirations in Singapore demonstrates its intent to build meaningful scale in a fast-evolving local retail landscape. Frasers Property Retail has assets valued at more than S$8 billion (US$5.8 billion), which includes its retail assets across Frasers Property Singapore, its REIT, Frasers Centrepoint Trust, and the group’s strategic investments in PGIM Real Estate AsiaRetail Fund. Its retail properties are located in populous residential areas that enjoy good connectivity to Singapore’s public transportation system, giving its properties a stable footfall and healthy mall occupancy.

“Frasers Property aspires to be a world-class, multinational owner-operator-developer of real estate products in resilient markets and a provider of real estate services, complementary to our investments. As we continue to strengthen our platforms in a rapidly evolving real estate industry, we will seek ways to redefine experiences for our customers,” says Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property Limited.

Standing Tall In Asia’s Real Estate Market

The Asia-Pacific real estate market has ridden a wave of expansion over the past decade, powered by robust economic growth and strong capital inflows into the region. However, recent headwinds have emerged to threaten the continued growth of the sector. These challenges—ranging from the continued trade spat between the U.S. and China to rising borrowing costs—have persisted into 2019, resulting in heightened uncertainty.

Amid the volatility, however, lies unique developments and concepts that have risen above the competition to grab the attention of investors and buyers. One luxury residential project that has literally taken Singapore’s real estate market to new heights is the Wallich Residence—a one-of-a-kind development that offers an ultra-exclusive, urban-living experience in the heart of the city’s business district.

Developed by GuocoLand, Wallich Residence is perched atop Singapore’s tallest building—the 290-meter Guoco Tower—which has helped elevate the profile of downtown Tanjong Pagar district, one of Singapore’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

Also injecting a dose of vibrancy into the premium end of Singapore’s residential market is the luxurious Marina One Residences, which launched unit sales at its second tower this year. This groundbreaking project is the result of a historic collaboration between Malaysia’s and Singapore’s state-owned investment funds.

More exciting launches are in the pipeline. For instance, developer Aurum Land is introducing a new living concept that combines nature and art in a prime lifestyle district. The Hyde condominium will offer an oasis of tranquility in bustling Singapore, with the lush foliage of Goodwill Hill providing the residence with an air of exclusivity, while high-end boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants lie minutes away on Orchard Road.

Projects such as these helped boost prime residential prices in Singapore by 9.1% in 2018 to S$3,480 (US$2,565) per square foot as buyers returned to the market in force, according to property consultancy Knight Frank. While the growth trend stalled when the government introduced new cooling measures in July, analysts say a severe price correction in 2019 is unlikely given the city’s stable economic fundamentals.

In Hong Kong, the city’s prime housing prices rose 3.9% in 2018 to HK$33,956 (US$4,328) per square foot, decelerating from a 7.3% increase a year earlier, data from Knight Frank showed. But like Singapore, differentiated offerings are expected to continue to do well over the long term.

One such development is Discovery Bay on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. Located between the waters of the South China Sea and tree-lined hills, this once-barren land was transformed in the 1980s by developer HKR International Limited into a 650-hectare, world-class, resort-style residential development. As Hong Kong’s largest, low-density, premium integrated development, Discovery Bay is highly sought after by families seeking a vibrant child- and pet-friendly community within the territory.

Over on Hong Kong island, meanwhile, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited iconic Victoria Harbour residential project is making waves in the market, with the development’s luxury apartments in high demand and registering record prices.

Against a backdrop of uncertainty, investors should take the opportunity to refine their real estate strategies and identify developers and projects that can help build resilience against market volatility into their portfolios.