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S$15.5 million St Regis penthouse sale in Singapore flops after three auctions


IN THE past, a luxury penthouse for sale in Singapore would be one of the hottest properties in town. Not anymore, after a condo with an asking price of S$15.5 million failed to attract any bidders this week.

The five-bedroom suite at the St Regis Residences, with a private pool and a 180-degree panoramic view, received no offers during its third auction by realtor Knight Frank on Thursday (Mar 21). That is even after the price was lowered by 14 per cent from earlier this year.

The property, owned by the son of Indonesian billionaire Tahir, is one of many luxury homes struggling to sell in a Singapore market slammed by a 60 per cent stamp duty on foreign buyers, along with a crackdown on money laundering. The moves have slowed purchases by the super rich to a trickle.

Developers including City Developments, which built the St Regis Residences more than a decade ago, have seen their stocks pummelled as a result.

Other projects are faring little better. The Cuscaden Reserve, a luxury project near the prime Orchard Road shopping district, has slashed prices by a fifth, with nearly 70 per cent of its 192 units still unsold.

The malaise was on stark display at the auction conducted by Knight Frank. In a largely empty auditorium with fewer than 20 attendees, none of the 16 properties up for sale got any public bids – including multi-million dollar seafront villas with amenities such as private pools and elevators.

The St Regis apartment, spanning about 6,684 square feet, is owned by Jonathan Tahir, according to property records.

The Indonesian is the executive chairman of MYP, a property investment firm based in Singapore. He is a scion of the Tahir family, whose Mayapada Group conglomerate holds interests in everything from banking to healthcare.

This was the last chance for the property to sell at auction, and it will now need to be sold privately. It attracted two offers before the auction, both below the guide price. It was one of two houses in the development that were on the block, with the other being a sixth-floor apartment owned by a subsidiary of MYP. BLOOMBERG

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