Keen interest in Tampines EC penthouse

Keen interest in Tampines EC penthouse
Above photo is An artist's impression of CityLife @ Tampines. The developers said the dual-key and larger-sized units drew the most interest.

SINGAPORE - The penthouse at an executive condominium (EC) in Tampines that sparked controversy over its lavish appointments seems to have attracted plenty of interest.

The 514-unit EC itself, City- Life @ Tampines, was more than three times subscribed with more than 1,700 applications received by the deadline yesterday.

Mr Jeffrey Hong, chief executive of marketing agent Global Property Strategic Alliance, noted that about 30 per cent of sales hotline inquiries it received were geared towards either the 4,342 sq ft penthouse or the six skysuites.

The skysuites are four- and five-bedroom units with a living or dining room that opens out to a wrap-around open terrace just below the penthouse floor.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan earlier said in a blog post that developers should remember the policy intent of ECs: to help Singaporean families earning $12,000 or less a month buy a condo for a price under the market rate.

His post came on the back of reports about a string of ECs sold at sky-high prices.

The developers, a consortium comprising Amara Holdings, Kay Lim Holdings and SingXpress Land, added that the dual-key and larger-sized units drew the most interest.

Amara Holdings chief executive Albert Teo noted that the response was "overwhelming" in the light of the project's December launch, which is typically quieter due to it being the school holidays and festive period.

CityLife opens for booking on Dec 29.

Applications for The Topiary in Sengkang, a 700-unit EC, also closed this week.

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