SP Setia Bhd plans to launch four new residential projects with an estimated gross sales value RM546mil on the island beginning this December and next year.
SP Setia property (North) general manager S. Rajoo told StarBiz that the projects comprised the RM175mil Setia Greens, RM60.5mil Brook Residences, RM170mil Setia V Residences, and the RM139mil Pearl Villas in the Setia Pearl Island scheme.
Setia Greens, comprising 149 three-storey terraces and 18 semi-detached houses with dual frontage in Sungai Ara, would be launched in December.
“The selling price starts from RM918,000 onwards for terraced units with built-up areas ranging from 2,400sq ft and 3,200sq ft.
“The selling price for the semi-detached units, with built-up areas of around 3,300sq ft, is around RM1.6mil onwards,” he said.
Subsequently the group would launch Brook Residences in February 2011 and the Pearl Villas in April, and Setia V Residences in the second half of next year, Rajoo said.
“The Brook Residence in Brook Road, a prime residential area near Jesselton Road, comprises 11 luxurious bungalows priced from RM5.8mil onwards, while the Pearl Villas comprise 35 bungalows priced from RM2.8mil onwards.
“The Setia V Residences project in Kelawei near Gurney Drive, comprising 67 luxurious condominiums, tentatively priced from RM2.8mil onwards,” he said.
Rajoo said Setia Greens would be the northern region’s first Green Building Index-rated project.
“What makes the project unique are the environmental features such as solar water heater, rain-water harvesting system, water efficient fittings, and cool roof system for each unit.
“We are using a special low-volatile organic compound paint for the project,” he said.
Rajoo said these new projects were targeted at the executives working in the south-west district of the island as well as investors.
For the nine months of SP Setia’s fiscal year ended July 31, 2010, the group’s projects from Penang contributed close to RM150mil or about 10% of the RM1.95bil revenue posted for the nine month period.
“We are confident that the contribution from Penang this fiscal year closing Oct 31, 2010 will hit over 10% of the targeted RM2bil revenue of the group.
“Setia Vista, Reflections condominium, and the new semi-detached launches in Setia Pearl Island contributed significantly from Penang,” he said.
Rajoo said Penang would continue to play an important revenue generating role in the group’s property development business.
“We will continue to look for land in prime locations either to develop on our own or on a joint-venture basis,” he added.
Meanwhile, Henry Butcher (Malaysia) Penang director Dr Teoh Poh Huat said high-end properties were still sustainable in Penang, as there were now overseas Malaysians investing in the island’s property market.
“These are overseas Malaysians earning pounds and US dollars, who are buying high-end properties with the view to come home to stay one day.
“This segment is playing an increasingly important role in the Penang high-end property market developed by branded developers,” he said. - By David Tan (The Star)