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Cambodia’s property boom continues despite pandemic

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The Peak, under construction, right in the heart of Phnom Penh. Supplied

Cambodia’s property sector continues to silence the naysayers with projects continuously being launched and prices remaining steady.

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a consistent performer in residential property, with interest from an increasing number of investors from mainland China, Hong Kong and the people of Cambodia, largely in the capital Phnom Penh.

Having harnessed the attention of residential investors for at least the last three years, Cambodia’s construction boom continues without any signs of dwindling.

Even with the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, real estate services firm CBRE still projects a 34 percent increase in condominium supply this year (down from the 55 percent earlier forecast for 2020). The firm is expecting a total of 28,000 units to have been completed by the end of the year, up from the current supply of 21,000 units as of the second quarter of the year (Q2).

Until a slowdown evident over the last 12 months, developers had been particularly active in Cambodia’s condominium sector and CBRE sees signs of a resurgence in this side of the market.

“The beginning of economic recovery in China has proved positive for Cambodia, with investors beginning to return to both Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. While the global travel restrictions are causing delays, it seems international interest has begun to return,” the firm notes in its Q2 market report.

James Hodge, senior director, CBRE Cambodia, said: “Cambodia still represents good value for investors. The price isn’t too high at around US$1,800-2,000 per square metre for a good quality project.  Assets here are held in US dollars, which is also attractive for many.”

Investors can also take confidence in Cambodian Government measures to improve the quality of construction of new projects.

In the opinion of Reid Kirchenbauer, founder of Invest Asian, property is one of the best ways to profit from Cambodia’s “unparalleled” economic growth since the Khmer Rouge were stopped more than 40 years ago.

“Cambodia has not suffered much of a recession in many years,” Kirchenbauer notes in a report. “It skipped the Asian Financial Crisis of the 1990s, ignored the tech bubble of the early 2000s and even outgrew the 2008 financial crisis.”

One of Cambodia’s standout developments is The Bridge. Completed in 2018 The Bridge stands tall in a prominent part of Phnom Penh, Tonle Bassac district.

Jointly developed by Singapore-based developer Oxley Holdings and Cambodia’s Worldbridge Land, The Bridge comprises  2 towers, consisting of one soaring block  for condominium units  &  the other  for SoHo, linked via sky bridges and surrounded by stunning city views.

Tower 1 and 2 each has its own unique recreational facilities. Tower 1 offers a sundeck swimming pool, children’s playground, family gym, and function halls to host private events. Tower 2 features a private rooftop pool with an adjoining gym for SoHo executives on the 39th floor.

For the last two years The Bridge has made a name for itself as one of the most respected mix used developments in Cambodia.

At 45-storeys, it is the nation’s tallest high-rise apartment complex todate.

The Bridge stands on a one hectare site in a tranquil environment, and a stone’s throw from the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers and remains as the premier residential and commercial address in the capital.


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