Omotesando’s Seihou Building to be redeveloped

A 51-year old retail and public housing building alongside Aoyama Dori Avenue in Omotesando will soon be rebuilt. The 10-storey Seihou Building was built in 1967 and has a total floor area of 6,075 sqm (65,000 sq ft). It is jointly owned by a subsidiary of Mizuho Bank and the Urban Renaissance Agency.

The new building will have a total floor area or 16,000 sqm (172,000 sq ft), more than 2.5 times the size of the older building.

Apartment prices along Tokyo’s Ginza Line in 2017

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a second-hand apartment along the Ginza subway line in 2017 was 1,047,000 Yen/sqm, down 0.8% from the previous year. The average building age was 22.4 years and the average apartment size was 56.19 sqm (605 sq.ft).

Ginza in top spot

The most expensive station was Ginza with an average asking price of 1,646,000 Yen/sqm, an increase of 17.2% from 2016. The average building age was just 5.8 years which can be attributed to the high average price, while the average apartment size was 44.9 sqm (483 sq.ft).

Apartment asking prices in Tokyo in December 2017

According to Tokyo Kantei the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sq ft) apartment across greater Tokyo was 36,150,000 Yen in December 2017, down 0.2% from the previous month but up 1.3% from 2016. The average building age was 23.1 years.

In Tokyo’s 23 wards the average asking price was 53,400,000 Yen, up 0.2% from the previous month and up 0.2% from 2016. The average building age was 22.7 years.

Share house investors left high and dry

Investors in share houses have been left struggling to make loan repayments after their subleasing companies failed to make rental payments to landlords. A non-profit support center for landlords reported over 100 calls from distressed property owners over the past month.

Two different share house operators have recently reneged on their sublease agreements with landlords.

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On January 17th, a Tokyo-based share house operator held a meeting with investors informing them that they would no longer be able to pay rent to the landlords due to financial difficulties.

40-storey apartment tower planned for Shirokane

The Shirokane 1 Chome West Central District Redevelopment Committee announced plans for two 40-storey high-rise apartment buildings. The development site is located on the western side of Shirokane Aer City, which includes the 43-storey, 134m tall Shirokane Tower apartment building.

The redevelopment will include a 140m tall, 40-storey residential building with 900 apartments and a 20m tall factory building. A town planning decision is expected later this year. Construction could start in 2021 with completion by 2025. The total project cost is estimated at 70 billion Yen (approx. 640 million USD).

Price of investment-grade studio apartments reaches record high in 2017

According to Kenbiya, a multi-listing site that specializes in investment properties across Japan, the average asking price of a studio apartment in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017 reached the highest level since record-keeping began in 2006.

The average asking price of a studio apartment in Tokyo’s 23 wards in 2017 was 19,610,000 Yen, up 9% from 2016 and exceeding a previous peak of 18,280,000 Yen recorded in 2015. In Osaka City, the average asking price was 13,810,000 Yen, up 20% from 2016.

Japan’s first Hilton Curio Collection hotel to open in Karuizawa

Tokyu Land Corporation has entered into a franchise agreement with Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open Japan’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Karuizawa.

KYUKARUIZAWA KIKYO, Curio Collection by Hilton is the rebrand of the former Kyu-Karuizawa Hotel that was acquired by Tokyu in March 2017. It is scheduled to re-open in spring of 2018. The 39-year old hotel sits on a 5,800 sqm site located 1.2km north of Karuizawa Station. Almost 90% of the 50 rooms are over 40 sqm (430 sq ft) in size.

Rent in Tokyo jumps 4.2% thanks to supply of new construction

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average monthly rent of a condominium in Tokyo’s 23 wards was 3,474 Yen/sqm in December 2017, up 4.2% from the previous month and up 3.6% from 2016. The increase was caused by a larger share of relatively new buildings which typically command higher rents, along with the release of a large number of brand new high-rise apartment towers in Shinjuku and Shinagawa.