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St. Petersburg Experiencing Housing Glut

Published: July 9, 2014 (Issue # 1819)



  • Glavstroi-SPB has just started selling units in North Valley, their newest residential complex.
    Photo: Glavstroi-SPB

The amount of new housing available in the St. Petersburg real estate market for the first six months of 2014 is up 67 percent more than a year ago. The main introduction of new housing into the market came in the first quarter while the demand had stopped by the arrival of summer.

In the first half of the year, 1.4 million square meters of housing was commissioned, according to the citys Committee for Construction. In the first half of 2013, 948,000 square meters were built.

In the first quarter, according to the committee, 934,000 square meters were put on the market, an increase of 60 percent. From February to April, interest in buying a home was attributed to currency fluctuations and people actively invested in housing still under construction, said Alexei Gusev, commercial director for the construction company Glavstroi-SPB.

According to Gusev, in April Glavstroi-SPB started renting out their fifth completed residential complex North Valley, which has a total area of 98,000 square meters.

By the end of the year there will be a total of over 470,000 square meters in North Valley. In the first half of the year, the average price per square meter was 70,000 rubles ($2,047), which is 5 percent higher than the year before, Gusev said.

Despite the high demand at the beginning of the year, prices for the first half of the year increased by only 2.9 percent when compared to last year in January and by June there was an increase of only 0.5 percent, said Irina Onishchenko, director of LenSpetsSMUs sales department. A large number of new projects entering the market have kept the prices high and an increase in prices of 7 to 9 percent is expected by the end of the year, she predicted.

According to Inna Malinovskaya, a spokesperson for the Group of Companies Center of Shared Construction, or CDS, the average price for the mass-market segment starts from 65,000 to 75,000 rubles ($1,900 to $2,200) for 1 square meter, depending on the location, the quality of the housing and whether or not its under construction. According to Malinovskaya, demand remains high.

Despite more housing being constructed, it is selling at about the same rate as last year approximately 2 million square meters in the first half of the year, said Onishchenko,.

By the end of the year, approximately 4 million square meters of housing will be made available for sale, according to Gusev. Denis Babakov, Commercial Director for LSR Real Estate North-West, is more optimistic, predicting 5 million square meters, but only under favorable market conditions and if all planned buildings are put up for sale.





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although thesand sculptures at the Peter and Paul Fortress are more centrally located and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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