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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.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


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Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


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Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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