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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 city’s 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 LenSpetsSMU’s 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 it’s 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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Wednesday, Jan. 28



Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café — 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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