BEIJING and NEW YORK, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirin International Holding, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: KIRI, the "Company" or "Kirin") celebrated the grand opening of its new No. 79 Courtyard residential housing project on Saturday March 26 in Xingtai, obtaining over $28 million in signed sales contracts from 142 homebuyers, with 45% making cash down payments in the first phase of the development through Sunday. "We are very pleased with the market's response to No. 79 Courtyard, which is a one-of-a-kind real estate project on an historic site at the city center of Xingtai," said Kirin Chairman and Founder Mr. Jianfeng Guo. "We sold over half of the entire first phase in one day," added Chairman Guo. Kirin is the largest private developer of residential mixed-use properties in Xingtai, North China's oldest city, and debuted on the U.S. public markets earlier this month.
No. 79 Courtyard's ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by 500 prospective homebuyers and Xingtai city officials who gathered at the project's land area of over 290,000 square meters with a total planned building area of approximately 450,000 square meters. No. 79 Courtyard is positioned as a high-end residential development with some mixed commercial use. It is expected to provide Xingtai with 2,280 new homes in total. The first phase calls for 230 residential units consisting of three- and four-bedroom apartment homes ranging from 125 to 300 square meters each at sales prices of approximately $1,000 per square meter.
Construction for No. 79 Courtyard is expected to start in the second quarter of 2011 and completion of all phases of development is planned for the last quarter of 2014. The first phase residences sold on Saturday are expected to be delivered by the end of 2012 while the final phase residences are expected to be delivered in January 2015. Kirin estimates the total development cost of No. 79 Courtyard at $380 million, with an estimated ROI of 87%.
No. 79 Courtyard is situated in a city-center location redeveloped by Kirin, where Xingtai formerly housed the famous No. 79 Division of the 27th Army of the Peoples' Liberation Army. Its wooded parkways and scenic waterways in the bustling urban center of Xingtai are being kept intact for the fully-approved parcel, modeled after the residential corridors of New York's Central Park and London's Hyde Park.
Kirin's projects are currently concentrated in the southern area of Hebei Province of the PRC, primarily in the city of Xingtai, approximately three hours south of Beijing, and nearby regions. Kirin's real estate developments target first-time, owner-occupied homebuyers consisting primarily of young urban professional families and middle class clients. According to Kirin, approximately half of Kirin's homebuyers pay cash for their housing units and another quarter of their purchasers make 50% down payments.
The Company's home market of Xingtai demonstrates the real estate development potential of China's Third Tier cities: continued urban migration, a balanced and growing economy, the need for trade up housing from an emerging middle class eager and willing to improve itself economically, and much greater relative affordability than the PRC's First Tier and megacities.
In addition to its projects in Xingtai, Kirin has started gaining knowledge on property conditions and related land and development approval procedures in Shijiazhuang of Hebei Province and in Dezhou and Tai'an of Shandong Province, and the suburban area of Tianjin, all adjacent to the Beijing-to-Shanghai high-speed rail corridor.
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