Unlocking synergies of urban branded residences in Vietnam

July 15, 2021 | 15:00
With strong economic growth forecasts and the increasing exposure of Vietnamese consumers to global standards of living, the luxury residential market is starting to discover the new concept – urban branded residences.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese economy, unlike most others, was able to escape a contraction in 2020 thanks to competent handling of the health crisis, producing growth of 2.91 per cent. According to the World Economic Outlook Report, a survey by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Vietnam's economic growth is one of the four highest rates in the world.

Vietnam's economy is expected to grow five times by 2035, becoming the 19th largest economy in the world, says UK consultancy the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) in its annual league table on the growth prospects of 193 economies. The country’s GDP growth is forecast at 7 per cent a year over the next five years, and 6.6 per cent in the subsequent decade, reaching a nominal GDP of $1.59 trillion – a nearly five-fold increase in 15 years, going past major Asian economies like Taiwan and Thailand.

Riding the economic waves, the rich population in Vietnam posted the world’s second-fastest growth over the past decade. The country’s average annual growth rate of the number of people with a net worth of $5-30 million, categorised as very high net worth (VHNW) individuals, reached 13.9 per cent during 2010-2019, says Wealth-X, a leading global wealth information and insight provider.

Unlocking synergies of urban branded residences in Vietnam
Wealth-X ranks Vietnam among the world’s top wealth markets (Photo: Wealth-X)

The affluent class is forecast to grow strongly in the next five years. By 2025, Vietnam will have 511 ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) with a net worth of at least $30 million each and 25,812 high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) with assets of at least $1 million, says The Wealth Report 2021 put out by Knight Frank. This translates to a growth rate of more than 30 per cent in the next five years.

The era of “Branded Living”

As top international luxury brands make a foray in Vietnam, the growing and globally-mobile high-net-worth population in Vietnam is aware of which car they want to own and which style of clothes they want to wear. They now seek the same branding experience in their home too.

The strategic partnership introduced urban branded residences to the Vietnamese property market and will deliver unparalleled ultra-luxury living to discerning wealthy customers.

Branded residences, which are normally a partnership between a brand (often a hotel operator) and a developer, is not a new concept internationally or even locally. However, it is an emerging segment in Vietnam.

In January 2021, Marriott International and Masterise Homes entered a milestone partnership to bring the hotelier’s first branded residences projects to Vietnam. The agreement is set to allow Masterise Homes to extend its development expertise into Vietnam’s fast-growing luxury real estate market, leveraging Marriott International’s global brands such as Marriott, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The strategic partnership introduced urban branded residences to the Vietnamese property market and will deliver unparalleled ultra-luxury living to discerning wealthy customers.

Unlocking synergies of urban branded residences in Vietnam
Signing between Masterise Homes and Marriott International. Photo: Masterise Homes

This mirrors the trend worldwide, where more than 60 per cent of branded residential schemes are in major urban centres, said Matthew Powell, director of Savills Hanoi.

“We feel this trend will become more established over the next few years as the approach delivers superior, guaranteed quality, proven luxury with brand recognition and ‘5-star standard’ service, which also reassures investors and property developers themselves, let alone the attached price-premium. We see opportunities and potential growth in this high-end sub-segment,” Powell emphasised.

Putting Vietnam into the spotlight

The first urban branded residences project as a result of the partnership between Marriott International and Masterise Homes is Grand Marina, Saigon, which comprises eight residential towers with some 4,500 ultra-luxury branded units from two Marriott International brands – JW Marriott and Marriott, and is also Marriott’s largest ever.

Unlocking synergies of urban branded residences in Vietnam
Marriott’s first branded residence project in Vietnam is also its largest. Photo: Masterise Homes

With branded units starting at $1 million, its price is comparable to the current selling prices of other branded residences in the region such as The Residences at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok or The Residences at the St. Regis Singapore.

The success of two launches in Hong Kong and Vietnam proved a large number of customers are confident that its quality could also compare to branded residences in the region. Grand Marina succeeded in elevating the benchmark of luxury living in Vietnam to international standards and establishing a new real estate sector in Vietnam: branded residences. Marriott brand association offered global recognition for not only the residences and their owners but also Vietnam’s real estate market on the world map.

David Jackson, CEO of Colliers Vietnam wrote: “Grand Marina Saigon backed by Marriott International has created confidence among customers both locally and abroad. The well-known brand has attracted many buyers, and Vietnam’s real estate has attracted many foreign investors who are looking at alternative markets with higher upside potential when investment opportunities in their own countries are becoming saturated.”

Jason Turnbull, deputy managing director cum CFO, Masterise Homes confirmed the developer’s plan to introduce more branded residences associated with Marriott International brands in 2021 in Vietnam’s prime locations of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

“The launch of branded residential projects with global-standard design, construction, and operation will bring a new level of ultra-luxury living to Vietnam and put the country’s real estate market in a higher position regionally and internationally. They will also offer a global address for the world’s elites and successful entrepreneurs, shining a light on opportunities in Vietnam and ultimately attracting more foreign investment to the country and contributing to stronger economic growth,” said the Masterise executive.

By Ha Thuy

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