5 Reasons People Love Parc Clematis Condominium!

When you think about the “Clementi” district, there is no doubt it is one of the most popular locations in Singapore. When word had it that Parc Clematis is about to launch, demand was buzzing non-stop! It is not hard to see why.

Parc Clematis is a hot favourite among buyers in 2020. It is not hard to see why.

Parc Clematis, a picture of sophistication and modern luxe living

Developed by SingHaiyi, Parc Clematis (formerly Park West condominium) is situated right at the heart of a private residential estate of Jalan Lempeng, just a stone’s throw away from Clementi MRT station.

With a lack of private condominium property located close to Clementi MRT station, when Parc Clematis was launched, many people who are staying in the West area and intended to upgrade would consider Parc Clematis as their top choice. 


Parc Clematis Fact Sheet

Property Type: Condominium
Tenure: 99 years
Address: 2 Jalan Lempeng, Singapore 128793
Built: 2023
Gross Floor Area: 11,484.8 sqm, 123,622.0 sqft
Blocks: 28
Units: 1,467
Floors: 24
Carpark Lots: 1,477
Developer: Sing Haiyi


Here are 5 reasons why Parc Clematis is so popular with buyers that got them buying even during this COVID-19 season.

1. Exceptional planning of compound units in Parc Clematis

Parc Clematis is separated into 4 different classes of units that cater to a wider range of buyers each fulfilling a different lifestyle preference. This thoughtful planning would mean that unlike a cookie-cutter residential compound, Parc Clematis has more customization within each unit that would better fit your lifestyle. There is a range of price differentiation across these classes.

Parc Clematis - Overall Facilities Plan and Overview.

Parc Clematis – Overall Facilities Plan and Overview

Parc Clematis - Overall Facilities Plan and Overview (Legend)

Parc Clematis – Overall Facilities Plan and Overview (Legend)


Signature

Parc Clematis Signature units

Parc Clematis Signature units

Exuding a premium resort aura, the Signature unit is equipped with smart home living facilities, including an IOT gateway, smart plugs, air-conditioning control, and digital lockset at your door. Perfect for the professional that needs a comfortable and intelligent living space to suit any busy lifestyle.


Contemporary

Parc Clematis Contemporary units

Parc Clematis Contemporary units

This avant-garde resort blocks would be the dream of trendy and fun owners, providing a fantastic array of lifestyle facilities. Life stays in style here, with a cool monochromatic grey outlook that emanates a timeless architectural look.


Elegance

Parc Clematis Elegance units

Parc Clematis Elegance units

With a classy earth-toned touch of Asian sophistication in the architectural design, Elegance units are closer to the leisure kids’ pool, dining pavilion and other recreational facilities, suitable for both the young and young at heart. 


Masterpiece

Parc Clematis is a hot favourite among buyers in 2020. It is not hard to see why.

Parc Clematis Masterpiece units

Exclusivity is the name of the game for luxury lovers looking at a Masterpiece bungalow or terrace unit, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the compound. Owners of a Masterpiece unit enjoy private lush landscaped gardens, providing a resort style ambience.

Classy living and dining area that will impress any guest that walk through those doors.

Classy living and dining area that will impress any guest that walk through those doors.

Parc Clematis also has the popular dual key unit options across 2-bedroom and 3-bedrooms units. Dual key condo units consist of two apartments alongside one another, and are legally considered as  one property.

The Master Bedroom exuding luxury hotel vibes.

The Master Bedroom exuding luxury hotel vibes.

Buying a dual key unit would allow the buyers to bypass the ABSD while buying “two property sub-units”. Naturally as such, one of the top choices that Singaporeans look at is a dual key unit.

Smart fittings throughout the units that would make you feel like you transported into the future.

Smart fittings throughout the units that would make you feel like you transported into the future.


2. Unrivalled convenience of residing in Clementi

Parc Clematis is a hot favourite among buyers in 2020. It is not hard to see why.

Clementi Mall provides nearly every daily necessity you may ever need.

A huge plus of Parc Clematis is its proximity to Clementi MRT station and Clementi Central’s malls and retail outlets, including: Clementi Mall, CityVibe, Courts superstore, and Clementi 321 mall. From Parc Clematis, it is only 4-minutes by car to these malls, where you can buy groceries at NTUC Fairprice, watch a movie, manage your banking needs and more. There is also a huge offering of neighbourhood hawker centres, coffee shops and markets with many locals’ favourite stalls that make for a vibrant area.

Parc Clematis is a hot favourite among buyers in 2020. It is not hard to see why.

Clementi is at a sweet spot on the Singapore SMRT Transport map.

Just one MRT stop away, you will find yourself at Jurong East with other malls – Westgate, JEM, JCube and IMM where all major retail brands available in Singapore can be found.


3. Parc Clematis is also perfect for families with young children

Nan Hua Primary School is located on the same street as Parc Clematis, 4 minutes away on foot.

Nan Hua Primary School is located on the same street as Parc Clematis, 4 minutes away on foot.

The Clementi area is one of the prime locations to be in for families with school-going children across all ages. Parc Clematis is located near prestigious educational institutes across a range of primary, secondary to tertiary education. Families can choose this location for their children’s entire education journey. Here is the list of schools nearby within 2km radius of Parc Clematis:

Kindergarten: PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Bukit Timah 319 Kindergarten

Primary Schools: Nan Hua Primary School, Clementi Primary School, Qifa Primary School, Peitong Primary School

Secondary Schools: Clementi Town Secondary School, Tanglin Secondary School

JC/ Tertiary: Anglo-Chinese Junior College, National University of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic


4. Attractive to tenants, great for investors

Classy luxury living that would be perfect for any discerning buyer.

Classy luxury living that would be perfect for any discerning buyer.

Parc Clematis’ location appeals especially to a vast population of potential tenants that could afford luxury living. This includes expats working in the business park at the One-North area, professors working in the tertiary institutes nearby, and also expats working in the CBD who want to be living in a more residential area.

It would also attract parents who are looking for a home near the prestigious Nan Hua Primary School. As compared to the other condominium compounds nearby, Parc Clematis is relatively larger with more well-equipped and newer facilities, making it the preferred choice of tenants.


5. Top choice for home owners who need both practicality and luxury

Besides investors, Parc Clematis will appeal to owner-occupiers who appreciate convenience and practicality alongside the luxuries that the condo has to offer within! Across the sprawling estate of 633,644 square feet, the gorgeous beach-like pool takes centre-stage that is unlike any other condominium pool.

Besides that, with three 50-metre lap pools, hot tubs, two jacuzzi alcoves and a hydrotherapy pool, owners will be spoilt for choice on where to relax around the compound.

There are also many pet-friendly gorgeous dining and relaxing pavilions and BBQ pits to lounge at or to hang out with friends and furry mates.

For younger buyers that would like to stay nearer to their parents, this is also likely one of the last launches in this popular mature estate. The Jalan Lempeng luxury estate is also surrounded by two other condominiums, Regent Park and The Trilinq, and the Faber Hills landed enclave.

You may be looking at resale condominiums instead of brand new condominiums, for that, read our previous post that compares between new launch or resale condominium flats.


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Trying forever to BTO with your partner? Seal the deal with Resale Flats!

You have found someone to BTO with, but found it difficult to secure your dream home? You are definitely not alone. You may start to think about choosing a resale flat instead.

Common unspoken dilemmas: BTO applications sometimes take way too long.


In some situations, applying for BTO with your partner may not be the most efficient.

After all, in order to successfully BTO, the entire process takes time, a lot of research and one element that is out of your control: luck. BTO refers to the built-to-order flats which the government launches every few months for Singaporeans to purchase. There is also a list of eligibility criteria to fulfill in order to buy BTO flats. But it is often preferred because it is relatively cheaper, and buyers believe they make a good investment option.

Trying forever to BTO with your partner? Seal the deal with Resale Flats!_Home Quarters SG_KC Ng Keng Chong

However, BTO flats are often oversubscribed, especially the ones located in popular estates such as Kallang, Bidadari and Clementi. There are many cases in which couples make more than 3 BTO attempts and still are not able to obtain a BTO unit. On top of this difficulty, couples would also need to wait about 3-4 years before they can move in because the BTO flats need time to complete construction and renovation.

We have met many of our friends and clients who are in this unfavourable situation. Due to their personal timelines and reasons, they may not be able to wait or attempt for BTO flats repeatedly. Staying with their parents or in-laws could be an option, but not always. If that is the case, we would recommend that you start your first home with a resale flat. What are the pros and cons of getting a resale flat? Let’s break it down for you:


Choosing Your Preferred Location – something you would do even when you are choosing your BTO with your partner.

The number one advantage of getting a resale flat is to pick your preferred location. Getting a unit in a convenient location would help you cut down on hours on your daily commute to work or to town. It is also a timeless advantage when it comes to selling your unit in future.

After narrowing down the estates that you and your partner like, you can start looking for specific units for house-viewing. For couples who want to stay close to their parents, you do not have to wait for a BTO launch to occur in your neighbourhood. Furthermore, the government is no longer rolling out BTO launches in mature estates.

Buying a resale flat will give you greater control over which unit you would stay in eventually.

Check out the transportation network, the traffic noise in an existing thriving neighbourhood.


Greater Control Over Your Preferred Unit

Resale flats provide you an accurate sensing of what living in the unit would actually be like. You could visit the place and do a complete house viewing, know the neighbours, take note of traffic noise, transportation options, and surrounding facilities. There is also 100% certainty in the layout and space allocation for renovation and living space.

As compared, for BTO flats, you will neither know who your neighbours will be, nor will you know the final look of your flat. These are key considerations of living in a home which you will rely on your luck for. Facilities and traffic conditions may change over the course of the construction of the BTO flats as well, during which you would not be able to predict completely.

For resale flats, quick transactions can allow you to move in within 2 months but for BTO flats, you would have to wait for about 3 – 4 years. If you prefer to have control over your home purchase, resale flats would be a better choice for you.


Flat Features & Flat Size

Resale flats tend to be bigger than the newer BTO flats when we are doing a point-to-point comparison. 

For example, a 18-years old 5-room resale flat in Blk 596D Ang Mo Kio St 52 S(564596) of 110sqf, as compared to a 41-years old 5-room BTO flat in Blk 430 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 S(560430) just a street away that is 119 sqf. Size is a necessary concern for couples who intend to raise children in a spacious environment. In addition, if they have parents, domestic helpers, or pets that may share the space with them, this would be an important point of consideration.

New residents of BTO flats may realize key differences between their family home and BTO flats. Namely, certain features such as balconies and in-house rubbish chutes are no longer made available. These are still present in some older resale flats, and if these are critical to you, resale flats could offer this benefit.


Costs and Grants

HDB Resale Grant Source: 99.co

There are many grants afforded to first-time buyers of BTO flats or resale flats.


CPF Housing Grants

Upon successful flat booking, CPF Housing Grants are fully credited into the applicant’s CPF Ordinary Account. This would offset the purchase price of the flat, thus, lowering the home loan amount required. The key grant that you can look at is the Enhanced CPF Housing Grant (EHG). These are the requirements:

Income Ceiling: Your average gross monthly household income for the 12 months before your flat application must not exceed $9,000.

Previous Housing Subsidies: You and all other co-applicants and essential occupiers are all first-timers

Employment: You and/ or your spouse/ fiancé(e) must: have worked continuously for 12 months prior, to the flat application, and would still be working at the time you submitted the flat application.

Remaining lease of flat: 20 years or more Flat must have sufficient lease to cover the youngest buyer and spouse/ fiancé(e) to the age of 95 to qualify for the full EHG. Otherwise, the EHG will be pro-rated.

Other property ownership: You and the other flat applicants must not own any of the following properties whether locally or overseas, or have disposed of any such properties in the 30 months before your new flat application: Private residential property (including privatised HUDC flats and ECs), House, Building, or Land

Grant amount: $5,000 – 80,000, depending on household income. (See here for more information)


For resale flats, there are two other grants available: Family Grant and Proximity Housing Grant.

Family Grant
Depending if you and your spouse are Singaporean citizens (or not), are buying a 2-room,

For 3-room, 4-room or 5-room apartment, you could receive between $30,000 – $50,000 of the Family Grant. (See here for more information)

Proximity Housing Grant
For those who are living with, or close to their parents or parents-in-law (within 4km), you could receive between $10,000 – $30,000 of Proximity Housing Grant. (See here for more information)

Whether you choose to BTO or to buy a resale unit depends on your lifestyle preferences and circumstances.

Future Property Plans

Just like buyers of BTO flats, buyers of resale flat have to fulfill a minimum occupancy period (MOP) requirement of 5 years. If you do intend to buy a BTO flat in future, in order to be considered a “first-time buyer”, do take note of the requirements as follow:

  • Not the owner of a flat bought from HDB, or an EC/ DBSS flat bought from a developer
  • Not sold a flat bought from HDB, or an EC/ DBSS flat bought from a developer
  • Not received any CPF Housing Grant for the purchase of an HDB resale flat
  • Not taken any form of housing subsidy

As such, you may need to consider not to apply for the CPF Housing Grant when you buy your resale flat in order to increase your chances of applying for a BTO flat in future. 


Conclusion

We understand that there are a lot of concerns that you may have especially if you did not manage to get your BTO flat of your choice time and again. It may seem like the traditional route to apply for a BTO flat before you can start your family.

However, you may be surprised to know that many other Singaporeans willingly choose to buy resale flats because they want to choose a unit with great location and features, not because they are pressured to choose resale flats as a ‘worse alternative’! 

You may be looking at resale condominiums instead of resale HDB flats, for that, read our previous post that compares between new launch or resale condominium flats.


Contact Us

At Home Quarters, we have helped many friends to find their dream home by guiding them through the journey of finding their ideal unit. You may have many concerns – it is perfectly normal – just contact Home Quarters by going over to homequarters.com.sg or send us an email at homequarterssg@gmail.com or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram. Let us know and we can start right away to address your needs.

That’s it for this article! Stay safe everybody, and remember, call Home Quarters and start packing!

New Launch Versus Resale Condominiums: Are New Condos Better?

New Launch VS Resale Condominiums! When choosing between a new launch or an existing resale condominium, many Singaporeans face dilemmas trying to make an informed decision. Depending if you are a property investor or a homeowner, here are some things to think about! Halfway into 2020 in June, we are still unsure when will the global COVID-19 end. Understanding your motivations to sell is key.

New Launch VS Resale Condominiums: Price

Wallich Residence | Source: The Straits Times

Price is definitely one of the most important considerations for condominium buyers when choosing between a new condominium or one from the resale market. Generally, older condominiums are larger and offer a lower per square foot prices than new condominiums. However, with well-designed layouts and space-saving fittings, the space in new condominium units are usually more than adequate for comfortable living.

In addition, older condominiums would be cheaper as they get closer to the end of their lease term. If the condominium is on a 99-year leasehold, the lease term will reduce as time goes by. The reduced lease term will decrease the valuation of the unit. However, developers can launch the condominium at a discount to get buyers to buy during the initial phase of the condominium launch. 

Let’s take a look at a case-study…

CondominiumUnitSizesold datesold price
The Trilinq7th floor 3 bedrooms915 sqftMay 2019S$1.49 million
Parc Clementi7th floor 3 bedrooms915 sqftAugust 2019S$1.48 million

A discrepancy of $10,000 in Clementi Condominiums

We observe a price disparity in 2 Clementi condominium units located only adjacent to one another. A 7th floor 3 bedrooms 915 sqft unit at The Trilinq is sold at S$1.49 million in May 2019; a similar 7th floor unit 3 bedrooms 915 sqft unit at Parc Clementi is sold at S$1.48 million in August 2019 during its launch. That is a discrepancy of $10,000 for a new unit that has 7 years more on the lease than that of the resale unit!


New Launch WINS: Furnishing and Facilities

In a resale condominium unit, there will definitely be wear and tear to the furnishing, and you may need to renovate the property. Issues with wiring or plumbing would require major renovations which would therefore increase your expenditure on the resale unit.

Apart from the initial renovation, an older condominium may require a higher monthly maintenance cost, especially when the communal areas are old and in lower condition. In these situations, higher sinking funds will be charged for older facilities, roofing or a one-time charge for facility maintenance. The maintenance fee is usually short-term and goes to pay the salary of the maintenance staff and condominium management.

In contrast, everything is new in a new condominium. This includes a one year defect liability period, which acts like a one-year warranty, so there is no need for any initial maintenance expenses. If there is anything wrong with the unit in terms of structure, wiring, plumbing or appliances, the developer will be onsite to fix it. Also, since the communal facilities are also new, there would be lower monthly costs to maintain these facilities.

Overall, a new condominium would more likely provide more bang for your buck!


New Launch VS Resale Condominiums: Living conditions

It is easier to know what to expect with a resale condominium such as traffic noise, and the look-and-feel of the facilities. For new condominiums, buyers can deduce the living conditions based on the floor plan, site plan, show units and also show flats. By observing the roads and the neighbouring blocks, buyers would be able to tell if their preferred unit will be sheltered from traffic noise.

A new condominium has facilities that are brand new, such as swimming pools, swanky state-of-the-art gym equipment, and even creative play areas for children. Some new condominiums also have modern features that older condominiums do not have; for example, supermarkets, concierge services, and even smart home features pre-installed. This is a home that is already set-up to make your life easier!

In addition, owners can create their own community culture by being involved in the management committee in the new condominium. In an older condominium, new buyers would need to adapt to the existing culture.

Having newer facilities would enhance the rentability of the condominium unit. Tenants usually prefer newer developments with more newer and varied facilities. Given that smart homes are the new trend in lifestyle experience, new condominiums with smart-home features would be popular with young tech-savvy tenants. Appliances and fittings are also usually newer and not break down so often. As such, they do not need to replace at their own expense. They are also able to enjoy a new unit with similar pricing.


New Launch VS Resale Condominiums: Rentability

A resale condominium unit can be rented out immediately, but a new condominium may take at least two to three years before it could be rented out. However, when the new condominium is built, mortgage expenses will be lower and costs such as maintenance fee and property tax will not be payable, therefore matching the cash flow of the rented resale condominium. It would also be easier to predict the rental income of new units, just by looking at the current rental rate on the market. It usually will not differ too much from the market rental.

Another advantage of a resale condominium in terms of rental is that you will get a sense of the profile of tenants or owners in the compound. If you are planning to live in the unit, you can get a good gauge of your neighbours. If you are looking to rent, you will know what kind of tenant profile will most probably be interested to rent. Tenants of similar profile usually stay together in the same compound as a mini enclave.

For new condominiums, you would have the luxury of choice to pick desirable units. If you have preferences for a specific auspicious unit number or block number, you would still have the choice. In contrast, for resale condominiums, you could only pick from the available units which may not be desirable or fully suit you. If you are looking to rent out your unit, or to sell it after a few years, a new condominium unit may be a more worthy investment due to its higher expected returns.


New Launch WINS: First-mover advantage

Avenue South Residence | Source: ShowFlat.info

For new condominium buyers, they enjoy a first-mover advantage as they are more likely to be buying the condo at a floor price similar to what the other owners buy at launch. On the other hand, resale sellers will usually charge a premium to sell to the resale buyers. They sell with the aim of earning a margin, or at least breaking even. Otherwise, they may not be willing to transact from holding the unit and also for recouping some renovation cost.


Making your next big property decision?

There are many processes, tips and tricks to look out for when you make a property decision. Although we do not know when will the ripple effects of Covid-19 end, many of the considerations are timeless.


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Do share your opinions on this article with us by dropping us an email or contacting us through our Facebook and Instagram pages; what age group do you fall under, and do you think you will still want to buy a cheaper condominium after reading this article? 

If you’re still unsure of what property best suits your needs, no matter your age group, do feel free to reach out to us! At Home Quarters, we take all your priorities and circumstances into account before we advise you on how to sell your property, or what property we believe you should buy.

We’d be happy to provide you with various analyses, advice, and any sort of assistance you may require, whether you’re a buyer or a seller. Leave your contact details and any queries down below, and we’ll contact you ASAP.

That’s it for this article! Stay safe everybody, and remember, call Home Quarters and start packing!

Will a Home Improvement Programme increase the value of your HDB flat?

Does a Home Improvement Programme by HDB actually increase the value of a HDB flat? Get to know how the HIP affects your HDB flat!


What is the Home Improvement Programme (HIP)?

First up, what is HIP? This programme helps resolve common maintenance problems such as spalling concrete for flats built before 1986. This means these flats are around 30 years in history by now.

Also, during the National Day Rally 2018, it is announced by Prime Minister Lee that there will be an expanded programme dubbed the HIP II, which will give all HDB flats a second round of upgrading when they reach their 60 to 70-year mark.

The purpose of these upgrades is to keep HDB flats safe and livable. The HIP will proceed when at least 75 per cent of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of the HIP.

There are three main components of HIP. They are (1) Essential Improvements, (2) Optional Improvements and (3) Enhancements for Active Seniors (EASE). Under the essential improvements, the upgrades are done for public health, safety, or technical reasons.

Will a Home Improvement Programme increase the value of your HDB flat?_Home Quarters SG_KC Ng Keng Chong

HIP upgraded bathroom source: The Straits Times

They include repairing spalling concrete, replace waste / soil discharge pipes, replacing pipe sockets with a new clothes drying rack and upgrading the electrical load. Under the Optional Improvements, residents can choose whether or not to upgrade existing bathrooms, install a new decorative door or grille gate, or even a new refuse chute hopper. 

Under the EASE program, if there are elderly family members living in the unit, residents can choose from a range of elderly-friendly fittings, such as slip-resistant treatment for bathroom floor tiles and grab bars within the flat.


What about the costs of the HIP?

Secondly, let’s take a look at the cost. For Singaporean households, the Essential Improvements are fully paid for by the Government. The Optional Improvements are heavily subsidized up to 95%, so residents pay an estimated amount of between $630 and $1,575, depending on their flat types. For EASE, the full range of items will cost around $2,500. After government subsidies of up to 95%, Singapore Citizens pay between $125 and $312.50, depending on their flat types

Residents can use their CPF to pay for these costs, in full, if they choose to. However, Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) households have to pay the full upgrading cost. Because of this, for HDB owners that are looking to sell the unit after the HIP is announced but the bill has not yet been paid, SPR households may be discouraged from buying it. They will need to pay the full sum which could add up to a 5-figure sum when they are the owners.


Duration of the upgrading

Thirdly, how long will the upgrading takes? The construction period for a typical precinct comprising eight to 10 blocks will take about 1.5 to 2 years. The actual renovation works in each flat will take 10 days or less, depending on the improvements selected.

The implication here is that there is only an estimated date that is release when HIP is announced and thus, if buyers are looking to renovate the unit, they will either choose to forgo the heavily subsidised bathroom renovation provided by the government or renovate the rest of the house leaving the bathrooms, door and gate to be renovated later. This will be a huge inconvenience if the buyers do not have an alternative place of residence and will need to move into a ready unit fast.


So, will the HIP increase the value of the HDB flat?

From experience, they help the flat retain its value as its 99-year lease runs down but does not serve to increase the value of the HDB unit. If it occurs before or during the works, it might attract Singaporean household buyers that are keen to enjoy a heavily subsidized new bathroom, chute hopper, door and gate as these are items that usually will be replaced after the sale anyway.

But will turn off SPR households that will need to fork out more money than the resale price of the unit when they are being billed the HIP cost by the government or those buyers that wish to move into a ready unit soon and do not want to put up with the inconveniences.


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That’s it for this article! Stay safe everybody, and remember, call Home Quarters and start packing!

Your East Coast Plan To Be An East Coast Resident!

East Coast is arguably the most popular GRC estate to be in now. This is especially so after Nomination Day for the General Elections (GE) 2020 in Singapore. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was announced to be leading the East Coast GRC team for People’s Action Party to compete against Workers’ Party GRC team led by Nicole Seah.

East Coast Plan by Home Quarters. DPM Heng Can Use This Anytime!

This comes after ESM Goh Cheok Tong who announced that he will retire from politics and not compete in this year’s GE. This was particularly surprising because DPM Heng had always competed in Tampines GRC. Many have also spoken about the high likelihood that he would become the next Prime Minister after PM Lee Hsien Loong retires from the position. DPM Heng spoke much about the “East Coast Plan”. Although he left much to be imagined, we can now start doing our own plans to be an East Coast resident and be part of the wonderful East Coast Plan planned for us. 

There is a reason why people say East is better than West in Singapore. The perfect amalgamation of residential and leisure is found in the lifestyle of an Eastie. With a myriad of shopping malls, leisure and dining options available in Siglap, Bedok, Marine Parade, Tampines and Pasir Ris. You can even get close to nature when you head for the beaches at East Coast or Changi. Here are our top 4 condominium estates that are within the electoral boundaries of East Coast GRC to start your East Coast resident plan:


The Jovell

Only 9 minutes away from Changi Airport by car, the refined Jovell Condominium is built for people who are  aspiring globetrotters! Rising at a height of 8-storeys with 429 units, The Jovell is a sophisticated residential enclave that provides a sense of seclusion. Surrounded by good class condominiums and developments, The Jovell offers a charming view of the neighbourhood. 

After a long day at work, enjoy a refreshing swim at the opulent 200-metre lap pool. For those who love to exercise, there is also a jogging track, aqua gym, fitness stations and tennis courts. To relax in this condominium located in the East Coast, you can loosen up in the steam rooms, bubbling pools, or just lounge in one of the hammocks by the pool. 


Grandeur Park Residences

At the doorstep of Grandeur Park Residences, you will find Tanah Merah MRT Station. This is a truly classy sanctuary to rejuvenate yourself every time you come home. Sprawling lush, landscaped grounds across Grandeur Park Residences create an oasis of zen that will melt away all your worries, yet keep you well-connected to the city.

Wellness living is central to the lifestyle here – there are more than 90 facilities dedicated to the residents’ relaxation here, including a 50-metre infinity lap pool. Grandeur Park has major advantages – with two commercial shop units and the childcare centre within the compound, this provides a convenience edge.


Coastline Residences

Get ready to be blown away by the magnificent eastern sea views at Coastline Residences. That is a dream for many to own a unit with such scenery. Let’s take a look at Coastline Residences’ cosmopolitan edgeless architectural design. The courtyard with its wooden decks and its seamless water landscape is a winner compared to the other conventional estates around.

Within the private estate, Coastline Residences’ exclusivity certainly feels like a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Conveniently positioned only just minutes away from various schools, Coastline Residences is convenient for children who can catch a few more minutes of sleep as they can travel to school fairly quickly. Schools in the vicinity include East Spring Primary and Secondary School, the Japanese Primary School, Tampines Junior College, and Tampines North Primary School.


One Meyer

Formerly The Albracca, One Meyer, is particularly popular with its seafront location and with its richness in Asian heritage styles. Katong Park and East Coast Park are both right next to One Meyer for your day to day leisure activities. There are also cycling paths that lead directly to Gardens by the Bay! The highest floor units of the freehold condominium estate, One Meyer, will also get to enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean, giving the vibes of a holiday everyday at home.

One Meyer is also located near many shopping centres. Parkway Parade, i12 Katong, and Katong Shopping Centre are all a 10-minute drive away, where residents can find many lifestyle, retail and dining choices. 


What is in the “East Coast Plan” in the next 5 years?

  1. Improved Connectivity is key with Thomson-East Coast MRT Line

The Thomson-East Coast MRT line has been in construction for years, with some stations already ready (Woodlands North to Woodlands South stations). East Coast GRC residents can look forward to having 3 stations – Bayshore, Bedok South and Sungei Bedok – which will improve connectivity tremendously within the East Coast in 2023. This brings residents in the east another access to the North-South Corridor via Marina Bay, and also providing faster access to the city. 

  1. Changi Airport’s Rejuvenation After Covid-19

Source: Changi Airport

The Changi Airport may be underutilized in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Terminal 2 (T2) of the airport is undergoing many preparations to welcome visitors once again in 16 months’ time. Although we were sad to bid some nostalgic features goodbye, such as the iconic flipboard, East Coast residents can look forward to a brand-new look after renovations.

According to Changi Airport Group (CAG), this “multi-year” expansion project will increase T2’s handling capacity and renew the facilities and amenities inside the terminal. Some new features will include additional space in both departure and arrival halls, additional retail and F&B outlets and indoor greenery, which will undoubtedly be a new leisure spot for East Coast residents in addition to Jewel Changi. Certainly, residential estates in this area are extremely attractive for tenants and residents who frequently have to travel overseas as well.

  1. Changi Region Masterplan

Source: URA

The existing thriving Changi’s business ecosystem is the 71-hectare Changi Business Park (CBP), where CapitaLand has a network of eight properties. CBP is a leading business and research node with an emphasis on banking operations, freight, aviation technology, as well as machine learning and automation.

The Changi region masterplan includes a rejuvenation of the business hubs, such as the Changi Aviation Park and Changi East Urban District. With a direct link to the airport, Changi Aviation Park is developed as a future thriving aviation hub and planned to cater to the lucrative aircraft servicing and aviation financing sectors.

On the other hand, the Changi East Urban District, connected to the future Changi Airport Terminal 5, will house smart work centres, conference halls, hotels and serviced apartments. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has strategized for the Changi region to become a holistic and seamless work-live-play environment in the coming years.


Are you planning to be part of the plan to be an East Coast resident?

The East Coast lifestyle is certainly one that is much desired for many Singaporeans who are not living in the East Coast right now. In years to come, it is likely to become even more attractive. We understand that you may have concerns and need to know more before committing to becoming a resident in the East Coast to be cared for so that you can be part of the plan to emerge stronger as a community together.

Upcoming establishments including Liv@MB and former freehold Telok Kurau bungalows have yet to be launched as well. We are definitely on a lookout for these places as the East Coast is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Singapore.


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At Home Quarters, we have helped many friends to find their dream home by guiding them through the journey of finding their ideal unit. You may have many questions! That is perfectly normal – just contact Home Quarters by going over to homequarters.com.sg or send us an email at homequarterssg@gmail.com or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram. Let us know and we can start right away to address your needs.

That’s it for this article! Stay safe everybody, and remember, call Home Quarters and start packing!