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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Changi Region Masterplan
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram. Let us know and we can start right away to address your needs.
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