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Condo recommendation with SGD 3600 per month budget??

Post by Ryf » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 9:39 pm

My wife and I are relocating to Singapore in December and are looking for an apartment. Our "wish-list" is as follows:

* We would like to have a three bedroom condo near MRT and with big balcony.
* Preferably not too far from city centre with good access to shops and supermarkets.
* Our budget is max. SGD 3600 per month.

Which condo would you recommend?

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Post by briceloh » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 9:48 pm

Welcome to Singapore. u can use the Apartment for RENT and House for RENT on the top right corner of this forum for searching of your desired house. If u want to know the exact location of that apartment/house , u can use http://..sg/

it'll show u where exactly in Singapore is that house. try using the postal code for the search. it's easier. :)
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Post by Ryf » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 5:32 pm

Thanks for the advice but I would also like to hear which apartments are being recommended by expats. I have heard that Bedok Court (big balcony) and Adam Park are nice. Comments from anyone?

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Post by aloof » Sat, 27 Aug 2005 4:23 am

personally, i do feel it's slightly too early for you to start looking for a place to live in. from now till dec, there's approximately 3 1/2 months. not to sound like a wet blanket, even if you were to find a unit which you like very much, are yoou willing to "book" the place first? it may have been snatch up till then.

it's definitely not difficult to cater to your wish-list. i do have confident that within a month's time, you will be able to get one according to your wish-list, although i'm not in the property sector. but i had friends in it, which they have been telling me about. :D

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Post by ind » Sat, 27 Aug 2005 1:19 pm

I dont know your standard of living, but SGD 3,600 is more than enough to get a nice condominum here. 80% singporean lives in HDB apartment, that you cant rent from 5000 to 1,000 SGD for a month. But, many also lives in luxury condo that you ahve to pay at least SGD 5,000 per month. For my own standard, with SGD2,500 per month I get a nice condo already.

I live in the anchorage, alexandra road. nice place for reasonable price. but unfortunately not really close to MRT station. you can walk to queesntown MRT station, but it will be 10-15 minutes, i never did it. just take any bus passing in front of the apartment complex and only 2 or 3 bust stop you can stop in red hill or quessntowns MRT station. This station is only 4-5 station to Raflles place (CBD).

There is also direct bus to Raffles, from the back gate and crossing a bit another apartment (HDB) complex.

taxi is plenty in alexnadra road, it will take you 10 minutes to Raffles place or Orchard and cost about SGD 5-6 dollars. But, as you know later on, there is some surcharge for taxi riding in spore, like office hours surcharge, CBD surcharge. To get to to my office in Raffles place, in the morning, i have to pay 1 SGD peakhours surcharge, 2.5 CBD surcharge, it costs me in total about SGD 9.

Taking bus/train will cost about SGD 1+ one ride to Raffles Place (where my office is).

A shopping mall with supermarket and food court is attached to this apartment. A popular IKEA just in the opposite street, cheaper queensway shopping centre and police building in the other corner of the street.

this a condominium with full facilities, spacious area, green and nice garden, well maintained, just renovated and repainted few months ago.

with SGD 3,600 you cant get a very nice decor and furnished, a 3 bed room for a spacious 1600sqft. You may get a bigger 4 BR. Each unit has 2 balcony, in living room, and main bedroom.

Most of the residents here is expat, Japan is the most, then westerner, also Korean Indian, as well as Indonesian like me. Also many local residents.

But, if you are single or youg couple with no kid (like me), and dont like a bigger complex with some childrens palying out in garden and swimming pool in weekend, and really want MRT station close to you, i will recommend Queens or Novena Suites.

Queens apartment is newer, built 2004 , and just next to queenstown MRT station, for SGD 3,600 you can a good 3 BR, but with less space compared to the Anchorage, probably 1,200-1,300 sqft. A nice apartment, but there is no decent shooping center around; and no balcony. There is a string of shopshouses and food stalls in the oppiste apartment.

Queens and Anchorage is to the west of City/Rafless place.

Novena suites is a smaller condo building, very new. next to Novena MRT station (6 station to the north of Raffless place, 2 station to Orchard). A number of shopping mall are around, nice area. You can get a big 3 or 4 BR there. But facilities is limited, like small swimming pool, etc.

I like Novena area actually, may move to this area someday.

There is also Thomson condo just the oppiste Novena suites, you can try.

Between Novena and OCrhard is Newton Road, there are plenty of nice condo in this area, but I dont know many, because I dont want to pay more than 2,500 SGD. And, not all condo in tis road close to MRT station. later, if you become familiar with Bus route, you will forget your preference on MRT, becuase bus is very covenient and can stop just the opposite of you home.

YOu can try bukit timah area further up to nortwest, but not MRT line.

I am working with an investment banking here, have just moved to singapore 3 months ago.

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Post by Ryf » Sat, 22 Oct 2005 4:04 pm

When I was in Singapore last week, I was offered an apartment in Peach Garden (district 15), about 2700sqf & 4 bedrooms for SGD 4000. Is this reasonable?

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Post by Carpe Diem » Sat, 22 Oct 2005 5:40 pm

Price sounds fair for that surface and location I would say.
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Post by Ryf » Tue, 25 Oct 2005 1:13 am

Unfortunately Peach Garden has been rented out, so I have to find another apartment. Which of the following apartments would be a suitable alternative?

* Casa Meyfort (size & price?)
* Fernwood Towers (2500 sqf / SGD 3800)
* Hawaii Towers (2300 sqf / SGD 3500)
* Mandarin Gardens (2023 sqf / SGD 3500)
* Ocean Park (3000 sqf / SGD 4000)
* Bayshore Park (2400 sqf / SGD 3500)
* Chancery Park ( 2500 sqf / SGD 3900)
* Pandan Valley (3000 sqf / SGD 3800)
* Papillon (2336 sqf / SGD 3600)

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Post by mothbhai » Tue, 25 Oct 2005 1:28 pm

Ryf,

You have a good budget. But really, instead of looking all over the place, why dont u shortlist a location. Say, central or East coast. Then, start looking at condos. Where's your workplace? That may help you decide. East coast is great for families but very inconvenient if you donot have a car. Or your office is in central. In East coast, I'd suggest you consider Tanjong Rhu area with Pebble Bay, Costa Rhu, Waterside condos. In Central, plenty of options. Check out condos by prices here:
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/singapor ... os-A-G.htm

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Post by Pal » Thu, 27 Oct 2005 1:29 am

Look at these:

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/singapor ... -13-15.htm

All in east coast ...
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Post by Ryf » Thu, 27 Oct 2005 3:01 pm

Thank you for your advice. I have slightly changed my wish-list after visiting Singapore. We are now trying to find an apartment with a size of at least 1800 sqf and a big balcony. Preferred areas are district 11, 21 and 15.

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Post by Pal » Thu, 27 Oct 2005 3:06 pm

Why don't you contact us:
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/singapor ... act-us.htm

So that we can give you recommendations based on your requirements?

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Post by Ryf » Sun, 06 Nov 2005 6:29 pm

Thank you very much for your offer Pal. I would also like to hear recommendations from others about my short-list.
* Casa Meyfort
* Fernwood Towers (2500 sqf / SGD 3800)
* Hawaii Towers (2300 sqf / SGD 3500)
* Mandarin Gardens (2023 sqf / SGD 3500)
* Ocean Park (3000 sqf / SGD 4000)
* Bayshore Park (2400 sqf / SGD 3500)
* Chancery Park ( 2500 sqf / SGD 3900)
* Pandan Valley (3000 sqf / SGD 3800)
* Papillon (2336 sqf / SGD 3600)

Comments anyone?

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Post by Rose_YG » Tue, 08 Nov 2005 2:18 am

hi,

based on yr list ..as far as to my knowledge these places are not near MRT. Bayshore is near to east coast but a remote area.Mandarin garden has a huge compound area and a big community.The only plus point of Mandarin Garden is that it has many facilities and a big swimming pool.Not sure if you prefer a small compound condo or Mandarin garden.
As mention about Tanjong Rhu-Pebble bay etc... it is close to suntec but transportation wise it is not convenient unless if you take cab/car and there is only one bus in that area.If it rains... gosh you have to call for a cab.Plus point is that area is peaceful and quiet.

Why not look into some condos near Newton Mrt?Close to town also.Or Selegie/Prinsep street area ..like Sunshine Plaza.. which is close to Dobhy Ghaut Mrt and Plaza Singapura mall.

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Post by Ryf » Sun, 13 Nov 2005 4:54 pm

Could anybody comment on the following apartments?

Allsworth Park - 1959sqf/SGD 3800
Ridgewood condo - 2000sqf/SGD 3500
Sommerville Park - 2200sqf/SGD 4000
Tanglin Park - 1485sqf/SGD 3500

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