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Living in Simei or East Coast

Post by mummybee » Wed, 18 Jul 2007 4:53 pm

We are moving to Singapore soon and want to buy a private condo unit in the East Coast. We have a 2-yr-old who requires special care and needs a lot of my time thus we want to choose a place that is close to supermarket (for groceries) and amenities (eg clinic etc) so I don't need to drive far to get basic things.

Initially we want to be within walking distance to MRT but realise this might not be a good idea cos of the noise (my child is affected by noise). Maybe somewhere with bus facilities to MRT?

Agents mentioned MODENA, TROPICAL SPRING and EASTPOINT GREEN in Simei region. Anyone living here who can tell me how these places are? Otherwise any recommended condos in East Coast?

I would greatly appreciate any words of wisdom or advice or suggestion as to (1) which area and (2) which condo complex to live in.

Thanks in advance for your help and time.

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Post by MRSP » Thu, 19 Jul 2007 9:35 pm

Hey mummybee,

The same three condos caught my attention also. We're looking at possibly moving to Singapore (from Texas) in the next six months or so. Don't know much about Singapore since this will be our first adventure internationally.

Modena seems like a great location, and is currently my favorite. We have a 1 1/2 year old and need to be able to walk to MRT also (mostly for my wife and toddler to be able to get around during the day).

I've only done research online, though.

What other condos/ areas have you looked at?

I'll let you know if I hear anything about the Simei condos...

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Post by LBS03 » Fri, 20 Jul 2007 2:54 am

Just curious ... does anyone know how long it takes to get to Raffles (by bus / cab) from these condos during morning rush hour?

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Post by mummybee » Fri, 20 Jul 2007 10:45 am

No idea abt time to get into Raffles Place at all. I haven't even taken that next 'step' cos no one has replied thus far re. condo recommendations and agents are of no help either. I emailed close to 10 agents to provide advice and not a single one has responded. Anyone else with advice in this forum???

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Post by La grande boucle » Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:08 am

For the time needed to travel by MRT towards Raffles, check this one:

http://smrt.com.sg/trains/travel_times.html

regarding condos in East Coast, there are sooo many options. It depends on your budget of course. If you want to stay close to amenities, then Bedok area, Siglap Area, Frankel, Kembangan, Marine parade etc etc come to mind.

Marine parade of course has the biggest mall in the East, Parkway parade. At the same time it is only about 15 minutes by bus to Eunos MRT station and there are also direct bus connections from marine parade to town.

Btw, mummybee you mention you want to buy? Be aware the market is completely overheated and you pay way too much for a place at the moment.

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Post by clingaling » Sat, 21 Jul 2007 10:15 am

Hi MummyBee,

Currently there's this condo just next to Parkway Parade and Marine Parade Central, which is Cote d'Azur... Accessible by buses to Town areas & there's lots of food just across the road to East Coast Road as well.. East Coast Park is just an under-pass away... However for trains. will need to take a bus to either Paya Lebar MRT station or Eunos MRT station...

And there's acutally quite a few condos around Marine Parade / East Coast area, can't remember the names, but it's near the Chinese Swimming Club.. about 10 to 15mins walk to Parkway Parade.. but perhaps because of the location, I cannot deny it's fairly expensive... -_-

Hope it helps for u....

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Post by MblSH » Sun, 29 Jul 2007 2:11 pm

Hi,

I live in Eastpoint Green, and I have also seen Modena and Tropical Springs before settling in Eastpoint; I have to say that I didn\t like them much - they are much too compact and packed for me. they have very small inside territory and there are lots of people out at all times. Actually, you can check the layout on Google maps; comparing the aerial views with the photos on this site, you can get a decent idea of the complexes.

On the subject of noise - it depends very much on the particular unit within the condo. The ones facing pool/inside court will be quieter, the ones with outside view will be noisy if you open the windows. If you prefer to keep your apartment airconed with closed windows, I think you won't be bothered by noise in any of those.

Cheers,
Max

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Post by mummybee » Sun, 29 Jul 2007 3:46 pm

Thanks, Max. That is great information!

We started viewing apts in Modena and Tropical Springs. And yes, we didn't like T. Spring cos finishings are bad. BUT we thought Modena interior was very nice. I didn't find the units too small at all (we looked at the 1400sqft ones). Maybe the compound is small so next time round we will look closely.

We are very interested in Eastpoint Green. Max, can you help answer the following queries:
(1) Agents told us most units here are below 1200sqft, with exception of penthhses which are >1800sqft. Can you please verify this information?
(2) If you don't mind, what is your unit size and do you find it spacious for your family? (We want ~1400-1500sqft, for 2 adults and 2 toddlers)
(3) Which floor level would you recommend to avoid mosquitos? Or rather, could you avoid mosquitos if you live higher floor?
(4) Do you know of anyone who wants to sell their apts in Eastpt?
(5) Is eastpt Green more expensive than Modena and T. Spring?
(6) ok to walk to MRT?
(7) is there playroom for children in clubhouse?

Any other advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time and kind consideration.

MB

Many thanks.

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Post by MblSH » Mon, 30 Jul 2007 7:07 pm

Hi again,

Yes, I wasn't talking about the units but rather about the condo complexes themselves - I think Springs and Modena both are too small and packed. I like EG's landscaping a lot more; that's my personal opinion anyway :)

Now on to your questions:

(1) Agents told us most units here are below 1200sqft, with exception of penthhses which are >1800sqft. Can you please verify this information?

I don't have any stats; the ones on this site :) say that there are plenty of different ones (http://www.singaporeexpats.com/singapor ... -green.htm) But I think yes, most of the units are two bedroom ones

(2) If you don't mind, what is your unit size and do you find it spacious for your family? (We want ~1400-1500sqft, for 2 adults and 2 toddlers)

Mine is 2-bedroom around thousand feet - not too big but there's only me and my wife so for us it's certainly enough; the second bedroom definitely will be too small for two children though, so you should go for 3 bedroom at very least.

(3) Which floor level would you recommend to avoid mosquitos? Or rather, could you avoid mosquitos if you live higher floor?

I'm on 8th floor and I can say that I haven't ever seen a mosquito here :) Management is quite vigorous in gassing drains/etc. every week, so I don't think it'll be a problem

(4) Do you know of anyone who wants to sell their apts in Eastpt?

Nope, but the spam that I'm getting every other days suggests that there are some sellers; try different agencies instead of going with one agent and see

(5) Is eastpt Green more expensive than Modena and T. Spring?

Not as far as I know, no; Modena is definitely more expensive - every meter closer to MRT probably adds a thousand to the price :)

(6) ok to walk to MRT?

Yep; it's 10 minutes walk from door to door; maybe less if your tower is closer to the gate; you can also take a free shuttle from the hospital across the road but you might have to wait 10-15 minutes and it's really faster to walk

(7) is there playroom for children in clubhouse?

No, but as far as I know one of the levels of the parking lot is reserved for a playground; never been there though, but you can definitely hear children playing on the weekends :)

Any other advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time and kind consideration.

Considering proximity to groceries/shopping - I think that Eastpoint Mall is not too great when it comes to shopping - but it's good enough for day-to-day needs if you don't expect any gourmet/western stuff. Otherwise you can hop on a cab (which are really easy to catch here for some reason) and be in downtown in 20 minutes.


Cheers, Max

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