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Advice Needed regarding apartment buildings

Post by ashmika » Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:09 pm

Hi All,

This is wonderful forum, with amazing informations. I am looking for apt in dist 5. I really appreciate if anyone can give me some guidelines, their personal experience or any other comment abt certain apt buidings . We will definately visit 4-5 places before finalizing, but after sorting I have more then 15 apt projects in list & we will have only 1 week to finalise after coming there.

My husband is going to work in NUS. We won't have car & have a 13 mths old Baby. We are right now considering DOVER parkview, Regent park, Normanton park, west bay condo & Park west.

Secondly I read in some posts, that they are not happy with high rise buildings or on Higher floor apt. I like to know the reason.

Thanks In advance

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Post by ching » Sun, 31 Aug 2008 8:51 pm

We've got a friend who's staying in West Bay. It's pretty nice - close to a bus stop, very near West Coast Park, and decent facilities (pool).
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Post by ashmika » Sun, 31 Aug 2008 9:48 pm

ching wrote:We've got a friend who's staying in West Bay. It's pretty nice - close to a bus stop, very near West Coast Park, and decent facilities (pool).
Thanks for the info Ching :)

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Post by DanShaku » Mon, 01 Sep 2008 12:44 am

Higher floor evels tend to be noisier. Road traffic noise reverberates up.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 01 Sep 2008 3:35 pm

That's interesting. As this is a nation of highrise buildings, you would think the locals would realize that it's noisier the higher you go. NOT!

It's because the traffic & construction noises are filtered out at higher levels that the prices of units the higher you go are the highest with the exception of the top floor penthouse which is astronomical (which is strange considering how noisy it's supposed to be). :???:

Sorry folks, somebody is pulling you legs. It's much quieter at the upper levels unless the wind is causing a whistling/howling sound. If that is the case then the builders didn't pay the Feng Shui man enough money. :wink:

Seriously, it is quieter the higher up you go, not the reverse.
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Post by cbat » Mon, 01 Sep 2008 4:01 pm

For the OP, I moved into an apartment at the dover parkview 2 months ago and couldn't be happier. Perfect location for transport getting to work (I work at Suntec but it's only about 10 min to walk to NUS) and shopping (Cold storage is a 5 min bus ride or 20 min walk at holland village and even better there is a fairprice 500m away). Lot's of little food places around if you don't mind the local food or you can wander down to holland village for your hearts content of western food. The facilities at the parkview are pretty good and my only real complaint is the pool is not big enough to swim laps due to its odd shape. Noise wise it's pretty quiet as the towers are set back from the road (especially if you get 1 of the back ones) so the most you hear is a few of the noisy kids yelling on the tennis courts on the weekend.

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Post by road.not.taken » Mon, 01 Sep 2008 6:17 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:That's interesting. As this is a nation of highrise buildings, you would think the locals would realize that it's noisier the higher you go. NOT!

It's because the traffic & construction noises are filtered out at higher levels that the prices of units the higher you go are the highest with the exception of the top floor penthouse which is astronomical (which is strange considering how noisy it's supposed to be). :???:

Sorry folks, somebody is pulling you legs. It's much quieter at the upper levels unless the wind is causing a whistling/howling sound. If that is the case then the builders didn't pay the Feng Shui man enough money. :wink:

Seriously, it is quieter the higher up you go, not the reverse.
Plus fewer bugs and better views. I agree, someone has been pulling the wool over DanShaku's eyes..

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 01 Sep 2008 11:03 pm

Yeah, I forgot about the bugs....... and the snakes have only been found as high as 10 stories...... :wink:
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Post by ashmika » Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:59 am

Thanks a lot everyone for your precious advise. Definately We will try to look for higher floor, as I am very afraid of Snakes :( . Hope will get some nice apartment in our budget though.

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Post by snowqueen » Tue, 02 Sep 2008 6:01 pm

We have had an interesting 10 days property searching - I have to say it's been quite an experience, if a little frustrating.

You may find allot of the appts you have shortlisted are no longer available when you get here but at least you have an idea of the development you are interested in.

I think the agents use allot of 'ghost' adverts to get you to call. You will find a great apt in your budget on the web then when you call you find that it's gone - oh shock horror. They will then ask you about your requirements then call you or take you viewings which are at least $1-1.5k above the budget you've told them. Agh!!

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Post by frenzal » Tue, 02 Sep 2008 8:52 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yeah, I forgot about the bugs....... and the snakes have only been found as high as 10 stories...... :wink:
are bugs seriously a problem at lower floors? problem with me is that i'm afraid of heights :(

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Post by ashmika » Fri, 05 Sep 2008 10:21 am

Thats really bad. I am just keeping my fingers cross to find one good place . I heard there are a lot of vaccant apartments & the rental market is going down.

To find a good apartment seems to be the most important job right now :)
Wish me Luck :)
snowqueen wrote:We have had an interesting 10 days property searching - I have to say it's been quite an experience, if a little frustrating.

You may find allot of the appts you have shortlisted are no longer available when you get here but at least you have an idea of the development you are interested in.

I think the agents use allot of 'ghost' adverts to get you to call. You will find a great apt in your budget on the web then when you call you find that it's gone - oh shock horror. They will then ask you about your requirements then call you or take you viewings which are at least $1-1.5k above the budget you've told them. Agh!!

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 05 Sep 2008 5:59 pm

frenzal wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yeah, I forgot about the bugs....... and the snakes have only been found as high as 10 stories...... :wink:
are bugs seriously a problem at lower floors? problem with me is that i'm afraid of heights :(
Only if you are a sloppy housekeeper and/or leave the garbage chute cracked open (If it's inside the kitchen).
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by road.not.taken » Fri, 05 Sep 2008 6:26 pm

I have to disagree with that ^^ SMS.

Our house is kept very clean, but it is open for the most part and surrounded by trees so we get all kinds of bugs. Huge bee hives that grow over night, mud wasps, termites, ants of varying colors and sizes, strange winged things that bloom every 3 or 4 months, some weird funky larvae that ate some of our bed linens and mosquitoes, lots and lots of damned-dengue spreading mosquitoes.

I think a lot depends on what floor you're on, the setting you're in and what's next door.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:29 pm

Of course not all are able to live in back & white landed property surrounded by lush vegetation either. I'm talking about the other 96% of the population who can't afford/or don't like places like that. Remember, I also lived for 15 years in black & whites as well in Seletar. Plenty of critters wander in and out but now, I rarely see any bugs in my HDB flat except when the damn cockroaches get through the garbage chute or a wasp/hornet flies through the window. And I'm only on the 2nd floor. Granted, if you are next door to a construction site or you have inconsiderate neighbours who don't cap the gala pole holders or drain the flowerpot bases, you do have a good chance of the swarm of mozzies. (As the HR & Finance Mgr of a Pest Control with 55 vehicles and 200 field staff, I see my share of pests). But at least the chicaks help to keep the population down a wee bit even if they do leave lots of crap on your walls. :)
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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