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Post by nburge » Wed, 06 Apr 2011 3:47 pm

This property was recommended to me by am agent, and so far looks OK for my needs - reasonable sized rooms, nice balcony, ok bathroom/kitchen fittings.

I have three questions:

- has anyone lived here? If so what were your experiences like?
- what's the area like? It looks like there are lots of eating a drinking options in the local neighbourhood which is key for me
- rents advertised online range from 4-5k for a 2-3 bed place, what would be a suitable price for a condo there? (URA website doesn't seem to have stats for this building)

thanks!

Neil.

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Post by xclark » Mon, 11 Apr 2011 2:04 pm

I stay at the Beacon and really like it, stayed at One NorthResidence @ Buona Vista before here which was aesthetically nicer but location wasnt great for my husbands work, he can now walk to work which is a big bonus.

Being minutes from both Tanjong Pagar and Outram stations gives you a choice of green line or purple line.

The condo is nice, not as plush as somewhere like The Sail but you get what you pay for, the lobby, lifts, gym and pool area are always clean. The supermarket and wet market are a 5 min walk away (althou the supermarket doesn’t have a huge choice of anything other than local food/products)

Locally there are lots of places to eat, the food court at the bottom of the Pinnacle is nice and clean, there are nice restaurants (Blue Ginger is a particular fav) I’m a veggie so we haven’t tried a lot of the local restaurants, plenty of bars but I have yet to find one that we like enough to go back to (tend to go to Clarke Quay or Orchard with friends) but my hubby and his mates would be happy to drink in most of the local bars.

We viewed a few apartments here ranging from 4500 to 4900 for 2 or 3 beds, settled on a 3 bed furnished apartment in the middle of that price range

The only negatives I have found so far is that the gym is pretty small, I go during the day and there’s never anyone else there but after work my husband always comments that it was busy (busy means maybe 2 other people, its that small!) and the pool area doesn’t get much sun, you need to shift your sun lounger around the toddler pool as the afternoon progresses, also theres not many sun loungers but again never that many people there.

Hope this helps!

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Post by nburge » Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:45 pm

Thanks, that's a really helpful reply. Is it walking distance to Clark Quay, or would you need to get a cab? Street view seems to show some bars just off Neil street which look ok. How are the noise levels in the apartments?

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Post by xclark » Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:09 am

Er, its probably not walking distance for a night out (especially in heels) its only about 3k away if you walk down Outram Road then along the river. Robertson Quay is closer and really nice for food and a quiet drink but not really a saturday night session type of place.

The bars on and around Neil Road at the Duxton end are probably fine, I just havent found one I like yet. Alot of them have those blacked out windows which make me think (maybe wrongly) that its a pick up joint rather than somewhere to go for a nice cocktail or 2 with my girlfriends, theres a row of bars at the hospital end of Neil road which I havent been to, think they are frequented by staff from the hospital.

Traffic noise is noticable but not annoyingly so, we are on the 18th floor and its still fairly loud if the windows are open. Its not loud enough that I cant hear the TV, keeps me awake or anything like that.

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Post by nburge » Tue, 12 Apr 2011 4:47 am

Cool, thanks. I don't wear heels but that might be a factor for the missus! ;)

I'm not too bothered by traffic noise (currently live in a busy street in london) but I've heard that the centre of Singapore can get pretty noisy.

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