Novena (Lucida) - what's it like?

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Novena (Lucida) - what's it like?

Post by uknewbie » Fri, 26 Aug 2011 9:54 pm

Hi, I'm relocating from the UK to Singapore on business and my company has rented an apartment in Lucida at Novena for me. I googled and am slightly nervous to find limited photos of the place (the photos on the internet are mostly artist's impressions and we know how accurate those are to real life!).

Just wondering if anyone else out there lives in Lucida. What do you think of it? The feedback from a colleague who has just been out there is that there is a lot of construction going on generally in the country. Will I be affected?

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Post by revhappy » Sat, 27 Aug 2011 12:30 pm

uknewbie wrote:Hi, I'm relocating from the UK to Singapore on business and my company has rented an apartment in Lucida at Novena for me. I googled and am slightly nervous to find limited photos of the place (the photos on the internet are mostly artist's impressions and we know how accurate those are to real life!).

Just wondering if anyone else out there lives in Lucida. What do you think of it? The feedback from a colleague who has just been out there is that there is a lot of construction going on generally in the country. Will I be affected?
The construction going on is much more safer than the riots going on in your own backyard :P

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Re: Novena (Lucida) - what's it like?

Post by ecureilx » Sat, 27 Aug 2011 2:17 pm

revhappy wrote: The construction going on is much more safer than the riots going on in your own backyard :P
Good one .. and construction here doesn't mean 24X7 .. it stops at 6 pm .. and if they are doing heavy piling work, that too can't go on forever .. or you can call NEA to put a stop ..

Heck a friend of mine stopped the Circle line work when they were going on beyond 7 PM, by measuring the noise level and one call to NEA and an apology and silence exactly at 5.30 PM

You can't, though, get away from dust, if you have the habit of keeping your windows open, as construction - a lot of dust ...

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Post by yosithezet » Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:51 am

First, welcome to Singapore.

Which apartment did they take for you? I looked at the 2BR at Lucida. I really like the location as it is about equidistant between the Newton and Novena MRT stops. Will you be driving?

I really loved the building, the bedrooms was big enough and the bathrooms were exactly what I was looking for. There are a few reasons that I didn't take any of the apartments I saw at Lucida.

The kitchen is way too small for me. I love to cook and there is really no space to work. The appliances are built-in so don't take up much space but I couldn't even imagine trying to spend time cooking in the small space.

The living room was very small. Everyone said "Well you can put the dining room on the 200 sqft balcony. Yeah, right. Luckily one landlord bought some furniture and put it in the living room and that gave me the ability to see and decide unequivocally that I couldn't live there.

Though not a deciding factor, in one of the units the landlord decided to do some decorating and had a huge tree painted on the wall. It looked nice in principal, but not what I wanted for the apartment I'd live in. Why don't they get that they should just go with neutral decor?

So I'm about to close on a place on Irrawaddy called I-Residence which was built by the same contractor it seems. Similar finishing and style with similarly large balconies but with a layout that is a bit better for my needs.

Note that in this second place I saw a 3 bedroom and was in love. Everything was really perfect. I don't understand why they make a 3 bedroom with correct sized rooms and everything but can't do the same in a 2 bedroom. However, if this is an indication that the 3 bedrooms in Lucida are similarly perfect then it is ideal.

Pics of the 2 bedrooms at Lucida that I saw can be found at https://picasaweb.google.com/1017344200 ... directlink#[/list]

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Re: Novena (Lucida) - what's it like?

Post by JR8 » Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:58 pm

uknewbie wrote:Hi, I'm relocating from the UK to Singapore on business and my company has rented an apartment in Lucida at Novena for me. I googled and am slightly nervous to find limited photos of the place (the photos on the internet are mostly artist's impressions and we know how accurate those are to real life!).

Maybe the building of the place hasn't been finished yet, and all you get is the marketing images.


Just wondering if anyone else out there lives in Lucida. What do you think of it? The feedback from a colleague who has just been out there is that there is a lot of construction going on generally in the country. Will I be affected?

SG is modern and 'squeaky clean'. The downside is that there is perpetual construction. There is no avoiding it.

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Re: Novena (Lucida) - what's it like?

Post by yosithezet » Sun, 28 Aug 2011 1:12 pm

JR8 wrote: Maybe the building of the place hasn't been finished yet, and all you get is the marketing images.
Definitely finished as shown in my pictures above.

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Post by uknewbie » Sun, 28 Aug 2011 5:15 pm

Many thanks yosithezet that's really helpful. The place looks great, I think mine's a 2 bedroom, but im relocating alone (no partner or kids) so that's more than enough for me. You're right about the kitchen, it's very narrow. Am very pleased about the gym and pool (my current place in London certainly doesn't have all that). Mine's going to be furnished and service so have no say on how it's decorated. Hopefully no tree on the wall.

Very excited about the move!

Have you been in Singapore long?

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