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Post by Jhonny_Lever » Mon, 26 Sep 2011 5:22 pm

Folks,
I am moving to Singapore in the next couple of weeks. I will be looking to stay in a Serviced Apartment for longer period of time over 2 months before the rest of the family relocates.

I am looking at the prices of most of the Serviced Apartments and they seem to run north of $7K Per Month, at which point I can even get a 3-4 BR flat. I am looking to get your experiences with Serviced Apartments and the typical pricing.

Area: Orchard or Near Changi.

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Post by beppi » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 5:13 am

The point of Serviced Apartments, and the reason why they can take such high prices, is (apart from convenience of not having to mop and change sheets) the fact that they are short term - rental contracts below 1 year are unheard of here - and that people without residence visa can stay there - they are not legally allowed to rent other places.

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Post by chuckd » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:31 am

My company found a 1 room Serviced Apartment for me for 1 month at less than $3000 a month. It is in Geylang however but that's honestly not a big deal. The place is ideal for a single person/couple whilst they make more permanent living arrangments.
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Post by luminoso » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 6:14 pm

Yes, Serviced Apartments are absurdly expensive and part of the reason is because they offer Short Term Accommodation.

However it isn't true that short term accommodation is impossible to find. It's not as easy to find, but it doesn't mean it's impossible. Try searching on Craigslist, Gumtree, RentDirect or .. There are short term accommodation options available on a regular basis. If you engage a real estate agent, needless to say they will not give you the time of the day as their commissions (fees) are pegged to the duration of the lease!

They will simply earn too little for it to be worth their while if they broker a lease for anything less than one year.

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Post by JR8 » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 6:44 pm

chuckd wrote:My company found a 1 room Serviced Apartment for me for 1 month at less than $3000 a month. It is in Geylang however but that's honestly not a big deal. The place is ideal for a single person/couple whilst they make more permanent living arrangments.
Could you mention what it is called? Might be of use to others!

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 6:59 pm

I'm not sure if this is the same one but this is the Serviced Apartment my company provided for me:

http://www.redwoodwest.com.sg

They got two locations; I stayed in Central, very near Paya Lebar MRT (My other colleagues were stashed in West).

The facilities are ok (was only there ten days) and it's far enough from the seedy side of Geylang.
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Post by JR8 » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 7:07 pm

nakatago wrote:I'm not sure if this is the same one but this is the Serviced Apartment my company provided for me:

http://www.redwoodwest.com.sg

They got two locations; I stayed in Central, very near Paya Lebar MRT (My other colleagues were stashed in West).

The facilities are ok (was only there ten days) and it's far enough from the seedy side of Geylang.
Their min price is $5900 pcm, so it can't be that one!

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 7:20 pm

JR8 wrote:
nakatago wrote:I'm not sure if this is the same one but this is the Serviced Apartment my company provided for me:

http://www.redwoodwest.com.sg

They got two locations; I stayed in Central, very near Paya Lebar MRT (My other colleagues were stashed in West).

The facilities are ok (was only there ten days) and it's far enough from the seedy side of Geylang.
Their min price is $5900 pcm, so it can't be that one!
Wasn't the one who paid for it so didn't really do a fact check; anyway, FYI.
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Post by Jhonny_Lever » Tue, 27 Sep 2011 7:32 pm

Thanks for all the responses. That was helpful.

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Post by chuckd » Thu, 29 Sep 2011 6:56 pm

JR8 wrote:
chuckd wrote:My company found a 1 room Serviced Apartment for me for 1 month at less than $3000 a month. It is in Geylang however but that's honestly not a big deal. The place is ideal for a single person/couple whilst they make more permanent living arrangments.
Could you mention what it is called? Might be of use to others!
Sure I can, wasn't sure that would be allowed that's all.

I was put up in the Platinum Residence, Geylang Lorong 31. Not sure that all the apartments in the block are owned by the letting agency but they appear to have a few. The company is called 'Style Management Pte Ltd'.

http://lxtan.webs.com/geylangaljunied.htm

(if you have to remove the link I understand....don't want to breach any rules)
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Post by JR8 » Thu, 29 Sep 2011 7:06 pm

chuckd wrote: Sure I can, wasn't sure that would be allowed that's all.

I was put up in the Platinum Residence, Geylang Lorong 31. Not sure that all the apartments in the block are owned by the letting agency but they appear to have a few. The company is called 'Style Management Pte Ltd'.

http://lxtan.webs.com/geylangaljunied.htm

(if you have to remove the link I understand....don't want to breach any rules)

Very interesting, especially if the photos are honestly representative. I don't know of other Serviced Apartments that go from $2k up. This is the kind of place that a person who has arrived and is flat-hunting might go for, especially if they are funding their own temporary accommodation (as I will be when I'm back after my current posting away!).

Don't worry about the link, the mods are good judges of character here, and can see you aren't spamming for personal gain. It is not like the near namesake forum, aka 'The Angry Board', where by now the mods would have long ago summarily deleted the entire topic... :wink:

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Post by chuckd » Thu, 29 Sep 2011 7:25 pm

JR8 wrote:Very interesting, especially if the photos are honestly representative. I don't know of other Serviced Apartments that go from $2k up. This is the kind of place that a person who has arrived and is flat-hunting might go for, especially if they are funding their own temporary accommodation (as I will be when I'm back after my current posting away!).
The photos are certainly representative, much nicer than my own place back in Scotland :wink: . And ye, definitely suitable for a temporary place whilst looking for something more settled.

I've been staying here a month (last night tonight) whilst visiting my Singapore office. And I'm hoping that I'll be a guest here for another month when I move over in November, now that I have been approved and issued my EP :D
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