Which are Singapore’s most desirable luxury residential properties right now?
With the future of overseas travel still looking uncertain, it’s become more important than ever to find the perfect home to hunker down in. Here’s our pick of luxury properties to put on your radar.
Surrounded by greenery, with balconies offering swoon-worthy views, and packing loads of resort-worthy lifestyle amenities, these five luxury developments, located in the always-desirable Districts 1, 10, 11 and 15, are the perfect spots for keeping cabin fever at bay. Who needs to travel when your home feels like a swanky holiday resort?
WHERE: District 15
T.O.P: Third quarter of 2023
WHY WE LOVE IT: Inspired by how Singapore’s East Coast was the neighbourhood of choice among the upper classes 30 years ago, Amber Park boasts 592 apartments set within a sprawling 213,676 sq ft site.
Developed by CDL and designed by the acclaimed SCDA Architects, its three striking, diamond-shaped 21-storey blocks are linked by a Sky Terrace on the 22nd level. Called The Stratosphere, this signature feature of Amber Park boasts a lounge, a gym, a 600m jogging track, a yoga deck – and breathtakingly spectacular panoramic sea and city views 235 feet above sea level.
More amenities are available at ground level – such as a clubhouse, a lap pool, BBQ and private dining areas. The scenic 15km coastline of East Coast Park is a short stroll away; the CBD and Changi Airport are within minutes’ drive in either direction, while the future Tanjong Katong MRT Station can be reached within three minutes on foot. And did we mention it’s freehold?
INTERIORS: Designed to maximise space, light and views, the smallest one bedroom+study units measure 583 sq ft, while the largest units such as five-bedroom+study and penthouses go up to 5,005 sq ft.
The bedrooms are elegantly dressed in warm wood tones and soft greys, while the bathrooms feature premium fittings from Villeroy & Boch, Geberit and Grohe. The kitchens are fully-equipped, with appliances from V-Zug and Bosch.
The apartments are smart too, whether you’re talking about controlling your lights and aircon, booking recreational facilities, receiving parcels, or allowing entry to visitors via QR code.
MARINA ONE RESIDENCES
WHERE: District 1
T.O.P: Aug 31, 2018
WHY WE LOVE IT: If Avatar had been set in a residential complex, it would be Marina One Residences. A collaboration between Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, this multiple award-winning iconic leasehold project, which sees 1,042 units over 34 storeys, is part of the Marina One integrated development.
This means you get 140,000 sq ft of retail and F&B options and Grade-A offices at your doorstep, with the iconic CBD skyline and the sparkling waters of Marina Bay as a backdrop.
Designed by internationally renowned firm ingenhoven architects, the complex’s futuristic yet organically-inspired undulating glass facade is softened by a 13m-high waterfall and a 65,000 sq ft garden by acclaimed landscape design firm Gustafson Porter.
A gym and an assortment of pools (such as the lap pool and aquatic gym pool) await fitness buffs, while the Wellness Sanctuary, Relaxation Cabana and Pavilion offer options for unwinding. There’s also a Teppanyaki Terrace, BBQ Terrace and Putting Green.
Seamlessly connected to four(!) MRT lines (North-South, Circle, Downtown and the upcoming Thomson-East Coast) via future underground pedestrian walkways and easily accessible from major expressways, we couldn’t imagine a more convenient base from which to live, play, work and get around.
INTERIORS: No shoeboxes here, please: One-bedders range from 589 sq ft to 775 sq ft; two-bedders range from 969 sq ft to 1,130 sq ft; three-bedders range from 1,507 sq ft to 1,539 sq ft, while four-bedders are a generous 2,034 sq ft to 2,250 sq ft, and the eight penthouses range from 6,469 sq ft to 8,708 sq ft.
Kitchens feature top-of-the-range appliances and fittings from Miele, Poggenpohl and Villeroy & Boch.
WHERE: District 15
T.O.P: First half of 2024
WHY WE LOVE IT: Luxury developer Guocoland’s “East Coast plan”, Meyer Mansion, is inspired by the majestic sea-front mansions that used to line East Coast beach.
Featuring just one 25-storey variegated tower block with 200 freehold units, dark grey steel and burnished copper screens create a distinctive facade.
A tree-lined driveway brings back the nostalgia of a grand arrival at a stately mansion, creating a sense of privacy and escape, while stylishly-appointed amenities such as a gym, playground and kids’ pool, 40m lap pool and leisure pool with jacuzzi, swing garden, garden pods, mist garden, beach house, coconut grove, and coastal walk bring home the laid-back, outdoorsy vibe associated with life in the East Coast.
The retro/hipster vibe of Tanjong Katong’s various eateries is close by, as are educational institutions such as the Canadian International School, Dunman High, Tanjong Katong Secondary School and Tao Nan School.
INTERIORS: Combining understated luxury living with principles of modern tropical architecture, each apartment comes with deep and shaded balconies reminiscent of the tropical verandahs of yore, and offer sea or city views.
One-bedders are 484 sq ft, inclusive of a 4 sqm balcony; two-bedders range from 689 sq ft to 883 sq ft; three-bedders are from 1109 sq ft to 1356 sq ft; four-bedders measure 1,722 sq ft to 2,099 sq ft.
Dining areas extend to the Asian kitchen or balcony, while top-line kitchen fixtures include a V-Zug hood, hob, combi-oven and even a vacuum-sealing drawer; and Liebherr refrigerators and wine chillers. A Whirlpool Washer/Dryer (discreetly concealed within the cabinetry) is also thoughtfully included.
WHERE: District 11
T.O.P: Dec 31, 2023
WHY WE LOVE IT: Targeted at “a new generation of global nomads, attuned to the finer things in life”, Singapore’s first-ever Pullman Residences brings the 150-year-old Pullman Hotels and Resorts group’s iconic style and upscale concierge services right to your doorstep.
Comprising a single 30-storey tower block with louvred vertical panels, its 340 freehold units start from 17m above ground level, affording great views of the city and of the landed enclave towards Bukit Timah Hill.
There’s plenty of R&R facilities – from the 50m lap pool, tennis court with half basketball court, gym, aqua gym, wellness pool, jacuzzi, and garden courtyard, to amenities for hosting guests, such as a Club Lounge, Party Lawn, Dining Pavilion with BBQ, and the Verandah with Teppanyaki Grill.
Just 1km away from prestigious schools such as ACS Primary, the city centre and downtown core are minutes’ drive away, while Newton MRT and Newton Circus Food Centre are just across the road.
Places of interest, such as Little India and the Botanic Gardens are within easy reach, along with world-class medical facilities, such as Mount Elizabeth and Gleneagles hospitals, and Novena Medical Hub.
Owners also enjoy Pullman and Accor privileges, such as 20 per cent off best room rates and room upgrades where available, across thousands of Pullman and Accor properties worldwide – handy for when international travel channels open up again.
INTERIORS: Whether you’re considering a one-bedder (from 463 sq ft), two-bedders (from 667 sq ft), three-bedders (from 1,163 sq ft) or four-bedders (1,389 sq ft), you’ll be pleased to know all apartments come with a balcony, and all bedrooms accommodate a queen-sized bed comfortably.
The kitchens, clad in warm wood with black marble countertops, feature wet and dry areas. The three- and four-bedroom units are served by private lifts. And yes, they’re all equipped with smart technology for 24/7 monitoring, biometric door lock with break-in alert, and aircon control for efficient energy usage.
WHERE: District 10
T.O.P: Dec 31, 2022
WHY WE LOVE IT: Perfect for those who enjoy low-rise living and a sense of community, Royal Green is inspired by New York’s brownstone townhouses. Comprising eight five-storey blocks housing 285 freehold units, with common basement car parks and communal facilities, the development is set within family-friendly District 10.
The generous site area of 174,113 sq ft translates to lots of space for tree-filled courtyards, a 50m lap pool, a spa pool, kids’ pool and playground, outdoor pavilions, a function room and a party deck.
There are also facilities at the roof level such as a tennis court, a gourmet pavilion, and even a hammock garden, offering views of the GCB enclave.
A mere five minutes’ walk from Sixth Avenue MRT station, it’s close to schools such as Nanyang Girls’ School, Hwa Chong Institution and National Junior College, with retail and F&B options (and of course, kids’ enrichment classes) available at Bukit Timah Plaza, Turf City and Coronation Shopping Plaza a short drive away.
The 67-hectare Rifle Range Nature Park is just four minutes’ drive away, offering plenty of room for outdoor rambles.
INTERIORS: Apartments here start from two-bedders (635 sq ft to 721 sq ft), with three-bedders measuring 926 sq ft to 990 sq ft, while four-bedroom+study units go up to 1,432 sq ft.
Kitchens feature premium fittings by Miele and De Dietrich, while bathrooms are outfitted with Hansgrohe and Laufen sanitaryware. Smart home features that encompass everything from your intercom, air-conditioning, digital lock, and smart parcel box, are included.
For virtual tours of these and other newly-launched developments, check out the Singapore Property Show 2020 at https://sps2020.99.co