6 Condos With Better Locations Than The Internet Indicates – Property Blog Singapore

Thanks to Google Maps and Street View, scouting out the location of a condo is easy these days… or is it? Over time we’ve found that this is quite unfair to some condos (we’ve made this mistake before) – there are properties that don’t appear very accessible or convenient on the internet but great if you go in person. Here are some condos that have better locations than meets the eye:

#1 – Clavon

Clavon MRI

Location: 6 Clementi Avenue 1 (District 5)

Developer: UIC and UOL venture investments

To rent: 99 years

ABOVE: 2025

Number of Units: 640

median price: $1,674 PSF

What you should know:

Clementi MRT (East West Line) shines Yes, really far from Clavon if you check online maps. The “official” route to the MRT station is often quoted as a 15+ minute walk, which is too inconvenient for most.

However, this is because the route currently avoids Clementi Peaks (a BTO development) which is under construction. Once these dwellings are completed, Clavon residents will be able to walk right through the dwellings, saving a lot of time walking.

Also overlooked is the 24-hour Sheng Siong at Casa Clementi, which is about an eight-minute walk from Clavon. There is also a café with some clinics and a dentist.

#2 – Main Garden

Main Garden MRT

Location: 93 Prince Charles Crescent (District 3)

Developer: Secure Venture Development (Alexandra) Pte. GmbH.

To rent: 99 years

ABOVE: 2018

Number of Units: 663

median price: $1,928 PSF

What you should know:

There are many claims that Principal Garden is too far from the MRT to walk. That’s a bit of a half-truth. While the distance isn’t short, it’s fair to point out that Redhill MRT (East West Line) is a 10-minute walk away; This is an acceptable walk for some.

Additionally, there’s a bus stop right in front of the Principal Garden, so you’re just a few stops from the Redhill MRT. Most residents will not experience much inconvenience.

Also note that the Principal Garden is across the canal from the Alexandra Park Connector (there is a bridge). This allows residents to walk straight to Alexandra Road, giving you easy access to the CBD.

And as a location itself, Principal Garden is really central, making it pretty quick to get to most places in Singapore by car.

#3 – Parvis

Parvi's MRI

Location: 12 Holland Hill (District 10)

Developer: Calne Pte. GmbH.

To rent: free hold

ABOVE: 2012

Number of Units: 248

median price: $2,087 PSF

What you should know:

Some websites list the closest amenities to Parvis in central Holland V (near the MRT station). This is not within walking distance, about 15 minutes; So it might give the impression that there are no amenities nearby.

However, on closer inspection we found that there is a back gate in Parvis. From there there is a route to the Commonwealth Crescent Market, which is an eight-minute walk away. For this reason, many descriptions often overlook the fact that there is a large hawker center just a walk away.

A frequently missed perk is the 10-minute walk to Chip Bee Gardens, a little foodie’s paradise. Granted, this walk is a bit longer; but residents can get there on foot via Taman Varna.

#4 – Valley Park

Valley Park MRT

Location: 473 River Valley Road (District 10)

Developer: River Valley Properties Pte. GmbH.

To rent: 999 years

ABOVE: 1997

Number of Units: 248

median price: $1,895 PSF

What you should know:

Talpark is much closer to Great World City and the adjacent MRT (Thomson-East Coast Line) station than many websites suggest. There is a back gate in Valley Park that allows residents to traverse Zion Close — which takes them to Great World City in about six minutes.

Another often overlooked bonus is how easy it is to get to Tiong Bahru. All you have to do is catch the 32 bus from the stop just outside Valley Park. It stops in front of Block 48 and from there it’s just a six minute walk to the heart of Tiong Bahru.

#5 – Costa Rhu

Costa Rhu MRT

Location: 1 Rhu Cross (District 15)

Developer: Amcol Gardens Pte. GmbH.

To rent: 99 years

ABOVE: 1997

Number of Units: 737

median price: $1,409 PSF

What you should know:

There are a few changes that have benefited Costa Rhu since it emerged in the 1990s. For starters, Costa Rhu will be near the forthcoming Founders Memorial; and residents can walk there.

This in turn is linked to Gardens by The Bay (it is integrated into the gardens). This will be ready in 2027.

Another much needed update for Costa Rhu concerns the developments in the Kallang area. The Kallang Sports Hub and associated Kallang Wave Mall did not exist at the time Costa Rhu was constructed. As a result, much of the old information lists Leisure Park or the Golden Mile as the next big retail store.

In fact, the Sports Hub and Kallang Wave Mall are only about an eight-minute drive from Costa Rhu and might now be a more convenient option. It’s also often overlooked that if you cycle along the Tanjong Rhu promenade, you can get to Kallang Wave Mall in just seven minutes.

#6 – Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol

Location: 68 Bayshore Road (District 16)

Developer: Japura Development Pte. GmbH.

To rent: 99 years

ABOVE: 2003

Number of Units: 906

median price: $1,555 per PSF

What you should know:

Contrary to online maps, Costa Del Sol is not several kilometers from the east coast beach. The apartment has a side gate and an underpass that crosses the street, allowing residents to reach the beachfront BBQ area in just five minutes.

The Costa Del Sol and its surrounding neighbors (Bayshore Park and The Bayshore) will both be less than five minutes’ walk from the upcoming Bayshore MRT (Thomson-East Coast Line) in 2023, although there is currently no MRT access.

Also note that there is a huge child care facility (Alphabet Playhouse) located directly across from all three condos.

Does your apartment have side entrances or changes that you are not aware of?

Let us know so we can provide reviews and updates. These help future buyers make a more informed decision. To learn more about these developments, as well as insights into the Singapore private property market, follow us on Stacked.

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