3 popular condominiums in Singapore you should check out

With condominium developments being launched all over the island, it seems to be an opportune time to consider purchasing one for investment or upgrading. Here are 3 condo projects in Singapore that are generating serious buzz.

Northwave EC

WHERE: Between Admiralty, Woodlands, Sembawang and Yishun

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This freshly completed executive condominium located along Gambas Avenue is affordably priced for upgraders looking for good value. Developed by Hao Yuan Investment, it comprises six 16-storey towers offering 358 units made up of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom apartments, as well as six penthouses. The big draw at this EC is its practical layout. Sizes start from 678 sq ft for a two-bedder to 1,593 sq ft for the penthouse. It was launched in 2016 at an affordable average of $760psf, though one 1,109 sq ft unit sold in Nov 2016 went for as low as $695psf, and another unit of the same size peaked at $941psf in Aug 2018. At press time, almost everything has been sold, with only four units of three-bedders left. Facilities include a wading pool, jacuzzi, 50m swimming pool, bbq pavilion, skate park, basketball cum futsal court, hydro-spa pool, gymnasium and badminton court.

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Located between Admiralty and Sembawang MRT stations, Northwave is also close to Seletar Expressway. The upcoming major expressway, the North South Corridor, which will have an adjacent cycle path, will also run behind Northwave. Nearby shopping malls include Northpoint, Sun Plaza, Causeway Point and Sembawang Shopping Centre. Residents are served by schools, such as Greenwood Primary, Sembawang Secondary and Singapore Sports School.

The Woodleigh Residences

WHERE: Bidadari estate

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The Woodleigh Residences occupies the much-coveted city-fringe location at Bidadari estate, bordered by Upper Serangoon and Upper Aljunied roads. Co-developed by Singapore Press Holdings and Kajima Development, which outbid 11 other contenders with a $1.132 billiob offer, this is a mixed development containing both residential condominium and retail mall.

What caught the eye of top Asian property developers (and, undoubtedly, its future residents) is its sweet spot next to Woodleigh MRT Station. The 99-year leasehold project will host 11 blocks of 11 storeys, with a total of 667 units of two-, three- and four-bedroom units to be ready by 2020. Unit sizes range from 570 sq ft to 1,475 sq ft. Residents can also look forward to many exciting new developments in Bidadari New Town, from a retail mall and a community club to a commercial bridge connecting Bidadari Park to the bus interchange for greater connectivity. Parents will also be pleased to know that within 1km to 2km are popular schools such as Maris Stella High School, Cedar Primary School, St Andrew’s Village and Stamford American International School – a plus for investors hoping to attract expat families.

Touted as "the first and only integrated development in Bidadari”, it also boasts a clean Japanese-style design, architecture and construction. Walls are built to be easily removed to expand spaces, with nifty storage spaces built into tight spaces. Residents will also enjoy unblocked views of Alkaff Lake. Launch prices at estimated to be above $1,700psf (with some expecting it to be as high as $2,000). Prices may be steep but the connectivity and convenience of living in an integrated development right above an MRT station and The Woodleigh Mall, and so close to the city, are unparalleled.

3 Orchard By-the-Park

WHERE: Heart of town

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If you’re an uptown girl (or family) who wants to sink roots in the uptown world, the chic 3 Orchard By-The-Park makes for both an eye-catching and investment-savvy choice. This is YTL Land & Development’s first luxury condo in Singapore. They are the same folks behind the award-winning collection of villas in Sandy Island and Kasara - the Lake, both located in Sentosa Cove; other luxury projects in Malaysia; and a chain of YTL hotels and resorts around the world.

"This is also the first residential development in South-east Asia by the renowned Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio who holistically designed the architecture, interior and products (including furniture and fixtures) featured throughout the development,” says Joseph Yeoh, vice-president at YTL Land & Development.

Citterio is the architect and creative maestro behind the Bulgari flagship hotels in Milan, London and Bali, and is also a much sought after furniture and fittings designer. You can spot his understated luxury touches and attention to detail throughout every apartment – for instance, the unique wooden boiserie feature wall in the living room, the customised Arclinea gourmet kitchen, and the door handles and the glass in the shower are designed and specifically selected by Citterio.

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The boutique condominium of 77 freehold apartments in three towers is smack in a shopping haven and next to the Orchard Boulevard MRT Station, which will open in 2021. Facilities include a pool, gym, several spaces such as a gourmet dining and private dining areas and poolside kitchen, and an elegant library lounge. Relax on Citterio-designed furniture, as YTL’s specially trained concierge team serves up complimentary cheeses, crackers, dried fruits and beverages, catered by Jones The Grocer.

One of the project’s most unique selling point is its lush garden. The condominium draws inspiration from nearby Unesco Heritage Site Singapore Botanic Gardens (which, incidentally, is the park referred to the project’s name). You can find many plant species here too, which attract a symphony of singing cicadas and birds. 3 Orchard By-The-Park has pulled in a good mix of local and foreign buyers, particularly Indonesians and Chinese nationals. Apartments range from roomy 1,066 sq ft two-bedders, to 2,260 sq ft four-bedder and five-bedroom penthouse, which drew interest both from investors eyeing strong rental yield and home buyers alike, from singles and young couples to bigger families. For a rare freehold project along swanky Orchard Road, prices are considered value for money, averaging at about $3,400psf.