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Grand Duchess for rent

Grand Duchess at St Patrick’s is a freehold development located at Saint Patrick’s Road. This low-rise development has 8 storeys and comprises of 121 units completed a few years ago.

http://www.sgbayhomes.com/18382518

Condo Facilities at Grand Duchess at St Patrick’s

Grand Duchess at St. Patrick’s has full facilities, which includes covered car park, fitness corner, game room, gymnasium room, Jacuzzi, lap pool, lounge, multi-purpose hall, pavillion, 24 hours security and swimming pool.

Condo Amenities near Grand Duchess at St Patrick’s

Numerous bus services are available which compensates for the absence of a nearby train station. Several schools are located in the vicinity, including the prestigious Victoria Junior College and Chatsworth International School. In addition, numerous restaurants and eating establishments are sprawled across the area.

Residents can buy their daily necessities at the Marine parade Market and Food Centre or Siglap Centre shopping mall, which are located within walking distance. Recreational facilities located nearby include Parkland Golf Driving Range, and the East Coast Park, which is just a short walk away. In addition, East Shore Hospital is but a short drive.

For vehicle owners, travelling to the business hub and the vibrant Orchard Road shopping belt takes less than 20 minutes, via East Coast Parkway.

Luxury Patio unit in East Coast Area now available for rent at $9K per month.

Call King @ 94772121 for more details.

Mountbatten suites at $720K (Freehold for sale)

Katong is the evergreen residential estate in Singapore. Mountbatten Suites is a low-rise development near the eateries of Katong. Minutes drive to CBD, Orchard Road and Airport, 441 sqft. Vacant now. Great investment choice in D15. Asking only $720K. Now with the announcement of the TEL line, the potential in the area is tremendous. The nearest station is at nearby Amber Road.

Call 94772121 for more details.

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The Bayshore 4 bedder for rent @ $4.3K

The Bayshore, having an unparalleled exclusive location in Bayshore, is a nice residential homes who love the morning sun and the sea. Now available for rent: 4 bedrooms, 1432 sqft and high floor, this is a ideal home for expats and locals. Available now. Call King @ 94772121 for viewing details.

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Top selling projects in District 15 (based on sales volume) in 2014 ( Jan to Jul) Part 2

http://katonghomes.com/2014/08/17/top-selling-projects-in-district-15-based-on-sales-volume-in-2014-jan-to-jul-part-2/

Part II
1. Water Place

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Location:                         171 Tanjong Rhu Road
Range of $psf sold:         $1185 to $1333
Range of Sizes sold:       1216 to 1561 sqft
No of units sold:              8
Development Name:       Water Place
Property Type:                Condominium
Developer:                      Far East Organization
Tenure:                           99-year Leasehold
Completion Year:            2004
# of Units:                       437

Water Place is a 99-year leasehold condominium development located at Tanjong Rhu Road in District 15 near the future Stadium MRT station. Completed in 2004, it comprises 437 units. It is located in the vicinity of Singapore Swimming Club and Singapore Gospel Church.

2. Mandarin Gardens

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Location:                          1 Siglap Road
Range of $psf sold:          $880 to $1122
Range of Sizes sold:        732 to 2034 sqft
No of units sold:               8
Development Name:        Mandarin Gardens
Property Type:                 Condominium
Developer:                       Mandarin Gardens Pte Ltd
Tenure:                            99-year Leasehold
Completion Year:             1986
# of Units:                        1000

Mandarin Gardens is a 99-years leasehold development located at Siglap Road in District 15 near Kembangan MRT and Eunos MRT Station. Completed in 1986, it comprises 1000 units. Located nearby is East Coast Park and Marine Parade Polyclinc.

3. One Amber

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Location:                          Amber Gardens
Range of $psf sold:          $1178 to $1649
Range of Sizes sold:        958 to 3046 sqft
No of units sold:               8
Development Name:        One Amber
Property Type:                 Condominium
Developer:                       Brendale Pte Ltd
Tenure:                            Freehold
Completion Year:             2010
# of Floors:                      23
# of Units:                       562

One Amber is a Freehold Condominium located at Amber Gardens in District 15. One Amber comprises of 562 Units. It was completed in 2010 and is minutes away from Paya Lebar and Dakota MRT Stations. One Amber is close to East Coast Park, Parkway Parade, Katong Shopping Centre and schools.

Thomson- East Coast line, the latest line to be announced.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/thomson-east-coast-line/1313898.html

Singapore’s sixth rail line will start at Woodlands before heading towards the East Coast, and will have 31 stations spanning about 43km, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announces. New stations include Marine Parade, Siglap and Tanjong Rhu.

The country’s sixth rail line – the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) – will be fully operational by 2024, the Land Transport Authority announced on Friday (Aug 15).

The previously-announced Eastern Region Line and the Thomson Line will be joined to form the single, continuous line, which will span about 43 kilometres with a total of 31 stations, seven of which will be interchanges.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, speaking at a visit to the soon-to-open Marina South Pier Station on Friday, said that when fully operational in 2024, the TEL will serve about 500,000 commuters daily. This could rise to 1 million passengers daily in the longer term.

FROM THE NORTH TO THE EAST

The line will provide direct connectivity for commuters in the north and the east of Singapore – starting at Woodlands and heading south through the Central Business District, then turning east at Gardens by the Bay station and travelling along a East Coast stretch that will be fully underground.

One of the nine stations on this stretch will serve as an interchange with Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e) – a 2.2km line consisting of two stations, meant to improve accessibility to the Changi Business Park and Expo areas.

The East Coast stretch will also cover areas not currently served by the rail network such as Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South. Seven of the stations, from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore, will be ready by 2023, while remainder of the line, as well as the DTL3e, will be completed the year after.

Also scheduled for completion in 2024 is a new 36-hectare depot, touted by the LTA as “the world’s first four-in-one train and bus depot”. The new structure will be able to house a total of 220 trains for the TEL, DTL and East West Line, as well as 550 buses.

To build the line, the Government will need to require six land properties along Amber Road and one three-storey apartment along Tanjong Katong Road, as well as nine partial lots elsewhere. The Singapore Land Authority on Friday gazetted the properties affected by acquisition, and said it would work closely with landowners throughout the process.

CONVENIENCE A CONSIDERATION

The LTA said that with the TEL, someone going from the East Coast to Orchard MRT station will have his travel time cut by half an hour, from 75 minutes to 45 minutes. A Republic Polytechnic student will be able to travel to Marine Parade in an hour, 20 minutes faster than the current bus ride would take.

Also, stations along the TEL will see longer underpasses of up to 400m long, as part of efforts to improve “first and last mile connectivity”, particularly for the elderly and children, the LTA said. Four of the stations along the East Coast stretch will also see Singapore’s first underground bicycle parks.

 

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Eastern Region Line

http://app.lta.gov.sg/apps/news/page.aspx?c=2&id=3cc2e460-06ea-4245-a37f-df11b602ec7d

Dakota Crescent – Where time stands still

A SWANKY new National Stadium rises in Kallang. Two years ago, the nearby Goodman Arts Centre opened its doors to a hip young crowd. One street away, a new condominium has been built on the site of Housing Board flats.

But amid these changes, time has passed by Dakota Crescent, one of Singapore’s oldest HDB estates, located off Old Airport Road. The 17 blocks of low-rise flats have hardly changed since being built in 1958.

No wonder, then, that their retro architecture and old-school playground make them a hot spot for photographers and artists.

“It’s rare to see such old flats,” said Mr Renalto Wong, 25, who was there on a Sunday, sketching a 54-year-old provision shop that recently closed down. “There’s something comfortable and nostalgic about this place – it’s almost like a hideout.”

The estate was named after the Douglas DC-3 Dakota, a model of plane that landed at Kallang Airport in the past.

Built by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) – the forerunner of the HDB – most of the 600 flats are leased to low-income families under the board’s public rental scheme. The flats are occupied mostly by elderly residents, who pay as low as $26 a month for a one-room flat and $44 a month for a two-room flat.

Scrap-goods buyer Ng Guan Swee, 68, has lived in Dakota Crescent since it was built.

“There was a fire in Cecil Street in the 50s and our house got burned down, so we were allocated a house in Dakota Crescent,” he recalled in Mandarin.

At that time, Mr Ng’s grandmother had bound feet – as was the custom in her day – and the family requested a ground-level unit. Theirs, at Block 20, has been home to Mr Ng and his sister for more than 50 years.

“When we came in 1958, there were no streetlights,” said Mr Ng, sitting amid old laser disc players, hi-fi sets and other vintage items in his home. He remembers traversing the dark streets to go to the nearby Guillemard shophouses for snacks.

But in the 1960s, as more families moved in, a market sprang up opposite the estate.

“Almost every unit in this estate was occupied. Neighbours knew one another and our doors were always open,” said Mr Ng. “Those were good times.”

Madam Yong Fong Keow, 64, who moved there in the 60s, also misses such communal life.

Gesturing at a new condominium, she said in Mandarin: “There was a bakery there. At 3pm or 4pm, we would smell the aroma of freshly baked bread. That’s when you grabbed some money and a neighbour and went to buy bread.”

But now, communal life in Dakota is a shadow of what it used to be. Only about 60 per cent of the units are occupied. Of a row of four shops, only two – both Chinese medicine clinics – remain.

Neighbours started moving out in the 90s, some to live with their children.

Then, a new wave of tenants moved there in 2005 when the HDB leased empty units to private operators, who, in turn, rented them to foreign workers.

“You could hear Thai accents, Filipino accents and Chinese accents around the neighbourhood, it was like a mini United Nations,” Mr Ng joked.

While some residents got used to these new faces, others did not.

Madam Amy De Silva, a long-time resident in her 60s, said: “Some of them were rowdy and you could hear them coming home late at night. Their living habits just didn’t suit ours.”

The HDB’s agreement with the managing agent ended last year and the foreign workers have since moved out of the Dakota estate.

However, at Block 32, an empty unit is littered with cardboard boxes and clothes. Mr Y.Y Goh, 57, a resident, said foreign workers live there but they do not disturb anyone.

One empty unit in Block 12, though, has become a party spot for teens. “They drink, eat, smoke, and mess the place up,” said a resident who wanted to be known only as Mr Zhang.

When The Straits Times visited, there were drink cans, chip packets and cardboard boxes in the unit.

In another vacant unit in Block 16, graffiti was scrawled on the walls. Some residents suspect teenagers sniffed glue there – some were spotted going into the unit with bags over their noses.

The HDB said that it has received complaints about crime and mischief in the area and informed the police.

But Dakota, now somewhat of a ghost town, may soon be more crowded again. The HDB said it is offering empty units as interim housing to needy families awaiting new flats. They were expected to start moving in progressively from last month. It has not indicated any long-term plans to develop the estate, however.

Although Dakota has been dubbed an “old people’s estate”, the few young faces who live there have no complaints.

“It’s a five-minute walk from Dakota and Mountbatten MRT stations, we have the Old Airport Road hawker centre and I hang out with friends at the Kallang Leisure Park nearby,” said Mr Kartigesan Saravanan, 20, who has lived in Dakota for the past 13 years. “It’s really a good location.”

Indeed, resident Bill Koh, who is in his 50s, said: “So many new buildings are coming up around us, it’s hard not to worry what might happen.

“People always come here and say how nice this estate is. There’s lots of green space between these old flats. It’s a pity if one of Singapore’s oldest estates is gone – maybe they should consider conserving it.”
– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/case-you-missed-it/story/suburb-where-time-stands-still-20131104#sthash.FKBJBMLk.dpuf