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THE JEWEL OF BALMORAL
Balmoral Park. Completed: 2000. Near Orchard Road.
top, breezy, exclusive 16 units in one block.
14 studio and
3-bedroom units and 2 penthouses.
746 sq ft to 2411 sq. ft
Children's pool. Jacuzzi pool. BBQ, basement parking, security. No
The Jewel of Balmoralmaisonette penthouse. 3
bedrooms, 2411 sq. ft. The maisonette has a big private
terrace of over 200 sq. feet commanding a panoramic
unobstructed city views and capturing the equatorial breezes
such that there is no need for air conditioning.
Fantastic unblocked city and green views from all
rooms, including the master bedroom. Gentle breezes sweep
through this hill top condo of 16 units. Bright kitchen
with unblocked views too.
The marble-tiled master bathroom has a small jacuzzi bath. The
other 2 bedrooms have attached baths with one having a bigger
white long bath.
15-min walk to Orchard Road.
Many buses or taxis in this vicinity.
Low density. One corporate landlord. Great demand.
Honolulu Tower just to the left of Wing on Life Gardens
(tall white building on right) is over 15 years old, considered aged
by Singapore standards.
Freehold. 30 units.
Penthouse: 958 sq. m.
Pool, tennis court, security, squash, covered car park, games room,
playground, barbecue area.
RENTAL ADVERT IN MAR
22, 2011 Honolulu
Tower Penthouse 4+1, 10,300 sq ft with roof top terrace, private pool,
lounge & sauna
Tel: +65 9668-6468 or e-mail
email@example.com for updates.
WING ON LIFE GARDEN
Bukit Timah Road. Freehold. 81 units. Completed 1982.
Big balconies much loved by Caucasian expatriate tenants. Next to
4-bedroom. 301-359 sq. m
Penthouse: 643, 655, 707 sq. m
FACILITIES. Pool, tennis court, security, squash, covered car
park, games room, playground, barbecue area.
On Life Garden is in great demand by large Caucasian expatriate
families. Usually fully occupied. Tel: +65 9668-6468 or e-mail
Read between the lines
when you get "no" for an answer. Case written in 2002.
He was not your typical American Caucasian expatriate relocating to
Singapore and tasked with the Asia Pacific responsibilities of a major
Towering over all Singaporean realtors at over six and a half feet tall.
Blond hair indicating a Scandinavian ancestry. Good looking and
fairer in complexion than the Chinese Teochew ladies in Singapore.
He said he would be known as "kwai low" in Hongkong, a term in Cantonese
Well, in Singapore, the term was not so derogatory as Caucasian may be
"ang more" in the Hokkien dialect. It means literally "red-haired".
Why was he not the typical Caucasian expatriate? He thrives on "no"
as you will see later.
He did lots of research including info on the internet. He sure
passed my test when he could tell me that the blue domed building at the
Bukit Timah/Stevens Road junction was the latest Raffles Town Club (CLICK
image below to see bigger picture of Raffles Town Club).
He arrived in Singapore and rented a Mercedes cab the next morning to
visit all the 20 internet short-listed condos traversing River Valley
Road, Mohd Sultan pub area and downtown Orchard Road umpteen times.
Only at one condo was the security tight and he was denied entry to see
The Mercedes taxi reached my office early. He had seen the real things and
had corresponded with numerous internet realtors from Singapore.
We now had a recapitulation to know what he wanted to buy. The castle-like
Hampton Court was impressive but it was not for sale.
I recommended him a beautiful condo by the Singapore River and had made an
appointment with the Developer's marketing agent at 3.30 p.m. the day
The Developer had a one-bedroom show flat but this was not the appropriate
His marketing agent with whom I made a prior was not around. When
contacted by the show flat agent, she said I should have confirmed in the
morning as many agents do not turn up. She denied she had been
contacted in the morning.
The show flat agent said I was to contact her again as he did not want to
interfere in her clientele.
He had 40 units and he could not be expected to show all 40 units to this
expatriate. Just take the brochure and come back after study.
He was not listening. I had specified a 3 or 4-bedroom maisonette
with the roof terrace and jacuzzi. Any one would do.
The Developer's head office manager was contacted. He said the
marketing agent was on leave. Yet the show flat agent denied that.
wanted to view a roof terrace, the show flat agent obliged. It was a
one-bedroom maisonette with a roof terrace. No, he did not have any
keys to show the 3-bedroom maisonette today. Would the Developer not
anticipate that there might be prospective Buyers of the $4 million
He said there were 2 three-bedroom maisonettes with very big terraces.
This kindled the interest of the expatriate. This was his kind of condo.
But as the units were undergoing rectifying works and he did not know how
to contact the contractors, a prospective buyer was turned away to the
competitors. The units could have been locked up even if we wanted to see
How can the Developer sell the $4 million units when his employees kept
saying "No, no, no" or were not available at appointments?
This was not the typical American expat. He would not take "no" for
an answer . And there were so many "no" this case.
We went up the lift to see the appropriate unit. It had the biggest roof
terrace and a private jacuzzi bath. There should be 4 steps up to
the jacuzzi bath platform but the 3rd step was missing at the upper end.
It must be meant for the tall American as he climbed up easily while
shorties had great difficulty.
We made an appointment with the show flat agent for the next day and I
suggested 10 a.m. The agent said he started work at 9 a.m. and
the expat said we would come at 9 a.m.
"But this was breakfast time." This was another "no.......".
The heat took its tool on the expatriate. He needed a beer.
The Grand Hyatt pub had no sign board but we managed to locate it.
While downing a most cooling Singapore beer, he showed me the 3 fingers
pointing upwards when anybody said "no!"
"Read between the lines," he would tell the person. I was perplexed.
Could this be the rude gesture of the irate Singapore road bully?
What does it mean?
He flexed the forefinger and the 4th finger. With only the middle
finger up, I was reading between the lines.
Times have changed. The internet has changed the rules of
New kids, like Parc Stevens, brand new, in white and
condos around the Bukit Timah Road
flyover (top) are being sold in greater numbers. The Equatorial
(crane seen, top left) is a new one being marketed. There are a few
hundred new condos near the Honolulu Tower area for sale.
Developer-employed realtors must also be on their toes even though they
have a regular income as there is always a possibility of retrenchment.
They have to sell.
The competition is so stiff and the buyer is so fussy nowadays.
The Developer may have to empower their show flat agent and to mould a
team so that the show flat agent can be motivated to help the marketing
agent to make money for the company.