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| 16, 18, 20 Dunearn Road.
Freehold. Completed: 1992.
2-bedroom: 75, 77 sq. m
3-bedroom: 114 - 116 sq. m
(In Block 20, a 3-bedroom has 156 sq. m, see report below).
4-bedroom: 153-156 sq. m
Penthouse: 227, 306 sq. m. Some are 2-levels.
white marble tiles in the living and dining areas. Parquet in the bedrooms although
some Owners have carpeted the rooms. The spacious kitchen has
grey cabinets and German branded electric hobs, not gas.
Gas cookers separately installed by some Owners, but you have to use tank gas. A large maid's room even for the 3-bedroom unit. Floor layout excellent as not much
space is wasted. 2 balconies in 4-bedroom units, one in 3-bedroom unit.
Advantages: Around a 5-minute walk to the Cold Storage
supermarket and the Newton subway A small circular balcony off the living area makes the
apartment attractive to Caucasians who love balconies.
Full condo facilities include big lap pool, big children's pool.
Playground, sauna, barbecue
area, squash courts (2), tennis courts, gym, covered car park, 24-hour security.
The condo is a favourite of expatriates who want to live near a subway, a
supermarket and be a 2-minute drive to downtown Orchard Road.
Main complaints are the dated looks of the kitchen cabinets and the
multi-coloured long bath tubs, usually pink in the master bathroom in most
units. However rentals are lower than brand new condos.
Units in Block 16 ending with ......-01 and -04 faces a busy road. Slight traffic
noise evident inside apartments although heavy curtains may shield traffic noise.
Some tenants prefer gas to electric cooker jobs.
Grey kitchen cabinets look outdated
compared to new condos of the 2000s. The kitchen is spacious compared
to those in the newer condos in 2011.
18, 2011 For Rent
Units are available for rent at various times.
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Case study: Indians and
"I have learned not to be sensitive," said the Indian manager of a multinational
firm. In Japan where he lived before the transfer to Singapore, Indians were not
favoured, nor were Chinese who were said to be loud-mouthed. But there were sufficient
In Singapore, some Landlords simply reject Indians as they think that curry cooking oil
smells will pollute the apartment and realtors have to qualify the nationality of client.
Some Landlords just want a corporate lease. In his case, there was a 3+1 1250 sq. ft
Dunearn Gardens unit asking rent of $4,000. It was facing away from the main road, facing
the pool. It had wall papers which had several brown water stains and dull white
marble flooring. The Landlady was uneasy that the prospective Tenant was an Indian
but was agreeable as the Realtor said he could get a corporate lease. The company's
policy was no corporate lease for all employees. Therefore, he was rejected.
He had been willing to accept existing furniture and non-polishing of the marble floor, a
change of the torn window curtains and the removal of the brown stains and marks in the
wall paper. The Landlord could receive rent within 24 hours! No was the
answer. The obstacle was that the Tenant could only offer a personal lease.
House-hunting for a good Dunearn Gardens condo.
Report written in June 2000.
Conditions of prospective Tenant.
5-min walk to Newton Subway.
Full condo facilities.
Indian couple. Must be very near to the subway.
Dunearn Gardens and Chateau Eliza (2 bedroom, 1200 sq. ft
$3,300, close to Orchard subway but only a small pool) were
2 short lists.
|Friday, June 16, 2000
Meet at The Regent Hotel.
3+1 1259sf $3600
Blk 16, ........-04, above 10th floor. Unblocked city views but slight traffic noise
from Newton Road below.
A big TV display cabinet extends out to block the view of the living room window when
you enter the main door.
The Landlord wants $3,500 for a fully furnished apartment and will provide new
3+1 1250sf $3600
Blk 16, ......-01, above 5th floor.
City views but slight traffic noise from Dunearn Road below.
Small TV stand and TV, not obstructing the living room window views on entering the
main door, makes this unit look bright and spacious. No living and dining set.
The Landlord may consider $3,400 fully furnished but the broker said he was in
China and therefore could not decide promptly.
4+1 1700sf $3700. The 4-bedroom units have longer living
3+1 1250sf $3500.
Blk 16, ........ - 01, above 10th floor. Broker cancelled appointment as he was
not free. Facing Dunearn Road and has traffic noise.
3+1 1700sf $3500-4000
Blk 20, ........-01, low floor.
No view but quiet. Master bedroom is extremely large, but has no balcony. Bedroom 2
and living has balcony. A gas cooker was present in the bright and spacious kitchen as
Dunearn Gardens units have only German branded electrical hobs provided by the Developer.
Landlord has painted and cleaned up the apartment and therefore, immediate occupancy
was possible. Off-white curtains and pool views. Incredibly tranquil compared to the
road facing units. Some water leakage from the ceiling of the pink-bath tub master
Maroon-pink half leather sofa set not acceptable to the Tenant. Landlord agrees to
give $800 to the Tenant to buy a fabric sofa set plus microwave oven and if the budget is
exceeded, the Tenant will pay for the difference while the Landlord keeps the items.
Note: Dec 18 2000 update:
More expatriates with less than $4,000 rental budget are being given a housing allowance
and their leases are usually personal. If the Landlord is in favour of only corporate
leases, he may have longer vacancy periods and much less investment income in the years
2000 and beyond)
The demand for Dunearn Gardens is not great as there are so many new condos.
It was a rare opportunity to get a 1700 sq. ft unit for $3,400 fully furnished. The
Tenancy agreement was signed at 4 p.m at a rent of $3,400. A short 5 hours.
Personal lease, couple with no children to wear out the apartment.
The Tenant wanted to meet the Landlord to establish a good relationship. He accepted
my advice not to do so as there may be bad chemistry on meeting. Nobody can
The Landlord had agreed to give a $600 furnishing allowance but wanted to reduce the
amount to $500, according to the co-broking agent. If the prospect Tenant had met
him, it may be the deal breaker if the Tenant dissented and the Landlord simply decided
not to lease the apartment to him due to $100.
Landlords nowadays must be investment minded. If your condo is over 5 years old, it
will not be that hot. Take a personal lease and get the revenue in to pay for the mortgage
or maintenance fees.
That is the first objective of an investment. The property investment must pay
dividends, i.e. rent in this case.
A 3-bedroom unit of 1250 sq. feet in Dunearn Gardens which is not well located in Orchard
Road, offered a $3,400 rent is considered a good rent in June 2000.
Two years ago, the rent will be $5,000 for the bigger units. Be decisive as you have
lots of new condos on the market. A brand new Regency Lodge off River Valley Road of
the same 1250 sq. ft rents around $3,000. No doubt it has only a swimming pool, but
it is brand new.
December 18, 2000 update.
Due to the large influx of expatriates, Dunearn Gardens enjoy full occupancy as it
is relatively new and near to the Newton subway which is just one subway stop from the
Orchard Road. It will be very difficult to find a quiet big apartment
for the expatriates at Dunearn Gardens now for a low rent.
The right timing and the right place always play a great part in the prospective
expatriate's search for a good home.
The main challenge for the realtor is that of finding a good home with lower than market
rental budget being offered by some corporations to the new Tenant.
Older partially or not fully renovated condos will be the option if the rent is not
sufficient and the expatriate wants a bigger apartment.
Subdivisions (condo & house details) has some of the details
of the advertised condos.
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