Asia USA Realty
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13 Apr 2011
get for you affordable Singapore homes
Rent or Investment
697 units. Completed: 1997.
2-bedroom 79-99 sq. m.
3-bedroom 106-143 sq. m.
4-bedroom 165-176 sq. m.
Penthouse 4+1 or 3+2 237-283 sq. m.
full condo facilities, a mini-mart, hair dresser and a cafe. A
Caucasian enclave. Extremely popular with Germans, Dutch and other
In the Saraca and Bauhinia blocks, sound proofing of the living
room's sliding doors reduce the traffic noise from the Bukit Timah
Road but the bedroom windows facing the busy road does not have such
A big swimming pool shaded by numerous palm and tropical trees,
wading pool, gym, tennis court, squash court, covered car park,
24-hour security, basement car parking, mini-mart, playground,
sauna, putting green, BBQ area, fitness area, audio-visual intercom.
Many young Caucasian and other children swim in the evening. Good
Express downtown bus goes into condo. 5-minute drive to the German,
Dutch & Australian schools. Around 10-minute drive to the Canadian,
Japanese, United World College and Tanglin Trust. 15-minute drive to
downtown Orchard Road.
The balcony attracts many Caucasian expatriates although there are
concerns for child safety as the railings are lower than usual.
Potted plants are usually kept as the balcony is too small for
tables and chairs. Ground floor units may have a patio. Some
units do NOT have balconies.
Some Caucasians dislike the high density but there are numerous
Caucasian mothers and small children. Proximity to the German
and Dutch schools mean that there is a large percentage of German
and Dutch expatriates. I have seen older Caucasian children cycle
to the school!
2. CONSERVATION SHOPHOMES IN SINGAPORE
1. Conservation shophomes vary in quality. Most popular ones will be
the Emerald Hill Road conservation shophouses
are within a 5-minute walk to the Somerset subway and Orchard Road.
One or two units are available for rent. One of the units in the
image was rented to an oil executive for $20,000! Click on image to
view bigger image.
Owners do get $10,000 - $15,000 rent for remodeled units as there is
sufficient demand from expats who want to experience nostalgia an
history in a great downtown location. No condo facilities obviously
and no privacy.
Orchard Road, Somerset subway and the Chatsworth International
School is a 2-minute walk to the right. Surprising quiet during
daytime as the area is off-limits to outside traffic and there are
more convenient parking lots at the Orchard malls!.
2. Some of the Cairnhill Road conservation
shophouses are quite pretty
some are really run down. See image on right. They have a loft or
attic room with skylight. Click on image to view bigger image.
One or two units are available for rent from $10,000. Some owners
have divided the house into 2 parts for 2 tenants or 3 parts for 3
tenants but this is not common.
3. The ones in Chinatown area within walking distance to the Outram
subway are in demand. They are located at Everton, Blair,
Neil and Spottiswood Park Roads. One or
two in this area may have wall cracks. Do be careful in the
selection. A handful of units are available for rent.
4. One Peranakan shophome in Petain Road has great
appeal to Caucasians. 5-bedroom, 4500sq. ft built-in area.
This renovated unit with metallic mesh staircase has a unique
one-of-a-kind appeal to Caucasian bankers. This is for rent at
$7500. Petain Road is north and a 10-minute drive to downtown. It is
not near any subway.
5. Kim Yam Road. One big shophouse is available for rent at $13,000
and smaller ones of 3-bedroom at 1,400 - 1,600 sq. ft rent at $6,000
as at Nov 8, 2000. A 5-minute walk to Clarke Quay and the
Singapore River. This waterfront al-fresco cafe area has great
appeal for Caucasians despite on-going construction activities and
worries about house security.
The four remodeled 2 bedroom models renting at $6000 have been
snapped up over the past 12 months.
6. Makepeace Road. A recently re-modeled wood board
flooring. 3-level with one loft.
10-minute walk to the Newton subway. Fully air conditioned and
enclosed air well. Asking rent is $10,000. Brand new. Fully air
conditioned and all wood flooring. Large roof terrace. The air well
has 2 plantar boxes (see image of air well and roof terrace below).
Unit available in November.
Street's one bedroom with loft and other areas rent from $2,500 but
usually there is no vacancy. Others are at Liang Seah
Street, Mohd Sultan Road, Spottiswood Park Road.
Some owners have had subdivided the shophome into small units with a
communal kitchen or a kitchenette in a studio unit.
Narrow width around 20-foot wide. 2 or 3-storeys. Less than 3 years
old if remodeled.
Usually there is no car parking lot in the Chinatown shophomes. The
Cairnhill ones may have one lot at the back. Emerald Hill ones have
public car parking nearby.
Small garden or patio. Living area goes to
area and then the back with kitchen, bathroom and store room or
maid's room. The living area may be ceramic tiled with old type or
just plain modern type seen in condos, (as in the image on left,
unit is for rent) or wooden floored. There may be a patio or small
garden outside the living area.
Level 2 may
have 2 or 3 bedrooms, usually with wooden strips although some may
have parquet flooring common in new condos.
are proud of the "original" wooden strips which are replicas of
those in the old days. Bathrooms are modern and so are air
conditioners. Click on image to view bigger image of wooden floor
The area near the air well between the front and the back rooms may
have a long bath with open windows at the side. It can be a family
area or part of the study room connected to the master bedroom.
Level 3, if available may have attic room and high loft with an
attached bath and skylight to appreciate the stars with the other
May have 2 bedrooms. One in Joo Chiat Road has a lounge pool at the
A roof terrace may be present. A jacuzzi bath for those
love to bathe in the public view. Large entertainment area for those
who love barbecues and impress friends and associates. This
Makepeace unit is available for rent at $11,000.
or tel: +65 9668 6468.
The air well may be enclosed or open. If open, the living and dining
areas are usually cooled by fans. If enclosed, the whole areas are
air conditioned. Most homes have a plantar box
the air well area (see image on left). Click on image to view bigger
More expensive ones have water globe fountain. Very few have a koi
pond. Unit available for rent. Email
or tel: +65 9668 6468
Renovation cost usually exceed S$1 million. Rent in the Emerald Hill
ones are $15,000 - $20,000 per month for the upscale units.
Of all the conservation shophomes and Balinese-style house I have
had seen, I like one at Everton Road. The front faces Everton Road.
On entering, the living area is separated from the dining area by a
display partition. Ventilation is provided by the air from the open
air well as the living and dining areas are fan-cooled, not air
From the living to the dining area, there are a few steps on the
side to access the kitchen and backyard.
At this side, cascading water flows down the steps into a good-sized
koi pond which is the floor of the air well. Bright daylight and air
comes into this area.
The nostalgic ambience of the wooden floor strips, the historical
past romances you while gently flowing waters and the orange koi
fishes calms you after a hard day's work.
The koi fishes will swim to one corner to avoid you as you are a
stranger but for the Tenant, they look forward to meeting you.
You could talk to them about your problems and they will listen
without interruptions. Koi lovers are known to do so. Sound crazy
talking to fishes?
But this unit excited our American single who had seen the whole of
Singapore shophomes with Realtor Christine and I. It was rented at
This was one case of good timing and good co-broking. You win some
cases, you lose some (see case study below).
Some units may be available.
email@example.com Tel: +65
Networking with expats to get what you want and give what they want. Are
Indian, Chinese & Indonesian nationals more "difficult" clients?
Case No. 1
"My husband spent time and money on house-hunting with the Indian prospect
and he finds an apartment with other agents. It is not that we don't want
to accept anymore Indian referrals from you, but we had similar problems
with the Indonesian and one American Chinese," explained the wife. Another
single Caucasian had also found something else recently. Much work done
with no results. Therefore, the wife decided on qualifying prospects.
But in this business, you can pick and choose only if you have lots of
prospects and this was not her situation! You cannot live on fresh air but
you need the network with the expats. Some of these will refer cases to
you if you are that good but unlucky.
Case No. 2
"My husband said I was stupid to show her so many apartments for several
weeks and now she found Leonie Condotel with another agent although she
said she did not like Leonie Condotel," regretted one Realtor who had
spent so much time including lunch with a Finnish lady to view all the
Case No. 3
"We have no complaints about your Realtor who had house-hunted with us for
the past 3 days. It's just that we were visiting friends at The Fontana
Heights on Saturday morning and an agent was there. She took us to see one
unit at Fontana Heights and another one at The Regency Park. We have
decided to see one or the other, ." said one Caucasian American prospect
with $8,000 - $10,000 rental budget. This realtor had not shown her the
above 2 units despite my advice to do so.
Case No. 4
"The Horizon Towers unit was very well renovated and the Owner offers to
reduce the rent further..." one American Chinese banker told me when all
the time she said she disliked Horizon Towers as it has a very small
dining area. The other agent had persuaded her to see this unit which I
had not shown.
I had great difficulty in persuading an old Orchard Bel-Air landlord to do
some renovations on the kitchen. The bathroom's WC was full of cockroaches
as it was a company property and here, there was no decision to rent.
"You had the first bite of the cherry," said the banker and I could not
get her the type of housing she wanted. I have new several listings and
Rental realtors are self-employed. They need to have the financial
resources if they want to succeed. This applies to all small businesses.
If you pick and choose referrals, you end up with no referrals because
being fussy, you end up with no caseload.
After all, most referrals come when you build up your reputation amongst
the expatriate community and if you don't make a name by being hard
working and taking up numerous cases, you don't get known by the
expatriates. Not all expatriates have low rental budgets of less than
Dreams of landing the big account are just dreams if you pick and choose
when you start your career. You need to do your leg work and gain the
In any case, the big-time will come when you have the experience and the
network. But it will take more than one or two years of commitment.
Small cases add up to the same revenue as one big case. You have not put
all your eggs in one basket. In bigger accounts of over $10,000 rentals,
like the bungalow plus pool cases, you have less choices and great
competition from the big firms and experienced realtors. You may end
up with no closing. Therefore, a small account which closes is
better than a big account with no closing as time is money for the self
FOR HISTORICAL RECORDS
ASIAHOMES' HOUSE HUNTING
Jan 6 2003
Maplewoods with balcony $3,500 - $4,000
4.10 pm sharp.
Felicium 4+1 1800 sq ft facing pool. $4,000. Large palm trees present a
greenery view and a waterfall cascading sound is heard distinctly when the
sliding doors of the living area is opened. The waterfall will be
"switched off" at 10 p.m. Large balcony 14 feet x 4 feet
Felicium lobby 5, 3+1 1500 sq ft $3,300, facing green and the round about.
Corner unit. More privacy. Balcony linking living area and master bedroom.
No views of apartments opposite. 03-03. Smaller living and
dining area compared to the 4+1 but two balconies.
Felicium 4+1 1800 sq ft $3,500. Facing a stalled construction of The
Blissville condo. A large "pond" on left. $4,000. Large balcony. Tranquil.
Landlord accepts a termination clause if the construction is revived.
Large tall green trees in a wide row are seen from the living area as if
you are living next to a jungle. Very private and quiet so far.
Bauhinia Lobby 14+1 1800 sq ft facing road. $4,000. All bedrooms facing
the busy Bukit Timah Road. Traffic noise reduced by 80% if the sliding
doors of the living area are closed.
Maplewood 4+1 1700
sq ft $4,000. No balcony. Other units available.
The young Australian couple had no comments on viewing above units.
FOR HISTORICAL RECORDS
ASIAHOMES' HOUSE HUNTING
October 9, 1999
German family with one 2-year old wants 3+1, >1500 sq. ft, Maplewoods.
Rentals in 2003 have dropped considerably. A 3-bedroom of 1300 sq .ft
rents around $2,500. 4bedroom around $4,000 if there is no construction
Units facing The Wilby Residence and a stalled Blissville condo
construction are not in demand. This will be the Felicium block.
Casa Esperanza condos are next to Maplewoods.
1. 2p.m. Casa
Esperanza 3+1 1850 sq. ft $4800, Blk 995, 6th floor. Another unit 3+1 2000
sq. ft $5000.
2. 2.30pm Maplewoods
Felicium Court #05-11 4+1 1800 sq. ft $5000.
Maplewoods Chempaka ground floor, 3+1 1600 sq. ft $5000
attract Caucasian tenants
4. 3p.m. Maplewoods
3+1 1500 sq. ft $3500 Chempaka lobby to meet agent Michelle.
Maplewoods 3+1 1496 sq. ft $4,000 pool view. Not facing main road.
6. Maplewoods with a
big roof terrace 3+1 1500 sq. ft asking $5,500 Felicium Court. The terrace
is used as a place for BBQ. Facing Bukit Timah Hills. Call Asia USA Realty
+65 9668 6468.
Bauhinia 2nd floor facing the main Bukit Timah Road. Owner getting fed up
of expats viewing and then not considering this unit. It is renting cheap
if you don't mind the noise.
8. Maplewoods Penthouse 4+1 2995 sq. ft $8500. Pool view.
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