3, 5, 7 Siglap Road, Completed: 1976. 1000
Studio: 68 - 80 sq. m
2-bedroom: 93 sq. m
3-bedroom: 142 - 195 sq. m.
The bigger 3-bedroom units of 195 sq. m are
maisonettes with 2 big balconies and bedrooms
Penthouse: 353 - 366 sq. m
Finishes: Living and dining have ceramic tiles
but some owners have upgraded to marble flooring.
Bedrooms have parquet flooring. Built-in
wardrobes, kitchen cabinet, balcony in living room and
master bedroom. Window unit air conditioning are
commonly seen unless the owner has upgraded to split
unit air. conditioners.
3-bedroom units have 2 doors-in-one in master bedroom.
The first door is the bedroom door and the 2nd
door opens to the lift lobby outside. Some Owners
block this emergency door with a writing table.
- Olympic-length swimming pool
- Wading pool
- Jogging and cycling tracks
- Fully-equipped gymnasium
- Saunas and steam bath
- Tennis, squash and badminton courts
- Table tennis room
- Golf putting green
- Barbecue area
- Function room
- Children's playground
- Hairdressing & Beauty Salon
- Video rental shop
- Automated teller machine
- Post office locked box
- 24-hour security
- Covered carpark
A kindergarten inside condo attracts Caucasian
mothers. Underpass to East Coast outside condo across
expressway to continue jogging in a 5-minute walk.
High. Rentals are lower than brand new condos but the
bedrooms are more spacious.
Lower rental per sq. m compared to the new condos.
The semi-circular balconies attract many Caucasian
expatriate tenants. Some units have fantastic sea
views and yet are not near the noisy expressway.
Mandarin Gardens condos are in great demand.
An under pass to the East Coast Park and beach.
A resort-ambience, though condo is a high density one.
Buildings are spaced further apart than most brand new
condos, giving a sense of spaciousness.
A bus interchange nearby.
A large Caucasian and Japanese expat enclave with many
Kindergarten inside condo is convenient as some expat
mothers do work.
3+1 favoured by expats with one child as there is an
extra room for guests.
Full condo facilities.
Parkway Parade supermarket and neighbourhood shops
Daily, you will see
blue sea, ships and green trees and feel the breezes
from the high floor units
Older condo but premises are upgraded. High
density. The usual complaint of expressway traffic
noises for units fronting the CTE expressway.
A common Caucasian complaint is that there are
cabinets cluttering the area near the staircase of the
2nd floor passageway outside the master bedrooms, worn
out long bath tubs and window unit air conditioners.
Half-renovated looks: Some owners renovate partly
leaving dated long bath tubs and window unit
Oct 8 1998 Case Study: Landlord, attracting
Tenants. Closing on an expat family with a
5-year old child.
3 units of 3+1, 1600 sq. ft seen in 3 different
facings for Blk 7, Mandarin Gardens on October 5, 1998
by a young Indian couple with 5-year old, budget being
S$2,200 fully furnished. They were:
3rd floor. Not much view from living room.
Older common furniture but clean. Landlord had placed
a big desk flushed against the emergency escape door
of master bedroom (the 2-doors in one for 3+1
described above), bolting it.
12th floor. Sea view seen and half view of
pool. New light-coloured pine-wood dining table
(actually 2 square tables) with 6 chairs, glass-door
cupboard, display book-case shelvings, washer, dryer,
conventional oven. Folding-door kitchen hatch. Shoe
rack. Grey lounge set stained by wear and tear. Light
coloured bed frame and small desk in master bedroom.
Beds in all rooms. Window-unit air conditioning in
bedrooms. Plain purple curtains in living room and
deep blue ones in bedrooms. Utility area exposed to
burglars who can climb into unit from air well.
23rd floor. Excellent sea views marred by
window grilles for balcony of living room. Black
lounge sets, black dining table, black TV stands. No
conventional oven. Brighter lobby and kitchen.
Split-unit air conditioning in all rooms. The mood was
depressive since unit has so many black items although
lift lobby and kitchen are brighter despite being
Closing: 12th floor. Husband was the
decision maker. This case typifies what attract
*clean white ceramic tiles in living room.
*newly painted white interior.
*new furniture available.
*fully equipped kitchen.
*clean kitchen appliances.
AN EXAMPLE OF A TOP FLOOR APARTMENT
3-bedroom maisonette 2000 sq. ft on 20th floor in Blk
5 with fantastic sea views. Quiet as this condo
is much further away from the expressway (in front of
white low rise Mandarin Gardens buildings)
Villa Marina maisonette 4-bedroom
The pool has water falls. 6 white jacuzzi beds
(see image, CLICK thumbnail to see bigger picture)
inside water to pamper you.
Competitors: Newer condos like Pebble Bay,
Costa Rhu, The Makena and the nearby low rise new
Villa Marina (built in 2000, picture below)
Villa Marina's exciting pool and cool
has captured a significant number of younger
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