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12 Aug 2011
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VILLA DELLE ROSE
Near downtown Singapore, near the
2 - 104 Taman Nahkoda. Completed:
1983. 104 units. All maisonettes. Condo faculties.
3-bedroom: 256 - 313 sq. m.
- light brown marble. Bedrooms - parquet.
Some units have been renovated and look good.
pool, children's pool, playground, BBQ area, covered car park,
24-hour security, clubhouse, tennis court and squash court. No
Quiet with greenery,
yet near to downtown.
Occupancy Rate: Above
90%. Units are extremely popular with Caucasian families, being
close to Orchard Road and being low rise. However, there are no
Investors to note:
Freehold. Very popular with Caucasian
families. Only a few units are available for rent at any one time.
The ground floor unit has a big patio and faces
bamboo tress. The upper maisonette has a big balcony and side windows in family area and
living room to enjoy the tropical green forest of the adjoining
In 2011, it is still a hot favourite of Caucasian families. The
tropical forest ambience of the Botanic Gardens next door. No
mosquitoes seen most of the time owing to frequent fogging with
insecticide. Squirrels may be seen amongst the trees.
2-minute drive to Orchard Road. Vicinity of
Farrer/Napier Road, Botanic Garden.
Big balconies. Separate living and dining areas. Plenty of space.
Next to the Botanic Gardens. Tranquil and green atmosphere. Resort
Can hear crickets or singing
birds or see squirrels skipping amongst the tree branches.
Within a 15-minute bus ride to the United World College,
Dutch/German/Swiss, International Singapore School, Overseas Family
School and Japanese Schools.
Bright spacious kitchens
3-minute drive to Holland
Tropical forest ambience attracts many Caucasians who like the green
environment. Lots of Caucasian children.
Many buses and taxis to downtown.
Upgraded pool and surroundings.
Not within walking distance to the subway but there are so many
taxis and buses off the main Napier Road.
Some units are dated, but renovated ones are as good as new
Usual expatriate complaint of lower floor maisonettes being dark and
Renovated spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet. Outer wash
basin and another one inside bedroom proper. Long bath. No shower
stall. In certain lower maisonettes, the bedroom is very dark.
However, these are most popular with Caucasian families with small
children as there is no need to walk up to the 3rd storey.
Lower maisonette. Family area. An air well brings some natural
daylight. Two bedrooms on one side of the family area. One has a
balcony. The master bedroom is on the other side of the family area.
No elevator to upper maisonette.
Various units are available for rent at different times.
3+1 ground floor with big patio are most popular with Caucasian
families. Upper maisonette units may be available but you need
to walk up 2 floors. Some units do have greenery views, some have
split level living and dining areas. Stairs to upstairs to a big
family area. 3 bedrooms in 2nd level.
One common bathroom and an attached bathroom with no bath tub, no
shower cubicle in master bathroom.
Parquet flooring in bedrooms and family area.
Villa delle Rose, Ground floor unit 3200 sq ft $12,000
Upper floor unit 3+1 2800 sq ft $11,000
Other units may be available.
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the human resource manager act in the best interest of the
expatriate? Case study written in 2002
"Surely, the human resource manager will look after the best
interest of the expatriate," said Mr Jerio who had been looking
for a waterfront 4-bedroom
with a $5,000 rental budget and had contacted me, an outside
realtor. I would not comment as I did not believe
this to be the case.
By waterfront, he meant that the unit really fronted the crystal
green Kallang River. See
Costa Rhu pictures
His company realtor had shown him a few units. He also
made appointments and saw units himself. An outside agent
advertised one waterfronting unit in the Straits Times newspaper
for $5,500. However, the terms and conditions were not
agreeable by both parties.
He contacted me via email after surfing the internet and found
I had the same unit he had seen with his company realtor and
with the outside realtor. I was also an outside
realtor. The Landlord was willing to lease it for $5,000
provided the Tenant (the company) pays the air conditioning
I told him upfront that I could not co-broke with his company
realtor as I would be getting 50% of the commission since this
unit already had a marketing realtor. In Singapore, co-broking
meant two realtors sharing the agency commission, payable by the
Mr Jerio asked me to talk to his human resource manager who was
not too happy that the company realtor was not "consulted" and
had insisted on me contacting the company realtor. I said
that the company realtor would get only 25% of the commission
and I would get 25%.
The company realtor phoned me. I agreed to split the 50%
equally with the company realtor. The realtor was dissatisfied
as he could or should get 50% instead of 25% and went into a
frenzy of accusations of collusion with the realtor who
represented the Landlord to deprive him of his bread and butter.
It was really unpleasant.
In the end, Mr Jerio did not get the condo. It was rented
out more than $5,000 within a week with no hassles by the
realtor representing the Landlord.
Good properties are easy to rent. The expatriate must be aware
of company policies. Basically the following are
four conditions for the newly arrived expatriate relocating to
Singapore to find their ideal homes.
1. Some expats with the clout are free to use outside
realtors and source the housing with any number of realtors.
2. Some expats are greatly discouraged from using outside
realtors like asiahomes
realtors by the human resource manager. In such
companies, the human resource manager may or may not get a
percentage of the commissions from the company retained realtor.
Many do get presents for retention of the realtor. Some
don't, depending on the integrity of the human resource manager.
All outside realtors must co-broke with the company realtor.
Therefore, this policy is not in the best interest of the
expatriate tenant but it does give control for the human
3. Some expats can use company and outside realtors.
The company accepts the recommendation of the expatriate.
This policy is in the best interest of the expatriate.
4. Some expats have to use a panel of company retained
realtors but no outside realtors. They can switch realtors
within the panel but not outside.
Less than $2,500 rental budget. For expatriates with less
than $2,500 rental, many realtors will "co-broke" but the agent
representing the expatriate tenant will have to get their agency
commission directly from the expatriate. This is usually
half to one month's rent. The agent representing the
Landlord keeps the commission al to himself/herself. Some
do share in order to close the case fast.
I hope this report explains the system of sourcing housing for
expatriates in Singapore.
Do check out your company policies to save you time and
frustrations or to ensure that the company permits you to get
your own realtor during your negotiations with the company.
Before it is too late.
If you have any queries, email
+65 9668 6468, 254 3326.
ASIAHOMES' 2001 HOUSE-HUNTING REPORT
FOR RENT IN December 10, 2001. Some of the units may be available for
rent in 2011.
4 bedroom plus maid's room.
Bungalow with big garden $6,500. 5-min drive to Orchard Road. Quiet
cul-de-sac. 3000 sq. ft built in and 9000 sq. ft of grass
New kitchen and bathrooms. 3 bedroom, a maid's room and a store
room. Ceramic tiled and window unit air conditioners.
The rent was around $15,000 in this Caucasian enclave in 2001.
Suits a couple with one child or no children. An expat who wants
a garden, not a high rise condo. You can install an above ground pool
as the land is large.
Driveway and entrance to kitchen and living area.
Living and dining area with pastel coloured ceramic tiles and a
big front garden.
Side garden leading to a big garden which can fit an above
ground pool in the back.
Colonial single storey bungalows like the one above have smaller
bedrooms unlike modern massive detached houses.
Live in a historical house. Not many single storey bungalows in
The above bungalow has been
rented as at December 2001. Pictures are retained for newcomer
expatriates researching Singapore houses. We have other houses for
rent but good bungalows are usually above $8,000 rentals for districts
9, 10 and 11. Tel: +65 9668 6468, email
District 17 (North-East Singapore)
A beautiful 2-storey semi-detached, renovated with marble flooring and
good quality bathrooms with large spacious bedrooms in Harvey Avenue
asking for $6,000 rent. A big garden and long
driveway for entertaining clientele. 6 bedrooms with an attic
room to be used as a home theatre. A short 10-minute walk
to the Simei subway. Breezy and tranquil. A 20
minutes' drive to the Raffles Place offices. This unit is under
negotiation as at December 10, 2001.
15 (East Singapore) Semi-detached houses in the East Coast
rents around $4,000. 2-storeys with a bigger garden than intermediate
terrace house. Near the Siglap shopping mall.
Coast intermediate terrace houses or townhouses have a small garden.
Rental is around $2,000 - $3,000. Around 10-15 minutes' walk to
the Tana Merah subway. This unit is available for rent immediately.
Other houses for rent, goto:
East Coast houses around $4,000
HOUSE HUNTING RENTALS
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