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17 Jun 2008.   
  Focus:  We get for you affordable Singapore homes.  Rent or Investment
 
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South, near Downtown.
Alexandra Road & Queensway, opposite the IKEA furniture mall.

Completed: 1998.

775 units.

Studio: 76-115 sq. m
2-bedroom: 97-173 sq. m
3-bedroom: 128-180 sq. m
4-bedroom: 193, 194 sq. m

Description of Penthouses (top floor).
3-bedroom around 1,700 sq. ft asking $4,500 rent.

4-bedroom around 2,100 sq.ft and renting above S$6,000 as at January 3, 2000.

Blocks E, G & H each have 4 penthouses.

There are altogether 12 penthouses (top floor units).

High ceilings.
L-shaped separated living and dining areas. 

Singapore, The Anchorage. Long living area in 3-bedroom apartments

Picture above shows the typical long living area ending in a small balcony of the bigger apartments in The Anchorage. 

In the background will be the main door and a store room next to the entry foyer, immediately after the door. 

The dining area is on the right in this 3-bedroom, 1,700 sq. ft unit which is on the topmost 16th floor of Block 370E. 

Some developers call it the "penthouse".

The spacious dining area of the 3-bedroom 1,700 sq. ft top floor Block 370E apartment is asking for rent of $4,500 as at August 9, 2000.  Rentals have shot up in 2008.

It is spacious enough to accommodate a dining table with 10 chairs. 

The dining area in a bigger penthouse (top floor unit) is separated from the living area by a wall and is big in area.


The Anchorage, Singapore. The penthouse has a separate dining area.

2 balconies, one off
the living and one off the dining area and good-sized squarish bedrooms.

The Utility room is
too small to accommodate a maid and the "maid's bathroom" has a squatting toilet bowl
instead of the pedestal type expected of newer condos. There is a powder room. The
living and dining areas are very spacious while the kitchen, utility and wash area are
smaller in floor area.

Interiors:
Modern fittings and fixtures except for the squatting toilet bowl in the maid's bathroom. Living/dining - cream coloured marble tiles. Bedrooms: parquet.

The utility room is too small to be a maid's room. The maid's bathroom has a squatting toilet bowl
instead of the pedestal type, unusual for a newer condo and a shock to Caucasian expats who don't see such a fixture in their countries.Singapore,  The Anchorage pools.
Big swimming pool, children's pool, jacuzzi pool. 

The Clubhouse has a gym.  
City gas, therefore no need to lug tanks of gas.

Stove and
Oven are Elba brands. Stainless steel kitchen sinks. Audio-visual intercom system. Long
bath is white but there is no separate shower cubicle even for penthouses.

Facilities:
Big swimming pool, children's pool, jacuzzi pool, tennis court,
24-hour security system,
playground, squash court, BBQ area, covered car park, gym, clubhouse, multi-function
room.

Anchorage Condos have food court and supermarket at door-step.  10-min walk to subway. Very popular with expats.

In the foreground is the bus-stop and this is near the IKEA furniture mall. The pink building is The Anchorage block with the studio apartments and the retail shops and supermarket. The high rise buildings in the background are the Anchorage apartments.


Investors to note: Freehold. The Shopping Mall is connected to the condo by the basement car park.  There is also a food court and a supermarket literally a 2-minute walk from the furthest block (Block E on the hill top). 

Advantages:

1.  Less than a 10-minute walk to the Queensway subway from a short-cut near Block 370E.

2.  Many buses and taxis to Orchard Road or to the other subway at Redhill subway. It takes around 20 minutes by car to Raffles Place.

3.  The Anchorpoint Shopping Centre with the food court & Cold Storage supermarket is just next to the Condo. 

Studio apartments are located above the  food court and though facing
the main Alexandra Road, have sound-proofed windows.

4.  Small balcony off the living area for a small table and 2 chairs.

The Anchorage, Singapore has a small balcony off the living area.

The 4-bedroom penthouse has a separate dining area walled off from the living area and has a much smaller balcony for 2 pots of plants.

Disadvantages:

1.  High density, high rise living. The highest floor may be 16th floor and are the penthouses.

2.  Rooms are smaller for the average unit but emphasis is on a bigger living and dining
area.

3.  No maid's room.

4.  On the fringe of downtown. The Anchorage Condo is very popular with Japanese
and other expats.

Studios are always easy to rent.

Singapore condos - The Anchorage
The Anchorage near IKEA and a 10-minute walk to the Queenstown subway. 
 
 
  Case study: Are Hongkongers difficult clients?

This case study is meant to teach new associates of Asia USA and is a reply to Training Associates Article No. 807232.

July 23, 1998

"It is difficult to deal with the Hongkongers" said a new Associate, declining the referral from David. She thinks that all Hongkongers are fussy after having one bad experience of not being able to close for a couple from Hongkong house-hunting Singapore apartments.

Keep an open mind. All nationalities have their difficult clients. I have had shown one American Vietnamese over 200 houses before closing on one next to the Singapore American School. We were all over Singapore. An American Korean lady was shown over 60 condos over a period of time but these 2 clients were loyal.

Other Asians and Caucasian clients may take up less of my time but they have several realtors working for them unless you are really up to the mark to give them what they want. 

In this case, the Hongkonger prospect had little time to waste and if you could match his specifications, you will close within 2 - 4 hours of house-hunting. 2 condos were viewed, with co-broking agents for the Tanglin Regency Condos and 3 condos with the Owners of the Oleander Towers Condo.

July 23, 1998.

Tanglin Regency Condos, low floor, 2-bedrooms of 710 sq. ft rent around S$2,200 do not have built in wardrobes or microwave oven from the Developer. Tenant has to be careful as some Landlords do not provide the items after lease has been signed. 5-minute walk to the Redhill subway.

Oleander Towers Condo, Block 2, 2 bedrooms, 6th, 10th and 15th floor (open concept kitchen for series ending with -01) and closed kitchen concept rents for around S$2,500 fully furnished. Around 900 sq. ft and bigger than the Tanglin Regency Condos (710 sq. ft). 5- minute walk to the Toa Payoh subway.

Unit closed was Tanglin Regency, 2nd floor at S$2150 fully furnished, one-year lease. The deciding factor was that the Beijing wife liked the high quality furniture, the jazzy yellow
sun curtains and the elegant surroundings of the Tanglin Regency.

For smaller units, it is better for the Owner to furnish it with high quality stuff so as to attract the Tenant and to differentiate from the other Owners who usually do not furnish the unit.

Most Owners will not take the risk to furnish the condo with high quality stuff as they may have to take them out if the prospective Tenant dislike them. It is extremely difficult to furnish an apartment but if you use pastel colours, you will not taking too much risk of rejection.
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