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26 Jun 2003
BUNGALOWS & CLUSTER TOWNHOUSES WITH POOL
AT BARKER ROAD
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1. Two house-hunting reports (2003 & 1998)
Bungalows & other houses in Caucasian enclave areas
Pictures of a Caucasian favourite - Barker Road cluster townhouses.
2. Case study: Legal poser "Is the surreptitious monthly payment to the Management Agent an act of Corruption?"
The Chief Justice's definition of corruption.
Relocating expat: Please contact Asia USA judy@asia
homes.com to help you get the best deal.
favoured by Caucasian expats are located in Districts 10, 11 and 21. Some
listings are shown below.
HOUSE HUNTING REPORT 1
$7,000 - $7,500
houses available for rent as at May 6, 2003. Email list to an expat overseas.
Email to www.asiahomes.com : May 5 2003
We are interested to take a house and are looking for 4/5 bedrooms,
would like a pool and so far are undecided on any particular area.
From my last stay in Singapore, I remember Alexandra Park, Woodley Park and Adam Road as nice areas, however that is not to say we are committed to looking in that region.
Our budget is around S$ 7,000-S$ 7,500 /month. We would be grateful if you could email us a list of properties (with
photos, if possible) that you have presently. I will be arriving in Singapore on the 20th May. Look forward to hearing from you.
Some listings from asiahomes.com:
1. Raffles Park off Dunearn Road - single storey bungalow with an
above ground pool. Land area 10,000 sq ft/built-in - 4000 sq ft - 4+1, rental asking for $7,000
2. Sixth Avenue off Holland Road - 3 storey semi-detached, Land -
4800/built-in - 3500 sq ft, 5+1, rental asking for $7,000 with an
aboveground pool only for kids, rental asking for $7,000
3. Jurong Kechil, Upper Bukit Timah area - bungalow with a decked pool, Land - 12,000 sq ft / built-in - 4000 sq ft, 4+1, rental asking for $7,000
4. off Holland Road - charming old bungalow of land area - 18,300 sq ft /built-in - 6300 sq ft, 5+1 with a pool, rental asking for $9,000
5. Jalan Kampong Chantek off Dunearn Road - bungalow of land area - 11,000
sq ft / built-in 5500 sq ft, 6+1 with a pool, rental asking for $9,000
HOUSE HUNTING REPORT 2
August 21 & 27, 1998.
Some of the houses may be available for rent as at May 6, 2003. House-hunting with New Zealander
& Dutchman from the USA. Rentals have plunged in 2003.
BARKER ROAD CLUSTER TOWNHOUSES & 1 BUNGALOW
Nine Intermediate terrace houses & 1 bungalow for rental.
2.5 storey 4+1, 2,100 sq ft built in. 1,800 sq ft land. $7,000 partially furnished.
BUNGALOW FOR RENT $12,000
(background, hidden amongst trees)
Expat enclave. 9 expat families mainly Europeans.
A good -sized communal pool & small playground. No security guard as the townhouses front Barker Road. The sole bungalow (top) amongst 9 townhouses rents around $12,000.
Townhouses have small living, dining areas and kitchens. Small bedrooms with an attic room but great location and expatriate community nearby.
10-min walk to the Newton subway.
Small garden, small kitchen but very near to downtown and Orchard Road. Easy to get taxis, off Dunearn Road, a 1/2-min walk away.
5-minute taxi ride to the Paterson Road International Singapore School and Overseas Family Schools.
Cold Storage Supermarket and or provisions at the nearby petrol kiosk within walking distance.
Many taxis and buses for spouse working downtown. A quiet one-way road for traffic. Extremely popular with Caucasians even in mid 2003. Almost fully rented. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates or tel: 9668 6468.
UPSCALE Barker Road cluster townhouses called LOTUS AT BARKER is nearby and were completed in 2000.
The corner terraces rent from $10,000. Intermediate terraces are available for rent. Email email@example.com or tel: +65 9668 6468.
Oriole Crescent Bungalow 1-storey 3+2. 3,000/12000sf $8,000. High class residential area - elite neighbourhood (Raffles Park) where the Singapore President and Deputy Prime Minister reside. Corner. Master bedroom small. Above ground pool. Big deck over 400 sq. ft for entertainment. Large garden for active kids and many dogs. Old cabinets and baths - rental much lower than others for 12,000 sq. ft of land!
Semi-detached 3-storey 6+1 4600/3500sf $10,000 - $16,000.
Terraces available for lease 5+1 from $8,000 p/f.
District 11. Brand new in September 1998. Modern kitchen appliances, marble-floored bathrooms, family rooms and so many new fixtures that all Caucasian wives will love. Marble flooring in spacious living/dining room. Tiled side, nothing much to maintain. High class residential neighbourhood near Raffles Park.
Kingsmead Road Bungalow 1-storey. 4+1 2500/6800sf $8,000. Above ground pool can be installed in back garden. Matured trees and excellent landscaping. Renovated open kitchen concept. Homogeneous tiles in living/dining. Security system. Cul de sac location - very quiet and children can cycle. Prime District 10 area, near Duchess Avenue and favourite of Caucasians.
Sunset Place Bungalow 2.5-storey 5+1 3500/7500
sq ft $11,000.
Renovated. Wooden panels. Great interest to Caucasians is that privacy (can't see neighbours being higher ground), big trees seen from bedrooms and big garden with koi pond and small cascading pool. Wet bar counter in living room which faces back garden. Good sized area for entertainment and for the Dutch man to smoke his favourite cigars.
Vacancies - update, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +65 9668 6468.
September 1, 1998
"I don't even know I have a Managing Agent!"
exclaimed Claire, an American lady with a very gentle and happy disposition and who did
not like too many levels to contact the Landlord.
The Landlord agreed to the following:
$4,000 rental/month and $500 payment as "managing fees" to the
Managing Agent. There was a possibility that the Managing Agent would switch
Claire to other condos if he was not agreeable. Singapore was in
recession in 1998 and it took a few months to find a tenant to rent out this
ground floor Costa Rhu apartment facing the pool.
One verbal condition of lease from the co-broking realtor representing
the Managing Agent was that the Landlord should not inform the Occupants (Claire and her
husband) that there would be a managing fee payable. The Landlord was
satisfied with the $4,000 rental and agreed to that condition.
The Landlady scolded the Landlord saying he had been duped as nobody paid Managing fees in Singapore (which is incorrect). This was pure Singaporean corruption and maybe the Corrupt Practices Investigation Board, a government authority under the Prime Minister's office, should look into the matter.
"I consulted lawyers from 2 top firms and they said this arrangement is unusual" stated the Landlady to me.
"But is it illegal?" I asked.
"Can you stop the payment of the managing fees and keep the $500 yourself?"
"What do you think?" asked the Landlord,
a professional man.
The Managing Agent was ready to go to court. The
Landlord had advices from 2 top lawyers and they did not mention the word
"illegal" or "corruption." There was an agreement in writing to pay
Is this a case of corruption? Was
there a hint of furtiveness of the transaction?
The mere act of paying money in return for a favour does not make it a crime of corruption. What matters is whether the transaction has been tainted with an intention to corrupt.
According to Singapore Chief Justice, Mr Yong Pung How, the court will ask itself: "What was the accused's intention or reason for giving or receiving the gratification?".
To answer that, CJ Yong said the Court has to consider the facts such as:
As a working guide, the court could also see whether the act fell within the natural and ordinary meaning of the word "corrupt".
In the above case, since the lawyers from 2 top law firms
in Singapore had no contrary advices. The Landlord paid the Managing fees as agreed.
For more information on rentals or FREE house-hunting for expats relocating to Singapore,
email Judy Quek, tel: +65 9668 6468, 6254 3326,