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Last updated: 09 Jun 2001


Regent Villas

The Lotus Sanctuary Semi-detached at Coronation Road West

A modern semi-detached house

An older semi-detached house

Feb 2000 house-hunting report updated.  Research supported by Asiahomes Internet


Wednesday February 23, 2000

Viewing semi-detached
Australian family with one 4-year old. 4+1, big house,  max. rent $8,000.  Near Tanglin Trust

Meet at Great World City Serviced Apartments.

D12.  Gentle Villa subdivision 3-storey semi-det 5+1  Around 2800/3000sq. ft . $6,500. 5-min walk to Novena subway and Orchard Road.  Caucasian enclave with lots of small children. 

Bedrooms and kitchen considered too small.  Maid's room too small.
Great location. 5-min drive to international schools at Orchard Road.

D11.  University Walk subdivision 2-year old semi-det 5+1  2400/3000sq. ft    $8,000.  Tenanted. Caucasian enclave.   Around 2 years old.
Basement has a big study room with attached bath and a guest room.  Marble-tiled modern bathrooms and big bedrooms in 3 storeys.  Many caucasian children in this subdivision.
Didn't like the layout.

D21.   Jalan Layang Layang semi-det 5+1   3600/2600sq. ft  land.  $8,000.  One year old.  All attached bath. Near Canadian School.

Big bedrooms with wood strips and modern baths and kitchen.  However, there is a wet kitchen (for frying things) and a dry kitchen resulting in a reduced space for a bigger dining area.  Black granite flooring in living cum dining area.  Bright. Small water garden.

The house is ideal except that 
the indoor dining area is too small for entertainment of guests.    

D10.  Holland Grove View
3-storey semi-det 4+1+basement
3500/2800sq. ft  land. $8,500.  Caucasian enclave.  Near Australian School.  2 years old.

White greyish streak marble flooring, pastel colour marble tiled bathrooms. Big basement room with 1 wine cellar, 1 store room and 1 maid's room.

Appreciated this house with its upscale quality finishes and pastel colours but rent asked was above budget.  Concerned about the 10-minute walk to the main road for the wife to take buses to the subway.

D10.  Regent Villas subdivision, Jalan Lim Tai See. 5+1  $7,000. 3-storey semi-det. Small garden. Sixth Avenue between Holland Road and Bukit Timah Road, near Regent VillasA popular Caucasian area in the Sixth Avenue vicinity, a 5-10 min bus ride to the major international schools.

99-year leasehold.
46 units.  Completed: 1993.
Terrace:  256 - 289 sq. ft built up area.  150 - 360 sq. ft land area.
Semi-detached:  258 - 306 sq. ft built up area.  200 - 512 sq. ft land area.   Parquet flooring in bedrooms. Cream marble in separate living and dining rooms and bathrooms. 

Regent Villas - compact master bathroom
No maid's room but a big guest room with an attached bath on level 1.  Big semi-circular family area on level 2 similar to the ones seen in Gentle Villas and 2 bedroom.  2 bedrooms in level 3 plus an attic room. Rentals around $8,000 in June 2001.

Regent Villas nearer to Sixth Avenue Road (left)A small playground off the Sixth Avenue Road.

D10.  The Lotus Sanctuary semi-detached houses at Coronation Road West

3-storey semi-det  4+1 2100/2100sq. ft   $8,800. Caucasian enclave. No jacuzzi pool, family area or extra guest room or proper maid's room.

3100/2900sq. ft  land corner unit rented at $10,500.

Biggest units is 3800sq. ft  built-in renting at $10,500.  Such bigger units have air well which brings in light and can be used as a plant area, study room facing air well, maids room, jacuzzi pool in middle of house outside. Master bedroom and 2 bedrooms and a family area on level 2.  Level 3 has the usual attic with attached bathroom.

Sex appeal of modern bathroom with marble-tiled walls.Coronation Road West modern  master bathroom. Fell in love with the layout of the bigger units. The study room facing the plants at the air well, the big family area, the jacuzzi pool.  However rent asked was above his budget.
Coronation Road West brand new semi-detached but small Much small living and dining areas.  Small yards, garden and car park lot.  Lowest rent asked is $8,800.  Highest is $10,500. 12 modern new units of semi-detached houses completed around 1999.

D10.  Moonbeam Terrace 4+1 
2500/3800sq. ft  land  $7,000. 
3-storey semi-det.  Renovated.   20 years old.  Near Australian School.

Long driveway and big garden strip.  The guest room is seen on entry.   You go upstairs to the living and dining area on level 2 via the staircase or at the side via a staircase.   There is a big open terrace off the living area and the balcony.

The kitchen is on level 2 and there is a big garden.   On level 3, there are the 4 bedrooms each with a big balcony for plants.

Didn't like the fact that the main entrance is the guest room with its attached bath. I suggest this room to be the entry foyer or library and get an interior design to advise him.  This house has the big rooms and gardens and is toddler-safe.  Didn't like the lack of co-ordinated interior design and the renovation. However, during renovation, this unit is just ripe for your inputs as to the new fittings and furniture.

Conclusion.  No decision made at this 2nd house viewing as no house is perfect.  

The Mount Sinai/Holland Grove area is probably the best residential area.  It is a 5-10 min drive to the Tanglin Trust and United World College and is an expat enclave.   Will schedule 3rd house-hunting trip.

The Barker Road semi-detached with 7000 sq. ft of land, with its huge bedrooms, separate dining area, big study room and garden and great location of 8-min walk to the Newton subway, at $8,000 offered 3 weeks ago was taken.   


3-storey semi-det. 20 years old but spacious.

A unique house with plenty of garden space in a quiet cul-de-sac road. 

For rent at $7,000. Tel: +65 9668 6468 or email judy@asiahomes.com now!
20-year old spacious 3-storey semi-detached with long driveway to park 2 Mercedes.  A big strip of garden to the left of the gate for barbecue parties.   

However, the lst level room (photo on right) is the guest room with its attached bath and not the living room.

A staircase leads to the 2nd level with its living/dining areas in front and kitchen behind.
lst level is guest room, not living room.

This guest room can be converted into a study or entry foyer with a library if one can change one's mindset away from the typical layout of a house. 


Old house but big living and dining areas. Unusual to have kit and living area on level 2. Spacious balconies from all bedrooms for plants.
Above photos.  Living and dining areas open to a private terrace and balcony.  3 bedrooms with large balconies upstairs.  The kitchen  is on level 2.  It is being renovated and has a big backyard and maid's room.  Access to the living area is via the kitchen and a staircase to the left hand side of the house.  Very unconventional but you have plenty of garden space, big bedrooms and big bathrooms.
The Lotus Sanctuary semi-detached.

The sex appeal of the modern brand new houses is shown in the 2 photos above.  The new marble flooring, new kitchen cabinets and appliances, marble-tiled bathrooms, white long baths and dual basins in the master bathroom, shower cubicles in other bathrooms, as typified in the Coronation Road West semi-detached houses is always a great attraction to Caucasian expatriate tenants.

For the bigger units, the semi-circular jacuzzi pool will be on the left, between the living and dining areas, outside the house.  The air well will be inside the house.

Open concept kitchen, dishwasher, stainless steel oven, hob and hoods and wooden floor strips.  There is no complaint except the rent asked.

If you are prepared to pay higher rent/sq. ft of built in area and live in smaller bedrooms and even smaller backyard and gardens, you will have new furniture and fittings.  

Whatever good advices your human resource manager and office colleagues say about the "large numbers of rental properties" begging for tenants, you will have to be more aware at the ground level as regards bigger condos and houses which are in scarce supply but in great demand. 

There are just a handful of brand new penthouses and new houses over 3000 sq. ft of built-in areas.  Most new expats relocating to Singapore are side-tracked by advices from other expats who have already got their houses, colleagues and the office people into believing that there's lots of properties waiting for them to rent.

They are correct but such properties are usually small apartments in the suburban locations like Upper Bukit Timah Road.  As at May 2001, there is a great increase in expatriates coming to Singapore. Therefore, do be aware of the ground situation.  There is no doubt a glut of 2- and 3-bedroom condos in the suburban areas like Upper Bukit Timah Road and East Coast near Changi Airport.  The respective rents are around $1,500 and $2,000 for  fully furnished units.  

Light brown wood stripsPictures of a semi-detached all Caucasians will fall in love with.Wooden strips in bedrooms

2001 fashion.
Light brown wooden strips.  High windows bring in natural daylight. Greenery in a landed property residential

The living area is in front while the dining area is behind, separated by a split level.   Cream coloured marble flooring.  The important aspect of this house is that it has a wide dining area able to accomodate a long rectangular table of 3 metres long, as the stair case is pushed to one end, unlike some older semi-detached where the staircase juts out to separate the living from the dining area.

A powder room with unique modern bathroom accessories
Nothing but the latest in bathroom sinks and a push out window to bring in daylight to the powder room.

The frame-less shower stall (i.e. no white strips around the joints) is much more expensive.  Black floor tiles, stainless steel and white bathroom accessories provide a high tech feeling.


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