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Asia USA Realty (Singapore) Pte Ltd  
Estate Agents Licence No. L3007306B      19 Mar 2011   
Focus:  We get for you affordable Singapore homes
Rent or Investment
South Singapore
350, 352 Balestier Road.  2 blocks of 21 storeys.  Completed: Late 1999. 136 units.

Swimming & Spa Pool, Playground, Gymnasium, BBQ Areas, Security

2-bedroom, 115 sq. m (1237 sq. ft) from $935,000 - $967,000 in 2003.
3-bedrooms, 132 sq. m (1420 sq. ft) from S$1.05 - $1.16million in 2003.  Sixteen 2-bedroom at the 4th and 5th levels.  Mostly 3-bedroom units.

Four penthouses of 457 sq. m (4917 sq. ft) on 20th and 21st floor, selling $3.6 million in 2003. 2 levels.  

Level 2.  The master bedroom has an L-shaped balcony and may therefore may appear small if you have American sized big dressers and big beds.

Big master bathroom with shower stall, jacuzzi long bath and bidet. 2 bedrooms with their own attached bath on the other side, one of which has an open balcony. A small family area.

Level 1.  Impressive big bright living area of around 800 sq. ft with a small balcony with a clear perspex glass barrier.  A guest room with a huge patio and a big master bathroom with shower stall long bath, dual basin and bidet.

The dining area is relatively small if you have a dining table with 12 chairs as it is "enclosed" by a L-shaped balcony. On the side, there's a bigger balcony leading to a private barbecue area. The kitchen is considered "small" for a nearly 5000 sq. ft penthouse. It opens to a service yard and utility or maid's room with its bathroom. See pictures below. 

3-min drive to Orchard Road.
Penthouse 4+1 4910 sq. ft  for rent.
4 attached bathrooms.
Private barbecue area and big balconies.

5-min taxi ride to downtown.
5-min bus ride to the Novena subway (top left, blue building) with its shopping mall. Buses go  to Suntec City.

Twin Heights has a separate entrance and a basement car park. Access to the supermarket and cinemas at Shaw Plaza (6-screen Cinema complex, shops like McDonald's, food court).

The apartments have extremely high quality interior finishes.

The bathroom with high quality marble tiled walls as well as floors. The counter tops are marble too.  A Siemens microwave cum oven and dishwasher are items seldom provided by developers.

An ice-making fridge can be accommodated in the kitchen of a 3-bedroom unit. Frameless shower stall and cream yellow long bath tub. Granite flooring in the living/dining area. Teak timber strips in bedrooms.  Home automation system.  Cable points to all rooms.   Maid's room with window in 3-bedroom unit.  

Balestier Road at 5 p.m on weekday, going to Novena subway on left turn. Tan Tock Seng Hospital (logo in building) next to blue Novena subway building
Balestier Road (left) going to Thomson Road and Novena subway on left Tan Tock Seng Hospital, top, middle next to Novena subway (blue building).  Monarchy Apartments (lower right).
Twin Heights' Classy master bathroom

Marble tiled master bathroom

0907singapore_flag_gif.gif (9239 bytes)March 9, 2011    For Rent
Advert by Realtor: 
Other units available 
E-mail Tel: +65 9668 6468. 
Twin Heights: Entry foyer into living area
Entry foyer (right) from 2 big main doors goes to the spacious living area.  The guest room and powder room (background) is below the master bedroom. The dining area (foreground) is spacious, about 15 feet long. The staircase is tucked into a corner so that the living area appears spacious and bright. The master bedroom with a walk in closet and big balcony is above the guest room. 
Twin Heights have a very large living area but a small balcony
Large and bright living area with high windows. A narrow strip of  balcony may be used to keep some potted plants.

Clear unblocked city views.

The balcony usually makes the living area look bigger in smaller apartments and therefore the apartment is not so claustrophobic for the Caucasian expatriate.   
Twin Heights: Bright dining area with windows and side terrace
The living area leads to the big dining area and kitchen (left, not visible). The man is pointing to a big side  balcony which leads to a private barbecue area on the left corner.

Audio-visual intercom system.  Security alarm system.
Twin Heights: Penthouse has a pirvate barbecue area and a spacious baloncy or terrace
Large barbecue pit in a big balcony area outside the dining area. 

A large side patio or swimming pool attracts Caucasian expatriate tenants.

Twin Heights Modern kitchen
Modern, bright and big kitchen with windows are what Caucasian expats look for. 

Air conditioning of the kitchen will be a great attraction and is becoming a selling point in some new investment condos like the Balmoral Residences.

A stainless steel oven matches the stainless steel kitchen sink. A dishwasher with a door of similar colour to the cabinet is "hidden".
Twin Heights: Guest bedroom with big balcony
The guest bedroom with an attached bathroom looks spacious as it has a big balcony extending the space and bringing in natural daylight.

However, the internal areas of all bedrooms including the master bedrooms are small by the standards of a penthouse.

This is because the "balconies" outside the living areas take up as much as 20% of the total bedroom floor area! Expats who want balconies will appreciate such a floor plan though.
Twin Heights: Master bedroom (right) to a narrow corridor to 2 other bedrooms (background)
The corridor from the master bedroom going to the other two bedrooms in the background. Both have attached baths.

A small family area in the middle of the corridor (left, not visible).
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Huge master bathrooms with dual basins, white long bath, shower stall and bidet. 

All bathrooms have marble tiled flooring and walls, a feature associated with luxury condos.  Bright, open to the sky and there are plantar boxes for plants.
All bedrooms have wooden flooring.

The master bedroom's walk-in wardrobes or closets are much appreciated by Caucasian American expatriates.

Big roomier bedrooms are in great demand by Caucasians but most new condos have smaller bedrooms.
Twin Heights's swimming pools look great
Swimming pool with water features on left, jacuzzi spa in far end and sun deck.   Security guard (right top). Basement car parking. Next to Shaw Plaza shopping centre and cinemas.
Twin Heights has a small gym
Small gym with 3 pieces of equipment on level two.  Pool on right and below (not visible). Basement car parking below. 
Twin Heights pools seen from 20th floor penthouse
Main and children's pools seen from the 20th storey penthouse. Note jacuzzi spa and more barbecue pits on level 2 on right side.

  • 2 Storey Penthouse at Balestier Road, Singapore. 5-minute drive to downtown Orchard Road
    • Approximately 4,990 sq.ft. 
    • 3 Bedrooms (with attached bathroom)
    • 1 Guest Room (with attached bathroom)
    • Dining/ Living Area (and powder room)
    • Private BBQ Pits at open terrace
    • 1 Utility Room (and toilet at yard area)
    • Partially Furnished Basis
    • Asking Gross Rent around $15,000.
    • Available August 2011.

      Tel: +65 9668-6468, e-mail for viewings
American expat with one baby wants a condo with a big living  and dining area.  He has a huge dining table for 10 people.  $6,000 - $10,000 budget.
10-min drive to Suntec City.

Viewing on Sunday 20 May 2001

2pm  Meet at Orchard Road.

2.45pm The Orange Grove, 37 Stevens Road
4+1 3250 sq. ft $9,000.  2 - 4 bus stops to Orchard/Scotts Road.  Good-sized living and separate dining areas. Extra air conditioning.  Some traffic noise as unit ending in ..--01 faces Stevens Road.

Singapore Makeway View has no condo facilities, near Newton subway3pm  Makeway View penthouse.
4+1 5300 sq. ft $9,000. 
Quiet road beside a canal.
No condo facilities. 8-min walk to the Newton subway.  The floor plan does not waste unnecessary spaces.  A large semi-circular balcony off the living area provides depth to the living view. Unblocked views from 9th floor.  More than 10 years old. Characterised by large semi-circular balconies.

Huge living area with high ceilings is separated by a very big dining area. Upstairs, 3 big bedrooms and a large family area overlooking down to the living area below. A transparent perspex glass barrier in the family area provides child safety and brightness. The brightness and spaciousness created a good impression to the American Chinese expat. Good use of floor spaces. 

Small development. 2-bedrooms are 1500 sq. ft renting $2,500.  Car park and security.   A good-sized grassland.  8-minute walk to Newton subway and a 5-min taxi ride to Orchard Road and Suntec City. Many buses.

3.15pm  Orchard Bel Air
4+1 3200 sq. ft $11,000.  Above 15th floor.
15-min walk to Orchard subway.  The ..-01 series faces Orchard Boulevard Road. Good-sized living and separate dining area but apartment looks dated.  Great location, near Tanglin Mall and Orchard Road. 

3.30pm  The Wilshire
3+1+1 5500 sq. ft $9,000.  Near Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road.  Huge balconies all round. Big family area. Separate dining and living area.  Dark brown wooden floor strips.  Did not like the "darkness" feeling.  Upgraded pool and gym. 

3.45pm  Sutton Place penthouse
4+1 2800 sq. ft  $6,000. Near Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road. 5th floor. Very slow hydraulic lift taking a minute to reach 5 floor levels.  Very small dining area. Columns in the living area take up spaces. Big balcony facing greenery. Small bedrooms upstairs.

4.30pm  Faber Park bungalow with triangular inground pool.  Mosaic tiles look dated.  
4+1 4000 sq. ft/8200 sq. ft land. $10,000.
Very small dining area as there are columns taking up much needed spaces.  Huge family area and 4 bedrooms with attached bathrooms upstairs.  Wear and tear evident in bathrooms and kitchen cabinets.  Park and 5-min drive to the United World College but will be a 20-min drive to Suntec City.

I guess that the American educated Korean wife will like the penthouse below as it seems to suit her specifications:

Conclusion. The Makeway View penthouse was favoured by the husband but the lack of condo facilities did not find favour with the wife.    A $35,000 upgrading has been planned by the Owner as the unit has dated kitchen and bathrooms. Available in June 2001.  No condo facilities but great location near Suntec City and Newton subway. 

Shaw Plaza-Twin Heights penthouse. $7,000. The wife just fell in love with this new pastel coloured penthouse and told the husband to forget about the Makeway View penthouse which has no condo facilities.  This new penthouse was seen thrice. Measurements were made as the master bedroom was small although the balconies and the living area are very spacious. Negotiations were not successful.  Expats interested, please tel: +65 9668 6468, email
See pictures below.   


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Subdivisions (condo & house details) has some of the details of the advertised condos.
Tel: +65 9668-6468, e-mail for viewings

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Estate Agents Licence No. L3007306B
Salesperson Name/Registration No.  Sing Kong Yuen/R030822Z

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