Archive for March, 2007


Hip Replacement

March 25, 2007

The Sunday Times (Life!)
March 24, 2007

Hip replacement
By Tay Suan Chiang

IT MAY have had a $50,000 makeover to give its interior the sleek lines of contemporary living, but this 60-year-old flat at Tiong Bahru has retained its heart – in more ways than one.

Some original touches have been kept, such as the cabinet doors in the kitchen, which were sanded down and repainted.

There’s also an original built-in mosaic window seat that runs along the length of the living room. The owners and friends enjoy watching the bustle of trendy Tiong Bahru from it.

The owners, a young working couple who declined to be named, faced quite a challenge when they bought the flat.

It wasn’t fit to be lived in, they recall of the 925 sq ft flat bought 11/2 years ago

Indeed, the four flights of stairs leading up to it still look every one of their six decades in age.

But step inside, and shabby becomes chic.

While the facade is old, the owners, who moved in last month, said: ‘We decided that retro wasn’t us and we wouldn’t be able to live with it in the long run.’

Major work had to be done, the first of which was the flooring. The flat’s old tiles were removed and in their place is cement flooring. As well as giving an edgy, urban vibe, the owners say it is more affordable and easy to maintain.

Small but cosy

The flat also had two bedrooms at the front that have been converted into a bigger living area. A third bedroom nearer the entrance of the flat is now the couple’s bedroom.

While the pair love the flat’s convenient location, they say there is a downside to living there.

‘Space is a real challenge; it is just right for two of us and our small dog,’ he says.

So when it comes to buying items for the home, they have to think twice. ‘Everything must be small and compact.’

SPACED OUT: To enlarge the living and dining areas, two bedrooms at the front of the house were knocked down. — LIM WUI LIANG

DOUBLE DUTY: The home owners opted for a horizontal commercial fridge which could also act as a counter top. — LIM WUI LIANG

AS GOOD AS NEW: An old-style calendar hangs from a restored door of a kitchen cabinet. — LIM WUI LIANG

TREASURE: A mosaic-tiled seat by the living room window was retained in its original condition, offering visitors a bird’s eye view of Tiong Bahru. — LIM WUI LIANG

JUNK FIND: The grilles with heart-shaped patterns were taken from the home owner’s former neighbour in Braddell who had thrown it out during his renovation works. — LIM WUI LIANG

CLEAN LOOK: White is the predominant colour scheme in the house. — LIM WUI LIANG


March 22, 2007

The Trillium –
100% Sold Out

Site Area: 159,075.8 sqft

Tenure : Freehold

Height : 29 storeysTower

Lifts : Private lift to individual units

Car Park Lots : 257 (normal lots) / 3 (handicap) – Basement 1

Facilities : Full Condo Facilities- 40m lap pool (1.2 m depth)- Club House- Tennis Court- BBQ Pavilion- Basketball Court- Putting Green

Kitchen Appliances : Fully equip for kitchen – Cooker hood & hood- Oven – double roaster (Miele)- Microwave – Fridge- Dish washer

Others : – Washer cum dryer (yard area)- Wardrobes for all bedrooms

Flooring : – Marble for living, dining and kitchen- Natural oak for all bedrooms- Balcony – Natural Marble and/or Homogeneous tiles.

Types of Units :

Type A – 2+study/1400 sqft/75 units

Type B – 3+ study/1798 sqft/75 units

Type C – 4 bedrm/2218 sqft/50 units

Type D – 5 bedrm/2390 sqft/25 units

Penthouses: 5900 – 6100 sqft/6 units

Total 231 units (3 Towers – T1, T2 & T3)

Expected T.O.P : 31st December of 2010

Asking sale prices (SGD): From $1600 psf


March 11, 2007
Pavilion 11 – 100% SOLD
(Sub-Sale Enquiries Welcome)
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Address : 25 & 27 Akyab Road (Consisting of two 33 Storey Towers)


Types of Units available
2 bedroom (60units, 958 sqft)
3 bedroom (114 units, 1485 sqft)

Penthouse (4 units 4280 sqft)

Site Area: 81,642 sqft

Expected TOP: June 2010

Price: Average $850 psf up