Archive for June, 2007

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Tiong Bahru HDB Flats Past and Present

June 29, 2007

I was down at HDB Toa Payoh to purchase some floor plans and thought I might as well pop into their “almost unknown” museum to find out more about public housing in Singapore.

Actually I was there with only 1 objective – To snap the old Tiong Bahru SIT flats pictures.

In order to see the contrast, I walked over to the front of Block 28 Tiong Bahru Road to snap a picture today. (Sorry I did not get the angle right)

The post office featured in the old picture still exist in the same spot. Also, the 2nd storey windows and grills are still the same! The original layout of these flats does not come with any external windows. You can see the old picture’s 3rd storey, there aren’t any windows at that time.

Based on what I had gathered from some old timers in Tiong Bahru, the flats here were originally rented out and when HDB took over the estate in 1973, they probably also started Singapore’s 1st Interim Upgrading Project by adding on external windows and upgrading the sewage pipes. (So in short, the windows were added on only in 1973.)They were sold to the residents for about $20k. Back then it was considered hefty as my parents bought their Holland 3rm flat for about $7k only!

Today, the price is still as hefty as ever as this place continues to be highly sought after.

What I feel sad about and at times even angry is that I’m constantly being asked if there are En-Bloc possibilities for these OLD flats. Why are SOME people so determind to see this place go? I was asked this question this morning by a delivery man. Just last night, someone called to enquired about Tiong Bahru and the reason why he wants to buy is based on a rumour that this place will go under the wreaking ball soon.

I guess this place will always be under threat from urban renewal due to its prime location.

Some years ago, this beautiful SIT flat was knocked down to make way for WHO KNOWS WHAT. Perhaps it was left vacant to erase the memories before starting to build something on a clean slate.

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Tiong Bahru Pre War Floor Plans

June 29, 2007

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Tiong Bahru HDB Floor Plans

June 29, 2007

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Tiong Bahru HDB Historical Transaction Price

June 20, 2007

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June 15, 2007

Soleil at Sinaran (Novena)
Launching Soon
Walking distance to the Novena MRT, the development is just next to Novena Square shopping centre, Velocity and entertainment outlets. It is also near to medical facilities eg Thomson Medical Centres and Far East Medical Suites are ideal places for the wealthy foreign families seeking long-term medical treatment and convalescence in Singapore.

Such coveted location offers residents quick and easy access to work places at the Central Business District and the Integrated Resort in Marina Bay, as well as the trendy shopping amenities at the Orchard Road.

A”lifestyle development” offering luxurious, distinctive styling and modern comforts that appeal particularly to young professionals because of the ease of commuting to work, play and entertainment places.

It is also an excellent investment potential in terms of capital gains and rental returns.
Soleil at Sinaran has a very unique building facade, which is inspired by the natural organic and sculptural architectural concepts. Soleil at Sinaran is also a wellness retreat – a home within a resort to escape from busy work schedule and urban hectic lifestyles. There are many interesting common facilities, which includes entertainment pavilions and spa cabanas for spas and Jacuzzis. This will be a perfect venue for private events and poolside parties.

HARD FACTS
Developer : Riverside Investments Pte Ltd
Location : LOT 931T TS 29 at Sinaran Drive, beside Novena MRT
Tenure : Leasehold 00 years W.E.F 23 October 2006
Expected TOP : 30 September 2012
Expected Legal Completion : 30 September 2015
CSC : 30 September 2013
No. of Blocks / Storeys : 2 Blocks / 36 Storeys
Total No. of Units : 427
Site Area : Approx 134,160 sq ft / Plot ratio 3.5
Unit Types :
Type No. of Units Unit size range
1-Bedroom 94 509 – 579 sq ft
2-Bedroom 109 926 – 958 sq ft
2-Bedroom + study 60 1110 sq ft
2-Bedroom loft 32 1370 sq ft (include void)
3-Bedroom 64 1467 sq ft
4-Bedroom 64 1727 sq ft
5-bedroom penthouse 4 4972 – 5262 sq ft
TOTAL 427

Architect : Architect 61
Facilities : Recreational Pool, 50m lap pool, Children’s Play Area, Spa Pavilion, Entertainment Pavilion, Recreational Tennis Court, Reflective Pool, Function Room, Gym.Changing Rooms, Outdoor/Fitness areas.

For Privileged Bookings or Early Bird Discounts, kindly register your interest at alvinyeo@pacific.net.sg or call Alvin Yeo at (+65) 9100-0001

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June 14, 2007

Helios Residences
Freehold –
Cairnhill Circle
Priority Booking In Progress Now.
Price starts from $3000 psf onward.

Released Units Available For Booking :
#05 / 07 / 11 / 13 / 17 / 19
Stacks 04
B3 – 1281sqft

#05 / 13 / 17 / 19 —- Best Pool facing
Stacks 05
C2 – 1701sqft

#05 / 07 / 11 / 13 / 17 / 19
Stacks 06
B2 – 1281sqft

#05 / 07 / 11 / 13 / 17 / 19
Stacks 07
B1 – 1313sqft

#05 / 07 / 11 / 13 / 17 / 19
Stacks 08
B3 – 1916sqft

For Privileged Bookings or Early Bird Discounts, kindly register your interest at alvinyeo@pacific.net.sg or call Alvin Yeo at (+65) 9100-0001
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INCREASE IN CPF MINIMUM SUM

June 7, 2007

News Release by:
Central Provident Fund Board
07 June 2007

CPF Minimum Sum
From 1 July 07, the CPF Minimum Sum (MS) will be increased from $94,600 to $99,600. The new amount will apply to CPF members who turn 55 between 1 July 07 and 30 June 08. CPF members who set aside the $99,600 fully in cash will receive a monthly payout of $790 from age 62 for about 20 years.

This increase is in line with the announcements made in August 03 that the CPF MS will be raised gradually to reach $120,000 (in 2003 dollars) in 2013. The increase in MS, which includes an adjustment for inflation, is to ensure that Singaporeans set aside sufficient savings for their retirement.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES
For more information, please visit http://www.cpf.gov.sg/ or call the CPF Call Centre at 1800-227 1188.