Telok Blangah, Harbourfront and Sentosa Cove properties aren't the cheapest in Singapore if you don't already know. Located in the Southern part of Singapore within close proximity to the Central Business District, you have to be armed with loads of money if you're on the verge of succumbing to the allure of premium waterfront living at Sentosa Cove. You need to fork out millions of dollars if you're harbouring about living in such an exclusive precinct! Well, they don't call it million dollar view for nothing, right? Anyhow, prices of HDB flats in Telok Blangah are moderately high in case you're curious.
In this Telok Blangah and Sentosa Cove Property Guide, which is part of the 2016 Property and Lifestyle Guide series by GET.com, we will show you the highlights of the Telok Blangah and Sentosa Cove areas, show you how much properties cost in District 4 and the cool things you can expect from this district.
District 4 Properties: An Overview
According to Urban Redevelopment Authority, to be considered under District 4, the first 2 digits of the 6-digit postal code must be 09 or 10. It includes general locations like Harbourfront and Telok Blangah.
Contrary to what many may think, District 4 is in fact very kid-friendly with a wide range of amenities and activities for kids across various age groups conveniently located in the Harbourfront area. So this could be a district for you to consider if you have kids or are intending to have kids. Those with children of tertiary age will be glad to know that the National University of Singapore is conveniently located in the neighbouring district.
The HDB flats in Telok Blangah are more mature and they fetch considerably higher resale prices due to their good location in District 4. You're in luck if you're looking at private housing in the Harbourfront area as there are many luxurious condominiums and apartments stretching all the way from Telok Blangah and Keppel right into the secluded but oh-so-exclusive Sentosa Cove!
Most of the beautiful and expansive landed properties are dotted along Sentosa Cove in case you're wondering. Just a word of advice though, all of them cost a bomb so be prepared to take out wades of cash if you're intending to make these opulent properties your homes! It wouldn't hurt for you to own a car or two if you intend to live in Sentosa Cove for convenience sake, too.
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Pros And Cons Of Living In Telok Blangah And Sentosa
- Convenient transportation networks
- Luxurious waterfront living
- Lots of food, entertainment, shopping options
- Very kid-friendly
- Good mix of schools in the area
- High property prices and rents
Amenities In Telok Blangah And Sentosa
There are plenty of amenities catering to the residents of Telok Blangah and Harbourfront. Besides General Practitioners, the nearest polyclinic that you can visit when you're feeling a little under the weather is the Bukit Merah Polyclinic located in nearby Bukit Merah Central.
Transportation is a breeze with the multitude of bus services meandering through the area coupled with Harbourfront, Telok Blangah and Labrador Park MRT Stations. Driving to the Orchard shopping district and Central Business District takes a mere 15-30 minutes via major roads like the West Coast Highway, CTE and AYE.
Although there aren't many shopping malls in the area, I'm confident that everything you need and want can be found in VivoCity, Singapore's largest lifestyle shopping mall. It is extremely kid-friendly, too. For those who haven't been there before, there's a high chance that you may even lose your way! HarbourFront Centre and Alexandra Retail Centre are the other two options where you can shop at.
Education institutions in the vicinity include CHIJ St. Theresa's Convent, CHIJ Kellock (Primary), Radin Mas Primary School, Shelton College International, ISS International School Singapore (Preston Campus) and S P Jain School of Global Management
You have absolutely no excuse when it comes to keeping fit as District 4 is practically imbued with lush greenery from the likes of the Southern Ridges, Bukit Purmei Hillock Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber.
If you like, you can round up your family or pals to work those leg muscles and trek up Mount Faber on foot. It may seem daunting but feel free to trek at your own pace and keep hydrated; the splendid view at the will be worth it!
Good Food To Try In Telok Blangah And Sentosa
You'll never run out of food options in District 4. From fast food options like universally loved McDonald's and Carl's Junior, bubble tea stores like Koi and Gong Cha, casual eateries like Monster Curry and Thai Express, to restaurants like Jamie's Italian, Brotzeit and The Chop House, the sheer number of restaurants, eateries and bistros that you can find in VivoCity is intimidating enough for most people.
There are several food courts within VivoCity and HarbourFront Centre for those who like to dine slightly more affordably in an air-conditioned environment. If your love for hawker food outweighs your need for air-conditioning, you can fill your tummy at the Blk 112 Market, Telok Blangah Crescent Blk 11 Market & Food Centre, Seah Im Food Centre and Pasir Panjang Food Centre!
Cool Chill-Out Spots In Telok Blangah And Sentosa
Several convenient chill-out spots for you to chug those ice-cold beers or smooth wines include Harry's at HarbourFront Centre, The King Louis Grill and Bar, Jamie's Italian, Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant and Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant at VivoCity.
If chilling out at pubs and bars are too mainstream for you, try admiring contemporary art from both emerging and established artists at Gillman Barracks. Admission is free, by the way! This former military camp is a lovely contemporary art cluster that houses a multitude of art galleries, cafes, restaurants, bars and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art. All artsy individuals will love this place!
For those who want to impress your special someone on a special occasion, take it up a notch with Sky Dining on Cloud 9 onboard the Singapore Cable Car. It is surely an intimate way to spend a lovely evening with your loved one, feasting on great food and taking in all the wondrous sensorial experiences.
Be sure to catch the dazzling sunset if you're heading there. I don't think I'll ever forget the times I'd spent up there giggling and feeling extra loved when my boyfriend surprised me with a dinner up in the skies on my 21st birthday a couple of years back!
Just in case you're wondering, the Marina at Keppel Bay houses a sophisticated potpourri of dining options that double as chill-out spots. Privé offers three different dining concepts where diners can choose to eat their award-winning brunches at the Privé Café, slurp fresh oysters and sip martinis at the Privé Waterfront Bar or nibble on top quality steaks and meats at the Privé Grill.
If you fancy some fine Japanese cuisine accompanied with unobstructed tranquil views overlooking the Marina at Keppel Bay, check out Takumi. True to Takumi's classical Japanese ethos, this award-winning Japanese restaurant serves only the freshest and is chic and luxurious altogether.
What can be a better way to unwind than filling your tummy with gourmet food and taking swigs of premium wines while letting the balmy breeze tousle your hair au naturel?
Sabio by the Sea, Tapas Bar & Grill is a fantastic option if you're one who appreciates quality Spanish Tapas. Saint Pierre is a great choice for your well-deserved weekend brunch fix! If you prefer something more casual and fuss-free, Kith is a good place to visit for a good cuppa and unpretentious home-cooked fare.
From partaking in art jamming sessions, dining in a cup to sipping specialty teas from Arteastiq, MUSEO is the perfect hangout spot for those who embrace the spirit of art and creativity with their food, exquisite teas and cocktails. Spend your weekend afternoon at MUSEO's tea buffet if you're one tea fanatic who loves his/her delicate brews!
But of course, who can forget Sentosa? Soak up essential Vitamin D while whiling away your time playing beach volleyball, building sandcastles, picnicking or reading a good book while sunbathing at the three public beaches named Siloso, Tanjong and Palawan respectively.
Some of the beach bars that you'll find in Sentosa include the award-winning Tanjong Beach Club, classic 50's-inspired Mambo Beach Club, upbeat and vibrant Bikini Bar and ultra laid-back and breezy COASTES that serves up premium beers and hearty food that anyone will appreciate!
Located in the Palawan Beach area in fun-filled Sentosa, children can learn to pilot an airplane, perform a surgery, or even put out a fire through the plethora of role-playing activities at KidZania Singapore. Through such interactive yet diverse experiences, children can develop valuable life skills such as confidence, independence and responsibility.
What makes KidZania stand out even more is the fact that kids take their role-playing games up a notch by "earning" a salary in the official currency of KidZania, "paying" for goods and services and "managing" a bank card. KidZania will open in April 2016.
Nestled within Sentosa sits Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Underwater World, attractions that all children will love exploring on their adventure day out with their parents!
Those who love their water adventures can visit Adventure Cove Waterpark, an aquatic adventure park with thrilling waterslides, a swelling wave pool and an intriguing Adventure River. If you're up for it, give snorkelling a shot and take in all that visual goodness of colourful coral reef, friendly fishes and velvety rays!
In the event that you aren't driving in but would still like to save some money getting into Sentosa, you can let the stretch of slow-moving travelators right outside VivoCity transport you there though you still have to do some walking at the sheltered Sentosa Boardwalk. In case you didn't know, the normal admission fee via the Sentosa Boardwalk will only set you back at $1 per person.
The entrance to Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium are within walkable distance from the access gantry at the Sentosa Boardwalk. If you'd like to visit other parts of Sentosa via the express monorail, you can do so for free at the station near Universal Studios Singapore!
VivoCity is a haven for kids just like it is for adults. The playground on the second floor of VivoCity is a popular play area for children complete with slides, low hill-and-tunnel play area and peek-a-boo water jets to fascinate young children. You'll find plenty of other fun activities that your kids will love, too!
The Polliwogs is an indoor playground that'll take your kids' eyes away from glaring iPad screens for a change. Word has it that the greatest draw is probably the giant trampoline area! This fun venue is tucked away on the third floor of VivoCity, so bring your cheeky little ones for a fun afternoon out.
Besides these fun venues and the slew of kids' boutiques at VivoCity, the universally-loved Toys "R" Us is plausibly children's favourite store of all times. The outlet at VivoCity is huge so you can expect to spend a considerable amount of time in there trying to dissuade your kids from wanting spanking new toys every time you take them there!
Take your kids to Spuds & Apron for quality time out with your lovely little ones. Spuds & Aprons is a wonderfully playful restaurant that serves amazing East-meets-West food at the top of the hill at Faber Peak Singapore.
Boasting a marvellous ambience coupled with a stunning view of the cityscape and running cable cars embellishing the Sentosa backdrop, your family be kept entertained while you all tuck into your food. It's not an everyday affair that you get to dine way above sea level after all!
Also, you can choose dine in at their air-conditioned dining room or chill in the alfresco garden, whichever floats your boat. May I suggest that you visit before sunset to catch the beautiful view?
How Much Does A Property Cost In Telok Blangah And Sentosa?
Min. PSF: $678 - The Interlace
Max. PSF: $4,131 - Seven Palms Sentosa Cove
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Telok Blangah Drive between Nov 2014 - Nov 2015: $372,824
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Telok Blangah Drive between Nov 2014 - Nov 2015: $531,461
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in Telok Blangah Drive between Nov 2014 - Nov 2015: $686,666
*PSF figures for apartment and condominium transactions between Oct 2012 - Oct 2015 are pulled from URA
*Transaction prices of resale flats in Telok Blangah Drive retrieved from HDB
Note that if you're buying an HDB flat with loan from HDB, your downpayment must be 10% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. The remaining amount will then be your loan amount from HDB.
If you're buying an HDB flat with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 25 years; if your loan tenure is above 25 years (but not more than 30 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan does not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
Similarly, if you're buying a private property with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 30 years; if your loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan does not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
Beautiful Homes In District 4
Useful Tips For District 4
As you can already tell from what we've illustrated, District 4 is extremely kid-friendly. Therefore, if you have young kids in tow, this neighbourhood may be one for you and your family. Just remember that the properties here aren't the cheapest out there!
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