Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I'm Selling My House! A 5-Room HDB Home Tour


Hello everybody! I'm selling my house! You like it?




Does anyone remember this ad? It was utterly hilarious and I'm sorry that Mocca.com doesn't exist anymore, or I would certainly list it there. Haha, sans video though!

So anyway, welcome to my home tour. We are in a serene part of Marine Parade right across from East Coast Park. What you get is top floor living with incredible views. These five-room point block HDB flats are one of the most spacious in Singapore (mine is about 117sqm or 1260 sq ft) and I really appreciate the nice high ceilings.



Living room
This is the living room. There's actually a lot of space but we used shelving as dividers to carve out the TV and dining areas. It gets lots of natural sunlight, and the window gives you a view of Siglap. You can even see Kembangan MRT in the distance.



Dining hall converted to office/study
This is the dining hall but we converted it into a workspace or study area.

On the left, we built a storeroom with a dry wall painted red.


Storeroom we built
Because you can never have enough storage! There's IVAR pine shelving in there bolted fast to the wall. That's gonna stay with the house.



Balcony converted to book and music nook
The balcony has been reclaimed as an extension of the hall. You could technically make this into a fourth bedroom.






Kitchen
This is my kitchen, which I renovated some years back. It's got Blum soft-close drawer cabinetry, pull-out pantries and Teka hobs (induction and gas). I love how the bottom cabinets look suspended with the lighting.



Master bedroom
The bedrooms all have windows across the width, so lots of natural light again. We have a whole wall of wardrobe (with dresser on the side) custom built in the master bedroom.



Built-in wardrobe along one wall
Storage...not an issue. We could fit the entire family's clothes in there if we wanted.


Bedroom
The other two bedrooms are quite alike in size. One of them has become a man cave but the girls love to hang out there with all the D&D books and action figures.



Bathroom with bathtub!
The bathrooms are nice, airy and bright, unlike most HDB bathrooms I've seen. We have a bathtub! Plus a full-width mirror on the other side to reflect the ample light all round.



Stunning sunsets
One of the best things here are the spectacular sunsets.


Glorious sunsets
Every other day it is a brilliant display of jewel-like hues. Beyond sunsets, you can also view fireworks on National Day and other occasions.

My unit is not a sea-facing one, although we can still see a bit of the sea from our windows. That is fine by us, because the sea-facing units also face the highway and the noise. Apparently some of them have to close the windows all the time. I hear those units can also get winds that are too strong.



Cyclists bridge to East Coast Park
My block is right next to the cyclists' bridge to East Coast Park. They also recently built stairs for walking up, and shelter all along the bridge.



Lagoon at East Coast Park
This is the East Coast Park lagoon and on early mornings, it's so pretty and peaceful. Great for walks. And yes, the famous East Coast Lagoon hawker centre is just nearby. Satay, anyone?



East Coast Park
It really is like living next to a huge sprawling garden. There are plenty of Mobikes and Obikes around for sharing. Take one and just cycle away.

Marine Cove (with McDonald's flagship outlet) and Parkland Green are close by too, so you have your cafes and restaurants nearby.




Playgrounds galore in the neighbourhood
There are playgrounds galore every few blocks. There are good schools - Tao Nan Primary, Ngee Ann Primary, Katong Convent Primary and Secondary - all within 1km radius.

There's a wet market and hawker centre at Marine Terrace nearby, with a couple of 24-hour shops (Giant Express and 7-Eleven), along with family and dental clinics. Parkway Parade and I12 Katong are not far away, and you have all those eateries in Katong, Joo Chiat and Siglap.



The canal and tree-lined Siglap Park Connector
This is a great place to live if you love quiet greenery, water and seascapes. The Siglap Park Connector gets you all the way to Bedok Reservoir.

We are getting an MRT in a few years. Fortunately, the construction doesn't affect us as much (mostly the blocks facing Marine Parade Road) but it will be really convenient once the Thomson-East Coast line begins.

If you or someone you know is looking for a place in the East, please get in touch with me (camemberu@gmail.com) or share this post with them. If you need a floor plan, let me know! Viewings are more than welcome; there are no obligations!






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