With so many upcoming executive condo (EC) available in the market, it can be difficult to figure out which is the right one for you and your family. This is all the more important especially since you will have to stay in it for at least five years before you are allowed to sell it.
1. Meets my family’s needs
As your family will be staying in the EC for a while, it should be in a place that suits everyone in the family; from the young to the old.
For those with school-going children, proximity to educational institutions is essential, so that your young ones are able to spend less time traveling and have more free time to rest, grow and develop.
Having healthcare facilities nearby is a boon as your loved ones would be able to get the care that they need easily. And if there are recreational areas in the vicinity, this means family outings for outdoor fun or finding a great spot to take a run and do some exercise is much more convenient.
A great option would be The Brownstone EC, which is located in the northern part of Singapore, and within a 1km radius of Sembawang Primary School, Wellington Primary School and the upcoming GEMS World Academy. Nearby too is Khoo Teck Puat Hospital which will be part of an integrated healthcare hub, where there are already plans in the pipeline to build a new community hospital and medical centre.
For a breath of fresh air, residents of The Brownstone can easily head to the nearby Sembawang Park, Lower Seletar Reservoir and Admiralty Park. The new 24-hour leisure park, Orto, will also provide a large variety of entertainment options and be a place where you can make treasured family memories.
An ideal EC should have various types of units that can suit anyone from smaller sized units for couples without children, to larger units to fit three generations under one roof. The mix of apartment unit types also means that extended members of the family can live in the same development so everyone can see one another frequently and yet maintain their personal privacy by living apart.
The Brownstone comes with 2- to 5-bedroom configurations. Furthermore each unit comes equipped with branded luxury fittings from Hansgrohe, Rigel, Whirlpool and Mitsubishi, including a cooker hob, hood, oven and air-conditioner.
2. Accessibility to major spots in Singapore
Living away from the city centre means being away from the hustle and bustle, and kicking back after work to enjoy the tranquility of your home.
However, if you are located too remotely and do not have access to an expressway or public transportation options, travelling time to and from work can be a hassle and a tiring affair.
The Brownstone is the only upcoming EC that is located next to a MRT station that is just a two-minute walk away. Built on the existing North South Line, the new Canberra station connects directly to Raffles Place, the Central Business District, and provides connectivity to the Circle Line via Bishan Station.
In addition to the Central Expressway (CTE) and Seletar Expressway (SLE) that can bring you to various locations in Singapore, the future North-South Expressway (NSE) is also within the vicinity of The Brownstone, and drive time to the city centre is within half an hour.
In the near future, there are also plans to transform Woodlands into a major commercial hub in northern Singapore, with major businesses and government agencies to be located here.
3. Built by a trusted private developer with the most number of BCA awards for excellence
The Brownstone is developed by City Development Limited (CDL), which has since 1963 developed over 36,000 luxury and quality homes. As a winner of numerous awards from the Building and Construction Authority, CDL is once again employing the latest in construction techniques to The Brownstone.
Using Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), prefabricated building modules are assembled off-site, to ensure quality of the development, as the quality control of the prefabricated modules can be more stringent than conventional methods. When completed, CDL will be the first in Asia to use PPVC on a large-scale residential project.
Based on the above checklist, it’s easy to see whether you’ve found an EC that will reward you with years of blissful living.