They don't build flats like this anymore.
And we know the feeling. New HDB flats are too small, hardly configurable and located in far flung places.
It took us close to 2 years to finally find this unit and then another 6 months of renovation to create this dream home. I'm not one to brag but I think you will be hard-pressed to find a HDB unit this size, this level of finishing, its convenience and feng shui (I'll explain more later).
First up the important details:
Size: 165sqm or 1776sqft
Corner unit - It is not exactly at the corner of the block but we are located at the end of the lift landing and each lift landing only has 4 units, 2 on each side.
HDB flats of this size are rare outside of Woodlands and Marsiling. I believe this is one of the largest HDB flats available in the east.
Current configuration: 3 bedrooms (1 huge master bedroom, 1 baby room and 1 study room)
2 toilets, one of which is in the master bedroom
TOP: 1993. Remaining lease of 75 years.
Racial Quota: Open to all races
Renovation and Furnishing:
We spent over $100k on renovations and god knows how much on furnishing (we were young and just whack on nice furnishing and put everything on our cards. Thankfully we managed to pay off those loans within 2 years but those 2 years were a struggle!)
The theme of the house is New York with a touch of colonial. Our colour scheme is largely grey and white.
The living room flooring is mostly cement. Long wooden slabs line up the steps as well as the balcony area where we have created storage underneath.
The kitchen and toilet use mosaic tiles. Our kitchen is open-planned with an island seated in the middle. We use cylinder gas for our stoves. Our oven and microwave oven are built into the cabinet.
We are willing to leave behind ALL our furnishing (at no extra cost) if you wish to take over (except all the art on the walls, those will have to come with us! LOL!). Which means you can literally move in immediately.
There were 4 bedrooms but we converted 2 of then into our master bedroom so that we have a walk-in wardrobe. All bedrooms' floorings are installed with long wooden slabs and painted white to give it a light and airy feel. These bedrooms are all the old HDB type bedrooms so each can easily fit a king-sized bed.
The master bedroom comes with its own toilet.
Old HDB flats do not have storeroom so we created one by hacking the bedroom walls so currently all the bedrooms do not have those wardrobe recess areas, which again is a feature of old HDB flats.
First up, the new Downtown Line 2 scheduled to open in October 2017. The station named Bedok North, is less than 5 minutes walk away.
We are located next to the bus stop and the buses here takes you to places from Bedok, to Tampines and Pasir Ris as well as Geylang, Macpherson, Chinatown, Orchard and Jurong.
We are also located next (like 30 seconds away) to a hawker centre and wet market, as well as coffeeshops, supermarkets, provision shops, a KFC, a McDonald's etc.
I don't believe in them. And I consider myself agnostic. When I bought this property, the previous owner told me that this property has brought him luck and as a result he made a tidy sum from his business and has emigrated to Australia. I thought it was one of those tactics to convince someone to buy something.
We have lived here for 7 over years now and all I want to say is we have very smooth and fulfilling careers.
Now that I have gotten the nice things out of the way, here are some faults of the flat:
7 years is a long time but you have to see for yourself that the flat is in a very, very good condition. It's not just that we look after our flat well, but also we ensure that the materials used are of good quality and the contractor we engaged has fine workmanship.
However there will still be wear and tear.
- 2 of the taps (laundry area and common toilet) need replacing.
- The glass divider between the kitchen washing area and laundry area needs replacing as the wood, due to constant exposure to water, has expanded and frayed.
- The one thing that needs quite an extensive repair will be the master bedroom toilet. The wall tiles have come off. The flooring of the toilet is currently cement as previously we used wooden blocks to line the floor. It proved to be a bad decision lol.
- There are cracks in some places of the living room floor.
- The counter tops have your usual scratches, marks as well as mold seeping into the silicon areas so it needs a fair bit of polishing and cleaning.
I have actually gotten a quote for the above repairs, including laying mosaic tiles on the bathroom floor and it comes up to approximately $5k. I didn't get round to doing it as we could not agree with the contractor on
the timings for the renovation.
Lastly, the potential of this flat is huge. Because of its rectangularish layout, you can easily configure this place to have 3-5 bedrooms or 2 separate living rooms/flats, closed up kitchen etc. Also, if you look at the pictures, there are still many places that you can add cabinets, storage, tables, chairs, wardrobe, wall fixtures etc. There are only 2 of us and a young one and we prefer minimal furniture but this place can easily be converted into a 3-generation space.
Again, it will be hard to come across a property like this again.
So there you go. I've tried to give as much details as possible but the proof is in the pudding so I invite interested parties to come by and see for yourself.