I attended the media preview for Woodleigh Residences today (26 Oct), and this amazing showroom is going to be up for public viewing over the next 2 weeks.
This new property has been getting lots of attention, and I wanted to know why!
The showroom was right outside Serangoon MRT. Take Exit B, and turn right!
As I entered the huge showroom, I was greeted by a huge reception that looks so expensive with all the marble. Omg. I love marble!
Winfrid, the Kajima representative, shared with us that Kajima has come a long way in building high-end residences, and has a proven track record in Japanese craftsmanship. As for SPH, its partner for this development, it brings plenty of valuable retail expertise to the table. Woodleigh Residences is such a big deal because it’s a huge integrated development in Bidadari – the next big thing in Singapore!
Woodleigh Residences features an unbeatable view of Bidadari Park and Alkaff Lake. This, I believe, is the key selling point of this particular condominium. I understand from the developer that this view is here to stay for Woodleigh Residences residents. In their words, “We will always have this view.” Sigh. How lovely!
There will be 3 levels of retail in Woodleigh Residences, and Levels 3 to 13 are for residential units. If you look at the photo below, there is a protrusion from the development that leads to the lake. The protrusion is termed the “commercial bridge”, and the top part is only accessible for residents. The best part about it is that… *drumroll*…. there is a Japanese Onsen! Yes, a Japanese Onsen, with an Onsen for males, and another for females. That sounds so cool. Omg. I need a friend to buy Woodleigh. Now.
The second floor of the commercial bridge (i.e. below the Onsen) will be home to restaurants. This part is open to the public. I can’t wait to eat at those restaurants… you’ll enjoy the breathtaking view as you overlook the lake and park!
In designing this integrated development, Kajima and SPH considered five concepts:
- Space creation and maximisation
- Adaptability of units
- Community building
- Smart home and systems
- Health and wellness
I loved these considerations because then it sounds like a home where people can really live, rejuvenate, and unwind.
In the photo above, we were checking out the development’s connectivity to Woodleigh MRT. If you’re staying at Woodleigh Residences, you can simply walk to the MRT via B2. It’s super connected. And once you’re out of the MRT and head to B1, it’s like Ion and Plaza Singapura where there is a food hall, restaurants, plenty of food choices, and a supermarket.
On Level 1, there will be restaurants, as well as services like banks. On Level 2, there will be medical facilities and a childcare.
The Kajima representative shared that with so many facilities within the development, including a Community Centre and Police Post, there is simply no reason to leave this development! Oh ya, when he mentioned the police post, the representative joked, “So we are very safe.” Haha.
Ah – and below is a closer look at the Commercial Bridge!
A central idea for this development is community building. I hear there are 3 swimming pools, and plenty of social and gathering areas. Imagine being surrounded by infinite greenery when you’re using these facilities. And if you’re getting a unit facing this green – sigh, you are one lucky duck!
By the way, Woodleigh is simply amazing, ok. If you have kids, they have the option of going to good schools nearby like Cedar Girls and Maris Stella. Everything is within reach, even a golf course!
Within the unit, a key feature is the option to opt in (or out) for the socket-free wall. So what it means is that the good people at the developer have considered the concept of multi-generational living. For instance, if you have kids and they have all grown up and moved out, you can now easily remove the “socket-free” wall without spending a dime on electrical re-wiring. So then without the “socket-free” wall, their bedroom can become an extension of the dining area too. That’s the adaptability of the unit they were talking about – I love the foresight!
Also, the balcony problem is resolved. They have laid really nice tiles out on the balcony that’s supported by an effective drainage system. This means that if it rains, drainage wouldn’t be a problem since water wouldn’t collect! I think if I heard correctly, the water will seep in between the smart tiles. You can then drag your outdoor dining set to the balcony, perhaps, and dine alfresco!
Another detail I liked was the wardrobe design. There is a cantilever system in place such that you can easily adjust your wardrobe shelving. Space is really easily adjustable. I love this flexibility. Plus, the drawers are super well-built!
A few more photos of the showroom. Oh I’ve got to tell you this – inspired by Japanese living, they have brought in Japanese washlets in the toilet as well! That’s really crazy. Haha. For Japan lovers, congrats, you no longer have to go to Japan!
Plus, the ceiling height is 2950. Sigh. My BTO is like 2.5m or something…
For those concerned with interior fittings – here are the brands they’ve selected for the fans, toilets, etc. I see Grohe and I like it!
Are you interested in the prices? Wait for it…:
2BR starts from 1.088 million.
3BR starts from 1.664 million.
4BR starts from 2.55 milion.
Price psf in general starts from $1873.
Oh by the way, if you’re getting a 4BR, the lift goes right up to YOUR DOOR!
Actual sales start 10 November 2018. Be on standby!
The rep tells us that you can choose your colour scheme! I’m so undecided. I love love love both colour schemes. I love all the colours and materials!
I think some of the reporters were interested in finding out Kajima’s strategy in navigating the recent cooling measures. To my surprise, Mr Kazunori Ichihashi, Project Director of Kajima, shared that they believe that Singapore is a growing country, and though there’s movement in the market recently due to the recent cooling measures, it doesn’t change their focus and they kept working to see their vision through.
SPH further added their view that it’s hard to find a property on the city fringe that has such a brilliant view like Woodleigh Residences, and one that offers full accessibility to several travel nodes.
I was wondering though if Singaporeans would take to the Japanese-themed concepts. Mr Ichihashi said, “In Japan, homes are smaller. We have so many ideas that we developed in Japan to maximise every inch and use of the space. We brought Japanese developmental concepts – not the Japanese culture – and customised them to suit the local context. We believe these will appeal to the Singapore lifestyle.”
Go check out Woodleigh Residences and get it in the bag. I think the uninterrupted view of the lake and park is definitely worth a million bucks in sunny Singapore! 🙂
The Woodleigh Residences sales gallery is located beside NEX Shopping Mall (Serangoon Link) and is open from 10.00am to 7.00pm.