Review of unit layouts at Altura EC
There are two showflat units at Altura EC's sales gallery - the 3-bedroom Premium + Study and 4-bedroom Premium + Flexi. Overall, there are two 3-bedroom layouts, three 4-bedroom layouts and one 5-bedroom layout.
Both showflat units are targeted at different family sizes and demographics. While the 3-bedder is suitable for young families with 2 or 3 children, the 4-bedder is more suitable for multi-generational families.
Altura EC Showflat: 3-bedroom Premium + Study (Type C2) - 990 sqft (92 sqm)
No. of units:
Who is it suited for?
- Families with 2-3 children
- Young couples planning to start a family
The 3-bedroom Premium + Study makes up half of all units at Altura EC, which suggests that the project expects most of its buyers to be young families.
The unit opens up straight to the dining area and dry kitchen. The living area and balcony are also quite standard, pretty much like what you'd expect to find in other 3-bedders.
We like that there's no long foyer at the unit's entrance, so there's no wasted space. All the rooms in the unit are also regularly shaped, making it easier to place your furniture. Plus, there's a study corner situated along the corridor to the bedrooms.
Altura EC Showflat: 4-bedroom Premium + Flexi (Type D3) - 1,432 sqft (133 sqm)
No. of units:
Who is it suited for?
- Multi-generational families
- Larger families with 3-4 children
The 4-bedroom unit has a similar regular layout to the 3-bedder. However, the showflat unit has a junior suite and a flexi room. The unit also comes with a more spacious living and dining area, which spans the width of the balcony.
Similar to the 3-bedder, we like that the 4-bedder does not have a long corridor at the entrance. However, it still feels private enough for residents, so neighbours and delivery personnel won't be able to peek into the unit.
Unique selling points of Altura EC's units
Removable walls to suit future plans
Two combined common bedrooms at Altura EC's 3-bedroom Premium + Study unit
One of Altura EC's highlights is that the bedroom walls are hackable and removable. This is to allow for better space planning and it can be reconfigured at any stage of your life. For instance, you can combine two bedrooms while your children are still young and put the wall back up when they are older. This is what the developers did in the 3-bedroom Premium + Study showflat.
This is a unique selling point of Qingjian Realty's projects and it's similar to what we saw at Tenet EC's showflat too.
In the 4-bedroom Premium + Flexi showflat, the developers have hacked down the walls for the flexi room to create a larger living area. However, this is only possible for the type D3 4-bedroom unit as the flexi rooms in the other 4 and 5-bedroom unit layouts are sandwiched between other bedrooms or the common bathrooms.
You might notice that the actual bedroom comes with a full-length window, so this helps to make the communal areas brighter.
Example of an extended master bedroom in Altura EC's 4-bedroom showflat
As unit sizes are smaller these days, having the flexibility of removable walls allows residents to have larger living spaces in the communal areas. Residents can also extend their bedrooms to have an attached study or nursery.
Study corner or flexi-rooms
Another unique highlight is that all 3-bedroom units at Altura EC have a study corner and all 4 and 5-bedroom units have a flexi room.
A study corner in Altura EC's 3-bedroom showflat
The study corner is a nook along the corridor to the bedrooms. It has sufficient space for a study table and some shelves if you wish to have more storage. For the showflat unit type (C2), what's great is that there's a window for natural ventilation and it also helps to brighten up the corridor. However, the study corner in the type C1 units doesn't come with a window.
Instead of a study corner, the larger units have a flexi room. What's great is that it has a window and air-conditioning so you can enclose it into a proper bedroom.
"Dry kitchen" concept
The "dry kitchen" in the 4-bedroom showflat
All units have a "dry kitchen", although it's officially part of the living/dining areas. The "dry kitchen" in the 4-bedder is a substantial area with generous cabinet space. A built-in oven by Bosch is provided here, but the fridge isn't part of the provisions.
Do note that the countertop isn't provided, but you can install your own, like what was displayed in the showflat.
The "dry kitchen" in the 3-bedroom showflat
The "dry kitchen" area in the 3-bedder is smaller and more integrated with the dining area. However, you'll still get some storage space here and a built-in oven. There's also a nook (on the right) where you can install display shelves or a minibar.
Naturally ventilated kitchen with a yard and household shelter
All the kitchens in Altura's units are naturally ventilated and come with a yard and household shelter. If you're planning to turn the household shelter into a helper's room, this gives them some personal space in the yard.
Altura EC's 3-bedroom kitchen
Both the 3 and 4-bedroom kitchens have an L-shaped countertop which is great as there are plenty of upper and lower cabinets and enough counter space for meal prep.
Altura EC's 4-bedroom kitchen
In terms of provisions, the gas hob and cooker hood are by Bosch and the sanitary fittings are by Hansgrohe and Franke. As with other ECs, the washer-dryer won't be provided.
Thoughtful provisions in the kitchen
One of the things that makes Altura EC stand out from other projects is the thoughtful provisions in the kitchen, like a cutlery tray in the kitchen drawers and a built-in waste bin.
There are also several pull-out racks in the cabinets which make it easier for residents to utilise the space.
While these are small additions to kitchen cabinets, they add to the comfort and convenience of buyers.
Side-by-side living and dining areas with a large balcony
For the 4 and 5-bedroom premium units, the living and dining areas are side by side and extend across the full width of the balcony. This means there's ample space, granting you the flexibility to arrange your furniture according to your preferences.
With the generous space available, you can easily fit a larger dining table or opt for a round table, making it ideal for frequent family gatherings.
Similarly, the balcony is generously sized at 125 sqft (11.6 sqm), which is larger than the size of a common bedroom. With the space available, you can accommodate a table, making it an excellent spot for alfresco dining.
For the 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom Deluxe units, they feature a conventional linear arrangement, with the living and dining areas seamlessly connected to the balcony.
Master bedroom with walk-in closet
In all the 4 and 5-bedroom units, the master bedroom includes a walk-in closet located outside the master bathroom. While it may not be an expansive space such as a dedicated walk-in wardrobe, it provides separate his and hers wardrobes for the Mr and Mrs of the household.
One unique feature in the master bathroom for 4 and 5-bedders is the wide vanity countertop that extends behind the WC. It's the first time we've seen something like this, and we like it as there's additional storage for toiletries.