Review of unit layouts at Pinetree Hill
Pinetree Hill Showflat: 5-bedroom Premium (with private lift) (Type 5BP) - 1,733 sqft (161 sqm)
No. of units:
Who is it suited for?
- Multi-generational families
- Buyers who like to entertain guests
We'll start the showflat unit review with the grandest unit, the 5-bedroom Premium (with private lift), which makes up less than 5% of the unit mix. All 4 and 5-bedroom units at Pinetree Hill have a private lift, great for those who value privacy and exclusivity.
At 1,733 sqft, it's not a very large 5-bedroom unit but it is suitable for multi-generational and larger families. The good news is that the starting price of S$4.268 million is comparable to or even lower than the new 5-bedroom transactions in District 21. So, it offers buyers who are looking for larger units a reasonably priced option.
Private lift lobby has a window
The private lift opens up to a modestly-sized foyer; we love that there's a window here to brighten up the space, as it's quite rare. If you want some storage space, there's enough space to place a low shoe cabinet.
Living and dining areas span the width of the balcony
As you enter the unit, you're greeted by the spacious dining and living areas, which comprise a combined space of 358 sqft (33.3 sqm). The living area has ample space for a 4-seater sofa, several side couches and a sizeable coffee table. This is great for multi-generational families who will frequently have family gatherings.
Although it's not the largest we've seen for a 5-bedder, we love that the living and dining areas span the width of the balcony. This way, the unit gets more natural light during the day and brightens up the space.
Like many premium units, the living and dining areas are fitted with marble flooring for a more luxurious feel.
The dining area is not as huge as the living area but it can still fit a 6-seater comfortably with ample space around it. If you need a bigger dining space, an 8-seater is possible but you might have to eat into the walkway space to the kitchen.
Alternatively, you can add more seating areas on the balcony if you plan to host more guests. With a size of 125 sqft (11.6 sqm), it's larger than the size of a common bedroom.
A plus point is that all the 5-bedroom units face the Clementi Forest, so residents can enjoy views of lush greenery.
Kitchen has an island countertop
One of the highlights of the 5-bedroom unit is the island counter in the kitchen. It's the first time we've seen a kitchen island in a new launch as most larger units will choose to have a dry and wet kitchen concept instead.
As the kitchen will have a sliding door, residents can choose to open up the kitchen for a larger communal space or enclose it if they are doing some heavy cooking.
Having a kitchen island is great as it adds more storage and countertop space to the kitchen. It's also a convenient space where families can gather and have meals together. For families, the kitchen island can be a fun space for parents and their children to do some baking.
In terms of kitchen provisions, the gas cooker hobs, hood and oven are by De Dietrich while the fridge is by Samsung. We like that the gas hob has four cookers, which makes sense for larger households. There's also a wine chiller, perfect for those who like entertaining guests.
There are plenty of upper and lower cabinet storage compartments too, including bonus provisions like a dish rack above the sink and pull-out racks in the cabinets.
The yard area, together with the store and WC are hidden from the "front of the house", so it creates quite a private living space for your helper. There's a separate washer and dryer by De Dietrich which is an advantage for larger families. Here's where you'll also find the entrance from the common lobby.
Master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe
The master bedroom comprises the main sleeping area and the walk-in wardrobe. We love that there's a slight foyer at the entrance which gives residents some privacy as you won't be able to see the bed from the corridor.
The 220 sqft (20.4 sqm) space in the master bedroom is generous and there's more than enough room for a king-sized bed and a dressing table. If you need extra storage space, you could probably fit another mini wardrobe or some shelves, though we reckon that the walk-in wardrobe is sufficient.
Besides the standard full-length windows that you'd get in master bedrooms, there's an additional window beside the dressing table. Having more natural light is always good so you don't have to switch on your bedroom lights during the day.
The walk-in wardrobe looks quite grand as it has glass swing doors that allow you to see your clothes without having to open the wardrobe. Besides the usual racks and drawers, there are also various shelves and compartments for you to store different types of items, from bags to shoes, jewellery and more. Moreover, the wardrobe comes with built-in dehumidifiers which help prevent mould from forming.
The master bathroom is generously sized; it's 96 sqft (8.9 sqm), which is the size of a common bedroom. So you can just imagine the impressive space here. The main highlight is the free-standing bathtub which looks like those in luxury hotels. Not to mention that the walls are fitted with marble tiles and ample windows, which brighten up the bathroom.
With his and hers sinks, the Mr and Mrs of the household can have their personal space while getting ready in the morning.
Junior master bedroom and common bedrooms
All the 5-bedroom Premium and 4-bedroom Premium units have a junior master bedroom, which makes them suitable for multi-generational families. The junior master bedroom in the showflat unit can fit a king-sized bed with minimal space in front for a small dresser.
Take note that the space around the bed is not very wide; there might not be enough room for side tables but you can still manoeuvre. If you want more space around the bed, an alternative is to get a queen-sized bed instead.
The junior master bedroom is located away from the other bedrooms, nearer to the dining area. We foresee that this bedroom will appeal to the elderly who live with their children and grandchildren. This way, they can access the kitchen and communal spaces conveniently from their bedroom.
For the common bedrooms, all of them are around 86 sqft (8.8 sqm), which is pretty standard and they all can fit a queen-sized bed. The good news is that they all come with full-length windows, so you'll have lots of natural light.
The only gripe we have is that there will be three bedrooms sharing one bathroom.
The bedroom adjacent to the main master bedroom can also be combined with the latter into a larger master bedroom (refer to floor plan below).
Although the walls are not hackable, you can install a door along the corridor so there's a longer entrance to the master bedroom. This arrangement is great if you plan to turn the common bedroom into a nursery or a home office.
Pinetree Hill Showflat: 3-bedroom Premium + Study (Type 3BPS1(a)) - 1,421 sqft (132 sqm)
No. of units:
Who is it suited for?
- Families with 2 or 3 children
There are two types of 3-bedroom units at Pinetree Hill - the standard 3-bedders and the 3-bedroom Premium + Study units. There are 91 3-bedroom Premium + Study units and 68 units of standard 3-bedders. Together, they comprise slightly over 30% of the unit mix. The 3-bedders range from 969 to 1,173 sqft, while the 3-bedroom Premium + Study units range from 1,216 to 1,421 sqft.
The unit starts off with a sizeable foyer area that's like a corridor leading to the dining and living areas. This is suitable for buyers who value privacy, as neighbours or delivery personnel won't be able to see the whole unit from the entrance. It's also a great space for installing shoe racks or display shelves on top of the DB cabinet which will be provided.
All 3-bedroom units have a foyer, so there's no escaping if you don't like the additional space.
The unit has a decently-sized enclosed kitchen with sufficient countertop space for a family of 4 or 5. What's great is that there's quite a wide window for natural ventilation, great for those who often cook.
Like the 5-bedroom unit, the kitchen provisions are similar in the 3-bedder. You'll get a gas cooker hob, hood and oven by De Dietrich and a fridge by Samsung.
Thanks to the L-shaped kitchen and yard, the household shelter and WC are hidden from plain sight. What's great is that this creates some personal space for your helper if you choose to turn the household shelter into their bedroom.
Here, you'll also have a separate washer and dryer from De Dietrich. Separate washers and dryers are usually reserved for 4 and 5-bedroom units, so we're pleasantly surprised that Pinetree Hill is providing them in the 3-bedders as well.
High ceiling in living and dining areas for top-floor units
One highlight of the 3-bedroom Premium + Study show unit is its high ceiling of 5.4m in the living and dining areas. Only selected top-floor units (24th storey) will have a high ceiling. For the 3-bedroom Premium + Study, only 4 out of 91 units have a high ceiling. The other units will have a standard ceiling height of around 2.8m.
In the showflat, the ID placed a 4-seater dining table but this might not be sufficient for the number of people expected to live in this unit. The good news is that the space can fit a 6-seater table, which might leave less space to manoeuvre.
Alternatively, you can also place the dining table in the middle of the dining room to accommodate more people. However, doing so would mean there's less walkway space around the table.
The additional ceiling height in the living room is great for those who want to build a loft or bookshelves that extend all the way up.
You might notice that the tiles in the common areas are marble flooring, which adds to the elegance of the unit. Marble flooring is usually reserved for larger units, so this is a bonus for residents.
Master bedroom has dual window views and a side dresser
The master bedroom is around 151 sqft (14 sqm), quite spacious for a 3-bedder. Even with a king-sized bed, it's possible to fit two side tables and a dressing table. Just note that if you intend to have a dresser, there will be less space to move around in front of the dresser.
Besides the standard full-length windows, we love that the master bedroom has an additional window behind the dresser. This way, residents can enjoy views from two windows and there's good ventilation. The room will also be nicely lit up in the day thanks to the ample natural light.
If you need more storage space or display shelves, there's sufficient space in front of the bed to do so as well.
A plus point here is that the wardrobe has a side dresser with a full-length mirror, even though there's already sufficient space for a proper dressing table. Having this extra space would mean that you can store accessories, jewellery and other small items. What's interesting about the one at Pinetree Hill is that there's a pegboard where you can add hooks and organise your items properly.
As for the master bathroom, you'll get the standard provisions like the overhead rain shower, vanity countertop and built-in cabinets. The sanitary fittings and fixtures are by well-known brands like Gessi and Roca.
Unlike the 5-bedder, the bathroom is fitted with porcelain tiles instead. It's definitely not as lavish as the 5-bedder but we love that there's a decently sized window for natural ventilation.
Study and common bedrooms
The study room is adjacent to the master bedroom and it's a perfect space for one or two people to study or work from home. Although the room itself is not huge, the full-length windows help to accentuate the space.
As for the other two common bedrooms, their sizes are pretty average but you can still fit a queen-sized bed if you wish to.
Both bedrooms will also share one common bathroom. The provisions here are pretty similar, although the common bathroom doesn't have an overhead rain shower. Instead of Gessi, the bathroom fittings and fixtures are also by Hansgrohe and Roca. An advantage is that there's a window in the common bathroom, which we're increasingly seeing more of in new launches.