Find out why millennials love this freehold development—located just a 6-minute walk from Great World City (and its soon-to-be-completed MRT).
River Valley is prized for its tranquillity, privacy and proximity to prime shopping malls and transportation hubs. It is often considered the atas (Hokkien for “upscale”) part of Singapore, where the affluent live in high-end, luxury condos.
While residential areas like Cairnhill do often seem busier with traffic, and Mount Sophia lies on a hill where access involves lots of walking, River Valley stands out for several reasons:
- It is one of the quieter, family-centric areas in District 9
- It is strategically located and within walking distance to busier areas like Orchard, Zion Road and Robertson Quay
- Its proximity to institutions: River Valley Primary School, Alexandra Primary School, International Elementary School, Chatsworth International School
- It has a good mix of upmarket and street-level food and beverage outlets along Killiney, River Valley and Zion Roads
- It is near Fort Canning Park and the Singapore River – great if you love walks and cycling
Hence, it makes perfect sense if there’s a property within the River Valley area that exemplifies its neighbourhood’s qualities: family-centric, exclusive and spaciousness.
One such development is The Avenir. Estimated to TOP by 2025, The Avenir is a freehold condominium development at River Valley Close, developed by Carmel Development Pte. Ltd., a joint venture by Hong Leong Holdings, Guocoland and Hong Realty.
This 129,648 square-foot site used to be the former Pacific Mansions condominium, which the developers bought for S$980 million. While the former development used to have residences built chock-a-block next to one another, the developer opted to keep living spaces within two 36-storey towers – accommodating 376 premium 1- to 4-bedroom apartments.
This leaves much of the grounds reserved for full-featured facilities, such as a tennis court, 50-metre lap pool, wading pool for kids and an impressive Great Lawn, reminiscent of the open field at Marina Barrage. This is great for picnics, dog-walking and the occasional frisbee get-together without the need to step out of one’s compound.
ALLUSIONS TO UNEQUALED SPACIOUSNESS, EXCLUSIVITY AND PRIVACY
The Avenir may offer unblocked views of Orchard Road and the Singapore River for residents on the higher floors. Residents on the lower to mid-floors do enjoy benefits from having a slight elevation too. This is because residential units start from the second or third floor, depending on which of the two towers they reside.
Some of these higher floors are worth highlighting. Stacks 3, 4 and 5 face southward, so higher floors in these stacks should have views of the Singapore River. High floors on stack 7, which faces the north-east, should have views of Orchard Road.
The high floors on stacks 11 and 10 are more than likely to have the best of both worlds – majestic views of the city skyline and the Singapore River.
As for the grounds, expect inviting reception lift lobbies and concierge service counter, flanked by a swath of full-featured amenities, including the gym, tranquillity garden, spa pavilion, Gourmet salon and more. When guests arrive, they’d be surely impressed by how expansive the grounds are.
Step beyond The Avenir’s gates and residents can take a 6-minute walk along River Valley Green to Great World City. They can catch a midnight movie or enjoy a night’s feast at the Zion Riverside Food Centre. These conveniences add up when the new Great World City MRT is estimated to be ready by 2022.
STATUESQUE DESIGN FROM AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT, JEAN FRANCOIS MILOU
Designed by ADDP and award-winning architect Jean Francois Milou’s studioMilou (who also did the National Gallery Singapore), The Avenir’s elegant, vertical-lined facade exudes layers of promised comfort without being over-the-top or garish.
While it is a given that there are many condominiums within the River Valley area, not all are freeholds. The Avenir redefines what “free” in freehold means by literally showing it off.
For example, visit the showrooms and feel a sense of comfort and spaciousness even in its 2-bedroom units. At 829 square feet, the units are generously well-spaced. Better yet, they come with dedicated kitchens, a design consideration that’s often gone unnoticed.
The 3- to 4-bedroom apartments (1,528 to 2,411-square feet) take spacious living several notches higher. They include private lifts, which add privacy and exclusivity.
The Avenir’s 4-bedroom apartments come in three configurations. Its pièce de résistance – the 4-bedroom + family (with a private lift) – is a sweeping 224 square metres (2,411 square feet). The latter includes a family room where a TV and sofa can be added for individual gaming/entertainment needs.
All lift lobbies for the 4-bedroom apartments lead two-ways: the living room and the yard/adjoining bathroom/kitchen – the latter is useful if guests want to freshen up beforehand or have fresh deliveries be sent directly to the kitchen.
From the lift lobby, walk past the expansive balconied living room-cum-dining area before arriving at the kitchen. Be remiss if being in a landed house didn’t cross one’s mind.
The kitchen itself is a conversation starter all on its own. Beyond the island countertop, appliances are premium-fitted with top-of-class brands like DeDietrich and V-Zug. Open one of the cabinets, and discover a built-in dishwasher, warming drawer, vacuum drawer (to seal food packs), wine fridge or steam oven.
All four bedrooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows and en suites bathrooms – further alluding to that greater sense of spaciousness, privacy and exclusivity.
Master bedrooms exemplify this best – other than their sheer sizes and generous walk-in wardrobes; their bathrooms include his and her sinks, standing showers and bathtubs by Antonio Lupi.
Marble flooring with matched skirting from the Private Lift Lobby extends to Living, Dining, Family and Kitchen, echoing premium quality finish across the entire apartment through and through.
ACCESSIBILITY TO TWO OF THE MOST BUSTLING ENTERTAINMENT BELTS IN SINGAPORE
Beyond ample living space and expansive grounds, the development is strategically located between two of the most bustling entertainment belts in the CBD – River Valley’s Robertson Quay and the Orchard Road shopping belt.
This places it in an enviable position as residents can pick and choose how they want to chill and fill up their weekends.
Another plus for The Avenir is that it’s adjacent to River Valley Primary School. This is ideal for young families with school-going children (or hope to be within 1km of the school), as there is no need to travel far.
Investment-wise, properties in the River Valley/Orchard area have appreciated in terms of average price per square foot by more than 87.99% since 2006 (20.47% based on the last six and the first two months of 2021). Homeowners who want a permanent home (freehold status) are more than likely to pay more for larger spaces for luxurious living.
The Avenir’s PSF price ranges between S$2,754 and S$3,480, for apartment sizes between 527 to 2,411 square feet. For these PSF prices, space and freehold status, there is a lot of room for capital appreciation. The trendline above speaks for itself.
URA’S MASTERPLANS TO REJUVENATE THE CENTRAL AREA
Likewise, looking farther ahead, residents of The Avenir should be pleased to know that plans are underway to revitalise the Orchard Road belt. This rejuvenation includes a green urban corridor from Fort Canning Park to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and cultural precincts for the arts at Armenian, Coleman and Waterloo Streets.
This will appeal to young families eager to raise their children near vibrant communities where an appreciation of city living, arts and culture constantly thrive.
The Avenir began as a development that lies across the Singapore River. Once completed, it will be a landmark of the River Valley enclave, talked about for many generations to come.
Visit The Avenir website or its sales gallery to register your interest.