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23 Tampines Street 86, District 18, Singapore

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1 Bed

2 Baths

527 sqft (built up)

S$3.51 psf

For rent

S$1,850/mo

Key Details

Furnishing

Flexible

Lease

Flexible

Ethnic

All races welcome

District

D18

Amenities

Clubhouse

Clubhouse

Stove

Stove

Fridge

Fridge

Low Floor

Low Floor

Dryer

Dryer

Tennis Court

Tennis Court

Oven

Oven

Balcony

Balcony

Fun Pool

Fun Pool

Aircon

Aircon

Pool Deck

Pool Deck

Lounge

Lounge

Wading Pool

Wading Pool

Playground

Playground

Fitness Corner

Fitness Corner

Washer

Washer

Fibre Ready

Fibre Ready

Lap Pool

Lap Pool

Gym

Gym

BBQ Pits

BBQ Pits

Description

The Santorini takes its name from Santorini, a Greek island classically known as Thera. After a massive volcanic eruption destroyed the earliest settlements on what was once a single land mass, Santorini became part of a small archipelago that bears the same name.

Nowadays, the island has a population of 1,857 and is home to a flourishing wine industry. It is one of two islands in Europe to have a hot desert climate, with only two seasons; warm & dry and cold & rainy.

Just like Singapore minus the wine and small population.

The Santorini condominium is therefore MCC Land’s attempt to replicate and modernize the traditional Greek home and imbue a Mediterranean aesthetic into a Singapore context.

The Santorini
The Santorini

As it stands now, the project looks more than 50% built and moving along rather steadily and on track for its July 2018 TOP.

The 3D model shows eight, 15-storey blocks spread around a sparkling 50m lap pool flanked by palm trees and manicured shrubbery. It does evoke a Mediterranean feel, despite overlooking a road constantly trafficked by heavy trucks and military vehicles.

However, the main entrance is at Tampines Street 86. It is a small, two way road separating The Santorini and Q Bay Residences from the HDB estates.

Side gate along Street 86
Side gate along Street 86

A new bus stop is expected to be built near the side gate along street 86. Whether another bus stop will be erected at the other side gate along Avenue 10 is currently unknown.

Traffic noise is a constant in Singapore and Tampines North is no exception. Though the trees and bushes that will be planted along the perimeter of the development will act as a buffer.

Furthermore, most of the stacks are closer to Street 86 instead, with the exception of blocks 27 and 25. However, there is a good amount of distance between the roads and the development, so residents on the lower floors will unlikely have to endure the full brunt of traffic noise during peak hours.

What residents will have to deal with, is the sun.

Marked places for other blocks
Marked places for other blocks

Blocks 27 and 29 are likely to get the sun. Since there are no special glass or aluminium shading to keep the sun’s merciless glare out, curtains or blinds will come in handy.

The blocks are also 15 storeys high but not every block has an advantageous view. Some will be blocked by the other stacks.

To counter this inevitability, there is a sky terrace connecting blocks 21, 35, 33 and 31, which is open to all residents to indulge in a little scenery.

Sky Terrace connecting blocks 21, 33 and 31
Sky Terrace connecting blocks 21, 33 and 31

So far, the development is over 50% done and close to 200 out of its 597 units have been sold since 2014. Perhaps it is difficult for many people to visualise how the area will look like after it is developed so they might be adopting a wait and see approach.

Out of the two 5-bedroom penthouses available, already one has been bought. The 5-bedroom penthouse is in the $2.4m to $2.5m range. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units are about 80% and 70% sold respectively. There definitely is interest in the project.

Showflat: Three showunits are available for viewing; 3-bedroom DK, 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom.

As is the trend now, the units do not come with bay windows and ceiling height is roughly 2.35m. The typical kitchen appliances like induction stove and hood are provided. The developer is also including fittings like the usual sink with a mixer tap. Brands are Carysil and Whirlpool.

Unlike other developments however, the fridge and washing machine on display will not come with the units. The utility rooms/yards are also specific to the type of unit. 1 and 2-bedroom units do not have them.

3-bedroom DK (C5c-DK): Upon entering the foyer, a left turn takes you into the second unit complete with bathroom, kitchen and single bedroom. The second unit’s layout is that of a long rectangle.

3-bedroom DK layout
3-bedroom DK layout

In the layout above, the second unit is on the left.



This is a much smaller area, with space sufficient for one or two people to share. The kitchen is open and other than the door to the foyer and the wall separating the living room from this secondary unit, there are no walls partitioning the different areas in this smaller unit.

The floor tiles are homogeneous throughout, from the entry way to the bedroom, with variation only in the bathroom.

Dual- key unit with bathroom, kitchen and bedroom in a row
Dual-key part of the apartment

Straight from the foyer brings you to the main unit, with the kitchen immediately visible.

The kitchen in the main unit is slightly bigger than the second unit with more partitioning. This unit does not have a yard or washing area, though the common toilet sink, tap and vanity cabinet with mirror is behind the kitchen, and in front of the common bathroom.

It’s a little unusual because the common bathroom has only the showering and toilet areas with no sink. If you want to brush your teeth or shave, you’ll have to step outside.

Washing area outside of common bathroom
Washing area outside of common bathroom

Considering that the living area is spacious enough that shaving off some space there for the common bathroom won’t really hurt it, might seem an odd choice to consumers.

But other than being unconventional, it doesn’t actually hurt the unit all that much. It does offer convenience for people wanting to quickly brush their teeth or shave when the toilets are in use. There will be less waiting around in those circumstances.

Back to the unit proper, flooring is mostly similar throughout with the obvious exception of the bedrooms. Timber with matching skirting is used to elicit a cosier feel in the bedrooms.

Master bedroom in main unit
Master bedroom in main unit

The master bedroom has its own bathroom and toilet with the sink and vanity cabinets included inside this time.

A king size bed fits rather nicely inside with ample space for movement. The built-in wardrobe also, is better situated here as it does not intrude upon walking space.

As for the living room, it is rather spacious with an approximated size of 24.6sqm and a ceiling height of 2.7m. The balcony is joined to the living area and separated by a sliding door.

Living and dining area for main unit
Living and dining area for main unit

This adds a secondary layer of depth and space to the living room.

2-bedroom B1 (Pa) 67sqm: The 2-bedroom unit’s living room certainly benefits from a more attractive ID treatment. It also manages to look more spacious. The layout too, is better with no odd little corners.

Living and dining area
Living and dining area

The showflat presents a dining table big enough for four people without eating too much into the living area. This is important because smaller units generally feel more crowded when developers are cramming everything they can into it.

The unit also benefits from not having a utility room and bay windows. Bedrooms are of a decent size. The master bedroom is approximately 17.2 sqm, including the private bathroom, while the other bedroom is roughly 7.6sqm.

Common bedroom 
Common bedroom 2

Putting a queen size bed here is possible, though that would not be utilizing the given space well. A super single or even a bunk bed allows for more room to put things other than just a bed and a wardrobe.

A small work table could go in here and along with the built-in wardrobe, would add a little more function to the room.

Likewise for the master bedroom, which is already big enough for a king size bed. Cutting that down to a queen size would open up more space for a work table or dresser.

Master bedroom with attached bathroom
Master bedroom with attached bathroom

However, as it already comes with a private bathroom with mirror and vanity cabinet, a dresser is unnecessary.

One thing about the bathrooms, is that the wet area is partitioned by a full length glass panel with swinging door.

Master bathroom with swing door in wet area
Master bathroom with swing door in wet area

This helps with keeping the dry area thoroughly separated from the wet area. For this unit though, the master bathroom is of a sufficient size so the inclusion of a swing door augments the space rather than diminish it.

All bathrooms in every unit is done up similarly though, with the swing door.

1-bedroom A2 (P) 49sqm: The 1-bedroom unit feels like it has a much bigger living area even though it is smaller. The brighter ID colours helps but so too does the layout.

From the main door, you walk into the unit with the kitchen on the right and living/dining area in front.

Main entrance to unit
Main entrance to unit

As with the other units, only the fridge and washing machines are not provided. The other accessories like sink mixer and induction stove come with the unit.

The bathroom is cleverly located between the kitchen and the bedroom with a door on either side connecting them. For a smaller unit, this helps a lot with moving around.

Unlike the 5-bedroom DK unit, the bathroom encompasses all its bits and pieces, including the sink, vanity cabinet and separated wet area.

Bathroom with two connecting doors
Bathroom with two connecting doors

The bathroom is doubly good as its layout is square instead of rectangle.

This allows the toilet seat and sink to sit side by side on one end of the wall and the shower area to take up space on the opposite side with a clear in-between for walking and standing.

The bedroom too is of a decent size, with enough room for a super single bed, the built-in wardrobe and a small working table. You can squeeze in a queen size bed, but that would leave room for little else.

Bedroom
Bedroom

The bedroom has two swing doors; one that leads to the connecting bathroom and the other to the living room.

For a smaller unit, it certainly offers a better layout without feeling cramped.

Much can be attributed to the brighter tiles but the way the space flows is also important and this particular unit looks to be a good buy whether or investment or living.

Location
Etymology: In the distant past, the largest residential area in Singapore was a verdant green land. Large swathes of forest dominated and massive Ironwood trees, known as tempinis, grew in abundance.

Between the emerald landscape, swamps and sand quarries, Tampines was a favoured military training ground until 1987 when the first new town began construction and civilisation started to creep in.

Getting there: While its paths and roads meander significantly lesser than the often clogged arterials of Pasir Ris, Tampines North is still a rapidly developing area as roads replace forests..

Plans to develop it into a sprawling residential zone for more than 1,500 families is underway but for now, getting to Tampines North from Tampines Interchange is inconvenient unless you drive.There are no buses that service that route at time of writing.

Project Overview

Name: The Santorini

Total Units: 597

Year of Completion: 2018

Tenure: 99 Years

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