Me & My Property: Home's a sweet spot in the right location

Gerald Tan's house-hunting efforts include use of Google Maps, night strolls to check out sites

Mr Gerald Tan, 37, with his wife Bernice Ong, 36, son Gabriel, eight, and daughter Elizabeth, six, in their home, a three-bedroom apartment which was bought in 2009 for $1.65 million. Mr Tan chose this apartment, comfortably sized at 1,614 sq ft, because
Mr Gerald Tan, 37, with his wife Bernice Ong, 36, son Gabriel, eight, and daughter Elizabeth, six, in their home, a three-bedroom apartment which was bought in 2009 for $1.65 million. Mr Tan chose this apartment, comfortably sized at 1,614 sq ft, because it is conveniently located within the central business district and has easy access to three MRT stations. ST PHOTOS: NG SOR LUAN
Riverwalk Apartments, overlooking the Singapore River. Mr Tan's family members owned some units there and his grandmother lives in one of them.
Riverwalk Apartments, overlooking the Singapore River. Mr Tan's family members owned some units there and his grandmother lives in one of them. ST PHOTOS: NG SOR LUAN
Mr Tan relaxing in his 1,614 sq ft condo unit. He bought the apartment in 2009 but rented it out from 2011 until he moved back this year.
Mr Tan relaxing in his 1,614 sq ft condo unit. He bought the apartment in 2009 but rented it out from 2011 until he moved back this year.ST PHOTOS: NG SOR LUAN

Entrepreneur Gerald Tan's interest in real estate was ignited in childhood when he would accompany his mum and dad to view potential investment properties.

"My parents have always been interested in property," he recalls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Home's a sweet spot in the right location '. Subscribe