Woodleigh launch abuzz: Location a key draw

The Woodleigh Residences, a 667-unit integrated development in Bidadari, is arranged in a U-shape to maximise window views and will be built above a shopping mall and Woodleigh MRT station.
The Woodleigh Residences, a 667-unit integrated development in Bidadari, is arranged in a U-shape to maximise window views and will be built above a shopping mall and Woodleigh MRT station.PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The location of the newly-launched integrated development in Bidadari, The Woodleigh Residences, is its most attractive aspect for home owners, said prospective buyers and agents on the first day of the property launch.

There were also more families and couples looking for a home, rather than investors, said property agents at the launch yesterday.

Those who had put in blank cheques two weeks ago to indicate their interest in the mixed-use commercial and residential development in Bidadari Park Drive turned up for a ballot at 11am for a chance to choose their units .

At 1pm, the doors were opened to members of the public.

The 667-unit property will be built above a shopping mall and Woodleigh MRT station, which is on the North East Line. The development is slated for completion by the end of August in 2022.

Jointly developed by Japanese property developer Kajima Development and Singapore Press Holdings, Woodleigh Residences comprises two-, three-and four-bedroom units starting at $1,873 per sq ft.

A two-bedroom apartment has a starting price of $1.088 million, while a four-bedroom unit is priced at $2.55 million onwards.

Arranged in a U-shape to maximise window views for the various units, the 99-year leasehold property boasts views of Bidadari Park and Alkaff Lake. Residents will also have the use of an onsen, a Japanese-style hot spring.

Mr Bob Tay, 43, an engineer, said the development's central location drew him to look for an apartment. He has two children, aged eight and 11. "It's near the shopping centre and MRT station. Now, I live in Geylang, which is less central, compared to this location," he said.

Mr Vincent Ng, 42, an architect with three boys, aged two to six, said the schools in the area led him to take a closer look at the property.

OrangeTee & Tie managing director Steven Tan said: "People buy this property for themselves or their families because it is so conveniently located. It's near the MRT station, malls, food centres and schools. People are also willing to pay a premium to get units with a good view. They're concerned about the environment they live in and want a place close to nature."

He added that, despite measures instituted by the Government in July this year to cool the private residential market, people are buying properties to upgrade from public housing and enjoy the facilities of a condominium.

Upcoming sales launches include Parc Esta at Sims Avenue next weekend.

Sue-Ann Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 11, 2018, with the headline 'Woodleigh launch abuzz: Location a key draw'. Print Edition | Subscribe