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Review: The Tier

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The Tier

Need To Know
Location 28 Pegu Road
District 11
Land Tenure Freehold
Units 48 in 19 Storeys
Expected TOP Dec 31, 2014
Developer Kaiwatt Development Pte Ltd
Facilities Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Barbecue Pit, Gymnasium, Roof Garden/Observation Deck

Unit Types
1 Bedrooms 29 units, min 495 sqft
2 Bedrooms 17 units, min 538 sqft
Penthouses 2 units, min 990 sqft

Sales Info
Sales Open  Nov 2009
Average PSF
$1,200 @ Nov 28, 2009

The Tier, located off Balestier Road (past the famous Founder Bak Kut Teh), is a new property where looks can be a little deceiving. From the online marketing media I have seen, I had this image of luxury (i.e. sizable units) with furnishings expected of a fresh developer trying to establish its reputation in Singapore.

Impression set, J and I went forth.. and were surprised at the size of the units. The 1 and 2 bedrooms were both about the same size at below 550 sq ft, difference being  inconsequential extras like viewing deck or jacuzzi on top of the balcony. The show-flat, a 1 bedroom unit + study stood at 538 sq ft, which is about the size of  a 2 room HDB flat. Unfortunately for the Tier buyer, the HDB flat is usually without balcony and planter boxes, lending it a much larger liveable area.

Our particular gripe is the nano-scale kitchen. The developer’s choice in combining the kitchen/bar top/washing smack in the centre of the apartment left us shaking our heads, especially with the washing machine located right below the pull-out bar top. I suppose for residents who are very efficient (and not particular) about their washing and eating, it might not seem such a strange arrangement. For us, this would mean eating-out most of the time because it is just not appealing to huddle around the bar top trying to make oneself heard over the thudding of the washing machine.

Champagne and Wash

It should be clear by now, The Tier appears to comprise micro-units, of which I am not a big fan. Homes should be at least 700 sq ft to be comfortable for growing families. It is particularly painful to be living in cramped quarters when there are relatively larger a/c ledges and planter boxes right outside the units.

That said, The Tier does address space concerns with an economical layout; residents can choose to knock down the study to enlarge the master bedroom/living area. Furnishings are solid with clean lines and units are generally well-lit, though facing either the morning or afternoon sun. This is a factor that potential buyer should note, particualrly for the higher floors. Personally I would avoid the Type B units where the a/c ledge is almost a QUARTER the size of the master bedroom, with the unit directly facing the morning sun.

Tiny House Needs Huge Aircon

The Tier is targeted at investors and young couples. And at $1,200 psf it could represent an investment in a district that is quietly undergoing a renaissance.  With its small though stylish units, residents are almost expected to be eating out a lot (especially given the odd location of the washing machine), which is definitely not a problem in the Balestier area. Home-buyers looking to purchase units larger than 600 sq ft in the area however, might want to consider Vista Residences by Far East instead.


Written by L

December 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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