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Review: Lincoln Suites

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Lincoln Suites

Need To Know
Location Khiang Guan Avenue
District 11
Land Tenure Freehold
Units 175 in 30 Storeys
Expected TOP Dec 31, 2014
Developers Koh Brothers Development, Lian Beng Realty
Heeton Homes, Kim Seng Heng Realty
Facilities 50m lap pool, Sky Gym, Outdoor Gym, 2 Sky Terraces, Theme Dining Areas

Unit Types
Studios 44 units, min 463 sqft
1 Bedrooms 22 units, min 527 sqft
2 Bedrooms 42 units, min 1,033 sqft
3 Bedrooms 42 units, min 1,098 sqft
4 Bedrooms 22 units, min 1,798 sqft
Penthouses 3 units, min 3,703 sqft

Sales Info
Sales Open Oct 2009
Average PSF $1,800 @ Dec 9, 2009

Like 100 Trees at Hong Leong Gardens, Lincoln Suites is located at the still inhabited site of Lincoln Lodge. This prime property was purchased by a consortium of contractors and developers 2 years ago in a massive collective sale. Lincoln Suites’ awaited launch had been delayed till now as rising property prices has finally made its development viable. Phase 1 was launched in late Oct at $1,680 psf.

The L in Lincoln Suites really stands for location; and for the luxury condo, it is both a blessing and its curse. Located right behind Goldhill Plaza and United Square, Lincoln Suites shares both the convenience of a mall-condo and the Novena MRT, as well as the disadvantages of the accompanying crowds. However, unlike The Trillium and Tribeca (near Great World City), Lincoln Suites does not have the benefit of distance, and its lofty heights are much in danger of overcrowding, this time by the malls’ office towers.

Looking at the 15th storey site photos, this is immediately obvious – Lincoln Suites’ right tower looks right into the 28 storey Goldhill Plaza offices in front and Newton Gems behind. That is unfortunate for the majority of the owners in that tower. Due to the allocation of units across the 2 towers, the left tower favours the larger 3 and 4 bedroom units which all have private lifts and pretty much unblocked views i.e. the “Atas” tower. In contrast, the right tower houses studios to compact 3 bedrooms, which are saddled with blocked views, both front and back.

The "Atas" And The Blocked

The really cool feature about Lincoln Suites is the sky gym. It hangs defiantly in the face of gravity between the 2 towers on the 24th floor. Want to know the really cool SCARY part? The floor of the glass bubble is partially SEE THROUGH. As I stood in the showflat’s sky gym, I have to say that its very unsettling to be seemingly standing on air. My friend S who is deathly afraid of heights refused to even come to the sky gym on the 2nd floor of the showflat with me.

Really though, the developers have tried very hard with this one. The condo is overloaded with facilities. In the 2 sky terraces, there is the usual 50m lap pool and a host of water features. There are also unique themed dining areas – from Western Dining to Korean Teppanyaki rooms. There’s even a Japanese one I cannot pronounce. These are not restaurants but club rooms that residents can book to host their private parties. Think of it as a gourmet BBQ.

Robot-To-Yaki Dining?

However, the multitude of yoga corners, thermal spas, aroma therapeutic rooms, spa pool bar as well as the cool laundromat-cum-lounge does come at a cost. Monthly maintenance fees for a 3 bedroom apartment comes up to an exorbitant $500. In comparison, the fees for Trilight down the road are only between $300 to $400. It really comes down to what you are willing to pay for.

The showflat units are the 3 bedroom and studio which I think were well done up actually. The developers  appear all out to please with built-in fridge, high-end water features and stone finish bathrooms. There is also a rain shower and a Sonos multi-room music system where you can stream music wirelessly across all the rooms. That satisfied even the tech nerd in me.

The layouts were just alright with me though I did notice that the showflats were corners units and have 3 sides of views for the 3 bedroom and 2 sides for the studio. They are well positioned to have a lot of light but also have a frightful number of planters and balconies. I counted 3 planters and 2 balconies in the 3 bedroom setup, which leaves Bedroom 3 practically the size of a bathroom. The interior decorator had to quietly convert this into a walk-in closet. What owners can do is make use of the balcony size by covering up the planters, which can now accommodate table and chairs for an outdoor experience.

What You Can Do With A Giant Balcony - Idea #01

Now for the price. At $1,800 psf Lincoln Suites is pretty expensive even for the area. Trilight at $1,750 psf has arguably the better view and more privacy. Miro, also on Lincoln Road was going for $1,650 in Oct for its stunning loft units. Lincoln Suites however has positioned itself as a luxury project with versatile units from studios to duplexes, with each unit type available on almost all floors. To top it off, the facilities especially the outdoor dining options are mind-blowing.

Whatever your fancy, Lincoln Suites’ idealistic developers have somehow managed to stuff it in, and kudos to them. However you do have to pay for what you get, and you get alot with this condo.

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Written by L

December 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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  1. Well written. Fair and unbiased. It is true while all projects are building to the max to test that Sky is the limit, the views for all floors are much compromised even with the premium each buyer is willing to pay per floor upwards.

    keithyip

    January 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm


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