05 March, 2009

Is this your dream home?

I took a walk with mémé one day near HarbourFront area and we came across the show flat of Reflections at Keppel Bay. It's one of the most luxurious waterfront living experiences offered in Singapore.

Simple minimalist design in the bedroom

The project was designed by Daniel Libeskind. He's the architect who created the World Trade Center Memorial.

The project is overlooking Marina at Keppel Bay

According to Reflections's website, the project is set in lush and expansive grounds. The waterfront development features six high rise towers, some linked by sky bridges, and spacious low rise villas. The Libeskind development will sit on a land size of approximately 84,000 square metres with an extensive shoreline of 750 metres.

Every detail and aspect of design will optimise interaction with the sea and the commanding panoramic views of its scenic surrounds.


See, mémé is so excited about the interior of Reflections

Mémé has just arrived from Switzerland to stay with us for 6 weeks. She's curious about almost everything in this city state. She thinks Singapore is a paradise on earth. She even praises the hot weather. "Oh, you don't know Angie, it's so cold in Switzerland right now. You don't want to be there."

At the entrance of the show flat, I asked her again, "So mémé, do you want to have a look at this show flat? Perhaps you can buy one here to retire."

"And why not? Let's have a look."

Yeah, that was before we looked at the price tag.


Very neat design in the toilet

There are only 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom flats on show. The size, at 91 sq m (980 sq ft) for a 2 bedroom flat and 138 sq m (1485 sq ft) for a 3 bedroom, is relatively small by European standard.

Dry kitchen area where all the appliances are provided by Miele, a German brand

The estate agent quoted us a price of SGD$1.92 mio (at SGD$2,207 psf) for a 2 bedroom flat located on the 10th floor. The size is ranging from 81 to 88 sq m (872-947 sq ft)! Extremely tiny!

Wet kitchen for messy Chinese cooking

The price tag for the 2 bedroom flat on the 11th floor is a cool SGD$2.03 mio (at SGD$2,217 psf). This one has a size ranging from 82 to 85 sq m (883-915 sq ft). And the price doesn't even include furnishings in the flat!

Living area where all the furniture is from Giorgetti, a famous Italian brand

At this price one can easily get a much bigger flat, say in Zurich. The property prices in Singapore have clearly shot through the roof in the past years though there's been a sign of slowing down recently.

A second bedroom with Sentosa Island at the background

Crazy prices as they are, but they come with the Daniel Libeskind fame. For some people, this is like buying scarf with Hermès brand attached to it. It's a matter of prestige. But of course, for some, a scarf made in China offers the same functionality.

The study. Again, it's like a fashion model clothed exclusively by Giorgetti

My dream home is a big house with a lovely garden. If possible, I don't want to live in high rise building. Inside my house I want minimalist design which offers simple decor, clean lines and the least volume of furnishing.

Bedroom with very limited space

On the way out, mémé said, shaking her head in disbelief, "This is a dream home. Far too expensive but I like it very much!"

Yes indeed, with the ideal location and the condo facilities offered, not to forget a marina where buyers can dock their big boats and a golf course right next door.

Is this your dream home?


Anonymous said...

Indeed, this is one of most luxurious waterfront living experiences in Singapore. But my kind of dream waterfront living experience will be more like a house like in the movie iL Mare which is the Korean version of the Lakehouse.

Anonymous said...

Libeskind had nothing to do with those interiors. They are to refined for his pretentious taste. He's just the developer hack who "designed" the silly shape of the tower, and gets his name attached to the project for marketing purposes.

Libeskind actually hired another architect for his own home in New York. (You could check it out on-line.) Even Daniel Libeskind does not want to waste his own money on a wacked out, crazy-angle Libeskind-designed interior. That's why the developer at Keppel Bay went elsewhere in search of a more refined taste for the interiors.

Mandy Southgate said...

I think I like the idea of a glass-walled bedroom with panoramic window views the best!

Anonymous said...

Libeskind likes to promote himself as the winner of the World Trade Center Site Competition. What he forgets to mention is that he pretty much got kicked off that project. He has not been given any of the new building commissions there. He does these crappy overseas projects for developers who try to add some showbiz pizzazz to their brochures, but Libeskind never stays on to finish up the work.

Anonymous said...

This is indeed a pretty place but I prefer a simple asian inspired house ;)

Hope you have a great week ahead Angie!

Anonymous said...

Too much glass for me, the cleaning would drive me mad!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I should start betting lotto now. This is luxurious living! I'm admiring the bedrooms, they look cozy.

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Monica said...

Hi Angie! well, my dream home would hopefully be breathtaking ;-)

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eastcoastlife said...

Phew! Expensive!
Very lovely design of the rooms though.

Anonymous said...

What saddens me is a nice plot of land being developed for a happy few while the majority of the native residents r housed in cramped units which my mom calls "pigeon holes" :-/

Keppel Bay could just as well be a tower block housing more residents. In doing so, more residents will hv the opportunity to enjoy the view ! However, I think that the trend towards luxurious homes r unstoppable bec they hv a very high yield for the developer.

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie! The bathroom is gorgeous!!! very elegant...

lina said...

SGD2 mil for an apartment less than 1000 sq ft? Wow. That's expensive.

The glass walled bedroom will drive me nuts because I know that it'll be full of Son's finger marks. LOL

Anonymous said...

the view is to die for. and the price, to die for as well :-)

Kikit said...

hi angie. i'd sleep in a glass-walled bedroom if i live with my husband only. or if i live alone. hihi :)

nice shots :)

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PS, I think this high-rise dwelling is very stylish and sophisticated but like you, I prefer a house with a garden.

Sera Melinda said...

Yup, sure this is my dream home!! Love the bedroom and the kitchen!
Feels like a fashion designer's apartment :)
But too pricey, huh?

CECiL said...

I do like the interior deco very much! I bet after adding in the cost of renovation and furnishings, additional 5-20% of bare unit price need to be considered. That's a bloodsucker for me ;)

Online Payments Info said...

I like the interior but I don't want living in a condo. I want a big house with a big garden.

limo gold coast said...

WOW! it's amazing! I also wish to have a house like this........

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