I might been which means to take a look at Villa Verde for a while as a result of properly, for a landed home in Singapore, it is “low cost” (or let’s assume inexpensive?) Coincidentally, somebody left a touch upon my article in regards to the homes at Loyang View, asking for a tour of those homes (that are positioned at 1 Verde Avenue) so off to the North West I went.
Like Loyang Villas, Villa Verde is huge: it consists of 515 three-storey terrace homes, developed by Keppel Land in 2000 (or 2002, relying on which property web site you go to), with 99-year leases that started in March 1997.
On the time of writing, asking costs at Villa Verde ranged from $1.99 million to $3.15 million for a nook terrace home. In accordance with the info on SRX, all of the gross sales in 2022 have been above $2 million, which is a rise from 2021.
(In 2021, all of the gross sales however two had been underneath $2 million, with one property even going for as little as $1.32 million. Word that once we talked about Villa Verde in our “least expensive landed houses in Singapore” article final yr, the transacted value was $1.3 million.)
Click on right here to see the tour of an inter-terrace and right here to see a nook unit (which has an unblocked yard that overlooks the Pang Sua Park Connector.)
The inter-terraces listed below are roughly 1,600+ sq ft in plot measurement with 3,000 sq ft in build-up space, while the nook models are bigger, with some going as much as nearly 4,000 sq ft in build-up space.
As these homes are fairly outdated, most would have undergone some type of renovation, so I will not go into an excessive amount of element in regards to the structure besides to say that, being an older property, the room sizes are respectable, not like a few of the newer leasehold properties reminiscent of Victoria Park Villas. Additionally do notice that a few of the homes have break up ranges between the dwelling and eating.
The property is bounded by the Pang Sua Park Connector, the KJE, Regent Secondary Faculty, and Choa Chu Kang stadium, so some have unblocked backyards, and others are noisier than you’d anticipate.
Click on right here to see a fowl’s eye view of the property from above — it is at in regards to the 4 minute.
Many of the homes are North-South going through, which is the popular going through in Singapore for air flow, however some on the left and proper facet of the enclave (i.e. those that face the park connector and stadium) have the much less fascinating East-West orientation, one thing I don’t envy what with Singapore being a furnace lately.
The homes are in between the blue (canal) and the inexperienced (stadium)
The Park Connector is bigger than the one at Holland Grove View. It is massive sufficient that it really has two pedestrian paths on one facet, with benches for individuals to take a seat.
And with land that isn’t constructed upon the other facet of the canal, you do have remarkably clear views of the environment. Nevertheless, it’s extremely utilised and, in response to the street indicators, some individuals might organise noisy music events there?
The terrace homes that look onto the canal do not have a again gate with direct entry to the park connector.
However there’s a staircase that leads down from the center of the row of the homes in order that individuals who reside within the centre do not need to stroll all the way in which to the tip of the property to get down.
The homes which line the KJE, have good inexperienced views of bushes, however the trade-off is the upper ranges of background noise — just like what I had seen at [email protected] Gardens final week.
In between the homes and the park connector is Villa Verde Park (extra on this under), the place you could find some outside health machines. The machines – undecided how many individuals would need to train subsequent to a roaring freeway…
Turning left brings me again to Verde View, one in all what I imagine to be solely two vehicular entry and exit factors into the property. It wasn’t jammed after I visited, however I ponder if it might be ample for the 515 homes throughout peak hours.
As talked about, Regent Secondary Faculty is correct throughout from Villa Verde — handy for any college students of the varsity who reside right here however possibly not so good for these in search of a quiet residence.
The homes alongside this stretch even have again doorways that lead out to the primary street — I at all times prefer it when homes have a couple of entrance!
The Property as an entire
Final yr, I visited Windermere, an Govt Rental simply throughout the street from Villa Verde. In truth, I bear in mind standing on the balcony of the penthouse and pointing to the property, with the agent informing me that costs had been rising at Villa Verde.
Once I was at Windermere, I felt that dwelling on this a part of city was fairly spacious and fewer built-up than the remainder of Singapore, and could be a pleasant retreat from busy metropolis life.
Sadly, that is not the sensation I had at Villa Verde. Quite the opposite, the entire property felt reasonably cluttered to me. I am undecided if it is as a result of the residents are tremendous keen on gardening and there are pots in all places, or as a result of there was various visitors within the property.
I noticed a number of massive European automobiles which had been going in regards to the roads fairly aggressively. I get pleasure from rising greens myself, however the variety of pots and crops on the pavements round Villa Verde made me surprise about dengue, and, true sufficient, Villa Verde is outwardly a dengue crimson zone, with 33 instances within the final two weeks.
I’ve extra images however I believe I’ve proven sufficient to make my level? (Additionally making an attempt to keep away from any images which present the precise home numbers!)
Like Macpherson Backyard property, the phrase that got here to thoughts after I visited Villa Verde was “gentrification.” You may see a number of lovingly restored homes that would not look misplaced within the English countryside however there are additionally a number of in want of a little bit of sprucing up.
In order to not offend anybody, sadly, I can not present the homes which I believe want sprucing up! However they’re there.
Sadly, the general public transport community right here is not the very best. The closest MRT station is Yew Tee, which is about 1km away (a little bit too far to stroll within the warmth in case you’re in your workplace gear.)
Nevertheless, there are a number of bus companies on the primary street outdoors the property that deliver you on to Lot 1 Mall (Choa Chu Kang MRT) and Bukit Panjang MRT.
In the event you drive, it is simple entry to the AYE, PIE, and BKE. Having stated that, keep in mind that visitors may be heavy. Once I drove to the world to go to Windermere final yr, it was when the Causeway was closed and the drive was clean and straightforward.
At the moment, I did surprise what it might be like when the Causeway re-opened. This yr, I visited Villa Verde on a Saturday afternoon, and there was a jam getting there and coming again. (In accordance with the street indicators, the heavy visitors was as a result of congestion on the Causeway.)
So, though the world is a little bit undeveloped in comparison with the remainder of Singapore, it isn’t fairly a peaceable property away from the hustle and bustle of town that one would envision.
In the event you’re contemplating shifting to this space, I am fairly certain it isn’t for the purchasing choices. Nevertheless, Pang Sua Park Connector, which is simply subsequent to Villa Verde, will lead you to Hillion Mall, Bukit Panjang, and Junction 10. It is also an amazing place to go for a stroll after meals.
There are additionally a number of parks within the neighborhood, reminiscent of Stagmont Park, Limbang Park, and Choa Chu Kang Park, that are bigger than the 2 inexperienced areas by Villa Verde (Villa Verde Park and Verde Inexperienced.)
Word: An extension of Villa Verde Park, which is simply subsequent to the homes, has additionally been deliberate and is ready to finish this yr.
Presently, it has a playground and health tools. The extension will improve the park’s measurement from 0.9ha to 2ha and can embrace a canine run, an allotment backyard, a sheltered seating space, and a neighborhood area the place group actions may be carried out.
(In the event you’re questioning how huge Villa Verde presently is, let’s simply say NParks describes it as a “cosy park” on their web site.)
If strolling is simply too placid for you, Choa Chu Kang Stadium is only a stone’s throw away.
Word: Sungei Kadut Industrial Space is close by. Some individuals don’t love dwelling subsequent to industrial areas, so I believed I might level it out!
There are two Childcare Centres inside 500m, three kindergartens and, in response to yoursingaporemap.com, 4 major colleges inside 1km of Villa Verde (though for landed homes, this may rely on precisely the place your own home lies within the property, so do examine before you purchase.)
The 4 colleges are Kanji Major, Yew Tee Major, De La Salle Faculty, and Teck Whye Major. Pioneer JC can also be shut by and college students can stroll to highschool through the Park Connector.
So now that we have seen the property, how do you discover it? Personally, it is too busy for me, so subsequent week we’ll view someplace that’s nearer to nature and hopefully quieter!
This text was first revealed in Stackedhomes.