The 5 best things about living at Singapore’s city fringe

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Feb 20, 2017

Weekend brunches at nearby hipster cafés, shopping in the city just a few MRT stops away, family outings at the Kallang Riverside Park a bike ride away, bringing the kids out for a show at the Singapore Sports Hub, having hearty meals at surrounding local cuisine enclaves – life in the Aljunied area could not get any better.

It is precisely because of these possibilities at the city-fringe precinct that has drawn several buyers to Sims Urban Oasis, the largest condominium development in the area in the last decade. The eight 18-storey towers along Sims Drive at the city’s edge sits on sprawling 2.4 ha of land and offers a range of units from one to five-bedroom to suit every lifestyle.

The ultimate convenience

For Winnie Koh and her husband Goh Keng Chuang who have two daughters – a three year-old and a seven month-old – the fact that Sims Urban Oasis is just four MRT stops from their favourite haunt, Suntec City, is a big bonus.

“We spend a lot of our weekends at Suntec City shopping and sending our older girl for enrichment classes. From the condominium, it’s just a short five-minute walk to Aljunied MRT

station which can take us to so many places. It’s very convenient,” says Ms Koh who chose a three-bedroom unit from the 1,024 apartments available at Sims Urban Oasis.

By train, their new home is three stops from Bugis station and five from Raffles Place station. And when the Gohs choose to drive to the city centre, the journey is a mere 10 minutes thanks to Sims Urban Oasis’s proximity to major highways – Pan Island Expressway (PIE), Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and Nicoll Highway.

City fringe living at great value

Ms Koh, who is currently living in a HDB maisonette with the family says: “We have always wanted to upgrade to a condominium and Sims Urban Oasis was the most affordable option amongst all the condominiums in the area.”

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Starting from S$1,330 psf, the development is a lot more attractive as compared to those located near the city or those that are inclose proximity to MRT stations, According to The Edge Property, condominiums within 500 metres of Newton MRT average S$1,829 psf while those close to Queenstown MRT are priced around S$1,574 psf

Sims Urban Oasis’s affordability and connection to the city is also the very reason architect Ooi Thean Keat chose to live there.

“I wanted the benefits of city living but I knew I couldn’t afford the prices. Sims Urban Oasis gave me the best of both worlds and is just a 12-minute MRT ride from my workplace at Tanjong Pagar,” he says.

Precinct of possibilities

For other homeowners, it was the amenities surrounding the property that helped seal the deal. The Zhaos, Mingqi and her husband Guoqiang who have an 11-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son together, have lived in the area for 20 years and have come to love the precinct with all its colour and character.

When it came to buying a new home, Sims Urban Oasis, was undoubtedly their prime choice.

“There is an NTUC and Giant supermarket nearby. There is also a polyclinic and library in the area and so many food options. My parents live at Paya Lebar which is nearby and I work at Ubi, only a few minutes away,” explains Mrs Zhao.

In addition to the existing popular eateries, new cafés have been sprouting up in the Aljunied, Paya Lebar and Kallang areas. From Australian-Asian fusion at Café Melba to handmade breads at Brawn & Brains, Thai food at Spicy Thai Thai Café and Tuscan treats at La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar, there is a plethora of new eateries for future residents of Sims Urban Oasis to explore.

In fact, exploring the area is just what Ms Lu Jun Diao and her husband, Mr Zhu Liang, are looking forward to.

“There are a lot of shopping and entertainment options nearby. We are currently living in Tampines so when we move to Sims Urban Oasis, we can take our daughter out every weekend to the different places around,” says Ms Lu.

Paya Lebar Central will house a seven-storey mall, Paya Lebar Quarter, which boasts a cineplex, food court, supermarket, F&B outlets and retail shops. Also at Paya Lebar MRT is the Singapore Post Centre, a new S$150-million retail mall due to be completed in the middle of 2017.

Other malls such as Bugis Junction, Bugis Plus and Raffles City are just a few MRT stops away from Sims Urban Oasis while Paya Lebar Square and OneKM mall is another four and nine minutes’ drive respectively.

Active lifestyle of a new level

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Sims Urban Oasis is surrounded by lush greenery all around and picturesque views of the city to boot, taking a long stroll, cycling or going for a slow jog will be so much more rewarding. Whether you’re out and about in the city at Gardens by the Bay, or taking a leisurely stroll at Aljunied Park or Geylang East Park – all located close to Sims Urban Oasis – the stage has been set for you; presenting both you and your family with endless ways to relieve stress, release endorphins and spend quality time with one another.

Living at the city fringe comes with many plenty of entertainment options as well. World class amenities and facilities are usually strategically located in central locations that are easily accessible. In fact, from Sims Urban Oasis, it takes just eight minutes to cycle to Singapore Sports Hub where major sports events and world-class activities are held.

The Singapore Sports Hub is the first arena in the world to combine world-class sporting infrastructure for football, athletics, rugby and cricket, with community lifestyle and entertainment facilities. This integrated hub is truly a go-to for families as it is home to a retail mall, restaurants, a skate park, lawn bowl green, climbing wall, beach volleyball court, hard courts, sports library and museum.

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The prime location of Sims Urban Oasis is appreciated by Mr Lester Soh, Associate Senior Marketing Director of with Huttons Asia Pte Ltd who recently bought a unit at Sims Urban Oasis. He says: “From the Sky Park of Sims Urban Oasis on the 19th floor, you can see the National Day fireworks display whether it is at the Singapore Sports Hub or over the Marina Bay,”

A sanctuary of its own

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With more than 50 facilities catering to a family’s needs, every day is an adventure at Sims Urban Oasis. Dive into any of the two Olympic-length swimming pools, work out at the gymnasium or enjoy a game of tennis right on the premises itself. For those who prefer to mediate and relax, you can retreat to a private sanctuary at the Sky Park located on the 19th floor.

Future residents of Sims Urban Oasis are already looking forward to their future. Mrs Zhao says: “My children are really looking forward to playing at the swimming pool.”

“I can’t wait to take my kids to the Sky Park to enjoy the view and greenery,” quips Ms Koh.

Mr Ooi on the other hand expects to indulge in more entertaining activities thanks to the variety of facilities. He says: “I can invite my friends over for a relaxing swim or a game of tennis or have drinks at the club house. There’s so much to do.”

Sims Urban Oasis certainly lives up to its name. It is not only a wonderful respite for families, but also revitalising Aljunied and turning the precinct into an ideal place for every lifestyle.

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