The Gazania offers residents a wider choice of unit types compared to its neighbour and sister condo, The Lilium. It also provides a landed enclave experience…
31 How Sun Road, 33 How Sun Road, Hougang / Punggol / Sengkang, Serangoon / Thomson (D19-20)
Developer: SingHaiyi Group
Address: 31 – 33 How Sun Road
Site Area: 54,943 sq ft
Configuration: 80 units over 2 five storey blocks
Parking: 80 Basement lots
Unit Types: 10 x 2 Bed (699 sq ft)
30 x 2 Bed + Study (710 – 742 sq ft)
10 x 3 Bed (1,087 sq ft)
8 x 3 Bed Premium (1,227 sq ft)
16 x 4 Bed (1,291 – 1,356 sq ft)
6 x Penthouses (1,840 – 1,969 sq ft)
Along with its larger sibling The Gazania, The Lilium is named after a flower, but this time one that flowers in the day. Of the two projects launched together, this is a smaller, more boutique development in terms of the number of units, the range of units and the site itself. Where it comes into its own however is in the units themselves, which are larger and more impressive than those not just at The Gazania, but also many of those at most other comparable condos on the island.
The facilities are what you would expect from an 80-unit development, and it includes a 30-metre lap pool, gym, kids pool and playground. Buyers have the choice of opting for a cool or warm skin to their unit. This is realised in the flooring, the carpentry and the counter tops.
The development is located in a landed enclave, so the two blocks are restricted to five storeys. It also means of course, there are clear views across the neighbourhood. The showflat is housed in the same industrial unit as The Gazania, on the 2nd floor of 16 Tai Seng Street. It has one unit on show, which is decorated in a cool skin.
2 Bed + Study (710.4 sq ft)
The units at The Lilium are not just large, they are designed to make use of that extra space. They are arranged in a dumbbell fashion which also helps to open up the rooms. All the living rooms are designed in a way so that the minimum distance from the settee to the TV is 2.89 metres. This unit actually has three metres between them.
The kitchen features quartz work surfaces and Electrolux appliances. The two-bedders have a microwave with an in-built grill as well as an induction hob and hood, while the three-bedders and above have a conventional oven to go with the hob. All units have a fridge and washer/dryer.
An example of the thought that has gone into the units, and their use of space, are the magic corners that are featured in the kitchen cupboards. These clever devices allow you to use the corner space without having to reach in. Likewise, all bedrooms feature a magic corner storage space which also come with a robust full-length mirror.
All master bedrooms can easily accommodate a king-size bed. They also have a walk-in wardrobe of sorts, en route to the en suite.
All other bedrooms in the development are large enough for a queen-size bed. The study in the units can easily be converted into a walk-in wardrobe and en suite, if that is your preference.
The location sells itself. On one hand The Lilium benefits from being in a landed enclave, with the privacy and exclusiveness that comes with it. On the other hand, it is just a few minutes walk to a wide range of retail, food and beverage, education and transport options.
Bartley MRT station on the Circle Line is five minutes’ walk from the development. From there, you are within three stops of four interchanges giving you access to all the four corners of Singapore. One stop away (or just over 10 minutes’ walk) from the project is Serangoon. There you have even more shopping and dining options, the bus interchange and NEX, as well as direct access to both the Circle and North East Lines. Three major expressways – the KPE, PIE and CTE all pass close to The Lilium.
Five of the top-rated schools on the island are all within very easy reach, a couple of them less than 1km away. Another advantage of the area is that with the investment that is being pumped into the nearby Bidadari New Town, there is guaranteed sustained growth and prosperity for this area, good for both homeowners and investors alike.
The Lilium really does have a lot going for it. The location is ideal, and as stated, with the development of the Bidadari New Town, things are only going to get better. Everything is right at your doorstep, but at the same time, residents benefit from the advantages of living in a private landed enclave. The development itself and the units don’t play second fiddle to the location however, and are both well designed and built, with some neat features that reassure you that nothing has been taken for granted or looked over. There is also the small matter of its freehold status.
Because of the twin launch, The Lilium will undoubtedly be compared to The Gazania. They are two different condos though, each with their own merits. The Lilium is designed for people who strive to live in a very nice area, in a very nice home, and are less concerned about the frills and amenities that come with larger developments. On this evidence, it fully achieves that.