Living in the city centre (i.e. the Core Central Region (CCR)) is a dream for many. But CCR condos come with a hefty price tag that not many can afford, or are willing to pay, especially given the economic uncertainty now. As such, properties in the Rest of Central Region (RCR) has been gaining popularity for their good city fringe location that does not come with as high a price as CCR condos.
7 Affordable City Fringe (RCR) Condos Under $1.2 million
While the rising popularity of city fringe living has inevitably led to higher prices in RCR as well, there are still a handful of RCR condos that are fairly affordable (i.e. under $1.2m) if you look hard enough.
1. The Hillford
- TOP: 2017
- District: 21
- Nearest MRT: Beauty World MRT (Downtown Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 950m
- Price: $498,000 to $799,000
Located in upper Bukit Timah region, The Hillford is a 60-year leasehold condo in District 21. The Hillford is right next to the landed enclave in Bukit Timah and has close proximity to green spaces like the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Bukit Batok Nature Park. Accessibility wise, The Hillford is within 1km from the nearest MRT station at Beauty World MRT.
The reason why The Hillford is selling at such an attractive price for a D21 condo is because of its shorter lease. If you don’t mine, it is definitely one for budget-conscious homebuyers to consider.
Find out more about The Hillford on PropertyGuru.
2. The Interweave
- TOP: 2015
- District: 12
- Nearest MRT: Boon Keng MRT (North East Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 1.1km
- Price: $580,000 to $1,015,000
If a leasehold condo is not your cup of tea and you prefer a freehold condo, The Interweave at Kim Keat Road could fit your nicely into your shortlist. The Interweave is a freehold condo that is situated in D12 amongst three shopping plazas: Shaw Plaza, Balestier Plaza and Balestier Point. It is also within walking distance to the Whampoa Market and Whampoa Hawker Centre.
At just $580,000 for the smallest unit (1-bedroom), The Interweave does provide an affordable condo option for those who want to enjoy the convenience of living close to the city centre in the RCR. And even the biggest unit is slightly above $1m.
Find out more about The Interweave on PropertyGuru.
- TOP: 2009
- District: 7
- Nearest MRT: Lavender MRT (East West Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 300m
- Price: $1,042,000 to $2,280,000
Envious of those who live in high floor apartments at city fringes with unblocked firework views? Well, with Southbank, you can get yourself an RCR condo with the same panoramic view during New Year and National Day for $1.04m. Not just that, you also enjoy a river front view that few condos can claim to have.
Located behind North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre, Southbank is just right behind the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). That puts it within 300m from the nearest Lavender MRT. It is also just 300m away from the Golden Mile Food Centre. For just slightly over $1m, you get the best of amenities, location and view with Southbank.
Find out more about Southbank on PropertyGuru.
4. The Foresta @ Mount Faber
- TOP: 2015
- District: 4
- Nearest MRT: Telok Blangah MRT (Circle Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 500m
- Price: $899,999 to $2,380,000
Located in Telok Blangah, The Foresta @ Mount Faber is a freehold condo that with prices starting at just $899,999. The Foresta was built back in 2015 by developer Hoi Hup Realty Pte Ltd as a modern and contemporary condominium with lush greenery surrounding it.
Those living at The Foresta will have easy access to the Mount Faber Park and the connecting parks to Mount Faber Park such as Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park and Kent Ridge Park. Its location in the RCR is also accessible via public transport (Telok Blangah MRT) and expressway (West Coast Highway), which conveniently link to the Central Business District (CBD) too.
With the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront development, The Foresta @ Mount Faber will benefit from the developments in the area.
Find out more about The Foresta @ Mount Faber on PropertyGuru.
5. Skysuites @ Anson
- TOP: 2015
- District: 2
- Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar MRT (East West Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 350m
- Price: $867,999 to $2,700,000
Skysuites @ Anson is an RCR condo that is so close to the city centre that it gives you the impression you are living in the CCR. Its location in D2 puts you within a 2-minute drive to the Keppel Viaduct. If you are travelling by MRT, the Tanjong Pagar MRT is also just 350m away, which takes only 5 minutes by foot.
If you prioritise living this close to the CBD, the 99-year leasehold RCR condo is currently selling at just $867,999 for their 1-bedroom units. It also has bigger units like 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units for homebuyers who need more space for you and/or your family, but you’ll need to pay more for those.
Find out more about Skysuites @ Anson on PropertyGuru.
6. Alex Residences
- TOP: 2017
- District: 3
- Nearest MRT: Redhill MRT (East West Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 300m
- Price: $900,000 to $2,390,000
Completed in 2017, Alex Residences is a modern condo that exudes the look and feel of a boutique hotel. Its location in D3 is ideally located just 5-minutes’ walk away from Redhill MRT in Alexandra. Those living at Alex Residences will also get to enjoy the amenities surrounding Alex Residences such as Redhill Market & Food Centre, Bukit Merah Central Food Centre and Tiong Bahru Park. There are also plenty of schools within the 1km radius from Alex Residences.
Most important of all, the selling price of Alex Residences (which start at $900,000) makes it an affordable entry level condo in the RCR.
Find out more about Alex Residences on PropertyGuru.
7. Tyrwhitt 139
- TOP: 2008
- District: 8
- Nearest MRT: Bendemeer MRT (Downtown Line)
- Distance to nearest MRT: 400m
- Price: $730,000 to $1,200,000
Located in D8, Tyrwhitt 139 is a freehold condo in the RCR that is well supported by its surrounding amenities. It is situated at the intersection of three MRT stations: Bendemeer MRT (Downtown Line), Farrer Park (North East Line) and Lavender MRT (East West Line).
Apart from having such impressive MRT connectivity, Tyrwhitt 139 is also just minutes’ walk away from Little India where you have plenty of food options and shopping places to choose from (think Mustafa, City Square mall, Jalan Besar Plaza). There’s also Aperia Mall and ARC 380 along Lavender Street.
For $1.2m, you can afford the 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom (1 bathroom) and 2-bedroom (2 bathroom) units at Tyrwhitt 139.
Find out more about Tyrwhitt 139 on PropertyGuru.
How to Find More Affordable Condos in the RCR
The list of RCR condos above is not an exhaustive list of the condos that are selling below $1.2m. Instead, it is meant as a guide to show you that it is not impossible for you to own an RCR condo for convenient living without breaking the bank. Now you know that all you need is some time and effort (and the right property research tool) to scoop up one of those bargain property buys in the RCR.
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