Special Feature: Florence Residences

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Special Feature: Florence Residences
Boasting a dazzling array of 128 different facilities including a hydrotherapy club, a gourmet club, a sparring ring and more, The Florence Residences is a unique, ‘condo-club inspired’ offering by Logan Property.
Strategically located in the heart of Kovan, a matured estate boasting a slew of amenities and transportation options, The Florence Residences is a 1,410-unit residential development by Logan Property. While it’s easy to see why prospective home buyers and investors are naturally drawn to this development due to its convenient location and attractive price tag, the main draw factor has to be its unique condo-club concept, which lends it a distinctive edge over other recent launches.
A truly unique residential development in Singapore offering 128 lifestyle facilities and 12 clubs on the development’s sprawling grounds: Arrival Club, The Clubhouse, Island Club, Wellness Club, Hydrotherapy Club, Kids’ Play Club, Kids’ Aqua Club, Youth & Fitness Club, Gourmet Club, Tranquility Club, Passion Club and Garden Club—The Florence Residences offers what one would expect to find in a country club and more, but without the club membership fee.

Pick up a new skill or hobby

Whether you are looking to pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill, there are plenty of classes and workshops offered at The Florence Residences that will cater to all age groups, from flower arrangement and culinary classes for those who prefer to take things slow and easy to more intense dance and workout classes for the more active bunch.
There are also plenty of facilities that encourage interaction with family, friends and neighbours, such as the Amphitheatre, which offers free outdoor movie screening on a regular basis; and the Gourmet Club which is equipped with the necessary facilities to allow you to host fantastic dinner parties—think sumptuous barbecues at the Outback Grill or enjoy a chill weekday evening over cheese, cold cuts and pizza with your family at the Italian Pavilion.
Water sports lovers will adore the 80m Island Lap Pool as well as the other water-themed clubs, which provide access to a wide array of aquatic activities.
Another notable highlight of The Florence Residences is the immaculately curated landscape, inspired by biophilic design, which amplifies the connection between nature and residents.

Modern, stylish layouts outfitted with premium fittings and finishes

Catering to keen home buyers of all ages, from singles looking to acquire their first property to young couples with children seeking to establish their family in a new development, The Florence Residences offers a multitude of layouts ranging from one- to five-bedroom apartments spanning 474 sq ft for a one-bedder to 1,679 sq ft for a five-bedder.
Regardless which configuration buyers pick, they can be assured that each unit has been equipped with top-of-the-range fittings and finishes, such as engineered timber flooring for the bedrooms, quality kitchen appliances from Electrolux, and quality sanitary wares and fittings from Roca and Grohe. Residents will also appreciate that the development maximises spatial and storage space, providing smart storage solutions throughout the house, from the living/ dining area to the master bedroom offering wardrobes with an accessories compartment and a full-height mirror.
Apart from offering ample spaces, all 48 units of the 5-bedder configuration also come exclusively with their own private lift lobby, powder room, marble flooring in the living and dining area, walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, and a “he-she” vanity top and a bathtub in the master bathroom—these bespoke finishes are not commonly available in this locale.
For those looking for an even bigger and more luxurious space, they can consider the five-bedroom penthouses. There are only three of such units available in this development, each offering high ceilings of up to 4.2 metres at the living and dining areas.
All units also offer stunning albeit different views including the nearby landed enclave, sports stadium, swimming pool and verdant landscape—thanks to the way the blocks are all strategically positioned in a North-South orientation to capitalize on its surroundings.
Furthermore, to ensure that all residents enjoy the unrivaled living experience, the developer has taken the initiative to install a camera and digital lock set in each unit, ensuring that one’s home remains a private and secure sanctuary.
Lastly, to add to the exclusive and luxury feel of this development are little design details that make a huge difference to the overall look and feel, for instance, all the entrance to the lift lobby in all the blocks have been designed with high volume ceilings, and a Lobby Reflective Pool and Lobby Garden have been included in the lobby area to enhance the luxurious ambiance in the development.

Modern convenience and easy accessibility

Other factors to consider when deciding on a property include accessibility, distance to transportation links and amenities like shopping malls and schools, as well as upcoming developments that are slated to be built within close proximity to the property development. And in this case, The Florence Residences ticks all the crucial boxes.
In terms of accessibility and getting to the other parts of the island, residents of The Florence Residences is just 8 minutes’ walk from Kovan MRT station. Alternatively, the upcoming Hougang MRT interchange on the Cross-Island Line (CRL) located just 6 minutes’ walk away will offer residents with another option to get to the other parts of the island, the Hougang MRT station will also serve as an interchange, interesting with the North East Line. For those who prefer not to talk under the scorching sun, they can take the complimentary shuttle bus service from the development, which will take them to the nearest train station. Residents who drive will appreciate that the development is well-connected to major expressways such as the CTE, KPE and TPE, which offers access to the other parts of the island.
For daily necessities, dining and other shopping needs, residents can head to nearby shopping malls like Heartland Mall and Housing Mall, or Kovan Market & Food Centre.
Families with school-going children too, will have quite a number of options to consider—The Florence Residences is within the one-kilometre radius to schools such as Holy Innocents’ Primary School, Monfort junior School and Xinmin Primary School. Located slightly further away is Rosyth School, which is situated less than five minutes away by car. Expats, on the other hand, can consider international schools like Lycée Francais de Singapour and Hillside World Academy.

Potential for capital appreciation

If you need more reasons to convince yourself why The Florence Residences will make a great buy, you’ll be pleased to know that with the recent announcement of the Cross Island Line (CRL), the accessibility between The Florence Residences and commercial nodes such as Lorong Halus Industrial Park, Defu Industrial Estate and Tai Seng Industrial Estate, will be further enhanced, making the development even more attractive to renters.
And if having access to a brand new MRT line at your doorstep wasn’t enough, home buyers at The Florence Residences can be assured that their community will see a spike in redevelopment and further transport connectivity. According to a speech by Minister Lawrence Wong, “Paya Lebar Airbase itself will move out, from 2030 onward. With this, 800 hectares of land will be freed up for redevelopment.”
That’s an area of land equivalent to the size of Bishan town being cleared, which leaves room to redevelop the surrounding industrial estates. In fact, Minister Wong states that the redevelopment footprint is “equivalent to 2.5 times the size of a Bishan town. But even that, it does not accurately capture the redevelopment potential.”
Looking at the buildings surrounding the Paya Lebar Airbase today, you’ll notice that they’re not built very high because of airplanes and building height restrictions. Once the airbase moves out, so will these height restrictions, meaning that newer constructions can easily rise up from 10 -15 storeys to 20 – 30 storeys.
In addition to redeveloping the area to new heights, there will also be the benefit of improved transport connectivity. Residents in Kovan won’t have to skirt around the airbase area, which adds to travelling time. When the airbase moves out, and the area is redeveloped, more direct transport routes will come into the picture, adding another layer of convenience. With all these factors combined, home buyers and investors can be certain that The Florence Residences will prove to have high potential for capital appreciation.
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This story was written by Michelle Yee.
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