SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE: Surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic attractions including Marina Bay Sands, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and more, the Marina Bay area is a unique location offering a balance of nature, attractions and modern conveniences.

Words Michelle Yee

It’s easy to see why the Marina Bay area has fast become one of the most luxurious and coveted neighbourhoods in the city – over the last two decades, the area has been extensively developed and is now flanked by gleaming skyscrapers, immaculately curated green spaces, and some of the city’s most iconic attractions including the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore Flyer.

Furthermore, the Central Business District (CBD) is located just a stone’s throw away. That is not all, getting to the other parts of Singapore from Marina Bay is also a breeze as the area is well-served by major transportation networks. Here are five detailed reasons that will tempt you to move to this charming neighbourhood.

1. Enjoy The Convenience Of City Living

Another notable highlight of living within the Marina Bay area is the fact that it is surrounded by a slew of shopping mall like The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Capitol Piazza, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Marina Square and Suntec City, which offer plenty of options when it comes to dining and shopping. For those who prefer to head to Orchard Road or to other parts of the island, they can commute via the Marina Bay or Downtown MRT station which is located within walking distance from the development.

For those who drive, the Marina Bay area is within close proximity to major roads and expressways such as the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE), the East Coast Parkway (ECP), which will easily connect you to the rest of Singapore.

2. Surrounded By Nature

For those who enjoy the convenience of city living yet do not wish to compromise on being close to nature, they will enjoy living within the Marina Bay neighbourhood as it is located within close proximity to Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay – two of the most wonderful public green spaces in the city.

The former boasts an open recreational park that is the size of four football fields, offering lots of space for a variety of activities like yoga, meditation, kite flying, family picnics and more. The latter, on the other hand, is an award-winning horticultural attraction with numerous species of exotic plants and large Supertrees, and a perfect spot for families to go for walks, runs and bicycle rides together while enjoying the spectacular views across the extensive three gardens that span more than 100 hectares. For those planning a longer run or bike ride, they will be pleased to know that the Bay East garden links to East Coast Park, while the Bay Central on Marina Centre stretches to the Helix Bridge.

3. Plenty To Explore and Experience

There is no lack of options when it comes to dining at Marina Bay – whether you feel like splurging on a fancy meal at a celebrity chef’s restaurant or simply digging into local delights. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is home to fine establishments like Adrift by David Myers, Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Mott 32, and Chinoiserie by Justin Quek. If you prefer to indulge in local fare, head over to Satay by the Bay at Gardens by the Bay, which offers hokkien mee, bak kut teh, claypot rice, nasi briyani, fresh seafood and plenty more.

4. Availability Of Quality Housing Options

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For new homeowners looking for a property that is centrally located and offers utmost comfort and luxury as well as an abundance of nature, Marina One Residences developed by M+S Pte Ltd, is a unique development that ticks all the right boxes. Conceptualised as part of Marina One, a 3.67 million square feet integrated development, Marina One Residences comprises 1,042 premium apartment units – interested buyers can pick from a variety of configurations, from one- to four-bedroom apartments and penthouse units, each featuring top-of-the-range appliances and fittings. With over 140,000 sq ft of retail, lifestyle and F&B spaces at its doorstep, residents can look forward to enjoying unrivalled convenience.

Lastly, with Marina One’s 30-storey office towers located within the same development, residents can also look to live close to home. Since opening its doors, the office towers have welcomed several Fortune 500 companies including professional services network PwC, Swiss private bank Julius Baer, and more. Despite its location in the heart of the CBD, the development has been meticulously built to support the holistic health of its residents, boasting an abundance of lush greenery, soothing water features, as well as well-thought-out recreation spaces that are designed for ultimate relaxation.

5. Great Investment Potential

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There is more to come for the Marina Bay area – under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Master Plan, the area is set to welcome a slew of lifestyle developments. Named the Greater Southern Waterfront District, which will extend from Pasir Panjang to Marina East, the district will integrate with the Downtown Core and Central Business District to offer more residential, recreational, tourist and business facilities. The 30 kilometres waterfront will also provide people with a cycling and pedestrian walkway connecting to The Southern Ridges and Gardens by the Bay.

Furthermore, with the opening of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) – currently slated to open in the area by 2021 (Stage 3) – commuters of Marina Bay will have direct and quick access to the CBD and Orchard. Other new stations that will open along the 43 kilometres route include Marina South and Shenton Way. Overall, with the upcoming TEL, Greater Southern Waterfront and revitalised CBD under the Master Plan, it is very likely that this area is set to become even more popular among home buyers and investors in the future.

For more information, visit marinaone.com.sg or call +65 6327 1011.