A prospective buyer
I viewed a few units here with intention to buy to stay. The location is great. Central with two train stations coming up and buses along Braddell road and Marymount road. The units are generally large, larger than the newer condominiums and airy. The lower floors are quiet.
At the higher floors, some units command great view of the reservoir. If you look past the ugly looking hospital and highway. But some are blocked by neighbouring blocks. And the sound from the cars "rev"ing up their engines to go up the adjacent highway is louder. Loud enough that if you stand at the balconies and windows, its hard to have a quiet conversation.
These are all minor points though. The biggest problem actually is the management of the estate itself. Despite sitting in prime land and potentially beautiful grounds, the facilities and grounds are sadly quite neglected. In fact, it seems that most HDB estates are better upgraded and kept than this condo which seems to have been left about 20 years behind.
For example, some of the blocks need a serious paint job. The lift lobbies are all tiled differently, haphazardly. And old. Some look like the original tiles which could have a nice dated look if properly maintained. Unfortunately, they are not. And there is no shelter from carpark to the blocks, or in between the blocks. If it rains, which it does, and heavily (this area somehow attracts rain - it always rains everytime I go viewing), good luck to you finding your way from the flat to the carpark. Even if you take public transport, you will still be stranded, because all bus stops or trains are at least 500 m away along pathways with no shelter.
On the upside, the neglected grounds is probably the reason this place is going cheaper than the other old HUDC...