Project name: Soleil @ Sinaran
Location: 2 & 6 Sinaran Drive (Next to Novena MRT and Novena Square)
First impression of the facade looks like a office building. The design kinda grows on me, I like the clean, sleek and modern design, the contour on the facade allows for interesting exterior . The developer has used the massive land size to its advantage as the two tower blocks are rightly sited to face away from Novena Suites, The Huntington and Novena Square. Most of the units have north-south facing with minimium units facing partial east and no direct west facing units (good!).
What I don’t like about the design is the aluminium sunscreens provided for unit type A2 and B3 at the balcony. While the intention is good, the finish product falls short. These ugly contraption comprises of 4 sliding panels that can be slided open in the middle, hence reducing your viewing area to two panels. At any point in time, two panels will be blocking your view. Not to mention the hassle of maintaining it (do remember that these suncreens are located within your unit, not outside).
Extremely well done-up showflat that has the mark of a good developer. Interior designers have the habit of overdoing things but for this showflat, colours used are pleasing to eyes. The use of materials are well-thought through:
Living rooms: The light coloured floor for living room (two choices, timber strip or compressed marble). I will go for compressed marble for the ease of maintainance but that is my personal preference.
Kitchen: Kitchen has clean lines and looks bright and literally fill with storage spaces. The developer also provides oven, induction cooker, built-in refrigerator etc, pity they are only given Teka brand, a lesser german brand usually found in suburban developments. For the asking price, I would expect them to provide a better brand.
Bathroom: 600X300mm marble for master bath and tiles for common bath. Toilets are huge, with plenty of storage spaces. I like that they providing a lot of hidden storage spaces as most developments tend to forget that. Branded fitting like Hansgrohe and Duravit are provided.
Rooms: Master bedroom has the best size, the rest of the bedroom are,as usual, small. Typical tricks like custom-making the bed over the bay window to make the rooms seems bigger are being used here. Size of the wardrode will be an issue if there is a lady staying.
+ Points for innnovation, i.e. teaming up with the spa to provide service to the residents. However, I think the concept is poorly developed and marketed as the agent is not able to give me any details of this concept at all. When asked about the details, the agent merely tells me that there will be spa service provided at a fee and quickly switch topic.
Would I buy it? Maybe. At average price of $1,500psf, this is certainly not cheap. A 2-bedrooms unit will cost more than $1m. While it is conveniently situated next to the Novena MRT and Velocity, one must not forget that Tan Tock Seng hospital is located just next door and adding the fact that Far East will be building a hotel next to the site. The bad traffic condition around the area will be a concern as well. This development will be popular with yuppies and people looking to stay within the hustle of the city.
IMO, Sky @ eleven is a better deal if you are looking for a freehold development situated slightly further away with no access to MRT, bad traffic condition, but in a convenient yet tranquil area. At subsale price of $1,400psf, you are given top of the class finishes (we are talking about marbles and marbles and marbles) and fittings.
Views expressed here are solely those of the author’s.