Juniper Hill Review: Exclusive New Condo at the Heart of Bukit Timah has Good Rental Potential
Juniper Hill is one of the three condominiums making up The Bukit Timah Collection developed under Allgreen Properties. The collection, which includes Fourth Avenue Residences launched earlier this year to much fanfare, are all situated at the heart of prime District 10 in Bukit Timah. The third condo will be at the site of the former Royalville and is set to launch later this year.
Aerial view of Juniper Hill, courtesy of Google Maps.
Juniper Hill will no doubt attract keen interest among investors. The location is popular with expats and is a short distance away from the city. Most of the 115 units up for grabs are smaller 2-bedders, which also potentially have higher rental yields. In terms of location, the freehold condo is located at a much quieter area along Ewe Boon Road, which is further inside and away from busy arterial Bukit Timah Road. It resides in a mature residential cluster, comprising low- to high-rise private housing. Juniper Hill is expected to be completed in early 2022.
Along Keng Chin Road that leads into Ewe Boon Road. Juniper Hill is surrounded by a cluster of private housing.
Along Ewe Boon Road.
The site for the condominium used to house the former Crystal Towers. It was sold to Allgreen for $180.56 million, reflecting a land rate of $1,840 psf ppr.
Current site for Juniper Hill.
Minutes away from amenities
Besides being located at a prime district, Juniper Hill is also minutes away from amenities. Key highlights include its close proximity to expat havens, business districts, nature and popular local schools.
Food Enclaves: Fast food options (MacDonald’s and Subway) are just a 13-min walk away at service housing Alocassia Apartments just down the road. Or you can walk down to Balmoral Plaza for restaurant and café fare. For local hawker options, drive further out to Newton Food Centre (5-min drive) and Adam Road Food Centre (6-min drive).
Supermarkets: There’s a Cold Storage at Alocassia Apartments. It is decently sized with a delicatessen so you can get most daily necessities and even a selection of specialty foods.
Alocassia Apartments just down the road from Juniper Hill has a supermarket and a number of fast food restaurants.
Lifestyle Clusters: Expat havens Holland Village and Dempsey are an 11-min and 12-min drive away from Juniper Hill respectively. You will find a host of lifestyle options there ranging from retail and dining to education and entertainment.
Shopping Centres: There are several major malls within a short driving distance from Juniper Hill. Velocity at Novena is a 5-min drive, while Tanglin Mall and Ion Orchard located at Singapore’s main shopping belt Orchard Road take about 8 to 10 minutes to reach by car.
Drive to Ion Orchard in minutes.
Nature: Juniper Hill is a great spot to be in if you love being close to nature, as it’s just a 4-min drive to Botanic Gardens and a 10-min drive to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Transportation: It takes 15 minutes to reach Stevens MRT, which is the nearest MRT station from the condo. Stevens is along the Downtown and future Thomson-East Coast Lines, and is just one stop away from the North-South and Circle Lines. The station is also just three stops away from the heart of Orchard Road and seven stops away from the CBD.
The bus stops along Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road (the latter can be reached by crossing over an overhead bridge) go to areas like Woodlands (where the Causeway is) as well as business centres like Jurong East, Buona Vista, Shenton Way and Raffles Boulevard.
Schools: There are quite a number of popular local schools in the area, which is a boon if you’re thinking of renting out to local families. The primary schools within walking distance are Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School and Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), which are a 13- and 15-min walk away respectively.
Primary schools that are a short driving distance away include Saint Joseph Institution (Junior), Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) and Nanyang Primary School, all of which require a 6-min drive.
With secondary schools, there are Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) within a short walking distance of 13 and 18 minutes respectively. Within driving distance are Saint Joseph Institution (3-min drive), Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) (4-min drive) and St Margaret’s Secondary School (5-min drive).
The nearest international schools are a short driving distance away. There is Chatsworth International School (Orchard Campus) and Hwa Chong International School, both of which take less than 10 minutes to reach by car.
Units and Facilities
Among the 115 units, buyers can select from 2-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom Premium, 3-Bedroom, 3-Bedroom + Study, 4-Bedroom, 4-Bedroom + Study as well as 5-Bedroom options. Most of the units up for sale will be the smaller 2-bedders.
Here’s a breakdown of the unit types and the sizes:
|Type||No. of Units||Size (sqft)|
|2-Bedroom||40||581 – 635|
|2-Bedroom Premium||30||657 – 721|
|3-Bedroom||16||915 and 958|
|3-Bedroom + Study||24||1,044 and 1,109|
|4-Bedroom||2||1,819 and 1,884|
|4-Bedroom + Study||1||1,907|
The developer has also released some of the floor plans for the smaller units:
2-Bedroom (Type B1b)
Size: 581 sqft
This 2-bedroom layout is the smallest available. The communal spaces along with the kitchen is done up in an open concept and aligned in a linear fashion to make the most of the space. There is only one bathroom that is shared between both the bedrooms.
2-Bedroom (Type B3)
Size: 624 sqft
In this layout, there’s a little bit more privacy between the two bedrooms as they are located at the opposite ends, with the living room situated in the middle of the apartment. The kitchen is also sequestered into a corner rather than laid out in an open plan.
2-Bedroom Premium (Type B5P)
Size: 700 sqft
The premium 2-bedders come with two bathrooms, one of which is an en-suite for the master bedroom. This layout also shows a bit more kitchen space with more countertop room compared to the 2-Bedroom layouts.
3-Bedroom (Type C1)
Size: 915 sqft
In this 3-bedroom unit type, there are three bedrooms although one of the common rooms is smaller in size so you can only fit in a single bed. The kitchen is generously sized with plenty of countertop space. The dining area can also fit in a six-seater. Otherwise, you can take advantage of the elongated balcony layout and fit in your dining area there.
3-Bedroom + Study (Type C4S)
Size: 1,109 sqft
There’s a dedicated area for the study in this layout as well as a foyer area which is great for shoe storage. The master bedroom is also bigger than in the 3-Bedroom layout, which gives you more changing room in front of the wardrobe. There’s also an additional yard area and toilet which are linked to the kitchen and the study.
Juniper Hill’s facilities include a 50-metre lap pool, children’s pool, pool deck, BBQ pavilion, an aqua massage bed, a spa sanctuary, Jacuzzi and tennis court.
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