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Mayfair Gardens Review: British Inspired Condo in Bukit Timah

mayfair gardens review

Mayfair Gardens

75%

Transport links4 / 5
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Surrounding amenities4 / 5
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Development facilities4 / 5
Price3 / 5

Mayfair Gardens’ “Georgian-inspired” theme is perfect for those who appreciate design and want to live like a “British Royal”. It’s enclaved position also makes it suitable for those who appreciate peace and quiet. However, its high quantum makes it appealing to look at older, more affordable freehold resale units with similar access to amenities in the area.

Reviewed by Reuben on November 28, 2019

What we like

  • Unique exterior design
  • Close to good schools
  • Quiet enclave

What we don’t like

  • High prices for leasehold
  • Some layouts are not as practical

Jump to Section

  1. Facilities
  2. 1-Bedroom + Study
  3. 3-Bedroom
  4. Location
  5. Development Site
  6. Pricing
  7. Conclusion
About this condo
Project:Mayfair GardensDistrict:21
Address:Rifle Range RoadTenure:99 years
Site Area:116,129 sqftNo. of Units:215
Developer:Citrine Property Pte LtdTOP:2024

As kids, there were few things we dreaded more than stepping on that little blue rectangle on the monopoly board. 

‘Mayfair… That’ll be 2000 dollars please!’ a smug kid would say, frantically rummaging for his title deed and then proudly pronouncing his price.

Fast forward a couple of years and it does seem like history is about to repeat. But this time, in a way more elegant fashion.

In late November of 2017 (around the birth period of Singapore’s legendary en bloc craze), land rights over Mayfair Gardens were obtained by Oxley Holdings for a whopping $311 million.

That was only the beginning. 

In a bid to emulate developments along the ‘O.G.’ London Mayfair, Oxley thereafter announced that 4 ravishing duplicates of 5-storey Georgian-themed blocks would take precedence on the coveted grounds – their dimensions in exact accordance to its esteemed predecessors.  

A testament of luxury in a seamless locale, the 215 units at the 99-year leasehold Mayfair Gardens will not come cheap despite the presence of its (more affordable) freehold neighbours. 

Curious about this lavish Victorian-like project, we popped down to the Mayfair Gardens’ showflats for a closer peek.

Mayfair Gardens Insider Tour

Facilities in Mayfair Gardens
BoardwalkReflective PoolSky Deck
English Tea PavilionKid’s PoolPlayground
Floral DeckWater PlayGarden Pavilion
Pine ForestJogging TrailFlower Garden
Fitness CornerGymClubhouse
SpaLawnSwimming Pool
Aqua GymBBQ PavilionSky Garden
Roof Viewing LoungeCabana Roof Garden
mayfair gardens showflat
Mayfair Gardens showflat

Even though you can consider both Mayfair Gardens and Mayfair Modern to be separate developments, they are both located in the same showflat.

mayfair gardens showflat

From first impressions, it’s quite clear that some effort has been made to show off its Georgian influence from the posh Mayfair districts in London.

mayfair gardens showflat
Showflat model

While I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of Georgian architecture, I’ll admit that the design here is fresh and it does set the Mayfair Gardens apart from the usual run of the mill condos that you see so often in Singapore. I think that Oxley has communicated the difference in design very clearly and is overall a commendable job.

mayfair gardens swimming pool
Mayfair Gardens swimming pool

At 116,129 square feet of land, the Mayfair Gardens is actually bigger than the one at Mayfair Modern and it shows. Here, there are a few key areas that help to elevate the overall offering and differences. For one, the swimming pool is not your usual rectangular lap pool. Instead, it is shaped like a flowing river, with the lush landscape blending in with the natural aspect of Bukit Timah.

mayfair gardens pool
Landscape of Mayfair Gardens
mayfair gardens clubhouse

If the landscaping is as on point as the showflat model makes it out to be, it will certainly make for a very relaxing atmosphere.

mayfair gardens link bridge
Bridge to get to the swimming pool

The link bridge over the canal looks cool too, and I think with the right lighting it will create a nice ambiance at night.

mayfair gardens ground floor units
Stairs from ground floor units

It’s worth pointing out here that the ground floor units have no patio area, and instead is on elevated grounds that have a staircase leading to them. I do find that quite strange as having ground floor gardens would have been very much in keeping with the English theme.

mayfair gardens landscape
Kids pool and pavilion

There is a kids pool along with a pavilion at the front too. The ground floor units here makes more sense too, as they have their own mini gardens out at the front.

mayfair gardens roof terrace
Roof terrace viewing lounge

Last but not least, there is a roof terrace viewing lounge that overlooks the lowrise Bukit Timah side.

Mayfair Gardens 1-Bedroom + Study

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom plus study floorplan

At 570 square feet for a one-bedroom unit, it definitely is bigger than the average one bedder units out there. That said, I personally feel that the layout is a bit awkward, and would have rather the study area been combined with the master bedroom to give you more flexibility.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom entrance
Entrance to the unit

Because of the way the unit is laid out, you could attribute more kitchen storage areas if you’d like. With the result being a bigger kitchen space overall. In terms of usable counter space, however, it does come out quite short (both figuratively and literally).

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom kitchen

By itself, the kitchen is already quite a big space for a one-bedroom unit. The design is very much in keeping with the English theme, and I think it could be quite polarising. You’d really either love it or hate it.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom study
Study area

To the right is the study area, which you could keep as an open concept or a closed room if you’d like. If you work from home, this would easily be a smart choice for you. But I think for most people, they would prefer the flexibility of a bigger living space.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom study detailing
Study area details
mayfair gardens 1 bedroom space
Kitchen/Living/Dining space

From this view, the 1 bedroom looks really spacious (which it is, size-wise). But don’t be taken in too much by the spaciousness as the ID unit shows an unusable dining table the size of a regular coffee table.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom living
Living room

The living room is barely passable in terms of space, and it is here that the ID gets a bit murky for me. The whole living section does not look as if it is part of the theme of the Mayfair Gardens, and is altogether a strange choice of furniture. Just some nitpicks – which thankfully, will not come with the actual unit.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom balcony
Balcony

One downside to the Georgian inspired design is the thick pillars, which, as you see here relatively obstructs your views. The balcony is quite big for a one-bedroom unit, so if you aren’t a fan of outdoor space this would be a minus point for sure.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom master bedroom
Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is just okay in size, plus the lack of bigger windows probably doesn’t help its cause. The tall ledge is because of the air-con ledge behind it, but again, the exterior design of the Mayfair Gardens has a negative impact on the usability of the space.

mayfair gardens 1 bedroom bathroom
Bathroom

The bathroom is of a decent size, and as with most 1-bedroom units, you can access from both the master bedroom and the living room.

Mayfair Gardens 3 Bedroom Review

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom floorplan
3 bedroom unit

At 1,130 square feet of space, the 3 bedroom is actually very sufficient in terms of size. But one thing you’ll immediately notice is the unusable spaces, with the long hallway and entrance.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom entrance
Entrance to the unit

Having a long entranceway is good to prepare for a grander entrance into the unit, but I usually find that it is best suited for units with ample space. With many of the new launches today adopting smaller sizes, this entrance is really quite a waste of usable space in my opinion.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom living
High ceiling living and dining

On the plus side, you’ll get to receive a grander welcome into this high ceiling 3-bedroom unit (4.65m!). Although you are really paying for the airspace, I can definitely see the appeal of having a high ceiling living and dining area. It just brings about a much better sense of spaciousness and aesthetic.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom dining
Dining area

With how the kitchen and dining area is laid out, it is a very awkward orientation that does not seem to allow for a best fit for the dining table. For example, the dining table shown here was placed against the wall to give space for a walkway towards the living area. But this limits the width and length of the dining table. Any bigger, however, would mean that it would eat into the entrance of the hallway, which is not ideal at all. The conclusion? The dining area is simply too small. With the ceiling height, you could think of a more out of the box solution, but that would certainly require more funds for construction.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom kitchen
Kitchen

It’s the same story with the kitchen, which is quite cramped for a 3-bedroom unit. The kitchen countertop is pretty long though, so there is some usable space here.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom yard
Yard!

On a more positive note, there is a very useful outdoor yard at the back along with a small bathroom and store/helper’s room.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom small bathroom
Small bathroom
mayfair gardens store room 3 bedroom
Store or helper’s room
mayfair gardens living room

For me, the best spot in the house is no doubt the living room. It’s not very wide, but it is long (as emphasised by the couch). The high ceiling definitely adds so much to the space, with the big opening to the balcony letting in loads more light. Not to mention, this allows you to take in so much more of the view as well.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom balcony
Long balcony

The balcony in this 3-bedroom unit is bigger than the average that you see. If you the type of person that likes the high volume ceiling, I think that you’ll probably enjoy the larger outdoor space as a change of environment too. On that thought, you could use this space for dining instead of the miserly one indoors!

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom living shot
Shot of the living room from the balcony
mayfair gardens 3 bedroom common bedroom

What’s special about this unit is that the high ceiling continues all the way into the bedrooms too. Bedroom size is very decent plus it is made to look a lot bigger because of the ceiling height. This is also the pick of the two common bedrooms as you are able to access the balcony from here too!

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom second bedroom

Likewise, the high ceiling here really has a huge effect on the sense of space you get. You could even have a double-decker bed here (if you have two young kids) with ample ceiling space to spare. One practical point you will have to take note of if you are considering this unit would be cleaning: You definitely need to purchase a ladder!

mayfair garden 3 bedroom common bathroom
Common bathroom

After all that high ceiling goodness, the normal ceiling height bathroom starts to look pretty small… Jokes aside, it is really just an average size.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom master bedroom
Double volume master bedroom

As you’d expect, the master bedroom with the high ceiling looks absolutely divine. The room itself is actually pretty big, and the tall ceiling plus windows really do wonders to accentuate it.

mayfair gardens 3 bedroom master bedroom
View from the corner
mayfair gardens 3 bedroom master bathroom
Master bathroom

Now, if you were wondering if the high ceiling would finally be translated in the bathroom too, you’ll be sadly mistaken. It’s not a bad size at all, even for 2 people to be in the bathroom at the same time.

Mayfair Gardens Location Review

Tucked away from the busy roads, the Mayfair Garden development is enclaved at the tail-end of an arterial extensive of the Rifle Range Road – a feature that undoubtedly enhances its exclusivity. 

It serves as a peaceful retreat and offers relatively solid accessibility to entertainment needs, grocery options and public transport offerings – even if owning a vehicle here could be incredibly useful. 

Transport 

Bus StationBuses ServicedDistance From Condo (& Est. Walking Time)
‘Opp King Albert Pk Stn’66, 66B, 67, 67A, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170, 171, 174, 852, 961, 961M, 970280m, 3-min walk
‘King Albert Pk’66, 66B, 67, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170, 170A, 171, 174, 852, 961, 961M, 970400m, 5-min walk

Closest MRT: King Albert Park MRT – 6-min walk, 600m

A welcome trade-off to Mayfair Gardens’ secluded position manifests itself via the condo residents’ ease-of-access to public transport. 

king albert park mrt

While the distances aren’t incredibly far, it is worth noting that getting to the ‘King Albert Pk’ bus-stop and MRT will further require you to cross overhead bridges – the latter of which has both escalator and elevator access. 

Furthermore, King Albert Park MRT isn’t extremely central and would require a couple of stops to town or even a line switch for that matter. 

Private transport accessibility: Very Good

Highway/Major RoadDistance From Condo (& Est. Off-Peak Drive Time)
Dunearn Road250m, 1-min drive
Upper Bukit Timah/Clementi Road1km, 3-min drive
Farrer/Adam Road4.3km, 6-min drive
PIE2.3km, 4-min drive
BKE3.6km, 5-min drive
AYE5.3km, 6-min drive
KJE8.6km, 8-min drive
ECP11.1km, 12-min drive
CTE11.2km, 10-min drive
SLE12.3km, 10-min drive
KPE13km, 12-min drive

With an incredible array of ‘enclaved’ amenities around, it is only natural that private transport accessibility gets a solid score. But what about the Bukit Timah area’s notorious jams?

If you are a regular of the Bukit Timah area, you’ll know that the roads here can also be clogged during the afternoons (outside of peak hours) with the numerous schools in the area being the main contributor. 

It also gets extremely crowded in the mornings as a result when both demographics clash on these roads – so its best to avoid driving out during this period if you can.

Groceries

Name of Grocery Shop Distance From Condo (& Est. Off-Peak Drive Time)
Cold Storage – Sime Darby750m, 2-min drive OR 9-min walk
Cold Storage – Guthrie House2.6km, 5-min drive
FairPrice Finest – Bukit Timah Plaza 1.3km, 4-min drive OR 800m, 11-min walk 
bukit timah cold storage

As it is relatively unclear if you could cut through the shrubbery separating Mayfair Gardens from Sime Darby in the near future, we’ve opted to include only the walking time estimates shown on Google Maps.  

Unlike the variety that most ‘inner-city’ developments have when it comes to grocery options, developments on the outer fringes tend to vary greatly in terms of grocery offerings. Diversity here is relatively average – though admittedly, that is a luxury that few really crave. 

What’s more, the proximity of Cold Storages to the condo (as opposed to FairPrices) are part-testament to the locale’s ‘up-town’ status.

Shopping Malls

Name of Shopping MallDistance From Condo (& Est. Off-Peak Drive Time)
Sime Darby Center750m, 2-min drive OR 9-min walk
KAP Shopping Mall950m, 2-min drive OR 600m, 8-min walk
Bukit Timah Plaza1.2km, 4-min drive
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre2.1km, 6-min drive
Beauty World Centre2.2km, 7-min drive
The Grandstand2.7km, 6-min drive
beauty world shopping centre

For our regular readers, you’d know that it is quite a rarity to have so many shopping centres within a 3km radius. 

Yes, these aren’t state-of-the-art shopping malls (you’d have to pop over to the Clementi, Farrer Road or Jurong districts for that), but they do serve up quite a wide offering of food, shopping options, and wholesale entertainment value. 

Another point worth noting is that these areas are frequented by numerous students from the nearby Ngee Ann Polytechnic and surrounding schools at lunchtime – so keep in mind that it could get a tad crowded during this period.

Schools

Name of SchoolEducation LevelDistance From Condo (Est. Off-Peak Drive Time)
ChildFirst @ King Albert ParkPreschool550m, 2-min drive OR 500m, 6-min walk
Preschool By-The-ParkPreschool1km, 2-min drive OR 12-min walk
Kidzee Pre-schoolPreschool1.3km, 4-min drive OR 800m, 11-min walk
EtonHouse Pre-school VandaPreschool2.2km, 4-min drive
Little Paddington PreschoolPreschool2.4km, 5-min drive
Cambridge PrimaryPrimary1.8km, 6-min drive
Bukit Timah PrimaryPrimary2.7km, 8-min drive
Pei Hwa Presbyterian SchoolPrimary3.2km, 9-min drive
Methodist Girls’ SchoolPrimary3.4km, 7-min drive
Raffles Girls’ Primary
Primary3.5km, 7-min drive
Pei Tong PrimaryPrimary4.4km, 9-min drive
Nan Hua PrimaryPrimary4.7km, 8-min drive
Henry Park PrimaryPrimary4.8km, 10-min drive
Nanyang PrimaryPrimary5km, 10-min drive
Qi Fa PrimaryPrimary6.4km, 10-min drive
Nanyang Girls’ HighSecondary2.8km, 6-min drive
Yusof Ishak SecondarySecondary4.3km, 9-min drive
Hwa Chong InstitutionSecondary4.5km, 10-min drive
New Town SecondarySecondary4.6km, 9-min drive
St. Margaret’s SecondarySecondary4.9km, 10-min drive
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Tertiary1.8km, 5-min drive
SUSSTertiary2.4km, 5-min drive
SIMTertiary2.6km, 5-min drive
National Junior CollegeTertiary3.9km, 9-min drive
University at BuffaloTertiary4.1km, 9-min drive
UBS Business SchoolTertiary5.1km, 9-min drive
Hwa Chong InstitutionTertiary5.1km, 10-min drive
Singapore PolytechnicTertiary5.4km, 11-min drive
Eunoia Junior CollegeTertiary5.4km, 12-min drive
NUS Law FacultyTertiary5.7km, 11-min drive
Anglo-Chinese Junior CollegeTertiary6.1km, 11-min drive
SITTertiary6.5km, 13-min drive
Catholic Junior CollegeTertiary7.7km, 13-min drive
NUSTertiary8.7km, 17-min drive

This is where the Bukit Timah district really blossoms – especially for those who are part of larger families.

The number of schools in the area distinctively cuts down traveling time for the kids to schools – allowing them to concentrate this time on more productive aspects (eg. sleeping a little more before school!).

Furthermore, the allure of these mission/’top-notch’ schools could go a long way in both motivating the kids and satisfying parents who highly desire quality education options for their children.

Also, notice the larger-than-average number of Junior Colleges on the list and note that there a quite a few more secondary school options just past the 10-min drive radius. 

Additional Pointers

  •  Massive Nature Offerings
bukit timah trail

Living just a few minutes’ walk from Singapore’s most esteemed nature reserve has its perks for the nature-inclined. The Green Corridor and proposed Rifle Range Nature Park will further this allure come move-in time.  

Just remember to slap on the anti-mosquito patches before you head out!

  • Plenty of Leisure Activities to partake in

Located just a few minutes’ drive from The Grandstand, British Club, Swiss Club Singapore, and Singapore Island Country Club, residents at Mayfair Gardens can choose to enjoy the more affordable options in futsal and even paintball or indulge in more luxurious hobbies like golf and cricket.    

  • Distinct Variety of Cuisines

Famous for its numerous food hideaways, the Bukit Timah district serves up anything from amazing hawker fare to posh restaurant to cosy cafes. A venue that pops to mind is the incredible Beauty World ‘food paradise area’.  

Mayfair Gardens Development Site Review

mayfair gardens development site

A glance at the hefty facility offerings and you can tell that Mayfair Gardens has really tried to go the extra mile. But you’d immediately notice one glaring omission – a lack of a tennis court.

While there doesn’t seem to be two separate exits (apart from the service gate), it is worth noting that the roads go underground in this development – a great initiative to prevent extra road noise and maximise land space. 

Rooftop amenities could also mean some noise pollution for the higher floors. With the 4.3m ceiling-ed units, however, we expect this effect to be minimal.

Best Stacks

mayfair gardens orientation

From here you can see that units that are NE facing will have unblocked views as the landed areas are a 2 story zoning semi-detached.

mayfair gardens zoning

The best stacks that we recommend are as follows:

1BR – 23
1BR(S) – 24
2 BR – 22,36
3BR – 21
4BR – 37

mayfair gardens best stacks

So a high floor NE facing unit would give you a brilliant view over the low rise landed area, not to mention, avoiding the afternoon sun.

Lastly, do bear in mind that Mayfair Modern (just across the road) is set to launch a tad later – which could (while highly unlikely) technically mean a later completion date and hence a period of construction noise disturbance for homeowners banking on early move-ins.

Over to the unit mix: 

Unit mix in Mayfair Gardens
Unit TypeNo. Of UnitsSize of Units (sqft)
1-Bedroom25 (12%)495 – 646 sqft
1-Bedroom + Study64 (30%)549 – 753 sqft
2-Bedroom72 (33%)710 – 904 sqft
2-Bedroom + Study14 (7%)797 – 1023 sqft
3-Bedroom26 (12%)1,012 – 1,216 sqft
4-Bedroom8 (4%)1,216 – 1,249 sqft
Penthouse6 (3%)1,539 – 1,733 sqft

As you’ll observe, developers Oxley have catered to quite a variety of demographics. 

What’s somewhat surprising, however, is the solid emphasis on 1-bedroom units (42% in total) – especially when you consider that Fourth Avenue Residences is already 70% made up of 1 and 2-bedroom units. 

In fact, many developments in the area (RoyalGreen pops to mind) have chosen to omit the 1-bedder altogether.

Still, the added charm of the high ceilings, above average unit size and distinct outer-architectural prowess might just provide the 1-bedders here with an edge over the other developments in the area.

This, provided purchase quantum isn’t a major concern. 

Price Review

Project NameTenureTOPAverage Price (PSF)
Mayfair Gardens99-years2024$1,934
1 King Albert ParkFreehold1997$1,477
The SterlingFreehold2000$1,327
JardinFreehold2012$1,569
KAP ResidencesFreehold2016$1,744

For those who noticed that Mayfair Gardens’ land lease actually started way back in 1983, let us first put your mind at ease by saying that Oxley paid an estimated $52 million for a leasehold top-up during its en bloc purchase.

Now as mentioned earlier, Mayfair Gardens sits atop the immediate area’s quantum range. 

This, despite its 99-year leasehold status. Perhaps the biggest reason for its ability to command such a price (apart from its novelty) is its incredible luxury allure alongside its famed status as a ‘replica’ of London’s finest. 

In fact, a staggering 40% sale of its total units over Mayfair Garden’s weekend launch in late September last year is a testament to this.

Unfortunately, this has followed on with swiftly declined demand following the uptake of ‘choice units’ with only 35% more units sold over the past year following its launch.

Whether the developers will accede to a price drop to ensure uptake of these ‘less-prime’ units will remain to be seen.  

Our Take

mayfair gardens price

Living in a Georgian-like house adorned with an esteemed international (boardgame) name and district definitely has its perks in the showing-power department.

On the more practical side, however, the condo’s biggest perks (in my opinion) are its proximity to schools and luxury-hobby amenities.

Perks that can also be garnered from its surrounding freehold neighbours.

Yes, it has a feel-good architectural vibe, a noise-free environment and a really luscious offering of facilities steeped in nature – all this combined with larger-than-average unit spaces based on modern developments.

Personally, however, its high quantum, immediate area tenure comparison, and slightly inefficient unit layouts outweigh its positives – especially when you consider that most of its choice units have been sold and that the older developments here have similar if not large unit spaces for a lower quantum.    

That being said, a choice unit here (provided it hasn’t already been snapped up) could well be a quantifiable purchase… though that is mostly for the well-heeled. 

You might like Mayfair Gardens if you:

Are a fan of the design: Not many developments can boast a Georgian-inspired theme. If living like a British Royal suits you, then the Mayfair’s architectural/design prowess is the first place to start.

Are looking for a peaceful development in the district: Most developments here are notorious for the amount of noise pollution they receive. Given its enclaved position, peace is very much guaranteed for residents of the Mayfair Gardens. 

You might not like Mayfair Gardens if you:

Prioritize your budget: Given its position at the top of the immediate area’s quantum range, it is understandable that most buyers revert to older, more affordable freehold resale units for similar amenity access.

Prefer to live near the glitz and glamour: Mayfair Gardens might have an up-town vibe and locale. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have similar glitzy offerings that most of the newer District 9 condos offer.

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Reuben

Reuben is a digital nomad gone rogue. An avid traveler, photographer and public speaker, he now resides just outside of Singapore where he has since found a new passion in generating creative and enriching content for Stacked Homes. Outside of work, you’ll find him meowing along with his kittens (much to the annoyance of his poor wife) and sipping greedily on Teh Peng.

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