Condo Reviews Interlace Condo Review – Best condo if you need lots of space

  • May 24, 2018
  • 18 min read
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Our Verdict: The Interlace

82%
  • Transport links
    4/5
  • Upkeep of property
    4/5
  • Surrounding amenities
    4/5
  • Quality of finishings
    3.5/5
  • Development facilities
    5/5
  • Price
    4/5

The Interlace has a very homely feel to it, and has many different unit types to choose from. If you work in Alexandra area or in the CBD, this could be a good living option.

Reviewed by Druce on May 24, 2018

What we like
  • Huge land
  • Big land space
  • Great facilities
What we don't like
  • Not near MRT
  • Only one entrance and exit
About this condo
Project The Interlace District 04
Region Rest of Central Region (RCR) Address Depot Road/Alexandra Road
Tenure 99-years Leasehold Site Area 869,320 sqft
No. of Units 1040 apartments and 8 retail shops Developer Ankerite Pte Ltd (Jointly Developed by CapitaLand and Hotel Property Limited)

The Interlace Condo was one of the most talked-about condo launches in Singapore, partly because of its previous history (Gillman Heights) and its design reveal by renowned architect Ole Scheeren, who designed Duo Residences as well. In 2015 it won the top prize at the World Architecture Festival, but public opinion over the design has been a bit of a mixed bag. However, there is no doubt that it is certainly one of the most unique developments in Singapore, so let’s get on with our Interlace condo review!

Interlace Condo Review – Location

The Interlace condo is located along Alexandra Road and Depot Road and is part of the Bukit Merah estate. It definitely enjoys a very convenient location, with its close proximity to Maple Tree Business City as well as Alexandra Technopark. Being centrally located also allows residents of the Interlace to be able to reach major locations rather quickly by car. For example, Orchard Road is just 10 mins away, Marina Bay at 12 minutes and it is also right next to AYE so getting to CBD can be as quick as under 15 minutes drive.

If you take the train often, the Interlace is about a 10-minute walk away from Labrador Park MRT. Bukit Merah is an old estate but probably feels less congested than a lot of the newer towns so if you are looking for somewhere convenient but has a more relaxed vibe to it than the Alexandra area would be a good place to start.

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In terms of food options, as with most places in Singapore, there are a plethora of different types of food in the area. Alexandra Retail Centre is just down the road and has all your usual food haunts like a Mcdonald’s (with a drive-through) and many other chain outlets. There is also an NTUC supermarket for your grocery needs.

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Just opposite is the Gillman Barracks area, where it is known for its laid back vibe, so think chill out cafes and al fresco dining. Further down the road would be Labrador Park which is a hotspot for date nights.

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Going back down to the Bukit Merah side, if you are looking for some local grub there is always Alexandra Market and Ikea with its famous meatballs and fried chicken wings. We are really just scratching the surface here, so if you would like to know more about the food options, check out the Burpple guide for Alexandra!

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The nearest area for some shopping would probably be Depot Heights, where there are some small shops, an NTUC Fairprice and a small food court.

If you are concerned about schools nearby there are quite a number available. Within walking distance would be Bukit Merah Secondary School. Within a 2km radius would be Queenstown Primary and Gan Eng Seng Primary and Crescent Girl’s School. For greenery lovers, Telok Blangah Hill Park is located just next door and Hort Park is just opposite, so it is really quite easily accessible. Frankly, the development boasts of enough greenery and has easily enough space for evening jogs or if you just want to stretch your legs so we wouldn’t worry about that too much. In case of any emergencies, Alexandra Hospital is a minute drive away and Bukit Merah and Queenstown Polyclinic are located really nearby as well.

Circle Line

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The Interlace is 10 minutes away from Labrador Park MRT. If you are looking for the East-West line, Queenstown MRT will be a couple of bus stops away. With the Circle Line, the Interlace is just 2 stops away from Vivocity and Harbourfront. If you are heading to town, Dhoby Ghaut is also a short 5 stops away.

Interlace Condo Review – Development Site

http://www.theinterlace.com/siteplan.php

The Interlace condo sits on a huge plot of land that is elevated so with the highest block at 25 stories, it affords pretty spectacular views over its surroundings. Due to the nature of how it’s designed, most units would enjoy a view of some sort.

When you are driving down towards the development, it appears to almost be rising above the ground and it is definitely very eye-catching no matter which angle you approach it from. However, what would an Interlace condo review be without any mention of its design?

Although opinions can be divided over the architecture of the place, with many comments on its odd structure, it is one of those places that you really have to go and take a look for yourself. The vibe of the place is very different from most condo developments in Singapore – it really feels like a mini country by itself.

The architecture is almost futuristic yet the greenery and environment make it feel very serene and peaceful. You do get a strong sense of community living being there, and there is so much activity going on due to the number of units but it is never overwhelming.

Connectivity to the development is great, as from the main entrance turning right would get you to the AYE in a minute and turning left down Depot Road would get you to the CTE in about 5 minutes. However, a potential issue that could arise is due to the fact that there is only one entrance and exit for cars to the Interlace.

With over 1,000 units during morning peak hours, it could get jammed as the flow of traffic is controlled via the traffic light at the entrance. There are also 2 side gates to easily access the development if you are walking, one is via Alexandra Road and the other via Depot Road.

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Taking a close look at the unit mix, the Interlace offers a wide range of units to cater to the different lifestyles.

Unit mix
Unit Type Size of Units (sqft)
2-bedroom 807 to 1,604 sqft
3-bedroom 1,259 to 3,789 sqft
3-bedroom + Study / Family 1,593 to 5,253 sqft
4-bedroom / Multi-Generation 1,938 to 5,694 sqft
Garden House 2,784 to 3,886 sqft
Penthouse 3,154 to 6,308 sqft

As you can see from the size, the unit sizes are generous according to Singapore standards and are definitely above average. It is quite rare to get such big units in a central location and this is where the Interlace truly stands out compared to its competition in the area.

Some of the ground floor units have quite a sizeable patio area and the penthouse units have a huge terrace space that offers commanding views over Singapore. These areas offer a perfect opportunity for any family gatherings or private functions, or even just to have some relaxing alone time after work.

Insider Tour

With such a huge space on offer, you can expect the Interlace to have a multitude of facilities. And it does not disappoint in that respect.

Facilities in The Interlace
Retail Plaza (8 retail shop spaces)Play ZoneOutdoor Exercise Stations
BBQ PromenadeJogging TrackGardening Zone
Pet ZoneParty PavilionTennis Court
Multi-purpose CourtClubhousePutting Green
Reading RoomBilliard50 metre Lap Pool
Water ParkPutting GreenFunction Rooms

The Interlace also offers 8 themed courtyard gardens

  1. Central Square
  2. Theatre Plaza
  3. Water Park
  4. Spa Valley
  5. Bamboo Garden
  6. Lotus Pond
  7. Waterfall Terrace
  8. Play Hills
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For a development of this size, it is disappointing to see that there is only one entrance and exit. Thankfully there are still two lanes available going in and out, but I can imagine it being choked up in the morning rush hour – especially with that traffic light limiting the vehicle flow.

interlace condo carpark

There is approximately 1 carpark lot catered to each unit, but bear in mind there are probably lots of rental units due to the close proximity to Mapletree Business City – so you can carpark lots in the Interlace condo to be more than adequate.

interlace condo carpark

For those visiting, there are ample lots dedicated for drivers.

interlace condo carpark

Garden units at the Interlace condo get special treatment – each unit has two dedicated carpark lots right at their doorstep.

interlace condo pool

Moving up to the ground level, you’ll find a multitude of swimming pools scattered around the development. By the way, this isn’t even the main pool, but it is still sizeable and probably bigger than a lot of condo pools in Singapore.

The shallow access makes it popular with younger kids, so if you want something more peaceful it’s probably best to stay away.

interlace condo pool

Water features are abundantly strewn about as well, which does provide for a little more ambiance to the area.

interlace condo tennis courts

For tennis lovers, you’ll be happy to find out there are a total of 3 tennis courts at the Interlace condo – which isn’t a bad ratio at all considering the number of units.

the interlace panda statues

Who does not enjoy looking at pandas! Naturally, this was found at the Bamboo Garden which is one of the 8 themed areas in the Interlace condo.

the interlace bamboo garden

Another fixture next to the panda exhibit.

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The common areas form a pretty relaxing environment despite the “mess” of buildings above you. There is a futuristic vibe about the place, which is strangely quite appealing.

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There are a lot of seating and open spaces and it really gives a great expansive feel to the place. Walking around the development makes you feel small and it does feel like its own establishment, with many nooks and crannies to explore.

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Some people have commented that it feels very haphazard, but that honestly wasn’t a feeling I had moving around. Yes, it’s not the cleanest of designs but it really does make you feel as if you’re in a mini-town of its own.

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Perhaps if you’ve lived here for awhile you might be jaded with the view – but it honestly makes for some very interesting sights.

interlace condo garden

One unique aspect of the Interlace condo is the huge range of different types of units. Massive penthouses with large open rooftops and garden units with large patios are a common feature here. If you are looking for a somewhat “landed” living feel, this could be an alternative choice.

the interlace jogging track

There is a jogging track that runs around the circumference of the development – great for morning jogs and evening walks. It goes without saying, the Interlace condo would be a top choice if you have a dog – the space it affords is definitely not a norm in Singapore.

the interlace condo park area

Speaking of which, there is even an area dedicated for your pets. I’m not a pet owner, so I can’t attest to the usefulness of this space – perhaps pet owners can chime in the comments section to let us know what you think of such facilities.

the interlace putting green area

You can tell by the well-manicured landscaping that this is a putting green area – and it’s a pretty long one at that.

the interlace barbeque pit area

Probably the most common facility in Singapore – the ubiquitous barbecue pits.

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the interlace barbeque area

The barbeque pit area is huge, with an ample amount of pits for you to choose from. Seating areas are plentiful as well, plus there is so much greenery around it almost feels as if you are in a park.

the interlace greenery view

Perhaps what is really special about the Interlace condo is its elevated position over the surrounding areas. So jogging around the track feels like you are on a mini-hill of sorts, which does provide for nice views all round. This part of Singapore isn’t very dense in terms of buildings – rather it is greenery that abounds.

the interlace condo playground
Children’s playground
the interlace condo playground

With the dedicated swimming pools and multiple (large) playgrounds, the Interlace condo will definitely be a contention for many families with young kids as well.

the interlace condo fitness corner
Outdoor fitness stations
the interlace condo fitness corner

Along the jogging track, you’ll find multiple outdoor fitness stations as well, each with varied equipment. You can treat this is a super long circuit exercise – certainly keeps the exercise routines a little more exciting.

the interlace condo facilities

If not, you could also always take a break at one of the many resting benches along the way.

the interlace condo green spaces

While you cannot fault the Interlace condo for a lack of greenery, most of it isn’t kept as immaculately as the OCD in me would like. It isn’t a deal breaker by any means, I can only imagine the amount of work that has to go into maintaining a development of this size.

the interlace condo garden
Internal views unlike anywhere else in Singapore
the interlace condo facilities

Getting back to the main areas, this is a huge courtyard space that ties in all the other facilities of the development together.

the interlace condo gym

The gym is separated into two different parts, one for weight lifting and the other for cardio. There are lots of treadmills to cater to the number of residents, but it probably will get very crowded during peak hours after work. It doesn’t feature the most exciting view (just people walking past), but at the very least it is almost entirely glass wrapped which let’s more light in.

the interlace condo gym

The level of equipment in here should please most fitness junkies – there is definitely more weight lifting machines than your regular condo gym. If anything, it is more comparable to your professional gym chains that you see outside.

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Games room
the interlace condo games room

A billiard room with 3 tables, and a snooker table.

the interlace condo karaoke room

Karaoke rooms for you to sing your hearts out.

the interlace condo function rooms

There are also 4 function rooms here that you can book.

the interlace condo business centre

The block next to the function rooms feature a business centre as well – something that you don’t see in many developments in Singapore.

the interlace condo reading room

On the opposite side of the billiard room is the study/reading room. The view is of the water fountain just outside, which is nice.

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That waterfall leads to the 50-metre lap pool on the second level.

interlace condo review lap pool

This is a proper swimming pool for swimming laps. While this isn’t the sleek infinity pools that you’ll find in newer developments, it definitely does the job still.

the interlace condo lap pool

One highlight – the area is very cooling and almost feels as if you are swimming in a valley.

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Even around the pool, you’ll find various walking paths amongst the green landscaped gardens.

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There are lots of seating areas for gatherings around the pool as well – evidently catering for large groups.

the interlace condo children pool

If you were worried about the main pool getting inundated with kids, there is a water park specifically for young children to frolic about.

the interlace condo pool

This one features lot of exciting and colourful water fountains – which is bound to keep your kids entertained.

the interlace condo grocer

A big attraction of staying in a big development is often the retail shops – just as long as the traffic is sustainable. This is part of the 8 retail spaces here, a grocery shop which is always convenient even with proliferation of online grocers in Singapore. Nothing quite beats taking a stroll downstairs to buy last-minute items that you are missing.

the interlace condo cafe tuition centre

There is also a cafe and tuition centre as part of the retail shopfront.

the interlace condo gate

Beyond the shops is the side gate that leads straight out to Alexandra Road.

the interlace condo main gate

Finally, there is a sheltered drop off point at the main gate for taxis or the Interlace condo shuttle bus.

The Interlace Condo Prices

Prices for Interlace

Price Breakdown (1st Property)

2- Bedroom3-Bedroom3-Bedroom + Study4-BedroomTownhousePenthousePenthouse
Price$1,179,834$1,799,111$1,980,099$2,513,586$2,925,732$3,186,900$4,857,160
25% Down Payment$294,959$449,778$495,025$628,397$731,433$796,725$1,214,290
Additional Costs
Buyer Stamp Duty$31,793$56,564$63,804$85,143$101,629$112,076$178,886
Legal Fees$2,500$2,500$2,500$2,500$2,500$2,500$2,500
Valuation Fees$300$300$300$300$300$300$300
Stamping Fees$500$500$500$500$500$500$500
Total Price$1,214,927$1,858,975$2,047,203$2,602,029$3,030,661$3,302,276$5,039,346
Initial Investment Amount$330,052$509,642$562,129$716,840$836,362$912,101$1,396,476
Return on Investment
Expected Rental Price$3,632$5,540$6,691$6,783$7,185$7,082$13,878
Rental Yield3.59%3.58%3.92%3.13%2.84%2.57%3.30%

Price (2nd Property)

2- Bedroom3-Bedroom3-Bedroom + Study4-BedroomTownhousePenthousePenthouse
Cost Without ABSD$1,214,927$1,858,975$2,047,203$2,602,029$3,030,661$3,302,276$5,039,346
Plus: ABSD (12%)$141,580$215,893$237,612$301,630$351,088$382,428$582,859
Total Price After ABSD$1,356,507$2,074,869$2,284,815$2,903,660$3,381,749$3,684,704$5,622,206
Initial Investment Amount$471,632$725,536$799,741$1,018,470$1,187,450$1,294,529$1,979,336
Return on Investment
Expected Rental Price$3,632$5,540$6,691$6,783$7,185$7,082$13,878
Rental Yield3.21%3.20%3.51%2.80%2.55%2.31%2.96%

The Interlace Condo Price Review

Project NameTenureTOPAverage Price (PSF)Comparison Point
The Interlace Condo99-year leasehold2013$1,290
The AnchorageFreehold2004$1,496Close Proximity
Stirling Residences99-year leasehold2022$1,884New Launch

Here’s the thing about the Interlace condo – if you are speaking strictly about immediate competitors – you are left with what is basically a futile search.

In other words, zero immediate competitors.

So because you have Alexandra Technopark and Mapletree Business Park located in the vicinity with a lack of housing options in the immediate area – rental at the Interlace condo is quite robust. And as you can see from the above, rental yields for the smaller units are nothing to be sniffed at at all.

Basically because of a lack of competitors in the area, it is quite tough to really compare the Interlace condo to anything – especially if you want to live in that specific area.

But if you are open to Queenstown for example, there are a number of new condos (Commonwealth Towers), new launch (Queens Peak), yet to be launched (Stirling Residences), and old resale condos (The Queens) to choose from.

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While prices were quite stagnant in 2017, it has slowly crept up in recent years. This could be due to some spillover effect from the Greater Southern Waterfront announcements, and the new launches in the Alexandra/Queenstown area as $PSF wise, the Interlace was trading at what would now be a very affordable range.

Bear in mind, units here are on the bigger side – so comparatively to newer launches with higher $PSF but smaller unit sizes, you could see quite comparable final quantums. Which then leads you to the dilemma many people have – is size or having something new more important?

Our Take

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The Interlace condo is a really surprising development, despite its somewhat jagged appearance.

It offers a really comforting ambiance and a very homely feel about it. It is really one of those places that you need to visit to understand what the fuss is all about. The spaciousness of the place and the functional and yet big units are very attractive and unparalleled to anywhere else in Singapore.

I like that there are enough variances in the unit mix to cater to working professionals, and for families alike. Frankly, it doesn’t enjoy the best location in terms of public transport, but if you are working in the area then it is quite a good option to consider.

I’ve never personally been the biggest fan of mega developments, but I can definitely see the appeal of the Interlace condo. If you have been putting off a viewing to the Interlace because it might seem like too many units, or overcrowded – you might just be surprised at how you’d feel about it.

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Druce is the Chief Editor at the Stacked Editorial. He was first interested in property since university but never had any aspiration to become an agent, so this is probably the next best thing.

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