ReviewsSouth Beach Residences Review – Best Luxury Condo in town?
- by Druce
- December 12, 2018
- 15 min read
Our Verdict: South Beach Residences
Upkeep of property
Quality of finishings
If you are looking for a luxury condo in this part of town, this is an underrated development with a great view.
Reviewed by Druce on December 12, 2018
What we like
- Great location
- Big land space
- One of the best swimming pools
- Well-sized units
What we don't like
|Project||South Beach Residences||District||03|
|Region||Core Central Region (CCR)||Address||38 Beach Road|
|Tenure||99-year leasehold||Site Area||3.5 hectare land parcel (mixed-use development)|
|No. of Units||190 units||Developer||City Development Limited (CDL)|
South Beach Residences might not receive as much news as Wallich Residence, but if you are looking for a luxury condo to reside in the central area, this would definitely be one of your considerations. Like Wallich, South Beach Residences is a mixed-use development that has prime office space, an upscale hotel in JW Marriott, commercial spaces and a residential development. The projects incorporated the restoration of four conservation buildings, the former Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club building and part of the former Beach Road Camp. So will this massive project do its price tag justice? Here is a closer look and tour in our South Beach Residences review!
South Beach Residences Review – Location
South Beach Residences is located along Beach Road and is on a really prime piece of real estate. It is situated right next to Suntec City, which is a huge retail and shopping destination, along with Marina Square and Millenia Walk. Not to mention, adjacent to it is Raffles City, with Marina Bay Sands just a short walk away as well. In short, when it comes to amenities and shopping nearby, it really does not get much better than this. The South Beach development consists of two towers, the North and South Tower. With the latter housing the South Beach Residences from the 23rd level to the 45th. This means even if you are looking at the bottom-most level of the development, you can expect to have really picturesque views of the Singapore city skyline. The South tower is also facing the famous landmark, the War Memorial. Given that it is a heritage site, you can be sure that its status will be retained by the Government, and no further redevelopment will be done here. So residents facing this will always enjoy open views and no fear of any new development built to destroy that.
South Beach Residences comes up tops when it comes to connectivity to the MRT. The Esplanade MRT station is directly located at the bottom of the development. This MRT station links you to the Circle Line (CCL) which allows for easy access to places like Dhoby Ghaut, Macpherson, Serangoon and Holland Village. For most developments, being conveniently located next to one MRT station is good enough, but not at South Beach Residences. Just a 5 minute walk away is City Hall MRT station, which is an interchange station between the North-South Line (NSL) and the East-West Line (EWL). This means that you get easy connectivity to places like the CBD, Changi Airport and all the way to areas like Jurong East and Woodlands.
One of the attractive factors about buying a residential unit in an integrated development is the proximity to food. Even if you discount the options of all the shopping malls around, there are still plenty of dining options in the development.
Beach Road Kitchen is a buffet restaurant that is one of the food options under the JW Marriott, so you can certainly expect a certain quality to dining there.
The ever-present Starbucks for your daily coffee fix.
One of the standouts in our opinion, is Madame Fan that has replaced the old NCO club. It is a quirky luxurious Chinese restaurant, and when you step in to the restaurant for the first time, you would feel as if you have been transported to some glamorous Shanghainese night club. Helmed by the prominent London-based restaurateur Alan Yau, you can expect to have a wonderful meal at this fine dining restaurant.
There is also a decent amount of nightlife available, like the Alchemist Beer Lab, a world’s first infusion beer bar. If that is not enough, there are still the hotel bars at the various hotels around, Raffles Hotel, the Ritz Carlton and the Andaz which is further down. Not forgetting the JW Marriott as well of course.
If you are looking for schools, as this is in a prime location in town, you are not going to be close to normal primary or secondary schools. Instead, Singapore Management University (SMU) is within walking distance, or just a couple of bus stops away. There is also the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the School of the Arts (SOTA), which is just down the road. As you can see, the South Beach Residences is not really for families with young kids, particularly if proximity to good schools for your kids are of importance to you. Of course, if you have grown up kids, the development has great transport links for them to be able to get to school.
South Beach Residences Review – Development Site
The South Beach development sits on a huge plot of land that allows you to reach 4 different roads, Nicoll Highway, Middle Road, Bras Basah Road and Beach Road. If you are driving towards the Suntec area, you will not be able to help but notice the two upscale towers that rise from the development. The all-glass look is definitely the trend nowadays, but it all plays a part in making it modern and relevant for years to come.
The whole area is very cooling and relaxing due to the high ceilings, which allow for a lot of ventilation and air to breeze right through. If you are walking along the area on a rainy night, it can be even almost cold. Of course, this was purposely designed by British architectural firm Foster and Partners.
The large “environmental filter” canopy was built to cover the open spaces and to link both the North and South Towers and to draw air currents to cool the area. The design of the canopy rises and falls at different areas to resemble waves as well. In addition, the two towers have slanting facades to catch winds and direct more air to the bottom. It is no wonder it is such a chill respite from Singapore’s humid weather! Furthermore, the development has adopted green technology like photovoltaic cells. Rainwater will also be collected, which will flow into a holding tank underground.
As said earlier, it is a mixed-use development. So it includes 500,000 square feet of office space, the 654 room JW Marriott, 37,000 square feet of retail space and a 29,000 square feet private club.
Taking a closer look at the unit sizes, there are quite a good mix of sizes to cater to different requirements. Notably, there are no 1 bedroom units available unlike a lot of the city developments. This discourages investors from purchasing it purely for rental, meaning there would be less tenant-occupied than owner-occupied units. The unit sizes here are also ample, and are larger than the average in Singapore, particularly when you take into account its city location.
|Unit Type||Size of Units (sqft)|
|2-bedroom||968 to 1647 sqft|
|3-bedroom||1,733 to 2,260 sqft|
|4-bedroom||2,282 to 2,627 sqft|
|3-bedroom Penthouse||3,581 to 5,048 sqft|
|4-bedroom Penthouse||4,127 to 5,629 sqft|
|5-bedroom Penthouse||5,768 sqft|
As this is a city development, do not expect the usual condo facilities like tennis courts or basketball courts.
|Swimming Pool||BBQ Pits||Children’s Playground|
|Gym||Reading Room||Barbeque Pavilion|
The development starts from the 23rd storey, so you can expect to have amazing views of the Singapore city skyline.
The view during dusk.
And the view during night time. We reckon the night time view takes the cake. The city lights really look spectacular from such a vantage point.
Currently there are ample carpark spaces. There are these lighted up portraits greeting you, just before you enter into the lobby.
The view from inside.
There is a golf bag locker room too.
The lobby area which is more quirky than the average luxury condo design. It works for us, but to some people it might seem over the top. Nevertheless, it exudes luxury and is definitely a very comfortable space to relax in.
This is the view from the main pool area.
There are lots of comfy seating areas around.
Again, the development shows off its quirky side with these figurines around the smaller wading pool.
And even a giant chess arena. Not sure how many people will actually use this, but it looks cool as a decorative piece.
There is also a huge empty space here, presumably, they have not figured out what to utilise this space for at the moment.
More bar seating areas beside the pool. The entertainment area is really spacious, and there is more than enough space for residents to move around.
Here is the main pool area. It’s certainly big enough for the amount of units. It’s not quite as spectacular as a rooftop infinity pool, but the stunning view certainly helps.
The Singapore city skyline view in all its glory.
Moving on, there is a pool bar concierge, for pool towels and the like.
And a coffee/tea area. This area will be replenished and kept clean by the staff.
Rowing machines as part of the outdoor gym.
The gym is well equipped enough, it might not be the largest space, but its decent.
And a reading room, with a fake bookshelves/library wallpaper.
As you can see, most of the areas are well designed and never boring.
South Beach Residences Review – 2 bedroom
Coming in at almost 1,600 square feet, the 2 bedroom unit is very large and expansive. It is definitely much bigger than the average 2 bedroom apartments in Singapore. In fact, there are many 3/4 bedroom apartments nowadays that are even smaller than this. It certainly adds to the luxury vibes of the place.
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The kitchen area.
The dining area, which has a full length dining table.
View from the living room.
This is the second bedroom.
The common toilet.
The master bedroom leads out to the balcony as well.
Where you get a glimpse of that spectacular view from the comforts of your own balcony.
South Beach Residences Review – 3 Bedroom
Unlike the 2 bedroom, the 3 bedroom unit comes with a private lift and lobby. Because of the generous 2,099 square feet of space, you are able to have both a wet and dry kitchen, which is great for families.
The entrance to this 3 bedroom unit is via your own private lift and lift lobby.
With the added space, you can have a nice sized island kitchen concept.
There is enough space for a circular dining table as well.
A quick shot of the living room.
There is a short corridor leading to the bedrooms.
Here is one of the common bedrooms.
And the other bedroom.
Both of which have to share a common toilet.
And now, for the master bedroom.
Of which the master bedroom toilet comes with space for a bathtub as well.
Now for the best part of the house, the nicely sized balcony which opens up to the city views.
Its a really nice space, and just a great way to relax after a hard and long day at work.
South Beach Residences Review – 4 bedroom
Of course, the 4 bedroom units also come with a private lift. In this particular showflat, 2 bedrooms were combined together to form a giant study room.
Entrance to the living room. With the curtains drawn and the floor to ceiling windows, it really accentuates the views.
The living room is nice and spacious, with enough space for this long circular sofa.
The dining area.
First, the master bedroom which is situated next to the living area in order to have a balcony space as well.
Of course, it comes with an attached bathroom.
There is enough space for a vanity area as well.
Likewise with the 3 bedroom, there is space for a wet and dry kitchen.
There is space for a helper’s room and even an attached toilet as well.
As we said earlier, this showflat combined two bedrooms into one study room.
If you can afford the space, it is an absolute palatial study room.
Here is the common bedroom, with a bay window for a little seating area.
There is an attached bathroom as well.
South Beach Residences is for someone looking for something modern, but yet a spacious living in the city. If you want the absolute convenience yet do not want to compromise on your living space, this will definitely be one of the rare developments to look at in the city. But of course, you can expect to pay top dollar for it, especially if you want the right facing. It’s a great looking development, one that is current and is likely to stand the test of time.