ReviewsTanglin Regency Review: Great Location But Sub Par Facilities

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  • April 22, 2020
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Our Verdict: Tanglin Regency

73%
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Upkeep of Property
    3.5/5
  • Surrounding Amenities
    4/5
  • Quality of Finishings
    3/5
  • Development Facilities
    3.5/5
  • Price
    4/5

Tanglin Regency is perfect for those who enjoy spaciousness, with only 210 units spread across 118,400+ sqft of land. However, facilities-lovers would may be better off looking some place else given the lack of facility diversity here.

Reviewed by Reuben on April 22, 2020

What we like
  • Full facilities
  • Convenient location
  • Close to park connector
What we don't like
  • Dated exterior
  • So-so facilities
Tanglin Regency
ProjectTanglin RegencyDistrict10
AddressTanglin RoadTenure99-year leasehold
Site Area118,755 sqftNo. of Units210
DeveloperFirst Capital CorporationTOP1998

Interestingly enough, Tanglin Regency’s name betrays its actual location – and believe it or not, it isn’t the only development doing that!

Set closer to the busy streets of the Alexandra district than it is to the posh, uptown Tanglin, Tanglin Regency was completed some 22 years ago.

Despite its age, however, it still remains as one of two iconic private residentials along the Alexandra Road section of the Alexandra Canal (that is, next to its long-time counterpart, Tanglin View).  

Its distinct cone-shaped roofs, and high-arching middle portions lend a ‘castle-like’  semblance to the project – proof of charming architectural quirks across Singapore’s yesteryears. 

Perhaps another characteristic of Tanglin Regency that will bring us back to the glorious days of ABSD-free Singapore is the space on which it resides. 

With just 210 units spread across 118,755 square feet of land, it’s easy to see why residents here are incredibly reluctant to swap their living spaces here for anything else in land-locked Singapore. 

Tanglin Regency Insider Tour

Facilities in Tanglin Regency
Barbeque AreaBasement car parkGymnasium room
Playground24 hours securitySwimming pool
Tennis courtsWading pool
Tanglin Regency entrance

Even if you weren’t aware of how old Tanglin Regency was, it would be all too easy to guess upon seeing the entrance of the condo. The thin circular pillars, the blocky viaduct-like beam (which serves no purpose other than to showcase the name of the condo), and the tiled roof are all dead giveaways to the era it came from.

Well, if you still have no clue of its age – it was completed in 1998 so it is going 22 years strong at this moment.

Tanglin Regency driveway
Driveway

At a land size of 118,755 square feet it is quite immediately apparent how ample the space is within the compound. It’s just a simple two-lane road that circles around half of the estate – it is pretty straightforward too, a direct path to the second entrance/exit.

Tanglin regency driveway
Open-air carpark

The tall dense trees planted along the front of the estate is not just for aesthetic purposes, it’s functional too. Other than providing a green view, it offers a certain level of privacy and buffer from the road noise.

If you were wondering about the absence of cars in the carpark, that’s because there is a basement carpark as well. You can take this as a telltale sign to the availability of carpark in the condo – in other words, it is plentiful.

Tanglin regency shelter
Drop-off point

There’re only 210 units split between two towers here – with each tower having its own drop off point.

Tanglin regency block

Some people might find the design of the entrance to each block a little wonky (which I will show you in a bit. It is set around a circular open courtyard, which has semi-circular sides which are sheltered. These lead either to your block or to the main area where most of the facilities are.

Tanglin Regency lobby
Ground level lobby

It was a pleasant surprise to see that despite the age of the condo, each block has its own lobby which requires visitors to dial-up – which gives added security to the condo. This isn’t something found in most of the older developments so it is definitely a nice to have here.

Tanglin regency open courtyard
Open-air courtyard

As mentioned earlier, this central courtyard design is quite a perplexing one. There is absolutely nothing in the middle, and you can’t walk straight through either – unless you fancy vaulting over the admittedly low wall.

Tanglin regency path

Thereafter it is a straightforward sloped path to the common facilities. The tiles are quite smooth which could result in potential slips and falls when wet – so thankfully there are handrails on both sides.

Tanglin regency pool
Swimming pool

Like the Mandarin Gardens that we recently reviewed, the swimming pool at Tanglin Regency is of the no-frills variety. The look harkens back to a time where there were a lot more public swimming pools in various estates in Singapore. You can tell the age of the place by the yellowing tiles as well as the exposed drainage surrounding the pool.

Tanglin regency pool

Let’s be honest, the swimming pool here isn’t going to be winning any awards for its design (even with its very random single water fountain spout). It’s long enough to swim multiple laps but I wouldn’t say that the pool is adequately big enough. Especially when you have much newer neighbours opposite with fancy rooftop pools and such – it’s a real case of swimming pool envy here.

Tanglin regency towers

Speaking of which, just peer up and you’ll see the clear distinction in design between the Tanglin Regency and the newer boys on the block on the opposite side of Alexandra Road. The one you see right here is the Metropolitan, which is actually the “oldest” of the new builds, having been completed in 2009.

These newer condos put those considering the Tanglin Regency (and Tanglin View) in quite a tough spot. The Alexandra area has always been a convenient city fringe spot, and it has been predominantly HDB centric. As a result, there weren’t that many options if you wanted to live in a private estate – hence the attraction of Tanglin Regency and Tanglin View.

Tanglin regency small pool
Small pool

There is a much smaller and shallower pool just behind, which is ideal for young kids. This is positioned quite close to the blocks, so residents living on this side might have to deal with occasional noise on the weekends.

Tanglin regency seating

On the opposite ends of the swimming pool, you’ll find two sheltered huts with bench seating and wooden chairs and tables.

Tanglin regency seating
On the opposite end

They double up as a barbecue area too. While it doesn’t offer a lot of seating (so your party size is quite limited), it is sheltered thankfully.

Tanglin regency clubhouse
Clubhouse

Like the rest of the facilities thus far, the clubhouse is frumpy looking – the dull colours certainly don’t help its case either. As a standalone building, the clubhouse isn’t connected to the residential blocks via the basement carpark or the ground level either. So if a sudden rain shower does come by, it can pose some inconvenience.

On the positive end of things, you can see from here how unblocked the area behind the clubhouse is. For those facing the low-lying Jervois enclave, you will be treated to a wonderful view – plus you don’t even have to be staying very high up!

Tanglin regency function room
Function room

As for the facilities within the clubhouse, you do have quite a sizeable function room. Again, the floor tiles and yellow-painted walls are dated and it isn’t the most appealing look.

Tanglin regency gym

The gym does fare much better. The walls are finished in a bright cream colour, which does wonders for making the place look a lot brighter and more pleasant. There is also a decent range of equipment, and the cardio machines do look recently updated too.

Tanglin regency jacuzzi
Jacuzzi

There is a jacuzzi by the side of the clubhouse, which is on a lower level to the swimming pool. While it is certainly nice to throw in a hydrotherapy session after a hard workout at the gym or a session of tennis, it is in quite an awkward position given that you can overlook this directly from the top.

While I’m not a fan of the look, this is a proper jacuzzi – with special functions and settings that you can play around with.

Tanglin regency tennis court
Tennis court

I think most people would be more than happy to find out that there is a tennis court in Tanglin Regency. For the size of the development, I’ll have to say that it is a good plus point.

Tanglin regency playground
Children’s playground

Just off the side of the tennis court is the children’s playground. Visually, it is finished in bright, fun colours and it is quite a large space for kids to run and play. On the other hand, I think the concrete edges that run around the hedges are a little concerning for the little ones given the propensity for them to run (and fall). So parents and helpers might have to keep extra watch here.

Tanglin regency kids hopscotch

An interesting feature (depending on your age), is a dedicated space for hopscotch. I think it’s safe to say that most kids nowadays would probably have no idea what this is – but it is certainly nostalgic to see one.

While I can’t say I’ve been to all the condos in Singapore yet, I can quite confidently declare that this could be the only one of its kind.

Tanglin regency outdoor fitness
Outdoor fitness

On the other side of the tennis court, you’ll find a big outdoor fitness area. You could easily do a proper old school circuit training session here, as there are quite a few different stations.

You might have noticed the pebbled path surrounding the fitness area. This isn’t actually due to design, but it is a form of acupressure therapy – which was a popular feature in developments many years back. Nowadays, health experts have warned that these could be more trouble than they’re worth. Nevertheless, it is another feature here that is undoubtedly a blast from the past.

Tanglin regency tennis court
Basketball Court

This end of the tennis court actually features a basketball hoop as well. While it isn’t a full-sized basketball court on offer here, I have to say that it is a really innovative option. It certainly gives you more pause for thought here – why aren’t more condos doing this?

Tanglin regency second entrance
Second entrance

Rounding off the features of the ground level, there is a second entrance/exit at the corner of the estate. This leads directly to the main Alexandra Road.

Tanglin regency carpark entrance
Basement carpark entry

As mentioned, there is a basement carpark at the Tanglin Regency. Do watch out for the slightly squeezy bend though.

Tanglin regency basement carpark
Basement carpark

Like most of what you’ve seen so far, the basement carpark serves up a solid yet unspectacular fare. Having a basement carpark isn’t always a certainty in older developments so it is definitely a convenient option here.

Tanglin regency lobby
Basement carpark lobby

Likewise, with the ground level, the basement carpark lobby requires visitors to dial-up to gain entry.

Tanglin Regency Location Review

Tanglin Regency is set on the southernmost-end of Tanglin Road. 

It occupies a sizeable plot of land by the busy junction of Tanglin and Alexandra Road and is surrounded by a number of key private residential developments like the Echelon and Ascentia Sky that have popped up in the area over the years.

Tanglin Regency Alexandra canal

It is also adjacent to the ‘newly renovated’ Alexandra Canal Water Play Area – which provides both the Tanglin Regency’s residents and visitors with golden opportunities for recreational bliss. 

Tanglin Regency park connector

Public Transport 

Bus StationBuses ServicedDistance From Condo (& Est. Walking Time)
‘Tanglin View’51, 122, 139, 186, 970250m, 3-min walk
‘Crescent Girls’ Sch’32, 111, 122, 132190m, 2-min walk
‘Redhill Stn’32, 33, 33A, 64, 120, 132, 145, 145A500m, 7-min walk

Closest MRT: Redhill MRT – 500m, 7-min walk

With a number of bus stations at our disposal, Tanglin Regency proves to be a relatively well-linked condominium which adds further promise to its already central-ish locale.  

While its MRT routes to town (Orchard area) are not as convenient as its bus routes (trust me, just board the 32/64), the Redhill MRT is just 4 straight stops, or 8-minutes’ ride from the CBD/Raffles Place MRT.

Also worth highlighting is the fact that Redhill MRT is just 4-5 stations away from Dover and Clementi MRT – where you will find a number of key educational institutes (Ngee Ann Poly, SIM etc.). 

Furthermore, MRT travel times to Jurong East Station take just 14 minutes across 6 straight stops (excluding walking time)! 

Finally, do note that the path from Tanglin Regency to Redhill MRT is only partially sheltered with crossings across major roads included. 

Private Transport

Key DestinationsDistance From Condo (& Est. Peak Hour Drive Time)
CBD (Raffles Place)5km, 15-min drive
Orchard Road3.6km, 10-min drive
Suntec City5.8km, 15-min drive
Changi Airport 25km, 30-min drive
Tuas Port (By 2040)33.5km, 40-min drive
Paya Lebar Quarters/Airbase (By 2030)17.3km, 25-min drive
Mediapolis (and surroundings)3.8km, 8-min drive
Mapletree Business City3.5km, 8-min drive
Tuas Checkpoint 23.3km, 25-min drive
Woodlands Checkpoint21.3km, 30-min drive
Jurong Cluster (JCube)11.4km, 18-min drive
Woodlands Cluster (Causeway Point)21.7km, 30-min drive
HarbourFront Cluster (Vivo City)4.6km, 13-min drive
Punggol Cluster (Waterway Point)24.4km, 30-min drive

*Note that Drive Times are calculated during Peak Hours

Immediate Road Exit(s): 2 Exits – 1 along Tanglin Rd, the other along Alexandra Rd.

Summary: Multiple exits will help to reduce peak-hour congestion. Immediate U-turn available on Tanglin Road, though no yellow box present along Alexandra Road exit. AYE/CTE relatively close in proximity with a number of key working nodes within a 10-minute (peak hour) drive radius.

Groceries

Name of Grocery Shop Distance From Condo (& Est. Walk Time)
Giant Express – Red Hill Close1km, 4-min drive OR 1.1km, 14-min walk
FairPrice – Dawson Road1.5km, 4-min drive OR 800m, 10-min walk
Sheng Siong – Dawson Road1.6km, 5-min drive OR 950m, 12-min walk
Cold Storage – Tanglin Market Place 2.1km, 5-min drive

Schools

Educational TierNumber of Institutes
Preschool (within 1km walk)2
Primary (3km-drive)4
Secondary (3km-drive)5
International School (3km-drive)2
Junior College (5km-drive)1
University (5km-drive)5
Polytechnic (10km-drive)2

Additional Pointers

  •  Saturated with Amenities!

Not a bad thing at all. 

It’s not often that I say this, but with over 10 NTUC Fairprices within a 3km radius of the condo, residents at Tanglin Regency are spoilt for choice!

And this doesn’t just apply to grocery selections. 

For those who enjoy their shopping malls, Ikea, Queenstown Shopping Centre and Great World City are just some of the entertainment hotspots located in the same 3km radius.

All this, on top of the amazing diversity of affordable foodfare in the area stemming from the Redhill, Tiong Bahru and Alexandra Village Food Centres! 

  • (Easy) Home-Work Commutes

Easy/fast work commutes are one of the most important things when determining a ‘good location’ for your house. 

So for those working in the far reaches (ie. Punggol, Tuas etc.) and still seriously considering Tanglin Regency as a residential option, I do politely, but insistently ask that you turn your head now. 

But for the rest who find themselves working in core central regions, however…

(Or even Jurong’s Industrial Parks, Alexandra’s TechnoPark and Mapletree Business District for that matter) 

..Well, you can be assured of incredibly convenient/efficient home-work commutes.

Reduced lethargy, a free-up of personal time and a reduction in the time that one spends staring awkwardly at random people on trains are all valid reasons to embrace this perk. 

  • Accessible/Diverse Medical Care

As we grow older, we tend to place a higher emphasis on our health (heck, even the younger ones are doing it nowadays).

Now we know how insurance policies can differ (and hence the available doctors you can visit).

Thus, having 4 major hospitals in either direction of your home comes not just as a blessing, but for many, a necessity. 

Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles, Alexandra and the Singapore General Hospital make up this list.

Tanglin Regency Development Site Review

Tanglin Regency site plan

It’s a wonder that we managed to get a development site map at all. This is, after all, a 22-year-old condo we’re talking about!

You can see how neat the inner-condo roads run from one exit to the other. In reality, It is very much the same – with sizeably sheltered drop-off points located at Towers A and B respectively.

In a modern condo, you would be forgiven for expecting underground drop-off points – and possibly in line with that, a wider range of facilities in their current space. 

Given the case of Tanglin Regency’s age and size however, these ‘on-ground’ roads of Tanglin Regency really shouldn’t be garnering too much flak from us.

Now I do know of some people who might take one look at the site map and immediately criticise the condo’s lack of facility offerings. 

And in truth, I am inclined to agree with them.

That said, what you will not see in this sitemap (and might have already seen from the tour) is the fact that there are some key architectural designs present in Tanglin Regency. Designs that present the condo with a unique ambience that you might not find so readily in modern Singapore.

Naturally, this would include the overhanging arches set in the middle of both its residential towers – reaching up to 6 storeys high

Unit Mix

Unit TypeSize of Units (sqft)
2-Bedroom818 – 1,109 sqft
3-Bedroom1,163 – 1,367 sqft

As is the case with most older developments, you wouldn’t find many units smaller than 700-800 square feet in its unit mix. 

Given it isn’t considered a luxury development, there isn’t any units here with private lifts, though it does seem that the layouts of units are relatively well structured, save for the presence of a lengthy corridor in the larger 3-bedroom units that some might not fully resonate with.

(If you’d like to learn more about the specific layouts across tiers, as well as the individual unit pricings/availabilities, feel free to drop us an email at hello@stackedhomes or drop us a message on Facebook!) 

Best Stacks

Tanglin Regency best stacks

Let’s now take a look at what are the best stacks for Tanglin Regency. It’s quite a straightforward case here – Stacks 3 and 4 offer an unblocked facing which overlooks the Jervois/Chatsworth GCB area. As these are all low lying areas you don’t have to buy a very high floor to enjoy the views.

Interestingly enough, you actually only get a balcony from the 10th floor onwards, 9th floor and below feature fully internal space only.

Tanglin Regency Price Review/Unit Comparisons

Project NameTenureTOPAverage Price (PSF)Comparison Point
Tanglin Regency99-year leasehold1998$1,330
Tanglin View99-year leasehold2001$1,308Immediate Proximity/Similar Age
Ascentia Sky99-year leasehold2013$1,420Immediate Proximity
Echelon 99-year leasehold2016$1,813Immediate Proximity
Artra99-year leasehold2021$2,018Immediate Proximity

Now if we were to have a look at the pricing, I think it’s pretty clear that both Tanglin Regency and View offer the best psf-pricing ratio.

That said, and as was the case with most older developments – you wouldn’t expect to find a small unit here. 

Project1-bedroom (sqft) Latest Transaction (Smallest Unit)2-bedroom (sqft)Latest Transaction (Smallest Unit unless otherwise stated)
Tanglin RegencyN.A
818 – 1,109 850 sqft – $1.2m ($1,423 psf)
Tanglin ViewN.A
872 $1.18m ($1,353 psf)
Ascentia SkyN.A
947 – 1,023 $1.65m ($1,742 psf)
Echelon 452Asking – *$1.02m ($2,263 psf)*732 $1.4m ($1,913 psf)
ArtraN.A
786 – 829$1.69m ($2,152 psf)

(*Note: Due to lack of transactions made for 1-bedroom units at Echelon, we have instead included the latest asking price of a top-floored unit)

In fact, if you were to have a look at the table above, you’ll realise that the Echelon has the smallest unit variations (and tier). 

Based on the statistics, however, these smaller units tend to fetch higher prices, and as such, the most affordable option, in this case, would still be a unit at either Tanglin Regency or View.   

Tanglin Regency nearby

For a better picture of their individual locations, I have also provided a map view to make things clearer. Respective projects of the lettered pointers (from the list) and their distance to the Redhill MRT are as follows:

Project Distance to Redhill MRT
Tanglin Regency
500m, 7-min walk
Tanglin View
400m, 5-min walk
(B) Ascentia Sky
180m, 2-min walk
(E) Echelon
220m, 3-min walk
(F) Artra Immediate

As you can see, the walking times to the MRT station from the condos are relatively negligible.

Appreciation Analysis

Tanglin Regency price trend

Looking at Tanglin Regency’s transaction history, you can see how its resale units followed the post-financial crisis price-trends after the early 2000s to 2009ish period.

While it might look like the condo has already fulfilled its appreciation potential, the graph also signifies that the development’s unit prices might still have room to grow pertaining to subsequent economical/property market-trends – as it has done before.

Tanglin Regency master plan

Now if we were to take a look at URA’s land use plans, there isn’t exactly much free land in the neighbourhood – save for the 2 reserve sites that you see. 

As such, you wouldn’t necessarily rely on prices here to be driven up based on the construction of numerous new (surrounding) developments.

Of course, another important point to note is that Tanglin Regency’s 99-year leasehold actually started from 1994, meaning it has about 73 years left on its lease expiry date.

Now 73 years from now is a long time – and to be honest, I wonder if we would even live to that point (I’ll be sure to pop in an update if I do).

That being said, it does have an incredible plot ratio that coincides well with its central locale.

In other words, good en bloc potential. 

In fact, this point deserves more emphasis given that almost all of its neighbours are – as you can see, high plot-ratio holders.

Our Take

Tanglin Regency review

Now I do not (in any shape or form) advocate buying into a unit simply for its en bloc potential – because quite frankly, you’ll end up disappointed on more occasion than one. 

It is also quite possible that due to the sentimental value of the area, residents here might be incredibly reluctant to part with their long-time homes.

If you were to buy into a unit here, do not use that as your main USP. Rather, consider the convenience, spaciousness and vibrant neighbourhood as your main plus points. It’s quite clear that with all the new condos popping up in the area that it is an attractive place to live.

Yes, it doesn’t have the best offering of facilities, and it definitely isn’t a new condo by any means, but that’s precisely why you can get away with prices like that here.    

What this means for you

You might like Tanglin Regency if you:

  • • Enjoy Spaciousness:With only 210 units spread across 118,400+ square feet of land, and relatively large 2 to 3-bedroom units to boot, Tanglin Regency offers good sizes on a whole.
  • • Crave Convenience:The condo maintains a relatively central location along Alexandra Road, offering easy accessibility to a number of work, education and entertainment nodes.

You might not like Tanglin Regency if you:

  • • Dislike Older Developments:At 22 years old, Tanglin Regency might seem relatively ‘dated’ to some.
  • • Prefer an Array of Facilities:Unlike some of the newer condos, you won’t be getting much diversity in terms of facilities here.
End of Review

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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caseyaff
caseyaff

I like your reviews of older developments, as I’m someone who goes for value. None of all these 2k psf new condos with their squeezy layouts and huge balconies. Who cares for a hydro therapy spa room in the condo? I hardly use my own swimming pool.

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, there’re different product offerings for different people. Older condos do carry more value given their age, but may not necessarily be efficient. Their overall quantum may also be bigger too since they are generally bigger in size.

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