Our New Home

You might have seen this advertisement on the newspaper recently. It has been published for at least three times since last week.

My father-in-law commented that this boy looks like our dear Edison. I chuckled and said, “Well, yes, that’s him!” Coincidentally, our boy carries the same blue water bottle to school. Haha!

But this advertisement is not the reason why we booked an apartment unit at Bartley Residences.

Our journey to find a new home started late last year. We visited a few projects in Sengkang and Punggol but we couldn’t find one that really suits our requirement.

Early this year, when we knew that Bartley Residences will be launched in the first quarter of 2012, we dropped the whole idea of buying a new home in Sengkang / Punggol and we shifted our target to Bartley / Serangoon area.

The biggest advantage of this project is its location. It’s within walking distance to MRT station, our preferred primary school for Little Edison and my parents-in-law’s house. It’s also within 2km from my office (just one MRT station away!).

V joked that I can trade my car for a bicycle and cycle to work every day, and at the same time, I can shed some kilos too. (indirectly implying that I’m FAT!)

This project has smaller units, and the price is on the high side. As compared to other projects, the facilities in this project aren’t that fantastic either. But there will be a lot of time savings and convenience if we stay here.

We thought about the location, price, unit size and facilities factors over and over again. At the end, we still feel that location is the most important factor to us – mainly because we already had our hearts set on the primary school we wanted to send our boy to. He can conveniently walk to school in future, and we don’t have to worry about school bus, traffic etc.

The developer offers a 20% discount for early birds, so we decided to just bite the bullet and go for it before our choice unit of 3 bedrooms, pool facing and mid-floor are being snapped up. After confirming our booking and paying the first 5%, I heaved a sigh of relief when we returned home.

Last night, when we drove passed the Bartley Residences Show Suites, our boy asked if we can stay there. Apparently, he likes the place a lot too. I smiled and replied, “Not now, son. You have to wait till 2015!”

And from now on, we have to work doubly hard for our new home. Our new future. 🙂

 

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cheryl

Hey congrats on your new purchase. I live in the north east too but not exactly sure where Bartley residences is. Is it near the Minton? We bought a unit at the Terasse last year, as we quite like that the location as it isnt far from my kid’s school and not too far from serangoon and hougang mrt too. On the whole, still find serangoon area more central compared to sengkang/punggol area. : )

cheryl

Hi there.. my elder kid is studying in hougang pri and we did not even try for rosyth as it’s simply too hard to get in even though we are currently also within 1 km. I figured a reasonably good pri sch is good enough for her. She’s in primary 2 now and quite happy there so far. Xin Min is also not a bad choice but its further from us. In fact, we even did parent volunteer for hougang pri sch just so that we can be confirmed a place there. Hope little Edison will get into a good… Read more »

Elaine

That happens to be where my old Pre-U used to be… 🙂

Elaine

Hi Emily,

It’s Outram Institute. It was demolished a few years back…

julie

Hi Emily,

We just bought a unit at Bartley residences. Ours is ground unit with patio facing greenery. We will be a big family!!! We bought it for the location. It will be convenient for my boy whose school is 2 stations away. If my girl can get into one of the good schools there it will be good too. We like it to be quiet and peaceful, yet not too far from amenties via MRT. Not everyone relishes living in the midst of a crowded centre. we are excited to look forward to our new house. 🙂

rachel

hi emily,

congrats on ur new nest! saw u mentioned bout the 20% early bird discount, is tt usually applied to all the new apartment/condo? how much u paid for ur unit? i was interested to get one unit too but the price stopped me. haha.. just curious bout the 20% discount, if it applied, it seems ok to get one unit there~

rachel

Julie

Hi Rachel,

I heard they are still giving discount. If you are interested my advice is to go for it fast so that you will get your preferred choice of unit. It is just 2 minutes walk to MRT and near to major express/highways. This is by far the best location my husband and I had been searching around. I can recommend my agent to you – we found he is responsive and sincere.

Sabrina

Hi, happened to chance upon your blog. We got an 3brm at Bartley with the same intentions of getting our boys into Maris Stella! My boy’s also born in 07 so will be in the same year. Good to know a future neighbor 🙂

ryan

it must be fun, living in Singapore.. 🙂