About a year ago in 2018, I found a great deal at an apartment near office and jumped at the opportunity to live 2 minutes away from work. Having moved out recently, it seems the perfect time to close this chapter on a beautiful home, and get settled into our new one. 🙂

ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT

V on Shenton (5A Shenton Way, 068814) is a 53 (or 54?)-storey development right in the heart of Shenton Way. It’s developed by UIC and is of course located right beside UIC Building.

FACTS

Nearest MRT: Downtown MRT, Tanjong Pagar MRT and Raffles Place MRT
Nearest buildings: Shenton House, OUE Downtown Gallery, Asia Square, SGX Building
Nearest shopping: OUE Downtown Gallery, where you’ll find a couple o
Nearest cafes: Mellower Coffee, Jewel Coffee, Paris Baguette, Providore, Lunar Coffee, 6oz Espresso Bar
Nearest food: Saybons, Wafuken, Carvers, Ippudo Express, Ya Kun, Monster Curry
Nearest 24/7 food: Springleaf Tower McDonalds’
Nearest convenience store: Telok Ayer Cheers/7-11

10 mins away: Marina Bay Sands, Lau Pa Sat, Springleaf Tower, 10 Anson, International Plaza
20 mins away: Icon Village, 100AM, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Tanjong Pagar Link Mall

PRO: The incredible view

That view above is captured from my balcony. Yes, the balcony of my sea-view apartment. Now that’s a serious sea-view, not one of those fake ones that give you a sliver of sea for an overpriced unit. Waking up to this every day brought a lot of joy for sure, and that’s why I’ll always call it the beautiful home by the sea.

PRO: MODERN FURNISHING

Design is a very core requirement for me, and having viewed more than 50+ units to date, I can say that V on Shenton has, by far, the most tastefully designed interiors. The storage space also makes a lot of sense for a unit that’s only 474 sq ft.

CON: POOR QUALITY OF FINISHINGS

For a 1BR condo unit that costs north of S$1m, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect quality finishings like steel floor traps, durable cabinet doors — all of which we didn’t get, because cabinet doors dented every time it was knocked, doorknob locks fell off, the floor traps are fully plastic.. I personally would not buy a unit like this.

Imagine, in my one year as the first tenant there:
– Paid for servicing the washing machine twice. Water began overflowing from the drainage pipes only for us to call the electrician who discovered a load of rocks in my pipes and floor trap from construction days.
– Aircon gas pipe began leaking and this was never really fixed. This is in addition to consistent quarterly servicing — and the amount of work that my landlord’s agent heaped on me by insisting that we go back to the original warranty providers even when warranty had already expired was just not worth it.

PRO: FULL FACILITIES

If you’re not living in a seaview unit, V on Shenton also has an infinity lap pool, a fine dining restaurant and gym. Although I never really used any of these facilities. 😛

CON: RIDICULOUS MANAGEMENT

The management of this place is disgusting. Everything you’ve heard about unfriendly condo guards, management office staff who give you attitude, you will face this and more here. Even if you are the owner of the unit, not a tenant.

Also, their regulations don’t make sense. Take this for example.
– While we were moving out, we had to hire movers. We went to inform the security guard who said it would be okay for them to park at basement.
– In order to get from basement to our unit, they had to take the lift in Tower 1 to Lv 3, walk across to Tower 2, then come up to our floor. Now imagine doing that with a mattress.
– When the movers came, they parked at basement only to be chased away by security guards there.
– They ended up parking on the roadside (because where else can they park? In the lobby?) and were chased away by LTA.

At the end of it all, I was actually glad to move out.

CON: PARKING WILL COST YOU A KIDNEY

I know parking in town tends to be expensive, but residents don’t get free parking, and not only that, season parking costs a whopping S$250+ a month. This (and the S$6/hr standard charge) would explain why the entire carpark is empty. Talk about wasted space.

PRO: QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD

On weekdays after 8pm and weekends, you have the entire neighbourhood for yourself. You get to enjoy car-free Sunday strolls along Robinson Road, you’re a 10-min walk away from the beautiful Marina Bay area, and if you feel a little more adventurous you could take a 10-min drive to Marina Barrage. Of course, being in the heart of CBD, this area is always immaculately cleaned. If you enjoy that sort of clean, luxe living, you couldn’t find a better spot in the area. And for sure, condominiums like The Lumiere and One Shenton can’t compare to the grandeur of V on Shenton’s design (walk into the lobby and find out for yourself!).

CONCLUSION

I loved staying at V on Shenton, and I will admit that it took me very long to be able to leave.

Unfortunately, at the end of everything, the cons outweighed the pros slightly. A spectacular view, proximity to work (imagine coming home for a 20-min afternoon nap daily) and quaint, uptown neighbourhood in off-peak hours just couldn’t make up for the poor management of facilities and poor quality of finishings. As the first tenant, I got a good deal (sub-S$3,000 on rent for a seaview 1BR) but anything above that, I definitely wouldn’t pay the price.

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