Many homebuyers have been anticipating AMO Residence since it was first taken by UOL Group, Kheng Leong and Singapore Land Group against 14 other bidders in the May 2021. It could be a reference on the location of the property in Ang Mo Kio for Singaporeans. Spanish has the same meaning that is “love”. AMO Residences is an excellent choice for young couples as well as investors, since the developers hope they’ll love it.
In this article, we will cover the the main highlights why AMO Residence will appeal to young couples and families.
Within 1km to top primary schools, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, Ai Tong Primary School and Ang Mo Kio Primary School
Young parents will always first research on primary schools in the area. According to the Compulsory Education Act, parents must send their children to primary schools once they reach six . Entry is determined by the country of origin (Singaporean Citizens), and the distance between residence (within 1km, then 1-2km). Priority would be given to a Singaporean citizen whose child lives within 1km of the school. This process is familiar to parents who have been through it before. You can find more information on the MOE website if you’re planning to have children soon or if your child is younger than six years old.
As for AMO Residence location, it is blessed with three primary schools within 1km. CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School and Ai Tong School are within 1km of AMO Residence. It is a not a secret in Singapore that, while all schools are excellent schools, there are some schools that are more well-known than others. There are many schools close to AMO Residence that parents may want to send their children. AMO Residence is also located within a radius of 1-2 km from Catholic High School, Anderson Primary School and Teck Ghee Primary School. Mayflower Primary School is also nearby. Jing Shan Primary School is just a short distance away.
These options are numerous and parents who work would find it much easier to walk to these schools. A school close to your home can take the pressure off of you and reduce your anxiety. You will also be able to spend less time traveling to and from school during rush hour. Parents often think of their child’s education as the most important thing.
Family Friendly Amenities Nearby
Recent years have shown that Ang Mo Kio is one of the popular mature estates among young families as the town is well developed with facilitiyes. With that said, there are plenty of facilities nearby for families in the vicinity of AMO Residence.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is the most prominent park nearby AMO Residence, where young families can relax.
One of the most popular parks in Singapore, is also popular spot for young families to enjoy recreational activities. It was once a concrete canal. Now it’s a park with 62 hectares and a beautiful 3.2km river, designed by internationally known Ramboll Studio Dreseitl
Parents have the option to take morning and evening walks in the park with their kids or walk their dogs. The park offers many other activities for children, such as the Butterfly Habitat which houses more than 30 species butterflies. They can also play in the Nature Playgarden.
They can also bring their kids to the Therapeutic Garden @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. They will be able to connect with the natural world through a variety of plants. The Allotment Garden is another option. Anyone who wants to grow or garden their own plants can now get their own 2.5 m x 1 m space.
How can a couple afford to buy a home at AMO Residence?
A big floor plans are very much needed for families with kids especially. We will not be surprised that the bigger layouts such as the 3-Bedder+Study, 4-Bedder and 5-Bedder will be sold out fast.
AMO Residence specific features has appealed to a wide audience, and the prime location itself will see a high price its units there. We did not discuss about the unblocked views, which contributes to the high value of the development as well.
For example, a 3-Bedder+Study layout may cost between $1.8 mil to $2.1mil. Buying a $2 mil property will mean that buyers need to fork out a min downpayment of $500,000. The remaining balance will be financed by loan of $1.5 mil. The mortgage plus the maintenance fee monthly may end up to $7,000. Conservatively, buyers will need an income of $20,000 combined to purchase a unit in AMO Residence.
AMO Residence has all the facilities and located in a prime location. It is no surprise that it comes with a high price, but we are sure there are people who willing to pay for it.
North Gaia EC – A new condominium located in Yishun Ave 9, District 27 is a secure haven for those who live in the city. It is close to Sungei Khatib, which boasts lush greenery and breathtaking views for those who appreciate nature. Views from this brand new executive condo is open to the lake and nature park.
Since HDB has stopped building HUDC (also known as executive apartments) some years ago and Executive Condominium are among the most highly-respected residential developments within Singapore. The EC location at Yishun Avenue 9 is likely to be the first EC to be built in 2022.
North Gaia EC, an executive condominium
Subsidized with the help of the Singapore government The North Gaia EC new launch rates are between 20% to 30% less than condominiums privately offered within Singapore’s North Region. This is one of the top ECs that are available in Singapore to look for.
Sing Holdings offered the largest offer of $373.5million for the 21,514-square-meter executive condominium (EC) located in Yishun Ave 9. This was a bid that beat the seven bids received by HDB.
The 21,514 sq. m. EC property is able to construct 617 homes. It is also close to Junction 9, a new shopping mall.
The rate for land of $576/square foot for the year. This gives an estimated breakeven value of between $1000 and $1050 per square foot. The developer is planning to introduce new units at rates higher than $1100 per square foot.
It is situated at Yishun Avenue 9 near Oasis Waterpark Nee in the near future East. It is ideal for families looking to have fun outdoors during the weekends. There’s also an upscale Yishun Park Hawker that will keep you full with delicious food.
Sembawang Park and Beach are in close proximity. Seletar Aerospace Park located close by. You can have a breakfast with your family in the cafe at Seletar Aerospace park, which offers a stunning view of private aircrafts arriving and departing just in front of Seletar Airport. It is also possible to let your children play in peace.
Walk to Yishun North-South Line Station & Yishun Bus Terminal People living in Yishun Ave9 EC are sure to enjoy an simple ride to and from work. The brand new condominium is just located just a short distance to Yishun North-South Line Station, and Yishun Bus Terminal. Residents are able to travel effortlessly across Singapore through the extensive public transportation system.
Top Schools nearby
North Gaia EC is a short drive away from Chongfu Primary School as well as Northland Elementary School. Chung Cheng High School, Yishun Junior College and other schools are all close by. The new executive condominium is within walking distance of many top schools.
Nearby health care centres
The new condominium is situated close to close to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, as well as it is located near the Yishun Community. The hospitals will be open to serve the medical requirements of the future residents at any point in time.
Expressways make it simple to move around
North Gaia EC is easily accessible via major expressways, such as those of the Central Expressway, Seletar Expressway and Tampine Expressway. It’s just a 25 minute drive away from The Central Business District, Orchard Road and Changi Airport. People living there will get travel faster once the North-South Corridor (NSC) is opened.
High end executive condominium
The future residents of the executive condo can avail its finest facilities, which include numerous pavilions, pools and barbecue pits. Grand Drop Off Grand Drop Off is a lake house that has an exercise room, an eco swimming pool, tennis court, lounge with a kid’s play area tennis court as well as a putting green. the running trail, as well as the candlelight trail.
There are parks and amenities close to parks
The coming North Gaia EC residents will enjoy a variety of amenities nearby. It is possible to kayak or go to the nature park, Yishun Park and Safra Yishun Country Club.
Shopping & Food Heaven
North Gaia EC has the same advantages that residents enjoy in the Oasis development in Canberra. It is a food and shopping paradise. It is situated just only two minutes away from Junction 9 and includes a restaurant, a supermarket as well as a food court and additional retail stores. Fairprice as well as Giant grocery stores are close by. Cold Storage and Sheng Siong are also close by. Residents are able to drive 7 minutes to Chongpang City’s wet market and shopping center, and in 5 minutes from Northpoint City. There are a variety of choices for food, shopping, and drinks outlets along with cinemas and supermarkets within the city.
Back in 2017, Kingsford Development acquired the former Normanton Park condominium via an en-bloc sale for a whopping $830.1 million.
Okay, I’m going to be very honest and upfront here.
Initially, I didn’t like any of the previous projects by Kingsford Development, a Chinese property developer.
I was concerned about their previous projects Kingsford Waterbay & Kingsford Hillview Peak.
Just by visiting their appalling show apartments, I had doubts about their ability to deliver quality homes to their prospective buyers.
These projects were, to be fair, good value for money due to their location. They were not great value because of their poor built quality.
True enough, Kingsford Development was hit with a no sale license for the Normanton Park condo in 2019.
It was because some of the Kingsford Waterbay condos didn’t conform to the building requirements. These requirements were based upon the Building Control Act and Regulations as set by authorities.
Kingsford Development is able to proceed with Normanton Park construction thanks to the no-sale licence. It is forbidden to sell any of its units off-plan, without the approval of the Controller of Housing (CoH).
All is now done. Since January 2021, Normanton Park is officially available for sale.
So, is Normanton Park condo a good buy? Is it worth taking a risk?
Let’s go over some details. I will then share my thoughts and personal review at the bottom of this post.
Normanton Park Project Details
1 – 63 Normanton Park
Kingsford Huray Development Pte Ltd
P&T Consultants Pte Ltd
684,523 sq ft
Total number of units
1,862 (inclusive of 22 strata terrace houses)
Total number of carpark lots
1,862 (inclusive 22 private parking lots for terrace houses & 3 lots for commercial shops)
Number of blocks
Number of storey
24-storey (9 blocks) and 2-storey (22 terrace houses)
Expected TOP date
Normanton Park Developer
Kingsford Development (Xin Feng Di Chan ) is the developer of Normanton Park condominium. This property arm of China-based Kingsford Group is Kingsford Group.
The Normanton Park launch is the third private residential development that Singapore has under its portfolio since 2011. Kingsford Development chairman, Mr Cui Zhengfeng
Kingsford Group, a subsidiary of Kingsford Garden, made its debut on the Shenyang real estate market in 2001.
It has also developed many commercial and residential projects in China over the past two decades.
Kingsford Development also developed Kingsford Waterbay, Kingsford Hillview Peak and Kingsford Garden.
Normanton Park Location
Normanton Park condo is located between Normanton Park enclave and Science Park Drive. This means that Normanton Park in Singapore is zoned under District 5.
It is located on a large site, right next to Kent Ridge Park’s undulating greens.
You will see that the map doesn’t show many high-rise buildings.
Certain units in the condominium will have the opportunity to take in the scenic views from their homes.
On top of that, there are other things worthy to take note of for the location of this new launch condo at Normanton Park.
Greater Southern Waterfront
This is not a new concept. It’s been discussed and widely discussed for the past couple of years.
The Singapore government’s largest redevelopment project at the moment is the Greater Southern Waterfront.
Marina Bay is 6 times larger!The Greater Southern Waterfront project
This massive 2,000-hectare site has been envisioned to be the ‘Waterfront City of the Future’ by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore.
What can we expect as a result? You can expect new skylines, an entertainment hub and themed attractions.
This is another popular attraction in Singapore. Living near Normanton Park will give you a better and more convenient access to this landmark.
To make things even more exciting, a new road will be constructed connecting Portsdown Road to South Buona Vista Road. Source: URA.
This means that it not only reduces travel time and distance but also gives Normanton Park residents convenient and direct access the Greater Southern Waterfront City.
This is why homebuyers also gravitate to nearby launch condos like Avenue South Residence or Kent Ridge Hill Residences.
In the heart of key business nodes
Normanton Park is strategically located in the heart of key business hubs in Singapore.
It is located close to 2 major business areas – the Central Business District (or Jurong Lake District).
It is also close to key business clusters like the International Business Park and Alexandra Business Cluster, Buona Vista Business Cluster, Buona Vista Business Cluster, Buona Vista Business Cluster, One-North Business Park.
This would be a huge plus for those who commute to these areas every day, or work there.
Normanton Park is a great investment option for those who work in these areas.
This is a large pool of potential tenants.
You can see the One-North Business Cluster, which is the most close among them all. It already houses more than a dozen multinational corporations (MNCs), local businesses, and public research institutions.
Razer, a globally-respected company, is opening a new Southeast Asia headquarters in the one-North Business cluster.
Normanton Park reminds me a lot of The Interlace condo (which can be found not far from here). It is a popular place for expatriates to rent.
However, I will touch on rental demand later in this post with some numbers.
Nearby top universities
Parents who want to enroll their children in a well-respected primary school should not be concerned about Normanton Park condominium being within a 1-km radius.
Fairfield Methodist School (Primary), Queenstown Secondary School, and New Town Primary School are the only primary schools still within the 2-km area.
Schools such as the Singapore Polytechnic and the National University of Singapore are close by if you’re looking for tertiary institutions.
You can’t forget INSEAD, one of the most prestigious and respected business schools in the world.
The Tanglin Trust School, which is only a 5-minute drive from the Tanglin School, is a great option for parents who want to send their children to international schools.
Normanton Park Condo Facilities
You can almost be certain that the area will offer a wide range of amenities for residents, with a total land area of over 600,00 square feet and 1,862 residential units.
Normanton Park is a full condominium project that offers more than 100 lifestyle amenities.
You will find many water-based and aquatic facilities that can be used by individuals and families.
Water features in the project will create a tranquil and calming atmosphere for residents at night.
The following site plan will give you a better idea of the available condo facilities.
Normanton Park Floor Plan & Unit Types
Normanton Park is made up of 1,862 private residence units and 22 strata terrace homes. The unit types and the floor plans will be featured in another post. Do keep a lookout.
Normanton Park Showflat Location
The Normanton Park Showflat is right next to the actual development site. You will find directions to the showflat as you approach the condominium site.
According to the most recent update, the showflat is open for viewing daily from 11am to 7pm. The hours of operation may change.
Due to COVID-19, it is necessary to schedule a viewing appointment at the time this post was written.
If you’re interested in Normanton Park condos, please contact us at 61005566 or visit our website.
Normanton Park Price Guide
Below is a quick overview of the Normanton Park price indicator for each unit type. It is based on availability (as at 25 March 2002).
Type of unit
517-657 sq ft
1-Bedroom + Study
560 to 700 square feet
646 to 797 square feet
721 to 893 square feet
2-Bedroom + Study
829 to 980 square feet
904 to 1,109 square feet
1,066 to 1,249 Sq Ft
4-Bedroom Compact + Study
1,195 to 1,346 square feet
1,313 to 1,496 Sq Ft
1,615 to 1,798 square feet
2,110 sq ft
However, these prices may change in the future.
For the most current information on each unit type and availability, please contact me.
Normanton Park Review
In an earlier post, I discussed the poor track record of Kingsford Development.
Based on my 10 years of experience in the trade, this was the first time that I saw a Singaporean developer get a no-sale permit for failing to meet construction (and safety) standards.
They were all over the news, and it was almost impossible to conceal them from potential homebuyers in Normanton Park.
Investors and homebuyers have additional assurances that they will get a high-quality home.
All units must pass the Quality Mark assessment by BCA
Normanton Park’s sale license has a condition that requires all units to pass the Quality Mark assessment of the Build Control Authority (BCA). This is different from other condo launches.
You can refer to the BCA’s website for more information on its Quality Mark assessment.
Developers don’t have to undergo the Quality Mark assessment. It is a voluntary program, so it shouldn’t be compulsory. It is mandatory for Kingsford Huray’s Normanton Park condo.
Investors and homebuyers will have peace of mind buying Normanton Park property as they know that all units are being closely monitored and evaluated by the authority.
There is nothing to be concerned about quality, despite this developer’s poor track record.
Even if Normanton Park is as bad as the previous 2 projects, Kingsford Waterbay or Kingsford Hillview Peak, does that mean you’re buying a bad property.
Strategic location with more to follow
The location is an important factor in deciding whether to purchase a property.
If you take a look at Normanton Park’s current location, there isn’t much to be excited about.
No MRT, no malls nearby, no good schools, etc.
If you look at the URA Master Plan 2019 from a wider perspective, you’ll see its immense potential.
It’s easy for the government, being in the middle of the two largest business districts in Singapore, and in close proximity to key business clusters to plan for more homes.
Portsdown Avenue will see more residential developments. It is located just across the Ayer Rajah Expressway from Normanton Park condo.
If more homes are made available for sale by government agencies, this would indicate that there is a demand for housing in the region. This is often the catalyst that causes home values and prices to rise.
Normanton Park has a lot of data that I need to analyze and I don’t want to overload the site with all these numbers and stats.
Reach out to me if you’re interested in learning more. I’m happy to share my analysis.
Low quality homes equal no value
Let’s not forget about the fact that Kingsford Development has a poor track record.
It is important to ask if it has any value.
Logistically, one would assume that property of poor quality is not worth investing in or buying. It will affect its value.
Here are some transactions at Kingsford Waterbay condos and Kingsford Hillview Peak condos.
You can see that the quality does not seem to impact buying interest, even from homebuyers/investors that actually saw the finished product.
Other factors will ultimately determine the property’s value.
The Final Word
Normanton Park is a wonderful place to be. If you visit the site, you’ll see why it is so famous. It is hard for passersby to miss it or not give it a second look.
The whole development is stunning and I have nothing to complain about, except the inconvenience.
Normanton Park condo is a great option for those who are familiar with the area and can travel by car most days. Its price (on average $1,750 to $1.850 PSF), its added ‘confidence’ from BCA and its future upside make it a worthwhile investment.
Many people would believe that my words are less credible because the real estate agency to which I am attached is marketing the property.
But, I have always tried to see a condo from the consumer’s perspective and evaluate it objectively based on facts.
Normanton Park has a lot of data that I need to analyze and I don’t want to overload the site with all these numbers and stats. It’s extensive, especially in price comparison.