Unbiased New Launch Review – The Trilinq

By KK Tong (guest contributor)

The Trilinq, locatedatJalanLempeng, just off Clementi Avenue 6, was launched in March 2013, and based on URA data as at May 2016, the number of units sold is 300 out of a total 755 units.

This development is a high-rise 99-year leasehold development(the lease starts from 16 April 2012)consisting of two blocks of 36-storeys and one block of 33-storeys. It is developed by the IOIGroup and sits on a plot size of 262,831 square feet. TOP is expected in early 2017. The IOI Group had previously partnered with Ho Bee Investments Ltd to develop Seascape and The Pinnacle Collection on Sentosa Cove.

The unit types and indicative pricing (as at relaunch in August 2014)in this development are:

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Figure 1: Site Plan

The Trilinq comes with full condominium facilities. According to the developer, the buildings take up only 17% of the total site area, leaving 83% of the land area dedicated to common facilities. Located on various levels of the three blocks are sky terraces which allow residents panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

Each unit is entitled to one parking lot.There is a side gate leading out to Clementi Avenue 6.

Thoughts from Show Flat Visit

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Figure 2: Floor Plan of Type B2

Let’s now look at the different areas of the unit.

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Figure 3: Kitchen / Dining Areas

The kitchen comes with oven, cooker hood, hob, and the usual high and low cabinets. You can see from Figure 3 that the materials used are the usual laminate. From Figure 2, it looks as if there is no designated dining area, and the dining table is smack in the space between the kitchen and living area. Once the dining table is being used, it will be a tight squeeze for anyone to walk between the entrance and the living area.

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Figure 4: Master Bedroom

What you see is what you get. The master bedroom can just about accommodate a queen-sized bed with two small side tables. The size of the wardrobe is just barely enough for one person. According to the specifications given, the master bedroom is about 130 square feet. On the bright side, there is at least some walking space between the bed and the wall. Note that the room ends where the side table is.

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Figure 5: Second Bedroom

The common bedroom is even smaller. The size of this bedroom is about 83 square feet. You can see how small the room is. The wardrobe has to be accessed from the bed. And the tiny work table is well, tiny.

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Figure 6: Bathroom

The space is the bathroom is adequate, and comes with standard fittings. Both the master bedroom and common toilets have windows, allowing for ventilation.

Materials used in the development are pretty ordinary. The floors of the living and dining areas are homogenous tiles while timber strips are used for the rooms. The bathroom walls are tiled, which is rather pedestrian.

The ceiling height of the unit is 2.9 metres.

Conservancy is expected to be $58 per share, so a buyer of a 2-bedder will need to fork out $348 per month (6 shares for 2-bedders).

Amenities around the area

Clementi is a mature estate, so amenities are plentiful. Clementi MRT Station (East-West Line) is about 500 metres away or an estimated 10-minute walk. Clementi Mall is located there and has a supermarket, numerous restaurants and cafes, as well as a library,so it’s pretty convenient.

Nan Hua Primary School (a GEP School, no less) at JalanLempeng is just next to the development, so this is useful for those with school-going kids. Pei Tong Primary School is just across Commonwealth Avenue West, about 700 metres away. Clementi Town Secondary School is a mere 300 metres away. Moreover, there are many educational institutes in that area, namely, NUS, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Singapore Polytechnic.

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Figure 7: Area Map

Positive Aspects of the Development

  1. The development is in a mature estate, which spells convenience.
  2. The space for communal facilities is big, and makes the estate look spacious.
  3. There are more units allocated for 3-bedders and above, which will probably attract more home buyers rather than investors. This bodes well as owners staying in the development will want to upkeep the estate well.
  4. Windows in the bathrooms provide ventilation.
  5. The immediate vicinity around the development consists mostly of private condominiums and some low rise private housing, which gives the development some exclusivity.

Negative Aspects of the Development

  1. The development is located near the major roads of Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Avenue 6, so noise from constant traffic may be a problem.
  2. The blocks closer to Commonwealth Avenue West will have to contend with noise from the MRT tracks as well.
  3. The rooms are rather small, with no space to build additional storage.
  4. The bedroom wardrobes are miniscule.
  5. Parking lots are limited to one per unit.

Price Comparison

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Figure 8: Location of The Trilinq and surrounding developments

The two nearest condominiums used for comparison are Regent Park, a 99-year leasehold development, and Hundred Trees, a 956-year leasehold condominium.

Do note that the unit sizes are not exactly the same, but they are the closest possible for comparison purposes.

Price Comparison Table

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Prices for the one-bedders look competitive, although the units in Hundred Trees are smaller, and the bedrooms come with bay windows. However, for the 3-bedders (915 square feet), the units in Hundred Trees are more attractive, as the PSF price differs by a fair bit. For the slightly bigger units, although the PSF prices are higher for The Trilinq,buyers have to remember that Regent Park is a much older development (it will be 19 years older than The Trilinq in 2017, when its Temporary Occupation Permit is obtained.)

The best buys may well be the 915 square foot units in Hundred Trees, as the transacted prices are more attractive than those of The Trilinq. An added advantage it has is the 956-yr leasehold status, albeit from 1928.

For the bigger units, however, The Trilinq would be a better option than Regent Park, as it will be a much newer development when it obtains its T.O.P.

Based on current prices, The Trilinq does not come cheap, but the one advantage it has is that at 36 storeys, it towers over Hundred Trees (12 storeys) and Regent Park (9 storeys). People who love high floors and corresponding views may want to consider this development.

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