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We have been receiving frequent request to analyse new BTO launches to allow potential home buyers to decide whether they would like to register for a project rather than being ‘forced’ to choose a unit from a project which they found out that they don’t really like it. For the past few months, we have been working on a systematic way to analyse a development from the macro aspect like west sun exposure, wind exposure, density/ plot ratio, total numbers of units, surrounding development (current and future), MRT/LRT proximity and other information which you will never get from any other online source.
To create a systematic way to analyse a development and based on the collected attributes described above, we organised the rating for each attribute into a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being not so desirable to 4 which is most desirable). These attributes scoring description will be made available to paid subscribers who wish to understand the in-depth analysis and how we can help homeowners to assess their risk before they invest their future hard-earned money into one of the largest investment in their life. Our scoring system is based on data collected from all BTO launches and SERS program since year 2010 which consist of almost 234 developments comprising 165,000 units in total (on average, HDB only launch 16,000 to 20,000 units per year).
Ubi Grove is considered an urban infill development which generally utilise reserved residential land in urban area to meet increasing demand. Based on our stage 1 assessment, there will be estimated 53% of stacks having 3pm west sun exposure (note that this assessment is based on units having a standard horizontal shading device of at least 300mm to 600mm). Higher percentage of west sun exposed units will translate to higher risk of getting one should your queue number reaches half way point. We rate the west sun exposure for this development at 1 out of 4.
Based on recorded wind pattern data from the year 2016, we anticipate only up to 23% of the stacks here will get either 1 of the prevailing wind exposure either from North East, North to North West, South or South to South West. Prevailing wind exposure will allow the unit a good cross ventilation and allow healthier internal living space. Prevailing wind exposure is best facing the main façade where all the windows of Living and Bedrooms are facing. We rate the wind exposure for this development at 1 out of 4.
This development is sited next to the Ubi MRT station (DT27) and the furthest end of this development is still within the comfortable 400m radius distance from the same station. In terms of transportation proximity, having a distance of 400m or less from an MRT station will be the best possible scenario as this coverage is what we considered as the gold mine. Proximity to LRT station will not equal to proximity to an MRT station as LRT only serve a small locality and eventually will need to connect to MRT for greater access to the whole Singapore. We rate the transportation proximity for this development at 3 out of 4.
Ubi Grove is almost surrounded by industrial area to the North comprising of land usage for Business 1 and Business 2. To the South East of this site, there are 2 schools which are a primary and secondary school. Flanked by 2 MSCP (multi storey car park) of this development will sit a place for worship. Amenities within a 500m walk from a development will allow better accessibility and save on travelling time. These amenities include schools, health care facility, commercial area and better still with a large green area like parks and waterbody to allow nearby residents to relax and exercise. At best, we will try to avoid proximity to industrial area, be it business 1 or 2, airbase, reserved site, etc. A reserved site in URA masterplan being defined as an area the specific use of which have yet to be determined. This will translate to future unforeseen risk to the development. We rate the surrounding proximity for this development at 1 out of 4.
Overall, we rate this development at 8 out of total 20
1. Overall rating doesn't translate to all units within the development being classified as such. A lower rating will imply it will be more difficult to cherry pick a unit.
2. The above assessment only covers the present situation with available information by relevant agencies. Contact us at "email@example.com" to understand the in depth analysis to choose a unit by understanding not just the present, but also the anticipated future changes in the surrounding area.
God is in the detail quoted the great modernist architect, Mies van der Rohe apart from his famous "less is more" quote. His attention to details is highly regarded in the industry till this day. Why we even talk about him in a BTO project? Most of the BTO buyers would have understood what is 'fin', 'canopy/hood', etc by now if you ever get in touch with us. These components or we call it architectural details are not just for decorative purpose, it does help with sun shading, especially west sun exposure depending on its length, depth, thickness and placement when there's no other way to avoid the west sun. The 'canopy/hood' or usually referred to as horizontal sun shade is considered a norm in almost all public housing and even some private non-landed housing. HDB refers to it as a canopy with sizes usually come in 300mm or 600mm deep depending on the location and amount of west sun exposure and made of concrete.
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