Irish expat Paul and Singaporean wife Grace settle into their new home off River Valley Road.
It’s always nice to get a thank-you note from someone, so when Grace’s email landed in my inbox, thanking the magazine for providing furniture and styling ideas that helped her do up her own apartment, I jumped at the chance of meeting her in person to find out more (and to thank her profusely in return!).
Waiting for the couple to open their door on a Saturday morning, it did dawn on me that they probably had far better things to do than meet an over-keen journalist who was also hoping to have a nose around their home. Still, they went above and beyond, plying me with fruit and coffee, while telling me how they ended up furnishing their apartment in The Cosmopolitan condominium.
Returning from the UK where they met, Grace and Paul initially rented a condo in Newton, before deciding to buy a home together. They initially looked towards the Bukit Timah area, close to where Grace’s parents live, as well as searching around River Valley.
Though they viewed a lot of places, the couple knew that this particular apartment was for them from the first time they saw it. Its location is ideal, with Great World City mall on the doorstep, as well as buses from both River Valley and Kim Seng Roads, and taxis readily available. “The level of convenience here is ridiculous; I definitely don’t miss getting the tube to work in London,” Paul jokes.
Another thing that ticks the boxes for them is the proximity to Robertson Quay. “You can walk down the road and within ten minutes you’re there, with all its restaurants and bars; you can’t knock that.”
The building itself is about six years old, and will benefit from an MRT station close by (named Great World and part of the new Thomson East Coast line), expected to open in 2021. Because of this, there’s heavy construction around the condo at the moment, but that’s a small price to pay for what will ultimately add even more convenience and increase the property’s value.
The couple moved into their apartment in April 2014, and had to furnish it almost from scratch. “We were constantly getting good ideas and inspiration from the magazine,” says Grace, “and now we’re settled in and absolutely loving our new home.” With that I ask them to show me around their pretty apartment to see for myself, and before taking up too much of their weekend.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s June 2015 issue.
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