British expat Jane Tuomola and her Finnish husband, Petri, have few complaints about life at Tanjong Rhu on the southern edge of the East Coast
Why did you choose to live in Tanjong Rhu?
We looked at flats all over the city before we went to Tanjong Rhu. Once we saw this part of the East Coast, we were sold! We wanted to be close to the city so Petri could easily commute to work. It’s only 15 minutes door-to-door to Shenton Way in an air-conditioned shuttle bus. We also wanted to be close to East Coast Park, as we love running, cycling and being outdoors. This is the best of both worlds.
Best thing about living in this area?
We overlook the Kallang Reservoir and the sea, and there is no traffic through our area. So, it is very peaceful and feels like an escape from the city. Yet, we can easily get to the city to shop or go out. People think that the East Coast is miles away from the city. In reality, our area is just across the bridge from Suntec City.
When Kallang Bay was converted into a reservoir, it became a popular location for dragon boating, kayaking and sailing. We love to sit on our balcony and watch all the activity on the water.
Why this particular home?
We looked at every condo on Tanjong Rhu Road, and Pebble Bay was easily our favourite. It is one of the oldest condos in the area, so the flats tend to be bigger. The views are great, and our side of the road is quieter as we are further away from the East Coast Parkway (ECP). We didn’t know this when we moved in, but we get to see the National Day Parade firework displays and air shows from our balcony.
Which facilities were important to you?
We wanted a pool as well as a good gym. There are also tennis courts, squash courts and even a golf driving range! We love that there is a minimart, dry cleaner and salon at the condo, so everyday chores are very easy. The staff at the minimart and salon are fantastic – they know us by name, so it feels like being a part of a community. They even gave me an orange wrapped in gold ribbon on my birthday as a wish for wealth and prosperity in the coming year!
Is public transportation easily accessible?
The Stadium MRT station on the new Circle Line is only a few minutes’ walk away. There is only one public bus service to our condo, which is not very useful. However, there are many private shuttle buses to the CBD, Orchard area and Parkway Parade, which are convenient and better value than taking a taxi.
Are there any drawbacks to living where you do?
Most of our friends live in the Orchard and Holland areas, so we tend to be the ones who have to travel the farthest for nights out. But this is Singapore, so it’s really not that far!
Favourite leisure area?
JT: The East Coast Park, of course! We love to run, cycle, walk and rollerblade there. Going early or late in the day is cooler and the best way to avoid the crowds. The Park Connector Network is great as we are able to cycle all the way to Changi Village via Pasir Ris Park and Bedok Reservoir. Petri also loves to dragonboat on the Kallang Reservoir.
Favourite restaurant for special night out?
1-Twenty Six is a beautiful restaurant with tropical gardens overlooking the sea. It has good food and live music. It’s not cheap, but it’s well worth it.
Favourite everyday restaurant?
We love seafood, so we often eat at the East Coast Seafood Centre. It’s on the beach, and the sea view makes this a great place to take guests to sample Singapore’s famous chilli crab.
Complete this sentence: This neighbourhood is perfect for …
Getting away from hectic city life.