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Condo Insider: The 8 St Thomas review

Condo Insider: The 8 St Thomas review

By Aditi Gaitonde Fernandes

There’s no shortage of new launch condos in Robertson Quay just now, but 8 St Thomas offers a rare level of sophisticated, modern living – jam-packed with useable facilities and lush landscaping, and district views to boot. The flexibility of dual-key apartments or fully furnished (and custom designed) units are the icing on the cake.

The Boulevard Brief

– Who it’s for: Rob Quay types looking for a slick modern condo
– What’s to love: The wrap-around landscaping and jogging track is high on our list
– Our pick of the crop: The four-bedroom dual-key flats for multi-generational families
– Standing out from the crowd: The designer three-bedroom units fully furnished by Home Philosophy’s Rashi Tulshyan

Skip ahead to the unit mix, facilities and floorplans

8 St Thomas key info

  • District: D09 Orchard
  • Area: River Valley
  • Address: 8 St Thomas Walk, Singapore 238146
  • Completion: 2019
  • Developer: Bukit Sembawang Estate
  • Land size: 99,508 sqft
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Number of units: 250
  • Towers: 2 towers of 35 storeys each

8 St Thomas unit mix

8 st thomas condo hollywood glam master bedroom

While there is a wide range of unit types, it’s worth noting that a whopping 175 of them (out of 250 total) are 2 and 3 bedroom units – ideal for professionals and young families.

Interestingly, there are more four-bedroom dual key apartments than regular four-bedders. At 1,690 sqft, these 20 dual key apartments feature an entire one-bedroom self-contained wing.

The two penthouses sit atop the 8 St Thomas towers, enjoying River Valley views from the 35th and 36th storeys.

Unit typeNo of unitsArea (sqft)
1 bedroom39441 – 517
2 bedroom94549 – 1,044
3 bedroom811,141 – 1,302
4 bedroom141,744 – 1,755
4 bedroom dual key201,690

8 St Thomas floorplans

There are several variations on each unit type, so here are some (but not all) of the key layouts.

Need more? See the floor plans of the 3 bedroom units come alive in our home tour video. The two fully-furnished listings were designed by Home Philosophy’s Rashi Tulshyan.

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Skip ahead to the floorplans:

The 1 bedroom unit

The one-bedder is a cosy 517 sqft space featuring a master bedroom, bath and an open-plan living space and kitchenette.

8 St Thomas 1 bedroom unit highlights:

  • Good size for professionals and couples
  • Investment potential for rental return: rental yields for the 1 bedroom unit at 8 St Thomas have been on the rise, going as high as $4,100 in Dec 2019
  • Large windows with ledge seating and light-filled rooms
8 st thomas condo new york style bedroom 1

The 2 bedroom unit

Most of the two-bedroom units come with a good-sized balcony, and are made for couples in need of a guest room/study or young families. With 94 units across two towers, there are plenty of options and aspects to choose from.

8 st thomas floorplans 2 bedroom unit

There are a few variants of the 2 bedroom units. This 1,044 sqft apartment has a modern open-plan living space that fits a four-seater dining table. The living room flows to a large balcony, almost as large the room itself.

8 st thomas condo hollywood glam living room

8 St Thomas 2 bedroom unit highlights:

  • Lovely master bedroom with large floor-to-ceiling windows across two walls
  • Built-in ledges for extra seating or storage
  • Open-plan kitchen-living that spills onto a large balcony

The 3 bedroom unit

The 3-bedroom units, ranging from 1,302 – 1,152 sqft across three layouts, are pretty incredible with light-filled spaces, spacious rooms and a gorgeous balcony. These particular 1,302 sqft units are also available fully-furnished and with interior design by Rashi Tulshyan of Home Philosophy – one with New York-style decor and another inspired by Hollywood Glam.

See these stunning custom-designed units for yourself: Get in touch with real estate agent Kenneth Cheong to book a viewing.

8 St Thomas 3 bedroom unit highlights:

  • It’s all about roomy, light-filled spaces
  • Enclosed kitchen with glass divider for a workable, open-plan layout
  • A large shaded balcony that can fit outdoor loungers and even a breakfast bar
  • Master ensuite with built-in bathtub
  • Yard and utility room

The 4 bedroom units

This four-bedroom apartment takes sheer liveability to a whole new level. Taking over levels 28 through to 34 in one tower are 14 extensive four-bedroom units available in two sizes: 1,744 and 1,755 sqft. Each of these units reaps the added benefit from the high-rise living – jawdropping views, breezy apartments and that magical feel of living among the clouds. (More on the perks of a high rise condo here.)

8 st thomas floorplans 4 bedroom unit

8 St Thomas 4 bedroom unit highlights:

  • An entertainer’s dry kitchen in the open-plan living area
  • A flexible mix of additional bedrooms to be used as a library, study or media room
  • Large windows in each room
8 st thomas condo hollywood glam dinner table

From the private lift lobby, walk into a large, light-filled living area with sufficient space for a lounge and eight-seater dining table. The stylish dry kitchen is calling you to throw epic soirees. It also extends into an enclosable wet kitchen. The large balcony further makes a compelling case for alfresco meals and sundowners with a view.

8 st thomas condo balcony

The master bedroom comes with good storage space and an ensuite with a large bathtub. There are also three baths, a yard and utility room.

The 4 bedroom dual key units

We love the flexibility of the dual-key four-bedroom units, purpose-built for multi-generational families with two self-contained homes for the cost (and ABSD avoidance) of one.

8 st thomas floorplans 4 bedroom dual key unit

8 St Thomas’ 4 bedroom dual key units highlights:

  • The open-plan living area overlooking the large balcony
  • Multi-generational living with total privacy
  • Large sub-unit with wholly contained living and kitchenette

The private lift lobby leads you down two hallways – one towards the one-bedroom unit and another to the three-bedroom unit. Entirely self-contained, the dual key apartments are a smart buy for multi-generational families who value privacy but love being close to each other. It’s also great for homeowners looking to rent out the sub-unit.

8 st thomas condo new york style master bedroom

The sub-unit is fairly large for a one-bedder with a separate living room, kitchenette, master bath and master bedroom. The main unit, on the other hand, is a grand three-bedroom one with two ensuites and a lovely balcony.

8 St Thomas interiors

Refined and elegant, the interiors at 8 St Thomas pair perfectly with its peaceful, nature-loving build. All evident in the use of natural materials like marble countertops and wooden floors as well as the emphasis on good-sized shaded balconies.

8 st thomas condo new york style living room sitting area

As for the two fully furnished, ready-to-move-in apartments by Rashi Tulshyan – read on to find out what we love about her interior design treatment.

Good to note that all the kitchens are fitted with Miele everything – cooker hob, hood, convection oven and washer dryer.

Interiors & fittings highlights:

  • Some fully-furnished apartments ready to move in
  • Solid surface kitchen worktop
  • In-built home automation controls
  • Floor to ceiling windows in every room
  • Generously spaced balconies in most units

8 St Thomas siteplan

Evidently, slow sophistication is at the heart of 8 St Thomas’ plan. Sitting on a plot of 99,508 sqft, the developer has managed to make the most of the area without crowding it. Between both towers is a large pool. And a level above it, almost circumscribing the pool, is a floating walking/jogging track that’s simply incredible.

8 st thomas condo top shot pool

Also loving: the landscaping

The hanging gardens spill down from the jogging trail and surround the pool with greenery – for a built-up area it feels wonderfully enclosed and lush. Vertical gardens have been introduced across the property and several apartments are even fitted with planter ledges.

8 st thomas condo architecture hr

With water features and the large blue swimming pool sharing space with lush green foliage, there’s a sense of calm in the air. The facilities are also quite spacious, especially considering there are only 250 apartments in this condo. It all makes for a clever use of the plot.

Also love: sustainability initiatives

It’s always nice to see condos doing their bit to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. 8 St Thomas was awarded BCA Green Mark Gold for its many energy-saving initiatives including:

  • Energy-efficient fridges in all apartments
  • Common areas naturally lit during the day
  • Common areas with motion-activated lights at night
  • All apartments coming with water-efficient fittings and washing machines
  • Rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation
  • Green lots for charging electric cars
  • Designated bicycle lots

8 St Thomas facilities

For us, it’s all about the pool and that elevated, quasi-floating jogging trail. It’s a tree-line trail that almost envelopes you in greenery. If you plan on living here, chances are early morning/midnight runs might be a regular activity. Besides, the sculptural water feature adds to the ambience.

8 st thomas condo pool and landscape

As for the pool, it’s visible from almost every apartment. There’s a splash pool for the little ones, several shaded pool loungers, a restful sanctuary pool and some in-pool loungers too. Plus, tucked away is a spa alcove for relaxation.

Apart from the standout pool zone, there’s also a full-sized tennis court, fitness corner, gym, and of course a function room.

Facilities highlights:

  • A. Concierge and reception
  • C. Sunshine deck
  • D. Water feature
  • E. Lap pool
  • F. Lounge pool
  • G. Spa alcove
  • H. Kids splash
  • I. Continental water deck
  • J. Sanctuary pool
  • K. Garden BBQ pavilion
  • L. Children’s funplay
  • M. Fitness centre
  • N. Tennis court
  • Q. Function room
  • R. Gym
  • S. Steam room
  • T. Garden trail

Other facilities on higher levels

Apart from the many facilities on the lower levels, 8 St Thomas also boasts quiet retreats and amenities across the two towers. One tower features five mini gardens at various levels, while the other boasts amenities including:

  • Game lounge
  • Children’s discovery deck
  • Serenity deck
  • Yoga and fitness deck
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Gourmet dining

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