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Where to live in Singapore: Beach Road – Bugis area

Where to live in Singapore: Beach Road – Bugis area

By Aditi Gaitonde Fernandes

Across the pond from the CBD, the Beach Road – Bugis area is buzzing… louder than ever. Since the URA dropped its master plan for the Ophir-Rochor Corridor in 2008, this corner of the Downtown Core has been pulling out all the stops.

Long known for its culture and connectivity, developers are now buying up blocks and buyers are queuing around them – literally, in the case of The M’s recent launch.

Here’s why…

4 reasons to love the Beach Road – Bugis area:

Live work play: A business hub in its own right, the Beach Road – Bugis area is expanding its residential portfolio, and has a lot to say in the drinks, dining and nightlife departments;
Culture hit: From the heritage of Raffles Hotel and Chijmes to the street cred of Kampong Glam, not to mention the wowfactor of Esplanade;
Views galore: …of the Marina Bay area, and Singapore Strait beyond, Kallang River, Tanjong Rhu, and of course the CBD itself;
Booming property scene: From the glamorous South Beach Residences to the forthcoming Midtown Bay and The M, this is one hot hood.


But if old-world charm is more your kinda vibe, check out our Tiong Bahru property guide.


Is the Beach Road – Bugis area well connected?

As a sort of extension of the CBD, this district is as well connected as it gets. Three MRT stations service this area: Bugis (Downtown Line and East-West Line), City Hall (North-South Line and East-West Lines) and Esplanade (Circle Line), essentially covering four lines and almost the entirety of Singapore.

Plus, the upcoming Central Area Underground Pedestrian Network (Singapore’s future-proofing subterranean gambit!) will greatly benefit this part of town.


Where to live in Beach Road – Bugis?

Take your pick – from new launch condos to stunning skyscrapers or even a heritage shophouse. Plus, there are a few HBD buildings and *sigh* the Golden Mile Complex, a Brutalist icon we hope never leaves the skyline. Condos on your radar…


New launch condos in Beach Road – Bugis area

In the last three years, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) listed three prime mixed-use development sites for Government Land Sales (GLS). Unsurprisingly, all three were snapped up – by two of Singapore’s most experienced developers.


Midtown Bay by GuocoLand

With two massive upcoming developments in this area, GuocoLand is playing a key role in the transformation of the Beach Road – Bugis area. Look at the game-changing Midtown Bay: when complete in 2022, it will be 950,600 sqft mixed-use development with Grade A offices, high-end residences, social and networking areas, public spaces and dining and retail.

What’s to love about Midtown Bay by GuocoLand?

– Location! Downtown Core, right next to South Beach and across the road from Suntec City mall on Nicoll Highway;
– A mixed-use development of epic proportions with 219 homes, 770,000 sqft of Grade A offices, 170,000 sqft of public space, 80,000 sqft of a members-only social club at Midtown Hub and landscape and 33,000 sqft of retail space;
– Flexibility to turn homes into urban concept SoHo (Small Office, Home Office) units;
– High-end interiors by local design star Peter Tay, with luxury appliances from the likes of V Zug, Axor and Liebherr;
– Extensive facilities including a 40m lap pool, sky terrace, gardens, 100m jogging trail through a bamboo grove, events terrace and more;
– Culture soaking: hop away from several museums, galleries, heritage hotels and Kampong Glam;
– MRT hotspot: walking distance to three MRT stations (Bugis, City Hall and Esplanade) that serve four lines.

Midtown Bay unit mix:

– 1 bedroom
– 2 bedroom
– 2 bedroom duplex
– 3 bedroom duplex


Tan Quee Lan Street by GuocoLand

If you thought Midtown Bay was a large project, well, it just got larger. Late 2019, GuocoLand added the Tan Quee Lan Street site, right opposite Midtown Bay, to its portfolio.

Cheng Hsing Yao, Group MD of GuocoLand Singapore, has said that the residences at Tan Quee Lan Street will be larger and more suited to families.

Stay tuned for more details on the Tan Quee Lan Street site.


The M by Wing Tai Asia

the m condo bugis

Prime location, competitive prices and minutes from all sorts of amenities, The M has an awful lot going for it. Little wonder then, that it sold more than 360 apartments in its launch weekend (22-23 February).

What’s to love about The M condo?

– Location, of course! It’s diagonally opposite the National Library Building on Middle Road;
– The condo comprises three 20-storey towers and a 6-storey tower, all of which sit on top of commercial units;
– Strong on facilities, which include a 50m starlight pool, a sky terrace with jacuzzi pool, a clubhouse, wellness areas and more;
– Homes and facilities to be outfitted with smart home features.

The M condo unit mix:

– Studio
– 1 bedroom
– 1 bedroom + study
– 2 bedroom 
– 2 bedroom + study
– 3 bedroom dual key


Existing condos in the Beach Road – Bugis area

Can’t wait for a new launch condo? There’s are several stunning developments to choose from…


South Beach Residences by CDL

The spectacular South Beach complex

CDL’s South Beach Residences, completed in 2016, defines the Beach Road – Bugis skyline. Not only is it lovely to look at, it’s extraordinary to look out from, with unique views back onto Marina Bay and the CBD, taking in Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands and all the way out to the Singapore Strait.

There are 190 luxury units sitting atop the five-star J. W. Marriott hotel, with units ranging from two to four bedrooms as well as three to five bedroom penthouses.

Standout facilities include an infinity pool with perhaps the best view in Singapore, gym, private dining suites, and – love this – golf club storage in the basement carpark.


DUO Residences by M+S

duo-residences-condo

This area really is home to some of the icons of Singapore architecture. One of our favourite clusters has to be I. M. Pei’s The Gateway, the wonderfully art deco Parkview Square, and – since its completion in 2017, the magnificent Duo Towers.

There are 660 units across 49 storeys at Duo Residences, featuring one- through to four-bedroom units and penthouses. Homes here boast top-line facilities, a herb garden and floral walk, and Haji Lane as your backyard.


Concourse Skyline by Hong Fok

Photo: The Robb Report

Completed in 2014, Concourse Skyline sits across the road from Nicoll Highway MRT (Circle Line) and shares space with the iconic Concourse office tower designed by American architect Paul Rudolph. Choose from 360 units with a 99-year lease and D07 postcode.

Breathtaking views aside, the Concourse Skyline comes with full-fledged condo facilities including a 50m lap pool, clubhouse, BBQ corner, spa pool and such. Oh, and one of the most extraordinary penthouse apartments in Singapore.


Golden Mile Complex

It’s just not possible to talk about Beach Road without a nod to the Golden Mile Complex. One of the first mixed-use devs in the country when it was constructed in 1974, it has become a beloved brutalist icon. The project comprises 411 shops, 226 offices and just 68 coveted residential units, spilling down the terraced facade towards the bay.

The residences are fabulously spacious with expansive views of the Marina Reservoir. And while there have been en bloc attempts already, there is also apparently a plan to retain and build around the original structure.


Is it a family-friendly neighbourhood?

At the geographic heart of Singapore, everything is within reach – including acres of waterfront parkland.

There are several prestigious schools and colleges nearby: Stamford Primary School, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, St. Margaret’s Primary School, Singapore Management University, Primary School, Chatsworth International School, Insworld Institute and St. Joseph Institutional International.


Things to do in Beach Road – Bugis

– Explore the cultural precinct of Kampong Glam and spend Friday nights at Haji Lane;
– Go shopping at Bugis Junction, Bugis+ and other stores in the vicinity; other malls including Suntec, Marina Square and Funan are also close by;
– Get your fill of art and culture at the National Museum, Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore Art Museum (currently closed for renovation) MINT Museum of Toys, The Parkview Museum;
– Pop over to Chijmes, a convent and girls’ school turned lifestyle plaza with eateries, bars and cafes;
– Bibliophile will love the National Library, Singapore’s largest library;
– High-tea at Raffles Hotel, anyone?
– Catch an indie movie at The Projector.


Where to now?

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