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CBD condos: Where to live in the city that only sometimes sleeps

CBD condos: Where to live in the city that only sometimes sleeps

By Hamish McDougall

If time is the ultimate luxury, then a short walk to work is apex living. Here are five of our favourite city condos that will elevate you to the rarefied ranks of CBD-dwellers.


V on Shenton

There’s something wonderful about the chaotic honeycomb facade of V on Shenton – and not least its reflective properties that are a pillar of the development’s eco-credentials.

A collaboration between internationally acclaimed UNStudio and local heroes Architects 61 – or “a61” – V on Shenton is not just great to look at, but also great to look out of, commanding views of the Strait and surrounding CBD area for miles around.

V on Shenton features, as you’d expect, world-class amenities including:

  • A sky garden on level 34
  • Entertainment
  • Aqua and non-aqua gyms
  • Kids pool and playground
  • “Outback grill” (read bbq)
  • And perhaps the loveliest touch we’ve encountered to date: a nutmeg grove

Discover V on Shenton, 5A Shenton Way, 068814.


Wallich Residence

Sitting atop Singapore’s tallest tower is the prestigious Wallich Residence, offering 181 units starting from a height of 180m. Have you seen the images and video of this spectacular 4-bedroom with a study unit at the Wallich that’s up for sale?

Wallich Residence condo 4 bedroom conversion bedroom 1 detail

Wallich Residence’s most famous resident, Sir James Dyson, made headlines earlier this year with his $73.8m purchase of the 21,000 sqft triplex penthouse. But there’s much to recommend the development before this nod from one of the world’s greatest designers.

Wallich Residence swimming pool details

Think panoramic views from the sky infinity pool, an observatory “air deck” at a height of 290m, cloud-top private dining in The Wallich Room, a theatrette and of course, a CBD zip code.

Want in? Explore the other units at Wallich Residence, including this 4 bedroom conversion, and get in touch with real estate agent to book a viewing.

Address: 3 Wallich St, Singapore 078882


The Clift

Never mind walking to work. Strolling home from a night out on Amoy Street is the ultimate in city living.

Towering up from the corner of McCallum and Telok Ayer – where shophouses meet the CBD – The Clift is one of very few condos right at the heart of this work hard, play hard district.

Resort-style facilities at The Clift include:

  • Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • Dining areas and entertainment deck
  • Cabana lounge
  • Massage parlour
  • And this stunning steam room with a view:
The city's best steam room? At The Clift condo, Tanjong Pagar
Photo via Far East

Discover The Clift condominium, 21 McCallum Street, 069047.

Marina One Residences

The newest kid on the block is also one of the most striking.

Marina One CBD

With 1,042 residential apartments hitting the market (alongside the sizeable commercial space), Marina One is an epic development. The luxury city condos range from the pied-à-terre at 657 sqf through to four truly indulgent penthouses at up to 8,568 sqf.

Marina One Residences’ amenities include, well, everything (such as the above, lovely water feature). But most especially:

  • A wellness sanctuary
  • The always-essential teppanyaki terrace
  • And a putting green

Discover Marina One Residences (and the joys of putt putt), 21/23 Marina Way, 018979.


One Shenton, 1 Shenton Way

Carlos Ott's shimmering One Shenton condo in Singapore's CBD

We’ve already discussed the stunning modern architecture of One Shenton condo, and it’s back thanks to its enviable position right above the kopi and kaya toast mecca of Lau Pa Sat on your way in to the office.

One Shenton’s two skybridges offer a wealth of facilities including:

  • A wellness centre with spa lounge and garden
  • More pools than a mid-sized cruise liner
  • A theatrette
  • And two “reflection pods”

Discover One Shenton condo, 1 Shenton Way, 068803.


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