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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
The indoor-outdoor pool at V on Shenton condo Singapore

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


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 Residences in the Singapore 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.

The spectacular water feature at Marina One Residences

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”
One Shenton gleams between the Singapore CBD office towers

Discover One Shenton condo, 1 Shenton Way, 068803.


Wallich Residence

Lastly, and perhaps mostly, Wallich Residence – sitting atop Singapore’s tallest tower, Tanjong Pagar Centre, and offering 181 units starting from a height of 180m.

Tanjong Pagar Centre by Guocoland

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 was much to recommend the development before this nod from one of the world’s greatest designers.

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

Aside from the triplex, there are four further penthouses of 3,509 sqft to tempt you, along with units ranging from one through to four bedrooms.

The super-penthouse at Wallich Residence was bought by James Dyson

address: 3 Wallich St, Singapore 078882


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By Hamish McDougall