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Condo Insider: Why Rivergate is still a Robertson Quay favourite

Condo Insider: Why Rivergate is still a Robertson Quay favourite

By Hamish McDougall

Rivergate condo is all about location – and space.

First up, it’s a coveted location, both in terms of the usual, enviable River Valley proximity to the CBD, but also the rarer positioning right on the waterfront, with many of the apartments having unblocked views across the Singapore River. The riverside lifestyle – including cafes, bars, restaurants, and all that jogging and cycling – is literally on your doorstep.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the space. It’s hard to think of another condo so centrally situated that enjoys a similar level of space and facilities. The highlight, alongside the enormous, sprawling pool that winds its way almost the length of the site, is the large lawn area in the middle of the three towers, a rare and indulgent space that’s perfect for families, picnics, sundowners.

Sure, there are newer and more luxurious condos in the area – and coming to the area (see the Martin Modern development for starters). But despite celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Rivergate still holds its own with a unique combination of facilities, space and city-fringe location, as well as a large community of tenants to whom that all appeals.

The Rivergate condo water feature

Rivergate condo details

  • Address: 93-99 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238255
  • Land area: approx. 295,017 sqft
  • Developer: CapitaLand
  • Completion: 2009
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Towers: 3
  • Storeys: 43
  • Units: 545

Rivergate condo facilities

Despite the arms race of condo facilities in recent years, Rivergate continues to stand out from the crowd with its abundance of amenities. Our favourite include said enormous pool, truly indulgent in size, which affords a variety of areas for family play and quieter spots sunbathing and undisturbed laps. Even on busy days (and yes the place fills up on weekends), the extent of the pool area is such that you can usually find a quiet place in the sun (or shade). Two tennis courts as well as a basketball court are rarer yet, and the generous barbecue decks look out dreamily over the river.

An abridged list of Rivergate condo facilities includes:

  • Lawn area
  • Lap pool
  • Jacuzzi loungers
  • Kids pool and water play
  • Golf simulator
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball court
  • Main gym and “sky gym”
  • Rooftop terraces (below)
  • Function rooms
  • Various fancy water features
  • Barbecue deck
  • Kids playground
The Rivergate condo sky terrace

Rivergate condo apartments

The sumptuous living room and bar at Rivergate condo

Let’s step inside. The units at Rivergate are reasonably spacious, although by no means on the larger side of some older condo developments. Several of the stacks enjoy unblocked river views and/or lovely pool views, while high-floor apartments look out across the area and city. The privacy and tranquility very much depend on the aspect (and at the time of writing, be aware of the noise levels from the forthcoming, rival Riviere development across the river).

Planter gardens are the signature throughout the condos, fringing the balconies and offering a delightful green element to the building. With 10 years of wear and tear, you’ll either want a recently renovated unit or enjoy that “well loved” condition.


Rivergate condo location and connectivity

The River Valley lifestyle

Situated between Robertson Quay and Martin Road, it really doesn’t get better that this location. Limoncello restaurant is basically within the condo, and it’s seconds to the riverside dining strip.

Within a short walk:

  • Toby’s Estate
  • Kith Cafe
  • Warehouse Hotel
  • Super Loco
  • Intercontinental Hotel
  • Robertson Walk mall
  • Common Man
  • PS Cafe
  • Mohamed Sultan Road dining

Within a slightly longer walk / short drive:

  • Great World City mall
  • Fort Canning Park
  • Clarke Quay
  • Tiong Bahru market

Fort Canning MRT and Somerset MRT are both under 1km away, and schools within a short distance include River Valley Primary School (just 0.4km), Chatsworth International and ISS.

The CBD meanwhile is a mere seven-minute drive away (on a good day), and we have it on good authority that an electric scooter ride takes under 15 minutes (and enjoys a riverside breeze to boot).


Rivergate condo pricing and unit mix

And, finally, to the important bit.

Over the last two years, sales have ranged from $2.25m for a low-floor unit of 1,044 sqft to $5.9m for a high-floor unit of 3,918 sqft (both sold in late 2017). The psf has ranged dramatically from $1,506 to $2,474.

Rentals meanwhile have ranged from $4,400 to $12,800 monthly, with a psf range of about $3.50 to $6.50.

In terms of options, the Rivergate unit mix is as follows:

  • 2 bedroom units: about 1,000 to 1,100 sqft
  • 3 bedroom units: about 1,500 to 1,800 sqft
  • 4 bedroom units: about 1,700 to 2,100 sqft
  • Penthouses: about 4,000 sqft

Where to now?

By Hamish McDougall

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