Kensington Park Condo collective sale: Beyond a $1.28 bil punt

June 10, 2022

Five years ago, Julie Seah bought her home at Kensington Park Condo: a 1,582 sq ft, three-bedroom duplex. She had renovated it extensively before moving in. Her unit is in the only all-duplex block at Kensington Park, with lift access to both floors of each duplex.

The balcony of Seah’s 14th-floor unit has an unblocked view of the Serangoon Gardens landed estate with Bishan in the distance. Standing out against the skyline is Sky Habitat in Bishan, the architectural landmark by Moshe Safdie, famous for his design of Marina Bay Sands.

Prior to moving to Kensington Park, Seah had lived in an apartment overlooking Bishan Park. And she had found it hard to part with that view. When house-hunting five years ago, she reckoned that having a great view was as important as the location.

After looking at two other units at Kensington Park, Seah walked into her current home, saw the view and was immediately sold. Indeed, the view from her living room has been roundly endorsed by her friends. “When they visit me, they go ‘wow’ as soon as they walk in,” says Seah.

Besides the view, there’s also the food: restaurants and cafes near the Serangoon Garden Circus and food stalls at Chomp Chomp food centre, which is turning 50 this year. Seah likes the fact that she can cycle or jog around the estate, or all the way to Bishan Park and back, a total trip of just 5km.

Shortly after she moved in, the owners of Kensington Park had attempted a collective sale. It was sometime in early 2018 before the cooling measures kicked in that July. Only 69% of the owners at the 316-unit private condo agreed to a collective sale, and it was aborted.

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