A Slice of Paradise on Sentosa Cove

by Albert02

A Slice of Paradise on Sentosa Cove

A slice of Paradise on Sentosa Cove.  This is an extract of the story of an interior designed who lives in Sentosa Cove.

Hege Torgersen, an interior designer, believes she and her family were among the first residents of Sentosa Cove in 2007. The house was a corner terraced house at Ocean 8, a row of eight terraced houses developed by Malaysian developer IJM Land along Ocean Drive. “It was just us and a few other expatriate families when we first moved to Sentosa Cove,” says Torgersen, a Norwegian who moved to Singapore two decades ago. “Everything around us was under construction.”

At the time, the only other completed developments were eight terraced houses at The Villas @ Sentosa Cove by Singapore-listed developer ACT Holdings, and another eight terraced houses at The Berthside and the 200-unit The Berth by the Cove condominium by Singapore-listed Ho Bee Land, a first-mover at Sentosa Cove. All three were finished in 2006.

More residents began to move in as more private detached houses and condominiums on the North Coast were completed in the following years, including the 116-unit The Azure by Frasers Property in 2008, Ho Bee Land’s 249-unit The Coast in 2009, and the 264-unit The Oceanfront by a joint venture between City Developments and TID in 2010.

Torgersen and her husband, who have three young children, decided to look for another house in Sentosa Cove that is “more private,” she says.

Search for a house at a cul-de-sac

The couple started looking for a house on a cul-de-sac, where there would be less traffic and where their young children could play outside safely. They narrowed it down to three areas: private villas on Lakeshore View, which is a dead-end street; and waterfront houses on Coral Island or Paradise Island, both of which were developed by Ho Bee Land in 2008 and 2009.

They narrowed their search to a house on Paradise Island on a quiet corner that does not overlook other houses or private condominiums on the other side of the waterway. They liked the house they saw because it was newly built and had never been occupied. The previous owner bought the property off-plan from Ho Bee Land in April 2007 for $7.1 million ($1.010 psf) when the 29 houses on Paradise Island went on sale.

According to a caveat filed at the time, Torgersen and her husband paid $10.8 million ($1,536 psf) for the house in November 2009. In February of 2010, the family moved in. The house has a built-up area of approximately 8,202 square feet and sits on a land area of 7,031 square feet. It has five en suite bedrooms, a large living and dining room, a wet and dry kitchen, a utility and storage room, and helper rooms. The house has a private driveway in front that can accommodate three cars. The living and dining rooms have views of the outdoor landscaped deck, swimming pool, and private waterway berth.

“It’s very private here,” Torgersen says. “However, it has an incredible community.” With only 29 houses on the island, the only people who drive in are the residents. When the kids were younger, they loved riding their bikes around the fountain, and we didn’t have to worry because the drivers were very cautious.”

Security was also not an issue because Sentosa Cove is Singapore’s only gated community. “We leave our bikes outside, and there’s no gate in front of the house, but we still feel safe,” Torgersen says.

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