What Are Walk Up Apartments?
Walk up apartments, as the name suggests, are apartments that lack elevator access. Accessible only by staircase, they are mostly part of older developments. Many of their characteristics differ from apartments built in recent years.
Older apartments tend to be much larger, and walk up apartments are no exception. Apartments have been decreasing in size due to the rise in Singapore’s land prices and population density. Apartment floor sizes today are much smaller than in the past, and older apartments commonly had four bedrooms. However, as walk up apartments are older, some of them may lack more modern furnishings such as air-conditioning.
With that said, walk up apartments may be worth considering. Apart from being spacious, they also tend to cost less than their counterparts and have lower maintenance fees.
Where Can Walk Up Apartments Be Found?
Many walk up apartments in Singapore are at conservation buildings. These buildings are located in prime areas such as Tiong Bahru and Novena. Because of their convenient locations, apartments in these areas can be on the pricey side.
The fact that many of these apartments are on freehold leases also adds to their value. The higher probability of redevelopment makes walk up apartments a great investment for the future.
Some Listings of Walk Up Apartments
A Swanky Conservation Apartment in Katong
This apartment is located within a conserved building. Already partially furnished, the apartment looks like something out of a hipster interior design magazine. “Swanky” is indeed a befitting description.
With a floor size of 1800 square feet, the apartment is significantly larger than other newer three bedroom apartments, which seem to hover around 1000 – 1200 square feet. Its close proximity to various schools, combined with its spacious interior, makes this apartment a great home for younger families.
A Centrally Located Apartment With Great Amenities
Novena Court is a condominium nearing fifty years old. However, its prime location makes up for the development’s age, with the Central Business District (CBD) just a short drive away.
The condominium is also conveniently located near Novena MRT and various bus stops.
Amenities within walking distance include restaurants, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and schools such as Anglo-Chinese School and St. Joseph’s Institution (Junior).
The four bedroom apartment comes fully furnished along with air-conditioning.
A Roomy Walk Up Apartment in the East
Located in the east, this spacious 1389 square feet apartment has four bedrooms, and is near various primary and secondary schools.
One thing to note is that MRT stations are not within walking distance. However, many buses service the area, making the apartment still rather accessible.
With four bedrooms and a spacious floor plan, the apartment is especially suitable for larger families.
In conclusion, walk up apartments can be a great choice for home seekers, especially large families. Daily climbs up the staircase can even be a benefit, especially in a time where we don’t exercise as much as we should.
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