Haus on Handy @Dhoby Ghaut – The center of convenience
Haus on Handy @Dhoby Ghaut is expected to launch in mid-2019. In this review, I will show you some facts and analysis. Please follow Quick Links or feel free to contact us for latest movement or register your interest.
Haus on Handy @Dhoby Ghaut Overview
Fresh from the launch of ultra luxury Boulevard 88, CDL is back in the second-half of 2019 with another new condo launch in the world famous Orchard shopping belt in Singapore; this time a more competitive-priced Haus on Handy at Dhoby Ghaut/Mount Sophia.
For up-to-date information such as price and floor plan, please visit & bookmark the designated website @Haus on Handy.
Reasons why you should consider Haus on Handy
1. The world famous Orchard shopping belt just outside your door
2. Dhoby Ghaut is a 3-line MRT Interchange. (NE/NS/CC)
3. Truly a center of convenience with Parks, Institutions, Medical Centres, Museums, Nightlife, all within easy reach
4. CDL is an established and award-winning homegrown international developer with over 50 years of expertise.
A location all too familiar with many, Dhoby Ghaut has a history dating back as far as 1827 when Indian washermen began laundering clothes in the stream within the vicinity. This was how Dhoby Ghaut got its Hindi name which meant “washerman” and “area along riverbanks for washing” respectively. Today, Dhoby Ghaut forms part of the international renowned Orchard Road shopping belt alongside three other sub-precincts, Tanglin, Orchard and Somerset.
The earliest known history of Mount Sophia dates back to 1822 when it was reflected as Bukit Selegie. Actual documentation of its current name came only in 1823 when it was renamed Mount Sophia by Singapore’s first master attendant, Captain William Flint, in honour of Sir Stamford Raffles’ second wife, Sophia Hull, and Flint’s daughter, Mary Sophia Anna.
Mount Sophia was later sold to Charles Robert Prinsep and the hill grew from a nutmeg and coffee orchard to a wealthy residential enclave with many villas overlooking the lower grounds and the Singapore River. Besides grand villas of the bygone era, Mount Sophia is also home to girls’ schools Methodist Girls’ School, Nan Hwa Girls’ School and the only school that has not left the hill, St Margaret’s Primary School. Thankfully, URA has gazetted Mount Sophia on 1 December 2013 for conservation.
Haus on Handy is a brand new condo development that sits on a 51,625.87 sq ft slope of Mount Sophia, between Suites at Orchard and Nomu in Dhoby Ghaut. It is also the final residential project in the vicinity, after URA released this land parcel under the Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme in 2017. More details will be discussed in Site Plan.
The main draw for choosing Haus on Handy is that it is 100m away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange, a vast 28m deep underground complex comprising 3 MRT lines – North-South Line (NSL), Northeast Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL) terminus.
From the NSL, Orchard is 2 stations away and this already crowded station will serve more commuters when it becomes an interchange following the commencement of Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) in 2023, connecting the northernmost Woodlands with East Coast. Travelling south leads to City Hall and Raffles Place Interchanges with East-West Line (EWL), and Marina South Pier where Marina South Pier Ferry Terminal offers ferries to South Islands and cruises to Malaysia and Thailand.
From the NEL, Dhoby Ghaut is connected to heartland areas including Serangoon, Hougang and Punggol northwards, and tourist destinations Chinatown and HarbourFront southwards.
As the CCL terminus, trains from Dhoby Ghaut will travel to popular stations including Esplanade, Promenade, Bayfront and Stadium, home to Suntec City, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Sports Hub respectively.
Besides the Dhoby Ghaut Interchange, Bencoolen Downtown Line (DTL) station is also a 5-minute walk away, connecting the city centre to Bukit Panjang and Singapore Expo.
There are also over 20 bus services spread out over two bus stops along Orchard Road and one at the opposite direction along Penang Road, providing alternative transport options besides the MRT, and linking the Dhoby Ghaut Interchange itself.
For car owners, most parts of Central Region, Downtown Core/Marina Bay and the rest of Orchard can be reached within minutes.
- Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NS24, NE6, CC1) 0.14km
- Bencoolen MRT (DT21) 0.43km
- Bus Stops
- Dhoby Ghaut STN (08057) (0.16km)
Right across the road from Haus on Handy is Plaza Singapura and The Atrium@Orchard, a major landmark in Dhoby Ghaut that host a variety of shopping, banking and dining options, and Golden Village cinemas. Without the need to even cross the road, Nomu also has grooming and beauty services at its level 1 commercial units. Once Singapore’s tallest building and first air-conditioned cinema, 80-year-old monument The Cathay is a quieter shopping and dining spot in Dhoby Ghaut that also has a cinema, Cathay cinema, and additionally, Fitness First.
Travelling outside of Dhoby Ghaut will see even more shopping, dining and lifestyle options that includes Orchard Road, Selegie, Bugis/Bras Basah Suntec City and Marina Bay Sands.
To keep up with the ever-changing trends around the world, world famous shopping belt Orchard Road has to be constantly evolved to stay ahead of time. Plans are underway to transform Orchard Road into lifestyle destination for friends and families, and more walkable with urban green corridor, mimicking its original identity as a plantation orchard.
Selegie, once dotted with bamboo plantations and Jewish settlement, is now a favourite hangout amongst young adults and students from nearby tertiary institutions. Many cafes, such as The MindCafe, often operate till late, especially on Friday nights and weekends.
It is a misconception that living within the city means very few educational institutions for family with kids to choose from. In fact, Haus on Handy sees the most diverse choice of educational institutions that cater to a wide-ranging age group, all within 1km walking distance.
Right at the doorsteps sees private educator MDIS Dhoby Ghaut and Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school, School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). Walking down further will lead to Singapore’s third autonomous university, Singapore Management University (SMU), the only university located in the heart of the downtown at Bras Basah, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts (McNally Campus) in Bencoolen. Global organisation YMCA also has its own private school within its YMCA Building premise nearby.
More schools options are available at the back of this project. House on The Hill Montessori Pre-School is located at the hilltop of Mount Sophia, taking over the former Nan Hwa Girls’ High School, now a conserved building. Two Kaplan City Campuses are also within walking distances of each other at PoMo and Wilkie Edge in Selegie.
- Within 1km
St Margaret’s Primary School
- Between 1-2km
Anglo Chines School (Junior)
Farrer Park Primary School
River Valley Primary
St Joseph’s Institution Junior
Stamford Primary School
There are plenty of greenery waiting to be explored around Haus on Handy.
Completed in 1869 and currently the official residence and office of the President of the Republic of Singapore, the 106 acres Istana holds open house at specific public holidays throughout the year and is often greeted by visitors wanting a glimpse of the flora and fauna leading up to the main building, 41m above the sea level. Of course, the star attraction of every open house will always be The President.
Opposite The Istana is the Istana Park, a 5-minute walk from Haus on Handy. The Istana Park fronts the main Istana Gate and is a vantage point for the monthly changing of guards ceremony at The Istana. On other days, park goers can look forward to themed floral displays throughout the year or visit the Istana Heritage Gallery that showcases the transformation of The Istana.
Closer to home from a 3-minute walk is Dhoby Ghaut Green, an interim park conceived as a “City Room” for community gathering within the city.
Under the recently announced URA Draft Masterplan 2019, it is proposed that the section of Orchard Road in front of Plaza Singapura be pedestrianised to create a continuous green oasis linking The Istana, Istana Park and Dhoby Ghaut Green. Family-friendly features and themed gardens celebrating Orchard Road’s Heritage are also in the proposal.
Further away is Fort Canning Park (Hill), a 7-minute walk via the steps near former Park Mall (redeveloped into a Grade-A commercial building). Standing at 48m, this former British government outpost is the highest elevation in the Singapore City, which was why it became an important part of Singapore’s colonial milestones. Apart from playing regular hosts to outdoor concerts, plays and festivals, visitors will also get to enjoy tranquility and scenic nature, a respite from the hustle and bustle downhill. History fans can also explore the many colonial government outposts such as Battle Box and three gardens restored in honour of Sir Stamford Raffles creating Singapore’s first botanic garden at Fort Canning Hill. These three gardens – Royal Garden, First Botanic Garden and Jubilee Park – will progressively open from June 2019 in conjunction with bicentennial celebrations.
The nearby areas in Dhoby Ghaut are also rich in history and heritage.
Civic District, home to many notable historic buildings and spaces, is a thriving historical and cultural precinct. Important landmarks that witnessed history being made including The Padang, Old Parliament House and National Gallery Singapore are within the Civic District. The Museum Planning Area, comprising museums such as Singapore Art Museum and National Museum, is also within this precinct.
A place where sleazy nightlife and reputable schools intertwined, Bras Basah/Bugis is now a precinct dotted with many tertiary and private educational institutions and venue for popular arts events including Singapore Night Festival and Singapore Biennale. It aims to become a livelier night enclave in the next decade so that vibrancy can continue even after schools are shut at the end of the day.
Haus on Handy is a very unique condo development. This 51,625.87 sq ft is actually sitting on the slopes of Mount Sophia, from Handy Road at the ground and upwards to Mount Sophia hilltop. Apart from the other neighbouring condos, it is highly unlikely that there are other condo developments situated on similar terrains as Mount Sophia.
Looking at the map, there is a jutted out area at the brow of Mount Sophia. That building that protrudes out the otherwise geometrically-shaped land is 12 Mount Sophia. Built in 1892 for the Singapore Land Company, this two-storey house, known as “Tower House”, features ample openings and spacious verandahs to allow maximum light and ventilation. Its wood and wrought iron fittings are also a befitting style of its colonial past.
From its colonial days overlooking the Singapore city and harbour from Mount Sophia to being part of Methodist Girls’ School premises, “Tower House” became a conserved building in 1998 and will now form part of this condo project as its clubhouse.
As the land parcel is relatively small and sloping, it is not expected for Haus on Handy to feature sprawling condo amenities as seen from many new launches this year. Moreover, a cap by URA for maximum building height between 42-55m means no high-rise floors to take advantage of the cityscape. The total units available will also be low, with no more than 200. Final details will be updated once available.
|Project Details||Haus on Handy|
|Location||Handy Road, Singapore|
|District||D9 Orchard / River Valley|
|Developer||CDL Regulus Pte Ltd|
|Site Area||51,626 sq ft / 4,796 sqm|
|No. of Blocks||TBC|
|No. of Storeys||TBC|
|Payment Scheme||Normal Progressive|
|Site Use||Residential Flat Developement|
|Tenure||99 years leasehold|
|Total No. of Units||180+ Units|
|No. of Car Park Lots||TBC|
|Expected Date of TOP||Est. 2022 - 2023|
|Expected Date of Legal Completion||Est. 2025 - 2026|
|Security||24 Hours Security Guard|
Haus on Handy Price, Unit Types, Sizes
|Bedroom Type||No of Units||Size||Price|
|1 Bedroom + Study|
|2 Bedroom + Study|
|3 Bedroom + Study|
*Estimated. Subject to change.
Haus on Handy Floor Plan
To be updated once the Haus on Handy floor plan becomes available. Stay tuned.
Haus on Handy Price Comparison
CDL won the bid for this land parcel at $212.2m, translating to $1,722 psf ppr. While the breakeven price is at $2,300 psf, the estimated launch price could be around $2,650 psf.
Comparing with other District 9 New Launch projects, Haus on handy could probably be the most affordably priced condo in 2019.
Looking at the nearby resale options, the average transacted has already hit close to $2500psf. Factoring in Brand new premium, I will consider $2600-2700psf is a reasonable range to consider investing into Haus on Handy.
Rental could potentially be around 2.5% which may not seem very attractive, however, it's widely acceptable that central location rental yield tends to be lower than other areas. People who are buying here is mainly for the prestigious address and capital appreciation in the years to come.
Some thoughts on Haus on Handy
1. For buyers/investors looking for both privacy and intimacy, Haus on Handy is an ideal choice since there are no more than 200 units, making the overall development similar to a small community.
2. The land sits on a elevated ground, which offers the possibility of distinguished cascading landscaping design. Developer will build a lift to bring residents from the entrance of Handy Road to the hilltop of Mount Sophia.
3. Living in the city means higher cost of living as compared to the suburbs. This may not appeal to the majority middle-income Singaporeans who are looking for property upgrade. However, most lifestyle and financial services are readily available within the vicinity, residents need not travel very far to run errands.
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