The M – Best Rated in 2020
The M Overview
City living gets a regeneration with 3 upcoming projects coming your way in Bugis – Midtown Bay, The M and a yet unnamed development at Tan Quee Lan Street. Located within 200m of one another and within walking distance to Bugis East West Line (EWL) and Downtown Line (DTL) Interchange, these projects will open a new chapter and vibrancy to the residential landscape in the larger District 7 once dominated mostly by public housing.
LATEST STAR-BUY PRICE
Studio & 1 bed Fully Sold
1+S fr $1.4xM
2 bed fr $1.6xM
3 bed fr $2.4xM (Last 3)
Reasons for considering The M
1. The M is a 3-minute walk from Bugis Interchange
2. Located in District 7, Bugis/Beach Road/Rochor planning area, where major transformation is taking place
3. The location is highly appealing to the young professionals as it’s not only near city but also near heritage, art, and vibrant night activities.
4. A new concept of “home/work” creates both efficient and flexible space with transformer furniture
5. Upto 30% discounted price compared with surrounding new launches
|Project Details||The M|
|Location||Middle Road, Singapore|
|Developer||Wingcharm Investment Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Wing Tai Asia|
|Site Area||Approx. 7,462 sqm / 80,320 sq ft|
|No. of Blocks/Storeys||3 blocks of 20 storey, 1 block of 6 storey|
|Total No. of Units||522|
|Tenure||99 Years Leasehold|
|Expected TOP||Est. 2024|
Bugis, originally from the southwestern peninsula in Sulawesi, Indonesia, are amongst the earliest settlers after the founding of Singapore in 1819. As the location name suggests, the Bugis community established themselves in this part of Singapore that extends through Rochor River and Kampong Glam. Subsequently in 1823 they were relocated and Bugis became a diaspora for other immigrants from across Asia. Post-World War II, Bugis became an international tourist haunt, where many Caucasians and American sailors flocked down for its sleazy nightlife.
Middle Road, is an important arterial road in Bugis that connects Nicoll Highway and Selegie Road at both ends. While the origin of its name remains debatable, Middle Road is known for its diversified communities living there, from the Hainanese community and army barracks near the Beach Road section to the Japanese enclave along the Bugis section and the Jewish community at the end in Selegie.
Put up for sale by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in November 2018 under the Confirmed List, this 99-year 80,327 sq ft site was successfully bidded by Wingcharm Investment, a subsidiary of conglomerate Wing Tai Asia for $492m. This price tag is considered high for District 7, due to its close proximity to Downtown Core, even though it does not form part of the Core Central Region (CCR).
Read by in 2024, The M is a 522-unit mixed development with retail shops at the ground level. This project is the second of three new private residential projects to launch in 2019/2020, and another one to complement the URA vision to blend work and living in one location.
|Bus stop||Before Beach Road||Doorstep|
|After Beach Road||70m|
|Opp Shaw Towers||95m|
|School||Singapore Management University||400m|
|Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts||560m|
|Stamford Primary School||720m|
|LASALLE College of the Arts (McNally Campus)||750m|
|School of the Arts||800m|
|Kaplan City Campus||870m|
|Recreation||War Memorial Park||520m|
|Market/hawker||Albert Centre Market & Food Centre||420m|
|Bras Basah Complex||240m|
|South Beach Avenue||250m|
|OG Albert/The Bencoolen||500m|
|Millenia Walk/Marina Square||640m|
|SAM at 8Q||430m|
|Singapore Art Museum||530m|
|Arab Street/Kampong Glam||600m|
|Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay||840m|
|National Museum of Singapore||850m|
|National Gallery Singapore||900m|
Little introduction is needed for motorist as Middle Road is a very highly accessible road from all parts of Singapore. While the North-South Corridor is only due in 2026, The M is meanwhile readily connected to two other existing expressways. Central Expressway (Ang Mo Kio), is a short 5-minute drive via either Selegie or Rochor before turning into Bukit Timah Road; the nearer East Coast Parkway (Changi Airport) is only 1-minute away during non-peak hours via Ophir Flyover.
Bugis MRT station takes only 3 minutes of walking to reach. As an interchange station for EWL and DTL, residents have 2 lines to choose from to get to work in Downtown Core, or head to other interchanges that are at most 2 stops away. 1-stop away is City Hall and Promenade Interchanges with transfers to North South Line (NSL) and Circle Line (CCL) respectively. 2-stop away via DTL is Little India Interchange, for commute to North East Line (NEL).
For residents who prefer travelling by bus, The M is surrounded by 4 bus stops within walking distances of one another.
Residents living in The M need not have to worry about public transport or driving to work, if their offices are just walking distances away. DUO, Parkview Square, Bugis Junction, Shaw Towers, The Gateway, South Beach are all within proximity to the project. Even Suntec City is within walking distance but for a Singapore climate, taking a MRT ride to Promenade or Esplanade stations seem better.
Downtown Core/Marina Bay, the main city centre housing all the grade A offices and headquarters to major local and international companies, does not take more than 10 minutes by train.
Three arts schools are within 1km from The M: School of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts (McNally Campus). Singapore’s first and only university with a city campus, Singapore Management University (SMU), is located along Bras Basah Road. For professionals looking to upgrade their skills and knowledge, Kaplan has two city campuses at Wilkie Edge and PoMo.
For parents with young kids, Stamford Primary School takes no more than 5 minutes of driving during peak hours to get there.
Living in the city means shopping options are way too many. Apart from the retail shops located at the ground floor, residents living in The M are also surrounded by many shopping malls nearby, from Bugis Junction and Suntec City/Marina Square/Millenia Walk which open its doors way back in the 1990s to the newer kids on the block Bugis+ and DUO Galleria. Local department store doyenne OG also has an outlet at Albert Street.
Book and art lovers can visit Bras Basah Complex, a one-stop place for books, stationery and art materials. The largest Popular bookstore is also within Bras Basah Complex, spanning 4 floors.
Another section that needs no introduction, residents can either dine at the retail shops located at the ground floor (subject to confirmation) or at the surrounding malls. Those looking to pamper themselves can visit fine diners at locations such as Hotel InterContinental, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach or Raffles Hotel. Albert Centre Market & Food Centre and Tekka Centre are the 2 places within this project that offers heartland and authentic hawker fares and wet markets.
The M is a 3-minute walk away from National Library Singapore.
This project is also near Bras Basah, Bugis Precinct and Civic District. Civic District, home to many notable historic buildings and spaces, is a thriving historical and cultural precinct. Important landmarks that witnessed history include The Padang, Old Parliament House and National Gallery Singapore. The Museum Planning Area, comprising museums such as Singapore Art Museum and National Museum, is also within this precinct. Bras Basah.Bugis is now a precinct popular arts events including Singapore Night Festival.
Waterloo Street, famous for its Indian and Goddess of Mercy Temples, takes no more than 10 minutes to walk to. Another famous street, Arab Street, is also some 600m away from this project. Arab Street has a host of hipster joints amongst the many Middle East restaurants. Visitors can also find chic and trendy fashion at Haji Lane. Istana Kampong Glam, home to the former Malay sultans of Singapore and now Malay Heritage Centre, and Sultan Mosque, are located next to Arab Street shophouses in Kampong Glam.
The M, has a total of 522 units over three 20-storey towers and one 6-storey tower. Condo units are elevated 7 floors above street level, ranging from studio to 3-bedroom dual key units.
The co-living, co-working and co-playing concept extends to the clubhouse, Club M is more than 3,000 sqf in size, provide a relaxation area, a bar, a gaming room, a baking studio, a board room that can be used as a meeting or multipurpose room.
Most facilities are located at level 3. For the theme “relax”, fitness enthusiasts have a choice of gym, yoga deck and outdoor gym to choose from. Apart from the standard 50m pool, the is a hydro pod and jacuzzi lounge following the theme “rejuvenate”. Residents with green fingers can enjoy managing plants at the Herbal Enclave, the section for “recharge”.
There is also a sky terrace located at Block 32, the lowest of 4 blocks. The sky terrace provides a good frontage of city view as its immediate views are only shophouses and Raffles Hotel. Facilities in the sky terrace include the Middle Road-facing jacuzzi pool, sky lounge, teppanyaki deck, and Wine and Roast, suitable for hosting outdoor gathering. Stargazers and astronomy fans can bask in at the Star Deck for good views of the night skies.
The M Floor Plan
While there are a total of 522 units, majority of the unit types are 1- and 2-bedroom units, due to its target clientele in a city location.
There are 48 studio units available for this project. Looking at the smallest 409 sq ft studio unit, a dual-use movable kitchen counter-top provision maximises the small kitchen space by allowing dining table to be converted to kitchen counter-top when necessary. Storage cabinet and wardrobe come moveable on track, allowing residents to flexibly place these furnishings at any location deem fit, or as a spatial demarcation separating work and rest area. Its fluted glass sliding doors allow the furniture to double up as a lighting feature.
Home/Work, a new concept by Wing Tai Asia, sees units fitted with well-thought-through integrated furniture that maximises the dual use of living and working within the home.
Kitchens are integrated with full suite of De Deitrich appliances & washer cum dryer. Bathrooms come fitted with wares from German sanitary labels Duravit. A high-end sanitary product manufacturer with history dating back to 1817, Duravit is known for its durability and signature designs by high-profile international designers. These designers include Germany’s sieger design and French design icon Philippe Starck, whose portfolio included the designing of M Social Singapore and JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.
The M Price, Unit Types, Sizes
|UNIT TYPE||No. OF UNITS||SIZE||PRICE|
|Studio||48||409 - 420 sq ft / 38 - 39 sqm||$9xxK|
|1 Bedroom||96||409 - 495 sq ft / 38 - 46 sqm||$1.0xM|
|1 Bedroom + Study||89||527 sq ft / 49 sqm||$1.1xM|
|2 Bedroom||170||592 - 667 sq ft / 55 - 62 sqm||$1.2xM|
|2 Bedroom + Study||102||721 - 764 sq ft / 67 - 71 sqm||$1.6xM|
|3 Bedroom Dual-key||17||904 sq ft / 84 sqm||$2.0xM|
*Disclaimer: All information is subject to change at developer's discretion.
The M Price Comparison
The M is definitely the lowest entry price new launch project in Bugis/Beach Road precinct.
Its per square foot price starts from $2,100 which is almost 20-30% lower than Midtown Bay and South Beach Residences. You can not find any 2 bedrooms which is lower than 1.8M before, while The M offers a great opportunity for investors to enter this market at just slightly below $1.3M. The price buffer creates great upside potential when it comes to resale market few years down the road.
Some may argue The M layout is the most compact compared to other developments in the lists. Would this cause a concern to tenants and resale buyers?
Win Tai's product proposition is to attract millennials who work in the creative industries, tech companies or students from art schools nearby. These groups of people tend to work late and highly mobile, who seldom stay at home. They do not really need a big house but rather a cozy and functional living space which is low on budget and easier to maintain.
Some thoughts on The M
1. The M condo could be one of the best investment properties in year 2020. Developer has purposely differentiated it from the surrounding condos by offering a much more affordable product with 30%-50% savings for the investors in terms of psf and total quantum.
2. My personal favourite layouts are 1+S (AS1), 2 Bed (B2), 2+S (BS6) as they are highly efficient and functional.
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