Why should you live in Singapore’s River Valley Area? Here’s what you should know…
There aren’t many places around Singapore that have the same level of grandeur and history as the River Valley region. River Valley is one of the most sought-after regions to live in Singapore because of the convergence of exquisite residential homes, interesting leisure attractions, and key commercial buildings.
In this article, we’ll dive deep into Singapore’s River Valley Area to answer three important questions: (i) What makes River Valley attractive for homebuyers? (ii) What is its investment potential? and (iii) What properties could I be considering at the River Valley area?
What makes River Valley attractive for homebuyers?
Located in one of the most central districts in Singapore, River Valley has no shortage of amenities nearby. For foodies out there, River Valley has a huge diversity of delicious dining options ranging from casual eateries, restaurants, bars and coffeeshops. For those who prefer dining along the riverfront, Robertson Walk offers a myriad of international cuisines that includes Korean, Japanese, Italian, Chinese and Mexican.
If food is not something that is particularly of interest to you, perhaps shopping is something that is more up your alley. River Valley is just south of Singapore’s major shopping district at Orchard Road. So, having a home at River Valley would mean that you are just a stone’s throw away from major shopping centres like Takashimaya, Plaza Singapura, 313@Somerset, Orchard Central, Great World City, ION Orchard, and more!
Families with children would love the River Valley area for its proximity to schools and Singapore’s central business district (CBD), which makes the daily commute easier for many people. Nearby schools include Crescent Girls’ School, Alexandra Primary, Outram Secondary, and of course, River Valley Primary School. And if you need to travel from River Valley, the Somerset and Orchard MRT stations aren’t more than a short walk away.
Of course, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy—recreation is essential. And for that, River Valley has something for everyone! The beautiful Fort Canning Park is less than half an hour away on foot, and if you don’t feel like travelling there, simply take a stroll along Singapore River’s picturesque waterfront with your loved ones.
For these reasons and more, the River Valley area has been an absolute eye candy for homeowners and renters alike. In fact, amenities and activities nearby can satisfy just about any type of consumer—whether you’re a foodie, a shopaholic, or a workaholic, River Valley is a great place to be at.
River Valley properties: What is its investment potential?
With all these amenities, eateries, schools, and the CBD so nearby, it’s no wonder that homes in River Valley are in such high demand. So, naturally, buying a property in this area comes with a fairly high entry fee, generally north of $1900 per square feet.
Where capital growth is concerned, properties around the area have shown good capital growth in the past, and we might still see more in years to come. This is especially so, considering the still-developing Thomson East Coast Line, which could boost home prices for properties located near the Orchard and Great World MRT stations.
In addition, properties in the River Valley area do extremely well as rental properties. River Valley’s prime location near the shopping district, CBD of Singapore and its unique riverfront lifestyle makes the area extremely attractive to renters. This not only means you might have an easier time looking for tenants you are comfortable with, but rental rates also tend to be higher.
Taken together, there are plenty of reasons to invest in a property in River Valley. If you’re eyeing Singapore’s River Valley area in your property hunt, there are some great property investments out in this region of Singapore, so read on to find out more!
What properties could I be considering at the River Valley area?
If you’ve set your sights on River Valley, then here are some upcoming projects that could help narrow down your search.
1. The Avenir
Location: 8 River Valley Cl, Singapore 238432
Property type: Luxury Freehold Condominium
Expected TOP date: Aug 2025
Approximate price range: $2,500 – $3,500 per square ft
Home types offered: The Avenir offers a wide range of apartment sizes. There are apartments with 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms available.
Why you should consider: The Avenir, located along River Valley Close, is particularly appealing to both expats and locals due to its strategic position. This luxury freehold condominium provides a wide range of amenities including a tennis court, a serenity garden, a gymnasium, a children’s playground, a spice garden, a reading patio, a spa pavilion, a meditation and yoga deck, a hydrotherapy pool, an urban farm, a clubhouse, and a gourmet salon, to mention a few. On the Roof Garden, residents may enjoy beautiful panoramic southern views of Marina Bay and the sea.
The condo also offers the best living experience possible thanks to the numerous lifestyle features in the region. For shopaholics, the Orchard Road retail strip and the CBD are also close by. If you’re more of a foodie, The Avenir is only a short distance away from the vibrant nightlife along Mohamed Sultan Road and the wide range of cuisines offered at UE Square.
The seamless convenience accorded to you by The Avenir and its nearby facilities would mean that you almost never have to leave the vicinity to get what you want. But if you do want to leave the neighbourhood, you’d be glad to know that The Avenir offers easy accessibility through Singapore’s public transport network. You’d be close to Somerset MRT station, Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, Havelock MRT station and the upcoming Great World MRT station. Drivers can also take comfort in the fact that the Downtown core is a short drive away.
2. Irwell Hill Residences
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Location: Irwell Bank Rd, Singapore 239227
Property type: 99-year leasehold condominium
Expected TOP date: Sep 2026
Approximate price range: $1,900 – $4,200 per square ft
Home types offered: Irwell Hill Residences offers studio apartments, as well as 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom homes.
Click here to find out more about the layout of the Irwell Hill Residences homes!
Why you should consider: As its name suggests, Irwell Hill Residences sits atop Irwell Hill. As a result, the property has a naturally elevated terrain. Standing at 36 storeys high, the property is one of the tallest developments in the area. This may be daunting for those who have a fear of heights. But when you look at the uninterrupted view that overlooks the city skyline, you’d forget every worry in your mind.
For eco-warriors out there, Irwell Hill Residences is designed to be sustainable. All units come equipped with water-efficient fittings and architecture that is designed to reduce direct sunlight penetration. The property also sports energy efficient air-conditioners, lifts and LED lighting with motion sensors. The best part? You’d be one step closer to achieving a smart home—every unit at Irwell Hill Residences is equipped with smart appliances that you can remotely control via an app on your mobile device.
With two full-length swimming pools, a play pool for kids, a tennis court and Raintree Lounge on the ground floor, everyone, young and old (or young at heart) would be able to enjoy their stay at Irwell Hill Residences.
The condo will be right by the Great World MRT station when it opens, making transport to and from Irwell Hill Residences easy. Mealtimes will also be unproblematic—Irwell Hill Residences is close to shopping malls and supermarkets. Zion Riverside Food Centre and Beo Crescent Market are also close by if you are trying to save some money!
3. The Iveria
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Location: 2 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239320
Property type: Freehold condominium
Expected TOP date: Dec 2023
Approximate price range: $2,200-$3,300 per square ft
Home types offered: Only 3-bedroom homes are available in the Iveria.
Click here to find out more about the layout of the Iveria homes!
Why you should consider: The Iveria is a high-end boutique property located in Singapore’s Core Central district. The property is strategically located to provide a magnificent unimpeded view of the glittery Orchard Road and the City Skyline of the CBD.
Within the complex, you’ll find carefully curated facilities such as a Cascading Terrace and Gourmet Dining Area, infinity pool, sky deck, and sun deck. Young urbanites who want to live out their best lives in the cosmopolitan River Valley, Robertson Quay, and Orchard neighbourhoods, will love that The Iveria offers accessibility to a wide range of the newest lifestyle trends and activities.
The freehold condominium is also close to Somerset MRT station, Fort Canning MRT station and the upcoming Great World MRT station. Drivers will have it easy too—the Central Expressway (CTE) is a few minutes away. Transport will therefore be a breeze if you’re staying at The Iveria.
Because The Iveria only offers 3-bedroom units, this complex is perfect for the small families. The amenities and facilities close by make it the perfect place for a community of families. With a gorgeous infinity pool, a fitness corner, and barbecue pits, you won’t be short of family activities at the Iveria!
4. 8 St Thomas
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Location: 8 St Thomas Walk, Singapore 238113
Property type: Freehold condominium
Expected TOP date: Jan 2018
Approximate price range: $2,400-$5,500 per square ft
Home types offered: Aside from offering the standard 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4- bedroom apartments, 8 St Thomas also offers larger penthouse apartments, as well as 4-bedroom dual key units.
Why you should consider: Completed in 2019, 8 St Thomas is a true gem for property investors. The development offers spacious, and stylishly built apartment, as well as exceptional facilities and services, all in the heart of Singapore’s most renowned retail and entertainment district, Orchard Road. For those looking to rent out their unit, 8 St Thomas even gives you the option to purchase dual key units, which pretty much allows you to rent out a home while living in it.
With all of the city’s newest restaurants, events, and other trends available just outside your door, you can expect to be fully immersed in the dynamic city life. 8 St Thomas also has a variety of high-end amenities, such as numerous swimming pools and lounge pools, a gym, a garden barbecue pavilion, tennis courts, garden walks, children’s play areas, and meeting spaces.
In terms of accessibility, 8 St Thomas shines. The property is located less than 10 minutes away from Somerset MRT Station, Orchard MRT Station, and Fort Canning MRT Station. But for those who prefer bus rides, 8 St Thomas is a stone’s throw away from a few bus stops. You can even walk to Orchard Road shopping district in 10 minutes! Literally every shopper’s dream come true.
5. Martin Modern
Location: 8 Martin Place, Singapore 237992
Property type: 99-year leasehold condominium
Expected TOP date: Dec 2021
Approximate price range: $2,200-$3,100 per square ft
Home types offered: Martin Modern offers homes with 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms.
Why you should consider: Martin Modern, located between Kim Yang Road and River Valley Road, is one of the more affordable properties in River Valley. It offers spacious two, three or four-bedroom units, making it a great option for families of all sizes.
The condo comprises of two tall and majestic blocks, with a secret roof garden at the top of each tower. You’d also get to enjoy a full suite of condo facilities such as a sun deck, swimming pool, function room, yoga deck, children’s playground, aqua gym, guardhouse, indoor gym, outdoor fitness stations and BBQ areas.
With five different primary schools nearby, Martin Modern is ideal for parents who want to enrol their child into a school that is within walking distance from home. For those who work further away from home, Martin Modern is conveniently accessible by not one by three MRT Stations: Somerset, Fort Canning, and future Great World City. Drivers would love that Martin Modern is close to two major expressways: Ayer-Rajah Expressway and Marina Coastal Expressway. Driving to Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands is quick and easy.
River Valley is definitely one of the most coveted regions in Singapore, and it’s easy to see why! With amazing projects attracting homebuyers, a wide range of amenities nearby, and great connectivity there is so much in store at the River Valley area.