AWARDS: Rivertrees Residences: Capitalising on views of Punggol River

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The 495-unit Rivertrees Residences was developed by Far East Orchard, Frasers Property and Japan-listed Sekisui House
The 495-unit Rivertrees Residences in Sengkang took home three awards at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2018. The development won in the Design Excellence, Landscape Excellence and Top Development categories.
Rivertrees Residences, off Sengkang West Avenue, overlooks the Punggol River. The condominium, developed by Far East Organization, Frasers Property and Japan-listed Sekisui House, was designed to capitalise on views of the Punggol River. The five towers are laid out such that more than 90% of the units have river views. Each tower slants away from the others to provide privacy for residents.
At the development, there are eight strata-titled landed homes called “Cove Houses” that are 10m to 15m from the river. The units were designed with “luxurious waterfront living” in mind, says Frasers Property, and were inspired by the houses in Sentosa Cove. These 1,528 sq ft, three-bedroom homes come with private parking and front a jogging path, which residents can use to access the jetty overlooking the river. “The units are nicely positioned at the peripheral of the development, integrating with the walkway beside the river,” says Lee Liat Yeang, senior partner of Real Estate Practice at law firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, and one of the judges for the EdgeProp awards.
Above all, the judges were most impressed with the “River Villa”, which is built by the riverbank and supported by stilt decks. It boasts an outdoor jacuzzi, spa facilities, living and function space and a kitchenette. Yvonne Tan, accredited landscape architect of landscape architecture firm DP Green and one of the EdgeProp awards judges, says the River Villa was the “highlight” of the site tour. “It offers exclusive, elevated views of Sungei Punggol, giving residents a facility often found in luxury forest resorts,” she notes.
Another EdgeProp awards judge, Ong Choon Fah, CEO of property consultancy Edmund Tie & Co, says the villa makes one “feel as though one is in Bali, away from the hustle and bustle”. Such facilities are what makes the development a “sanctuary” for residents to come home to, she adds.
Other amenities at the condo include a gym, tennis court, dining...