EXPAT HOMES: Single at The Luxe

By Jamie Nonis / EdgeProp | April 25, 2018 3:21 PM SGT
Five years ago, Patrick Tekely had never set foot outside his country. “I was your classic American who didn’t have a passport and had never left the country,” says the 35-year-old Vice President of foreign exchange products for the Asia Pacific markets at Bank of New York Mellon.
When the opportunity to be posted to Singapore came up, he grabbed it.
His first apartment in Singapore was at Dorsett Residences in 2013, where he lived for three years: “I was the first tenant in my apartment. Since it was a new development, everyone there was new too, and I ran into a lot of people who were interested in making friends and going out. There were 10 of us that connected well and became good friends,” says Patrick.
The Dorsett Residences, Patrick's first abode
Patrick then engaged the same property agent to search for his next pad: a 650 sq ft one-bedroom at The Luxe at Handy Road, on the fringe of Orchard Road.
“My old place was also a one-bedroom but it was more like a studio with just a sliding door to separate the living area and the bedroom,” he notes. “I wanted a bigger place and this unit at The Luxe was a little more than I was prepared to pay at $4,500 a month, but I just fell in love with it. The living area is really big and lets in a lot of light. And there’s a long, big balcony that looks out over the greenery of Mount Sophia while affording some privacy so I can sit and read here comfortably,” he explains.
Patrick's new home at The Luxe, a 99-year leasehold condominium in District 9.
The fact that there are only 20 units in the building was a bonus for Patrick, who prefers quiet environs. But it was the proximity to his workplace that sealed the deal: “I’ve been in foreign exchange my...