Family home at The Ladyhill for $7.5 mil

By Amy Tan / EdgeProp Singapore | March 22, 2019 12:45 PM SGT
Husband and wife, Arjan and Amber De Boer, were looking for a home in 2004 when they came across The Ladyhill, a boutique luxury condo located next to Shangri-La Residences, just off Orange Grove Road.
The design concept of SCDA Architects’ Chan Soo Khian for The Ladyhill – a low-rise development with just 55 units, surrounded by greenery, water features and façade of natural stone – “resonated with us”, says Arjan in a phone interview with EdgeProp Singapore.
Arjan is the co-founder of InSitu, a developer and manager of hospitality concepts. The couple develop villas and hotel resorts in Bali, Indonesia, and share a love for interior design, despite never having been trained in the field. “Through our work, we meet a lot of architects, interior designers, landscaping designers, and you get ideas all the time,” he says. “You are basically inspired all the time after working with all these people.”
The Ladyhill is a freehold project comprising two parallel, four-storey terrace blocks facing a landacaped courtyard (Pictures: Samuel Issac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
The couple purchased a 3,283 sq ft, four-bedroom apartment on the first level at The Ladyhill in 2004. The living room has full-height glass sliding doors opening out to a patio, which overlooks the lawn. They have been living there since.
“We really like the tranquillity of the place despite its proximity to Orchard Road, which is such a busy area,” says Amber in the phone interview. “Everything we need is within walking distance.”
Six-year renovation in phases
Even when they renovated their apartment, the De Boers did not move out. Their last renovation took place over a span of six years and was completed last year. It cost about $1 million.
They renovated in phases over the years to accommodate the needs of their growing family. They now have two daughters aged seven and nine, a helper, a golden retriever and a cat.
“Given that we have a very young family, where everything was changing, we lived with our renovation and then we reconsidered the next section that we wanted to do and we did it slowly,” says Amber. “So many people renovate an entire house without actually living through it. And they end up regretting what...