Two years ago, Qingjian Realty realised that beyond just selling residential units to homebuyers, it needed to continue to engage them. That led to the launch in June last year of a new smartphone mobile application called HiLife in collaboration with Samsung. The initial rollout was for residents of Riversound Residences, a 590-unit private condominium in Sengkang that was completed in 2015.
The mobile app, which can be downloaded from both Apple App Store and Google Play for free, will enable homeowners to book condo facilities, access the property’s handbook, find out more about upcoming events within the project and purchase interior designer packages.
The HiLife smartphone app is also a feature for The Visionaire, Qingjian’s 632-unit executive condo in Sembawang, which was launched in April this year. Qingjian dubbed it the “first EC with smart home features”. In addition to booking condo facilities using their mobile devices, homeowners can use the app to look up maintenance services such as air-conditioning, as well as plumbing, home repair and cleaning services. Residents at The Visionaire will also be able to check out nearby amenities such as enrichment centres, yoga classes, nail spas, beauty treatment and massage centres, F&B outlets and entertainment facilities.
The Visionaire executive condo in Sembawang will have smart home features
The smart home features at The Visionaire extend to the internal spaces of the individual units. Residents can monitor visitors via CCTV and control access to their homes using a digital lock. Those who want to buy an enhanced package can also control the lighting and air-conditioning within the rooms and living area, as well as other home appliances such as water heater, washing machine and refrigerator.
As at end-November, 289 units, or 46% of the total at The Visionaire, had been sold, at a median price of $804 psf. Next door is another EC, The Brownstone, a 638-unit project by joint-venture partners City Developments and TID. Launched in July last year, the project is 80% sold, at a median price of $811 psf, according to the latest URA data.
You can multitask with just a smartphone app even in the bathroom
The initial rollout of HiLife was in 2015, when residents of the 590-unit Riversound Residences were the first to use it