Those 224 studio flats …

The new build-to-order (BTO) flats at Champions Court in Woodlands caught their eye, but the young couple decided to stick with their application for a four-room flat at Sengkang even though prices were similar.

Why? Bride-to-be Izyanty Asmary, 23, said she was “not comfortable” with having studio apartments — targetted for senior Singaporeans — in the same residence, and the Woodlands flats appeared to be more cramped.

For the first time, studio apartments, comprising 224 of the 815 units, will be up for sale in Woodlands. The apartments come with elderly-friendly features such as grab bars and non-slip flooring.

Member of Parliament Dr Lim Wee Kiak (Sembawang) pointed out that “different demographics would make the community more interesting. It also encourages community to help one another.”

Families can get a bigger unit, while the older folks live in the studio apartment, he noted, they could help take care of young children.

There are 30 units of 37-sq metre studio apartments priced between $57,000 to $64,000, and 164 units of 47-sq metre apartments priced from $71,000 to $80,000 up for sale.

Source : Today – 27 Feb 2009

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