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Look Out For Alex Residences’ Launch!

The next new launch to look out for in Singapore is the Alex Residences. Located just next to Redhill MRT Station on the East-West Line, you can be assured of its seamless connectivity to the rest of Singapore. It is a prime and unrivaled location, judging by the quick sales of the previous condominium launches such as Echelon. Many wise investors were snapping up units at Echelon with prices going at about an average of $1,800 per square feet. With many people in the market thinking that this is a reasonable price to pay, you will definitely be attractive to the price of Alex Residences’ when it is released.

Just one train stop will get you to Tiong Bahru Plaza where it has many dining, shopping and entertainment choices including a huge game arcade and cinema. Three train stops will take you to the happening Chinatown, the cool Tanjong Pagar area and Harbourfront which connects you to Sentosa with another monorail. Four train stops will get you to Clarke Quay where you can get a few drinks, Raffles Place, One-North and Holland Village. As you can see, this location is convenient and it can get you anywhere you want in matter of minutes.

For drivers, you will be delighted to avoid most of the traffic jams caused by commuters traveling from the suburban areas to the city. A quick five minutes drive will get you to Orchard Road Shopping Belt where you can shop your hearts out. An easy six minutes drive will get you to the Marina Bay Financial Centre and Centre Business District for your work. Not only that, if you are heading to other parts of Singapore, Alex Residences is near three major expressways that will help you get to your desired location with ease.

The location makes this development suitable for both own stay and investment. Those families with children can be heartened to know that reputable primary schools such as Gang Eng Seng Primary School, Radin Mas Primary School and Cresent Girls’ School are just within proximity. Parents can proceed to apply to get your children into the school with a high chance of success due to the location.

With so many attractive features including an excellent location, everyone should look out for Alex Residences’ launch. It would definitely be one where the smart investors will notice and flock towards, as seen in the case of Echelon’s launch.

King West Village Toronto – Neighborhood Presentation

King West Village is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Toronto. It’s a community full of townhouses, eclectic shops, fashionable restaurants and artist studios minutes from downtown Toronto by the TTC. In the past few years, King West has undergone a spectacular transformation that now epitomizes urban living in the city.

It wasn’t always like that. Today it was once a huge industrial area with factories such as Macgregor Socks. The memories of those times are still present in the form of street signs – many streets bear names such as Massey and Battery road after the manufacturing plants. This is, however, all gone today – now you can see new spectacular lofts and condominiums served by retail and big box stores such as Dominion, offering nearby cafes, art galleries, trendy bars and restaurants, and parks that provide places to walk, bicycle, rollerblade, and entertain friends.

King West Village is bordered roughly by Spadina, Front, Adelaide and Bathurst. It has become suddenly very alive – you can see properties being constructed, demolished, renovated and renewed all the time. Developers are grabbing every available lot in this area, driving out long-time fixtures and pushing up values. Six recent land sales in the will see 1000 new condominium units constructed, with some of them being very luxurious indeed.

Another contributing factor to the appeal of the neighbourhood is its rich history: you can see old factory buildings and warehouses along King & Wellington streets, the famous Wheat Sheaf Tavern which has been a Bathurst & King fixture for more than 150 years, and Victoria Memorial Park, which is actually a cemetery for some of the dead of the war of 1812. It is currently going through a more than $1 million restoration. The majority of these historical buildings in King West Village are protected, and hopefully this fact will help to keep the neighourhood just as pedestrian-friendly as it’s considered now.

The reason for this unique flavour of King West lies not only in its historical roots. It offers a vast array of modern conveniences of great shops, independent galleries, restaurants and clubs. It has also parks, carwashes, fitness centers, health food shops and yoga classes, just as you would expect from any modern, higher class neighbourhood. Have a morning coffee at a cafe and then hop the streetcar for a five-minute ride to Bay Street or the subway station. Or drive to the Gardiner Expressway – it’s less than five minutes away.

Despite all these attractive features, what really makes King West is the genuine sense of community you can experience here – residents say that they actually know their neighbours, and see the same people jogging down the street, shopping and having espresso. It’s this ambience of community that pervades it and allows the people here to be at home with urban living. The location provides residents very easy access to Toronto’s business and financial districts – minutes by car or streetcar, while the frequent Bathurst streetcar connects to the Bloor Line in minutes. Famous destinations such as the Skydome, Exhibition Place, Harborfront, Fort York and the Toronto Islands are also all very accessible.

King Street itself offers shops, professional services and restaurants that serve the area’s day-to-day needs. In terms of local recreation, Stanley Park is a favourite neighbourhood meeting place, offering baseball diamonds, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a soccer field. The community centre located on its grounds is used for residents’ meetings, community-based programs and social functions.

With close proximity to another uber-trendy neighbourhood, Queen Street West, King West Village offers few bargains; however one advantage to those wishing to purchase in this rapidly emerging area is that properties are fairly large by downtown standards, offering big underground garages and elevations up to 20 stories.

The Distinctive Character of the Village

Step out of the well planned streets, the sky scrapers, massive and impressive landmarks of Manhattan into a neighborhood that is dramatically different. Greenwich Village is definitely a haven of tranquility compared to the noisy concrete urban jungle of Manhattan.

The Village’s curvy narrow roads, most with proper names (compared to the numbered streets in Midtown) and not conforming to the usual grid pattern, are a special treat to walk. Explore the mid-rise apartments and the 19th century row houses. Give your self a break from the hustle and bustle of Midtown in a calmer neighborhood featuring a variety of shops, quaint little streets – simply a culture of diversity.

The Greenwich Village’s residential and commercial areas blend-in in a typical quaint neighborhood style. The streets here are designed with a human scale in mind and feature a relaxing atmosphere. Here small single owner shops out number the big supermarket chains and 19th Century Brownstones are as prominent as the new apartment buildings that have come up in the recent past.

With the self-owned eateries and shops adding funk to the residential areas of brownstones and townhouses, Greenwich Village is what Manhattan looked like way back when. The individuality and uniqueness in each shop, café and house is what sets the Village apart from the other areas of New York and earns itself its distinctive character.

Greenwich Village is also the second oldest Historic District in New York. And it is also home to the Electric Lady Sound Studios and is also home to the famous night club Bon Soir where Barbra Streisand debuted. The Village is also where the original Whitney Museum was established by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and where the citadel of Hippiedom was created at the Electric Circus by Lou Reed and Andy Warhol.

Greenwich Village not only features a great relaxing atmosphere but it also affords easy access to the rest of New York. This residential area is also home to some of the best hotels in New York and is the ideal place to base one self in to explore New York. Hotels in Greenwich Village New York range from budget to luxury and other lodging options available in the area are self-catering apartments, boutique hotels and simple B&Bs

During the late 19th and mid 20th centuries the Greenwich Village was better known as the ‘Bohemian’ capital and it was also known as the birthplace of the Beat Movement. And compared to the then Manhattan the Village was a highly residential area -home to the upper middle class families.

If you do get an opportunity to explore the Village make sure to walk around New York University and Washington Square – best place to start exploring the Village as it features the most creative circus of live music, skateboard tricks, and other street performances. Being the home to many great artists, writers and musicians of the 20th Century, the resident’s of this area were determined to preserve the Village neighborhood which has resulted in the Village boasting a heap of buildings which have been named historical treasures.