Sophia Regency

Sophia Regency @ Sophia Road

Sophia Regency is an up and coming private residential development that is located in District 9, Core Central Region of the island. The Mount Sophia Hills is one of the few that still exist today in Singapore’s Central Region. This hill has been long known as a residential enclave in the inner city of great importance starting from the 19th century. This area is home to many middle class as well as upper class residents ever since those early days. This neighbourhood is the ideal presentation of Singapore’s rich architectural history with numerous styles and class of buildings constructed via the estate’s urban revolution.

Mount Sophia’s name was initially known as Bukit Selelgie or Selegie Hill. Selegie means spear made of wood that is hardened and sharpened using fire and speculations has it connected to “wooden –dart” in Malay. Another explanation is that “seligi” is a nibong palm that used to make this kind of spears.  Other explanation include a well-known priate chief of Bugis descent and those living there giving the name of this chief as “Orang Selegie”.

Bukit Selegie is adjacent to Bukit Rawa which was later named as Mount Emily. In 1823, Bukit Selegie was occupied by Cpt William Flint and his family. He renamed Bukit Selegie to Mount Sophia later in 1823 to honor the 2nd wife of Sir Stamford Raffles, Mary Sophia.  And throughout the years, there were numerous houses that were constructed on the Mount Sophia. One of those was Eu Villa which belonged to Eu Tong Sen, which was torn down later unfortunately.  Eversince, various different communities were attracted to Mount Sophia to establish their permanent homes.  Sophia Flats which was constructed in the 1930s as well as Church of Christ Malaya, constructed in 1958 stand in the entrance of Mount Sophia. The Mount Sophia is the first residential estate that is popular with residents of middle class.

Other than the private housings, the hills of Mount Sophia were also home to various education and religious institutions. Some these buildings still remain and conserved today to mark the milestones of architectural and historical. One of these is the former building of the Trinity College Chapel which is undergoing conservation and preservation for development of new town. Another such building will be the Methodist Girls’ School which originally was located in Short Street between 1900 and 1933 and later shifted to the Adis Road. The first high-rise education institution in Singapore, Selegie Primary, is still standing on Selegie Road. On the hill of Mount Sophia, the Saint Margaret’s Primary School is still operating there.

Mount Sophia hills has a celebrated history that is shown by the series of architectural styles and old buildings which represents  how the core of the city has revolved in terms of economic, culture and social over the past centuries. The resident that are presently and in future making the Mount Sophia homes will definitely feel pride as a resident of this glorious neighbourhood.  Those staying here will be able to embrace luxury living lifestyle with the Orchard area their front spanning towards the right and the downtown financial core just towards their left.

The land plot of Sophia Regency sits on 105 Sophia Road. This area is predominantly a hunting ground ofr real estate developer and also one of the highly coveted districts as the demand here for new launch apartments is always strong.  The site of Sophia Regency is in the Y-junction of Sophia Road and is of a triangular shape. On its north eastern frontage, will be the 1919 Sophia, on its south west direction will be toward the gardens of the Istana and on tis south eastern direction will be the Equity Heights and Suites @ Sophia.

The site of Sophia Regency has previously belonged to Casa Sophia. This development was built way back in the early 1990s that comprised of 12 apartment units. The freehold land parcel has a total land size of approximately 12,328 square feet and has a gross plot ratio of 2.1. The site could potentially maximize up to 25,889 square feet in terms of gross floor area. For an average size of 700 square feet unit, the land parcel can potential redeveloped into a 36 units small scale apartment.

The first enbloc exercise for Casa Sophia was launched in July 2018 with a reserved price of $36 million. Unfortunately, it was not pick up by any buyer and real estate development when the exercise was closed a month later. The price tag of $36 million is translated into $1,390 per square foot per plot ratio which was seemingly high then for many potential buyers. The collective sale was relaunched againin March 2019, this time round in form of private treaty. The asking price was much more attractive this time round at $30 million which was a discount of 16% as compared to 2018. This is translated to #1,158 per square foot per plot ratio.

There were more interested buyer this time round and finally after many negotiation rounds; it was finally closed at $29 million in last quarter of 2019. The selling price was translated to $1,120 per square foot per plot ratio which seemingly to be cheap if the buyer can maximize to its potential gross floor area. The land parcel was bought over by Zhang Zhiming, a citizen from the People’s Republic of China and Huang Yanhong, a Singaporean. 

Mount Sophia’s revitalization started in 2002 with the various launch of Fraser’s 8 @ Mount Sopha. The 313 unit private residential development was sold out filly during its launched at an average of $730 per square foot.  Given its proximity to the MRT Station and a big shopping mall, the price of this development eventually was sold at double in 2017. Majority of the savvy buyers looking for properties largely due to its nearness to good schools and this area prices are one of the lowest in the prime district 9.  

For expatriates, they like this location as it is one of the areas that offer lush greeneries as well as serenity in the District 9. The grounds of the Istana and Emily Park are just nearby and also the area here is predominantly occupied by low-rise buildings.  The convenience of this location is also another drawing factor. It is well served by 3 MRT Stations with one of them having 3 MRT service lines. This is one of the most well-connected districts in Singapore.

Another factor will be the propagation of dining options at the nearby Prinsep Street and Selegie Road. Apart from having one of the largest shopping malls in this area, there are also numerous smaller retail malls available down the Selegie Road coupled with many niche bistros and boutique cafes.

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Amenities Near Sophia Regency and Their Approximate Distances

Train Station
Dhoby Ghaut (CC1/NS24/NE6) – 0.4km

Bus Stop
Dhoby Ghaut Stn (Bus: 106, 111, 124, 128, 14, 14e, 16, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 190A, 1N, 2N, 36, 36B, 3N, 4N, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 5N, 6N, 7, 700, 700A, 77, 850E, 951E, 971E, 972, 972A, NR6, NR7) – 0.4km

Supermarket
Cold Storage (Plaza Singapura) – 0.3km
Fairprice (Peace Centre) – 0.4km
Sheng Siong (New World Centre) – 1.3km
Giant (Suntec City Mall) – 1.6km

Shopping Mall
Plaza Singapura –0.3km
The Atrium @ Orchard –0.3km
Peace Centre –0.4km
POMO –0.4km
Concorde Hotel and Shopping Mall –0.5km
Singapore Shopping Centre –0.5km
Orchard Plaza – 0.6km
Cuppage Plaza –0.6km
The Verge –0.6km
Orchard Point – 0.7km

Kindergarten
Foochow Methodist Church Kindergarten –0.9km
Kampong Kapor Methodist Church Kindergarten –1.0km
MOE Kindergarten @ Farrer Park –1.2km
Thomson Road Baptist Kindergarten –1.4km
NAFA Arts Kindergarten (Derbyshire) –1.4km
PCF SPARKLETOTS PRESCHOOL @ MOULMEIN-CAIRNHILL Blk 10 –1.4km
Newton Kindergarten – 1.4km
PCF SPARKLETOTS PRESCHOOL @ KAMPONG GLAM Blk 462 –1.6km
GUG The Kindergarten –1.7km
Rosemary Hall Montessori Kindergarten -1.7km

Primary School
Saint Margaret’s Primary School –0.1km
Anglo Chinese Junior School –0.9km
Stamford Primary School –1.2km
Farrer Park Primary School –1.2km
River Valley Primary School –1.5km
Saint Joseph’s Institution Junior -1.7km

Secondary School
School of The Arts (SOTA) -0.4km

Junior College
Catholic Junior College – 2.8km

Tertiary
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business –0.6km
Lasalle College of The Arts –0.6km
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts –0.6km
SHRM College – 0.8km
Singapore Management University –0.9km
Nanyang Institute of Management -1.5km

International School
Chatsworth International School (Orchard Campus) –0.9km
Swedish Supplementary Education School –1.0km
Italian Supplementary School – 1.6km
Finnish Supplementary School – 1.6km
Norwegian Supplementary School -1.6km
ISS International School (Elementary and Middle School Campus) -1.7km

Food Centre
Tekka Market and Food Centre –0.6km
Albert Centre Market and Food Centre –0.9km
Berseh Food Centre –1.3km
Newton Food Centre –1.3km
Pek Kio Market and Food Centre –1.6km
Blk 1 Jalan Kukoh Food Centre – 1.7km
Hong Lim Market and Food Centre –1.9km
Golden Mile Food Centre –2.0km
North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre –2.0km
People’s Park Complex Food Centre -2.0km

Lifestyle
Legends -0.7km
Stardus Clubhouse -1.0km
Home TeamNS – UE Square Club House – 1.2km
Singapore Recreation Club – 1.4km
People’s Association HQ – 1.6km
SAFRA Town Club -1.6km
Singapore Cricket Club – 1.6km
The American Club -1.7km
Jalan Besar Stadium -1.8km


Highlights of Sophia Regency

Transport Network
Sophia Regency is approximately 400 m away or 5 to 6 minutes’ walk to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange Station. This MRT Interchange Station is well served by 3 MRT lines which are the MRT North South Line, the MRT North East Line as well as the MRT Circle Line.

The MRT North South Line is the first MRT service in the MRT network. It is approximately 45 kilometres in length and has 267 MRT stations. This MRT Line is an incomplete loop from the Southern Central Area, to the north areas of Sembawang and Woodlands and to the Western Region Jurong East. The line begins from the Marina South Pier then runs to the Raffles Place MRT Station and the City Hall MRT Station which also service the MRT East West Line. After which it will pass through the Orchard Shopping Belt, the Newton and Novena precincts before moving to established residential estates like Toa Payoh, Bishan and Ang Mo Kio. The line continues to run north wards to Yishun, Sembawang before moving west wards to Woodlands, Kranji. It then moves towards the South to Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Gombak and Bukit Batok before terminating at Jurong East Interchange.

The MRT North East Line is the shortest in the MRT network with 16 stations and approximately 19.2 kilometres long. It is the third MRT service line to be completed. This MRT Line connects the north east areas of Singapore to its Central Area. The line starts from Punggol MRT Station then move to Sengkang Central and runs Hougang Avenue 6. At Hougang, it curves south to Kovan MRT Station and Potong Pasir MRT Stations which are paralle to Upper Serangoon Road. It then continues to Boon Keng, Little India before reach Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange Station. It then passes beneath the Singapore River to arrive at Clarke Quay and Outram Park before terminating at the Harbourfront MRT Interchange Station.

The MRT Circle Line is approximately 35.5 kilometres long and has 30 MRT Stations. As of current, it is an incomplete loop from Harbourfront MRT Interchange Station to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange Station. The line starts from Harbourfront MRT Station that parallels to West Coast Highway and curves eastwards to Kent Ridge MRT Station. The line interchanges MRT East West Line at the Buona Vista MRT Station and the MRT Downtown Line at the Botanic Gardens MRT Station. It then passes through Caldecott and Bukit Brown and Northwest wards to Bishan where it interchanges with the MRT North South Line and Serangoon where it interchanges the MRT North East Line. The line continues to move to Marymount and Bartley and Tai Seng. The line interchanges the MRT East West Line at Paya Lebar MRT Interchange Station and continues to Dakota and Stadium and eventually runs to the Promenade MRT Station before it ends at the Dhboy Ghaut MRT Interchange Station.

For future residents of Sophia Regency, they will have no problem communicating the any part of the island with these 3 comprehensive MRT service lines with just a stone throw away.

For those driving, by just driving to end of Sophia Road, they could easily connect to the main arterial roads of the Orchard Road, the Bencoolen Road and the Bras Basah Road. All these roads lead them to the major expressways such as the East Coast Parkway as well as the Central Expressway. A mere 5 minutes’ drive from the development will get them to the core of the Orchard Shopping district. To the Central Business District will take them approximately 8 minutes and to the Changi International Airport it will be roughly 30 minutes.

Amenities
There is no lacking of shopping and dining amenities when living in Sophia Regency. Whatever future residents need will be just a matter of minutes away. The starts of the prime retail district, the Orchard Shopping Belt is will be were Plaza Singapura is which is approximately 400 m away. The development is also very close to Bugis Street, a shopping destination in the Bugis precinct which is very popular with locals as well as tourists.

Sophia Regency is just close to shopping heavens but it is also be a favourite residence for foodies. Within short distances away future residents has many food centres to choose from where they could access to delicious and economical local hawker fare as well as getting fresh market produce from some of these food centres. Some of these nearby food centres include the Tekka Market and Food Centre, the Albert Centre Market and Food Centre, the Berseh Food Centre, the Newton Food Centre, the Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, the Blk 1 Jalan Kukoh Food Centre, the Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, the Golden Mile Food Centre, the North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre and the People’s Park Complex Food Centre.

Schools
For parent with school going children they have no lack of choices when selecting a suitable education facility for their young ones. For a start, there are numerous kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centres in its vicinity so that the young tots can have a right kick off. The development is also within 1 km to 2 high sought after primary schools which is the Saint Margaret’s Primary School and the Anglo Chinese Junior School. Within 2 km there are Stamford Primary School, Farrer Park Primary School, River Valley Primary School and Saint Joseph’s Institution Junior.

In terms of tertiary education institutions, the nearby ones are The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Lasalle College of The Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, SHRM College, Singapore Management University and Nanyang Institute of Management.

Lastly for those thinking to invest, the development is also close to a number of international schools which is another drawing factor for expatriates. Within 2 km there are Chatsworth International School (Orchard Campus), Swedish Supplementary Education School, Italian Supplementary School, Finnish Supplementary School, Norwegian Supplementary School and ISS International School (Elementary and Middle School Campus).


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