to my holiday/retirement home in Xiamen, China
throughout the community
final process went very well, thank you very much!
arrived in Xiamen on 31 June 2008, Saturday morning.
usual, I boarded the shuttle bus to the new apartment. Together
with me were another 20-30 excited new owners - though most of
them chose to drive - being residents of Xiamen itself.
were served to us on arrival, how thoughtful, and the entire
paperwork process to establish ownership took a quick 20 minutes.
In twenty minutes, I was holding
keys to my new apartment in Xiamen, China!
was now time to inspect the apartment.
was impressed that the clubhouse was recently renovated. Landscaping
and greenery were very well-done throughout the entire development.
Shared amenities such as tennis courts, cafe, gym, children playground,
The swimming pool was also ready but not operational as it seem
that the filtration system was not yet working. All in, pretty
from front porch of apartment.
Note how far and wide is the entire
exterior of the apartment block looks good. Glass lifts. Impressive
lobby. And now... for the final moment of truth... unlocking the
fantastic view from the balcony remains. The apartment interior
deco was as what was promised in the brochures. All the air-conditioner,
fridge, oven, LCD TV and furniture were in place as promised. Except
that the some renovation finishing were poor by international standards,
there were paint marks and there were renovation debris still in
nooks and corners. Poor finishing mar an otherwise almost flawless
was adamant that they changed the entire balcony wooden platform
as the cutting was uneven and the base dirty and uncleaned. To
my surprise, they agreed to do so.
developer was also surprised that I spent an hour or more inspecting
every nook and corner. Most other owners spent a quick 10 minutes
inspecting their new apartments and went away happy. Not me. I
just did some renovation work in my current house and hence were
able to tell what and where had gone wrong.
to the apartment
spent the next two days inspecting the apartment. I stayed in
Xiamen but took the shuttle every morning to inspect the improvement
work. I was glad to see that most of my requests were taken care
of. Some requests, such as re-running of air-conditioner pipes
and change of glass panels were not accepted, and I had to live
with it, this being the acceptable standard in China.
in, a satisfactory exercise. I ventured to buy a new apartment
in the suburbs of Xiamen two years ago and I am glad to see it
come to fruition smoothly. The entire development has taken on
and I see
yet even more villas and condominiums being built. Apparently,
this project has struck a chord with many people about the need
for a green and healthy lifestyle and hence, continue to enjoy
developer also told me that they were just granted approval to
build a 5-star hotel, an indoor heated swimming pool, and a golf-course
within this development. Owners and residents will also be able
this apartment worth my time, money and effort? I should certainly
think so. Coming from an expensive country like Singapore, paying
about US$45K for a fully furnished 81sqm apartment in a fenced
and serviced community-living compound is certainly worthy. In
fact, coming from a congested city, just to have the fresh air
and fabulous view from the bedroom and living hall was worth the
you are interested in this project for either holiday, leisure,
investment or retirement purposes, do get in touch with me at this
and I'll help as much as I can. (Drop the two _. This is to prevent
spam getting through)
yes, just in case you thought this trip was all work and no play,
check out this fabulous hotspring spa, Riyuegu Hotspring
that we spent a fabulous time. You can read more about it at my
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did I buy this apartment?
I pioneer a group of Singaporeans looking at the
feasibility of having a holiday or retirement home in
is an island state located in South East Asia. The pace if life here
is hectic and cost of living is high. There is also no social or
medical security when we retire.
many of us are looking towards a slower, healthier pace of life after
retirement and where cost of living is also lower so as to stretch
our savings. Many have chosen to go to Australia or Thailand.
Singaporeans are Chinese by ancestry and some of us can even
trace our ancestry to Fujian, the province where Xiamen is located.
you have similar plans, or wish to live in China with English speaking
Singaporeans, we welcome you to join our group!
I discovered this apartment
delivery of apartment