The biggest purchase of our lives, ever.

We’ve been counting down to the 17th of August for two unbearable months, and I cannot tell you how excited we are…

to have selected our unit in Costa Ris!

Nevermind that we were the 515th in queue and that most of the blocks nearer to the train station had been snapped up. All was still good — we checked out the site once and in truth, even the block farthest from the train station wasn’t that far at all.

So over the past few days we’ve been shortlisting our preferred units. Our unit should preferably be:

  • no lower than the 7th floor
  • facing out instead of facing in towards other blocks
  • not on a block with a childcare centre
  • not on a block nearby any multi-purpose area
  • in a corner, not along a corridor
  • not too far away from the refuse area, yet not too close
  • of an address fairly easy to remember

I’m quite curious how other people go about choosing their units. Do most people go through a thorough analytical elimination process following a ton of research, or do they just follow their intuition?

For us, I’d say we did a fair bit of research but in the end we just followed the voice inside our heads.  We chanced upon a property blogger’s website, where he did an analysis of Costa Ris, and came up with unit recommendations based on factors like whether the unit would be facing the sun and which units have, to a certain extent, “unblocked” views. In the end, we only took some of his points into consideration, choosing the unit we felt most comfortable with based on our likes and dislikes.

I suppose there’s no way of knowing if you’ve made the right choice of unit until you’re actually staying in it. Come to think of it, it’s actually quite ridiculous to be buying possibly the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy in your damned Singaporean life without even seeing it. Feeling it. Experiencing it. If you want those options, well, you’ll just have to be prepared to pay more. But that’s just how it is.

Even after we paid the 2k option fee, I started to ask myself the ‘what if’s. What if there were other factors we failed to consider? What if it turned out to be a horrible choice? What if this? What if that? But as usual, my mother never fails to put all these worries to rest, saying “everything that happens, happens for a reason“. Every single decision we make in our life is predestined, all part of God’s plan.

We’re really, really excited. We’ve been together for almost 8 years now, and we’ve been so carefree and having such a good time that we’ve never felt the stretch. But now that we’ve set something in sight and knowing it’ll take us 2 years to get there….well, it’s starting to feel a bit long.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking for now.

Costa Ris 3D model at HDBMy future neighbourhood, insyaAllah.

Looking at Costa Ris, my home in 3 years

Taking photos of the Costa Ris 3D modelExcitedly snapping photos of the 3D models to remind ourselves we have this reward to look forward to after having to be excruciatingly frugal these couple of years.

Flats at Costa Ris

One of these flats here is ours!

Llong stretch of road facing Costa RisView of the long stretch road just after the TPE Avenue 5 exit.

View of the MRT track facing Costa RisView of the other end of Costa Ris.

Sales rooms at HDB

Doors to possibly the most expensive purchase in our lives ever.

Tiles provided by HDB for Costa Ris projectThese were the tiles provided by HDB for the living room, kitchen and bathroom. As clearly represented here, they’re nothing much to rave about.

Tiles provided by HDB for Costa Ris projectA close-up of the bathroom tiles.

We saw the doors HDB provided as well. All very…meh. Having said that, we didn’t opt-in the Optional Component Scheme (OCS). It may have been cheaper, I suppose, but I want a house I’ll LOVE coming home to. The boyfriend is already worried the renovation is gonna cost us a bomb.

2014/2015, I’m anxiously waiting for you!


4 Comments on “The biggest purchase of our lives, ever.”

  1. Hi, I saw your post while google the pasir ris costa ris. I happen to bought the balance house on Friday as it is no longer BTO. Meaning we got no architectural model or tiles to view for ref. I’m wondering if u can send me all ur photo you taken during the Hse purchase trip?

    Thank you in advance~~

    • aida says:

      Congrats on getting a unit! Which block is it? Sure, I’ll email the photos to you soon. Oh and be sure to join the “Costa Ris ( Pasir Ris BTO )” group on Facebook for updates on the construction progress! :)

  2. Naq says:

    I just randomly keyed in Costa Ris in google and saw your post!

    Hello future neighbour!!! I totally forgot which blk and unit me and my fiance took. omg. All this wedding preps have made me put my BTO journey chucked into one corner.

    anyway, we opted out of the OCS scheme too because we didn’t like any of those that were provided to us. didn’t like the flooring tiles at all… :( boohoo.. I saw the punggol ones and their’s were really nice.

    everyday I pass by the area and I find like it’s quite a slow progress but I is tk sabar to have place of our own. woohoo!

    • aida says:

      Oh you’re a future resident of Costa Ris too! So glad to be coming across more and more future neighbours!

      Are you in the Costa Ris facebook group? For a while the progress seemed to be so darned slow, but I think now that the groundwork is all done, it’s stacking up pretty fast.

      Our block’s somewhere in the middle, how about you?


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