The first time I looked at my Singapore residence at the Twin Vew Condo complex in the middle of the city, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. In fact, I was very suspicious because the realtor told me that I had 40 square meters. I don’t know about you but in the United States, 40 square meters is nothing to write home about.
Now, I understand that this is a condominium unit. I understand that I’m going to be living in a unit that is situated very close to other units in a cluster that is a pretty much mass housing. I get all that. I can wrap my mind around that, but the problem was I was used to the internal spaces of the United States, and in the US, there’s a tremendous amount of land so there is this mental predisposition for wide-open spaces. In fact, in the American imagination, freedom is synonymous with wide-open spaces.
When people hit the open road because they just bought their first car, the first thing that comes to their mind is the impression that they are free. You know and I know that’s not real freedom because, hey, car bills have to be paid, gas is not free, and there are all sorts of problems down the road which can mean that you’re probably going to have to spend money.
Freedom, in that kind of context, is an illusion, but you get the point. There is this mental association with large spaces and freedom.
So, I was going into my condo unit, and when I turned the key to get into the model, I was blown away. Really, I was because for the first time in my life, I was looking at a condo unit that was designed right. It was really designed from the ground up to maximize space not just on a physical level but on a mental and spiritual level as well. Whoever the architects of this unit are know what they’re doing. They definitely did a job well done.
As a result, I was able to build my first library. Really. It’s my first and only personal library. A lot of people would think that 40 square meters is not enough for a comfortable interior living space with a personal library and a mini piano. Ideally, I would agree with them because logically speaking, it doesn’t compute. It just doesn’t add up, but the way the floor plan was laid out, I was able to pull this off and I was able to do it comfortably.
It’s one thing to put in a personal library and everything is cramped and you feel like you’re living in a shoe box; it’s another to pull it off well. I am so happy and so thankful that this condo unit was designed right because I have my own personal library, and I don’t feel like I’m in some sort of prison. How is that for awesome?
So, if you live in Southeast Asia and are looking to invest in Singapore, or you have some business to do in Singapore to the point that you visit it regularly throughout the year, definitely take a long look at the Twin Vew Condo complex because it might just be your home away from home. It’s that well designed.