First family home after four-year wait

Ms Amanda Tan, 30, her husband Leonard Leong, 31, and their one-year-old son Keagan in their new flat in Bidadari’s Alkaff Vista residential project. The couple received the keys to their four-room unit last July and moved in last November. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Couple are among first residents at Bidadari’s Alkaff Vista and take teething problems in their stride

Being one of the first few residents to move into a new Build-To-Order flat means having to put up with daily inconveniences such as renovation dust and noise.

But for sales operation manager Amanda Tan, 30, and her husband Leonard Leong, 31, it is worth it. They waited four years for their first family home.

“It gets a bit dusty from our neighbours’ renovation works so we just clean the house more frequently and use an air filter, but the freedom of having one’s own space is worth it,” said Ms Tan.

Their one-year-old son Keagan goes to infant care during the day.

“We’re usually home only in the evening and by then, the renovation works have stopped for the day, so it’s not that bad.”

The couple, who received the keys to their four-room flat last July, are one of the first residents in Bidadari’s Alkaff Vista residential project.

Moving into a new estate also means taxis and private-hire cars are often unsure of how to get to the location, especially since the development is located in a new road – Bidadari Park Drive – but the couple are taking what Ms Tan refers to as “teething problems” in their stride.

Ms Tan roped in her sister, who runs interior design firm Studio Abby, to help with renovation works, which took around three months. The couple moved into their new home last November.

They lived in Mr Leong’s family home in Yio Chu Kang while waiting for the flat to be ready. They got married in 2017.

Bidadari was the fifth time Ms Tan and Mr Leong, a sales and marketing assistant manager, had tried for a BTO flat.

All of their previous attempts were in mature estates and unsuccessful.

Save for a coffee shop, a hardware shop and a salon, most of the amenities have yet to start operations.

“It’s a really nice location to live in. Although most things are not open yet, we are just opposite Potong Pasir and a short drive away from Nex (a mall in Serangoon Central) so it’s still quite convenient,” Ms Tan said.

But in time to come, the couple will not have to go very far to do their grocery shopping or even to take their son to childcare.

They plan to enrol him in My World Preschool, which has infant care and is located within the development.

A supermarket and more shops are set to open progressively as more residents move in.

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