By Romesh Navaratnarajah: The appeal of a Sentosa Cove home (pictured) lies in its exclusivity and the lifestyle it offers, according to a report by AsiaOne.
Among famous personalities drawn to its appeal is Addy Lee, celebrity hair stylist and CEO of Monsoon Hair Group, who owns a three-room apartment in the enclave.
Interestingly, his neighbour at The Oceanfront condominium is controversial City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee, who's accused of misappropriating church funds. Along with four other senior church members, he faces three or more charges for allegedly using the funds to finance his wife's music career.
According to Lee, he's never crossed paths with the pastor, although he has known his wife for over 10 years.
Meanwhile, Sentosa Cove is known for its serenity, luxury and exclusivity. It is the only neighbourhood in Singapore where residents can berth their yachts next to their backyard.
"The moment I open my window, I can see the sea, and it makes me very happy.. I've recently discovered the amazing sunsets I get," said Lee.
"I feel very safe and peaceful living here. It gives me a lot of ideas for my work and businesses."
One of the most talked about properties in Sentosa Cove is the Fish House, home to Australian-born Stephen Fisher. The two-storey property was recently named one of the most relaxing homes in the world by tech site Gizmodo.
Fischer, a hedge fund manager at First Degree Global Asset Management, bought the 7,800 sq ft land site for S$3.5 million in 2005. He then spent S$2.4 million to build a 5,800 sq ft house.
While Fischer was unaware of the recent recognition, he also wasn't surprised. "The home was built for living in, not a showcase."
"Water plays a big part in the design and we swim every day. We all laughed when we read the Gizmodo rating."
"Where else can you live in a resort yet be 10 minutes from the CBD (central business district)? There are times when we don't leave the island for days," he added.
Designed by Singapore-based firm Guz Architects, the eco-friendly home is no stranger to the limelight. In 2010, it was recognised at the Architectural Design Awards organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects.
Commenting on Sentosa Cove's exclusivity, Eugene Lim, Key Executive Officer at ERA, said: "A Sentosa home is a status symbol. It's sort of a must-have if you are one of the who's who."
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