Peace and quiet, a landed home and a secluded beach. A new waterfront housing enclave, with price tags a fraction of those at Sentosa Cove, is taking shape in a remote corner of Singapore.
It may not have the island resort's glitz and exclusivity, but the Sembawang Greenvale housing estate makes up for it with a rustic charm that appeals to home buyers seeking a waterfront lifestyle.
Living about 2.5km from Sembawang MRT station, residents of about 350 landed homes near Sembawang Beach, overlooking Malaysia near Singapore's northern-most point, boast of the old-style kampung atmosphere of the area.
"Sometimes my neighbour calls me to check if her son is in my house," said homemaker Julia Nicole Moss. The Singaporean paid $3.2 million nine months ago for the show unit of The Shoreline Residences I, developed by the Goodland Group.
"The children come over to play for almost the whole day, and go home at dinner time," she said.
The family loves the tranquillity and sea view. "When we saw that the house had a view of the water, we were sold," said Ms Moss.
The homes are a mix of bungalows, semi-detached and terraced houses. Since the Urban Redevelopment Authority put sites in the area up for sale in 2007, it has attracted a mix of individual, boutique and larger developers, including the Fragrance Group, Goodland Group and boutique agency JBE Holdings.
Bungalows by the Sea, a 99-year leasehold development of eight units by Fragrance, has its own grass frontage leading to the beach.
Residents will get a view across the Johor Strait to the neon lights that dot Malaysia's shore as ships pass by.