Last year in November, Malaysia’s premier lifestyle property developer Eastern & Oriental (E&O) launched its Andaman Edition 18 East seafront condominiums at Seri Tanjung Pinang in Penang. I blogged about the development after a visit to their gallery in Singapore.

Seri Tanjung Pinang is the most expensive residential area in Penang and is the local equivalent of Sentosa Cove in Singapore for luxe seaside residential.

Earlier this year in January, just before Chinese New Year, Rachel and I visited the development site in Seri Tanjung Pinang to check out the Andaman gallery in Penang as well as the various projects there, including the completed ones. Accompanying us during the visit was another fellow blogger, Valyn Lim, who shuttles between Singapore, Penang and London. Valyn is from Penang and happened to be house hunting. She is familiar with the development and regretted not buying one of the semi-detached unit at Seri Tanjung Pinang when it was first launched. Prices have since almost doubled.

Valyn checking out the scale model

Valyn checking out the scale model

I shall let the pictures do the walk-through.

The Andaman gallery at Seri Tanjung Pinang:

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The tall buildings are the Andaman series condominiums.

Sited on 21-acres of prime seafront land facing the Andaman Sea, the luxury 1, 1+1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites of Quayside are the first in the region to come with a private 4.5-acre waterpark reserved just for residents. Surrounded by a further 7 acres of gardens and tropical greenery, this is the last parcel to be developed in Phase I. Just a seafront stroll away, residents will get to enjoy all the pleasures of Straits Quay, Penang’s first retail marina offering an array of seafood restaurants, outdoor cafés, bistros, spas, cruises, and the island’s new centre for performing arts.

Andaman at Quayside, three bedroom suite:

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Andaman at Quayside, two bedroom suite:

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How do you find the showrooms?

The full floor plan, details and photo galleries are available via the official Andaman series website.  Units are selling out fast:

Orange stickers indicate sold

Orange stickers indicate sold

After visiting the gallery, it was time to check out the real stuff – the actual Andaman site, including some of the completed facilities. Part of the development was completed and there are already some residents living there.

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We also visited Quayside, which appears to be quite like Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove:

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Did the site visit measure up to the dreams sold?

For Rachel and I, we walked away tempted to buy one of the unit if we have the extra cash to utilise it as a seaside holiday resort home. Prices for Andaman units are steep for Malaysian properties, but pretty affordable for Singaporeans, thanks to the strong exchange rate for Singapore dollars.

A one bedroom unit in the Andaman series cost about half a million Singapore dollars, roughly the equivalent of a 4-room flat in Singapore for an average-income family.

According to the E&O sales manager, one tower in the Andaman series was snapped up by mostly Singaporean buyers while the other two were taken by Malaysians and international buyers respectively.

 The charm of Penang island probably adds to the appeal for potential buyers, especially Singaporeans. With a shared colonial heritage, but still maintaining much of its old town charm, Penang will hold a special place for Singaporeans who grew up when Malaysia and Singapore were one country.

If you dream of living on a peaceful tropical island where it is warm and sunny all year round, a city known for its world famous food and well-preserved rich heritage, a place where the economy is thriving yet the cost of living is affordable, the island of Penang is the place where you can find all these and more. Sounds like a culturally richer and less hectic version of Singapore doesn’t it? Sick of the heavy overcrowding in Singapore? Maybe Penang is the place to escape to for retirement. 🙂

If you are interested to find out more about E&O’s Andaman Edition 18 East project or arrange for viewing, you can visit their sales gallery in Singapore at 1 Raffles Link. 

The E&O Group

Eastern & Oriental Berhad, collectively referred to as ‘The E&O Group’ or ‘E&O’ is listed on the Main-Board of Bursa Malaysia. Its reputation as a premier lifestyle property developer with a proven track record for delivering innovative concepts and high standards of quality, is built across a series of exclusive addresses in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Penang Island.

The Group’s past signature projects include the high-end Dua Residency Condominium in the KL city centre and Idamansara and Seventy Damansara exclusive landed homes in upscale Damansara Heights. E&O’s newest completed development in the heart of KL, St Mary Residences, is styled after Manhattan’s iconic loft apartments and represents the latest in urbane and elegant city living. On Penang Island, E&O’s masterplanned seafront development Seri Tanjung Pinang is one of the most sought-after residential addresses on the island, especially with its latest launch, the Quayside and Andaman seafront resort condominiums. The neighbouring Straits Quay festive retail marina brings to life the holistic concept of living by-the-sea for residents of Seri Tanjung Pinang.

In Johor, E&O has embarked on a new joint-venture project with the wholly-owned subsidiaries of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited to develop the 210-acre Avira wellness-themed development in Medini, Iskandar Malaysia.

E&O’s core of property development is supported by a cachet of complementary lifestyle elements. In the hotel space, E&O is known for its iconic heritage hotels such as the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in George Town, Penang and the Lone Pine Hotel, the first beach front hotel on Penang’s famed BatuFerringhi tourist strip. E&O Residences Kuala Lumpur in the city’s Golden Triangle represents E&O’s extension of its hospitality expertise into the management of serviced residences. E&O’s business in the lifestyle F&B space is represented via its 100% ownership of The Delicious Group, comprising 10 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore. These elements as well as the Performing Arts Centre of Penang and Straits Quay Convention Centre reinforce E&O’s position as a true lifestyle property development Group.