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The Ultra-Rich Spare No Expense In Securing Comfort Throughout The Lockdown

It was just another day on the job for Lester Chen, a real estate agent at Singapore Realtors Inc., when he met a British expat looking for a little extra freedom to get through the nation’s ongoing circuit breaker.

Apr 29, 2020 | By Julia Roxan

It was just another day on the job, renting out offices, factories, apartments, and bungalows, along with a multitude of other residential and commercial spaces, till Singaporean Realtor, Lester Chen, met his most recent client – a British expat looking for a little extra freedom to get through the nation’s ongoing circuit breaker.

The Ultra-Rich Spare No Expense In Securing Comfort Throughout The Lockdown

In light of a worsening global pandemic, plus the closure of all non-essential industries, and communal spaces, Lester’s client, whom for privacy concerns shall not be named, currently lives off-shore on an island off Singapore’s south coast, with his family in the upscale neighborhoods of Sentosa Cove.

Dissatisfied with the prospect of not being able to swim in his condominium pool, which has since closed due to Singapore’s strict lockdown measures, the British resident wasted no expense nor time, in scouring the available properties and private amenities for a good deal in his vicinity.

He, who almost leased an entire bungalow, located a mere 10-minute jog or short golf-buggy drive from his home, worth a monthly fee of S$30,000, eventually settled for a more economical option. With the agreement of the property’s landlord, the British expat, with the help of Lester Chen, has officially signed rights to the bungalow’s pool and garden on a short-term lease of three months, terminatable at any given time, should the landlord be approached by a sincere buyer.

Though this scenario may seem extreme, an increasing number of individuals are not only looking for ways to overcome boredom and space constraint, but to unwind, breathe fresh air and enjoy life’s simplest pleasures, as each nation’s lockdown continues. Whether it be through the unexplainable satisfaction of retail therapy, embracing the quiet moments, recommitting yourself to your goals or your career, the lockdown period has proven to be a truly challenging task for people, celebrities, governments, and professional industries, from of all walks of life.


 
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