You may sneer and think they’re all ulu or remote, but Singapore’s developing HDB estates are potential gold mines. No one laughs at Jurong today, even though many thought it was the industrial wasteland of Singapore a few decades ago.
So if you’re ever thinking of moving in the future, keep an eye out for these estates in the coming years. You might just want to ditch your current estate and move to these places to benefit from all the improved amenities.
This estate in the west region of Singapore used to be a military training area in the past. However, it is soon to be known as Singapore’s newest HDB town. Right now, it’s underdeveloped – but it might develop fast in the next few years.
Tengah’s first batch of 1,500 HDB flats was released in November 2018. While buyers might not see its appeal now, it’s proximity to the upcoming Jurong Innovation District means its popularity is expected to grow in now time.
Tengah is envisioned as a model estate for smart and sustainable living. There will be easy access to quality amenities, generous green spaces, and dedicated gardening and farming spaces. A major feature that residents can look forward to is the 100 metre-wide, five kilometre-long forest corridor, which is part of a larger ecological pathway connecting the Western and Central catchment area.
In the future, Tengah will comprise about 42,000 new homes. Public housing will make up more than 70 per cent of the units. Serving this large volume of people will be the new Jurong Region Line, which has 24 stations and is linked to the North-South and East-West Lines.
While it’s currently the newest hip housing estate, Punggol still has a long way to go in terms of development. At present, it’s a mixture of condos, executive condominiums and HDB flats. The estate is connected to the MRT grid by an LRT station though, so that’s one extra stop on the trip.
There are plans to transform it into an eco-friendly residential town. Residents can look forward to more trail, education, community, transport and leisure amenities.
The Punggol Digital District is also the current talk of the town. The development is envisioned to be a vibrant economic learning hub with shared spaces for both industries and academia – and some even say it could be Singapore’s very own Silicon Valley.
Another major project is the Punggol Town Hub. It has a similar concept to Our Tampines Hub – but bigger. The integrated hub will bring together programmes and services from multiple agencies to serve its residents.
Cycling paths around Punggol Town Hub will also be integrated into the larger cycling network of the estate.
Sengkang is the second most populous estate in Singapore, housing 232,100 residents. Not bad for what was previously a fishing village. Compared to other mature estates, however, there’s still room for improvement.
In the next few years, residents can see even more amenities and lifestyle destinations within the area. In addition, access to recreational and green spaces will be improved.
It’s also just a stone’s throw away from Punggol, which means it’ll probably benefit from the Punggol Digital District. Commercial nodes, industrial estates and business parks will be within reach for residents, and could likely provide more job opportunities closer to home.
4. POTONG PASIR
Located between Toa Payoh and Sennett Estate in the central region of Singapore, it’s known for iconic triangular-shaped HDB blocks. In addition, it’s also one of the estates in Singapore that still retain a strong “kampung spirit”. For Potong Pasir residents, most of the amenities are located in Bishan or Toa Payoh.
While there are no concrete plans for Potong Pasir per se, Bishan and Toa Payoh are up for redevelopment, which works to their advantage. In addition, the property value of Potong Pasir will go up as well.
There are plans to establish a town with a comprehensive range of facilities. For instance, Toa Payoh is looking to develop a new sports and recreation centre. Bidadari Park will retain its original greenery where possible, as well as incorporate a new lake. In addition, the stretch of waterway at Potong Pasir will be given a facelift through PUB projects.
This story first appeared in 99.co.