In just a few weeks, May 2019 BTO will be upon us. Here’s quick preview and study of this upcoming BTO launch.
Nothing too technical. So let’s commence.
Whampoa / Kallang
First off, we have a sequel to the Whampoa estate from February 2019 launch. Please expect history to repeat itself with a high selling price, high demand and low availability. 😅
But, is it better than the previous (Feb 2019) BTO?
This is the Feb 2019 BTO of the Whampoa (Towner Crest) estate.
And this is the upcoming May 2019 BTO of Whampoa estate.
Is it better? Possibly. In terms of accessibility, this new Whampoa BTO is directly at the doorstep of Boon Keng MRT station exit C. Even if you get a unit furthest from the MRT station, it’s still barely a 100 metres stroll to Boon Keng MRT station.
Boon Keng MRT station is only 2 stops to Little India interchange and 3 stops to Serangoon (northbound) or Dhoby Ghaut (southbound) station.
How about the Feb 2019 Whampoa? You’ll need to cross a (Serangoon) Road after leaving exit C. You’ll dread it when there’s a heavy downpour, and regret not waiting for the May 2019 Whampoa.
While the number of units has increased (440 vs 580) this time, but 2-room Flexi is here to join the party. The exact number of units for 3-room and 4-room is still unknown but we can presume it to be about the same.
Kallang? What Kallang? It’s missing from the map.
Conclusion: If money is not a deciding factor, go for this. You won’t go wrong to have Boon Keng MRT station at your doorstep.
It’s not that near to the upcoming Woodlands South MRT station. Measuring a straight line distance from the centre of the project to the MRT station, it’s approximately 500 metres. Average Singaporeans walking speed is 6.15 km per hour,so a walk to the MRT station should be shorter than 5 minutes. 🥴
Note: Thomson-East Coast Line will be open in stages. Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South happens to be in the first stage and will open by this year (2019). That shouldn’t matter since you’ll most likely move in by 2022 or 2023. At least you have the train stations ready for you.
Of course, I’m neglecting the fact that there will be multiple exits for the train stations and there will be blocks nearer to the station. But since all these details aren’t available yet, we will make do with this judgment first.
It’s comforting to know that there’s a primary school and a secondary school nearby. Shopping? Vista Point is nothing to shout at. Just hop on the train and do your shopping at Causeway Point.
Conclusion: It’s not that near to the MRT station and there’s nothing really much to shout about.
I like to think Tengah as a “new Punggol”.
It’s definitely not developed now but I imagine it will be flourishing with business and new families in another 10 years. Good investment? Maybe. I have no knowledge of real-estate investing.
Look! The projects are so near to (JE1) Tengah New Town MRT station (upcoming Jurong Region Line).
Image credit: LTA
Tengah Plantation MRT station is expected to begin operation in 2027. That’s about 3 to 4 years after the BTO is ready. Meanwhile, I do anticipate buses to bridge the connectivity. Don’t expect to drive your car freely. Tengah is a car-free town centre. A forest town.
Information is scarce at the moment but here are some concept photos of Tengah by HDB.
Image credit: HDB
Beautiful, isn’t it?
Conclusion: This is Punggol all over again. People will say Tengah is ulu, but we know Tengah will be an estate for the future generation. Secure a unit near the MRT station now.
This is just an analysis base on the preview provided by HDB. We will know more when the May 2019 BTO is launch. Stay tuned.
My personal favourite? Boon Keng and Tengah.