Aug 2021 HDB BTO Launch Review: Hougang, Jurong East, Kallang/Whampoa, Queenstown, and Tampines

HDB blocks in Queenstown

4,989 units will be offered in the Aug 2021 HDB BTO launch in five estates: Hougang, Jurong East, Kallang/Whampoa, Queenstown, and Tampines. 

If your eyes lit up at ‘Queenstown’ and ‘Jurong East’, you’re probably not the only one. After all, this will be the first time in nearly a decade where new flats are being offered in these estates.  

Update: The August 2021 BTO application deadline is 17 August 2021, Tuesday, 11.59pm. For those who are applying, read our guide on How to Ace Your HDB BTO Application And Increase Your Ballot Chances to hopefully improve your odds. Good luck! 

Read on to find out what’s in store for each of these August 2021 BTO projects!

 

Aug 2021 HDB BTO Launch Overview

Hougang

2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room, 5-room

1,335

Jurong East

2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room

569

Kallang/Whampoa

3-room, 4-room

316

Queenstown

3-room, 4-room

610

Tampines

2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room, 5-room

2,159

Compared to past BTO launches announced this year, the August 2021 BTO launch will have the most number of estates and units. Seven BTO projects will be available across two non-mature estates and three mature estates.

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Hougang Citrine and Kovan Wellspring Aug 2021 Hougang BTO Review

Name of the Hougang BTO projects

Hougang Citrine and Kovan Wellspring

Address

Hougang Avenue 3; bounded by Upper Serangoon Road and Tampines Road

Unit mix

2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room, 5-room

Price

From $108,000 (2-room Flexi), $199,000 (3-room), $324,000 (4-room), and $392,000 (5-room)

Nearest MRT

Bartley MRT (Circle Line), Kovan MRT (North East Line)

Nearby amenities

Hougang Mall, The Midtown, Hougang Sports Hall, Hougang Swimming Complex, Hougang Stadium, neighbourhood centres, park connectors, Hougang Polyclinic, health and medical care facilities (proposed)

Nearby schools

Maris Stella High (Primary and Secondary), Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ (Primary and Secondary), Xinmin (Primary and Secondary), Xinghua Primary, Holy Innocents’ Primary, CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity Primary, Yuying Secondary, Bowen Secondary, Holy Innocents’ High

Hougang Citrine and Kovan Wellspring August 2021 Hougang BTO Map

KOVAN SPRINGWELL BTO MAP

Locality map of the Kovan Wellspring August 2021 Hougang BTO flats bounded by Upper Serangoon Road and Tampines Road. Source: HDB

HOUGANG CITRINE BTO MAP

Locality map of Hougang Citrine Hougang BTO flats along Hougang Avenue 3. Source: HDB

The Hougang Citrine and Kovan Wellspring BTO projects will be made available in Hougang as part of the August 2021 BTO launch. Kovan Wellspring will be bounded by Upper Serangoon Road and Tampines Road, while Hougang Citrine will be located along Hougang Avenue 3.

Both Hougang August 2021 BTO projects will be within a short bus ride away from amenities such as schools, parks, and neighbourhood centres. Schools that are close to the flats include Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ and Maris Stella High.

One major perk of the Kovan Wellspring project located along Upper Serangoon Road is that it will be right in front of Kovan MRT. It will also be closer to the heart of Hougang, where Hougang Mall, a bus interchange, sports facilities, and the polyclinic are located.

In contrast, the Hougang Citrine BTO flats along Hougang Avenue 3 will be slightly further away from the heart of Hougang. Its nearest MRT, Bartley MRT, will be around 20 minutes away by bus.

With that said, there are plans to build a health and medical care centre just across the road.

 

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Toh Guan Grove Aug 2021 Jurong East BTO Review

Name of the Jurong East BTO project

Toh Guan Grove

Address

Toh Guan Road

Unit mix

2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room

Price

From $121,000 (2-room Flexi), $237,000 (3-room), and $347,000 (4-room)

Nearest MRT

Toh Guan MRT (Jurong Region Line; opening in 2027), Bukit Batok West MRT (Jurong Region Line; opening in 2027), Jurong East MRT (North South Line, East West Line, Jurong Region Line; opening in 2027)

Nearby amenities

JEM, Westgate, JCube, IMM, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Jurong Community Hospital, Jurong Lake Gardens, park connectors

Nearby schools

Yuhua Primary, Fuhua Primary, Crest Secondary

Toh Guan Grove August 2021 Jurong East BTO Map

Locality map of the August 2021 Jurong East BTO flats

Locality map of the Toh Guan Grove August 2021 Jurong East BTO flats. Source: HDB

This will be the first time in 10 years that Jurong East will have a BTO project launched in the estate. The last time a BTO was launched in this non-mature estate was September 2011.

Located close to the heart of Jurong East, an MRT station and interchange, bus interchange, and malls will be only around 10 minutes away by bus. Residents of Toh Guan Grove will get to enjoy a wide variety of retail and dining options at JEM, Westgate, JCube, and IMM.

Apart from public transport and malls, medical facilities such as Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital will be within a 15-minute bus ride away.

The Toh Guan Grove Jurong East August 2021 BTO project will also be a huge draw for nature lovers. Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden are in the vicinity and are set to re-open from 2021 onwards as part of Jurong Lake Gardens.

The upcoming Jurong Lake District and an integrated tourism development will also be located close to the flats. As such residents can expect more job opportunities closer to home in subsequent years.

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Towner Residences Aug 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO Review

Name of the Kallang/Whampoa BTO project

Towner Residences

Address

Towner Road

Unit mix

3-room, 4-room

Price

From $336,000 (3-room), and $500,000 (4-room)

Nearest MRT

Boon Keng MRT (North East Line), Farrer Park MRT (North East Line), Bendemeer MRT (Downtown Line)

Nearby amenities

City Square Mall, Mustafa Centre, Bendemeer Shopping Mall, Jalan Besar Plaza, Kitchener Complex, neighbourhood centres, Kallang Polyclinic (to open in end-2021), Farrer Park Hospital, Civil Service Club @ Tessensohn, Jalan Besar Stadium and Swimming Complex, park connectors

Nearby schools

Hong Wen School, Bendemeer Primary, Bendemeer Secondary, NorthLight School

Towner Residences August 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO Map

Towner Residences Aug 2021 Kallang Whampoa BTO Map

Locality map of the Towner Residences August 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats. Source: HDB

With a city-fringe location and only 316 flats up for grabs, balloters can expect stiff competition for the Towner Residences Kallang/Whampoa BTO units.

Residents will have easy access to public transport, with Boon Keng MRT just within six minutes by foot. Travelling to areas such as Tampines and Downtown will be faster as well via the Downtown Line, with Bendemeer MRT not too far away from the flats.

For retail needs and daily essentials, City Square Mall, Mustafa Centre, and neighbourhood centres are within a few streets away.

The Towner Residences August 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats will also be close to healthcare facilities. Kallang Polyclinic, set to open by the end of 2021, will be 10 minutes away by foot. For more comprehensive medical needs, Farrer Park Hospital will be only one stop away by train.

Despite Kallang/Whampoa being a mature estate, there currently aren’t many schools near the Towner Residences BTO location. However, Hong Wen School will just be across the street.

 

Queen's Arc Aug 2021 Queenstown BTO Review

Name of the Queenstown BTO project

Queen's Arc

Address

Queensway

Unit mix

3-room, 4-room

Price

From $382,000 (3-room), and $540,000 (4-room)

Nearest MRT

Queenstown MRT (East West Line)

Nearby amenities

IKEA, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, Queensway Shopping Centre, Dawson Place, neighbourhood centres, Alexandra Hospital, Queenstown Polyclinic, health and medical care facilities (proposed), Queenstown Swimming Complex and Stadium

Nearby schools

New Town Primary, Queenstown Primary, Queensway Secondary, Queenstown Secondary, Crescent Girls’

Queen's Arc August 2021 Queenstown BTO Map

Locality map of the August 2021 Queenstown BTO flats

Locality map of the August 2021 Queenstown BTO flats. Source: HDB

Queenstown is another estate that hasn’t seen a BTO launch in a long time. The last BTO launch here was nine years ago in November 2012.

Located in a mature estate and city-fringe location, the Queen's Arc Queenstown BTO project is expected to be popular among applicants.

The flats will offer quick access to various amenities from retail developments to healthcare facilities. For example, IKEA, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, and Queensway Shopping Centre will all be within a five-minute walk.

In addition, Queenstown MRT, Queenstown Swimming Complex and Stadium, and Queenstown Polyclinic can be reached by bus in about 10 minutes.

Buyers may also like to note that Alexandra Hospital will be just across the street. A health and medical care centre is also being planned to be built next to the Queen's Arc BTO project.

Crescent Girls’, a popular girls’ school in Singapore, will be around a 25-minute bus ride from the flats. Apart from this school, options for nearby schools are relatively limited.

 

Tampines GreenJade and Tampines GreenQuartz Aug 2021 Tampines BTO Review

Name of the Tampines BTO projects

Tampines GreenJade and Tampines GreenQuartz

Address

Tampines Street 96

Unit mix

2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room, 5-room

Price

From $142,000 (2-room Flexi), $244,000 (3-room), $342,000 (4-room), and $475,000 (5-room)

Nearest MRT

Tampines West MRT (Downtown Line), Bedok Reservoir MRT (Downtown Line)

Nearby amenities

Tampines Mall, Century Square, Tampines 1, neighbourhood centres, Our Tampines Hub, SAFRA Tampines, Bedok Reservoir, Changi General Hospital, health and medical care centres (proposed)

Nearby schools

Junyuan Primary, Gongshang Primary, Poi Ching School, Yumin Primary, Chongzheng Primary, Changkat Primary, St Hilda’s (Primary and Secondary), St Anthony’s Canossian (Primary and Secondary), Springfield Secondary, Junyuan Secondary, Pasir Ris Secondary, Changkat Changi Secondary, Pathlight, ITE College East, Temasek Polytechnic, United World College (East Campus)

Tampines GreenJade and Tampines GreenQuartz August 2021 Tampines BTO Map

Locality map of the August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96

Locality map of the Tampines GreenJade August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96. Source: HDB

Locality map of the other August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96

Locality map of the Tampines GreenQuartz August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96. Source: HDB

Tampines is another estate that will have two projects launched in August 2021, with both located on either side of Tampines Street 96. Tampines GreenJade is closer to Bedok Reservoir and will have 546 units, while the Tampines GreenQuartz flats across the street will have 1,613 units.

The nearest MRT will be Tampines West MRT, which will just be around 10 minutes from both BTO projects by foot.

With Bedok Reservoir just a short bus ride away, both Tampines GreenJade and Tampines GreenQuartz Tampines BTO projects will be a draw for nature lovers.

For more recreational options, residents can head to Our Tampines Hub and SAFRA Tampines by bus.

Families can also look forward to lots of retail and dining options to choose from. Tampines 1, Century Square, and Tampines Mall are all within 15 minutes by bus.

Healthcare facilities are easily accessible as well, with Changi General Hospital located a few streets away. There are also plans to build two health and medical centres near the projects.

 

Conclusion: Which BTO Should You Pick in Aug 2021?

“I Want the Most Affordable One!”

If you’re looking for a more affordable BTO unit, you might want to consider going for the Hougang or Jurong East BTO projects. Units here are expected to be relatively cheaper since they’re located in non-mature estates.

The starting price for a 4-room flat at Hougang Citrine starts at $324,000. For the Toh Guan Grove Jurong East launch, prices for the same type of flat starts at $347,000. This is much more affordable than the starting price of $540,000 for a 4-room flat in the Queen's Arc Queenstown BTO project.

The starting price for a 4-room flat in the Towner Residencres Kallang/Whampoa launch starts at $500,000.

“A Convenient Location Is My Priority!”

In terms of convenience of location, the BTO projects in Hougang, Jurong East, and Queenstown come out tops. The Toh Guan Grove Jurong East BTO units will be within walking distance from Toh Guan MRT, while the Kovan Wellspring Hougang BTO project along Upper Serangoon Road will be right smack in front of Kovan MRT.

The projects in these three estates are also closely located to a wide range of amenities such as schools, malls, and healthcare facilities.

“Which Ones Are the Most Highly Anticipated?”

The Queen's Arc Queenstown and Toh Guan Grove Jurong East BTO projects are expected to be the most popular since it’s been almost 10 years since the BTO units have been launched in these estates. Those who are planning to ballot in these areas can expect some heavy competition.

Securing a flat is likely to be even tougher in Queenstown than in Jurong given Queentown’s status as a mature estate and proximity to the city centre.

If you're looking for a flat close to the CBD, you can also consider the Towner Residences Kallang/Whampoa BTO. However, it’s also set to be oversubscribed given that only 300 units are up for grabs.

To increase your chances of securing a BTO, you can consider balloting in less popular estates such as Hougang and Tampines.

Alternatively, you can always look into resale flats in these same areas!

 

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