Feb 2021 HDB BTO Launch Review: Bukit Batok, Kallang/Whampoa, Tengah, and Toa Payoh (Bidadari)

HDB flats in Kallang/Whampoa estate today
HDB flats in Kallang/Whampoa estate today (Image credit: HDB)

As part of the August 2020 HDB BTO launch (which was combined with the May 2020 launch), BTO flats were recently launched in Choa Chu Kang, Tengah, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Geylang, Pasir Ris, and Tampines.

At the same time, HDB also announced the locations for the upcoming February 2021 HDB BTO launch next year: Bukit Batok, Tengah, Kallang/Whampoa, and Toa Payoh (Bidadari).

Here’s what you can expect from these four BTO projects, so you can decide whether or not to BTO for this launch!

Feb 2021 HDB BTO launch overview

Bukit Batok

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

960

Tengah

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

760

Kallang/Whampoa

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

620

Toa Payoh (Bidadari)

3-room, 4-room, 5-room

1,200

Despite these uncertain times, it seems HDB is still forging ahead with launching BTO flats every quarter for Singaporeans. In the same vein, demand hasn’t dwindled. The 7,862 BTO flats offered in the recent August 2020 exercise were oversubscribed, with HDB receiving 17,947 applications just a day after the launch.

For the February 2021 HDB BTO launch, four BTO projects will be made available, similar to previous launches which have had four to five projects per launch.

There will be an even split of mature and non-mature estates. Notably, the two mature estates in question — Kallang/Whampoa and Toa Payoh (Bidadari) — are highly popular estates due to their prime, city fringe location.

 

Feb 2021 Bukit Batok BTO review

Name of the Bukit Batok BTO project

TBC

Address

Bukit Batok West Avenue 5

Unit mix

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

Price

TBC

Nearest MRT

Bukit Gombak MRT

Nearby amenities

 

West Mall, Bukit Batok Polyclinic, Bukit Gombak Sports Hall, Bukit Gombak Stadium, Bukit Batok Swimming Complex, Civil Service Club @ Bukit Batok, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, Bukit Batok Town Park (Little Guilin)

 

Nearby schools

Princess Elizabeth Primary, Keming Primary, Dazhong Primary, St Anthony’s Primary, Lianhua Primary, Bukit View Primary & Secondary, Dunearn Secondary, Swiss Cottage Secondary, Bukit Batok Secondary, Hillgrove Secondary, Dulwich College, Millennia Institute

 

Map showing the location of the Bukit Batok BTO units

Locality of the Bukit Batok BTO units (Image credit: HDB)

The 960 Bukit Batok BTO flats will range from 2-room Flexi units all the way to 5-room units, so interested applicants will have access to more choices for flat type.

Unfortunately, there are no MRT stations within the immediate vicinity. The nearest MRT will be Bukit Gombak, which will be at least a 15-minute walk away. If you aren’t keen on walking, the next best option will be a short bus ride. The closest mall will be West Mall at Bukit Batok, which will also be about the same distance away.

That said, the BTO flats won’t be too far from Bukit Batok Town Park, also known as “Little Guilin”. This is a beautiful landscaped park that has rock cliffs overlooking a tranquil lake, popular as a spot for wedding photoshoots and photography enthusiasts.

The BTO flats will also be located close to the upcoming Tengah estates, so residents can easily venture out to access Tengah’s many green offerings. This includes a car-free town centre and plenty of lush greenery.

Additionally, the Bukit Batok BTO flats won’t be far from Jurong Lake District, which is set to become Singapore’s second CBD!

Check out this article for more in-depth information on the Bukit Batok BTO project.

Buying

Check out this article for more in-depth information on the Bukit Batok BTO project.

 

Feb 2021 Tengah BTO review

Name of the Tengah BTO project

TBC

Address

Tengah Drive (u/c)

Unit mix

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

Price

TBC

Nearest MRT

Tengah Plantation MRT (ready in 2027)

Nearby amenities

 

West Mall, Keat Hong Shopping Centre, Sports and recreation centre (proposed), Jurong East Sports Centre, Bukit Batok Swimming Complex, Civil Service Club @ Bukit Batok, Health and medical facilities (proposed), Community gardens, Forest Corridor (proposed)

 

Nearby schools

Concord Primary School, Choa Chu Kang Primary School, Shuqun Primary, Corporation Primary, St Anthony’s Primary, Dazhong Primary, Princess Elizabeth Primary, Corporation Primary, Jurong Primary, Huiling Primary, Bukit Batok Secondary, Dunearn Secondary, Hua Yi Secondary, Jurongville Secondary, Fuhua Secondary, Yuhua Secondary, Dulwich College, Millennia Institute, Canadian International School

Map showing the location of the Tengah BTO units

Locality of the Tengah BTO units (Image credit: HDB)

The Tengah BTO flats will be a five to 10-minute walk away from Tengah Plantation MRT. This MRT station is expected to be ready in 2027, and will form part of the upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL).

When the line is fully operational in 2028, residents will enjoy convenient train access to other parts of the west such as Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East, and Boon Lay. The JRL will also have an MRT stop at Nanyang Technological University (Nanyang Crescent MRT).

Additionally, a bus interchange is being proposed to be built right next to the BTO flats, although some may not find this favourable due to noise and pollution concerns.

A neighbourhood centre is currently being built about a five to 10-minute walk away from the BTO project site, from which families can conveniently get food and daily necessities. Another neighbourhood centre, this time integrated with a polyclinic, is also being proposed to be built a similar distance away from the BTO flats.

If you have green fingers, you’ll be glad to know that the BTO flats will be surrounded by community gardens!

Keen to learn more? Read this article for more information on the Tengah BTO project.

Buying

Keen to learn more? Read this article for more information on the Tengah BTO project.

 

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Feb 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO review

Name of the Kallang/Whampoa BTO project

TBC

Address

Balestier Road

Unit mix

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

Price

TBC

Nearest MRT

Boon Keng MRT

Nearby amenities

 

 

Jalan Besar Plaza, Kitchener Complex, Bendemeer Shopping Centre, City Square Mall, Mustafa Centre, Kallang Polyclinic (to open by 2020), Civil Service Club @ Tessensohn, St Wilfred Field, St Wilfred Squash & Tennis Centre, Jalan Besar Stadium and Swimming Complex, Kallang Riverside Park

 

Nearby schools

Bendemeer Primary, Hong Wen School, Northlight School, Bendemeer Secondary

 

Map showing the location of the Kallang/Whampoa BTO units

Locality of the Kallang/Whampoa BTO units (Image credit: HDB)

Located minutes from Boon Keng MRT, these BTO flats will likely be highly sought after given their central location.

Eager applicants may want to note that the BTO flats will be right next to Kwong Wai Shiu hospital, as well as the upcoming Kallang Polyclinic. There will also be a few temples right across the road from the BTO flats.

Mustafa Centre will be only a 15-minute walk away. From toothpaste to cameras, you’ll be able to find anything and everything here, and the best part is it’s open 24/7!

Unlike typical HDB estates, there aren’t many schools around the area, so parents may need to travel out further when taking the kids to school.

Only 620 BTO flats will be launched here, so you can expect some tough competition.

Take a look at this article for a full review on the Kallang/Whampoa project.

Buying

Take a look at this article for a full review on the Kallang/Whampoa project.

 

Feb 2021 Toa Payoh (Bidadari) BTO review

Name of the Toa Payoh (Bidadari) BTO project

TBC

Address

Upper Aljunied Road, Bartley Walk (u/c)

 

Unit mix

3-room, 4-room, 5-room

Price

TBC

Nearest MRT

Woodleigh MRT (units at Aljunied Road), Bartley MRT (units at Bartley Walk)

 

Nearby amenities

 

The Woodleigh Mall (ready in 2022), The Venue Shoppes, The Poiz Centre, Macpherson Mall, Bidadari Park, comprising Alkaff Lake and a heritage walk (ready in 2022), Health and medical care facility (proposed), PUB Recreation Club

 

Nearby schools

Maris Stella High School (Primary & Secondary), Bartley Secondary, Cedar Girls’ Secondary, Stamford American International School

 

Map showing the location of the Toa Payoh (Bidadari) BTO units

Locality of the Toa Payoh (Bidadari) units (Image credit: HDB)

The Toa Payoh BTO flats will be located in two spots in Bidadari, both close to each other. The ones at Bartley Walk will only be a five to 10-minute walk from Bartley MRT.

The closest MRT to the BTO flats along Upper Aljunied Road will be Woodleigh MRT, which will be a 10- to 15-minute walk away. 

All of these Toa Payoh BTO flats will be adjacent to the upcoming Bidadari park. In fact, the BTO flats along Upper Aljunied Road will be just across the road from Alkaff Lake, one of the park’s highlights. Apart from this tranquil water body in Bidadari Park, residents can look forward to a 700-metre heritage walk showcasing Bidadari’s history. 

Maris Stella High School and Cedar Girls’ Secondary, both popular schools, will be located very close to the BTO flats.  

Read this in-depth article to find out more about the Toa Payoh (Bidadari) project.

Buying

Read this in-depth article to find out more about the Toa Payoh (Bidadari) project.

 

Conclusion: Which BTO should I pick in Feb 2021?

If you’re looking for the most affordable option, Bukit Batok is the one to look out for. The next cheapest option would be Tengah, which boasts better accessibility (it’s nearer to the MRT (JRL)). You’ll also have slightly better access to amenities for daily needs in the form of neighbourhood centres.

The Kallang/Whampoa and Toa Payoh (Bidadari) BTO flats fare less well in terms of proximity to such amenities.  However, although there are fewer neighbourhood centres close by in those areas, they make up for it with their central location and close distance to the MRT. We predict that they’ll also carry a significantly higher price tag.

If you’re eyeing the Kallang/Whampoa or Toa Payoh (Bidadari) projects, be prepared for tough competition. In 2016, there were 1,039 applicants fighting for 236 5-room BTO flats in Bidadari. For Kallang/Whampoa, there were an astounding 7,084 applications for only 850 BTO units in February last year. 

Those with bigger families will be glad to know that all four projects offer 4-room units, with the Bukit Batok and Toa Payoh (Bidadari) projects offering larger 5-room units. If you prefer a home near the MRT, all the BTO projects offer that, with the exception of Bukit Batok. Want to live in a more green and tranquil environment? The Toa Payoh (Bidadari) and Tengah BTO projects might be suitable for you.

Can’t find anything that’s right for you in the February 2021 HDB BTO launch?

You can always explore resale flats as an option! Check out our latest listings in the same areas:

February 2021 too soon for you? Check out the May 2021 BTO launches instead: 

 

More FAQs related to HDB BTOs

Can I own more than one HDB flat?

No, you can only own one HDB flat at a time. This includes other properties owned by HDB like executive condominiums (EC).

Who is eligible for a BTO?

You will need to be a Singapore citizen, or applying with a citizen. To check if you are eligible to apply for a BTO, you may check your status at the HDB website here.

How long will a BTO take to be ready?

Around 3-4 years.

Can I apply for BTO and SBF at the same time?

No, you may only apply for each exercise at a time. Should you wish to apply for a SBF after applying for a BTO (or vice versa), you will be forfeiting your earlier application.

 

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