Every morning and evening (in pre-COVID times, of course), traffic in Woodlands swells as crowds hop across the Causeway to Malaysia. Many of these people are Malaysians working in Singapore, or Singaporeans who visit Malaysia for tasty food or cheaper groceries.
If you make frequent trips to JB, you may be excited about the upcoming Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link Station. You may even be thinking of moving nearby!
Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link Station
Woodlands North MRT Station has been chosen as the site of the Singapore terminus of the upcoming Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System.
The RTS will make it possible to transition from the MRT to a rail system linking Singapore to Johor Bahru, terminating at Bukit Chagar RTS station not far from the Causeway.
With the RTS link station slated to open in 2026, living in Woodlands could become a more attractive prospect. Not only will the RTS offer a faster and more convenient way to get to JB, it could also ease road traffic at the checkpoints as more people opt to make the journey by train.
Besides its proximity to Malaysia, Woodlands also has the advantage of being one of the more affordable neighbourhoods to buy property in.
Although the area was previously served only the North South Line on the MRT network, the opening of the Thomson-East Coast Line and its new stations Woodlands North and Woodlands South has boosted connectivity to the area. These stations will eventually connect directly to Orchard and Marina Bay MRT stations.
12 Woodlands Condos to Check Out
The nearest condo is at least 2.6km away from the JB-Singapore RTS Station. There is an HDB estate in the immediate vicinity of the station, so living in a nearby HDB flat is the most convenient option if you wish to enjoy better access to the RTS Station and Woodlands North MRT. Check out HDB listings in Woodlands here.
Here’s more information about condos in Woodlands, arranged by proximity to the upcoming JB-Singapore RTS Station.
This 99-year leasehold property on Woodgrove Avenue is an affordable entry-level condo, with a price range of just $600,000 to $2,990,000. It consists of 337 units spread out across five storeys, and is thus a fairly low density condo. Located 15 minutes’ walk from both Woodlands MRT and Marsiling MRT, it offers easy access to the amenities at Woodlands Central such as Causeway Point and Woodlands Regional Library.
Located right next door to Woodhaven on Woodgrove Drive, Woodgrove Condo is a 99-year leasehold condo that has been inhabited for about 12 years. It is a low-rise condo comprising 248 units spread out over four floors and is located about 13 minutes’ walk from Marsiling MRT and 17 minutes’ walk from Woodlands MRT and the Woodlands Central amenities such as the post office and library. Units are priced at $1,070,888 to $1,650,000.
Casablanca is a 99-year leasehold condo on Rosewood Drive located about 18 minutes’ walk from Woodlands MRT station. The 16-year-old property consists of 17-storey blocks arranged around communal facilities like a swimming pool, tennis courts, and gym, and units cost an affordable $740,000 to $970,000.
This low-rise 99-year leasehold condo consists of blocks of five floors, allowing for low density living. Located at Rosewood Drive about 17 minutes’ walk from Woodlands MRT and 14 minutes’ walk from Woodlands Regional Library, it offers a full suite of facilities including swimming pool and tennis courts. Units cost $879,000 to $1,688,888.
This 8-year-old, 99-year leasehold condo currently has units listed at $499,000 to $1,700,000, with the smallest units being one-bedroom apartments. It is located about 18 minutes’ walk from Woodlands MRT, 20 minutes’ walk from Marsiling MRT and just across the road from Singapore Sports School.
This Executive Condominium (EC) at Woodlands Crescent received its TOP in 2000, which means it has already been privatised and can now be bought and sold like private property, with prices ranging from about $820,000 to $925,000. It is located about 12 minutes’ walk from Admiralty MRT.
This EC at Woodlands Avenue 5 is relatively new, having received its TOP only in 2017. The first batch of owners will be able to sell their units on the open market from 2022 onwards, and the EC will be fully privatised in 2027. It is located 14 minutes’ walk from Admiralty MRT and 15 minutes’ from Woodlands South MRT, and the units that have been put up for sale are currently priced at $960,000 to $1,080,000.
Located at Woodlands Avenue 6, this EC received its TOP in March 2016, which means units can be sold on the open market from March 2021. It will be converted to private property in 2026. The EC is located about 11 minutes’ walk from Woodlands South MRT station. Available units are currently priced at $790,000 to $1,434,000.
The Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) “expiry” date for the first batch of owners at this EC is coming up very soon in April 2021, and it will be privatised in 2026. The price range for units is currently about $850,000 to $1,800,000. Forestville is located on Woodlands Drive 16, about 14 minutes’ walk from Woodlands South MRT Station. The condo’s common areas feature extensive swimming pools, a jogging trail and lots of greenery.
This new EC received its TOP in 2019, so the first units will be put on the resale market in 2024 when the owners’ five-year MOP is reached. Located at Woodlands View about 17 minutes’ walk from Admiralty MRT, it is located near the border of Woodlands and Sembawang, not far from Sembawang Hot Spring Park.
Units at this affordably-priced 99-year leasehold condo range from about $750,000 to $1,038,000. It is about 14 years old, consists of 444 units on 12 storeys, and occupies a plot on Woodlands Drive about 14 minutes’ walk from Woodlands South MRT and 16 minutes’ walk from Admiralty MRT.
Woodsvale is an EC located on Woodlands Drive 72 about 9 minutes’ walk from Admiralty MRT, making it one of the more conveniently-situated condos or ECs in the area. It received its TOP in 2000, so it was converted into a private condo in 2010 and owners no longer need to serve an MOP before selling it on the open market. Units are priced at $830,000 to $1,500,000.
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This article was written by Joanne Poh. A former real estate lawyer, she writes about property and personal finance and spends her free time compulsively learning languages and roller skating in carparks.