Once a squatter district, Toa Payoh has become a matured and sought after HDB estate. It is also where the HDB Hub is located. As it is considered a popular location, it’s no surprise that COVs in Toa Payoh have exceeded $100,000 since the first quarter of 2013.
In fact, COE prices in the same period, was a mere $60,000 when compared to COV prices in Toa Payoh. As COVs are generated by resellers, the much higher price is indicative of the high demand and willingness to pay for a flat in Toa Payoh.
If you want to know how Toa Payoh became such a highly sought after estate, you’ll find its history and much more below;
Toa Payoh is HDB’s second satellite town. It was built in 1968 after Queenstown. This well-developed housing estate is a famous residential area in Singapore thanks, in large part to the many significant events that took place here such as, the visits by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972 and 2006, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in 2007.
It also hosted the South East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) games in 1973. Spanning over an area of 8 sq km with an estimated 150,000 residents, it has more than 36,600 flat units with the majority being 3-room and 4-room flats.
Owing to the high sales of apartments in this area, more residential areas are slated for development in this region in the coming years.
Toa Payoh, also known as the "big swamp land", used to be the place where people in the old days engaged in farming and pig rearing.
It has since undergone a massive transformation to serve as a focal point for shopping and recreational needs for its residents.
The HDB estates located in Toa Payoh is home to the Housing and Development Board’s headquarters and is integrated with Singapore’s first fully air-conditioned Toa Payoh Bus Interchange as well as Toa Payoh MRT Station.
These facilities coupled with the weather conditions in this city have led to overwhelming demand for the Toa Payoh HDB estate.
The Toa Payoh HDB estate is situated in the Central region of Singapore. The neighboring regions of Toa Payoh are Balestier (D12), Novena (D11), Potong Pasir (D13), Thomson (D11, D13).
Toa Payoh is divided into eleven sub-zones which aid in its administration and future developments. These sub-zones are:
- Paya Lebar
- Potong Pasir
- Kim Keat
- Pei Chun
- Boon Teck
- Toa Payoh Central
All these sub-zones are filled with numerous amenities – be they work or play – for residents.
Toa Payoh HDB Estate provides its residents with good transport facilities that keep the area well connected with the other parts of Singapore. Two common modes of transportation are roadways and railways.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) provides services that come at regular intervals of 2 to 8 minutes and are generally inexpensive. A huge percentage of the commuters use it for their traveling.
Some of the stations that are found in close proximity to the Toa Payoh HDB estate are Toa Payoh MRT (NS19), Braddell MRT (NS18), Novena MRT (NS20), Potong Pasir MRT (NE10), Woodleigh MRT (NE11) and Caldecott MRT (CC17). These are all underground stations.
Residents of Toa Payoh HDB Estate also have access to a bus terminal where people can get a wide variety of buses travelling towards different parts of Singapore. Singapore Bus Services (SBS) operates regular buses in this region. Some of the services in Toa Payoh are:
SBS Feeder services – 231G, 231W, 232, 235,238
SBS Transit – 8, 20, 26, 28, 31, 73, 88, 90, 139, 141, 142, 143, 145, 155, 157, 159, 163, 535
Road transportation is thus hassle free and convenient. Taxis can also be used for traveling albeit at a higher fee.
Residents of Toa Payoh HDB Estate have access to a number of good institutes. These institutes are located not very far from the Toa Payoh HDB estate and thus are very convenient for the residents.
Some of these educational institutes are:
- Kheng Cheng school
- Pei Chun Public School
- First Toa Payoh Primary School
- CHIJ Primary School
- Marymount Convent School
- Lighthouse School
- CHIJ Secondary School (Toa Payoh)
- Beatty Secondary School
- First Toa Payoh Secondary School
- Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah
All the essential facilities for a good standard of living can be found within the Toa Payoh HDB Estate. The resident’s cultural and religious aspect is also well provided for.
There are places of worship, clubs, communities, shopping centers, restaurants and other such recreational centers for the entertainment of the residents of Toa Payoh HDB Estate.
Some of the noted facilities found near Toa Payoh HDB estate are:
- Toa Payoh HUB
- Bistro Delifrance
- Fortunate Restaurant
- Forks & Spoons
- Fast Food Restaurants (McDonalds, KFC, Burger Kings, Subways, Pizza Hut, etc.)
Community Centers and Clubs
- Central Singapore CDC Main Office
- Victory Family Centre
- Safra Toa Payoh Club House
- Toa Payoh South Community Club
- Toa Payoh West Community Club
- Toa Payoh Central Community Club
- Potong Pasir Community Club
- Toa Payoh East Community Club
- National Healthcare Group Polyclinic
- TP Health Care Ltd
- Toa Payoh Senior Citizens’ Health Care Centre Ltd
- NTUC TCM Healthcare
- National Kidney Foundation
- TOUCH Home Care, Caregivers Support, Cancer Support
Places of Worship
- Church of the Risen Christ
- Chapel of The Holy Spirit
- Sri Siva Durga Temple
- Chapel of the Resurrection
- Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)
- Tong Heng Kang Ah Hood Kampong Sin Huay Temple
- Poh Teong Tian Temple
- Heritage Baptist Church
- Toa Payoh Community Library
- Sime Golf Course
- Toa Payoh Town Park
- Toa Payoh Swimming Complex
Toa Payoh HDB Estate is a thriving settlement with hawker centers, coffee shops, a community library, golf course, landscaped park and many more recreational fields. These facilities make it a popular place for buyers as it provides all the facilities one requires.
Did you know…
- The Toa Payoh area is the oldest area in Singapore.
- Prior to his migration to Australia, Toa Payoh was the area where famous author Neil Humphreys lived in?
- Model/author Bonny Hicks also resided in Toa Payoh