Toa Payoh got its name from the Hokkien dialect which means big swamps, as the area was once covered with big swamps all around. People used to rear pigs and cattle for survival and remained involved in farming as a profession. Apart from this, the town also holds a very interesting history. Many prominent and big names like Queen Elizabeth II in the year 1972 and 2006 and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in the year 2007 had also visited the place, adding glamor to the place. The place was renovated to its present state in the year 1968 after Queenstown. Since then Toa Payoh has served as the most preferred place for residential purposes by families due to its availability of a number of facilities, all in a single place.
Spread across a large area of 8 sq. km. with an estimated total of 150,000 residents, the most sought after street in Toa Payoh is the Toa Payoh Central. Consisting of 14 blocks and ~1538 HDB units, the street has a lot to offer. The oldest HDB estate in the street was developed in the year 1972, while the most recent one’s foundation was laid in the year 2009. The difference in the time zones ensure that the residents get a myriad of options while choosing the flat types, one can choose from traditionally styled ones while modern and complex interior designs can also be found. Families can choose from 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, and 5 bedrooms variants of flats which are provided with beautiful surroundings, greenery, playgrounds for children, and better communities. The residential properties have been provided with almost all facilities like hospitals, retail stores, educational institutions, shopping malls, places for worship, and many more. This area has a postal range from 310177 to 319196.
Toa Payoh Central also offers great transportation facilities. People have the option to choose from both roadways and railways. Surrounding areas like Bishan and Serangoon to the North, the Central Water Catchment to the Northwest, Kallang to the South, Geylang to the Southeast, Novena to the West and Hougang to the East are well connected with the place via many arterial roads. For people preferring train services, the nearest MRT station are the Toa Payoh MRT station, Braddell MRT station and Caldecott MRT station. Here, one can easily find commute trains within 2-8 minutes or else take intra-transits for commuting to work. Similarly, the main bus services running in the area too.
Furthermore, Toa Payoh Central also offers various opportunities to families who are looking forward to admitting their children into daycare centers or primary schools. Some of them have been listed below:
Day Care Centers
- Mulberry Learning @ Toa Payoh
- Child Care Link
- PAP Community Foundation Education Center
- MacPherson Sheng Hong Childcare Center
- Safari House Preschool Toa Payoh
- CHIJ Primary Toa Payoh
- Cedar Primary School
- Andrew’s Junior School
- First Toa Payoh Primary School
- Kheng Cheng School
Toa Payoh Central also houses secondary schools like Beatty Secondary School, Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, CHIJ Secondary School, Saint Andrew’s Secondary School. One of the colleges found in close proximity to the area is St. Andrew’s Junior College.
The place also offers a variety of options for people looking for entertainment, such as shopping malls, movie theatres, dine-out places, places of worship, and many more. One can find some of the examples from the list mentioned below:
- Sher- Casual Dining & Bar
- Jack’s Place Restaurant
- The Singapura Club
- Caffe B
- Gosso Yakitori Dining
- Maacpherson Mall
- Toa Payoh Mall
- Zhongshan Mall
- Balestier Hill Shopping Center
- Junction 8
- Aljunied Park
- Toa Payoh Town Park
- Bishan Harmony Park
- Bunga Rampai Park
- Bidadari Garden
Toa Payoh Central is also well connected to its surrounding streets like Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. No wonder, the place has been garnering the most sought after position among families and property investors due to its favorable weather conditions, and presence of almost all basic amenities and facilities for many years.