All flats in Bidadari, Kallang/Whampoa, Community Care Apartments oversubscribed

February 8, 2021

The 169 units of Community Care Apartments at Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok received 319 applicants as of 5pm on Friday (5 February), just a day after the launch.

Competition for Build-to-Order (BTO) flats within the mature estates of Toa Payoh (Bidadari) and Kallang/Whampoa were stiff with all the units oversubscribed just a day after launch.

Singapore’s first assisted living flats in Bukit Batok have also been oversubscribed, with the 169 units of Community Care Apartments at Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok receiving 319 applicants as of 5pm on Friday (5 February), reported The Straits Times (ST).

The 32 sq m flats are offered only to seniors aged 65 and above. Featuring senior friendly fittings such as wheelchair-accessible bathroom and grab bars, the flats also come with mandatory service package which include basic health checks, 24-hour emergency monitoring and response, simple home fixes as well as activities at the development’s communal spaces.

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On Thursday (4 February), the HDB launched a total of 3,740 BTO flats across seven housing projects for sale.

The five-room flats in Alkaff Breeze and ParkEdge @ Bidadari housing projects emerged as the most in demand, with over three applicants vying for each of the 323 flats.

Excluding grants, these flats are priced from $611,000, making them the most expensive in the launch, noted ST.

The 797 units of four-room flats within all three of Bidadari’s housing projects – Bartley GreenRise, Alkaff Breeze and ParkEdge @ Bidadari – received over one applicant each.

The three-room flats in Bartley GreenRise also received 141 applicants for each of the 96 units, or over one applicant per unit.

McNair Heights in Kallang/Whampoa also emerged as the most popular project in the launch, with the 386 four-room units attracting more than two applicants each.

The project’s three-room units witnessed less demand albeit still oversubscribed, with the 104 units getting 127 applicants.

McNair Heights’ three-room flats were priced from $359,000, while the four-room flats from $532,000. The flats are set to be completed by Q2 2026.

Buyers who wish to live within the non-mature estates of Tengah and Bukit Batok face a better luck of securing a unit as application rates were relatively low, said ST.

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Only West Hill @ Bukit Batok’s three-room flats and Parc Woods @ Tengah’s four-room flats were oversubscribed.

West Hill @ Bukit Batok’s 331 five-room flats drew only 222 applicants, while its 387 four-room flats attracted only 245 applicants.

Prices for a three-room flat in Bukit Batok starts from $175,000 and $384,000 for a five-room unit, making them the most affordable in the launch.

Applications for the flats closes on Wednesday (10 February), with the flats to be allocated via balloting.

The HDB is set to offer about 3,800 flats in Geylang, Bukit Merah, Tengah and Woodlands in May.

In August, another 4,900 flats will be launched in Kallang/Whampoa, Queenstown, Jurong East, Hougang and Tampines.

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Jimmy Tan
Feb 08, 2021
Let's hope that fewer than 70% will have applied for the flats in West Hill @ Bukit Batok overall, so that HDB will not proceed with the BTO construction. This will ensure that the entire Bukit Batok Hillside Park area will be preserved for the sake of biodiversity and our long-term health and well-being, as proposed by my petiton in change.org/bukitbatokhillsidearea
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