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In every edition of The PropertyGuru, we’ll be taking a closer look at one district in Singapore. We’ll be looking at the key buying factors and identifying properties worth a closer look. In this edition, Shabnam Muzammil and Nikki De Guzman shine the spotlight on District 16.

The Siglap neighbourhood is dominated by landed homes.

Nestled in the east, District 16 is a largely residential enclave comprising HDB flats and private homes offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Dotted with several neighbourhood schools such as Chai Chee Secondary School and Temasek Primary and Secondary Schools, as well as amenities such as the upcoming Bedok Mall, Bedok Point, Siglap Shopping Centre and the many country clubs in Tanah Merah, District 16 is home to some of the oldest suburbs in Singapore and keeps attracting a growing catchment of families, students and expatriates.
Upper East Coast Roadm is lined with several restaurants and shophouses.

The area is served by the Bedok MRT station and Bus Interchange, Tanah Merah MRT station and Kembangan MRT station.

Speaking to The PropertyGuru, Alan Cheong, Research Head at Savills Singapore, noted that the district features a good mix of locals and foreigners.  

“It is a sought after location by expatriates, particularly Westerners and some from South Asia. The agglomeration of F&B activities, easy access to sea sports and a good transportation network are main drawing factors. As the number of foreign tenants increase in the area, it also creates further drawing power for more to take abode in the district.” 

“For locals, the East Coast and Bedok areas have been home to over a generation of Singaporeans. As they mature and grow in income status, District 16 would be a natural lure for them to settle in a place which they feel an attachment to.”

District 16 continues to command fairly stable prices given it is a favourite with property seekers.

“For the period of July to October, prices of non-landed new sale homes averaged S$1,464 psf with an average price quantum of S$1.27 million. The average size averaged 881 sq ft. For resale homes, the average price over the same period was S$1,057 with an average price quantum of S$1.34 million,” Cheong said.

A spate of new developments has turned the district into a popular hunting ground for buyers, with developers targeting sites surrounding the Tanah Merah MRT station.

Artist's Impression of The Glades @ Tanah Merah.

One promising project to look out for is Urban Vista, situated at the junction of New Upper Changi Road and Tanah Merah Kechil Link. The development is within a one-minute walk to Tanah Merah MRT station and comprises 582 residential units priced from S$1,350 psf, ranging from one to four-bedroom suites, SOHO units, standard apartments, dual-key units, garden homes and penthouses, in two distinct clusters to suit both singles and families.

Another project in proximity to Tanah Merah MRT station, being within five-minute walking distance, is eCO by Far East Organization. Located at a private residential area along Bedok South Avenue 3, the project features SOHO, Suite, Loft, Condominium and Townhouse units within a gated community, and is centred on a “Green” theme with facilities in tune with nature such as a rain garden for rain harvesting, an eco-stream, vertical greenery and a community garden where residents can grow their own vegetables.

Upcoming project The Glades @ Tanah Merah, by Keppel Land and Vanke Group, situated right next to Tanah Merah MRT station and featuring a sheltered linkway leading right to it, has also been generating a lot of interest. The development is located on a 343,173 sq ft site and features nine towers of 726 one to four-bedroom standard, SOHO, dual-key and penthouse units, ranging from 452 to 2,595 sq ft in size.

Meanwhile, Cheong said that prospects for the district look very optimistic and the area is expected to continue “to show a hive of activity in smallish development launches, and will also see a steady stream of foreign tenants for the rest of this year and well into next”.

This article was originally published in Issue 45 of The PropertyGuru newspaper.

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