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February 2022 HDB BTO Sales Launch: Location Guide – Geylang, Kallang/Whampoa, Tengah, Yishun

Kallang/Whampoa, Geylang, Tengah and Yishun are in the February 2022 BTO launch


Applications for the February 2022 BTO Launch is now open until 23 February 2022, 11:59pm. 

The first Build-To-Order (BTO) launch from HDB is usually met with much anticipation. With general property price and resale HDB flat prices at an all-time high, this year’s BTO launches are possibly even more sought-after than before.

The availability of housing subsidies and housing grants make BTO flats the most affordable housing options for most Singaporean households, assuming that you meet the criteria for BTO eligibility and are able to wait for flat completion.

The February 2022 BTO sales launch concentrates 6 projects into 4 estates – Geylang, Kallang/Whampoa, Tengah and Yishun. Unsurprisingly, the non-mature estates of Tengah and Yishun have two project offerings. A total of about 3,900 units will be offered in this launch.

King George’s Heights – Kallang/Whampoa – 398 Units Of 3-Room And 4-Room

This BTO launch at Kallang/Whampoa is likely to be the most anticipated. As pointed out previously in our analysis of Rochor Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) BTO – River Peaks I and River Peaks II, this BTO launch is just a short distance away from the first PLH BTO.

This means that residents are going to enjoy many of the same conveniences and benefits of living in a prime location without being tied down by the restrictions of PLH (including paying the subsidy recovery of 6% that sellers of River Peaks I & II will have to incur)

Aside from being an alternative (non-)PLH BTO location in the city fringe, this site is already desirable for its own merits. It is less than 5 mins walk to Lavender MRT on the EW line and 7 mins walk to Jalan Besar MRT on the DT line.

Amenities: Lavender is an area that is relatively well established with amenities such as the Jalan Besar Community Club, Jalan Besar Stadium and Swimming Complex. Let’s not forget the presence of People’s Association HQ and ICA Building in the area. Nearby retail options include Kitchener Complex and Jalan Besar Plaza. Residents can just cross the Rochor River for plenty of eateries and the North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre. If you are willing to take a longer walk or a short bus ride, you would not lack for food options at Golden Mile Food Centre. You also have Mustafa Centre, City Square Mall in the other direction of Kitchener Road. It is also within the 1-km intake zone for Stamford Primary School for families with school-going children.

Affordability: These flats would receive additional subsidies to maintain their affordability. However, under the PLH, BTO buyers would be subject to subsidy recovery when they sell their flats. This is set at 6% of the higher of either the resale price or valuation for King George’s Heights.

BTO Launch Unit Type Number of Units Estimated Price Range
King George’s Heights 3-Room 104 $353,000 – $462,000
4-Room 294 $488,000 – $675,000

 

Estimated completion: 3Q2027, 59 months

Past Application Rates:

BTO Launch Unit Type Overall First-Timers Second-Timers
Towner Residences 3-Room 2.9 1.4 35.5
4-Room 8.5 6.2 53.7
McNair Heights 3-Room 4 1.8 46
4-Room 7.4 5.4 46.7

 

Ballot for this: If you have missed out on the River Peaks PLH BTO or were intentionally waiting for this launch as a non-PLH alternative. This launch is one of the most well-located city fringe locations, well served by multiple amenities. However, with the small number of units available and the likely high subscription rate, it may very well depend on your luck of the draw. Based on past application rates, balloting for a 3-room flat would give you better odds.  Do note that there is a lowered allocation for Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) for PLHs. The MCPS quotas for these projects are up to 20% for first-timer families, and up to 2% for second-timer families, two-thirds of the usual quota.

Read Also: Neighbourhood Estate Guide: Could Kallang Be The Best Estate In Singapore To Live In?

Dakota Crest – Geylang – 443 Units Of 2-Room, 3-Room And 4-Room

While classified under Geylang, this project is actually located in between Dakota and Mountbatten, about 5 mins walk in either direction. This is the other mature estate BTO available during this launch.

Amenities: Foodie residents will be delighted by the fact that Old Airport Road Food Centre is located right opposite the site. Residents can also enjoy close proximity to many sporting amenities such as the Kallang Netball Centre, Kallang Squash & Tennis Centre, the upcoming Kallang Football Hub and Singapore Sports Hub. Kallang Wave Mall is also just a short distance away for any retail needs. It is also within the 1-km intake zone for Kong Hwa School. Other schools in the area include Dunman High School, Chung Cheng High School, Tanjong Katong Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Secondary School.

Affordability: Mature estates tend to be on the pricey end for BTO flats.

BTO Launch Unit Type Number of Units Estimated Price Range
Dakota Crest 2-Room Flexi (Type 1) 40 $205,000 – $239,000
2-Room Flexi (Type 2) 81 $236,000 – $315,000
3-Room 80 $352,000 – $456,000
4-Room 242 $522,000 – $688,000

 

Estimated completion: 4Q2027, 63 months

Past Application Rates:

BTO Launch Unit Type Overall Elderly First-Timers Second-Timers Singles
MacPherson Weave 2-Room Flexi 2.1 4.2 0.1 4.4 NA

 

BTO Launch Unit Type Overall Elderly First-Timers Second-Timers
MacPherson Weave 3-Room 3.6 1.6 47.4
4-Room 5.5 4.2 31.3

 

Ballot for this: If you like the city fringe location and even more so if you are a frequent visitor to the Kallang sporting district. This location sits closer towards to Kallang than the main Geylang area which could make it more attractive especially for sports fans. The multiple schooling options also makes this attractive to families with school-going children.

However, similar to the Kallang/ Whampoa project, the small number of units available and the likely high subscription rate, it may very well depend on your luck of the draw. Based on past application rates, balloting for a 3-room flat would give you better odds. Additionally, the availability of 2-room flexi units  means that families can tap on the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) and Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS) to increase their ballot chances.

Plantation Creek – Tengah – 713 Units Of 4-Room And 5-Room

February 2022 continues the Tengah BTO offerings with 2 project launches. This first Tengah site is located next to the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), along the future Tengah Garden Avenue and Tengah Boulevard.

Amenities: Due to its location along the edge of Tengah town, residents can benefit from being closer to Jurong which already has established amenities. This includes nearby schools such as Jurongville Secondary School, Jurong Primary School and Fuhua Secondary School. In terms of immediate amenities, residents can expect to be next to a proposed primary school, health & medical care centre, community club and neighbourhood centre. This site is also surrounded by many parks, Tengah pond and common green areas.

Affordability: The pricing for non-mature estates tends to be affordable.

BTO Launch Unit Type Number of Units Estimated Price Range
Plantation Creek 4-Room 377 $309,000 – $377,000
5-Room 336 $420,000 – $506,000

 

Estimated completion: 2Q2026, 44 months

Past Application Rates: 

BTO Launch Unit Type Overall First-Timers Second-Timers
Garden Bloom @ Tengah 4-Room 3.9 3.2 7.9
5-Room 4.7 3.5 11.2
Parc Woods @ Tengah 4-Room 3.3 3 5.4
Garden Court @ Tengah/ Garden Terrace @ Tengah 4-Room 2.6 2.1 13.4
5-Room 4.1 3.1 23.8

 

Ballot for this: If you have (or intend to have) a larger family as this site comprises the larger 4-room and 5-room units and believe in the potential of Tengah to be the next Punggol and the potential appreciation. While the prices are likely to be highly affordable, the initial years of developing Tengah may be tough for early residents, though residents in this site can benefit from the closer proximity to Jurong.

Parc Flora @ Tengah – Tengah – 560 Units Of 2-Room Flexi, 3-Room, 4-Room And 5-Room

The second Tengah site in this launch, this location is closer to the heart of Tengah, along Tengah Drive and Tengah Garden Walk. This site is right next to the previously released Parc [email protected]

Amenities: This site will benefit from the nearby bus interchange and is surrounded by common green areas. However, as it is located towards the heart of Tengah, most of the development plans are still in the work. The nearest MRT station would be Tengah MRT station (JS3) on the Jurong Region Line (JRL).

Affordability: The pricing for non-mature estates tends to be affordable.

BTO Launch Unit Type Number of Units Estimated Price Range
Parc Flora @ Tengah 2-Room Flexi (Type 1) 25 $132,000 – $152,000
2-Room Flexi (Type 2) 76 $157,000 – $182,000
3-Room 85 $231,000 – $273,000
4-Room 193 $322,000 – $403,000
5-Room 181 $428,000 – $525,000

 

Estimated completion: 3Q2025, 36 months

Past Application Rates:

BTO Launch Unit Type Overall Elderly First-Timers Second-Timers Singles
Garden Bloom @ Tengah 2-Room Flexi 1.7 1 0.2 0.3 4.2
Parc Woods @ Tengah 2-Room Flexi 2.1 1.5 0.4 0.2 4.7
Garden Court @ Tengah/ Garden Terrace @ Tengah 2-Room Flexi 1.4 0.7 0.1 0.1 3

 

 

BTO Launch Unit Type Overall First-Timers Second-Timers
Garden Bloom @ Tengah 4-Room 3.9 3.2 7.9
5-Room 4.7 3.5 11.2
Parc Woods @ Tengah 3-Room 2.4 1.2 5.3
4-Room 3.3 3 5.4
Garden Court @ Tengah/ Garden Terrace @ Tengah 3-Room 1.3 0.8 2.5
4-Room 2.6 2.1 13.4
5-Room 4.1 3.1 23.8

 

Ballot for this: If you believe in the potential of Tengah to be the next Punggol, the potential appreciation or a lover of green spaces. Do check out our Tengah Neighbourhood Estate Guide for our detailed estate analysis. While the prices are likely to be highly affordable, the initial years of developing Tengah may be tough for early residents.  The inclusion of 2-room Flexi also means that singles have options here and families can tap on the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) and Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS) to increase their ballot chances.

Read Also: Neighbourhood Estate Guide: Smart Forest Living In Tengah – Singapore’s First Car-Free HDB Town Centre

Yishun Boardwalk – Yishun – 852 Units Of 2-Room Flexi, 3-Room, 4-Room And 5-Room

After a long absence, non-mature estate Yishun has finally made its round back to the BTO launch list. The two projects in Yishun are the largest in the February 2022 BTO launch, comprising around 850 and 980 units. Both sites offer all the available flat types, from 2-room flexi to 5-room units, giving buyers plenty of housing choices.

The first site is located at Yishun Ave 8/ Yishun Street 31 extension, along the Sungei Khatib Bongsu. It is right opposite the Symphony Suites condo development and the upcoming North Gaia executive condo development. The nearest MRT is Yishun MRT, about 20 mins walk or a short bus ride away.

Amenities: Located at the edge of Yishun, this site faces the sea in the northeast direction. Being along the Sungei Khatib Bongsu, the area overlooks the waterway. Kayaking and park enthusiasts will enjoy the close proximity to the Sungei Khatib Bongsu Park Connector and Yishun Pond. Junction Nine is just a short walk away as are the BizHubs (A’Posh BizHub, North Point BizHub and North View Bizhub) for varied retail options. Families with schooling children also have many options with Northland Secondary School, Xishan Primary School, Yishun Town Secondary School, Huamin Primary School and North View Primary School.

Affordability: The pricing for non-mature estates tends to be affordable.

BTO Launch Unit Type Number of Units Estimated Price Range
Yishun Boardwalk 2-Room Flexi (Type 1) 42 $95,000 – $126,000
2-Room Flexi (Type 2) 140 $122,000 – $149,000
3-Room 80 $189,000 – $239,000
4-Room 313 $276,000 – $374,000
5-Room 277 $410,000 – $490,000

 

Estimated completion: 2Q2025, 30 months

Past Application Rate: No past BTO project in this estate in the last one year

Ballot for this: If you enjoy the waterway and potential sea view, this may be one of the more affordable options for nature living near the mangroves. Additionally, the presence of established amenities also makes this a good choice for families, despite the distance from the MRT station.  The inclusion of 2-room Flexi also means that singles have options here and families can tap on the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) and Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS) to increase their ballot chances.

Grove Spring @ Yishun – Yishun – 987 Units Of 2-Room Flexi, 3-Room, 4-Room And 5-Room

The second site is located at Yishun Ave 8/ Yishun Street 31 extension, adjacent to the first site. It is nearer to North View Primary School and faces the mangrove (along Yishun Ave 8). The nearest MRT is Yishun MRT, about 20 mins walk or a short bus ride away.

Amenities: Similar to the first site, this site enjoys relatively close proximity to existing amenities in Yishun. The Sungei Khatib Bongsu Park Connector and Yishun Pond are within walking distance. For nearby retail options, Junction Nine is just a short walk away as are the BizHubs (A’Posh BizHub, North Point BizHub and North View Bizhub). Families with schooling children also have many options with Northland Secondary School, Xishan Primary School, Yishun Town Secondary School, Huamin Primary School and North View Primary School.

Affordability: The pricing for non-mature estates tends to be affordable.

BTO Launch Unit Type Number of Units Estimated Price Range
Grove Spring @ Yishun 2-Room Flexi (Type 1) 56 $102,000 – $121,000
2-Room Flexi (Type 2) 140 $118,000 – $145,000
3-Room 82 $180,000 – $248,000
4-Room 373 $270,000 – $362,000
5-Room 336 $385,000 – $485,000

 

Estimated completion: 4Q2024, 26 months

Past Application Rate: No past BTO project in this estate in the last one year

Ballot for this: If you enjoy the closeness to nature and like living in Yishun. While the site is currently unblocked on one side, land rarely stays empty for long in Singapore and buyers should not count on having a perpetual unblocked view of the mangrove area. The presence of established amenities also makes this a good choice for families, despite the distance from the MRT station.  The inclusion of 2-room Flexi also means that singles have options here and families can tap on the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) and Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS) to increase their ballot chances.

Read Also: Complete Guide To Priority Schemes For HDB BTO Flats

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This article was first published on 26 January 2022 and updated with new information.

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