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HDB Price Guide: 5 Cheapest HDB Estates For 2021

Moving to Jurong West, Sembawang and Woodlands can mean a difference of over $100,000 in flat prices.


Even in a time of rising property prices, when HDB resale flat prices are hitting a 8-year high in 2020, the price increase has not been equal across the different estates across the island. There are still affordable HDB estates to move to if you want to.

Unless you aspire to be a proud owner of a $1 million HDB flat, our guide to most expensive HDB estates may have been interesting but not relevant to you. Instead, we turn our focus to the other side of the same coin: the cheapest HDB estates in Singapore.

Town 3-Room 4-Room 5-Room Executive
Ang Mo Kio $300,000 $405,400 690,000
Bedok $290,000 $410,000 589,000
Bishan $367,000 $520,000 718,000 900,000
Bukit Batok $277,000 $385,000 535,000 649,400
Bukit Merah $329,000 $680,000 745,000
Bukit Timah
Central $421,000 $636,500
Choa Chu Kang $335,000 $400,000 477,500 554,500
Clementi $327,000 $497,500 690,000 *
Geylang $278,500 $635,000
Hougang $292,000 $410,000 521,500 672,800
Jurong East $299,000 $422,500 524,000 640,000
Jurong West $280,000 $375,000 468,000 580,000
Kallang/ Whampoa $303,000 $552,500 654,000
Marine Parade $354,000
Pasir Ris $450,000 511,400 637,500
Punggol $374,500 $475,500 549,400
Queenstown $328,000 $792,500 917,500
Sembawang $370,000 422,000 500,000
Sengkang $352,400 $435,000 497,000 576,000
Serangoon $308,900 $438,000 546,000 738,000
Tampines $335,000 $435,000 545,000 681,000
Toa Payoh $268,000 $566,000 757,500
Woodlands $265,000 $374,000 445,000 639,000
Yishun $295,000 $400,000 509,000 618,000
Serangoon $308,900 $438,000 546,000 738,000
Tampines $335,000 $435,000 545,000 681,000
Toa Payoh $268,000 $566,000 757,500
Woodlands $265,000 $374,000 445,000 639,000
Yishun $295,000 $400,000 509,000 618,000

Median HDB Resale Prices in 4Q2020. Source: HDB.
“-” indicates there were less than 20 transactions recorded in the quarter.

Note: this comparison is based on the median HDB resale prices for the final quarter of 2020 which we can expect to form the basis of prices for 2021.

Let us compare the prices of 3-room, 4-room, 5-room and Executive HDB flats to find the most affordable towns. Here are the cheapest towns to buy these flat types:

3-Room HDB Resale Flats

# Town 3-Room
1 Woodlands $265,000
2 Toa Payoh $268,000
3 Bukit Batok $277,000
4 Geylang $278,500
5 Jurong West $280,000

 

Bukit Timah, Sembawang and Pasir Ris were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.

Woodlands tops the list for the cheapest 3-room resale HDB flats. Interestingly, Toa Payoh and Geylang are mature estates that are close to the city core that are still relatively affordable.

The difference between the most expensive and cheapest HDB estates is stark. The median prices at most expensive estate is Central at $421,000 while the remaining top 4 estates range from $374,500 to $352,400. This could mean a difference of over $100,000 by choosing to move to one of the cheapest estates.

Read More: Neighbourhood Estate Guide: Why Woodlands Can Be The Star Destination Of The North

4-Room HDB Resale Flats

# Town 4-Room
1 Sembawang $370,000
2 Woodlands $374,000
3 Jurong West $375,000
4 Bukit Batok $385,000
5 Yishun $400,000

 

Bukit Timah and Marine Parade were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.

Non-mature estates make up the list for cheapest estates for 4-room HDB resale flats with the northern estates of Sembawang and Woodlands topping the list.

Woodlands, Jurong West and Bukit Batok are repeat contenders for the cheapest HDB estates.

A size upgrade to 4-room flats has an outsized effect on the price differential between the median prices in the most expensive and cheapest HDB estates. The most expensive estate for 4-room flats had a median price of $792,500 for Queenstown, the second to fourth most expensive estates ranged between $680,000 and $635,000. This is a price difference of over $200,000 between the most expensive and cheapest HDB estates.

5-Room HDB Resale Flats

# Town 5-Room
1 Sembawang $422,000
2 Woodlands $445,000
3 Jurong West $468,000
4 Choa Chu Kang $477,500
5 Sengkang $497,000

 

Bukit Timah, Central, Marine Parade and Geylang were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.

Again, Sembawang, Woodlands and Jurong West make the list for cheapest median prices for 5-room resale flats. In place of Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, another West-side estate, makes the list. Finally, the new town of Sengkang rounds up the list.

The price differential between the most expensive and cheapest estates continues to widen for 5-room resale HDB flats to about $300,000. The most expensive estates ranged around $700,000, with Queenstown, the most expensive estate for 5-room resale flats, having a median price of $917,500.

Read More: Neighbourhood Estate Guide: Will Sengkang Be The Next Supertown In 2030?

Executive HDB Resale Flats

# Town Executive
1 Sembawang $500,000
2 Choa Chu Kang $554,500
3 Sengkang $576,000
4 Jurong West $580,000
5 Yishun $618,000

 

Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Timah, Bukit Merah, Central, Clementi, Geylang, Kallang/ Whampoa, Punggol, Queenstown, Toa Payoh, and Marine Parade were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.

Sembawang tops the list for cheapest median prices for executive resale flats. All estates on this list have appeared for other flat types mentioned earlier.

The price differential between cheapest and most expensive estates ranges is between $150,000 and $400,000. The range is wider for executive flats due to the larger variety of price points for the most expensive estates which ranges between $900,000 for Queenstown to $649,400 for Bukit Batok.

Median Data Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story

While useful as a rule of thumb or a quick reference, the median HDB resale prices or resale price index doesn’t include information such as the age or location of the property which can contribute significantly to the price differentials.

It is possible to find affordable flats within expensive HDB estates and flats that command a higher price point within the cheapest HDB estates. Factors that are unit-specific, such as height/ level of the unit and internal renovations can also contribute significantly to the valuation.

Estates that are cheapest for a certain flat type may not remain the same for other flat types. For example, Bukit Batok which is one of the cheapest estates for 3-room and 4-room resale flats is actually one of the most expensive estates for executive flats.

Geylang and Toa Payoh stand out on the list as they are the only mature estates and their affordability only extends to the 3-room flat type. In fact, they are on the most expensive list for 4-room resale flats (and 5-room resale flats for Toa Payoh).

Regardless, the list of cheapest HDB estates does show some key trends that contribute to their affordability. These estates tend to be non-mature estates on the further ends of the island, mainly in the north and west. Jurong West, Sembawang and Woodlands are the overall cheapest HDB estates across all (or most) of the flat types.

Cover image credit: Raymond Quek

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