HDB BTO launches in 2020 (Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Tengah, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Geylang)

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Get ready, because new HDB BTO launches are coming!

This time, an estimated 7,990 new units spread over 10 locations across Singapore will be up for sale in May and August 2020.

Spread over two exercises, one in May and the other in August (their exact dates have yet to be released by HDB).

It will feature 5 projects, namely Bukit Batok (Assisted Living, Non-Mature Estate), Choa Chu Kang (Non-Mature Estate), Tengah (Non-Mature Estate), Pasir Ris (Mature Estate) and Tampines (Mature Estate).

On the other hand, the launch in August will feature 5 projects, namely Woodlands (Non-Mature Estate), Ang Mo Kio (Mature Estate), Bishan (Mature Estate), Geylang (Mature Estate) and Tampines (Mature Estate). More details on the BTO launches can be found here.

To cut through the confusion and what surrounding schools or amenities are available for prospective residents (like yourself), here's all you need to know about each HDB BTO project.

HDB BTO LAUNCH, MAY 2020

Location Flat Type Est. Number of Flats
Bukit Batok
(Non-Mature Estate)
Assisted Living 160
Choa Chu Kang
(Non-Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
3/4-Room
570
Tengah
(Non-Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
3/4/5-Room
1,040
Pasir Ris
(Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
3/4/5-Room
1,070
Tampines
(Mature Estate)
3/4/5-Room 1,070
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BUKIT BATOK (ASSISTED LIVING, NON-MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Assisted living flats are specialised units built for seniors aged 65 and above, who want to live independently and have the option to get assistance quickly when needed. These flats will be built in a single block with communal spaces and facilities on each floor to encourage social interaction.

Staying in one of these flats will come with a suite of services that include 24/7 emergency response and an on-site community manager who oversee social interaction and referral to care services.

Total Approximate Units: 160

Site Location: Bukit Batok Avenue 6 and 9, Bukit Batok Street 41

MRT: Bukit Batok MRT Station (North-South Line), Bukit Gombak MRT Station (North-South Line)

Bus Interchange: Bukit Batok

Schools: Princess Elizabeth Primary School, Dazhong Primary School, Bukit Batok Secondary School, Dunearn Secondary School, Millennia Institute, Dulwich College (Singapore), Eden School (Special Education),

Amenities: Neighbourhood Centre, Town centre, West Mall, Club CSC @ Bukit Batok, Bukit Batok Swimming Complex, Hong Kah North Community Club, Bukit Gombak Stadium

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CHOA CHU KANG (NON-MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 570

Site Location: Choa Chu Kang Grove, Keat Hong Link

MRT: Keat Hong LRT Station (Bukit Panjang LRT Line), Teck Whye LRT Station (Bukit Panjang LRT Line), Choa Chu Kang MRT Station (North-South Line), Bukit Panjang MRT Station (North-South Line)

Bus Interchange: Choa Chu Kang

Schools: ITE College West, South View Primary School, Choa Chu Kang Secondary School, Teck Whye Primary School, Teck Whye Secondary School, Jurong Pioneer Junior College

Amenities: Keat Hong Shopping Centre, Chua Chu Kang Community Club, Teck Whye Shopping Centre

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TENGAH (NON-MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 1,040

Site Location: Bukit Batok Road, Tegah Park Avenue

MRT: Bukit Batok MRT Station (North-South Line), between 2 stations on the upcoming Jurong Region Line

Bus Interchange: Bukit Batok

Schools: Dunearn Secondary School, Dazhong Primary School, St Anthony's Primary School, Milennia Institute, Princess Elizabeth Primary School, Bukit Batok Secondary School

Amenities: Community Club (under construction), Bukit Batok Polyclinic, Bukit Batok Community Club, West Mall, Bukit Batok Driving Centre

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PASIR RIS (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 1,070

Site Location: Pasir Ris Drive, Pasir Ris Green

MRT: Pasir Ris MRT (East-West Line)

Bus Interchange: Pasir Ris

Schools: Elias Park Primary School, Park View Primary School, Tampines Meridian Junior College, Meridian Secondary School, Former Primary School, Hai Sing Catholic School

Amenities: Community Club, Pasir Ris Park, White Sands, Pasir Ris Sports Centre, Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, Aranda Country Club, Downtown East

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TAMPINES (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 1,070

Site Location: Tampines Street 96, Tampines Street 92

MRT: Tampines West MRT Station (Downtown Line), Bedok Reservoir MRT Station (Downtown Line), Simei MRT Station (East-West Line), Tampines MRT Station (East-West Line)

Bus Interchange: Tampines

Schools: Changkat Primary School, Changkat Changi Secondary School, Temasek Polytechnic, Junyuan Primary School, Junyuan Secondary School, Tampines Primary and Secondary School, St Hilda's Primary and Secondary School

Amenities: Tampines West Community Club, Tampines Changkat Community Club, Changi General Hospital, Eastpoint Mall

WHICH PROJECT SHOULD YOU KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR?

With children or without children, that is the question. If you have young children or are planning to start a family, keep an eye out for the Tampines project. If you do not have young children, look out for the Choa Chu Kang project.

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The Tampines project will be a great pick for families because there are many parks, schools (primary, secondary and even a polytechnic) and lifestyle amenities in the area. In addition, if the little ones require emergency medical care, Changi General Hospital is just down the road. 

With few surrounding primary or secondary schools, Choa Chu Kang would be better suited for singles and couples who have no immediate plans for children or have older children.

A short walk will lead you to either one of the 2 nearby LRT stations that connect to Choa Chu Kang or Bukit Panjang MRT Station – where most of the lifestyle amenities can be found.

HDB has also mentioned that this Choa Chu Kang project will have a shorter waiting time as compared to the rest. 

HDB BTO LAUNCH, AUGUST 2020 

Location Flat Type Est. Number of Flats
Woodlands
(Non-Mature Estate)
2-room Flexi
3/4/5-room
2,110
Ang Mo Kio
(Mature Estate)
4/5-Room 390
Bishan
(Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
3/4-Room
470
Geylang
(Mature Estate)
3/4-Room 420
Tampines
(Mature Estate)
3/4/5-Room 690
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WOODLANDS (NON-MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 2,110

Site Location: Woodlands Avenue 5, Woodlands Avenue 2

MRT: Woodlands MRT Station (North-South Line), Admiralty MRT Station (North-South Line), Woodlands MRT Station (Thomson-East Coast Line), Woodlands North MRT Station (Thomson-East Coast Line)

Bus Interchange: Woodlands

Schools: Si Ling Primary School, Woodgrove Primary School, Woodlands Primary School, Qihua Primary School, Admiralty Primary School, Innova Primary School, Fuchun Primary School, Fuchun Secondary School, Woodgrove Secondary School, Christ Church Secondary School, Riverside Secondary School, Republic Polytechnic

Amenities: 888 Plaza, Causeway Point, The Woodgrove, Vista Point, Woodlands North Plaza, Treehaus Park, Fushan Garden, Woodlands Town Park East, Woodlands Division HQ/ Neighbourhood Police Centre

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ANG MO KIO (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 390

Site Location: Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2, Ang Mo Kio Street 21

MRT: Ang Mo Kio MRT Station (North-South Line), Mayflower MRT Station (Thomson-East Coast Line, under construction), Bright Hill MRT Station (Thomson-East Coast Line, under construction)

Bus Interchange: Ang Mo Kio

Schools: Mayflower Primary School, Ang Mo Kio Primary School, Anderson Primary School, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' Primary & Secondary School, Mayflower Secondary School, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, Anderson Secondary School, Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, Anderson Serangoon Junior College, Nanyang Polytechnic, ITE College Central

Amenities: Neighbourhood Centre, Ang Mo Kio Community Centre, Kebun Baru Community Club, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Ang Mo Kio South Neighbourhood Police Centre

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BISHAN (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 470

Site Location: Bishan Street 11, Braddell Road

MRT: Bishan MRT Station (North-South Line), Braddell MRT Station (North-South Line)

Bus Interchange: Bishan

Schools: First Toa Payoh Primary School, Guangyang Primary School, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School, Guangyang Secondary School, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School, Raffles Girl's Seconday School, Raffles Institution (Secondary School), Marymount Convent School, Raffles Institution (Junior College)

Amenities: Bishan Stadium, Neighbourhood Centre, Lion's Home For The Elderly, Bishan Town Centre, Junction 8, Bishan Library, CPF Bishan Building, Bishan Swimming Complex

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GEYLANG (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 420

Site Location: Cassia Link, Jalan Dua, Old Airport Road

MRT: Dakota MRT Station (Circle Line), Aljunied MRT Station (East-West Line), Paya Lebar MRT Station (East-West Line)

Bus Interchange: NA

Schools: Kong Hwa School, Geylang Methodist Primary School, Broadrick Secondary School, Geylang Methodist Secondary School

Amenities: Old Airport Road Market & Food Centre, Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre, Community Club (under construction), Geyland Park Connector, City Plaza, Paya Lebar Quarter, Tanjong Katong Complex

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TAMPINES (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Total Approximate Units: 690

Site Location: Tampines Link, Tampines Street 64

MRT: Pasir Ris MRT Station (East-West Line), Tampines MRT Station (East-West Line)

Bus Interchange: Pasir Ris, Tampines

Schools: Meridian Primary School, Poi Ching Primary School, St Hilda's Primary & Secondary School, Junyuan Secondary School, Meridiam Secondary School, Pasir Ris Secondary School, Tampines Meridian Junior College

Amenities: Ikea Tampines, Courts, Giant Hypermart, SCDF HQ 2nd CD Division Tampines Fire Station, Tampines Care Home, White Sands Shopping Centre, Tampines Mall, Century Square, CPF Tampines Building

WHICH PROJECT SHOULD YOU KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR?

Based on schools, amenities and transport options, we think that you should keep an eye on the Woodlands and Geylang project.

If you have school going children, are planning to start a family or work in the northern region of Singapore, consider the Woodlands project. There are more than 20 schools in the area that are a short walk or bus ride away.

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Getting around Singapore will also be breeze, given that you will have easy access to the North-South MRT Line, Thomson-East Coast MRT Line and Woodlands Bus Interchange. Not to mention, as the Woodlands project will be built in a non-mature estate, it would make this the most affordable project during the August 2020 HDB BTO launch.

For those who love the city life or work around the Central Business District, keep your eye out for the Geylang Project.

Conveniently located behind Dakota MRT Station (Circle Line) and a short bus ride away from Paya Lebar MRT Station (East-West Line) and Aljunied MRT Station (East-West Line), getting to the city would take you no longer then 40 minutes (including wait times). However, as it is situated in a prime and matured estate, expect to pay a pretty penny for a unit here.

HDB BTO FLAT PRICES 2020

Based on the prices released by HDB for February 2020's BTO exercise, here is what you can expect to pay for the aforementioned BTO projects excluding grants.

NON-MATURE ESTATE

Flat Type Est. Price (Excluding Grants)
2-Room Flexi From $89,000
3-Room From $177,000
4-Room From $272,000
5-Room From $350,000
3Gen From $355,000

MATURE ESTATE

Flat Type Est. Price (Excluding Grants)
2-Room Flexi
(40 Year Lease)
From $90,000
3-Room From $351,000
4-Room From $395,000
5-Room From $508,000
(based on November 2019’s)

HDB BTO FLAT TYPES

Apart from deciding on a comfortable budget for your nest and if you want a unit located in a mature or non-mature estate, you should also get acquainted with the different flat types and the space each of them offer.

Flat Type Size (Square Meters) Bedroom(s) Bathroom(s)
2-Room 36 or 45 1 1 (attached to master bedroom)
3-Room 60 to 65 2 2 (1 attached to master bedroom and common)
4-Room 90 3 2 (attached to master bedroom and common)
5-Room 110 3 2 (attached to master bedroom and common)
3 Gen 115 4 3 (1 attached to master bedroom and 2 common)
Executive Flat 130 3 2 (attached to master bedroom and common)

GET ALERTS

Apart from finding out how much you have in your CPF, which housing grants you (and your partner) are eligible for, and how much you can borrow from the banks, we strongly suggest that you subscribe to HDB's eAlert Service.

It is a free email service from HDB that will provide you with the latest information on BTO project launches, application windows, community events, changes to eligibility requirements, etc.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A HDB BTO UNIT?

Over the years, the application process has streamlined and applications all take place online (yay for us!) - there is no longer the need to personally visit HDB Hub to make an application.

HERE'S HOW TO APPLY FOR A HDB BTO UNIT:

  1. Await news for the application window to be open, it is usually announced a couple of weeks before the date. While waiting for the date, get soft copies of your personal and financial documents on hand for a smoother application process.
  2. Once the application window is open, head over to HDB's homepage. (We suggest heading to this page as soon as the application window is open.)
  3. Proceed to the application page.
  4. Follow the instructions carefully and submit your application. (Note: This submission does not mean that you have got a unit, rather this application is for a ballot.)
  5. Once the application window is closed, HDB will conduct a computerised ballot. If you have been selected, you will receive an invitation to select your unit. If you have not been selected, you will have to wait for the next project launch to make another application.

PAST HDB BTO LAUNCHES IN 2020

If you’re lucky enough to have the chance to purchase a unit via the Sale of Balance Flats from launches earlier this year, here’s all you need to know about them.

HDB BTO LAUNCH, FEBRUARY 2020

Location Flat Type Est. Number of Flats
Sembawang, Canberra Vista
(Non-Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
3/4/5-Room
3Gen
1,400
Toa Payoh, Kim Keat Ripples
(Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
4-Room
708
Toa Payoh, Toa Payoh Ridge
(Mature Estate)
2-Room Flexi
3/4-Room
920
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SEMBAWANG, CANBERRA VISTA (NON-MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Location: Canberra Drive, Canberra Link

MRT: Canberra MRT Station (North-South Line)

Bus Interchange: Sembawang

Schools: Sembawang Primary School, Sembawang Secondary School, Wellington Primary School, Canberra Primary School

Amenities: Canberra Plaza (under construction), Sembawang Shopping Centre, Sun Plaza

Sembawang Flat Type Price (Without Grant) Price (With Grant)
2-Room Flexi From $89,000 From $9,000
3-Room From $177,000 From $102,000
4-Room From $272,000 From $212,000
5-Room From $350,000 From $305,000
3Gen From $355,000 From $310,000
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TOA PAYOH, KIM KEAT RIPPLES (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Location: Toa Payoh East, Kim Keat Avenue

MRT: Toa Payoh MRT Station (North-South Line), Potong Pasir MRT Station (North-East Line)

Bus Interchange: Toa Payoh

Schools: St. Andrew's Junior School, St. Andrew's Secondary School, St. Andrew's Junior College, Pei Chun Public School, First Toa Payoh Primary School, Beatty Secondary School, Kheng Cheng Primary School

Amenities: Toa Payoh South Community Club, Toa East Payoh Community Club, Toa Payoh Stadium, SAFRA (Toa Payoh), Toa Payoh Stadium, Toa Payoh Public Library, HDB Hub

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TOA PAYOH, TOA PAYOH RIDGE (MATURE TOWN/ESTATE)

Location: Toa Payoh Rise, Toa Payoh Lorong 1

MRT: Braddell MRT Station (North-South Line), Toa Payoh MRT Station (North-South Line), Caldecott MRT Station (Circle Line)

Bus Interchange: Toa Payoh

Schools: Raffles Girls' Secondary School, Marymount Convent School, CHIJ Primary School (Toa Payoh), CHIJ Secondary School (Toa Payoh), Kheng Cheng Primary School

Amenities: Toa Payoh West Community Club, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Toa Payoh Public Library, HDB Hub

Toa Payoh Flat Type Price (Without Grant) Price (With Grant)
2-Room Flexi From $90,000 From $10,000
3-Room From $351,000 From $291,000
4-Room From $395,000 From $350,000

WHICH PROJECT SHOULD YOU KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR?

The Sembawang project, and here’s why. While both Toa Payoh projects are in a matured estate, they are not as convenient to travel to and from as they require a short bus ride or walk to the nearest MRT station.

That being said, both Toa Payoh projects are surrounded by many primary and secondary schools, and lifestyle amenities. 

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In comparison, the Sembawang project is slightly more travel-friendly because it is located right at Canberra MRT, which is a short train ride away from Braddell or Toa Payoh MRT Station (a difference of 5 or 6 stops, 18 minutes).

Lifestyle amenities wise, it is situated right opposite the soon-to-be-completed Canberra Plaza, which will serve to provide dining options, retail stores and a supermarket. The only setback would be that there are not many surrounding primary or secondary schools, with the nearest being a 15 minute bus ride away. 

Considering the substantial price difference for a BTO unit in a mature estate versus one in a non-mature estate, we think that the Sembawang project would be one to look out for. 

This article was first published in SingSaver.com.sg.