Buying Your First HDB? Tampines Might Be The Place To Look At

01/10/2017

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Buying your first flat can be an intimidating experience. You browse through HDB website but still unsure of the steps. You start reading many articles regarding the guide to getting a HDB or BTO flat. However, you are still  unsure of where to begin, or which neighborhood to choose from. After all, this is a big decision that involves a lot of money. If you are unsure on which neighborhood to choose for your first HDB flat, HDB flat in Tampines might be the place to look at. This article will guide you through the reasons to buy your firstHDB in Tampines.

  1. Good accessibility

First of all, Tampines is easily accessible through many highways and road, such as the Tampines Expressway (TPE), and Pan Island Expressway (PIE). That being said, you will reach town within 15 minutes if you were to drive or take a cab. However, if you are taking the public transportation such as the MRT, it will then take a longer time, approximately 30 minutes to reach town from Tampines MRT.

  1. Shopping heaven for the shopaholics

Tampines is also a great neighborhood for fellow shopaholics as there are 3 shopping malls for shopaholics to choose from: Tampines Mall, Tampines 1 and Century Square. What is better is that all 3 malls are located near to each other. That being said, shopaholics will be able to go from one shopping mall to another easily as they are all within short walking distance. Think H&M, Topshop and Uniqlo, all these international brands can be easily found in the malls.

If you are looking for furniture, home appliances or daily necessities, you can visit the Tampines Retail Park where megastores such as Courts, Giant and Ikea can be found.

  1. Close proximity to Changi Airport

Tampines is also located nearby the airport. Most Singaporean would travel out of Singapore at least once a year and nothing beats being able to reach home within 15 minutes after landing. This is how near Tampines is to the airport.

  1. Close to nature

In addition, you will be able to enjoy mother nature in Tampines. Tampines Eco Green is an eco friendly park consisting of hikingtrails, vegetables swales and bird lookouts for those who love nature. There are also freshwater ponds, marshes, open grassland, and secondary rainforest for the nature lover in the 36 hectares park.

Moreover, there is another lookout for the nature lover: Changkat Butterfly Garden. The Changkat Butterfly Garden is the only butterfly garden found in Singapore that is located in a housing estate. There is an observatory deck for visitors to look at the butterflies up close with waterfall features. This is definitely a great place for parents to bring their children during the school holidays as an educational field trip. Killing two birds with a stone, you get to enjoy some quality time with your children, at the same time, your children get to learn something new.

  1. Food lovers’ heaven

Are you a food lover? Do you travel around to hunt for good food in Singapore? If yes, you will be surprised to find that Tampines offers a variety of amazing food. For a café lover, you can try:

Brothers in Fine Food

This is a café established by the same people behind Penny University, serving amazing dishes with their own recipes at reasonable prices. Do check out their famous Iga Bakar, also known as beef rib that has been braised for 48 hours. You will not be disappointed.

If you are a person with sweet tooth, you can check out:

Meet & Melt

This is a great place for food lovers with a sweet tooth. Meet & Melt is not your usual dessert store. They are well known for their Shibuya toast and ice cream. Do try their famous Ferrero Rocher Shibuya Toast and the Thai Milk Tea Charcoal Lava Toast if you happen to visit them. The toasts are also Instagram worthy as well as you watch the lava oozes out from the toast.

If you love hawker food:

Sarawak Kolo Mee

If you happen to dine at Tampines Round Market Food Centre, do give Sarawak Kolo Mee atry and you will not be disappointed. Sarawak Kolo Mee orginates from Sarawak and it is a bowl of goodness consisting spring curly noodles with dumplings, barbequed pork and braised pork ribs, and they are generously tossed with pork rib sauce that makes you wanting more Sarawak Kolo Mee.

Are you convinced yet? If you are, thinking of getting a resale HDB flat in Tampines, do check out the table below for the average HDB resale price:

Year

3 bedrooms

4 bedrooms

5 bedrooms

2016

$326,500

$423,200

$525,750

2015

$327,750

$422,350

$520,300

2014

$351,875

$448,475

$541,750

In conclusion, Tampines will be a great neighborhood to buy your first HDB flat with so many amenities around.

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