By KK Tong (guest contributor)

Bukit Batok is a matured estate in the Western part of Singapore. A relatively small estate compared to other estates, it has a population of 144,410. The estate offers predominantly public housing, with some pockets of private landed housing, one located at Eng Kong/Toh Tuck, which is at the extreme South-East, and another at the area adjacent to ITE College West (Choa Chu Kang), known as Pavilion Park. A cluster of condos is also situated in the Hillview area.

Our comparison today will be on condos in the main section of Bukit Batok, which is to the West of this estate.As with any matured town, Bukit Batok is pretty well developed and amenities are easily accessible. For transportation, the western part is served by the North-South Line while the eastern area is served by the Downtown Line.

Amenities in Bukit Batok

Amenities are plentiful, so residents’ needs and requirements are readily met. Shops, eateries, supermarkets, schools, recreational services, medical establishments are well spread out.

Some primary schools located here are Bukit View Primary School, Keming Primary School,Lian Hua Primary School, and Princess Elizabeth Primary School. Secondary schools include Bukit Batok, Bukit View, Hillgrove, and Swiss Cottage. Other institutes of learning include Millennia Institute and Dulwich College (Singapore). The nearest polytechnic is Ngee Ann, just across the Toh Tuck area.

For recreation, the Bukit Batok Swimming Complex is located near East Avenue 6. The Bukit Gombak Stadium and Sports Hall are situated near the Gombak MRT Station. Greenery is lush in this town, and nature lovers will surely enjoy Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bukit Batok Town Park, and Little Guilin.

Bukit Batok Public Library is housed on the third level of West Mall, a shopping centre near the town centre.

At West Mall, shoppers can enjoy retail therapy and food enthusiasts will certainly find lots of food options to satisfy their palates. Grocery shopping is easily done at Cold Storage at the Basement Level.

Comprehensive medical facilities can befound at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

MRT stations serving the residents here are Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak, and Hillview. The two major roads to access other parts of the island is the PIE (Pan Island Expressway) and Bukit Batok Road.

Comparing Condos

For buyers who are considering making this place their home, let’s look at some condos to consider – Guilin View, The Jade, The Madeira, Parkview Apartments, and Regent Heights.

Condo #1 –Guilin View

Our first condo, Guilin View, was completed in 2000 by City Development Ltd.

Figure 1: Guilin View

Condo #2 –The Jade

The Jade, a Sim Lian Pte Ltd project, was completed in 2004.

Figure 2: The Jade

Condo #3 – The Madeira

Our third development, The Madeira, is a development of Janiton Pte Ltd and was completed in 2003.

Figure 3: The Madeira

Condo #4 – Parkview Apartments

Parkview Apartments is located on Bukit Batok St 25. This development was completed in 1998 by Far East Organisation.

Figure 4: Parkview Apartments

Condo #5 – Regent Heights

Another development by Far East Organisation, Regent Heights was completed in 1999.

Figure 5: Regent Heights

Comparing the 5 condos

Figure 6: Location Map of Condos

The 5 condos are located within an estimated 2 km range from each other. Distance to MRT stations vary for the developments.

Of the condos, the most convenient is The Jade as it is located closest to both the MRT station and the shopping centre West Mall.

Parkview Apartments is the least convenient as the nearest MRT station is 1.44 km away, a distance that is too far to walk in our hot weather.

In terms of age, Parkview Apartments is also the oldest development with a 99-year lease starting from 1994. The Jade is the ‘newest’ development as its lease starts from 2001. All the 5 condos have 99-year leases.

Other than Guilin View’s smaller sized 2-bedroom units, the other 4 developments have pretty decent unit sizes.

So which one would I choose?

I’d probably not consider Parkview Apartments and Regent Heights simply because these two projects are a good distance from the nearest MRT stations, and I do not enjoy walking in our perpetually hot weather.

The other project which I am not too keen on is Guilin View as its unit size is a tad smaller than the others.

That leaves me with two options – The Jade or The Madeira. Both these are about the same age, the unit sizes are pretty similar, and distance to the MRT is walkable.

The Jade is pretty attractive as its location is definitely more convenient than The Madeira, but its average PSF price is higher by $120. Based on the respective PSF prices, a 1012 sf unit at The Jade will set me back by slightly more than $1m, whilst a 1055 sf unit at The Madeira will cost me about $920,000. As the differential is not too big, I’d probably opt for The Jade for its convenience.

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