Feb 2021 Harmony Village at Bukit Batok BTO Review: HDB's First Community Care Flats

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The Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO project was originally part of the May 2020 BTO launch. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was postponed and eventually launched in the February 2021 BTO launch.

There is quite a bit of buzz around this project because this batch of Bukit Batok BTO flats will feature our first ever HDB Assisted Living Flats, or community care apartments. There were 162 units launched, catered to seniors who need help with daily living and a space that allows them to mingle with other senior residents.

From the flats’ proximity to the upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL) to an on-site community manager curating special programmes, here’s what you can expect from these BTO flats.

But first, are you eligible for these senior-friendly BTO flats?

These HDB Assisted Living Flats or community care apartments are only offered to eligible seniors. You must be aged 65 and above, and can only buy the flat on short leases between 15 and 35 years (in 5-year increments). The lease chosen must cover you (and your spouse, if any) until at least 95 years old

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO Map

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO map
Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO map

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO map (Image credit: HDB)

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO Location

Bukit Batok BTO location (Feb 2021)

Harmony Village

Address

Bounded by Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Avenue 9

Nearest MRT

Bukit Batok MRT, Tengah Park MRT (u/c)

Nearest bus interchange

Bukit Batok bus interchange

Nearby schools

Princess Elizabeth Primary School and Bukit Batok Secondary School

Other nearby amenities

West Mall, Quan Shui Wet Market and Bukit Gombak Wet Market, Bukit Batok Town Park, Little Guilin, Bukit Gombak Sports Hall, Stadium, or Bukit Batok Swimming Complex, Hong Kah North Community Club, Bukit Batok Community Club, Bukit Batok Polyclinic and Bukit Batok Care Home

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO Features & Amenities

1. The BTO flats will be in the form of assisted living flats, aimed to let seniors age-in-place

These assisted living flats will be the first of their kind in Singapore, giving seniors an option for independent living with care services tied to it. Each flat will be about 32sqm (344sqft), accompanied with features such as larger bathrooms and senior-friendly fittings. There will also be features catering to seniors with mobility needs.

2. Big communal spaces on every floor and an on-site community manager

Apart from a void deck, residents can expect large communal spaces on every floor, making it easier for neighbours to get together and socialise. In addition, each flat will come with a service package comprising an on-site community manager and 24/7 emergency response.

The community manager will help monitor the health of seniors, linking them with care services that match their needs. He or she will also manage programmes to help cultivate neighbourliness in the community.

Other potential services such as after-hours care catering to frail seniors are being explored for these flats. Further potential services include helping seniors with daily activities like bathing, feeding, or bringing them to medical facilities for check-ups. For example, Bukit Batok Polyclinic is not too far away from these flats.

3. Jurong Region Line and PIE

Map of the Jurong Region Line, which will be quite near the Bukit Batok BTO flats to be launched in May 2020
Map of the Jurong Region Line, which will be quite near the Bukit Batok BTO flats to be launched in May 2020

Bukit Batok BTO flats will be relatively near the Jurong Region Line (Image credit: LTA and SLA)

The new BTO flats will be about a 10-minute walk from the upcoming Tengah Park MRT, and less than 5 minutes away by car. Expected to be operational in 2027, this MRT station will sit on the Jurong Region Line (JRL).

With this nearby MRT line consisting of 24 stations, residents will be connected via train to areas like Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East, Tengah, and Boon Lay. Notably, family members of seniors living in the BTO flats will enjoy convenient train access especially if they also live in the west.

For those who drive, the flats will be just minutes away from the PIE.

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO Price

Feb 2021 BTO projects

Price

Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok

From $52,000

West Hill @ Bukit Batok

From $101,000

Parc Woods @ Tengah

From $110,000

McNair Heights (Kallang / Whampoa)

From $117,000

Bartley GreenRise, ParkEdge @ Bidadari and Alkaff Breeze (Toa Payoh / Bidadari)

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Since these are the first of HDB's assisted living flats, we can only compare them to other 2-room flexi units, which are the closest in size and price. As you can see, these flats are half the price of 'regular' 2-room flexi flats, making them quite value-for-money if you're eligible.

You do have to opt in for a mandatory Basic Service Package, which is a round-the-clock emergency response service. This is chargeable and an additional $22,000 to $59,000 depending on your flat's lease. Although this bumps up the overall cost of the flat, it's still cheaper than getting a 2-room flexi.

Size-wise, they're only slightly smaller. These senior-friendly flats have an internal floor are of about 32 sqm as compared to 36 sqm or 45 sqm, which are the two 2-room flexi sizes. Additionally, these special flats come with elderly-friendly fittings like grab bars and such, and are mostly move-in ready.

Conclusion: Are the Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok BTO flats worth balloting for?

The Bukit Batok BTO flats appear to be a good option for seniors aged above 65 to live independently—they’ll have access to services that help them go about their daily life, while ageing gracefully together with a community.

Key amenities nearby include West Mall, Bukit Batok Polyclinic, Bukit Batok Community Club, and Bukit Batok Park Connector. There are also a couple of schools nearby. This includes Dazhong Primary, Dunearn Secondary, Dulwich College, and Millennia Institute.

All in all, with the government’s plans to pilot this housing concept for private housing, assisted living homes are poised to be a fresh alternative to common senior living options like nursing homes.

More FAQs on BTOs and HDB Assisted Living Flats

How to apply for BTO?

You can apply for Build-to-Order (BTO) flats through HDB's new portal.

Can elderly buy HDB flat?

Yes. Previously, the only senior-specific flat buying scheme was for the 2-room flexi, which elderly can buy at shorter leases. However, with this new HDB assisted living flats / community care apartments, there is one more option.

Who can buy HDB assisted living flats / community care apartments?

You must be at least 65 years old and the lease (between 15 and 35 years, in 5-year increments) must cover you (and your spouse, if any) until at least 95 years old.

Who can buy HDB 2-room flexi flats?

2-room Flexi flats are available to couples, families, singles and seniors under various eligibility schemes.

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