Nov 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO Review: 5 Min Bus Rides to Novena and Farrer Park MRT

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Following the popularity of the McNair Heights Feb 2021 and Towner Residences Aug 2021 HDB BTO launches, the Nov 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO launch is likely another highly attractive project prospective homebuyers will look out for.

The Kallang/Whampoa Nov 2021 BTO launch is a short walk from Farrer Park MRT station, a stop from Little India, and two stops from Dhoby Ghaut. Residents will enjoy proximity to shopping centres such as Mustafa Centre and City Square Mall and eateries and cafes along the Jalan Besar stretch.

Central location? Check. Within walking distance to an MRT station? Check. Easy access to malls and surrounding amenities? Check, check, check. Let’s jump in to see what you can expect from this upcoming project.

Nov 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO Map

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Locality map of the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats. Source: HDB

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Kallang/Whampoa BTO Location (Nov 2021 HDB BTO launch)

Kallang/Whampoa BTO Location (Nov 2021)

Address

Owen Road

Nearest MRT

Farrer Park MRT (North East Line), Boon Keng MRT (North East Line), Little India MRT (North East Line and Downtown Line), Novena MRT (North South Line)

Nearest bus interchange

No nearby bus interchanges. Nearest bus stop is Blk 51/Opp Pek Kio Market, Pek Kio Market

Nearest schools

St Joseph’s Institution Junior, Hong Wen School, Farrer Park Primary School, Anglo-Chinese School (Junior), Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), Bendemeer Primary School, St. Margaret’s Primary School, Northlight School

Other nearby amenities

Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Whampoa Drive Makan Place/Whampoa Market, Centrium Square, Mustafa Centre, United Square, Velocity @ Novena Square, NTUC, Kallang Polyclinic and Long Term Care, Everwell Clinic & Surgery, Cheong Family Clinic, Pek Kio CC, Whampoa CC, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Farrer Park Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

The November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flat site is situated smack in the middle of the Farrer Park, Little India, Boon Keng, and Novena MRT stations. Residents will thrill at having access to the North East, Downtown and North South Lines via a short three-stop bus ride.

Its location will likely mean this BTO project will see great demand and command high prices for the 2-room Flexi and 4-room units. Singles will not be able to apply for a 2-room Flexi unit as Kallang/Whampoa is a mature town. It’s likely these 2-room Flexi units are intended to serve the senior population.

There are plenty of primary schools nearby so parents with school-going children have their pick of where to send their kids.

Kallang/Whampoa BTO Price (Nov 2021 HDB BTO Launch)

Unit type

Kallang/Whampoa BTO Price (Nov 2021)

Previous Kallang/Whampoa BTO Price (August 2021)

Previous Kallang/Whampoa BTO Price (Feb 2021)

Resale flat prices in the area

2-room Flexi

TBC

-

From $117,000

$468,000

4-room

TBC

From $500,000

From $532,000

From $320,000 to $1,200,000

With an estimated 430 flats of 2-room Flexi and 4-room units being offered, there’s a good chance these flats will be oversubscribed. The last two BTO launches in February 2021 and August 2021 saw 4-room flats having an application rate of 7.4 and 8.5, respectively.

Typically, HDB flats in the Kallang/Whampoa area are on the pricier end of the spectrum due to their desirable, central location in a mature estate. While the prices for the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats have not been released, they should be similar to that of the recent August 2021 and February 2021 launches.

It’d be safe to assume that the 4-room flats will start at $500,000, excluding available housing grants. However, if you were to sell your BTO flat after it has MOP-ed, your property will likely fetch a pretty penny.

In Q2 2021, the neighbourhood’s median resale HDB flat prices were $320,000 for a 3-room, $685,000 for a 4-room, and $780,000 for a 5-room. There have also been million-dollar HDB flats sold in Kallang/Whampoa over the past few years.

Kallang/Whampoa BTO Amenities (Nov 2021 HDB BTO Launch)

Three Bus Stops From Farrer Park MRT and Novena MRT Stations

The November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO project is located between Farrer Park, Boon Keng, Little India and Novena MRT stations. Hop onto the North East line by taking a 12-minute walk or 4-minute bus ride to Farrer Park MRT.

From Farrer Park MRT, residents can access the North-East Line and arrive at Dhoby Ghaut in two stops. Little India is one stop away (or a 15-minute walk), connecting residents to the Downtown Line.

Additionally, Novena MRT station is also three bus stops away (or a 5-minute bus ride). Shopaholics can easily access the Orchard Road shopping belt via the North-South Line. All in all, residents have easy access to public transport nodes; interchange stations to the Circle Line, North South Line, and Downtown Line are never more than a short MRT ride away.

Minutes’ Drive to the Central Expressway (CTE)

The Central Expressway (CTE) is right next to the Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats. If you drive, travelling around the island is extremely convenient. You can easily access the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) and Seletar Expressway (SLE) via the CTE.

Close to the CBD

The main draw of the Nov 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO project is its central location and proximity to the CBD. Those who work in the CBD can get to the office in 20 to 30 minutes via public transport. Raffles Place station is only six stops from Novena MRT station; there are direct buses to the Downtown station.

While work from home is likely to endure, more will likely return to offices as Singapore transitions into living with COVID-19 as an endemic. The thrill of a short commute home from work will never cease. Plus, you’ll be the first to reach home after a night out with friends about town.

Many Dining Options: Restaurants, Cafes, and Old-School Eateries

It’s no secret Singaporeans live to eat. Nearby City Square Mall, United Square, and Velocity @ Novena Square provide a huge variety of retail and dining offerings. After shopping for groceries and finding bargains at Mustafa Centre, you can feast on cheap, delicious Indian food.

Want cafe brunch food? Highly-Instagramable eateries such as Daizu Cafe and Brunches Cafe, SYIP and Mosanco Enchanted Cafe The Fairytale Garden can be found along Rangoon Road. Along the Jalan Besar stretch, you can stop by establishments such as Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Wimbly Lu, and Apartment Coffee.

Craving hawker fare? Whampoa Food Centre, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Whampoa Drive Makan Place/Whampoa Market have got you covered. Other famous stalls that are a short drive away include Ah Chew Desserts, Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, Beach Road Scissor-cut Curry Rice, Swee Choon Dim Sum and Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup.

Within the estate, there are tons of wet markets and supermarkets to pick up daily groceries. So even if you don’t feel like eating out, you can quickly whip up a feast at home.

Many Primary Schools in the Area

Parents with young children might want to try their hand at applying for the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats. Popular choices such as St Joseph’s Institution Junior, Anglo-Chinese School (Junior), Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), and St. Margaret’s Primary School fall within the 2km catchment.

This means your kid will be given priority when you enrol them in the Primary 1 Registration Exercise. Do note your child must have lived at the address used to apply for primary school for at least 30 months (or 2.5 years).

Other nearby schools include Hong Wen School, Farrer Park Primary School and Bendemeer Primary School.

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Various Healthcare Facilities in the Vicinity

KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Farrer Park Hospital, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital are about a 5-minute drive away. So in case of medical emergencies, you’ll be able to receive professional attention ASAP.

To treat the everyday cold and other common ailments, you can head to the nearby Kallang Polyclinic and Long Term Care, Everwell Clinic & Surgery, and Cheong Family Clinic.

Conclusion: Is This Kallang/Whampoa BTO Worth Balloting For?

If you don’t mind shelling out a little more to live in a central location, the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO project is one to consider.

Pros of the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO

  • Central location

  • Walking distance to several MRT stations

  • Within a five-minute drive to several hospitals and healthcare facilities

  • Easy access to various malls and eateries

Cons of the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO

  • Likely to be pricey

  • Only 2-room Flexi and 4-room flats are available

  • Likely to have high competition for the limited number of flats

Competition for the Nov 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO launch is expected to be stiff. Like the previous two launches, this November 2021 launch is expected to be oversubscribed. When you consider its central location, available amenities and eateries within the mature estate, and limited supply of 430 units, it’s not difficult to see why.

If you’re a young couple looking to start a family, you’ll likely be looking at the 4-room units. Having three bedrooms is ideal if you’re planning to have one or two children at most. You’ll be within 2km of choice primary schools such as St Joseph’s Institution Junior, Anglo-Chinese School (Junior), Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), and St. Margaret’s Primary School.

Furthermore, the project will likely be the most expensive launch. For those who value more space or have a more modest budget, you could look at flats in non-mature estates like Tengah and Jurong West.

Unfortunately, singles will not be able to apply for the 2-room Flexi flats due to their location in a mature estate. But if you do like the neighbourhood, consider looking for resale flats. There are many freshly MOP-ed flats you can check out.

Not sure if you should ballot for the November 2021 Kallang/Whampoa BTO flats? Read about the other BTO launches in November below:

More FAQs about BTO Flats in Singapore

When can I apply for the November BTO?

Apply for a BTO flat within one week of the November 2021 sales launch. Keep an eye out for the launch via the HDB flat portal.

Can Singles Buy a 3-room BTO Flat?

No, singles can only buy 2-room Flexi BTO flats in non-mature estates. However, you can buy a 3-room resale flat as singles aren’t restricted to the type of resale flat they can buy.

Can I Own Two HDB Flats?

No. You may only own one HDB flat at a time. If you’ve purchased a second HDB flat, you’ll have to sell the first flat within six months after collecting the keys to your new apartment.

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