Predicting which non-mature estates in Singapore are most likely to gain mature status is not the easiest thing to do, because it involves more factors than just location, such as government development plans, demographic changes, and infrastructure improvements. But we have found several non-mature estates that are undergoing significant developments and may have the potential to attain mature status in the near future.
Punggol, once a sleepy fishing village, has undergone a massive transformation in recent years and is now one of the most promising non-mature estates in Singapore. With its stunning waterfront views, vibrant community, and rapidly developing infrastructure, Punggol has all the makings of a potential mature estate.
One of the key factors driving Punggol’s potential for maturity is its strategic location. Situated in the northeastern part of Singapore, Punggol is well-connected to the rest of the island through major expressways and public transportation networks, including the North-East Line and the upcoming Cross Island Line.
In addition, Punggol boasts a plethora of modern amenities, such as shopping malls, supermarkets, and schools, which have helped to attract a diverse mix of residents. The opening of Punggol Town Hub, a one-stop community centre, has further bolstered the estate’s appeal as a family-friendly destination.
But perhaps the most exciting development in Punggol is the ongoing Punggol Digital District project, which aims to transform the estate into a thriving tech hub. With the Singapore Institute of Technology set to establish a campus in Punggol Digital District and master planned and developed by JTC Corporation, Punggol is poised to become a major hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.
As Punggol continues to evolve, its potential for maturity transformation becomes increasingly evident. With its unique blend of modern amenities, natural beauty, and strategic location, Punggol has undoubtedly gone from being the new kid on the block to one of Singapore’s most up-and-coming estates.
Sengkang is like the charming, laidback brother of Punggol. Just one MRT stop away, it is rapidly emerging as a strong contender for maturity transformation. There are several factors that contribute to Sengkang’s promising outlook, including its strategic location, modern amenities, and strong community infrastructure.
One of the key drivers of Sengkang’s potential for maturity is its excellent connectivity. The town is well-connected to the rest of the island through the North-East Line, which provides convenient access to areas such as Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront. The upcoming Cross Island Line, which will intersect with the North-East Line at Hougang MRT station, will further enhance Sengkang’s connectivity, making it an even more attractive location for residents and businesses.
Like Punggol, Sengkang offers a wealth of modern amenities, including shopping malls, hawker centres, and sports facilities. These amenities have helped to create a vibrant and thriving community in Sengkang, making it an attractive locale for families and young professionals alike.
Furthermore, the Sengkang Grand Residences project, a mixed-use development featuring residential, retail, and community spaces, is a game-changer in the estate’s journey towards maturity. It creates a self-contained town centre, which serves as a hub for residents and visitors alike, further enhancing Sengkang’s appeal.
Sengkang also boasts a strong community infrastructure, with numerous community clubs and facilities, as well as active grassroots organisations. These groups work together to organise events and programs that foster community spirit and social cohesion, contributing to Sengkang’s positive and vibrant community. It is poised to become one of Singapore’s most sought-after mature estates in the years to come.
#3: Jurong East
Yes, we know, we know. Jurong West has its merits too, but Jurong East stands out more.
In fact, we think it is high time one of the Jurongs becomes a mature estate soon, and our bets are on Jurong East. There are several reasons why Jurong East is on the cusp of maturity.
Jurong East’s excellent connectivity makes it an ideal location for businesses, residents, and visitors. It is linked to other parts of Singapore through major expressways and public transportation networks, including the North-South Line and East-West Line. This makes it an attractive location for those who require easy access to different parts of the island, whether for work or leisure.
Besides its mega malls and sheer number of amenities, Jurong East also has the upcoming Jurong Lake District, set to be the largest business district outside of the CBD. Tuas Port, Jurong Innovation District and one-north are close by, making Jurong Lake District the ideal location to tap on academia for cutting-edge R&D, and to provide business and professional services to the maritime and high-value industries.
What’s more, within Jurong Lake District is Jurong Lake Gardens. A national park that spans 90 hectares, it is set to further boost Jurong East’s status, offering residents and visitors a green respite from the urban bustle.
With the government’s ambitious plans for Jurong East (and West), it is clear that Jurong East is a town on the rise, with all the hallmarks of a mature estate.
But all that said, we do think that the factors determining the mature and non-mature status of these estates are rather arbitrary, so we debunked them here.
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