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Why Buy an HDB Flat in Bukit Batok?

Maelyn Lagman

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Updated: 19 May 2021

Tucked within the Western region of Singapore, Bukit Batok has long attracted homebuyers looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

It may not be a community of million-dollar homes, like its neighbouring town Bukit Timah, nor a place defined by highways dotted with shopping malls, like the Central area. Instead, it is a little pocket of walkable streets, neighbourhood parks, and quaint spots emblematic of the heartlands.  

It is bordered by six other planning areas: 

And it’s divided into nine subzones:

  • Brickworks
  • Bukit Batok Central
  • Bukit Batok East
  • Bukit Batok South
  • Bukit Batok West
  • Gombak
  • Hulin
  • Hillview
  • Hong Kah North

The Bukit Batok vibe

The 1,104-hectare mature estate, once dominated by rubber and pineapple plantations, has evolved into a green neighbourhood that seamlessly blends with the numerous real estate projects developed over the years. 

Simple mom and pop shops thrive directly under HDB blocks where aunties and uncles shop serenely.

And like most neighbourhoods in the region, it captures the essence of “coming home”: peaceful and serene and offers a slower pace of living than the rest of the new towns near it.

Stepping outside of Little Guilin—where it’s so quiet you’ll actually hear the cicadas singing—and into Bukit Batok Central is a bit like entering a vortex and time travelling to the past. Simple mom and pop shops thrive directly under HDB blocks and thrift stores are located beside local marts for cheaper produce. (No need to travel to chain supermarkets like Giant, though there is a Sheng Siong nearby.) 

What you’ll pay for housing in Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok is home to an estimated 114,000 HDB residents, and within the town, the HDB manages 40,612 flats (as of 31 March 2018). Compared to the rest of the housing market in Singapore, it is one of the most affordable areas to live. 

Bukit Batok is one of the most affordable HDB towns to live in: 3-bedders are priced at $300,000.

You can find a range of resale listings using Ohmyhome Search, where you can sort the results by pricing, and filter by property type, size, and if it’s for sale or rental. 

Here’s a comparison table of the median resale prices for HDB resale flats in Singapore:

hdb median resale price list 2021
Source: HDB 

The median prices of 3-room HDB resale flats in the area are about $300,000, as seen in the table above. 

There are also BTO resale flats that are about to reach the five-year Minimum Occupancy Period (MOP) in the coming years. 

Look out for these HDB BTO flats that will be reaching 5-year MOP in 2021 & 2022

Name of ProjectMOP Year3-room4-room5-roomTotal Units
Skyline I & II @ Bukit Batok202178216194488
West Ridges @ Bukit Batok20222355915501578

These homes are incredibly close to top-notch educational institutions, shopping malls, and supermarkets. You can even reach the Central area along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) in only 20 minutes by car. 

Skyline I is set to MOP in 2021.

With its affordable prices and proximity to essential amenities, young families might find that Bukit Batok is the right town for them. 

You can also look forward to Verdale, a new launch condo in Bukit Batok, and consider units in mixed-development LeQuest. 

List of new launch and resale condos in Bukit Batok

Name of ProjectTenureEst. Completion DatePrice Range (PSF)
LeQuest99-year leasehold2020 (Completed)$1,406 – $1,555 PSF
Verdale99-year leasehold2023 (Uncompleted)$1,637 – $1,893 PSF

What you’ll find in Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok is undoubtedly the affordable alternative to other towns in the Western region while also offering unique amenities.

1. Parks

The Bukit Batok Nature Park provides a great trail for jogging, hiking, or walking.

One notable feature of Bukit Batok is the many parks in the neighbourhood, including Bukit Batok Town Park (often considered part of Bukit Gombak) and the Bukit Batok Nature Park. A trail from the park will lead you to Bukit Batok Hill, a historical site where two memorials from World War II once stood.

2. Instagrammable spot

Professional photographers and resident influencers come and go in Little Guilin, the backdrop to many social media posts.

Another well-known attraction commonly associated with the town is Little Guilin; a now-defunct granite quarry that is beautifully landscaped with footpaths. Exercisers, joggers, and cyclists will always be present in this area. Sometimes, you might even spot influencers and photographers looking to capture this unique attraction in Bukit Batok. 

3. Entertainment and recreation

Right as you step out of the MRT gantry, you’ll have access to West Mall, the main shopping mall in Bukit Batok.

Several malls are also nearby, including:

  • Bukit Batok Town Centre
  • Bukit Batok West Shopping Centre
  • HillV2
  • West Mall
  • LeQuest Shopping Mall

For other forms of recreation, there’s the Bukit Batok swimming complex located off East  Avenue 6. Golfers can find their space in the CDANS Bukit Batok Country Club, which also has a swimming pool, bowling alley, and a good mix of sports facilities.

4. Food options

For the best chicken rice or roasted pork and duck, visit Street 11 Bukit Batok Food House.

There is also no shortage of dining options in Bukit Batok. The Street 11 Bukit Batok Food House is one of the most established hawker centres in Singapore, home to well-known local fare, such as hokkien mee, black carrot cake, chicken rice, nasi padang, rojak, roasted pork and duck, prata, and popiah. 

For the best of the 1970s classics from Johor Bahru, you can try Famous JB 101 Firewokz at Bukit Batok Crescent. Its long list of five-star reviews confirms the value and quality of their food, which include specialties like chili crab, claypot chicken soup with goji wolfberries, crab bee hoon, salted egg sotong, and signature fried pork. 

The commute 

Look forward to the Jurong Region Line (JRL) set to be completed by 2027 with 24 additional stations connecting West Singapore.

Bukit Batok is one MRT station away from the Jurong East MRT station that connects you to the East-West Line and Central Line, on which you’ll be minutes away from Central, Downtown, and the rest of CBD. 

There are major expressways such as the KJE, BKE, PIE and AYE that will connect you to the rest of the city-state. 

Apart from the existing transportation options, you can look forward to the future 24km Jurong Region Line (JRL). It is set to be completed by 2027 with 24 additional MRT stations to serve the Jurong housing districts. 

  • Phase 1 (2026): JRL (West) will have ten stations connecting Choa Chu Kang to Boon Lay and Tawas
  • Phase 2 (2027): JRL (East) will have seven stations, including Bukit Batok West
  • Phase 3 (2028): The final phase will have extensions into NTU in the west and Jurong Pier in the south, finishing up the JRL (West) route

The schools

Local buyers and foreign landlords can find a sufficient mix of schools to choose from in Bukit Batok.

Bukit Batok has a good mix of local and international schools for various school-age children and teenagers.

Primary Schools in Bukit Batok

  • Bukit View Primary School
  • Dazhong Primary School
  • Keming Primary School
  • Lianhua Primary School
  • Princess Elizabeth Primary School

Secondary Schools in Bukit Batok

  • Bukit Batok Secondary School
  • Bukit View Secondary School
  • Dunearn Secondary School
  • Hillgrove Secondary School
  • Swiss Cottage Secondary School

Special Schools in Bukit Batok

  • APSN Delta Senior School (offering vocational training for 17-21-year-old students with mild intellectual disabilities)
  • Eden School (for young children diagnosed with autism)

Tertiary Institutions in Bukit Batok

  • Millennia Institute
  • Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre (SHATEC)

International Schools in Bukit Batok

  • Dulwich College

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