Queenstown was named after Queen Elizabeth II to mark her coronation in 1952.
What Makes Queenstown Interesting?
Queenstown is the first satellite town in Singapore. It was formerly a swampy valley with two hills named Hong Lim and Hong Yin. The town was built by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in the 1950s, and its subsequent development in the 1960s was taken over by HDB.
Queenstown was a pioneer in many areas. It was also a place where many social institutions were established in Singapore. The Queenstown Community Library, the first branch library in Singapore, opened in 1970, lending another historic marker to the estate.
How Many HDB Flats in Queenstown?
There is an estimated HDB resident population of 82,800 and the HDB manages 31,504 flats within the town (as of 31 March 2017).
Why Should You Live in Queenstown?
Though it is the oldest HDB town, Queenstown retains its vibrancy today through rejuvenation efforts by the HDB in the form of the Selective Enbloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), whereby older flats were demolished to make way for new ones. Other developments that helped to brighten up the old estate were the construction of new private residential housing, the opening of Swiss furniture giant IKEA’s flagship store, and the launch of The Anchorage, a condominium-cum-shopping complex.
In 2005, Queenstown regained its popularity and was listed as the costliest estate in Singapore.
Queenstown Estate at Night
Forfar Heights, a 40-storey HDB development occupies the site of the former Forfar House. Forfar House, the first high-rise apartment block built by the SIT was a 14-storey block that was regarded a prominent landmark in old Queenstown because it was the tallest residential building in those days.
Queensway Shopping Centre, built in the 1970s, was a popular haunt for residents growing up in the area. Today, the place is known for its wide range of sporting goods sold.
Accessibility and Transportation
There are 8 Mass Rapid Transit stations that serve the planning area, across 2 lines, the East West Line and the Circle Line. Both lines have an interchange station at Buona Vista station.
The 8 stations are:
- EW19 Queenstown
- EW20 Commonwealth
- EW21 CC22 Buona Vista
- EW22 Dover
- CC23 one-north
- CC24 Kent Ridge
- CC25 Haw Par Villa
- CC26 Pasir Panjang
There are 3 bus terminals within the planning area. Buona Vista Bus Terminal is located along Holland Drive while Ghim Moh Bus Terminal is located along Ghim Moh Road. Both of which are near to the Buona Vista MRT Station. Kent Ridge Bus Terminal is located within the vicinity of the Kent Ridge campus of the National University of Singapore, at the western portion of the planning area.
Queenstown Planning Area is home to various schools and prominent educational institutions such as the main campus of the National University of Singapore, a major university in Singapore.
- Fairfield Methodist School (Primary)
- New Town Primary School
- Queenstown Primary School
- Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
- Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)
- New Town Secondary School
- Queenstown Secondary School
- Queensway Secondary School
- Anglo-Chinese Junior College
- Eunoia Junior College (Until 2019)
- MDIS UniCampus
- National University of Singapore (Main Campus)
- Singapore Institute of Technology (Main Campus)
- Singapore Polytechnic
- Anglo-Chinese School (International)
- Dover Court International School
- ESSEC Business School
- Global Indian International School (GIIS), Queenstown Campus
- INSEAD Asia
- Rainbow Centre
- Tanglin Trust School
- United World College of South East Asia
- Alexandra Hospital
- National University Hospital (Kent Ridge)