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Is the Greater Southern Waterfront the Next Big Thing?

Zhen Hao Guo

Zhen Hao Guo

Announced by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2013, the Greater Southern Waterfront is set to be one of Singapore’s biggest redevelopment projects in recent years. The area will stretch from Pasir Panjang to Marina East; covering approximately 30km of Singapore’s southern coastline. Comprising Keppel Club, Mount Faber, and the former Pasir Panjang Power District, redevelopment plans will be gradually rolled out over the next five to 10 years, transforming the Greater Southern Waterfront into a gateway and urban living space. 

As part of one of the identity corridors, there will be a waterfront promenade of about 10km that links Marina Barrage to the Southern Ridges. This will be part of a coastal corridor, with the intention of linking the heritage and unique streetscapes of Singapore’s southern coast.

The redevelopment project will also include private and public housing plans to be accompanied by recreational attractions, office spaces, and greenery. The offshore island of Pulau Brani located between the mainland and Sentosa will also be transformed into a recreational space, according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the 2019 National Day Parade

More recent announcements this year unveiled plans to include 3,000 private units and 6,000 BTO flats within the Keppel Club area spanning 48ha. The new housing units will be built upon land that is currently occupied by Keppel Club golf course, which has its lease expiring on June 30 2022. The club has an extension of up to March 31 2023 to demolish the clubhouse.

National Development Minister Desmond Lee has announced that the first BTO project in the housing cluster will be launched within the next three years. But the jury is still out on whether these flats will fall under the prime location public housing (PLH) model, which will tie future flat owners to a 10-year Minimum Occupancy Period (MOP) along with additional subsidy clawback on resale. 

A look into prices around Greater Southern Waterfront

Alongside iconic condos like Reflections and Corals at Keppel Bay, other developments are also scheduled for completion in the Greater Southern Waterfront by 2030.

Source: Freepik

According to Ohmyhome Research, recent average new sale prices for condominiums in District 4 are around the $2,300-$2,400 psf mark. While recent average resale prices in the district hovers around the price points of $1,500-$1,600 psf.

Price notwithstanding, potential buyers will certainly be spoilt for choice by the diverse range of private property options that range from sea-facing units, stacks nestled within green spaces, and homes situated close to recreation and other facilities.

Recently Transacted Condos Within GSWHighest Transacted Price within the Last 5 Years (psf)TenureCompletion Status
Reflections at Keppel Bay$2,06299-year LeaseholdCompleted in 2011
Corals at Keppel Bay$2,90899-year LeaseholdCompleted in 2016
ARTRA$2,16099-year LeaseholdCompleted 2021
Avenue South Residence$2,61199-year LeaseholdExpected TOP: May 2022
One Pearl Bank$2,87599-year LeaseholdExpected TOP: 2023
Sky Everton$3,189FreeholdExpected TOP:
2023
Kent Ridge Hill Residences$2,07799-year LeaseholdExpected TOP:
Dec 2024
Source: URA

As for BTO flats, stacks of four-room BTO units at Telok Blangah Beacon flats in the nearby Bukit Merah experienced overwhelming demand – which was mainly attributed to their proximity to the Greater Southern Waterfront.

The 70 units up for grabs received a staggering oversubscription of more than 3,000 applications, pushing prices up to the $600,000 to $700,000 range and beyond.

Accessibility by foot, bike, rail and road

Source: LTA

Five Circle Line MRT stations lie along the stretch of the Greater Southern Waterfront area, including Telok Blangah MRT, Haw Par Villa MRT, Labrador Park MRT, and the North-East Line connecting Harbourfront MRT. Future residents can also look forward to the opening of Circle Line 6, which will finally close the loop between Harbourfront and Marina Bay, making the iconic line a complete circle. Tunnelling and testing works began early this year and operations are expected to be ready by 2026.

Interlacing public transport options are park connectors along West Coast Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. The two parks will be linked up by the new Pasir Panjang Linear Park, featuring heritage galleries of old photos and curated artefacts, as well as public toilets and other structures designed to blend in with the four green corridors – the Berlayer Corridor, Henderson Corridor, Northern Corridor and Central Corridor.

There are also talks of linking the Greater Southern Waterfront to the Woodlands area via the Rail Corridor, beginning from the Tanjong Pagar railway station. If made a reality, this could provide long distance cyclists and joggers with seamless routes that connect them with other parts of the island. 

Residents with motor vehicles can take the West Coast Highway to access Jurong industrial estate and Clementi New Town conveniently. Now that borders are opening up, the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) will also provide drivers a direct route to Tuas Second Link.

Entertainment options abound onshore and offshore

Residents are sure to find something to their liking at the Greater Southern Waterfront’s diverse set of amenities. Apart from the aforementioned green spaces at Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, residents can also access Singapore’s Cable Car Sky Network via Mount Faber, where they’ll get a panoramic view of the city. 

Source: Pixabay

In addition to local icons Vivocity, Harbourfront and Sentosa Island, Pulau Brani promises to bring its own revolutionary attractions to the entertainment scene. The island will be divided into five distinct zones, each featuring a unique attraction theme of nature trails, adventure recreation, eco-resorts, water displays and beach parties. Complete with a 37m Merlion tower, the redevelopment is part of Singapore’s plan to revitalise the tourism industry ahead of other Asian rivals. 

Access to medical care for Greater Southern Waterfront residents

For medical emergencies and regular health check-ups, residents can access Alexandra Hospital via Alexandra Road and the Singapore General Hospital located next to Outram Park MRT. 

Notably, Alexandra Hospital can be easily spotted from its colonial-style buildings. An integrated general hospital in Queenstown, the hospital features holistic care programs and programme-based recovery models for their patients.

Comprehensive programmes at local and international schools

Parents of primary school going children will have the option of Radin Mas Primary School and CHIJ (Kellock) among the schools nearby. Radin Mas Primary School is known for their computational thinking and design thinking programmes that not only equip them with skills to be future-ready, but also complement other multidisciplinary activities such as project work, Service Learning, and the school’s very own Mini Olympics.

For international families, the ISS International School along Preston Road in Telok Blangah offers a comprehensive curriculum catered to students aged four to 19. The curriculum is divided into three sections, namely, the Primary Years Program (ages four to 12), the Middle Years Program (ages 11 to 16) and the Diploma Programme which will prepare students to graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. 

Looking for a future home at the Greater Southern Waterfront?

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options available at the vast Greater Southern Waterfront. Instead of spending weeks and months mulling over which home might suit your needs best, why not let Ohmyhome’s Super Agents do the busy work on your behalf?

Simply submit your preferences to us and let Ohmyhome’s smart data-matching technology MATCH you with the right home that fits your budget and the requirements of you and your family members. Our algorithm will curate a list of matching properties which we will forward to you immediately via Whatsapp. 

We’ll also provide you with relevant knowledge that you can use to inform your home buying decisions. Enjoy a smooth, headache-free transaction process without spending hours googling on the internet.

Call us at 6886 9009 to secure an appointment today with any of our Super Agents, or message us right now in the chat box at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. If you’re on the go, we’re also available on WhatsApp at 9727 5270. At Ohmyhome, we’re always on your side, always by your side.

Header Image: URA

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