Bidadari, or some call it the new Bishan, is finally ready for its first residents. 881 families are progressively moving into their units in the 2 build-to-order (BTO) projects, Alkaff Lakeview and Alkaff Vista. The former is a larger of the two, consisting of 531 units.
881 families moving into 2 BTO projects in Bidadari
The new 93-hectare Bidadari HDB estate sits on what used to be the Bidadari cemetery, one of the largest in Singapore. In this and a few other ways, it is akin to one of Singapore’s earliest HDB estates – Bishan.
One of the distinctive features of the Bidadari estate is its connection with nature and greenery. At both Alkaff Lakeview and Alkaff Vista, residents will get to enjoy landscaped rooftop gardens which also doubles as a community space for the residents. These spaces not only include shaded sitting areas but also children playgrounds, fitness stations and are fitted with wheelchair access ramps. The rooftop garden in Alkaff Lakeview will also boast views of the Alkaff Lake, which will feature a conserved rain tree on a little island.
The estate will also contain the new 10-hectare Bidadari Park, complete with a lake, heritage walk, open lawns, connecting trails and even a treehouse in the children’s playground. In Alkaff Vista, is the Bidadari Greenway which features a cycling and pedestrian network that runs along one of the estate’s 3 new roads – Bidadari Park Drive.
New HDB estate features a connection with nature and greenery
Although most of the units in the 2 BTO blocks are still undergoing renovation, some residents have already moved into their new homes. The estate will be fully completed by 2022 and will then hold up to 10,000 new units.
With its proximity to 3 MRT stations – Potong Pasir, Woodleigh and Bartley; and schools such as Maris Stella Primary and High Schools, Bartley Secondary School, Cedar Girls’ school and Stamford American School; flats here may be quite valuable when they finally hit the resale market in 5 years’ time.
The area is also considered to be in the mature estate of Toa Payoh and easily accessible to the town centre and Central Business District (CBD). It will also house the country’s first underground bus interchange, next to Woodleigh MRT station.
The Bidadari estate masterplan was implemented by local architectural firm MKPL Architects and Urban Strategies, a Toronto-based planning and urban design firm.