District Guide: Ang Mo Kio

Ang Mo Kio could be considered the archetypal neighbourhood. Hawker centres, wet markets and HDB blocks abound in this heartland suburb – that also boasts PM Lee Hsien Loong as its constituent MP.

( Image courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board.)

District 20 is generally residential in nature, consisting of large-scale, older residential estates in Ang Mo Kio to newer, upmarket residential estates in Bishan and Thomson. Being easily accessible to the Central Business District (CBD), the prices of the houses here are costly. Nevertheless, many Singaporeans are drawn to this area because of its ample amenities and facilities.

Ang Mo Kio Hub, a large suburban shopping mall, linked to the Ang Mo Kio MRT Station and Bus Interchange, is at the heart of the district for many locals. The area does remains as one of the older and more parochial and insular areas of Singapore and is less demographically cosmopolitan than some of the newer estates.

There are numerous schools in the area, at primary and secondary level, as well as the Nanyang Polytechnic and Anderson Junior College.

For more information on everything from education to transport links visit iProperty.com Singapore’s HDB site on Ang Mo Kio.

Although at one time a new development, property prices are rising in Ang Mo Kio as the area becomes more developed. A recent survey in 2010 by HDB found the average price of HDB units in the area to be:

  • 3-Room
 Unit: $310,000
  • 4-Room
 Unit: $380,000
  • 5-Room
 Unit: $475,000

There are private housing developments here, although you will be paying a higher rate than further out in the suburbs, Nuovo and Far Horizon Gardens represent two of the better value condominiums.

To find your home in Ang Mo Kio, go to iProperty.com Singapore’s extensive list of units for sale.

Traditional Chinese restaurant, Dian Xiao Er <www.dianxiaoer.net> has a few branches around Singapore, but the AMK Hub outlet has a rustic, cosy feel. There’s a surfeit of hawker food in the district, although most of it is Chinese, reflecting the area’s ethnic majority, and those with dietary requirements, such as halal food, might struggle for variety.

While there are several KTV-style pubs and bars around Ang Mo Kio, in common with most of the heartlands, people tend to head into town for their nightlife options.

Retail is dominated by Ang Mo Kio hub, which includes a couple of supermarkets and banks, a gym, and numerous shops. Bishan, and the massive Junction 8 mall is only a stop away on the MRT.

Ang Mo Kio is connected to town via the North-South line MRT station and there’s a very busy bus depot with buses leaving to all the points of Singapore.

Read Ang Mo Kio residents’ views on living in the district, here.
Read expert analysis on the Ang Mo Kio property market, here.