At District 22 lies Jurong West, bounded by the Pan Island Expressway, Upper Jurong Road, Boon Lay Way and Jurong Lake. A little over half of Jurong West is used for residential purposes, with the rest of the estate allotted for business activities. The area is peppered with amenities commonly found in residential areas, such as schools, shops and recreational facilities like a park.
Sandwiched between Jurong Industrial Estate and Jurong East, the 15 sq km estate of Jurong West comprises is comprised of smaller precincts including Boon Lay Way, Hong Kah, Jalan Bahar, Nanyang, Pioneer and Wenya.
Housing options consists of mainly of HDB flats, with a smattering of condominiums to choose from. As Jurong West is considered a mature estate, you can expect HDB units to be slightly larger than average.
( Jurong West has a great public transport system. Image courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board.)
To make up for its way-off-central position, the estate has great transport links. It houses Lakeside, Boon Lay and Pioneer MRT stations. Roads are established, with the PIE and KJE highways making the area more accessible.
A handful of schools from primary to tertiary levels, and even the Nanyang Technological University and National Institute of Education, have been set up here.
As an older estate, amenities and facilities are well developed. Nearby markets and shopping centres, with big name tenants such as Giant Hypermarket and FairPrice Xtra, provide residents with daily necessities and cater to their shopping needs. Recreational facilities include Nanyang and Jurong Spring community centres, Jurong West Sports and Recreation Centre, SAFRA Jurong West, and Jurong Golf Club.
Tourist attraction spots in the vicinity are the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
Shopping malls Jurong Point and IMM flaunt a range of dining choices from the cheap to the slightly pricey. Big names like Starbucks and Pepper Lunch are a common feature in these malls. Jurong Point, Singapore’s largest suburban mall, has two ‘villages’ dedicated to Japanese and Indonesian fare. A Long Beach Seafood Restaurant branch can be found at IMM. Coffee shops offering cheap no-frills meals are also not hard to find. Visit famed hawker centre Block 505 Market And Food Centre, located at Jurong West Street 52, for great local food at affordable prices.
In family-friendly Jurong West, watering holes are a rare sight. The closest thing to a bar or a pub would be coffee shops that sell a variety of beers. Otherwise, head out to The Rail Mall at Bukit Timah, where BLooiE’s Roadhouse and Harry’s can help you get your fix.
Jurong Point boasts more than 450 outlets, including department store John Little and chain brand Cotton On. Jurong West’s very own Jurong Point is Singapore’s largest suburban mall. IMM, the other retail heavyweight in the Jurong area, is a great place to get home furnishing and gadgets. Tenants of note include Daiso and Gain City.
Other shopping facilities around the area include Pioneer Mall and Gek Poh Shopping Centre.