Expert Eye: Woodlands

Woodlands is a district that is popular both with families – as it’s quieter than most other suburbs and has a lot of green open spaces, parks and woodlands – and with young, first time buyers who have to prioritize price over location.

There’s a good mix of newer and older developments. The newer ones tend to have been renovated by HDB – so you have a blank canvass on which to implement your interior décor design ideas. They also tend to be smaller on average though, as space constraints (across Singapore) have meant that HDB tends to build smaller now than in the past. The older apartments are usually larger, although, as with all older buildings, there may be idiosyncrasies in the apartment.

Prices in the Woodlands area tend to be around S$300 – 400,000 for a four or five room HDB flat. The anti-speculation measures introduced by the government has kept prices at a stable level, but the property market is at present very weak and the advice across Singapore is to hold off on buying.

Woodlands is divided into three sub-zones: Woodgrove, Marsiling and Admiralty, of which the latter two are connected to the North-South MRT line by eponymous stations.  Transport is an important issue in Woodlands more than most places in Singapore, due to its distance from the centre of town and the CBD, so expect to pay more for flats with nearby MRT stations. 

For an overview of Woodland’s living, shopping, dining, drinking and transport options, click here.

For a chat with three residents of Woodlands about what living here is really like, go here.