Currently a place with no woods to its name, Woodlands gets its name from the rubber plantations that used to be located in the area. Widely known as the primary gateway to Malaysia through the Causeway, it is always jammed with thousands of workers travelling to and fro between Singapore and Malaysia daily.
(Woodlands shopping is dominated by Causeway Point. Image courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board.)
Woodlands has a different style from the other Heartlands estates, and has been singled out by the Singapore government as a ‘model development. It is characterised by its proximity to Malaysia, and tends to have more open open spaces, parks and grasslands than other suburbs of Singapore.
Live: One of the prime locations for people seeking to purchase their first home, Woodlands attracts young first-time buyers due to the relative cheapness of the HDB flats in the area. For more property listings, check out iProperty.com Singapore’s listings page for Woodlands HDB.
Eat: The proximity to Malaysia has seen a number of great Malay eateries open in Woodlands, including some of the best roti prata you will ever try. Causeway Point (1 Woodlands Square) has everything you would expect from a big mall – The Straits Times voted it Best Suburban Mall in 2004 – with a big food court, and the usual mix of restaurants and fast food joints.
Drink: The ever-popular Bojangles chain has one of their pubs in Woodlands (Block 30, #01-22, Woodlands Avenue 1), a favourite for those who like a pint, pool, and a bit of banter. Other than that, Woodlands is not blessed with public houses, although coffee shops and KTV joints can be guaranteed to serve up a cold beer or three.
Shop: Its Causeway Point again with a big array of retail options: fashion, electronics, gifts, etc. One option for shoppers in Woodlands is to head over to Malaysia, where prices are considerably lower than Singapore. Do remember though that Singapore has stringent laws about bringing certain goods in from Malaysia, so check before you buy.
Transport: While Woodlands is well connected with several stations on the North-South line falling within the district, it is a long way out and those who need to travel into the CBD on the MRT every day will be looking at a 50-odd minute crowded journey.
For full information on listings in Woodlands, visit iProperty.com Singapore’s HDB Estate guide to Woodlands.