Tampines: Beacon in the East

Let’s admit it: Tampines is the best town in the East, and you’re lucky if you’re living in it. Many detractors will disagree, and mention other Eastside towns that happen to have a nice mix of food and amenities.

However, all of them will be hard pressed to name a place in the East with an abundance of living options as great as Tampines.

HDBs In Abundance

Tampines has been growing since the 1980s, and us home to about 234,600 residents, and 67,911 flats.

While it was a pockmarked parcel of land in the 1970s, Tampines was rapidly built up and was awarded the World Habitat Award in the Developed Category by the United Nations. This means that Tampines is one of the most innovative and successful human settlements in the world.

Even with this progress, it hasn’t slowed down one bit. Tampines acts as the regional centre, and development of Tampines North was started in 2014, with 1,900 flats launched.

Tampines GreenBloom. Picture: HDB

In 2017, there were 2 BTO launches, with Tampines GreenBloom and GreenFlora’s 638 units February leading the way, followed by Tampines GreenCourt’s 2,192 units in November. In 2018, there is going to be even more BTO launches for Tampines, with an impending 1,250 unit launch in February.

Centrale 8. Picture: Sim Lian Group Limited

While not strictly a HDB, the Sim Lian Group’s DBSS project, Centrale 8 sits nicely in the Tampines Central zone, within walking distance to Tampines Hub, Tampines Interchange and both Tampines MRT stations (DTL & EWL). The 708 unit project was completed in 2015, and while there were some initial grips about the build quality of some units, they were rectified and are fetching some pretty solid prices at $6XX psf at the moment.

So Many Amenities, So Little Time

I just have to say that Tampines is indeed chockfull of places to eat, shop and play.

What other town has 4 MRT stations dedicated to it?

There are 2 separate MRT stations with the name “Tampines”, one for the Downtown Line, and another for the East-West Line. Both are within walking distance to each other, and both are connected to the Interchange. The Downtown Line also has Tampines East and Tampines West stations to serve residents in the area, and cuts down travel time into the CBD to 30 minutes.

I must say that Tampines Central is truly the Regional Hub of the East. Any neighbourhood can boast an Interchange, some shopping malls and an MRT station, but Tampines goes above and beyond with all the major banks having large branches right next to the bus interchanges.

Our Tampines Hub. Picture: People’s Association

Tampines also has Singapore’s only integrated Sports Hub at the moment, merging sports facilities of all kinds, a regional library, healthcare, shopping, hawker centre and other F&B options into one massive 5.3 hectare space. I mean, a 5000-seat stadium is just one small part of the whole development!

Malls are easy to find, and cover every little lifestyle need for residents in Tampines. I think it has one of the most extensive coverage of any Singaporean neighbourhood.

While Century Square is the oldest, and currently being renovated, stalwarts like Tampines One and Tampines Mall have been booming for years. Add Tampines Hub’s mall option, and you’re talking about 4 huge malls just in Tampines Central alone.

It’s no wonder that the traffic in Tampines flows non-stop for retailers and restaurant owners alike.

Private housing is no slouch

Tampines seems like a hardcore heartland, but those seeking private housing will not find this place lacking. Projects like The Santorini, Arc @ Tampines, The Tropica & Waterview already line the Tampines Avenue 10 area, while Tampines Court, Eden at Tampines and Melville Park come into focus nearer to the Tampines East Area.

Rentals for most of these condominiums don’t exceed the $3.50psf mark, so they’re relatively affordable. For example, a typical 527 sq ft unit at The Santorini has an asking of $3.42psf, while a 1291 sq ft unit at Pinevale is asking at $2.24psf.

Tampines keeps on going

You probably aren’t going to see the end to expansion of this population centre, as more and more developments come up in the area. Tampines is a beating heart of transport, business and lifestyle.

For anyone raising a small family or looking for unbeatable convenience in the East, Tampines is a great place to stay!