With the August 2022 BTO launch right around the corner, future homeowners should start planning ahead for which of the neighbourhoods they want to ballot for. Of the 6 towns with upcoming BTO developments, Jurong East’s site is the furthest out West, but that’s not necessarily a downside.
The non-mature estate will soon be home to Jurong Lake District, the prospective second CBD of Singapore. Commuters will also be privy to 3 different MRT lines including the Jurong Region Line that’s slated to be completed in the next few years.
You’re not alone if the potential of the West side has piqued the interest of your savvy, investing side. To help you make a more informed decision, here’s a deep dive into all the pros and cons of the Jurong East BTO launch happening in August 2022.
Location of Jurong East August 2022 project
We’ve all heard the joke about bringing your passport just to visit friends on the West side of Singapore. But make no mistake. What was formerly known as an ulu destination will soon become a buzzing hub in the coming years, and residents at the new Jurong East BTO will be super close to all the action.
The site of Jurong East’s new BTO will be on Jurong East Street 24.
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Transport links: close to Jurong East MRT Station and new Toh Guan Station
There’s nothing ulu about the location of Jurong East’s new BTO site. Not only is it a 10-minute walk away from Jurong East MRT, it will also be a 5-minute walk from Toh Guan MRT Station that’s set to be completed in 2028. That should coincide nicely with when your BTO is finally constructed.
Motorists will also only take 5 minutes to get from the carpark to the nearby entrance of the PIE.
Malls, parks & amenities: 4 malls and many parks around
HaiDiLao at JCube? Say less.
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One thing that can attract even Eastsiders to the West are malls, and Jurong East has more than one to lure them in. JEM, IMM, JCube, and Westgate are all clustered together and are just 10 minutes away from the BTO address. Creature comforts like HaiDiLao, Din Tai Fung, and Beauty In A Pot are within arms reach.
There’s even an IKEA to get any homewares, or you can even pop by The Furniture Mall in Toh Guan to get furnishings for your new crib.
Aside from these bustling commercial spots, there are also plenty of parks nearby for you and your family to wind down. Jurong Lake Gardens is a brisk 25-minute walk away, and there you have corners like Clusia Cove, Chinese Garden, and Lakeside Garden.
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Those who are a little more adventurous can also wander down South to Pandan Reservoir. It’s just a direct 30-minute bus ride to the quieter waterfront park in case you get jaded by the crowd at Jurong Lake Gardens.
Another amenity that can’t be dismissed is the proximity of the BTO site to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Ideally, you’ll never have to visit the swanky hospital, but you can rest assured knowing it’s not that far away should a medical emergency arise.
Schools: right next to Crest Secondary School and many childcare centres
Future homeowners who are looking to start a family soon or who already have a child will definitely want to take into consideration the educational institutions that are within 1KM of the BTO site. Thankfully, there are plenty of schools from early education childcare centres to primary schools for you to enrol your kids in.
Yuhua Primary School is definitely within that 1KM range, while Fuhua Primary School is just on the edge of that limit. Alternatively, Princess Elizabeth Primary School is within that radius, although it is on the other side of the PIE which might be a dissuading factor.
The Jurong East BTO will also be built right next to Crest Secondary School, a big plus if that’s one of the schools you’re hoping your kid will get into when after their PSLE. Trust me, not having to wake up super early because I stayed right next to my secondary school was a godsend.
When they grow older, your children can even head to SHATEC, NTU, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, or Singapore Polytechinic which are all within the domain of the West side.
Apart from the hotpot and comfort food restaurants in the malls around Jurong, the BTO site will also be near coffee shops and quaint cafes like Soul Kind Cafe and Waffl. Just bear in mind that this isn’t considered your typical “foodie” neighbourhood.
The Jurong East 2022 BTO launch will see 560 units in 2-, 3- and 4-room configurations up for grabs. Aside from the BTO launch in Tampines that only has 260 units, this is the second-lowest number of units available in this upcoming BTO exercise. However, as Jurong East is a non-mature estate, prices might be more affordable here.
Looking at the previous BTO exercise in Jurong East of Toh Guan Grove in 2021, prices of a 2-room Flexi flat ranged from $121,000-$189,000; 3-room flats from $237,000-$281,000; and 4-room flats from $347,000-$436,000.
With more demand for houses in the Western part of town – thanks to the impending launch of the Jurong Lake District – the projected cost of 2022’s BTO flats might be slightly higher than last year.
Development plans for Jurong East
For those who have yet to step foot into the West – NS days do not count – the Jurong estate has made many strides into proving that it’s more than just a manufacturing hub. There are brewery tours, go-kart tracks, and a multi-zone Daiso. In the coming years, Jurong will also be home to what might be considered Singapore’s second Central Business District.
The Jurong Lake District (JLD) is set to be the largest mixed-use business district in the suburbs by 2040, with over 100,000 new jobs and 20,000 homes added to the area. This is located just off the August 2022 Jurong East BTO location, so new homeowners here will be close to the hubbub of the JLD.
And as mentioned previously, getting around Jurong on public transport will be a lot easier with the development of the Jurong Region Line.
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The Toh Guan MRT station will be located right opposite the BTO site and it’s scheduled to be completed by 2027/28, meaning you won’t have to wait long for easy access to public transport.
However, the busyness that’s slated to arrive in Jurong East would also mean that those with units facing the road and expressway would be subject to more noise pollution. It might be worth considering in the long run, especially for those who are particularly sensitive to cars zooming by.
Who should consider Jurong East for August BTO 2022?
The first group of people who should already be making plans to ballot for a Jurong East BTO flat are those who are working on the West side of Singapore. That also includes those who are based in the Buona Vista area comprising Fusionopolis, Biopolis, and all the other new business towers.
Newlywed couples who want to buy a house on a budget can also consider balloting for a BTO flat in Jurong East during the August 2022 exercise. While it might be more expensive than the other non-mature estates of Choa Chu Kang and Woodlands with units launching, the potential that the Jurong East neighbourhood has is immense. The price of your home should appreciate quite a fair bit in the years to come.
Another group of people who should have their sights on this upcoming launch are those who are looking to rent out their flats or a room. With over 100,000 jobs coming in to the Jurong Lake District, there will be no shortage of tenants seeking out a home closer to their office.
How do you apply for it during BTO applications?
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Don’t fret if this is your first time applying for a BTO. To get you started, bookmark the HDB flat portal and in particular, the Jurong East August 2022 BTO page. Kanchiong spiders can also subscribe to HDB’s eAlerts to know when exactly the launch goes live. You’ll need all the help you can get since the application window will only run for 1 week.
It’s also good to check out the application rate – located on the BTO page – to see how many other applications you’re up against. This will help manage your expectations going forward. For some hints on what people are looking for, it’s usually the 4-room flats. August 2021’s Jurong East BTO launch saw an overwhelming number of applications for that category.
Here are some handy resources to guide you through your application:
- How I applied for my BTO flat, a step-by-step guide
- HDB housing grants guide
- Applying for BTO as a student
You can also check our reviews of other BTO projects here:
- Why You Should Look At Choa Chu Kang For August 2022 HDB BTO, Especially If You Want A 5-Room
- Why You Should Look At Tampines For August 2022 HDB BTO, Even If You’re Not An Eastie
- Ang Mo Kio BTO 2022 Launch