Bedok is one of the oldest estates in Singapore, but the properties in the area remain in constant demand whenever they are listed for sale. In fact, the name Bedok has been around since the days of Sir Stamford Raffles, which serves to showcase the town’s longevity. Many have speculated that the name Bedok was derived from the Malay word “Bedoh”, which means huge drum. This is because there used to be a mosque situated in the town that would sound its drums daily to signal the prayer times.
The redevelopment of the area into the HDB estate Singaporeans know and love today began in 1963. Some may be amazed at the transformation it has made since its humble beginnings. The town now boasts a variety of landscape ranging from its bustling neighborhood center and coastal parks to its serene reservoir. Packed with amenities and with more developments on their way, it is no surprise that many Singaporeans are eyeing a home in this town. The statistic speaks for itself, with Bedok boasting over 190,000 resident population as of 31 March 2018.
If you are looking to add your family to that ever-growing number, it is essential for you to do your research beforehand. So do not be in haste to sell your property and relocate just yet. Let us share what you can expect from this town so you can get a better idea of whether Bedok is the ideal estate for you.
Why you should make Bedok your new home
With its mix of private and public housing, Bedok offers Singaporeans the best of both worlds. Whether you are looking for an affordable and cosy HDB apartment or a luxury condo overlooking the reservoir, there is something for everyone. Furthermore, with the LTA’s gradual expansion of the Thomson-East Coast Line, it has never been more convenient to travel to and from Bedok. For an estate as big as Bedok, having a dynamic and interconnected transport system is crucial for Singaporeans to navigate the area.
While the Thomas-East Coast Line remains under construction, you can still expect to travel around the town with ease as there are currently 5 MRT stations in the Bedok area.
These stations are:
- EW4 Tanah Merah
- EW5 Bedok
- DT28 Kaki Bukit
- DT29 Bedok North
- DT30 Bedok Reservoir
In addition, there are various buses that service the area, so Singaporeans have an alternate mode of transport if the MRT is not an option. Most of these transport services are linked to the Bedok Integrated Transport Hub (ITH), which began its operations in 2014.
Surrounding the ITH are various amenities aimed at providing convenience to the wider Bedok community. The two shopping malls in the area, Bedok Mall and Djitsun Mall, and the multiple shophouses scattered around Bedok Town Centre provide various goods and services to satisfy the residents’ diverse needs.
Moreover, several community amenities, such as the polyclinic, library, and sports complex, can be found near Bedok Town Centre. So whether you need to visit a doctor, borrow a book to entertain your child, or keep yourself active, all of these activities are just a stone’s throw away from where you live.
As more businesses began to set up new offices in the Changi region, the demand for properties in Bedok has increased. With the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) located near the estate, residents who worked in Changi Business Park (CBP) and Changi Airport are only a 10 minutes drive to their workplace.
We do not anticipate this demand to drop in the next few years since the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) plans to further develop the Changi region into an innovative lifestyle business district. With more businesses looking to rent office space in the area, property investors are likely to remain keen on new listings in Bedok as they foresee high interest from expatriates looking to rent a property in this estate to stay close to their workplace. Given the interest in the area, we expect rental and property prices in Bedok to remain consistent in the near future.
Even if you do not work in the area, living near Changi Airport does have its perks, as you no longer need to rush to catch your flight. This is also another reason why Bedok is a popular estate among many expatriates as they find it convenient to live near the airport since they have to travel regularly to their homeland to visit their relatives.
As one of the largest estates in Singapore, it is no surprise to learn that the Bedok area is packed with numerous educational institutes of varying levels. Some of the notable schools in the area include:
- Fengshan Primary School
- Red Swastika School
- Temasek Primary School
- Yu Neng Primary School
- Victoria School
- Anglican High School
- Temasek Secondary School
- Temasek Junior College
If you are interested to send your child to one of the popular primary schools in Bedok, living near your desired school can give your child the edge during the enrollment process. This is because residents living near the school are often given priority admissions during the balloting process.
4. Future plans for Bedok
Despite the recent expansions and upgrades in Bedok, the URA is not yet finished with its plans for the estate. A new HomeTeamNS Clubhouse is currently in development at Bedok Reservoir Park, with the project expected to be completed in 2022.
This new adventure-themed clubhouse will serve HomeTeamNS men and their families that live in the East. In addition, its facilities will be open to the public, offering a greater variety of recreation and dining options to the broader Bedok community.
The future MRT stations planned for the Thomas-East Coast Line are expected to be operational in 2023 and 2024, respectively. In addition, Sungei Bedok will serve as an interchange between the Downtown Line and Thomas-East Coast Line, providing residents with better accessibility in the future.
Here are the 4 stations residents can look forward to:
- TE28 Siglap
- TE29 Bayshore
- TE30 Bedok South
- TE31/DT37 Sungei Bedok
The various development plans implemented by the URA has rejuvenated this mature estate and attracted greater interest in the numerous properties in Bedok. If convenience is your top priority, then Bedok may be the ideal location for your new home. Should your mind be made up, it is advisable to engage the services of a property agent to assist you with your house-hunting.
At Selling Singapore, our clients’ needs are our top priority. Therefore, we always listen attentively to their requirements so that we can offer sound advice and guidance to help them build their dream homes. If you are looking to sell your condo or HDB flat fast so you can generate the money to finance your new home in Bedok, do not hesitate to approach us for assistance. You can contact us at 8157 4855 for a quick catch-up session so we can better understand your needs.