Bukit Timah’s name arose from a corruption of the name of the Temak trees that grew in the area. As Singapore used to be a British colony, the westerners misheard the word “Temak” for “Timah”. Furthermore, these trees were located on the hill near the estate. Hill in Malay means “Bukit”, and when these two words were fused, the town was christened Bukit Timah, which means Tin Hill.
Today, it is not uncommon to hear many Singaporeans refer to Bukit Timah as a rich man’s estate. With a swanky neighbourhood littered with private properties ranging from condominiums to semi-detached houses, it is not difficult to see why. However, that was not always the case in the past. In the 1960s and 1970s, Bukit Timah was a major industrial centre. Subsequently, with the shift of these industrial buildings to other parts of Singapore, the town was transformed into the premium residential district Singaporeans are familiar with today.
Why you should relocate to Bukit Timah
Located in the central regions of Singapore, Bukit Timah’s prime location is one of the biggest reasons the properties in the area are in constant demand. Moreover, the town is close to several nature reserves, such as the Botanic Gardens and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Blending nature with Singapore’s urban lifestyle has further made the estate an attractive proposition for buyers. However, these are just two of the various reasons why property agents are noticing an increase in demand for properties in the area. Let us share why you should also consider investing in a new home in Bukit Timah.
Due to its strategic position, Bukit Timah is only a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road, one of the Central Business Districts (CBD) of Singapore. Furthermore, with the introduction of the Downtown Line in 2017 and the multiple bus stops located within the area, it is more convenient than ever to travel to and from Bukit Timah.
The gradual expansion of the Thomas-East Coast Line will only serve to enhance the accessibility of the area. The new stations, Stevens MRT station and Napier MRT station, are expected to be completed in 2022. These new train stations will serve to connect Bukit Timah to the Northern and Eastern regions of Singapore.
In addition to the enhanced transportation system, there are various amenities located within Bukit Timah. There is an NTUC supermarket located at Bukit Timah Plaza for residents to purchase their daily groceries. Situated nearby are three other malls, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Beauty World Plaza, and Beauty World Centre, which provide the community with a diverse offering of goods and services. If you cannot find what you need, you are only a few minutes drive away from the various shopping malls located in Orchard Road.
Bukit Timah is also an ideal location for families with children or couple looking to have kids. There are various prestigious schools of varying educational levels within the neighbourhood. Let us share a list of the notable schools in the area:
- Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
- Nanyang Primary School
- Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
- Raffles Girls’ Primary School
- Anglo Chinese School
- Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)
- Nanyang Girls’ High School
- Singapore Chinese Girls School
- Hwa Chong Institution
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic
- National Junior College
- National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus)
- SIM Global Education
Gaining an advantage in the balloting process is just one of the numerous benefits that you get to enjoy. The reduced travelling time will significantly benefit your children, especially if they have difficulties waking up early in the morning. Furthermore, as a parent, you will feel more secure knowing your child do not have to travel far to get to school.
3. Future developments for Bukit Timah
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is actively reviewing its development plans for Singapore, and Bukit Timah is no exception. The agency has announced that further new additions and enhancement to existing landmarks are being planned for the estate. Here are some of the most exciting announcements revealed in the URA’s Master Plan for Bukit Timah.
Integrated transport hub
The announcement of Beauty World’s Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) is probably the most eye-catching news. It is a fully air-conditioned interchange that will provide residents with a seamless connection between Beauty World MRT station and the various shopping malls located nearby. Furthermore, the ITH will serve as a connecting point to various parts of Singapore.
Bukit Timah Railway Station
This iconic landmark has long been an Instagram hotspot for many Singaporeans in recent years. Its announced closure was met with disappointment by many, so preserving this rail corridor and revamping it into a heritage gallery will no doubt delight its many fans. The hope is that this node will serve as a gateway to the heritage of this unique landmark and complement the vast greenery found in Bukit Timah.
More housing properties being made available
Anticipating an influx of interest in Bukit Timah, the URA has announced plans to offer the public more housing choices, with new residential developments scheduled in the Jalan Jurong Kechil area.
Moreover, several developers are announcing new condominium projects to cater to interested parties. Notable projects worth mentioning include Royal Green and Forett At Bukit Timah. Both condos are located in prime areas, within walking distance of 6th Avenue MRT station and Beauty World MRT station, respectively.
With all the significant developments the URA has planned for Bukit Timah and its existing infrastructure, we are expecting the prices of the properties in the estate to rise in the near future. So if you are looking for a peaceful home environment surrounded by lush greenery, you should invest in a property in this estate now before prices start soaring.
Should your mind be made up, let our team at Selling Singapore assist you with the bulk of the house-hunting work. Feel free to let us know your requirements, and we will gladly assist you in making your dream home a reality.
If you require assistance in selling your property, we can also aid you in this matter. We guarantee we can sell your condo or HDB flat fast so you can generate the money you need to finance your new property in Bukit Timah. Do not hesitate to contact us at 8157 4855 for a quick coffee session today, so we can better understand your needs.