Sengkang has undergone a massive transformation from its humble beginning as a fishing harbor to the modern estate that Singaporeans are now familiar with. Originally named Kangkar, due to the port and fishing village found along Sungei Serangoon, the area served as a harbor for fishermen to peddle their goods.
With Singapore’s transition into modern times, these fishing villages were torn down and replaced with rubber, pepper and pineapple plantations. It remained that way until 1994, when a team of urban designers was commissioned by the Housing Development Board (HDB) to conceptualize a new town in Sengkang.
Fast forward 27 years, Sengkang is now one of Singapore’s largest town by dwelling size, with over 200,000 residents living in this area. This non-mature estate is popular among the younger crowd, especially those looking to start a family. This is evidenced by the latest report from the Singapore Department of Statistics, which reveals that most of the residents living in Sengkang span the age of 30-49 years old.
There is further good news for those looking to settle down in Sengkang as additional proposals are in place to develop the surrounding areas. The Urban Redevelopment Agency (URA) plans to build more facilities near Buangkok so residents can look forward to a greater variety of hawker centers and retail amenities by 2025.
Suppose you are one of those house hunting in this neighborhood. In that case, it is vital that you learn more about Sengkang and its surrounding areas before engaging a property agent.
Many new coffee shops and eateries have popped up around Sengkang to accommodate its growing population. From authentic local dishes with a twist to popular overseas cuisines, you can find it all here.
Some of the more popular coffee shops in the area include Kopitiam Square and 473 Coffee Stop. We understand it can hard for you to decide what to eat with the various food on offer so let us recommend two must-try stalls should you find yourself in the area.
King of Fried Rice
King of Fried Rice is located near Sengkang MRT station, and you can expect a long queue forming at the stall every day. Its most famous dish is its fried rice served with a grilled pork chop. The pork is so tender you can easily slice it into pieces with a plastic spoon, and you will be able to taste the “wok hey” with each spoonful of rice. The more adventurous crowd can give its mala fried rice a try.
Address: 10 Sengkang Square, #01-48 Kopitiam Square, Singapore 544829
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30AM – 2.15PM (Lunch) | 4PM-10PM (Dinner)
Michin Korean BBQ and Hotpot
For those craving barbeques, Michin Korean BBQ and Hotpot is located near Fernvale, and it is easily accessible via LRT. You will be able to enjoy a hearty meal without hurting your wallet, as the shop offers a buffet-style barbeque at a relatively modest price of around $20 per person. There is a wide selection of ingredients for you to sample so that you won’t tire of the same few dishes.
Address: 473 Fernvale Street, #01-05, Singapore 790473
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 5PM – 10.30PM
It is not just the food that has Singaporeans flocking to live in Sengkang. There are various ways to keep your family occupied without having to travel far from your home. Whether it is taking a walk through nature or engaging in sports to keep yourself active and fit, Sengkang offers various options to meet every residents’ needs.
For nature lovers, you and your family can take a walk or cycle through Sengkang’s floating wetland. This artificial wetland is home to a variety of plants and animals. Your family can take a slow walk through the area and appreciate the flower and fauna. If you are lucky, you may even be able to spot an otter or two.
Meanwhile, sports enthusiasts will be glad to know that the Sengkang Sports Center offers various facilities at an affordable price for residents to utilize. Whether you plan on hitting the gym or taking a swim at one of its four swimming pools, there are plenty of things to do to keep one’s body in shape.
The food may be great, and there are plenty of things to do with the whole family, but the best thing about living in Sengkang is the convenience. With a bus interchange located at the heart of town and the various LRT services scattered around the locale, it has never been easier to travel within Sengkang.
It is not just the transportation that makes Sengkang a convenient place to live. There are several childcare services located around the neighborhood to meet the needs of young working couples. Various primary and secondary schools are also located around the area, so your children need not travel far for their schooling needs.
The government has also set up medical facilities such as a polyclinic and hospital should residents need to pay a visit to the doctor or specialist. Those with underlying health conditions no longer have to travel far to visit a medical expert.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and there is plenty left to explore in Sengkang. We hope it has helped paint a picture of what you can expect. If you love the Sengkang vibe and you are considering a property in this estate, the next step is to engage a property agent.
Here at Selling Singapore, we guarantee you will receive undivided attention from our team. You will also receive a full evaluation and be guided on building your dream home in one of Sengkang’s various housing properties. Catch up with us for a coffee session at 8157 4855.