Pearl’s Hill gets about 6,000 brand new HDB flats, as well as new private homes
Pearl’s Hill aims to be “developed as a community-centric and inclusive neighbourhood”. The public housing mix will consist of BTO flats as well as rental flats.
Pearl’s Hill is to be gazetted a “car-light district” supported by a mobility network which encourages pedestrian and cyclist walking. The former police station will become a hub for the community, offering adaptive reuse along with a new lifestyle mix.
Lee Sze Teck (Huttons Asia Senior Director of Data Analysis) said: “These flats are going to be Prime Flats almost 100 percent, given the location.”
Lee stated that Pearl’s Hill has the highest elevation in the region, so flats will likely have unobstructed view of the city towards the south and the sea. Residents of Pearl’s Hill estate will enjoy easy access to Outram’s MRT interchange. This will make travel around the island much easier, he said.
URA is planning to offer condominiums and furnished apartments for private housing. This will cater to residents’ diverse preferences and needs. Mixed-use developments will be integrated into the Outram Park MRT, providing access to all four MRT routes.
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Marina Gardens Lane & Marina Gardens Crescent were the first two sale sites to be launched. More than 1,500 homes could be built in this area.
Singapore’s Central Region is planning to develop more homes. Approximately 6,500 new homes, including HDB apartments, will be developed in Pearl’s Hill within the next ten years. This is the first public housing to be introduced in this area in more 40 years.
URA explained that the concept plan for the former Bukittimah Turf city site will take into consideration the existing heritage and greenery. Select clusters of old racecourse structures will be retained, and repurposed so as to create a unique feeling of place and identification.
URA has announced that in the next 5 years, the Greater Southern Waterfront area will have the first launch of land parcels. This precinct, which includes the former Keppel-golf course site, will have 9,000 new housing units, including 6,000 HDB flats . Future residence estates will also be located near green recreational spaces and MRT stations Telok Blangah, Labrador Park, and .
Prime flats include those that are located in the most prestigious locations. Plus and Prime apartments are subjected to tight restrictions including a 10 year minimum occupancy period.
Two MRT stations are nearby. Apart from Pearl’s Hill the former Bukit timah Turf Town is also envisaged as car-light. Master Plan 1998 has protected the area for future housing development. However, plans to provide private and public housing in this area are still under study.
Mount Pleasant is also expected to have 5,000 additional homes built over the next ten years. This will include a 33 hectare public housing development. The first BTO development in the Mount Pleasant area is scheduled to begin in 2025.
The estate will have a rich tapestry of history in the surrounding area, with select heritage buildings of the Old Police Academy preserved, integrated and adapted for new uses.