Who would have thought that one of Singapore’s oldest estates is growing to become a prime area in the property market? New homeowners would naturally be drawn to areas like Sengkang, Hougang, and Woodlands, where urban developments are evolving day by day. But beyond the neighbourhood’s old facade, Clementi holds a plethora of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
The beginnings of Clementi
Since its development in the 1970s, the Clementi enclave has turned into a vibrant and popular estate that is home to over 92,000 total residents and counting. It is home to an estimated HDB resident population of 72,300 and there are 26,727 flats under the HDB’s management (as of 31 March 2018).
As one of the oldest estates in the country following the likes of Queenstown and Tiong Bahru, Clementi has quite a rich history. Named after Sir Cecil Clementi Smith, the Government of the Straits Settlement from 1887 to 1893, it was once part-swampland and part-village district.
But since its kampung days filled with farms, cottage industries, and squatter-type homes, Clementi has grown into the perfect fusion between old and new. Today, it is seeing continuous growth and change, proving that it is one to watch in the resale market.
Still not convinced? Here are four reasons that prove why you should buy a flat in Clementi
1: It is located within a mature estate
Features bigger flats with easy access to amenities, making Clementi the ideal choice for new homeowners.
New homeowners will find themselves coming across the term ‘mature’ or ‘non-mature’ estates quite often in their home search. While there is no formal definition for this, it can be described as an estate that’s been around for over 20 years. Generally, mature neighbourhoods have better price appreciation and amenities that are a great combination of community and commercial facilities.
Other than that, such areas also have larger flats compared to newer estates, which is a popular choice among young Singaporean couples who need substantial space for their future plans. These may include factors such as sufficient room for their kids to move freely, creating a designated office space, having their elderly parents move in, as well as saving a spare room for a domestic helper.
2: It is highly connected
Clementi is highly accessible via public transportation and road networks, making it easy for residents to get to various destinations across the country.
High connectivity, high convenience. This HDB estate is accessible by both road and railway networks that can easily take you to different areas across the country.
Some of the MRT stations include:
- Jurong East
- Buona Vista
For those who prefer to drive, these highways serve the town:
- West Coast Highway
Believe it or not, Clementi is only a 12-minute drive away from Orchard Road. That means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the vast array of amenities the famous shopping district offers.
Regardless of your preferred mode of transport, getting to your destination from Clementi is incredibly simple.
How the rise of tech hubs in Singapore is affecting the rental market
Clementi also neighbours various commercial nodes including One North Business Park and Singapore Science Park, which can exponentially affect your property value.
One-north is gearing up to become a promising business hub for start-ups and tech firms in the country, mirroring silicon valley‘s innovative business landscape. With 200 hectares filled with state-of-the-art spaces and a vibrant community of technopreneurs from students, innovators, researchers, and venture capitalists, many will be rushing to neighbouring districts like Clementi to live within proximity to the country’s leading hotspot for all things tech.
With all of these developments in our current business climate, it is safe to say that property prices will definitely be going up in the foreseeable future, which is something prospective buyers may want to take into consideration. However, this will also cause the property value in these estates to increase drastically in the years to come.
Here are a few notable tech firms and business parks that you can find within the area:
- International Business Park
- One-north Business Park
- Singapore Science Park
- Maple Tree Business City
- JTC Corporation
- Bigo Technology
- Creative Technologies
- Fujitsu Asia
3: It is within a reputable education belt
For young families or couples looking to have children, finding a home within proximity to some of the best schools in the country will no longer be an issue.
From elementary to tertiary institutions, this town is home to some of the most notable schools in the country. For young families with children or couples intending to raise their own, finding the right home with schools nearby has become a key consideration when house hunting. This gives parents peace of mind knowing that their children are safe and can help save money as well.
Not only is it more convenient for both parents and their children in terms of travelling, but properties within school zones are known to have a higher value. As long as there is an educational institution within your vicinity, the demand for your home will likely remain in the years to come.
Below is the list of schools you’ll find within Clementi Town:
- Clementi Primary School
- Nan Hua Primary School
- Pei Tong Primary School
- Qifa Primary School
- Clementi Town Secondary School
- Nan Hua High School
- New Town Secondary School
- Tanglin Secondary School
- Kent Ridge Secondary School
- NUS High School of Math and Science
- School of Science and Technology Singapore
Tertiary Educational Institutions:
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- SIM GE (Global Education) / Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic
4: It has a diverse community
As a mature estate, the kampung spirit is very much alive in Clementi.
Compared to newer estates, Clementi still holds a strong sense of community that many newer estates lack. Despite its proximity to the Central Area and is surrounded by thriving neighbouring estates, this town has managed to stay self-sufficient and has kept the “kampong spirit” alive until this day. This can be seen at the hawker centres, street-level shops, and community plazas where residents come together to meet and mingle.
Vibrant communities have a lot to do with their amenities, and newer estates like Punggol and Sengkang have a long way to go. But in mature estates like Clementi, the community and camaraderie have long been established over the years. If this is something you’re looking for, you would want to start your home search here.
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Contributed By: Hannah Grey | Updated: 14 April 2021