Whether or not you are a resident of Hougang, you might have heard the buzz around the estate’s upcoming executive condominium (EC), Hundred Palms Residences.
Slated to be completed by 2020, Hundred Palms Residences stands out from the other ECs in Singapore by virtue of its excellent location.
For one thing, it is perhaps the most centrally-located EC in Singapore. Other ECs are typically located far from the Central Business District (CBD), in neighbourhoods like Choa Chu Kang, Sembawang and Woodlands.
Within five minutes’ drive to Hougang, Buangkok and Kovan MRT stations, as well as Serangoon MRT station and bus interchange, Hundred Palms Residences is one of the most conveniently located ECs in the market right now.
Going to work and play will be a breeze, with the Central Expressway, Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway and other major roads within easy reach from the EC.
Rare EC in a mature estate
Apart from boasting a stellar location, Hundred Palms Residences is also one of the rare ECs in Singapore to be located in a mature estate.
Residents can enjoy the lifestyle perks of living in an established suburban estate with a plethora of amenities in the vicinity.
Within walking distance of the EC are neighbourhood shopping malls Hougang 1 and Hougang Village. There is also Ci Yuan CC, which has plenty of recreation and F&B options — some food stalls here even operate around the clock.
Within minutes’ drive, residents would be able to reach nex, Hougang 1, Chomp Chomp Food Centre and the Serangoon Gardens food enclave, Seletar Mall, Compass One and Ang Mo Kio Hub.
Adding to this well-rounded mix of modern shopping malls and heartland offerings is the up-and-coming lifestyle enclave of Kovan.
In recent years, it has been transformed into a buzzing dining scene filled with cafés, bakeries and restaurants. Indeed, some have noted the increasing expatriate population, with the potential for it to become the next Tiong Bahru or Holland Village lifestyle district.
Fit for nature lovers
Apart from great food, shopping malls and everyday conveniences, Hougang is also shaping up to be a top destination for fitness buffs and nature lovers.
With a swimming pool, gym, sports hall and stadium, the nearby Hougang Sports Centre can meet the fitness needs of the entire family.
Outdoor recreation options in the area include Buangkok park connector, Punggol Park and Serangoon Riverside Park. Residents can take a breezy trip on the bicycle lane that surrounds the residences and extends within, where many bicycle lots will support eco-friendly living.
Moreover, residents can look forward to upcoming community spaces along Hougang’s waterways as part of the Public Utilities Board (PUB)’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters project. There will be more greenery at these locations, with a fishing spot built along the edge of Serangoon Reservoir.
Top schools nearby
Families would also be pleased to note the variety of good schools in the area, including Rosyth School.
In fact, a child’s academic journey from pre-school to higher education would be well covered here, with My First Skool, Ximin Primary and Secondary School, Nanyang Polytechnic, Serangoon Junior College and more nearby.
An ideal EC for families
As you might guess from its name — Hundred Palms Residences really does have over 100 palm trees on site — residents will be able to enjoy a resort-like lifestyle at this EC.
The EC has full condo facilities including a two-storey clubhouse, gym, function room and 50m lap pool. A jacuzzi pool, steam room, aqua gym, floating yoga deck and a therapeutic wellness pool add to the variety of R&R options here.
Kids will love the water-related facilities, which include a lazy river, kid’s pool and a bubble pool for toddlers.
In addition, families will have plenty of opportunities to hold gatherings and bond over teppanyaki grill or BBQ parties, or games at the basketball and tennis courts.
Residents will not only enjoy the EC grounds, but more importantly, find that they have ample space in their homes. The development offers a range of three- to five-bedroom units, some of which are equipped with kids- and elderly-friendly facilities for multi-generation living.
Hundred Palms Residences is integrated with the latest smart home technology, which allows residents to manage their living space through their mobile devices — paying maintenance fees through your phone, instant facility booking 24/7, easily viewing home security camera, and controlling door access, lighting and air-conditioning remotely.
Hundred Palms Residences EC is not just an ideal place to live in and raise a family — it also presents an attractive investment option.
Privatised ECs, or those that have crossed the 10-year mark and can be sold without any restrictions, remain highly sought after, with many registering considerable price gains.
This is especially the case for ECs in mature estates such as Bishan, Bukit Batok and Ang Mo Kio. This means that ECs are set to become rarer.