Midwood’s location is a delicate balance of serenity and comfort. Two natural enclaves, Little Guilin Dairy Farm and Nature Park offer enchanting places for young and old to explore. The expressway (BKE / PIE) provides quick access to all parts of Singapore. Mall by Rail, Mall by Junction 10, Hillion Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, etc. The prices in Midwood are also very affordable.
The upscale Hillv2 Mall is located next door, and several cafes, bistros and restaurants are popular gathering places for residents. The private neighbourhood of Hillview Estate is an established residential enclave consisting of a mix of middle-class apartments, condominiums, flat country homes and tree-lined streets. The quiet, relaxed atmosphere of the area is soothed by the neighbourhood’s abundant greenery and low-rise location.
From the Midwood site, a 5-minute drive up Hillview Road and across Dairy Farm Road will bring you to the Bukit Timah Expressway. This connects to the northbound or southbound (SLE) Seletar Expressway or Causeway to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE).
Additionally, this location is only a 15-minute drive from the Jurong Lake District, which has been designated as Singapore’s second central business district and Orchard Road is a 20-minutes drive.
Singaporeans can look forward to a continuous rail corridor from Tanjong Pagar to the south and Woodlands north by 2021. According to the draft master plan for 2019 of the Urban Development Authority (URA), the path improvement works will be carried out so that visitors can enjoy seamless access.
Ongoing work to improve the four kilometre line and the 2.4 kilometre line between Hillview Avenue and Bukit Timah Railway Station is expected to be completed by then. It is hoped that the connection between the former railway line, which is home to more than a million people, and the 1 kilometre (2.4 km) line will link communities and breathe new life into neighbouring communities such as Queenstown, Buona Vista, Beauty of the World and Kranji. New homes along the Queensway in Tanglin have been stopped and new business park developments will be introduced in the area, such as those in the north-east, in the next few years, said the URA on Wednesday in a media statement.
The integration of the railway corridor offers an opportunity to activate the space and bring the community closer to the corridor. The corridor will be transformed into the former Bukit Timah Fire Station and Beauty of the World into a gateway to the surrounding nature trails and world heritage sites. A visitor centre is planned for the former fire station, which is to be preserved. The beauty of the world, street-level activities and lush scenery enhance the walking experience and allow pedestrians easy access to the railway line and nearby attractions. A future Bukit Timah community centre, which would house a market and a merchant centre, will create more community space and increase the vibrancy of the spaces.
In the north, Singapore’s racecourse centre will expand its role as a new recreation centre. There will also be plans for Sungei Kadut to build a new food and innovation park there.
Midwood offers extensive common facilities that include outdoor fitness, sundeck, gym, spa pond, dining pavilion and much more for residents to make their lives better by taking away the stress from work. Great bonding over food and resort-like pleasures can be enjoyed at Midwood. Family and friends can also get together whenever the circumstances call for it.
The project’s layout is one of the most functional areas, and a lot of thought was put into the design. For example:
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Hong Leong Holdings Limited, also known as “HLHL” for short, and Hong Realty (Private) Limited, both parts of the property investment and development wing of the Hong Leong Group, are renowned developers.
The Developer’s past and present projects include Amber Park, The Jovell, Coco Palms, and The Tate Residences, Bartley Residences, One Balmoral, Sage and Aalto, and many more.
Both developers hold more than 50 years of experience in Singapore and have achieved building nearly 100 residential developments since their inception in 1968. And are considered pioneers in the early stages of the property sector in Singapore. It is also the firm’s firm conviction and pride to develop an environment better than yesterday’s, which drives them to create many iconic and distinctive projects with high-quality value for the Singapore consumer.
There is an abundance of good schools in the nearby towns and within a few minutes drive from Midwood that residents can benefit from. Some of them include:
✓ Raffles Girls
✓ Methodist Girls
✓ Nanyang Girls High
✓ Hwa Chong Institution
✓ National Junior College
✓ NUS (Bukit Timah Campus)
✓ Singapore Chinese Girls
✓ Anglo-Chinese (Barker Road) school
Located near Bukit Batok, Midwood residents are spoiled for choice. For example, you will find cosy restaurants and dining options such as iO Italian Osteria, Jiak Modern Tze Char, Starbucks, Dean & Deluca, Kinsa Sushi, Kohi-Ya, Cedele, Cold Stone Creamery, Burgerup Classix, Joyden Canton Kitchen, Burger King, Padang Gourmet, Wine Connection Bistro and Domino’s Pizza.
Shopping is easy for Midwood residents as malls and supermarkets are not far away from the property.
✓ Bukit Panjang Plaza (NTUC)
✓ Jem (Fairprice Jurong)
✓ Hill V2 (Market Place)
✓ Bukit Batok Market
✓ Hills V2
✓ The Rail Mail
✓ JCube Jurong
✓ Junction 10
✓ West Mall
✓ Bukit Panjang Plaza
✓ Bukit Timah Plaza
Many nature reserves and green spaces contribute to Hillview’s peaceful environment. Let us look at some of the “greenness” in the area
Nestled in a rural setting with trails for hiking and mountain biking, the 63-acre Dairy Farm Nature Park was formed in 2009 by National Parks Board (NParks) to implement an alternative recreational destination to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. As an essential green buffer, it reduces visitor pressure on the Reserve. The park has unique facilities, such as the Wallace Education Centre, which houses Wallace Environmental Learning Lab. It is Singapore’s first field study centre for schools and an interpretive centre. On this nature trail, visitors can see flora and fauna of the park through the eyes of English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. And a former quarry (now known as Singapore Quarry) has been converted into a wetland with a viewing platform from which visitors can admire Singapore’s freshwater flora and fauna. Singapore’s freshwater flora and fauna. Before you set out on your journey, remember: “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.”
Hindhede Nature Park
Located near Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Hindhede Nature Park offers a variety of activities for everyone. The scenic and serene location are fantastic for bird watching, hiking, or just enjoying nature. The park is ideal for families with young kids and the elderly, with easy trails and well-defined walking paths.
Take a stroll and enjoy the view at Hindhede Quarry, located at the end of the park. Or take a hike along the park’s many trails and try to spot the park’s many inhabitants, such as the Banded Woodpecker, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Plaintain Squirrel. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, Hindhede Nature Park is an excellent place for an “outdoor classroom” for teachers to hold lessons. For those who love physical challenges, there are several adventurous play areas located around the park.
Bukit Batok Nature Park
It was developed in 1988 on a disused quarry site and offered stunning views and crystal clear waters. Tranquil is an ideal place for a peaceful walk in nature. Take a stroll along the winding footpaths that lead through the secondary forest and admire the beauty of the lush greenery. Alternatively, run on the park’s hilly terrain for an invigorating workout or wander through the woods and enjoy the peaceful ambience of the surroundings.
Climb the lookouts, which are more than ten storeys high, for breathtaking views of the quarry. Don’t forget to stop at the park entrance to marvel at the picturesque pond that sits at the base of a high rock wall. The pond is deep and still – a relic of the region’s mining days. Remember the soldiers and casualties of the Great War II at the memorial plaque in the park. During World War II, the Japanese chose the site Lorong Sesuai as a memorial to fallen soldiers. All that prevails are two pillars and 120 cement steps leading up to a communication tower. Read about the importance and meaning of the site on the plaque located at the foot of the stairs.
One of the main problems Midwood faces is the fierce competition that surrounds it. Not only does Midwood have eight nearby neighbours – 5 of which are condos, and 1 is a 999-year leasehold development.
Midwood has one of the smallest 3-bedroom size in the area, and the 3-bed 1-bath is the most affordable 3-bedroom in the area, based on average prices at the time of this writing. However, this has also resulted in Midwood achieving the highest PSF as well. Midwood buyers would have to wonder if paying one of the highest PSFs for a 3-bedroom in the area full of condos is worth it.
A typical condo at Hillview Park can be bought for $1.28 million, a lower quantum with a much larger space than the 3-bedroom 2-bath unit at Midwood.
It suggests that future potential buyers of Midwood may have difficulty processing whether it is worth paying the equivalent price or more when Hillview Park has the same price (or less).
Of course, Hillview Park’s amenities are pretty old, but it has two tennis courts and a pool, so it also qualifies as a full-fledged amenity development. Homebuyers who don’t mind these attributes may prefer the more generous space for the same price – while being assured of long-term pricing.
If we compare the 3-bedroom 2-bathroom in Midwood ($1,400,000) with the newest condominium development in the area, Hillvista ($1,295,000, completed in 2011), you will see that it is only a few percent difference.
Hillvista is about an 8-minute walk from the Hillview MRT, which is more than Midwood but not too far. I think prospective buyers would also be hesitant to pay more than what is being traded today at similar prices at current price levels. After all, they’d only have to add 4%. In terms of down payment, that would only be 25% of that – 1% – more.
So how does it compare to its leasehold rivals Kingsford Hillview Peak and others?
Both leasehold adversaries have a lower quantum than the 3-bedroom 2-bathroom unit at Midwood. This is foreseen, considering it’s older (looking at lease length, it’s about 6 and 7 years older).
But in a time when financing rules are getting stricter, new introductions should always make their units more efficient to create a palatable quantum over the competition.
To sum up, Midwood is more suited to those looking for a captive. There is a massive glut of condos in the area, and I think it will be challenging to attract renters since there are so many options in the area. That being said, if you must buy in this area, proximity to the Hillview MRT station is essential. The five closest developments to Hillview MRT Station are Glendale Park (the closest), Hillview Park and Hillview Heights, The Hillier, Midwood and Kingsford Hillview Peak.