3,139 HDB flats offered in first BTO launch of the year

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has launched six Build-To-Order (BTO) projects on Wednesday, the first exercise this year.

A total of 3,139 new flats will be offered to meet the diverse needs of first-timers, second-timers, multi-generation families, the elderly and singles.

This is the first tranche of the 24,300 BTO flats that HDB has planned for 2014.

There will be studio apartments, 2-room to 5-room flats, and 3Gen flats.

The flats will be available in four non-mature towns — Bukit Batok, Jurong West, Punggol and Woodlands — and Serangoon, which is a mature town.

The price (excluding grants) of a 2-room flat in Woodlands Glen at Woodlands Drive 15 and Woodlands Avenue 6 starts from S$73,000 whereas the same room-type in Punggol Vue along Punggol Way is priced from S$84,000.

A 3-room flat in Woodlands Glen is priced from S$145,000 whereas the selling price for one in Bukit Gombak Vista at Bukit Batok Street 31 starts from S$221,000.

Punggol BayView along Punggol Way will offer larger flat types — 5-room flats from S$393,000 and 3Gen flats from S$433,000.

4-room flats are available in Woodlands Glen and Punggol BayView, with prices starting from S$234,000 and S$293,000.

Studio apartments will be available in three projects — Golden Lavender in Jurong West, Bukit Gombak Vista and Golden Ginger along Serangoon North Avenue 1, with prices starting from S$83,000 and S$87,000.

With the start of this launch, HDB will introduce a standard suite of eco-features in all new public housing developments to help manage water, energy and waste more efficiently.

These include eco-pedestals in bathrooms which recycle water for toilet flushing, LED lighting with motion sensor controls and regenerative lifts that help to lower energy consumption, and centralised chutes for recyclables to promote recycling.

More covered bicycle parking lots and bicycle wheel ramps will also be added to new projects to encourage residents to adopt a more environmentally-friendly mode of transport.

Application for the January BTO flats can be submitted online from Wednesday to January 28.

In March 2014, HDB will offer about 3,500 new flats in Sembawang, Sengkang and Yishun.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 22 Jan 2014

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