Kempas Residences: Home Sweet Home
Kempas Residences is one of the upcoming HDB BTO Sales Launch for Kallang/Whampoa town in May 2019. Located just off Kempas Road, and bounded by Serangoon Road, Lavender Street, and Boon Keng Road, the estate will also be opposite Towner Crest launched during HDB BT Feb 2019.
Kempas Residences comprises of four residential blocks ranging from 29 to 37 storeys in height. There will be a total of 583 units of 2-room Flexi, 3-, and 4-room flats.
However do note that the 2-room Flexi flats in this development are only offered to seniors (aged 55 and above) on short leases between 15 and 45 years (in 5-year increments).
As such the focus for this Kallang/Whampoa estate is to suit the need of smaller or elderly families, while offering suitable and comfortable living to be called a lovely home.
Kempas Residences Location Map
Kempas Residences is situated near walking distance to both Farrer Park MRT Station and Boon Keng MRT Station. Being part of the Kallang/Whampoa town, residents can enjoy excellent connectivity to the key transport nodes such as North-East Line (NEL) or East-West Line (EWL) and Downtown Line (DTL).
The town is home to an estimated 106,900 HDB residents with about 39,194 flats (as of 31 March 2018). With about 2.73 average household size, Kallang/Whampoa has the sixth smallest household size amongst all HDB estates, as such the town will have less crowd of children and elderly staying together under one roof.
At Kempas Residences, residents can enjoy convenient access to hawker fare and fresh produce at the nearby Boon Keng Ville Neighbourhood Centre. For recreation, residents can stroll or jog along the Kallang Park Connector and Pelton Canal Park Connector, or head to the scenic Kallang Riverside Park for some water sports. Alternatively, they may participate in the activities organised at the nearby Geylang West Community Club.
The nearby Bendemeer Shopping Mall will provide residents with easy access to a wide range of goods and services. Residents can visit the Whampoa Park Connector and Kallang Community Club for their leisurely pursuits. For the active, the Jalan Besar Stadium and Swimming Complex, St Wilfrid Squash and Tennis Centre, and St Wilfrid Field are great spots to sweat it out.
History of Kallang/Whampoa Estate
The name Kallang, was derived from the Malay term referring to the ‘orang laut’, or sea gypsies who lived by the Kallang and Singapore River. Another explanation of its origins is from the Malay word ‘kilang’ or mill/ factory, many of which operated in that area.
The current Kallang housing estate is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, and was the site of Singapore’s first airport, Kallang Airport, which opened in 1937 before Changi Airport at the far east took over as the main commercial airline port for Singapore.
Kempas Residences Floor Plan
Below are the suggested floor plans to help homebuyers visualise the layout of different bedroom type.
Kempas Residences Site Plan BTO May 2019
Each residential block in Kempas Residences has recyclable and waste refuse chutes located nearby their respective building lifts. It is advisable to avoid lower floor units for the following areas due to noise congestion during waste collection periods.
Units Near Refuse Chutes
Blk 1A – Stack 7, 9
Blk 1B – Stack 17, 19
Blk 2A – Stack 27, 29
Blk 2B – Stack 37, 39
2. Electrical Substation (ESS)
The only ESS is located at north east of the Kempas Residences estate, with closest residential block being 2BB stack 39. The ESS is carefully located at the the far corner of the estate, with a road in between.
3.Entrance/Exit of Carpark
The carpark located at the middle of Kempas Residences estate is a 7/7 multi-storey and comes with an accessible roof garden at the top 7th storey. Car entrance and exit for the carpark are accessible at the middle of Kempas Residences estate, near Blk 1B Stack 19 and Blk 2A Stack 21. Considering a 50% vehicle ownership among the units, there may be around 240 vehicles passing by, as such interested residents should be noted on the sound pollution.
4. Position of Rising and Setting Sun
The rightmost residential units (stack 1, 9, 11, 19, 21, 29, 31, 37 and 39) will experience the morning sun while the leftmost units (stack 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 17, 23, 25, 27, 33 and 35) will have their share of the afternoon sun.
As such other residential units in between the aforementioned above stacks are in the safety net of protection from harsh sunlights.
Affordability Guideline : Kempas Residences BTO Price
The following calculations provides a general advice to the monthly mortgage payments for Kallang/Whampoa HDB flats
Kallang/Whampoa BTO 2019 3-Room
Typical Price: $430,000
Indicative Pricing Range: $387,000 – $469,000
10% Down-payment (CPF/Cash) : $43,000
Additional CPF Housing Grant (AHG): $36,600
With an initial 10% down-payment and AHG, the remaining flat price can be financed with a housing loan of $350,400 at monthly mortgage payment of $1590. Based on a median household income of $5,300, the mortgage servicing ratio is 30%.
Kempas Residences BTO 2019 4-Room
Typical Price: $600,000
Indicative Pricing Range: $562,000 – $674,000
Resale comparables in vicinity: $680,000 – $717,500
10% Down-payment (CPF/Cash) : $60,000
Additional CPF Housing Grant (AHG): $77,200
With an initial 10% down-payment and AHG, the remaining flat price can be financed with a housing loan of $462,800 at monthly mortgage payment of $2,100. Based on a median household income of $7,000, the mortgage servicing ratio is 30%.
Kempas Residences Features Eco-friendly Design
To encourage a ‘green’ lifestyle, Kempas Residences will provide several eco-friendly features:Separate identifiable chutes for recyclable and wastes to conserve reusable materials and save the limited space in Singapore.
- Regenerative lifts that reduce energy consumption and feedback power to the main supply to conserve electricity.
- Bicycle stands to conserve limited space by parking bike above another and encourage cycling as an alternative environmental friendly form of transport.
- Parking spaces to facilitate car-sharing schemes by reducing carbon emissions on the road and decrease contribution to climate change overall.
- Use of sustainable and recycled products in the development
- Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) design features to process rainwater into clean water and being used to beautify the picturesque landscapes
- Smart Lighting in common areas to reduce energy usage by only being active when residents are nearby.
- Kempas Residences eco-friendly features will contribute to a more liveable, efficient, sustainable, and safe living environment for its residents.
Shopping and Lifestyles Nearby Kempas Residences
City Square Mall is located south west of the Kempas Residences estate and is Singapore’s first eco-mall to be integrated with a 49,000 sq ft urban park named City Green. The mall also sits on the site of Singapore’s historic New World Amusement Park and is directly connected to Farrer Park MRT Station. The mall itself is over 450,000 sq ft of net lettable area, spread over five retail levels, two basements and four levels of lifestyle services, it is home to about 200 tenants that caters to the lifestyle needs of today’s discerning mid-income families.
City Square Mall is envisioned as a miniature ‘town-centre’ which provides the perfect setting for the community to meet, play and shop while acquiring an eco-learning experience. Nearby residents can get their groceries at NTUC Fairprice, watch movies at Golden Village or explore the other 200 shops to fulfill their shopping or service needs.
Bendemeer Shopping Mall is located on the north east of Kempas Residences estate, by the intersection between the busy Serangoon Road and Boon Keng Road. The open shopping mall is better known as a covered pedestrian mall that consists of shops selling a wide range of goods and services. In addition, the main attraction of the neighbourhood centre is the Market and Food Centre at Block 29. In this centre, there are a wider range of specialty food and fresh fish, meat, and vegetable.
Located at the south of the Kempas Residences estate nearby between Bendemeer and Lavender MRT station is the Aperia Mall. The 69,000 sqm building consists of two Business towers and a 3-storey retail shopping podium, with lifestyle amenities like a recreational pool, childcare and enrichment centres, supermarket, shops and F&B outlets like Starbucks, Tim Ho Wan and Ya Kun Kaya Toast.
Transporation Networks Nearby Kempas Residences BTO May 2019
Kallang/Whampoa town has seven MRT stations inclusive of three notable MRT lines in its vicinity.
Boon Keng (which is closest to Towner Crest) and Farrer Park MRT stations bound by the North East Line that connects to popular places such as Punggol, Serangoon, Dhoby Ghaut and Harbourfront.
Close by are Bendemeer, Jalan Besar and Geylang Bahru MRT Stations which are bound by the Downtown Line that connects Expo, Tampines, Bugis, Chinatown, Botanic Gardens and Bayfront. At the south are Kallang (which is nearby Kempas Residences) and Lavender MRT Stations which are bound by the East West Line that also connects to Expo, Tampines and Bugis, as well as Changi Airport, City Hall and Jurong East.
Residents can also conveniently access the Circle Line via Serangoon, MacPherson or Paya Lebar, in addition to the North South Line at City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut.
For bus travellers, there is a bus terminal below Kallang MRT Station at Boon Lay MRT station that provides bus transport to the following destinations:
11 (Rhu Cross)
140 (St Wilfred Road)
141 (Toa Payoh)
985 (Choa Chu Kang)
Other notable bus stops near other MRT stations include:
Bendemeer Stn Exit A
107 (Hougang Ctrl)
2 (Changi Village Rd)
13 (Upp East Coast Rd)
21 (Pasir Ris)
Boon Keng Stn/Blk 102
13 (Yio Chu Kang)
31 (Toa Payoh)
125 (Whampoa Rd)
133 (Ang Mo Kio)
985 (Choa Chu Kang)
For residents with their own personal transports, there is the Kallang – Paya Lebar Expressway directly east of Kempas Residences estate and Central Expressway at the north of Towner Crest for fast travel to other areas in Singapore.
Education Institution Nearby Kempas Residences BTO May 2019
Parents that have started raising their children should keep in mind of nearby educational institutions, in particular Primary schools as distance between home and study can impact on their children growing development. Just a few kilometers or even hundred of meters can change the amount of time for daily transportations, which can also affect how children will make use of their precious time by themselves, their family and friends.
That being said if a child can spend more time to rest in the morning knowing they will not be late for school, it can be encouraging their natural growth with ease of their parents mind. As such residents with children can be ensured comfort with nearby educational institutions:
Primary Schools nearby Kempas Residences
Hong Wen School
30 Towner Road
Bendemeer Primary School
91 Bendemeer Road
Canossa Catholic Primary School
1 Sallim Road
Geylang Methodist School (Primary)
4 Geylang East Central
Kong Hwa School
350 Guillemard Road
Secondary Schools nearby Kempas Residences BTO 2019
151 Towner Road
Bendemeer Secondary School
1 St Wilfred Road
St. Andrew’s Secondary School
15 Francis Thomas Drive
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
1 Cedar Avenue
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
2 Geylang East Central
Broadrick Secondary School
61 Dakota Crescent
Dunman High School
10 Tanjong Rhu Road
Junior Colleges nearby Kempas Residences
(includes Dunman High School)
St. Andrew’s Junior College
5 Sorby Adams Drive
Nanyang Junior College
128 Serangoon Avenue 3
There is also a child care centre to be built within Kempas Residences estate for the convenience of young residential families.
About Kempas Residences Completion
Construction of the Kempas Residences estate is estimated to be completed by the 2nd to 3rd Quarter of 2024. For interested home buyers of Kempas Residences BTO units, the selection period is between July and December 2019. The estimated waiting time is between 56 to 57 months for Kempas Residences, with the estimated delivery possession date for confirmed selected buyers 30 June 2025 to 31 July 2025 .
For other BTO estates that are are held during the same upcoming selection period as Kempas Residences, kindly check out:
Champions Green @ Woodlands May BTO 2019