August marks the start of 2H2014 government land sales. The 99-year leasehold site at Lorong Puntong starts the ball rolling with a land area of 10,502.9 sqm, situated in the West of Bishan, closer to Upper Thomson.
At first sight this should be a location that nature goers will like to be in as its surrounded by parks and reservoirs. As we can see from the photo below, its also a nice private enclave in this part of D20.
We have 5 things that you should know about this site
I. What’s around there?
One of the most popular primary school in Singapore, Ai Tong School is within 1 km from the site. The site is in between future Bright Hill MRT Station and Upper Thomson MRT Station. Though in terms of linear distance, Bright Hill Station is nearer by 200-300m compared to Upper Thomson MRT Station.
II. What’s going to be around there?
We know that Singapore is always short of land, hence we can expect a portion of the nature reserve bounded by Venus Link, Venus Loop and Macritchie Nature Trail to be turned into residential use in the future. Also, the ‘small island’ bounded by Venus Drive, Upper Thomson Road will have a healthcare facility coming up too.
III. What’s the last new launch there?
The last new launch there was Thomson Three by UOL in Sept 2013. The 435 apartment and 10 strata semi-detached development is more than 90 per cent sold till date.
IV. What’s not supposed to be there?
Thomson View Condominium was, or rather is along Upper Thomson Road. It was supposed to be a mega enbloc deal in the market that’s worth more than $500 million. But in Sept 2013, the High Court voided the deal and put the stopper back to the champagne bottles of those celebrating as the High Court found some wrongdoings in the enbloc process.
V. What’s something you may not know?
This is a site with plot ratio of 2.1. But do you know the authority have specified that part of the site (near to The Inglewood) will have blocks of lower storey compared to the part of the site facing Sin Ming Avenue, due to stricter height control. Also, part of the Thomson Line will be below the north-west corner of the site, hence we look forward to the site plan of this development in future.