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Which HDB BTO Launch in May 2021 Should You Apply For?

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There’s just so much competition in Singapore.

From school grades when we were in school, to full-time jobs after we graduate.

We are always competing over something at every stage of our lives.

Even for our first home.

Source: NeoGAF

In a land-scarce country like Singapore, anyone eager to be a homeowner would be camping at the HDB website every launch, anticipating for good locations to be released.

We’ve just seen the first BTO launch of 2021 which featured seven projects, including the new Community Care apartments.

For the BTO launch in May 2021, HDB will offer about 3,870 BTO flats under four projects, at locations including Bukit Merah, Geylang, Tengah and Woodlands.

Let’s take a look at them!


TL;DR: HDB BTO Launch In May 2021 (Bukit Merah, Geylang, Tengah and Woodlands)

HDB BTO Launch May 2021 (Non-Mature Estates)

HDB BTO May 2021 (Non-Mature)Garden Bloom @ TengahWoodgrove Ascent @ Woodlands
Estate TypeNon-Mature
Flats Available7821,540
Flat Types Available2-Room Flexi
4-Room
5-Room
2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
5-Room
Indicative Price Range (excluding grants)2-Room Flexi (Type 1)
$113,000 - $137,000

2-Room Flexi (Type 2)
$132,000 - $167,000

4-Room
$299,000 - $359,000

5-Room
$404,000 - $495,000
2-Room Flexi (Type 1)
$98,000 - $119,000

2-Room Flexi (Type 2)
$121,000 - $148,000

3-Room
$185,000 - $219,000

4-Room
$275,000 - $373,000

5-Room
$372,000 - $491,000
Selection of FlatJuly 2021 to March 2022
Estimated Completion Date3Q2025
Estimated Possession Date31 Mar 2027
Nearest ExpresswaysPan-Island Expressway (PIE)

Kranji Expressway (KJE)
Seletar Expressway (SLE)
Nearest MallsWest MallMarsling Mall

Causeway Shopping Centre

The Woodgrove
Nearest MRT StationsHong Kah MRT
Tengah Plantation MRT
Marsiling MRT
Woodlands MRT
Woodlands South MRT
Nearest SchoolsJurong Primary

Princess Elizabeth Primary

Bukit Batok Secondary

Fuhua Secondary

Hua Yi Secondary

Jurongville Secondary

Yuhua Secondary

Dulwich College

Millennia Institute
Innova Primary

Si Ling Primary

Woodgrove Primary

Fuchun Secondary

Yishun Innova JC

Singapore Sports School

HDB BTO Launch May 2021 (Mature Estates)

HDB BTO May 2021 (Mature)Telok Blangah Beacon @ Bukit MerahMacPherson Weave @ Geylang (MacPherson)
Estate TypeMature
Flats Available1751,382
Flat Types Available3-Room
4-Room
2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
Indicative Price Range (excluding grants)3-Room
$419,000 - $504,000

4-Room
$602,000 - $710,000
2-Room Flexi (Type 1)
$180,000 - $210,000

2-Room Flexi (Type 2)
$235,000 - $269,000

3-Room
$343,000 - $405,000

4-Room
$489,000 - $626,000
Selection of FlatJuly 2021 to March 2022
Estimated Completion Date1Q20271Q2026
Estimated Possession Date30 Sept 202830 Sept 2027
Nearest ExpresswaysWest Coast Highway

Ayer Rajah Expressway
Pan Island Expressway (PIE)
Nearest MallsAlexandra Retail Centre

VivoCity
Paya Lebar Square

PLQ Mall

SingPost Centre
Nearest MRT StationsTelok Blangah MRT

Labrador Park MRT
Macpherson MRT

Mattar MRT

Paya Lebar MRT
Nearest SchoolsMOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise

Blangah Rise Primary

Radin Mas Primary

CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent
Canossa Catholic Primary

Geylang Methodist

Maha Bodhi

Manjusri Secondary

Nexus International

Lifelong Learning Institute

Note: You can apply online by 31 May 2021 (Monday), 11:59pm. Successful applicants will be determined by a computer ballot, and it’s NOT on a first-come, first-served basis!


HDB BTO Launch May 2021 (Non-Mature Estates)

For the May BTO launch, there are two locations for non-mature estates.

Which includes Tengah, a location in West we have been seeing for the past few launches.

Another would be Woodlands located in the North of Singapore.

Garden Bloom @ Tengah

Source: HDB | Garden Bloom

Tengah will be releasing another plot for this launch.

This new town will have 782 units of 2-Room Flexi, 4-Room, and 5-Room flats available for booking.

This plot will be close to the upcoming Hong Kah MRT station, bringing it closer to the Jurong Lake District.

How Much Will the Garden Bloom @ Tengah HDB BTO Flats Cost?

Source: HDB | Garden Bloom

The most recent (and nearest) HDB BTO launch in Tengah would be Garden Court and Garden Terrace, which were part of the HDB BTO launch in November 2020.

Here’s a look at the indicative prices for Tengah BTOs since 2019 till now:

Tengah BTOIndicative Price Feb 2021
(excl grants)
Indicative Price November 2020
(excl grants)
Indicative Price August 2020
(excl grants)
Indicative Price Nov 2019
(excl grants)
Indicative Price May 2019
(excl grants)
2-Room Flexi$101,000 - $144,000$108,000 - $150,000$108,000 - $157,000$110,000 - $167,000From $106,000
3-Room$175,000 - $221,000$194,000 - $233,000$198,000 - $248,000$208,000 - $256,000From $192,000
4-Room$260,000 - $334,000$288,000 - $366,000$303,000 - $364,000$302,000 - $381,000From $309,000
5-RoomNot available$394,000 - $487,000$418,000 - $489,000$409,000 - $510,000From $415,000
3GenNot availableNot available$442,000 - $504,000Not available

We can see that the prices have been hovering in similar ranges for the past few launches.

So… what’s the starting price for a 4-Room HDB BTO in Garden Bloom?

It’ll be $299,000 (excluding grants).

What Are The Nearest Shopping Malls?

West Mall | Facebook
  • West Mall

The nearest mall would be West Mall, which is located at Bukit Batok.

Which is quite a distance away from the Tengah town.

It’ll probably take a while before these developments are ready within this new town itself.

By then, there would probably be a lot more amenities and facilities for future Tengah town residents.

What Are The Nearest MRT Stations?

  • Hong Kah MRT Station (JS4) [note: will be completed in 2026]
  • Tengah Plantation MRT Station (JE1) [note: will be completed in 2027]

What Are The Nearest Schools?

TypeName of School
Primary SchoolJurong Primary
Princess Elizabeth Primary
SecondaryBukit Batok Secondary
Fuhua Secondary
Hua Yi Secondary
Jurongville Secondary
Yuhua Secondary
International SchoolDulwich College
Centralised InstituteMillennia Institute

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Woodgrove Ascent @ Woodlands

Source: HDB | Woodgrove Ascent

Woodlands seems like an up and coming district as well, with the addition of the Thomson-East Coast Line and the announcement of Woodlands Regional Centre becoming a key commercial hub in the North of Singapore.

For this round, there will be 1,540 units of 2-Room Flexi, 3-Room, 4-Room and 5-Room flats available to choose from.

How Much Will the Woodlands HDB BTO Flats Cost?

Source: HDB | Woodgrove Ascent

The most recent Woodlands BTO launch was in August 2020.

The starting price for a 4-Room HDB flat in Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands was $276,000.

However, as compared to UrbanVille @ Woodlands, the May 2021 Woodlands launch is considerably further from the MRT station, being sandwiched between Woodlands MRT station, Marsling MRT station and the new Woodlands South station.

However, prices are pretty constant given that the price of a 4-Room BTO flat in Woodgrove Ascent will start from $275,000.

What Are The Nearest Shopping Malls?

  • Marsling Mall
  • Causeway Shopping Centre
  • The Woodgrove

What Are The Nearest MRT Stations?

  • Marsiling MRT Station (NS8)
  • Woodlands MRT Station (NS9/TE2)
  • Woodlands South MRT Station (TE3)

What Are The Nearest Schools?

TypeName of School
Primary SchoolFuchun Primary
Si Ling Primary
Woodgrove Primary
Secondary SchoolFuchun Secondary
Junior CollegeYishun Innova JC
Specialised Independent SchoolSingapore Sports School

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HDB BTO Launch May 2021 (Mature Estates)

Prefer a flat in a mature estate because of its facilities amenities?

There will be two locations to choose from this round, which includes the South (Bukit Merah) and Central (Geylang) of Singapore.

Telok Blangah Beacon @ Bukit Merah

Source: HDB | Telok Blangah Beacon

This will be a relatively small project, with just 175 units of 3-Room and 4-Room flats to choose from.

Which means the subscription rate will probably be craaaazy for this prime location.

This project will be located right beside Telok Blangah Neighbourhood Centre, which means being surrounded by various amenities and food choices.

How Much Will the Bukit Merah HDB BTO Flats Cost?

Source: HDB | Telok Blangah Beacon

Bukit Merah hasn’t had a new BTO launch for quite some time.

In fact, the last BTO project in that area was way back in July 2013.

This location is considered attractive to many, which meant that the prices would be on the premium side.

Potential homeowners could enjoy food from places such as Telok Blangah Market, and take a short bus ride down the VivoCity for more offerings.

This launch would also be perfect for nature lovers, given how near it is to Telok Blangah Hill Park, Mount Faber Park or even the up and coming Greater Southern Waterfront.

A quick look at resale prices at Telok Blangah on SRX indicated that the transacted prices for 4-Room resale flats for the past two years ranged from $420,000 to $820,000.

That’s a pretty huge range.

According to HDB, a typical 4-Room flat at that area would cost $655,000.

Close to what we have previously estimated, a 4-Room BTO flat at Telok Blangah has a starting price of $602,000.

What Are The Nearest Shopping Malls?

  • Alexandra Retail Centre
  • VivoCity

What Are The Nearest MRT Stations?

  • Telok Blangah MRT Station (CC28)
  • Labrador Park MRT Station (CC27)

What Are The Nearest Schools?

TypeName of School
PreschoolMOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise
Primary SchoolBlangah Rise Primary
Radin Mas Primary
Secondary SchoolCHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent

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MacPherson Weave @ Geylang

Source: HDB | MacPherson Weave

Last but not least, we have another wonderful location, Geylang.

There will be 1,382 units of 2-Room Flexi, 3-Room and 4-Room flats available for selection.

How Much Will the Geylang HDB BTO Flats Cost?

We’ve seen the previous Geylang BTO launch (Dakota One) back in August 2020.

Where its 4-Room flats were 19.1 times oversubscribed.

We can foresee this project to be equally popular, given its proximity from MacPherson MRT station.

For Dakota One, the prices of a 4-Room flat started from $523,000 (excluding grants).

The plot at the other side of MacPherson MRT station was previously selected for SERS in 2018.

And it was estimated for 4-Room flats on Circuit Road to be ranging from $421,000 and $513,000.

Source: HDB | MacPherson Weave

Given its accessibility to several malls at Paya Lebar and various neighbourhood centres, the starting price of $489,000 for a 4-Room flat at MacPherson Weave is pretty reasonable.

What Are The Nearest Shopping Malls?

  • Paya Lebar Square
  • PLQ Mall
  • SingPost Centre

What Are The Nearest MRT Stations?

  • Macpherson MRT Station (CC10/ DT26)
  • Mattar MRT Station (DT25)
  • Paya Lebar MRT Station (CC9 / EW8)

Get to access the Circle Line, Downtown Line and East-West Line with these MRT stations.

What Are The Nearest Schools?

TypeName of School
Primary SchoolCanossa Catholic Primary
Geylang Methodist
Maha Bodhi
Secondary SchoolGeylang Methodist
Manjusri Secondary
OthersNexus International
Lifelong Learning Institute

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So… How Do I Apply For the HDB BTO Launch in May 2021?

Just use this HDB BTO step-by-step guide and you won’t go wrong.

But besides this.

There’s plenty to think about…

Should you go with a bank loan or HDB loan?

Or what are the grants that are available…

Or even things that should be considered before even applying for your first flat…

Luckily, these (and plenty of other questions) are common HDB BTO questions and are always answered at Seedly.

So if you’re looking for answers, you know where to go!

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