Located in the far North-East Region of Singapore lies Punggol, commonly known as the waterfront town, Singapore New-age town. However, is it the best area to live in? Here’s a list of the pros and cons;
1. Wide Range of Amenities
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When developing Punggol, they are definitely not frugal with amenities.
Starting with the three main malls in Punggol, Waterway Point, Punggol Plaza and Oasis Terraces, are where you can find your daily needs. It carries large brands like H&M, Uniqlo, Daiso, 24hr Fairprice Finest and Shaw Theaters.
There are also many shophouses throughout Punggol where you can find coffee shops, clinics, laundry shops and even supermarkets.
Despite being a developing estate, Punggol has a total of three petrol stations.
For the athletic peoples, you are in luck. There are many activities like futsal, gold range and cycling along the river at the Punggol Waterway Park to Coney Island. There is also a bowling alley in Safra Punggol. For the night owls, there are also several pub and bars in Punggol. (Punggol Container)
3. Transport and Accessibility
Punggol lies on the North-East (Purple) Line can take you into the city centre in around 20min. In the future, the MRT line will be extended back to a new station, Punggol Coastal Line.
There is also the LRT that circles the whole of Punggol, making accessibility very easy.
Heavy traffic and Locations
Being in the far North-East, even with two connecting expressways it isn’t in the most convenient location. (TPE & KPE)
Punggol shares its entrance from the Tampines Express Way (TPE) with Sengkang, which always result in congestion during peak hours. A new exit has been build recently nearing east of Punggol, which helps with the congestion. However, it still results in congestion from time to time.
Not many schools
Punggol is still a developing estate, so there are not many established and popular schools in the area. However, future schools development are on its way. Starting with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Punggol campus set to open sometime in 2023.
Noise pollution from Air Base.
With the Paya Lebar airbase nearby, army fighter jets take off over Punggol, which will get loud. VERY LOUD! However, there are plans to relocate the Paya Lebar Air Base to about 2030 and beyond.
In conclusion, we feel that Punggol is a great area to live in. Despite having a few cons, upgrading works are already in the plans to resolve them. With its wide variety of family-friendly amenities, entertainment and easy transport, this is one area you will want to consider when moving.