Originally a part of Tampines South Area, Simei (EW3) became an independent estate in 1985. One of the more diverse housing district, various residential dwellings comprising landed properties, condominiums, mansions and public housing flats are all within the area. On top of Double Bay Residences, Simei Green and Changi Green condominium, there's also Hedges Park condominium and My Manhattan condominium. Landed properties on Harvey Crescent and Harvey Avenue is a short walk away.
Eastpoint Mall, which hosts anchor tenants like 24hr Fairprice and Daiso, has recently been majorly renovated to include more shops and a nautical-themed wet play area for children. A wide selection of tuition and enrichment centres can also be found in the mall.
In addition to ITE College East, Metta Development School and Changkat Changi Secondary School, Singapore’s fourth public university, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will be relocated close by in the near future, providing more educational opportunities for residents. Residents will also benefit from the expansion of Changi General Hospital in providing surgery specialty centers and research facilities.
There are a few schools located near Simei MRT where parents can enrol their children in. This includes schools such as Changkat Primary School and Angsana Primary School. As for secondary schools, they can consider looking into Ngee Ann Secondary School, as well as Tampines Secondary School.
Located at Simei MRT station, Eastpoint Mall is known for its wide selection of educational and enrichment centres, as well as having a pet shop that was once the largest in Asia.
Thrift shops are definitely a rare sight in Singapore, and Simei is home to one of the island's only 5 thrift stores. Something Old Something New, located in Simei Care Center, offers any 3 pieces of clothing for $10. Not only are you shopping for cheap, you are also shopping for a good cause as the shop was founded to provide training for people recovering from mental health conditions. Blk248 Simei St 3 is also haven to Singapore's most popular bakeware store, Phoon Huat.
The area surrounding Simei MRT has no shortage of good and halal-certified cafes and eateries. For halal-certified cafes, Metta Cafe @ 32 Simei St 1 is a great option.For halal-certified restaurants, Sakura Halal Thai Chinese Restaurant @ #03-05 Eastpoint Mall offers one of the best Golden Oats Chicken around. For local treats, drop by San Bao Ban Mian and Snack Shop Chicken Rice @ Blk248 Simei St 3 (Hola Cafeteria) for their famed ban mian and chicken rice.
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