Close to nature
A waterfront town, Punggol is transforming into one of the most sought-after district in Singapore. Popular for water activities such as skin diving, boating and wake boarding, Punggol will have new facilities within the vicinity when construction of Punggol Town Hub and Punggol Town Square completes. Residents of the upcoming Prive @ Punggol, RiverParc Residences, River Isles and Waterbay condominium will then be able to enjoy more gathering spaces for community activities. Next to the train station, Waterway Point, a new shopping area will bring greater convenience and leisure to daily living. There is even a Lite Rail Transit (LRT) line within the neighborhood, serving residents from all parts of the region. In the future, more primary schools will add on to existing education institutions such as Mee Toh School, Horizon Primary School, Punggol Green Primary School, Greendale Secondary School and Edgeview Secondary School.
Punggol is a residential town located in the North-East Region of Singapore and is divided into 7 subdivisions. The district has in the past had the negative reputation of being 'ulu', or far out of the way and difficult to travel to. After the completion of Punggol Waterway in 2011, however, Punggol is increasingly gaining a name for itself as a picturesque waterfront town, especially as thousands of new Housing Development Board (HDB) flats are expected to be on the market in the coming years.
There are a lot of housing options in the neighbourhood, especially with regards to condominiums and HDB flats - and this excludes developments that are not yet completed. Those interested in purchasing or renting a condominium can check out Parc Centros, River Isles and A Treasure Trove, which are all relatively new condominiums that have been constructed in recent years, and boast impressive facilities. Upcoming developments include Waterbay condominium, RiverParc Residences and Prive@Punggol.
In addition, while most people think of the incoming Built-To-Order (BTO) flats when talking about Punggol, there are, in truth, many resale HDB flats available, many of which are less than a decade old.
Eat & Drink
There are two major food areas in Punggol: @Punggol, and The Punggol Settlement. These places offer eateries that are open both during the day and night; for those looking for a good meal, or an equally good drink. There are two especially well-known bistro-cum-bars at @Punggol, which are Bacon & Booze, and Frienzie Bar & Bistro. They offer a satisfyingly wide range of liquor, and have decent food to accompany them too; bacon lovers would, as expected, be especially smitten with Bacon & Booze. They have made @Punggol especially popular among the evening crowd, who head there to have a beer and watch live soccer matches. Sembawang White Beehoon is now available in Punggol, at its second outlet named White Restaurant, at The Punggol Settlement. The restaurant is air-conditioned, unlike the first outlet, so it will serve as a good respite from Singapore's sweltering heat.
As expected of a waterfront town, there are many seafood restaurants in the area, especially at the Punggol Settlement. These restaurants are not limited to just Chinese style seafood - there's a Thai restaurant which serves freshly grilled seafood as well, called Trunk at Bay. That's not the only foreign cuisine to be found at The Punggol Settlement, however. Sample affordable French cuisine at Horizon Bistronomy, or enjoy a night at the Balinese-themed bar Georges by the Bay.
There are two shopping malls in Punggol: Punggol Plaza and Waterway Point. Conveniently located next to Coral Edge LRT Station, Punggol Plaza has stores catering to residents' every need, including banking, medical services, hairdressing and food. It also has a Wet Market and a supermarket where residents can go to buy fresh produce, as well as a food court.
Waterway Point was opened in 2016, and is located beside Punggol Waterway and Punggol MRT/LRT station. As a family oriented mall, it has many stores and facilities catered towards children, such as learning centres, a dry and wet playground, and an interactive water fountain play area. The mall also features a Waterfront Promenade and Alfresco Dining area, with entertainment and dining options offered at all hours to appeal to everyone. It also has a cinema and supermarket.
There are many activities one can do in Punggol, especially with the recreational facilities that are open to the public: Punggol Waterway Park is located along Punggol Waterway, and is designed specifically to cater to residents of all ages; it allows residents to take part in leisure activities such as jogging and cycling along the waterway. Should you not have a bicycle but still want to cycle, you can rent one at Punggol Point End at Punggol Waterway Park. There are many types of bicycles available for rent in different designs. Being so close to the sea, you can indulge in water activities such as wake boarding and skin diving, or even go fishing or late night prawning.
Gallop Stables at Punggol Ranch also offers horse and pony rides, or even the experience of riding in a carriage! As horse-riding is, well, a pretty rare opportunity in Singapore, this is definitely one aspect in which Punggol wins over other neigbourhoods. Alternatively, simply spend a day chilling out at Punggol Beach!
There are nine primary schools and three secondary schools in the district, including Edgefield Primary School, Greendale Primary and Secondary School, and Punggol Secondary School. In addition, the Singapore Institute of Technology, a tertiary institution, will soon have a centralised campus in the neighbouhood; the autonomous university currently has several interim campuses scattered around Singapore.
Punggol currently has one MRT station along the North-East Line, Punggol MRT Station, with an upcoming station on the same line as well, to be completed by 2023. In addition, the Punggol Light Rail Transit (LRT) line runs throughout the district, with fifteen stations. There is also a temporary bus interchange located next to Punggol MRT station. As Punggol New Town undergoes more developments, it is expected to become more and more accessible. (All images are sourced from Pixabay, and may not be representative of the items and places mentioned in the article.)