Pasir Panjang and Clementi properties are located in the Southwestern region of Singapore. Just in case you didn't know, Pasir Panjang is home to one of Port of Singapore Authority's container terminals which handles massive numbers of containers daily in addition to being home to the exclusive number of residents living in the condominiums and apartments in the area. There aren't any HDB flats here, in case you're wondering. The primary residential area in Clementi is Clementi New Town though, ironically, most of the HDB flats in this area aren't that new if you know what I mean. Nonetheless, this area represents a large bulk of Clementi's residents and identity that still reigns supreme for many home buyers.
In this Pasir Panjang And Clementi New Town Property Guide, which is part of the 2016 Property and Lifestyle Guide series by GET.com, we will run you through the highlights of the Pasir Panjang And Clementi areas, show you how much properties cost in District 5 and the cool things you can expect from living in this district.
District 5 Properties: An Overview
According to Urban Redevelopment Authority, to be considered under District 5, the first 2 digits of the 6-digit postal code must be 11, 12, or 13. It includes general locations like Pasir Panjang, Hong Leong Garden and Clementi New Town.
Even though the Clementi area is predominantly occupied by HDB flats, there are many upmarket condominiums in the Pasir Panjang and Clementi precinct that you can consider if you're looking to buy a private apartment in this charming neighbourhood. Of course, there are landed residential properties in this area in case you're wondering.
To put things into better perspective, the Clementi neighbourhood has proven its immense popularity among flat buyers by generating very positive results from the wave of new BTO flats offered in Clementi back in May-June 2015 where there were about 13 applicants for each 5-room unit in Clementi despite being priced at a premium.
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Pros And Cons Of Living In Pasir Panjang And Clementi
- Convenient transportation networks
- A plethora of food and great chill-out spots
- Moderate number of shopping venues
- Plenty of schools in the area, of which some are highly reputable
- Moderate property prices and rents
- Few kid-friendly places
Amenities In Pasir Panjang And Clementi
There are plenty of amenities catering to the residents of the Pasir Panjang-Clementi area. Some of them include the National University Hospital, National University Heart Centre, Clementi Polyclinic, 24-hour NTUC FairPrice supermarkets in Clementi, Clementi Public Library, a new air-conditioned bus interchange linked to Clementi Mall, Clementi Community Center and West Coast Community Center.
Transportation is a breeze with the multitude of bus services meandering through the area coupled with Clementi, Buona Vista, Dover, One North, Kent Ridge, Haw Par Villa, Pasir Panjang MRT Stations.
Did you know that Clementi originally didn't have any shopping centre in its vicinity though there were retail stores, hawker food stalls and wet markets? Nevertheless, with the development of the neighbourhood over the years, West Coast Plaza, Rochester Mall, The Star Vista, Clementi Mall, 321 Clementi and CityVibe have sprung up to serve the residential community better.
For those who can't get enough of Japanese food products, you can find fresh sashimi, sushi, cooked dishes, Japanese rice, snacks, ice-cream, sake, seasonings et cetera at Fish Mart SAKURAYA in West Coast Plaza!
While you're exploring The Metropolis, a business centre that houses a multitude of services and food outlets open to the public, you can drop by Kanshoku Ramen for that piping hot bowl of collagen-infused, no-MSG, milky bowl of ramen or get your coffee fix from Killiney Café, Costa Coffee or Starbucks. Fans of Smoothie King will be happy to know that they've got an outlet at The Metropolis!
You'll also find 7-11, Fitness First, Fullerton Healthcare and Central Depository there. For the uninitiated, the Central Depository is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange where services like integrated clearing, settlement and depository facilities for their customers in the Singapore Securities Market are provided.
You have no lack of choices when it comes to schools if you're a resident in the Pasir Panjang-Clementi area. Take your pick from schools like Pei Tong Primary School, Fairfield Methodist School (Primary and Secondary), Nan Hua High School, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Singapore Polytechnic, Anglo Chinese Junior College, National University of Singapore, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, Yale-NUS College, Japanese Kindergarten,Waseda Shibuya Senior High School, The Japanese School Clementi Campus, International Community School, Dover Court International School, United World College of South East Asia - Dover Campus, Singapore Institute of Technology, INSEAD Asia Campus, Tanglin Trust School and The School of Science and Technology.
Keeping fit ought to be on everyone's to-do list. If you're a resident of the Pasir Panjang-Clementi neighbourhood, places where you can work up a sweat include Clementi Swimming Complex, Clementi Stadium, Labrador Nature Reserve, Kent Ridge Park, Hort Park and Pandan Reservoir.
And if you're looking to really explore Labrador Nature Reserve, they have an extremely handy online guide that you can refer to!
Good Food To Try In Pasir Panjang And Clementi
From sinful late-night suppers, mouthwatering tze char dishes to Instagram-worthy food at hipster cafes, you'll never find yourself bemoaning "nothing to eat" if you're a resident in the Clementi-Pasir Panjang area.
The sheer number of hawker food stalls that you can take your pick from West Coast Market Square, West Coast Drive Block 503 Food Centre, Ayer Rajah Food Centre & Market, Ming Soon Fatt Food Centre, Clementi West Street 2 Block 726 Market and Food Centre, Clementi Avenue 3 Block 448 Market & Food Centre is simply something that you should be thankful for, really!
If you're at the Clementi Avenue 3 Block 448 Market & Food Centre, be sure to check out Soon Huat Cooked Food for their savoury and fragrant Sesame Oil Chicken. If you fancy good old prawn noodles, give Nam Kee Fried Prawn Noodle a shot. Ask for more sambal chili if possible! Who can forget old-school fried carrot cake? Get yours at the simply named stall Fried Carrot Cake. Word has it that theirs is so popular they're only open in the mornings!
Additionally, for those who enjoy late-night eating, there is a stretch of mostly 24-hour eateries along the road towards Pasir Panjang where many NUS students frequent.
You can give your tastebuds a whole new experience at Russkiy Dome, a cozy family café tucked in West Coast that serves authentic home-style Russian and Soviet cuisine. In case you're clueless where to begin, the online community recommends their Double Fish, Pork Julienne and Lamb Shashlik!
Nestled is the most unlikely of places at 87 Science Park Drive sits Diamond Kitchen, a well-loved Chinese restaurant famous for their lip smackingly good champagne pork ribs and crab and seafood dishes.
If you've been to Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market, you've most likely Instagrammed that pristine white scoop of milky Thai coconut ice-cream served with colourful bits of toppings in its shell. Anyhow, you no longer have to fly there whenever you're craving for this icy dessert. All you have to do is shimmy your way down to 321 Clementi to have your freshly made Thai coconut ice-cream to go at Wimi Ice Cream.
Some cafés that you can consider snuggling in when you're in the area include W39 Bistro & Bakery at 39 Jalan Mas Puteh, Hoopla Coffee & Kitchen at 21 Media Circle, Artisan Boulangerie Co. at The Metropolis and On The Table at 118 Pasir Panjang Road.
Cool Chill-Out Spots In Pasir Panjang And Clementi
Getting splattered by colourful balls of paint may not be your typical idea of chilling out but it is nonetheless a great affordable, team building activity that your friends and you can participate in together at SOP (School of Paintball), a paintball playground sitting on West Coast Road.
If your idea of chilling out involves getting that adrenaline rush from a mean workout session, check out Onyx MMA located along West Coast Road. If you don't already know, MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. Here, you can try your hand at Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Strength and Conditioning. Time to put on your workout clothing that's been hiding at the bottom of your closet?
It's absolutely fine if you prefer to chill the lazy way like most people would. There are so many hip places in the Pasir Panjang-Clementi area that you can chill at. For lazy laid-back lunches, check out Da Paolo Bistro Bar and Nosh at Rochester Park and Pietrasanta at Portsdown Road.
Noteworthy date-night haunts in the area that you may fancy include Infuzi, a chic contemporary French restaurant at at Biopolis Road, and UNA, a fantastic restaurant that has possibly one of the most authentic and best Spanish dining experiences in Singapore. UNA is located at Rochester Park, by the way!
Flanking a super concise description like "cocktails • omakase • soundspace • gallery" on DSTLLRY's Facebook page, it's self-explanatory what you can expect to find at this chic little spot off Portsdown Road. Dishing out lovely bespoke cocktails and elegant omakase in a restaurant that is part-gallery and part-recording studio, DSTLLRY offers an experience unlike any other! Well, you can't expect anything less when this charming chill-out spot is conceived by a music veteran with a photography background!
Bodacious Bar & Bistro is another chill-out spot that makes of a perfect place to unwind after a dreary day at work or on relaxing weekends. This gastropub serves simple and unpretentious food like beef enchiladas, duck confit with garlic potato mash and even all-day breakfast on top of a changing roster of craft beers!
Coffee fans can visit Jimmy Monkey Café & Bar at One-North Residences to experience the best of different coffee blends from around the world as its house blend changes from month to month. In case you're curious, Jimmy Monkey Café & Bar prides itself in using only coffee beans from some of the best independent and Rainforest Alliance farms. While you're at it, you may want to fill your tummy with rustic, hearty food like Smoked Salmon Aglio Olio, Fish-and-Chips, bangers and mash!
Another coffee place that you may fancy is Revolution Coffee, a quaint café at Portsdown Road that serves handcrafted specialty coffee and casual café food whipped up with fresh ingredients. The online community is a huge fan of their coffee, many also sang praises of the food that they serve!
I know it's somewhat weird but a handful of people I know can wax lyrical about burgers. Anyhow, Fatboy's The Burger Bar has come a long way since its first store back in 2009. They've quite a few branches now and Pasir Panjang is one of them!
Now, that should be a sign that their good old handmade burgers are incredibly well-loved by burger aficionados. Cheekily branding themselves as "the most popular burger joint you've never heard of", those who aren't in the know probably didn't know that you can build your own burger with its Burger Bar menu any way you want including the type of buns, patties, cheeses, add-ons and sauces!
Kid-Friendly Places In Pasir Panjang And Clementi
Although there are many schools in the Clementi-Pasir Panjang precinct, there aren't exactly that many kid-friendly places here to be honest. You do have the Clementi Public Library where kids can pick up the good habit of reading though!
Also hidden in Clementi Mall is a tiny play area within the compounds of NTUC Foodfare, a food court and a small playground suitable for kids aged 2-6 on the 5th level of the shopping mall.
Another kid-friendly dining spot in the area is Ju Shin Jung Korean Restaurant at 27 West Coast Highway. It has a pretty big play area that children would love though the food may be a tad mediocre. A rather comprehensive review of the Korean restaurant can be found in this article.
For an enriching yet fun day out with your little ones, you may want to take them to the spanking new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum to get them (and yourself) acquainted with the incredible world of biodiversity. It is Singapore's one and only natural history museum!
What can you and your kids expect? The three gigantic, and very real, skeletons of the sauropod dinosaurs will steal the limelight from the massive array of 2,000 specimens and interactive displays there. Note that there is free admission for infant in arms and children below the age of 3 while older children need to purchase tickets for entry. And as usual, no food and drinks are allowed in the museum. For more information, check out their official website.
How Much Do Properties Cost In Pasir Panjang And Clementi?
We did some research on the minimum and maximum per square foot (PSF) prices of private properties, as well as the median price of a resale 3,4-room flat in this district.
Minimum PSF: $393 - Pasir Panjang Gardens
Maximum PSF: $2,538 - Bijou
Median price of a resale 3-room flat in Clementi in Q2 2015: $340,000
Median price of a resale 4-room flat in Clementi in Q2 2015: $508,000
*PSF figures for apartment and condominium transactions between Oct 2012 - Oct 2015 are pulled from URA
*Median prices of resale flat(s) retrieved from CNA
Note that if you're buying an HDB flat with loan from HDB, your downpayment must be 10% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. The remaining amount will then be your loan amount from HDB.
If you're buying an HDB flat with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 25 years; if your loan tenure is above 25 years (but not more than 30 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan does not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
Similarly, if you're buying a private property with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 30 years; if your loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan does not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
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District 5 is great for those who have an undying love for food, for those who fancy the idea of chilling out whether it be at cool bars or coffee places, and even for families with children since there are so many educational institutions nestled in this area of Singapore!
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See the rest of our detailed property guides in Singapore to see which amenities each area offers and what the property prices are in each district. To find out which area is the best place for you to live, see the Marina Bay & Chinatown properties, Tanjong Pagar properties, Tiong Bahru & Queenstown properties and Telok Blangah & Sentosa properties.
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