There was a lot of excitement in the air when HDB announced that it will launch 2 Build To Order (BTO) projects in the new Bayshore housing estate where 7,000 out of the 10,000 homes will be earmarked for public housing. Understandably so, the BTO flats will enjoy superior attributes as they will be waterfront homes with sea / city views, 5 minutes’ walk to the nearest MRT station and enjoy new parks in addition to the popular East Coast Park.
The flats in the upcoming Bayshore Estate are likely to see strong demand – an extension of Bedok town – and are likely to fall under the Plus model in the new classification of flats. The first two BTO projects in the estate comprising about 1,400 two-room flexi, three- and four-room flats, will be launched in the second half of 2024. The units will have full height windows while structural beams and columns in the flats will be kept to the edges for a “beamless” look.
In addition the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said in June 2022 that plans for the “Long Island, a reclaimed land along East Coast, could include housing and a reservoir to boost Singapore’s water supply and protect its coastline from rising sea levels. There is currently no concrete timeline for Long Island’s development. The Long Island was first envisioned as a reclaimed island for beachfront housing and leisure in the 1991 Concept Plan – is among the ideas being studied for coastal protection and its latest plan also marks out possible future reclamation zones in the longer term.