Poised to be a landmark residential complex in Singapore’s fast developing Upper Serangoon area, Forest Woods condo project has created quite a buzz in the local real estate industry.
The primary reason for its pre-emptive popularity is that is promises to offer prospective buyers the golden trinity of prime location, top-notch facilities, beautiful homes and wonderful amenities.
This 99-year leasehold property is being developed jointly by City Developments (CDL), Hong Leong Holdings and TID Pte Ltd – three trusted names in the Singaporean real estate community.
The tough battle that ensued during the bidding for this project under the Government Land Sales programme back in 2015 was rather telling – there is immense potential in this project and both the makers and future buyers stand to gain much from its completion.
Since Forest Woods (森涛苑) is located in the heart of District 19, connectivity to city locales and access to a vast plethora of urban facilities is assured. Add to that, the makers’ vision of luxuriant homes and resort lifestyle – and you can foresee a living environment that is incredibly inviting.
It is thus not surprising that even as the expected time of possession has not yet been disclosed, there is much anticipation in the air. Goes without saying, Forest Woods condo is sure to be one of Singapore’s most covetable addresses in times to come!
Forest Woods Location
The potential in the vicinity of Forest Woods makes it the most coveted residences in Singapore. Connected directly to the Mega Mall Nex Shopping Centre as well as Serangoon MRT – which are about 3 minutes’ walk from the development – all important places are well within reach of residents from here.
Expressways such as the KPE and CTE assure great road connectivity to all vehicle owners. Basically, reaching out to areas of leisure or work gets totally comfortable for those residing at Forest Woods.
Forest Woods condo is situated in a way that resident’s demands or requirements would be fulfilled within a short distance only. Well-known educational institutions are within a kilometer radius of the residency itself. Kinderland, Bethany Kindergarten, PCF, Bethel Kindergarten, Ramakrishna Mission, Maris Stella, Cedar, Xinghua, Paya Lebar Methodist Church, Bartley, Serangoon JC, DPS International, Australian International School, Cedar, Lumiere Montessori, and many others are located nearby.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Kovan Market & Food Centre, and Serangoon Garden Market are also a stone’s throw away. So if we talk about the centrality of the location, one can judge by the fact that the prime city locales like Serangoon Stadium, Serangoon Gardens Country Club and Singapore National Wushu Association are all well within easy reach.
One can make out pretty clearly, Forest Woods has a lot of offer to its residents as far as convenience is concerned. All the major landmarks are pretty much around the corner, which makes Forest Woods an elite residency in Singapore.
Forest Woods Condo Facilities
Within the parameters of the iconic development itself, there are a lot of top-notch facilities at discretion for the residents. Flexible layout and amazing finishes will cater to homemakers of various lifestyles.
The condo will come with beautiful landscaping as well as luxuriant facilities that will ensure a fun-filled lifestyle for the residents. Forest Woods condo will feature facilities like a swimming pool, Children’s playground, a guardhouse, indoor gym, clubhouse, BBQ areas, function room, fitness station, aqua gym, outdoor fitness station, and even a yoga deck. Residential units will come with avant-garde appliances & fittings, other than a smart home automation system.
It reflects in the design and facilities of these residences that the developers have taken initiatives to extend unmatched comfort and luxurious living to residents. Not just the exteriors, even the home interiors have been painstakingly designed to take care of the homeowners. These homes optimize comfort and promise full family entertainment.
Forest Woods Floor Plan and Unit Types
As per the site plan of Forest Woods, this new launch condo project is to have 7 residential blocks of 12-storey high, with a total of 519 residential units, spread on a land size of approximately 150,172 square feet (sqft).
The various unit types available are as follows:
- 1 Bedroom units covering 506 -517 sqft.
- 2 Bedroom units covering 603 – 818 sqft.
- 2 Bedroom units with study covering 635 – 786 sqft.
- 2 Bedroom units premium covering 721 – 904 sqft.
- 3 Bedroom units covering 743 – 1,130 sqft.
- 3 Bedroom units premium covering 969 – 1,184 sqft.
- 4 Bedroom units covering 1,238 – 1,475 sqft.
- 5 Bedroom Penthouse covering 2,045 – 2,185 sqft.
The different types of units at Forest Woods condo will guarantee that there’s option for every kind of home buyer. All the households are configured to meet specifications of residents of varied kinds. In short, there’s something for every home buyer at Forest Woods!
Forest Woods Showflat Location
The Forest Woods showflat is not located at its actual site. But it’s still pretty close and very accessible via Upper Serangoon Road. You can see the following illustration on the directions to Forest Woods condo showflat. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (+65) 6631-8384 or fill up the form below before heading down to the showflat – just to make sure you don’t make a wasted trip down.
Forest Woods Condo Price Indication
According to sources, the indicative Forest Woods condo price ranges as follows (as of 24 September 2016):
1-Bedroom + Study – from S$688,000
2-Bedroom – from S$838,000
2-Bedroom + Study – from S$878,000
2-Bedroom Premium – from S$998,000
3-Bedroom – from S$1.1 million
3-Bedroom Premium – from S$1.32 million
4-Bedroom – from S$1.65 million
Forest Woods Condo Review
Once again, the consortium of CDL, Hong Leong and TID looks set to launch another new condo project in the area, after success in recent years for Bartley Residences and Bartley Ridge.
With their impressive track records in Singapore, I have no doubts over them when it comes to delivering a development with reasonable quality.
However, what’s disappointing is the average size of the units. And yes, they are getting smaller and smaller – and not getting cheaper (despite a gloomy market outlook).
Although it’s nothing new to see new launch condo units shrinking in size these days, but for it to come from this group of developers, it’s quite disheartening to be honest.
Not only the units are shrinking (even further) at Forest Woods, in my opinion, the layouts of most units are generally inefficient – which clearly don’t justify the price tags being set out.
One of the unit types that irks me is the 2-bedroom of 603 square feet which starts from S$838,000 as indicated. That works out to be about $1,390 psf, but I am very sure that this is a unit on the 2nd floor.
Frankly, it’s not that pricey and it’s reasonably fair for the location. But for S$838,000, what are you paying for?
I mean seriously, why would anyone need 2 balconies (in exchange for larger living rooms/bedrooms for example) and an A/C ledge that is big enough to fit in like 3 air-con compressors?
Well, if you can get pass the above wastage of spaces, Forest Woods does present some value to potential buyers.
Firstly, there isn’t much full-fledge condominiums in the area, that are close to NEX mall and Serangoon MRT Station. The only one around is Sunglade and thus this presents an under-supply situation for home owners in the area which may provide sustainability in future pricing.
Less competition = less price war = better control in pricing – as simple as that. If you purely looking at this from investment perspective, this is clearly an ideal scenario and it serves as a solid safety net.
Yes, buyers can also consider condo projects such as the ones at Bartley area (Bartley Residences, Bartley Ridge or even Botanique at Bartley), but they have to bear with that little inconvenience when trying to get its closest shopping mall in the area.
Secondly, there’s no denying in the fact that Forest Woods is indeed going to be one of the nicest residential development in the Upper Serangoon area.
There are so many stunning amenities and facilities to let go for the potential buyers. Some of the takeaways that need to be highlighted include the awesome living façade that encompasses a lush landscape with a 75m lap pool that is bigger than the Olympic Pool.
Something which I will appreciate is the so-called living forest within Forest Woods condo, offering a peaceful escape to the residents in the middle of bustling Singapore. Such an idyllic environment will allow the residents to rejuvenate their senses and enjoy a healthy living space. The development is definitely intended for all those who have penchant for finer things.
Owning a residence at Forest Woods would certainly be a great proposition for all those who wish to be close to nature while having lifestyle and convenience at their disposal.
As always, I believe that when it comes to buying a property, ‘cheap’ is never the reason to buy anything. Value is. Thus for investment, I will give Forest Woods some serious thoughts and look deep into the numbers. However for own stay, options are rather limited as I will go for the bigger unit type with layouts that make a little bit more sense to the dollars – such as the 2-Bedroom + Study (Premium).
** Note: If you want to see some of examples of good layout, you can check my earlier Stars of Kovan Review. You can also fill up the form below if you need more information.