May 2022 BTO: Unit Analysis for Bukit Merah Ridge

  • Jun 15, 2022
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Located just minutes away from Tiong Bahru MRT, Bukit Merah Ridge is one five BTO developments launched by HDB in May 2022 and one of two in this sales exercise that is a PLH project. We dropped by the actual site to see what’s around the area and pick the best units to go for if you managed to snag a queue number.

BTO Bukit Merah Ridge
Location Bounded by Bukit Merah View, Henderson
Road, Tiong Bahru Road, and Lower Delta
Road
PLH model? Yes
Total no. of units 1,669
Unit types 3- and 4-room
No. of blocks 5
Highest storeys 29 to 48 storeys
Estimated completion date 1Q2028
Pricing 3-room: $377k to $509k
4-room: $540k to $737k
Nearest MRT station Tiong Bahru MRT station (~6-min walk)
Primary schools within a 1-km radius*:
*distance based on approximation, may differ depending on block
• Alexandra Primary School (~7-min walk)
• Zhangde Primary School (~9-min walk)
• Gan Eng Seng Primary School (~16-min
walk)
Amenities within walking distance • Tiong Bahru Park (~2-min walk)
• Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre
(~4-min walk)
• Tiong Bahru Plaza (~10-min walk)
• Beo Crescent Market (~10-min walk)
• Tiong Bahru Market (~14-min walk)

 

Site Visit

Bukit Merah Ridge is located across the road from Tiong Bahru Park. Some stacks will enjoy park views!

Tiong Bahru Road. Traffic is relatively heavy here.

The site is located on a higher ground. That might indicate that the blocks will be built on an elevated height.

Along Henderson Road. A much quieter lane, although traffic was still pretty steady.

The site, taken from Henderson Road, near where Blk 136A will be.

The site, also taken from Henderson Road, near where Blk 137A will be.

The Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre, a bustling place with a ton of food options and a healthy lunch crowd.

The Bukit Merah West Neighbourhood Police Centre and Henderson Community Club.

Which 3-room unit at Bukit Merah Ridge to choose?

Park views: While stacks 520, 522, 536 and 538 offer relatively unblocked views and overlook Tiong Bahru Park, they are facing the main Tiong Bahru Road—a major road that can get quite busy and noisy, with a large number of buses that trawl the area. Keep in mind that facing a major road like this, you may be subjected to not only noise pollution, but also dust pollution. Consider perhaps a unit on the higher floor if you wish to go with these stacks.

Road junction: We would avoid stacks 508 and 510, which are facing a major road junction, where Lower Delta Road and Tiong Bahru Road intersect. While they are currently having relatively unblocked views, the two stacks also directly face a future residential plot that can be developed with buildings that are more than 36 storeys tall. The only upside are that they are located at the block that is closest to Tiong Bahru Plaza and Tiong Bahru MRT station.

Highlighted in the map: The residential plot next to Tiong Bahru MRT that will be obscuring the views of certain stacks at Bukit Merah Ridge.

Inward-facing stacks: Inner-facing 3-room stacks like 548 and 574 are located close to the pavilion, as well as the playground and the fitness stations, which will mean you are going to be subjected to the noise levels generated in these areas.

If you are opting for an inner-facing stack, we would opt for stack 558 instead. The distance between stack 558 with the opposite stack it is facing is about 36.4 metres.

Overlooking the hawker centre: Stack 564’s overlooking the entrance into the Bukit Merah View hawker centre, which sees quite a flurry of activity including foot and vehicle traffic. Lower-floor units may also be subjected to cooking fumes, while the higher floor units are facing a relatively unblocked view.

Screen grab from Google Maps showing the potential unblocked views for stacks facing the Bukit Merah View hawker centre.

Privacy: For privacy, go with stacks 520 and 536, which are corner units away from the lift area. But you’ll want to note that these units are located side by side with another unit.

Afternoon sun: The hot afternoon sun comes in two directions in Singapore. Depending on the time of the year, it comes from either the north-west or the south-west directions. If you don’t want your home to feel like a baked oven when you get home in the evenings, go with stack 548 that has adjacent stacks helping to block out the afternoon sun.

With stacks 508 and 510, they may partially blocked by the adjacent stacks at the peak of the afternoon sun. But because they are relatively unobstructed by other blocks, the two stacks will likely still quite a bit of heat.

Which 4-room unit at Bukit Merah Ridge to choose?

Unblocked views: Stacks 504, 506, 524, 526, 540 and 542 offer unblocked views and views of Tiong Bahru Park. But like with the 3-room units, these units will also be subjected to the noise and dust pollution coming from the busy Tiong Bahru Road.

Other stacks that will be able to enjoy unblocked views include stacks 568 and 570. Stack 566, which faces the Bukit Merah View hawker centre, will likely also enjoy decent views.

Traffic noise: Besides the stacks that will be facing Tiong Bahru Park, stacks 512, 514, 528, 534, 544, 550, 552, 566 and 568 will also be impacted by traffic noise.

Stacks 512 and 514 will be particularly disruptive since they are facing the road junction that intersects Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road. While they are outward-facing, these two stacks will not have unblocked views since they are facing a residential site with blocks that are 29 storeys tall.

Inward-facing stack: There are a few stacks facing another stack directly. While these aren’t ideal for privacy, go with stacks 532, 534, 554 and 556 rather than stacks 550 and 572 as they are located further apart.

Proximity to car park: We wouldn’t recommend getting a unit that is facing or located right next to the car park. Besides the frequent sounds of tyres screeching and pollution from vehicular exhaust systems, the car park also sees a high level of activity and high foot traffic. So unless you are willing to forego your peace and quiet as well as privacy, avoid the lower floor units (~8-9th floor and below) at stacks 514, 516, 518 and 530.

High levels of human activity: If you want a level of privacy and peace and quiet, units facing fitness corners, the pavilion, playgrounds as well as the 3-storey social communal facilities on site should be avoided. These stacks are 500, 502, 528, 530, 544, 546, 550, 560, 562, 568, 570 and 572.

Afternoon sun: The afternoon sun comes from either the north-west or the south-west directions in Singapore, depending on the time of the year. There are certain stacks that will be able to avoid it. These units include the lower floor units (~8-9 floor and below) at stacks 514, 516 and 530, which are partially blocked by the car park.

While stacks 512, 528, 544 and 546 won’t have the rays coming in through the windows, they will hit the walls of the flat instead, which will also cause temperatures inside your home to rise all the same, so avoid those stacks if you can.

North-south facing: Not a lot of stacks are able to avoid the afternoon sun. The next best option then is to get a north-south facing unit for breezier interiors. These stacks include 532, 534, 550, 552, 554, 556, 560, 562, 566, 568, 570, 572, 576, and 578.

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