Two words can sum up Thomson, located smack in the center of the island – parks and eateries. Thomson is absolutely brimming with both, which is what makes it such an attractive place to both live in and to invest in property. It has fast become one of the most up and coming neighborhoods on the whole island, and it’s not hard to see why.
Thomson almost has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to greenery, parks and nature reserves. Ranging from wild areas of untamed forests teeming with monkeys, to relaxing burbling streams meandering through meadows, it has it all.
Central Catchment Nature Reserve
By far the largest nature reserve in Singapore, and incorporating some of the islands most loved attractions, as well as the richest forests in terms of biodiversity this giant green lung offers a wide range of habitats and activities. Covering an area of nearly 3000 hectares this protected area features many carefully planned nature walks and trials; 4 reservoirs including the ever popular MacRitchie with its treetop walk, a 250 meter suspension bridge giving a birds – or monkeys – eye view of the forest; the Night Safari, Zoo and River Safari.
The area has literally miles and miles of trails, many incorporating boardwalks giving the unique opportunity to see the last remaining pockets of original forest on the island, and a wide range of animals, birds and insects.
Windsor Nature Park
This 75-hectare area located just off Venus Drive in the Upper Thomson area is one of four buffer parks surrounding the central catchment area. Predominantly forested, this richly biodiverse park is in the midst of sensitive development, that is due to be completed by the end of 2016. This will restore its original paths, as well as the building of several boardwalks resulting in 3 miles of fully integrated trails giving the perfect opportunity to spot the multitude of wildlife that calls the park home.
Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park
One of the largest urban parks in Singapore, and featuring a stunning 2 mile converted canal that meanders between lush flower-strewn banks, the Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park is equally popular with exercise and nature enthusiasts alike. Its open lawns and gently sloping grassy banks make it the perfect spot for a picnic, or just a relaxing pre or post walk stroll. For the more athletic, the newly renovated tracks are idea for jogging and cycling.
It’s not all about wildlife and greenery though, unless you include those that you can eat. The other thing this area is famous for – particularly the Upper Thomson Road area – is its eateries. Once just famous for the Roti Prata House, and the handmade dim sum at Hwa Nam Restaurant, over recent years tens of small cafes, bakeries and restaurants have sprung up, making it one of the best places in Singapore to give your taste buds a treat. The list of top places is an ever changing one, and half the fun is to just dive in and discover your own favorites.
A residential site which is located at the junction of Toa Payoh Lorong 4 and 6 was released for sales by Housing Development Board (HDB) on April 2015. The site which can house up to 500 over residential units attracted an overwhelming response from 14 group of developers.
The tender was awarded to Evia Real Estate and Gamuda Berhad at a bidded price of $345 millions. (estimated to be at about $755 psf ppr). The property market in Singapore might have soften in the recent year, however the strong interest drawn for this site has once again proven that there is still a strong demand in lands for developers especially for developments that are sited in a mature housing estate.
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