Dairy Farm Residences – Where Nature, Retail and Home come together
Dairy Farm Residences is expected to launch in Q4 2019. Please follow Quick Links in this review to find out more facts and analysis or feel free to register your interest / contact us for latest movement.
The serenity of Upper Bukit Timah is set to have more vibrancy with the addition of a brand new project at Dairy Farm Road. Century-old United Engineers Limited (UEL) is launching Dairy Farm Residences through its subsidiary UED Residential in Q4/2019. It consists of 2 blocks of 5-storey and 2 blocks of 15-sotrey Residential Flats (Total 460 units) as well as Commercial at basement and 1st storey comprising Shops, Restaurants, Supermarkets, Food Court and Childcare Centre.
Reasons for considering Dairy Farm Residences
1. It is the only mixed development in Dairy Farm Road, and a rarity for which the commercial portion is wholly managed by the developer instead of strata-titles.
2. With a location surrounded by predominantly dense forests, Dairy Farm Residences offers residents an almost 270-degree view of Central Catchment Area and Bukit Timah Hill.
3. Great place for nature lovers, who appreciate quiet and low density living environment.
4. At District 23, Dairy Farm Residences is within proximity to major transport nodes and top schools in Bukit Timah, but with market prices a fraction of what District 10 costs.
5. UEL has a highly reputable property and engineering businesses established since 1912, making it the 11th oldest company in Singapore. Thus, quality furnishings and design is assured for this development.
Although Dairy Farm Road is in Upper Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah is actually in District 23, right next to the prestigious District 10 Bukit Timah. Once a former gambier and pepper plantations, Dairy Farm Road got its current name after Cold Storage opened the world’s first tropical dairy farm on a 60-acre land, producing Magnolia fresh milk from 1930s to 1970s.
Sold under the government land sale (GLS) in September 2018, this 212,486 sq ft site was successfully won by UED Residential for $368.8m.
|Bus stop||Before Dairy Farm Road 700,700A, 966||125m|
|After Dairy Farm Road 700,700A, 966||125m|
|Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal 7, 75, 170,
171, 178, 184, 961,961C, 963, 970
|School||GESS International School||150m|
|Chestnut Drive Secondary||485m|
|CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace||775m|
|Assumption English School||940m|
|Bukit Panjang Primary||1.4km|
|Recreation||Dairy Farm Nature Park||260m|
|Chestnut Nature Park||700m|
|Malls & Supermarkets||HillV2 – Cold Storage||1.2km|
|The Rail Mall – Cold Storage||1.2km|
|Hillion Mall – NTUC Fairprice||2.4km|
|Bukit Panjang Plaza – Fairprice Finest||2.5km|
Drivers residing in Dairy Farm Residences will find ease of travelling around Singapore through Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE). It takes you merely 3-4 minutes to hit the highway. BKE is the main route connecting this project directly to The Causeway (Johor) and Woodlands northbound, and to city and eastern Singapore via Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) southbound.
The nearest MRT to this project is Hillview Downtown Line (DTL), some 12 minutes-walk away. While it may seem like a long walk, the surrounding temperatures in Dairy Farm Road is actually lower than most parts of Singapore, partly due to lush forests nearby. Otherwise, residents can opt to board bus service 973 and alight 3 stops later. It only takes less than 30 minutes to reach Downtown Core from Hillview MRT, and for a longer ride, DTL travels east to Tampines and Singapore Expo.
3 bus services ply through Petir Road side of Dairy Farm Residences. Bus service 973, as mentioned earlier, travels to Hillview MRT and looping at Hillview Estate; service 700 travels between Bukit Panjang and Suntec City/Shenton Way while service 966 is a loop service from Woodlands to Marine Parade.
Residents do not need to travel far as they can enjoy shopping and dining options right under one roof. Besides the commercial portion in this development, there are also other smaller outfits nearby.
The Rail Mall, a prominent retail strip of shophouses along Upper Bukit Timah Road, got its name due to its proximity to the now Rail Corridor. Famous for its Instagram-worthy building and the Truss Bridge along the Rail Corridor, diners will be thrilled to find dining options anytime of the day, including Springleaf Prata Place and Italian restaurant Acqua e Farina.
Moving in towards Hillview is hillV2, a mixed development similar to Dairy Farm Residences. Hillview Market Place, the premium and only supermarket at the mall, has specially curated range of international culinary products for the niche and exquisite tastebuds of shoppers.
Dairy Farm Residences is located in between 2 major employment clusters. Residents can drive to Jurong Lake District/Woodland Regional Centre between 15-20 minutes. There’s also direct bus available to bring you to Woodland and Orchard road in less than 30 min ride.
Named Singapore’s 2nd Central Business District (CBD), Jurong Lake District is where work professionals find the 57ha Jurong Gateway and 37ha International Business Park (IBP) home to major companies including Creative, M1, Sony and Dell, and government agencies including Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).
Dairy Farm Residences sees an eclectic mix of educational institutes to suit students of various learning capabilities.
Right at the doorstep is the German European School Singapore (GESS), an international school to close to 2,000 students over 65 nationalities.
For local students, the nearest primary school is CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, approximately 5 minutes drive. As this is a convent school, the nearest primary school for boys is Bukit Panjang Primary which takes about 3 minutes of driving from Dairy Farm Residences to reach in Bukit Panjang.
The brighter students are also accessible to top and established schools along the Bukit Timah/Dunearn Roads belt. Methodist Girls’ School, Hwa Chong Institution, Nanyang Primary & Girls’ High, and National Junior College can be reached in no more than 15 minutes of driving or a maximum of 4 stations via DTL.
Assumption Pathway School, a secondary school that focuses on vocational training, is a 7-minute drive and next to Assumption English School.
Parents with toddlers and pre-schoolers will be pleased to know that there will be a childcare centre right in the commercial portion of Dairy Farm Residences.
What makes Dairy Farm Residences standout from other new launches in 2019 is that the immediate view residents will be getting is the lush pristine forests rather than the usual towering concrete jungles. A total of 6 nature parks and 1 nature reserve covering over 430ha await residents to explore its magnificent flora and fauna.
A designated forest reserve since 1883, the 163ha Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is not only home to Singapore’s highest peak Bukit Timah Hill, it is also the place where trekkers get to explore native plants and wildlife in its pristine and virgin habitat. Declared as nature reserve in 1990 and ASEAN Heritage Park in 2011, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve today is gazetted for cultivating Singapore’s indigenous flora and fauna and representing a spectrum of ecosystems for ASEAN.
To further protect the rich biodiversity of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, three nature parks are created as buffer parks and at the same time provide an alternative venue for the public to enjoy recreational activities.
Dairy Farm Nature Park, the nearest from Dairy Farm Residences via a 3-minute walk, covers 63ha of the former dairy farm and quarry. It offers visitors nature trails to native and rare dragonfly species, rock climbing facility and Wallace Education Centre, the former cow shed now showcasing the transformation of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Dairy Farm Nature Park.
Further in towards the nature reserve is the smaller Hindhede Nature Park, an excellent spot for bird watching and trekking with its scenic Hindhede Quarry as its backdrop. Families with young children and elderly will find this nature park welcoming with its easy to navigate footpaths.
The furthest of three buffer parks is Rifle Range Nature Park which is set to open in 2020. This 67ha nature park will feature freshwater habitat to attract wetland fauna and aerial rope bridges for wildlife to roam freely and safely into the nature reserve.
Heading west to Hillview, a 4km stretch of the former 24km Malayan Railway is now undergoing enhancement works to become Rail Corridor (Central). To celebrate its biodiversity and heritage, Rail Corridor (Central) will conserve and convert the former Bukit Timah Railway Station into a heritage gallery, while reintroducing plants commonly found in the former kampongs nearby during the 1960s. The 4km Rail Corridor (Central) stretching from Hillview to King Albert Park MRT stations will be ready by 2021. (See picture below)
Right next to Rail Corridor (Central) is Bukit Batok Nature Park, developed from an abandoned quarry in 1988. Its tranquillity and gorgeous view of the crystal clear quarry water from lookout points more than 10-storey high is the main draw for visitors. Besides the picturesque rock formations of the quarry which is over 200 million years old, Bukit Batok Nature Park is also a historic site where the Japanese used to build a memorial for fallen Japanese soldiers during the Japanese Occupation.
All recreational attractions around Dairy Farm Residences are linked by park connectors forming the larger Nature Park Network. This is good news for residents looking to take advantage of the cooler temperatures of living near forests and explore these parks by foot or cycling.
Dairy Farm Residences is a 211,486 sq ft mixed development project sitting on a L-shaped land, surrounded by Dairy Farm Walk/Lane/Road and Petir Roads. It will have commercial facilities at its basement and ground floor. 2 blocks each of 5-storey and 15-storey luxury condo units wil complete the development. These 460 2 to 4 bedroom units are all north-south orientations overlooking Bukit Timah Nature Reserve/Hill and the landed houses.
All commercial units for this project will be managed directly by UED Residential, as compared to strata units. An advantage for such an arrangement is that the developer has greater control of the unit mix and therefore residents need not worry the commercial units to be dominated by a specific tenant type. For this development, the anchor tenants will include a supermarket and childcare centre.
|Project Details||Dairy Farm Residences|
|Location||Dairy Farm Road|
|Developer||UED Residential Pte Ltd (United Engineers Limited)|
|Site Area||19,647.7 sqm / 211,488 sqft|
|No. of Blocks/Storeys||2 blocks, 15 Levels|
|Total No. of Units||460 Units|
|No. of Car Park Lots|
|Payment Scheme||Normal Progressive|
|Site Use||Mixed Developement|
Dairy Farm Residences Price, Unit Types, Sizes
|Bedroom Type||No of Units||Size||Price|
*Estimated. Subject to change.
Dairy Farm Residences Price Comparison
There are 3 upcoming new launches in Hillview/Beauty World vicinity, Dairy Farm Residences, Verdale and The midwood. Dairy Farm Residences will be the safest buy among all 3 due to lower land cost. Buyers should be expecting about 20% cost savings here. (see picture below)
Even compare with its surrounding resale options, like The Skywoods (avg. $1,330psf), I would consider $1450-1550psf is a fair entry price for Dairy Farm Residences factoring in 15% premium for its mixed development and brand new status.
Some thoughts on Dairy Farm Residences
1. Dairy Farm Residences is not near to MRT, walking to nearest MRT will take around 12 mins. It's good location for drivers though, with highway nearby.
2. Rental for the area is on the low side, it fits better for own stay buyers,especially appealing to nature lovers. With only 2- to 4-bedroom units available, the ownership mix are more inclined towards families.
3. As Dairy Farm Road and its vicinity are largely undeveloped, residents will get to enjoy price appreciation in the long run when Dairy Farm Road gets more developed.
4. While a mixed development is beneficial to residents as they can run their errands all under one roof, its “exclusiveness” is less present compared to condo-only projects.
5. For families with children studying in the top schools in Bukit Timah but do not want to pay a hefty District 10 price tag, this development will be an excellent option as its location in Upper Bukit Timah falls under District 23 but at the same time very close to the heart of Bukit Timah. However, good school options are limited in the immediate neighbourhood.
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