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Understanding Growth Plans For Singapore Investment Property


When it comes to Singapore investment properties or rather any investment properties, all owners share the same sentiments – of buying low, selling high and commanding a good rental yield.

Well, this might sound easy enough. But we know that there are just so many possible factors that could affect the eventual outcome and deviate from the ideal situation.

As a result, I’d like to do all my researches beforehand and rely on various quality resources – which I know by hard and at my fingertips, to help my clients to achieve their potential growth, in their investment properties and portfolios.

In fact, several readers have contacted me after glancing through some of my Property Investment related articles. Such as, Sell HDB Buy Condo? and “New Launch vs. Resale Condo (Making The Right Choice.

Many of them are curious about my resources and how do I choose and apply them in my research – and of course how do I qualify whether they are worthy reads.

Well, one of the key studies I rely on for my analysis of potential growth is the URA Master Plan

Today I will touch on a case study of Bidadari master-plan 2014 announcement and how understanding URA Master Plan can help you in your property investment analysis and decisions.

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What is the URA Master Plan?

URA master plan

If you are familiar with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), you will know they are the statutory board in charge of urban planning in Singapore, on a national basis.

In simple terms, they take the lead in strategically planning the uses and purposes of the lands in Singapore.

The URA Master Plan, like what the name suggests, is basically a plan or proposal to guide how land will be used in Singapore – in the future from 10 to 15 years.

At every five-year mark, the plans will be reviewed and updated by taking into consideration changes to long-term strategies and feedback from communities.

Okay, so how does this help potential investment property investors you may ask?

How to Interpret Growth Plans for Your Investment Property

I get it! It can be intimidating by the sheer amount of information to sift through and analyze, especially when you are looking at the Master Plan for the very first time.

So, I will focus and share 3 key areas of study – what I usually focus on when interpreting growth plans from the URA Master Plan in my evaluation of investment properties.

This is to help guide you through your first step in this daunting process.

  • Regional Development 
  • New Upcoming Infrastructure Planned (Connectivity, Amenities, Recreation, etc.)
  • Planned New Residential Developments

Regional Development

The URA Master Plan divides planning into different regions. Interested to know what are the new changes that will be coming to your neighborhood in the future or near future? 

Singapore is divided into 5 region; Central, West, East North and North-East region.

More information can be found at Regional Highlights.

For property investors, this gives you an overview of future development.

This is extremely helpful in determining the potential growth in your targeted property investment area.

Anticipated potential developments in any region are usually associated with a rise in future property prices.

New Upcoming Infrastructure Planned (Connectivity, Amenities, Recreation etc.)

Every region is planned differently and capital investment in each area also differs. So, if you see more key and essential infrastructures being planned for the district, it pretty much runs parallel with the future growth of the district, as compared to a region or area which has lesser of such infrastructures.

Bidadari was an example of such a district – the Master Plan had depicted several major infrastructure plans in the future.

Case Study On Bidadari Estate (Taking a look at Master-Plan 2014)

Now, these are just some of the infrastructure investment proposed for Bidadari in the 2014 Master Plan, intending to develop it into an urban oasis:

  • Singapore’s first underground air-conditioned bus interchange


  • Park connectors, cycling paths and cycling ramps at staircases.A 19m-wide eco-link between Bidadari Park and Hillock Park


  • The 10 ha Bidadari Park with the Alkaff Lake that will form the new green lung for the estate
  • And more…
bidadari estate

With the information above, let us now look at how these had influenced the non landed private property prices specifically in District 13 (Potong Pasir & Macpherson district) from 2013 to 2020. Bidadari is in District 13

Numbers do not lie. In comparison, District 13 properties had outperformed the market with a gain of 22.17% in just a span of 7 years, while the general market increase was only registered at 18.67%.

So what does this show? This shows a trend of significant increase in overall transacted price and volume in a district when it is earmarked for potential developments in the Master Plan Region Highlights.

So, property investors should take advantage of such situation and look out for properties in these potential hotspots.

Planned New Residential Development

Apart from the above two points, it is also important to note that future plans for residential development is essential.

Why? It implies the commitment in growing the district’s residential area and usage of land.

This is in line with the spike of property prices, which we can see in the Bidadari area in 2017, when new residential projects – The Tre Ver, Park colonial and The Woodleigh Residences – were announced. 

Developers showed confidence in their high bidding price for its land use, which indirectly results in an increase in properties in the vicinity.

When The Woodleigh Residences development is announced, it is the first private mixed-development project in the new Bidadari estate. It offers 680 residential units and approximately 28,000 sqm of retail space.


In addition, it is also an integrated project where Kajima Development and SPH collaborates with the People’s Association and the Singapore Police Force, to build a 6,000 sqm Community Club and a 2,200 sqm Neighbourhood Police Post.

Once completed, the project will have links to multiple transport route such as Woodleigh MRT station and direct access to Singapore first air-conditioned bus interchange.

d13 price

Again, let us take a closer look at how that had influenced the property prices specifically in District 13 (Potong Pasir & Macpherson district) from 2017 to 2020.

In comparison, District 13 properties had once again outperformed the market with a gain of 24.31% while the general market increase was only registered at 17.41%.

While these are just some key areas to look forward to as a property investor, do bear in mind that there are also other elements to look out for when it comes to new developments near your intended investment property or area.

I will be more than happy to cover more of such similar factors in my future articles.

Summary of observation from Bidadari master-plan 2014

If you are looking to capitalize on your property and give your property a higher chance of incremnetal appreciation, do look out for the following factors:

  • Area of potential developments in the Master Plan Region Highlights

  • Area with major promising growth in the pipeline based on Master Plan and other factors (such as connectivity improvement)

  • New amenities in the area

  • New recreation spaces

  • New key infrastructures to be built

  • Enhancement in public transport connectivity and accessibility

  • Ample new residential developments launch in the area

The chances of selecting the Right property development, in the RIGHT area, will no-doubt increase your property investment returns significantly.

Not to mention, at the RIGHT time. It is always preferred to jump in before full plans are announced or infrastructure has completed – best to make your purchase when the price is still low.

You can read more on my related article: What does it mean to Buy Property at the Right Time?

Questions to ask yourself

Some food for thought:

What is strategy for making a purchase?

Are you familiar with the latest marketing trends?

Which of the factors are more important to you? Is it rental yield or capital gain?

Do you have a step by step action plan?

Do you know that a seemingly good location does not always equate to profits in the long term?


Now that i have shared a good case study of how properties in District 13, has appreciated significantly for the past 7 years.

Please include studying and analysing master-plan for your next property purchase.

It is time to turn thoughts and ideas into material actions.

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Rick Huang, Associate Division Director of Huttons Asia Pte Ltd, has been in the Real Estate industry for more than a decade.

He is driven, committed and is enthusiastic about real estate investments.

Today, he leads Team Youhome.sg, and together, he aims to provide his clients with the best experience in their property journey.

The team focuses on understanding the client’s finances and needs and is determined about delivering the best solutions and results for them.

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He would also take this chance to energize himself and reflect on his personal development and areas of improvement.

He is also a proud fur daddy to 2 rescue kitties and loves spending his free time with his wife and furbabies.

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