Tampines is the third most populated town (following Bedok and Jurong West) with over 237,800 residents living in 152,000 HDB flats.
Why Should You Live in Tampines?
Tampines functions as an important commercial hub and has been likened to the CBD of the east. At Tampines Central, the banking and finance sectors are well represented. Offices, bank branches and financial institutions cluster near shopping malls and the MRT station.
Shopping & Dining
Being the regional Centre of the East, Tampines is home to a retail park, three shopping malls and a recreational cum shopping complex. Located next to the MRT station is Century Square, Tampines One and Tampines Mall, where shoppers can find a wide range of shops and restaurants. Residents of Eastern Singapore often regard the three malls as “the Orchard Road of the East”.
Another favourite shopping area for the residents of Tampines is Tampines Retail Park, located along Tampines Avenue 10. Housing three mega warehouse retail store Ikea, Courts and Giant Supermarket, the Retail Park is easily accessible.
Foodies of the East will be delighted to find a mixture of restaurants, eateries, coffee shops and even get to savour local fare at the two hawker centres- Tampines Round Market Hawker Centre at Street 11, and the newly opened, fully air-conditioned hawker centre located in Our Tampines Hub.
Leisure and Recreation
Tampines residents have plenty of green spaces. The Sun Plaza Park, located at Tampines Avenue 7 and 9 and Tampines Eco-green at the junction of Tampines 12 and 9, provide pockets of greenery.
The Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first integrated community and lifestyle hub, housing a variety of sports facilities, a five-storey regional library, a 20-court badminton hall, six swimming pools and a 5,000-seater stadium with a FIFA-approved football pitch, hawker centre, a Public Service Centre, a Festive Arts Theatre, and many other facilities under one roof for the convenience and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
Opened in 2011, Tampines Eco-green showcases different types of natural habitats such as freshwater wetlands and a secondary rainforest.
Any Future Plans for Tampines?
Tampines continues to be a key regional area of growth, with new property developments and expanding new towns. Tampines North is envisioned to be a new “green shoot” and extension of Tampines Town, which will capitalise on its existing greenery and proximity to create an attractive living environment.
A new distinctive landmark mixed development comprising both commercial and residential uses, and integrated with a bus interchange is also in the pipeline.
Xilin MRT Station will be a future station as part of DTL3 extension, will be completed in 2024 in tandem with the opening of stage 4 of the Thomson-East Coast Line. While a third bus interchange, Tampines North Bus Interchange, is currently under planning.