Bukit Timah is a residential area located in the extreme western part of the Central Singapore Region which happens to be the main metropolitan region of the central area. It is quite close, 10kms from the Downtown Core which houses the famous Central Business District. The Central Business District is the main commercial area of Singapore and is known for its lavish integrated resorts like the Marina Bay Sands, one of the most expensive buildings in the world with the most expensive casino at Bayfront Avenue.
Bukit Timah Upscale Residential Area
This close proximity to one of the most developed and busy business centers in the world makes Bukit Timah a strategically located residential area. There is a severe dearth of government-funded public housing development in Bukit Timah, which attracts private contractors. This hikes the property prices in the area although technically it lies on the outskirts of the city. Bukit Timah Collection is located right in the heart of Bukit Timah. The developer for Bukit Timah Collection is Allgreen Properties. The development is the former Royalville Enbloc.
MRT Stations Near to Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah is a prime location with high property values. Part of this is due to the aforementioned reason of lack of government housing facilities and part of it is due to its location and good connectivity to the rest of the city. The Bukit Timah planning area also includes six MRT stations within its premises. This allows for ease of access as two major lines connect Bukit Timah to the city. The Bukit Timah road is the longest road in the city and also one of the earliest.
History of Bukit Timah
The name Bukit Timah comes from Malay and literally translates to “tin hill”. The hill after which the area was named is in the Bukit Panjang planning area and with a height of 537 feet, is the highest point in the city-state. There are a lot of variations to the origins of the name but it is largely believed that Timah is a misnomer and the locals called it the “Bukit Temak” which roughly translates to “hill of Temak trees” referring to book team, a tree that grew profusely on the sides of the hill. A bastardized western pronunciation of “Temak” led to the present day name.
Bukit Timah has an interesting history with architecture from the colonial era to the Japanese occupation era. It is one of the few places in Singapore, which has a scarcity of land, where bungalows, high rise flats, and condominiums are found in abundance. The area is home to many expatriates and well to do Singaporeans. The perfect location and comparative quiet attract the elite and the wealthy.