Why Kovan is one of the best places to call home

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With its many amenities and seamless connectivity, you can count on Kovan as one of Singapore’s most liveable estates

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May 6, 2016

In the North-East region of Singapore, lies a private housing estate that is coming into its own.

Over the years, Kovan, which is in the suburbs of Hougang, has developed its own unique character, along with the many amenities and convenient transport options now available. This mature estate comprises mostly landed homes, but is now home to new developments like the anticipated Stars of Kovan – giving the public a chance to become part of the exclusive neighbourhood.

Private yet popular

You could say Kovan is one of local real estate’s best-kept secrets. Its prestigious terrace, semi-detached and bungalow homes attest to the intrinsic draw of this quietly confident estate, with rich amenities that support the residents’ varied needs and interests.

In this neighbourhood, a chic lifestyle is emerging, evidenced by the proliferation of trendy cafes like Hatter Street Bakehouse and Cafe, Lola’s Cafe, Flavour Flings, Ciel Pâtisserie and Sunday Market; and cool bars such as Nectars & Vine and Bottles & Taps.

These co-exist in a thriving food scene that also includes famous local supper hotspots such as Ponggol Nasi Lemak and Yi Ji Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, as well as the international fare at Nakhon Kitchen and Yorijori Korean BBQ & Chicken Cuisine. Add to that Chomp Chomp food centre and the cosy myVillage mall in nearby Serangoon Gardens and Kovan residents have choice pickings when it comes to F&B.

For shopping right at your doorstep, Kovan has its very own Heartland Mall with retail and service offerings that cover the gamut from fashion and beauty, books and stationery, sporting goods and houseware, to electronics, banks, a supermarket and of course, F&B options.

Just down the main street of Upper Serangoon Road is Nex, the largest mall in the North-East region. Amongst other amenities, it has two 24-hour supermarkets, a 24-hour gym, department store, cineplex and public library.

Rest and recreation

Kovan is in that sweet spot where recreational options are in generous supply – something of a luxury in Singapore’s urban cityscape.

Nature-lovers can easily escape to the rustic charms of Coney Island and Pulau Ubin to explore the great outdoors or enjoy the ecosystems and rich biodiversity of Lorong Halus Wetland and Sengkang Riverside Park. The latter, along with the picturesque Punggol, have benefitted from PUB’s ABC Waters programme – an initiative to transform Singapore’s waterways into beautiful streams, rivers and lakes that harmonise with the surrounding parks and spaces to create enjoyable community focal points.

Many other points of interest abound in Kovan and the surrounding areas, including shopping, dining and sports facilities in Upper Serangoon and at the Kovan Sports Centre, as well as Seletar’s distinctive heritage buildings and the Air Force Museum next to Paya Lebar Air Base.

Work and study

Whether it is to work near home or tap into a ready tenant pool, both are possible for homeowners in Kovan, thanks to the job opportunities opening up in new commercial developments in the upcoming Serangoon Sub-Regional Centre – an alternative location for businesses to operate outside the city.

Closer to home, Defu Industrial Estate will soon shed its utilitarian image as it undergoes a revamp into the green, pedestrian-centric Defu Industrial Park in the near future. The commercial hub will then incorporate a continuous, linear green spine that will also offer an option for cyclists amidst a lush landscape and environmentally sustainable features.

Meanwhile, families can look to the many reputable schools in the area for their children. These include Rosyth School, Xinmin Primary School, Holy Innocents Primary School, the Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ Schools and Serangoon Junior College. Securing a world-class education for the kids is a cinch for residents of Kovan.

Seamless connectivity

Residents of Kovan enjoy easy, quick commutes thanks to Kovan MRT station on the North East Line, just one stop away from Serangoon interchange MRT station (where commuters can switch to the Circle Line) and seven stops from Dhoby Ghaut interchange MRT Station on Orchard Road. The upcoming Cross Island Line, targeted for completion around 2030, will have a station at Hougang – also just a stop away from Kovan MRT station.

In addition, there are plans for a new integrated transport hub (ITH) in Hougang that will provide breezy connections between buses, trains and the adjoining commercial developments such as malls. According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Hougang ITH will include a bus interchange and retail space for extra convenience.

Meanwhile, Upper Serangoon Road, the main road connecting Kovan to the other parts of Singapore, is well-served by many buses, making it very convenient for short trips around the neighbourhood.

As for drivers, they have multiple options in their commute to the city and the rest of Singapore, with Kovan well-positioned for access to all major expressways. A short drive on either the Central Expressway or Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway will lead directly to the downtown areas while the Tampines Expressway and Pan-Island Expressway are connected to the other expressways in the country, making for a truly seamless commute.

Given Kovan’s many positive attributes and multi-faceted attractions, this coveted neighbourhood is getting more desirable by the day. So get ready to stake your claim in Kovan once the opportunity arises.