Feb 2021 BTO Unit Analysis: West Hill @ Bukit Batok
West Hill @ Bukit Batok joins the fray of BTOs launched in Feb 2021. Sitting within a huge BTO cluster in Bukit Batok West, this new BTO’s main draw is the adjacent Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park, scheduled for completion in 2024. Love waking up to the sounds of nature? Then this BTO’s for you.
Overview of West Hill @ Bukit Batok
|Unit types||2-room Flexi, 3-, 4-, and 5-room flats|
|No. of blocks||9|
|Block heights||13 to 17 storeys|
|Nearest amenities||Bukit Batok Hillside Park, LeQuest Mall (NTUC Finest), Sheng Siong (West Ridges BTO)|
|Primary schools within 1 km||Dazhong Primary School, Princess Elizabeth Primary School|
|Transportation options||Bus stop located along Bukit Batok West Ave 5. Currently, only bus 991 plies the road. It will take you to Bukit Gombak MRT station and ends at Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange.|
|Estimated completion date||2Q2026|
We found the area to be relatively tranquil during our site visit on a weekday morning. Traffic was low, while the hustle and bustle from the main road (Bukit Batok Road) is a low hum from where the site is.
Along Bukit Batok West Ave 5. Traffic situation was light.
Along Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (still under construction)
In terms of transportation, there is a bus stop just outside West Hill along Bukit Batok West Ave 5. Currently, only feeder bus 991 plies the road. It takes you to Bukit Gombak station and terminates at Choa Chu Kang bus interchange.
Amenities-wise, it’s a short walk to LeQuest, which is a mixed-use development featuring an array of retail and F&B options at ground level, including an NTUC Finest supermarket. There will also be a hawker centre built next to LeQuest, as part of Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok, which is the first assisted living public housing development by HDB.
Amenities surrounding West Hill @ Bukit Batok.
Image credit: HDB
Otherwise, you can take advantage of neighbouring BTO West Plains, located just across Bukit Batok West Ave 5, which is set to have a supermarket, retail shops and a coffee shop within the estate.
One of the main highlights of West Hill @ Bukit Batok is the upcoming Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park. Announced late last year, the park is slated to open in 2024 and will remain forested and rustic, featuring an existing natural stream that runs through the site.
Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park, once complete, will be located behind West Hill @ Bukit Batok.
Which unit to choose for West Hill @ Bukit Batok
There is no perfect unit, but there are some that are better than others. We picked the stacks based on the various considerations listed below. For visual reference, the stacks chosen are in a red circle in the maps provided by HDB.
Verdant park views
These prized stacks offer view of the upcoming Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park:
470A: 909, 911
470C: 935, 937, 939
470D: 945, 947, 953, 955
471C: 1001, 1003, 1015, 1017
472B: 1031, 1033, 1035, 1037
Image credit: URA
Take note: Based on URA’s Master Plan, there will be another residential development across from West Hill. For stacks 911, 913, 915, 945, and 947, it will mean your park views will likely be supplemented with views of residential blocks.
Keeping cool – away from the hot afternoon sun
In Singapore, the hot afternoon sun comes in two different directions. From March to September, it mainly comes from the northwest. From September to March, it comes from the southwest.
You don’t want to choose a unit that has the main lounging areas of the home e.g. bedrooms and living room facing these directions. It’s not just the windows facing these directions that matter, but you want to make sure that the main walls aren’t facing these directions as well since walls can absorb heat, turning your interiors into a sauna when you come home in the evenings.
For a cooler unit, these are the best stacks to pick:
470A: 913, 915
470D: 945, 947
471A: 971, 973
471B: 993, 995
471C: 1001*, 1005, 1015*
472A: 1023, 1025
472B: 1035, 1037
*Blocked from neighbouring blocks
For flat buyers who like their privacy, pick corner units that are away from rubbish chutes and the lifts. These stacks will have fewer neighbours walking by and looking in:
470B: 919, 931
470C: 933, 935, 941, 943
470D: 947, 953, 955
471A: 961, 977
471B: 983, 999
471C: 1007, 1009, 1015, 1017
472A: 1019, 1029
472B: 1031, 1033, 1041
Peace and quiet
In general, you will want to avoid stacks facing the roads directly. While we found the volume of traffic relatively low (for Bukit Batok West Ave 5, as Bukit Batok West Ave 8 is still under construction) during our site visit, traffic is likely to increase once the surrounding BTOs are built and people start moving in.
Also, areas where people tend to congregate (drop-off points, car park, hard court, pavilion, playgrounds, fitness corners, and childcare centre) will also see higher noise levels. For peace and quiet, these are the best stacks to pick:
470B: 925, 927
472B: 1035, 1037