A large neighborhood, Toa Payoh is served by 5 train stations from the NorthSouth Line, NorthEast Line and Circle Line, namely Braddell, Toa Payoh, Woodleigh, Potong Pasir and Caldecott MRT station. With numerous launches of private residences and proximity to prestigious schools, this is an estate that continues to attract many new residents. Upcoming developments include 18 Woodsville, Maisons @ Bradell, Nin Residence and Sennet Residence while Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, St Joseph’s Institution International, Australian International School, Catholic Junior College and Saint Andrew’s Junior College are among the many educational institutions. Around the district, Trevista, Trellis Towers, Oleander Towers, Blossoms @ Woodleigh and Sky @Eleven condominiums can be found. Besides dining places, residents can enjoy other facilities such as medical services at Mt Alvernia Hospital and sports activities at Toa Payoh Sports Hall and Swimming Pool. Nearby, Singapore’s “Hollywood”, Mediacorp is the most iconic building of the estate.
Toa Payoh literally translates to “big swamp” in Hokkien, and is located at the northern area of the Central Region of Singapore. It is Singapore's second largest satellite town, and is considered a matured residential district. As the neighbourhood is very large, the district is divided into several smaller districts, referred to as Toa Payoh Lorong (which translates to aisle in Malay) 1 through 8, which surround the town centre, Toa Payoh Central. Toa Payoh Central was planned such that its shops and facilities would meet the needs of the residents of Toa Payoh, eliminating the need for them to have to travel elsewhere. Its many facilities and favourable location makes it a very good housing choice for the typical family.
As part of Singapore's Heartlands, Toa Payoh has many blocks of flats of different ages, sizes and layouts. Toa Payoh has been an established residential area for many years, and many locals have fond memories of the area; in particular, the Dragon Playground has become something of an unofficial landmark of the neighbourhood, where many children living in nearby HDBs would play. There are also many condominiums, such as Trellis Towers, Trevista, and Sky@Eleven that are available for sale, which boast many attractive facilities, with more developments to come. Gem Residences is a new private residential project that was launched in Toa Payoh after a gap of more than half a decade and is currently marketing its units for sale. As land is a hot commodity in this area, very few residential landed properties are available.
Eat & Drink
Our national pastime is eating, so it figures that our Heartlands would grow to meet the needs of the people. Toa Payoh is home to some of the best hawker food in Singapore, such as the Sliced Fish Soup at 127 Lorong 1 Fish Soup, Sam Soon Oyster Omelette at Lorong 5, and Ocean Curry at Lorong 4. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! In addition to its market and hawker centre, as well as numerous coffee shops, Toa Payoh also has a number of sweet little cafes to satisfy any hipster and dessert lover: Creamier serves waffles and ice cream that is to die for, and The Daily Press at Lorong 1 has good food set in a homely atmosphere.
Krazy Salad Bar and Seasonal Salad Bar both offer reasonably priced main courses that come with an all-you-can-eat salad buffet, which means you can afford to indulge that inner glutton without feeling guilty about either calories or money spent. Talk about a good deal! Feeling peckish in the wee hours of the morning? Head down to Oasis Taiwan Porridge located at Lorong 6 which serves steaming bowls of sweet potato porridge and a variety of dishes all the way till 6am in the morning, every day of the week.
Most of the stores are found either at the HDB Hub at Toa Payoh Central and at shop houses around that area; these shops cater to all the daily needs of the residents, from selling household items and clothes to providing beauty services. Shops are not only found at Toa Payoh Central, however, but are scattered throughout the neighbourhood, and usually can be found at the void deck of HDBs. These shops include supermarkets as well, maximising the convenience of grocery shopping for residents. Fresh produce can also be found at the Toa Payoh Market.
Should you find yourself needing to go furniture shopping, look no further than Courts at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub. Truly, practically anything needed in daily life can be found in Toa Payoh! Mount Alvernia hospital is also near the district, and there are various general practitioner clinic and Toa Payoh Polyclinic run by the National Healthcare Group.
There are many facilities in Toa Payoh meant for public use, including Toa Payoh Community Library at Toa Payoh Central. To the south of Toa Payoh Central are sporting facilities that are also open to the public: Toa Payoh Stadium, Toa Payoh Sports Hall and Toa Payoh Swimming Complex; in addition, there are basketball courts and street football courts spread throughout the district. SAFRA clubhouse is also located at Toa Payoh. Should the many high-rise residential buildings make Toa Payoh seem crowded and oppressive, residents can retreat to the Toa Payoh Town Park, enjoying the multitude of flora that is available there, as well as the koi pond and waterfall at its centre.
The Toa Payoh Community Library features a wide collection of books. One of the larger community libraries in Singapore, its premises spread across three floors. It is also a popular study hangout for students. There are many schools in Toa Payoh; 8 primary schools, 5 secondary schools, and a junior college, which makes it a prime neighbourhood for families with children of varying ages, or for families looking to stay there a long time.
There are five MRT stations that are within close vicinity of Toa Payoh, and they span across three different train lines. These stations are: Toa Payoh, located at Toa Payoh Central, Braddell, Woodleigh, Potong Pasir, and Caldecott. In addition, the Toa Payoh Bus Interchange is located beside Toa Payoh MRT. Due to this, every part of Toa Payoh is easily accessible via public transport, and it is easily evident why this neighbourhood is such a popular choice for families to stay!
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