Yishun is a neighborhood that continues to attract many new residents with its wide range of facilities and pleasant estates. A family oriented town, Yishun is located in close proximity between Woodlands Regional Centre and the future Seletar Regional Centre, as well as the North Coast Innovation Corridor, offering bountiful employment opportunities. Parents can choose from more than 21 schools within the area, include Peiying Primary School, Naval Base Primary and Secondary School, Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, and Chung Cheng High School. Popular outdoor activities such as jogging, bird watching and fishing can be done at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park while the People's Association Water-Venture outlet provides a pleasant avenue for leisure kayaking. Soon to come, more housing developments along the Yishun and Khatib train station such as The Estuary, The Miltonia Residences, Skies Miltonia condominium and the new Build-To-Order HDB flats along Yishun Avenue are located close to existing residential areas, helping new residents maintain connections to family and friends.
Located in the North Region of Singapore, Yishun (formerly Nee Soon) is a large neighbourhood that is considered part of Singapore's heartlands. Due to its size, the district is divided into eight smaller neighbourhoods. With its large variety of schools, neighbourhood shopping centres, and clinics, as well as the many parks within the district, the neighbourhood is a prime place for families to stay.
Stay - Yishun
There are many housing options in Yishun, with both public and private housing options. HDB flats are plentiful and come in different shapes, sizes, ages and prices. The average homebuyer would be able to find the right flat to suit their needs with no problem. However, if you are dissatisfied with the current options available, look forward to the new Built-to-Order (BTO) HDB flats that are soon to come in the neighbourhood. Equally as plentiful are the condominiums available for consideration; those interested in private housing could check out Euphony Gardens, Eight Courtyards, or Orchid Park Condominium; they can also keep an eye out for the upcoming developments that will be completed in the coming years, including North Park Residences, which will be built as an extension to the current Northpoint Shopping Centre, The Wisteria, and Symphony Suites. And last but definitely not least, those who crave a bit more seclusion and space could check out the many landed properties available.
Eat & Drink - Yishun
There are several great eats to be found at Yishun, so prospective residents will be well fed and not disappointed. For hawker fare, check out 928 Yishun Laksa, which is much raved about and is affordable to boot! Alternatively, try a plate of boneless chicken rice at 925 Yishun Chicken Rice - which counts President Tony Tan among its customers.
Sample some burgers with a Singaporean twist to them at Singaporean fast food joint BurgerUp, where they allow you to customise your own burgers.
For a sweet treat, head to Holy Cow Creamery for waffles and ice cream, or Doughwory Bakery for some pastries. These two cafes have received positive reviews not just for their food, but for their drinks, as well! Head to Pin Si Restaurant at Yishun Safra for some Dim Sum, or try out some Thai food at Bei Sheng Taste of Thailand or Nakhon Kitchen.
That being said, french food is also well within reach for residents of Yishun, with The French Table offering affordable French cuisine. With all these dining options (and more!) one definitely cannot say that there is nothing good to eat in this neighbourhood.
Shop - Yishun
As mentioned earlier, Yishun is divided into eight smaller neighbourhoods, with each division having its own neighbourhood center, each consisting of convenience stores, coffee shops, and often, supermarkets, so that residents can purchase their groceries from places nearer to their homes.
Northpoint Shopping Centre, which is located just beside Yishun Bus Interchange and opposite Yishun MRT Station, is the only shopping mall in the neighbourhood. To meet the increasing needs of the residents, it has undergone several expansions over the years; the latest expansion works will be finished in 2018. Currently, Northpoint Shopping Centre has a plethora of eateries, a supermarket, and a bookstore. It also has a library and a Harvey Norman, where residents can go to buy furniture.
The residents' medical needs are met by the various private clinics and dentists scattered around the neighbourhood, as well as Khoo Teck Huat Hospital, Yishun Polyclinic, and Yishun Community Hospital.
Play - Yishun
Other than the upcoming community club at Northpoint Shopping Centre, Yishun has five existing community clubs to serve the needs of the residents: residents can pick up a skill or martial art there for an affordable price, with special prices often offered for children or the elderly. Yishun is also home to two country clubs - SAFRA Yishun Country Club as well as Orchid Country Club. Apart from the usual facilities that are offered at such clubs, SAFRA Yishun Country Club has a rock climbing wall, while Orchid Country Club has paintball facilities and is a popular site for staycations.
GV (Golden Village) Yishun, a cineplex, is also a main attraction in the neighbourhood, and boasts top-notch facilities which are environmentally friendly to boot. Residents can head to one of the many parks - the largest two being Yishun Park and Lower Seletar Reservoir Park - for a day of relaxation, a stroll, or a jog; in addition to that, various sports facilities such as Yishun Stadium, Yishun Sports Hall, and Yishun Swimming Complex allow for residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Learn - Yishun
Being that it is intended to be a family-friendly neighbourhood, Yishun finds itself home to a wide selection of preschools, primary and secondary schools, and one tertiary institution - Yishun Junior College. There is a community library - Yishun Community Library - that is located at Northpoint Mall.
Move - Yishun
Yishun is home to two MRT stations that both run along the North-South Line: Yishun and Khatib. In addition to that, Yishun Bus Interchange is located at Northpoint Shopping Mall, near Yishun MRT. This bus interchange is a temporary one; the new Yishun Bus Interchange is currently being constructed as part of Northpoint Shopping Mall's upgrading and is slated to be ready in 2018. Yishun is overall quite accessible via public transport due to the network of buses that weave their way through the neighbourhood.
Public Library - Yishun
Originally located at Yishun Street, Yishun Public Library had been relocated to Northpoint City Shopping Centre and underwent a major renovation towards better service to the community. Covering an area of 2,530 square meters, Yishun Public Library now has a collection of about 121,000 books, around 300 magazine titles, and 3,000 audio-visual items, for all age groups in the four official languages. The interiors are inspired by the neighbourhood's evolution from natural plantation heritage to a bustling estate. The main pathway is mirrored with a ceiling light panel that guides you into the different sections of the library. The entrance lobby is designed to be an uncluttered space with a prominent atrium design that welcomes people into the Virtual Library, a first of its kind. It is indeed the first in the public library network to house a dedicated Digital Learning Zone, which features an extensive selection of the National Library Board’s (NLB) digital collection and allows users to enjoy easy access and seamless browsing of digital content. Of course, there is also The Quiet Reading Lounge which is decked with cosy individual nooks for you to get comfy with a book in hand.
Parks and Gardens - Yishun
When you would love to spend a little time in nature, Yishun has several neat options for you to choose from. For instance, there is Yishun Park which is home to an array of tropical fruit trees and natural vegetation. This park can offer something for everyone, from the kids to the elders, with facilities such as a children playground, fitness corner, amphitheatre, and multi-purpose courts. The playgrounds surely will provide children with hours of fun, while other visitors can take a stroll around the park among various tropical trees, such as durian, rambutan, jackfruit, coconut, star fruit, and many more. There is an information board installed for every tree or plant there so the curious minds can actually learn everything about it. Another option, Yishun Neighbourhood Park is also a great place for families looking for a day of fun. Whether it is for exercising and jogging or just a casual picnic with your loved ones, the park is actually perfect for a quiet retreat because it features a hill with an open lawn at the top. Other parks in the neighbourhood which is worth your time, include Nee Soon East Park and Yishun Pond Park.
Sports Facilities - Yishun
Sports enthusiast will love the thrill of finding the facilities available in the Yishun neighbourhood are all easily available and fulfil their sporting needs. Yishun Sports Centre, formerly known as Yishun Sports and Recreation Centre, now consists of two separate satellite centres. The first one is the sports hall, gym, and stadium, consisting of 8-lane running track, 1 pitch, 2 sand pits for long jump, fitness corner, and shot put throwing area outside the stadium. The second one is the swimming complex located approximately 2 kilometres away, 3 bus stops from the sports hall. The swimming complex provides the residents of Yishun with 1 competition pool, 1 teaching pool, and 1 wading pool. Children from 5 years old can join the ongoing classes in Yishun Swimming Complex. The lessons are taught systematically with the SwimSafer Programme. You can also get private swimming lessons as well. This is common for parents who are able to group up to 4 friends to learn together, or when the child can only learn at unpopular times where there is no group class ongoing. (All images are stock images and may not be representative of items and places discussed in the article.)