Project Tour

HDB Reviews Fajar/Saujana HDB Estate (1980s) Review: Decent Amenities + Close To LRT

  • March 2, 2022
  • 27 min read
Fajar HDB Design

Reviewed by Sean on March 02, 2022

What we like
  • Close to amenities
  • Next to the LRT
  • Modern + varied facilities
  • Next to the Park Connector
What we don't like
  • Not close to the MRT
  • Not close to a major mall
Project: Saujana/Fajar HDBs
HDB Town Bukit Panjang
Address: 409 – 416 Saujana Road, 416 – 426 Fajar Road and 427 – 435 Bukit Panjang Ring Road
Lease Start Date: Late 1980s
No. of Units: 1,904

Over the past year, I’ve written a handful of HDB reviews that mostly revolve around the more modern developments – those built in the past decade.

That’s why I’m quite excited to share our first ever HDB review of a cluster of HDBs built way back in the 80s – those found in the Fajar area.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, Bukit Panjang is made up of 7 subzones: Jelebu, Bangkit, Fajar, Saujana, Senja, Dairy Farm, and Nature Reserve.

Some of these names may seem familiar to you – the Senja area has quite a few new HDB developments, one of which is Senja Parc View which I have also covered recently. You may have also heard of the Dairy Farm area with a new launch like Dairy Farm Residences.

The old cluster of HDBs that I’ll be covering here is within the Saujana and Fajar subzones. The area has recently seen some major upgrading works done to it, so while it is an old development, many aspects of it are quite modern.

So if you’re looking for an affordable HDB in the Bukit Panjang estate, should you look at these blocks at Fajar/Saujana? Let’s take the tour to find out!

Fajar HDB Insider Tour

Unlike newer HDB developments that have a distinct cluster and their own project name (e.g. The Pinnacle@Duxton), older clusters of HDBs such as the ones along Fajar Road are more porous. Where exactly does the development “start” and “end”?

Fajar HDB

Despite not having an obvious name (it’s usually displayed on HDB’s map service), the old Fajar HDB cluster is made up of generally 2 areas – Saujana (on the south end) and Fajar (on the north end).

These are the blocks enveloped between Fajar Road, Saujana Road, and the canal/park connector that runs west of it – blocks 409 to 435.

Fajar HDB 99 Block 415

Let’s start off with the drop-off point. Given the numerous blocks here, you can expect that only some blocks have a drop-off shelter. This one here is located at block 424:

Fajar HDB 60 Block 424

The drop-off has a small sheltered area and lacks any seats of any sort – a common design for older HDBs. If anything, it’s odd that these haven’t been added yet. After all, as the older estates are more likely to have older folk, it’s even more necessary for such places.

From here, residents can take the sheltered walkways to their respective blocks. This particular drop-off is actually wheelchair-friendly though – a small detail yet very pleasant one to find considering the parking lot is just next to the drop-off and there is a gentle ramp up.

Fajar HDB 61 PWD parking

There are also sheltered walkways between blocks, so residents looking to get across the development site would not have to brave the sun or rain too.

Fajar HDB 63 sheltered walkway

Now like most older HDBs, residents can expect lots of open surface parking lots within the development and in the case of the old Fajar HDBs, this is no exception. Residents are able to park their cars directly in front of their block if they would like.

Fajar HDB 119 blocks

However, I would imagine that most people would prefer the multi-storey car park due to its protection from the weather. It’s a trade-off between quick convenience and insurance against bad weather – of which you have the liberty of choosing here.

Fajar HDB 84 mutlistorey carpark

Thankfully for this development, a multi-storey car park was built just a few years ago and is located at block 422A. And when a new, modern-looking multi-storey car park is built in the middle of an old HDB, you can really see the juxtaposition between the old and the new.

Fajar HDB 83 mutlistorey carpark 1

The new multi-storey car park comes with a rooftop garden on level 8 – much like those found in newer HDB developments. It also features its very own HDB branch on level 7 as well as an e-lobby that has self-help e-kiosks for HDB transactions, cash payment machines as well as an AXS machine so that residents are able to pay their fines access services quickly.

Fajar HDB 88 eLobby

It’s not very often that I see an e-lobby like this and I think it’s a great touch that as it shows they are cognisant of elderly living in the area. Many of the older folk may not have made the transition to the online world (as crazy as that may sound), and this would no doubt come in handy.

There is also a full-fledged HDB branch here for those who prefer a face-to-face service!

Fajar HDB 67 Bukit Panjang office HDB

The multi-storey car park has a total of 5 entrances and exits for the whole area as well as two lift lobbies.

Fajar HDB 64 Block 422A lift lobby

Going up, you’ll find the car park here to be very well ventilated and it comes with air wells too so there’s lots of natural light in here.

Fajar HDB 80 carpark

And it’s obvious from the photos that this car park really looks like one belonging to a recently-built BTO, so no complaints about maintenance issues here!

Fajar HDB 79 parking

Given that the car park is surrounded by other HDB blocks, it goes without saying that lower floor units adjacent to this would face some privacy issues due to the direct facing.

Fajar HDB 66 block design

Heading up to level 8, you’ll find the ca rpark rooftop garden. While I wouldn’t describe this as a luscious oasis of nature, you can really appreciate the effort in setting up the community garden here.

Fajar HDB 73 community garden

It looks to me like some of the plants here are edibles and the community here takes the gardening quite seriously!

Fajar HDB 71 community garden

Apart from that, there’s not much else that the rooftop garden here provides. Given that it’s just 8-storeys high and surrounded by HDBs, there isn’t much of a view either as you’ll either be facing the LRT tracks or other HDB blocks around.

Fajar HDB 69 landscape

That does bring me to my next point – some stacks here have visibility to the rooftop garden which can be a privacy concern, so buyers of these stacks should take note of this.

While the rooftop garden isn’t big, I did find that there’s an ample amount of space to walk around.

Fajar HDB 78 pathway 1

I suppose this is a good place to just unwind and get a breath of fresh air, perhaps to get away from staying at home all day. Other than that, I would rather head down to the park connector just behind for a stroll next to the canal.

Fajar HDB 72 sheltered seating area 1

There are also some seats here, though I don’t really see the appeal of hanging around here apart from meeting other residents with a green thumb! From the looks of it, it does seem like it’s in need of some maintenance – quite a surprise for a facility that’s only a couple of years old.

Fajar HDB 74 seat 1

Now that we’re done with the multi-storey car park, let’s head down to check out the ground-level facilities.

I wouldn’t fault you to think that there isn’t much on offer here given it’s an old cluster of HDBs. In fact, this is a very fair assumption – but the old Fajar cluster here received upgrading works with several newly-built facilities, with the place even getting a facelift altogether with a new paint job!

Fajar HDB 43

The first new facility is this two-tiered event space (sheltered pavilion). Judging from the looks of it, I’m sure you can tell this is no ordinary “sheltered pavilion”. It’s two-tiered in the sense that the event space is made up of two floors, and this huge space including both levels can be booked for events such as a wedding.

Fajar HDB 45 precinct pavilion

Located on the sides are some seating areas (bench style), so there’s a flexible configuration in the middle which is always useful. The area also comes with wall fans and ceiling fans (this is uncommon on its own!). For those who plan to hold events, you’ll be pleased to hear that electrical points are provided too.

Fajar HDB 44 precinct pavilion

What really makes this special, though, is the presence of public restrooms. Yes, that’s right – something as basic as this is a real game-changer. It’s always daunting to go to a public event held in one of these pavilions with a full bladder because you know your length of stay depends on how long you can hold it in. Well, your guests won’t need to worry about that here!

Fajar HDB 42 comfort room jpg

Now this area here is not just a sheltered event space, but its roof actually houses some really useful facilities too! Heading up the stairs/ramp to the second level, you’ll find a large area dedicated to playgrounds.

Fajar HDB 57 top view of amenities

The idea of being on the 2nd level to house the playgrounds is neat since it’s a relatively safe space away from all the motor vehicles. The playgrounds here are also quite varied, allowing kids of different ages to enjoy the space.

Fajar HDB 28 playground 1

The myriad of playgrounds here means that there’s something for every age group too!

Fajar HDB 25 playground

Given how new it is, the playground still looks up to par – however, we did notice the seating areas here are in need of some tender loving care.

Fajar HDB 31 seating area

Some areas also show signs of wear, with paint peeling off the walls.

Fajar HDB 30 wornout painting

Honestly, this is quite worrying for a new facility, and hopefully, it’s something that can be looked into in the long run. Though, it must be said that I’m just grateful that there are even sheltered seating areas to comfort parents in the sweltering heat.

Fajar HDB 24 playground seating area

As with all facilities though, there can be a level of disamenity caused to residents nearby – particularly stacks that face the playground and sheltered event space directly. This would be especially noisy during the evening when kids come out to play, or when events such as weddings are held. Buyers of this unit facing should visit during the evening on weekdays and weekends to see if this bothers them.

Fajar HDB 28 playground 2

For those looking to stay here, you might be wondering if this is the only playground in the vicinity – fret not! You’ll also find more playgrounds at both blocks 419, 412 and in front of 439 so you wouldn’t have to travel all the way to the new facilities to use the playground.

Heading back down, you’ll find several more facilities located around. First off is the elderly fitness area:

Fajar HDB 22 fitness area

I must say that there’s quite a diverse range of equipment here and they’re all relatively well-maintained! While I would say that is to be expected given it’s only a few years old, it seems that you can’t apply that reason of thinking to everything thing here.

Fajar HDB 16 fitness area

There’s also a pretty quirky adult fitness area that’s located right next to the Park Connector:

Fajar HDB 114 playground

I’ve seen my fair share of adult fitness areas, but it never ceases to amaze me just how creative some of these static machines can be. Personally, I’m not a fan of this design as the “figure” layout limits the amount of space I can use on this, but I’m happy to see the effort not to create something cookie-cutter here.

Fajar HDB 94 top view of amenities

While these fitness areas are pretty common in other HDB developments, what’s not common are the next two facilities: the Futsal Court and the Basketball Court!

Fajar HDB 41 basketball court

The cluster of Fajar HDBs has not just one, but two Futsal courts. Both are quite well-maintained so far and are a perfect place to play ball sport (no excuses in using the sheltered pavilion now!).

Fajar HDB 18 court

The basketball court is also really nifty as it can bring enthusiasts from around the neighbourhood to gather here. Perhaps the only things I’d like to see more would be benches around given how it’s a team sport.

So far, you’ve seen numerous playgrounds, fitness corners, two futsal courts, and one basketball court. It would then come as a surprise to learn that this HDB cluster even has its very own barbeque pit area!

Fajar HDB 48 barbeque pit

Located right next to the basketball court are five barbeque pits that even come with their own sheltered seating area. There aren’t that many developments with barbeque pits – most of the time, these are located in DBSS projects. Others that do have them only feature one or two pits, but having five here is a real gem!

Fajar HDB 51 sheltered seating area

One problem here is that the barbeque pits lack a basin which would be immensely useful to have. I highlighted this in my review of Skyline I & II @ Bukit Batok where not only is there a basin provided, but the barbeque pits have a metal cover that protects them from dirt (think mynahs and pigeons sitting on it) and separate the halal from the non-halal section!

Skyline @ Bukit Batok Rooftop Garden Barbeque Pits

That said, I think Skyline I & II @ Bukit Batok spoils the market here. Having these barbeque pits is good enough – containers of water can be brought along, and a mesh can be placed on top to cook so these are really non-issues.

Fajar HDB 49 barbeque pit

One thing that could improve though, is the maintenance. From the looks of it, the barbeque pit seems very dirty with clear signs of wear which does not set up for an appetising start. A spruce of paint and a clean-up would do wonders here.

Beyond the facilities here, you’ll also find that blocks located further south have their own set of facilities too. Over here, you’ll find a large space that can be used for events, a fitness corner as well as 3 badminton courts.

Fajar HDB 137 Saujana Court

It’s here that you’ll find 3 badminton courts that look like it has seen much better days.

Fajar HDB 126 open area

There are also more fitness areas here too!

Overall, the area here does feel a little underwhelming compared to the new facilities set up in the middle of the cluster, but it’s still undoubtedly very useful to have around.

Now that we’ve seen the ground facilities, let’s check out what amenities there are in this HDB cluster.

First off, there is a minimart located at block 419:

Fajar HDB 36 minimart

While it is just a minimart and obviously wouldn’t have the same variety as the bigger ones like a Sheng Siong, it does have a good variety of daily needs supply, including fruits and vegetables.

Having a minimart here is really useful for that last-minute grocery run, however, residents would be better off at Fajar Shopping Centre which is just opposite the HDB (less than 5 minutes by foot).

Fajar HDB 5 Fajar Shopping Centre

Over here, you’ll find major supermarkets like Sheng Siong, F&B options (including a MacDonalds!) as well as your daily necessities like a hairdresser, dental and medical clinic, pharmacy, optical shops, and ATM machines from various banks.

This shopping centre alone instantly transforms the HDB cluster at Fajar. While it’s just a neighbourhood mall, the myriad of options here makes living in this old HDB cluster extremely convenient and is probably on par or better than most HDBs with direct commercial offerings below their block.

Beyond daily necessities, families with kids here can also enjoy the convenience of three preschools. Two are by Sparkletots (blocks 412 and 422) and one by Just Kids @ Bukit Panjang (block 435).

Now that we’re done with the amenities, let’s check out the common corridors here.

From the ground level, you’ll find that certain ground floor units have a great frontage area outside their units to do gardening – and it’s quite clear certain residents take advantage of that!

Fajar HDB 89 lower unit

While it’s not a private area, having this space can be a real benefit for those with a green thumb since it would not clutter up the home.

Fajar HDB 11 Block 418 lift lobby

Heading to one of the block’s lift lobby, you’ll find that it’s actually quite decent looking – probably a result of lift upgrading works here. The design differs between blocks, but overall it looks quite modern and the area is generally well-maintained too!

Fajar HDB 100 corridor

Heading up, you’ll find that most units here are of the common corridor type. This is the slab form of HDB design that encourages social mingling (read less privacy).

Fajar HDB 104 block unit

Personally, I do prefer the more private units that are found in modern developments, especially since the view into the unit showcases the living and dining. Residents who are uncomfortable with this would have to either tint their windows or close the curtains here which limits cross ventilation since one side of the home is now covered up.

Fajar HDB 103 corridor

One thing you’ll notice here is the clear upgrading works that the place has gotten (probably with the repainting of the place). The ground here looks almost brand new!

It’s also nice to see that the corridor is also spacious enough to accommodate personal items like your shoe racks and plants, something that may not be possible in certain developments.

Fajar HDB Location Review

We recently did a review of Senja Parc View which is also located in the Bukit Panjang estate where I highlighted the shortcomings of its location – it’s not really near retail or connectivity elements, both of which are important factors when it comes to livability.

Though it’s not a complete 180-degree turn from that, I’m pleased to say that the cluster of old HDBs in Fajar here is much better positioned.

Fajar HDB 2 road

Firstly, it’s right across an LRT station, so like Keat Hong Mirage, it may not have the advantage of being close to an MRT but at least residents can easily get to the MRT in a short and comfortable ride away.

Fajar HDB 3 Fajar Station

Next, it’s located right across Fajar Shopping Centre. I’ve previously raved on how convenient this is given the numerous F&B options, supermarkets, and other amenities such as a medical clinic.

Fajar HDB Location

Besides convenience to transportation and amenities, the cluster of HDBs at Fajar is right next to the Bukit Panjang Park Connector, putting residents right next to the Western Adventure Loop:

senja parc view park connector

Just like Keat Hong Mirage, residents staying here can easily connect to the Bukit Batok Town Park (aka “Little Guilin”), Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, and Zheng Hua Park.

Fajar HDB 54 canal walkway

The downsides to the location are obvious – while it is close to an LRT, it’s not nearly as convenient as being close to an MRT due to the rush hour traffic where boarding the LRT could be could a hassle.

Fajar HDB 1 train tracks

It’s also right next to the above-ground LRT tracks, so certain stacks will have privacy issues though it shouldn’t generate much noise. The surrounding developments are quite low-rise and the roads aren’t major, so noise isn’t much of an issue in this cluster unless you stay right in front of the bus stop.

Public Transport

Bus stationBuses ServicedDistance From HDB (& Est. Walking Time)
‘Opp Fajar Stn’922, 971, 972, 972M200m (2 min walk)
‘Fajar Stn’922, 971, 972, 972A, 972M250m (2-3 min walk)


Closest MRT: Fajar LRT; 2-8 min walk (depending on block). Bukit Panjang MRT; 19 min walk. 10 min to the MRT by LRT (including walk).

The cluster is about a 19-minute walk to Bukit Panjang MRT. Most people would not be taking this option considering the LRT is just the opposite. Including the walk, that journey would take 10 minutes which is quite tolerable. Honestly, I would prefer a 10-minute journey with an LRT than a 10-minute walk, since it’s just a lot less effort.

Would you rather be within 10 minutes to an MRT by foot or 10 minutes by LRT? Keen to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

In terms of buses, the bus stop here does not have an extensive range of services. In fact, the buses run similar to the Downtown Line.

fajar hdb bus service
Source: busrouter.sg

This does make sense. After all, most workers would be travelling to the city, and before the Downtown line came about, this route is a must-have if the place was to remain accessible to the working Singaporeans.

MRT vs Bus Route Fajar

Residents looking to take the bus would be comforted to know that the walkway is sheltered from blocks 419, 421, and all the way down to block 415. At the moment, upgrading works are observed here.

Private Transport

Key DestinationsDistance From HDB (& Est. Peak Hour Drive Time)
Raffles Place17.8 km (29 mins drive)
Orchard Road15.2 km (24 mins drive)
Suntec City17.7 km (28 mins drive)
Changi Airport30.3 km (38 mins drive)
Tuas Port28.0 km (43 mins drive)
Paya Lebar Quarter18.8 km (25 mins drive)
Mediapolis17.3 km (26 mins drive)
Mapletree Business City19.3 km (30 mins drive)
Tuas Checkpoint19.9 km (30 mins drive)
Woodlands Checkpoint11.5 km (18 mins)
Harbourfront Cluster19.5 km (33 mins)
Punggol Cluster24.4 km (31 mins)
Source: OneMap. Based on driving times during peak hours.

Immediate road exit:
Saujana Road, Fajar Road and Bukit Panjang Ring Road.


Summary:
Drivers here can look forward to good connectivity via the Kranji Expressway (KJE) which connects to the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and ultimately the Pan Island Expressway (PIE).

Groceries

Name of Grocery ShopDistance from HDB (& Est Time)
Giant (Fajar Shopping Centre)300m, 3-min walk
Sheng Siong (Fajar Shopping Centre)300m, 3-min walk
Giant (Greenridge Shopping Centre)500m, 5-min walk

Schools

Educational TierNumber of Institutes
Preschool3
Primary School (Within 1KM)5
Secondary School3
Junior College2
Other Tertiary Institutes3

PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Bukit Panjang Blk 412 (CC) – Within the development

PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Bukit Panjang Blk 422 (KN) – Within the development

Just Kids @ Bukit Panjang – Within the development

Greenridge Primary School – 400m (4-min walk)

Beacon Primary School – 600m (7 min walk)

Zhenghua Primary School – 600m (7 min walk)

West View Primary School – 1.5 km (17 min walk)

West Spring Primary School – 900m (11 min walk)

Fajar Secondary School – 1.2 km (14 min walk)

West Spring Secondary School – 1.4 km (17 min walk)

Zhenghua Secondary School – 900m (12 min walk)

Jurong Pioneer Junior College – 24 min by bus

National Junior College – 26 min by MRT/bus

ITE College West – 14 min by bus

Millennia Institute – 33 min by bus

Ngee Ann Polytechnic – 33 min by MRT

Fajar HDB Site Review

Fajar HDB 10 block 418

Given how old this cluster is, I am not able to obtain a site plan for the area. Even the views from Google Earth are incomplete as it does not include the new facilities. That being said, the photos I’ve taken should suffice in giving you a feel of the space.

Fajar HDB 68 Block 434

The old Fajar HDB cluster has 27 blocks in total with flats ranging from 4, 5-room, and Executive Maisonettes. It was built in 1989 and is around 4/11-17 storeys high, depending on the block.

Fajar HDB 115 Block Units 1

Most blocks are in the old slab form which encourages social cohesion but reduces privacy, and if you look at the Google Streetview, you may have noticed that the older and more dated-looking paint scheme has been refreshed to a more modern, cheerful yellow colour tone with a touch of grey and white.

Fajar HDB 130 Block 412 1

Overall, I find that the cluster of blocks is quite well-spaced out. It certainly did not feel claustrophobic to walk around here, and large empty areas can be found in certain spots.

Fajar HDB 53 1

Like most other HDBs, trees can be seen planted around too, so despite the urban nature of the blocks, the whole area does not feel too concrete.

Unit Mix

Block4 Room5 RoomExecutive
4097711
41060
41124
412110
4134436
414173
4154436
416110
4173018
4184575
4197155
4204422
4216521
42260
42364
424106
42564
42612
42764
428106
42964
4303436
431132
4324436
43312
4346436
435132
Total1083649172

Stack Analysis

Fajar Stacks 1

Now when it comes to the best stacks here, I must say that there really isn’t one that is outstanding.

Fajar HDB 111 Views

Given the highest storey is only 17 storeys high, and the surrounding HDBs are around the same height, there’s not much of a view that any blocks here can boast of. In fact, most blocks here pretty much face another block – so there’s nothing to shout about here.

Fajar HDB 107 Views

The only stacks that I’d be wary of are the east-facing ones. These face the LRT tracks directly, and while noise isn’t a primary concern here, it is quite an annoyance to have a train go by your home every once in a while – especially if the living quarters face the tracks directly.

Layout Analysis

4-Room Flat Type 1 (104 sqm)

fajar hdb 4 room flat type 1
ProsCons
Good unit sizeCorridor unit, hence it lacks privacy
Spacious bedroom sizeProtruding column between bedrooms hence walls could not be hacked fully.
Separate living and dining spaceThe main door opens straight to the living and dining area, lacks privacy
No wasted bedroom walkway space.Small store room
Tight Bathroom space
Pros and cons (4-Room flat at Fajar)

4-Room Flat Type 2 (84 sqm)

fajar hdb 4 room flat type 2
ProsCons
Decent size bedroomCorridor unit, hence it lacks privacy
Separate living and dining area.Protruding column between bedrooms hence walls could not be hacked fully.
No wasted bedroom walkway space.The main door opens straight to the living and dining area, lacks privacy
Small store room
Tight bathroom space
Pros and cons (4-Room flat at Fajar)

5-Room Flat Type 1 (122 sqm)

fajar hdb 5 room flat type 1
Source: teoalida.com
ProsCons
Good unit sizeProtruding column between bedrooms hence walls could not be hacked fully.
Decent bedroom sizeSmall store room
Horizontal living and dining layout, allows natural ventilation and light into unit.Tight bathroom space
No wasted bedroom walkway space.
Pros and cons (4-Room flat at SkyPeak @ Bukit Batok)

5-Room Flat Type 2 (122 sqm)

fajar hdb 5 room flat type 2
ProsCons
Good unit sizeCorridor unit, hence it lacks privacy
Spacious size bedroomProtruding column between bedrooms hence walls could not be hacked fully.
No wasted bedroom walkway space.The main door opens to the balcony, unique but less ideal
Small store room
Pros and cons (5-Room flat type 2 at Fajar HDB)

5-Room Flat Type 3 (132 sqm)

fajar hdb 5 room flat type 3 1
ProsCons
Good unit sizeOdd living and dining space, making it hard to place furnitures.
Decent size bedroomsProtruding column between bedrooms hence walls could not be hacked fully.
Small store room
Double access balcony, tucked in a corner. Not as practical.
Pros and cons (5-Room flat type 3 at Fajar HDB)

Fajar HDB Price Review

ProjectLease Start Date4 Room5 RoomExecutive
181-185 Jelebu Rd2003$586,000 – $645,000 ($634 psf)$640,000 – $732,000 ($591 psf)$728,000 – $898,000 ($623 psf)
Fajar Hills2016$428,000 – $553,000 ($472 psf)$540,000 – $648,800 ($488 psf)
Old Fajar HDBsLate 80s$338,000 – $450,000 ($388 psf)$400,000 – $600,000 ($385 psf)$613,000 – $718,000 ($428 psf)
Senja Parc View2015$455,000 – $570,000 ($510 psf)
Data from 2021 (Source: HDB)

For our pricing comparison, I’ve considered the newer Fajar Hills located south nearby, as well as the central 181-185 Jelebu Road HDBs and the new Senja Parc View.

If you consider strictly the price itself, you’ll find that the old Fajar HDBs are quite expensive. In fact, you can get some 5 room flats here that go for about the same price as the new HDBs in Fajar Hills whose lease only began not long ago in 2016. This is because the old Fajar HDBs are about 9 sqm (or about 8%) bigger than the new Fajar Hills 5-room flats. $PSF-wise though, the old HDBs here are about 22.2% cheaper than their newer peers. At around 28 years older, I think this discount is quite all right.

This discount is very similar to Senja Parc View as well, with its 4-room flat trading at a 24% discount to it. What’s particularly interesting is just how much more expensive 181-185 Jelebu Road is. The 5-room flat here goes for $591 psf – a whopping 53% premium! While it is right next to Bukit Panjang MRT, I think that this premium is quite stretched. It does make sense that people are willing to pay so much more for that convenience to be right next to the MRT, after all, it is an extra 10 minutes by LRT to the MRT at the older Fajar HDBs, and it’s also 13 years newer.

Whether or not you think this premium is worth paying for just depends on how much you value that convenience. To some, the percentage difference may be great, but since the overall quantum isn’t considered very high, to begin with, that extra $200,000 could be worth it to some. Personally, an extra $200,000 may not be worth it in this case since it’s close to Fajar Shopping Centre and an LRT.

Our Take

Fajar HDB 133 Block Design

While it’s my first time reviewing an older HDB estate, I must say that the old Fajar HDBs do remind me of some of the more modern HDBs I have visited.

This is likely due to the repainting and maintenance works done (like along the common corridor), as well as the complete facility facelift that saw a new multi-storey car park (with its own garden), a two-tiered sheltered pavilion, and numerous playgrounds and fitness areas.

The development even includes hard courts and multiple barbeque pits that even many of the modern HDBs do not have. This complete facelift is quite impressive, so I can see the appeal of this space for those looking to stay in a more affordable HDB without having to compromise too much on the modernity aspect of things.

More importantly, I love how Fajar Shopping Centre is just right opposite. The neighbourhood mall is great in ensuring this development remains very livable while still being an affordable place to call him.

In terms of nature, well at the risk of sounding offensive here – it IS within Bukit Panjang after all. But I like that it’s located right next to the Park Connector, making it easy for residents to connect to the network quickly.

Moreover, while it isn’t close to the MRT, its location right opposite the LRT does make it quite convenient still – with only an extended journey of 10 minutes to take the LRT to the MRT. From there, it’s a straight line to the CBD!

Overall, I feel that the old cluster of HDBs here represents an affordable option for those who want to stay in a relatively peaceful yet affordable place that’s close to important amenities.

What this means for you

You might like the old Fajar HDBs if you:

  • • Want some level of convenience:

    The old HDBs here are right next to the LRT as well as Fajar Shopping Centre which provides residents here with their daily amenity needs.

  • • Looking for an affordable home:

    Given the age and location, those looking for an affordable home could consider the old Fajar clusters.

You may not like the old Fajar HDBs if you:

  • • Want immediate MRT access:

    While the LRT is nearby, the walk to the MRT is 19-minutes long so those looking for quick access should consider elsewhere.

  • • Looking for something new:

    Despite the modern facilities, it’s obvious that these HDB flats were built in the 80s given the unit layout. Those looking for something modern should definitely consider elsewhere.

End of Review
Join our Telegram group for instant notifications
Join Now

Sean

Sean has a writing experience of 3 years and is currently with Stacked Homes focused on general property research, helping to pen articles focused on condos. In his free time, he enjoys photography and coffee tasting.

avatar
kopi lim
kopi lim

I would take a sheltered carpark ANY DAY. Not having to wipe bird poo off your car is a huge plus that beats out any perceived inconveniences.

Latest Posts

Resale condo or landed home 1
Advice We Are In Our 50s With $5m Assets & Earn $480k Per Year. Should We Keep Our Condo And Decouple Or Sell It To Purchase A Landed Home?
September 30, 2022
choa chu kang crescent 1
Commentary NEW Cooling Measures Announced: An Attempt To Cool The Hot Property Market And How It May Affect You
September 30, 2022
new launch regrets
Buying My Biggest Regrets After Buying A New Launch Condo: We Share 5 Most Common Regrets Homebuyers Have
September 29, 2022
5 Unique Freehold Walk Up Apartments Near An MRT Station
Units Of The Week 5 Unique Freehold Walk-Up Apartments Near An MRT Station
September 29, 2022
Evertonenclave 69
Interior Tour An Old 1980 Everton Park Transformation: How A Couple Achieved A Monochrome Look With A $110k Reno Budget
September 28, 2022
SkyTerrace @ Dawson Architecture 1
Commentary Why Is A Million-Dollar Flat Reasonable To Some Homeowners In 2022?
September 28, 2022
coronation road landed home skylight
Interior Inside A Coronation Road Landed Home In Singapore With An Incredible 7m High Family Hangout Space
September 27, 2022
lentor modern land 2
Commentary Property Prices May Get Even More Expensive In 2023: Why New Land Betterment Charge Rates Will Affect Prices
September 26, 2022
bedok walk landed estate
Property Stories A Landed Home For Just $780k? Touring Jalan Chempaka Kuning & Bedok Walk: Landed Estates With A Lot Of Character
September 25, 2022
kopiandmilktea 8
Interior A $13k Condo Renovation Breakdown: How This Creative Homeowner Self-Designed & Decorated Their 732 Sqft Home
September 24, 2022
chuan park condo
En Bloc Chuan Park En Bloc Saga: 4 Key Lessons To Learn For Future En Bloc Hopefuls
September 23, 2022
clover by the park
Advice We Make $350k Per Year And Are Both 30. Which Of These 3 Condos Is Best With Primary Schools In Mind?
September 23, 2022
HDB Executive Apartment Jan Sep 2022 Map
Resale HDB An Updated List Of 22 Executive Apartments In 2022: How Much Have Prices Increased & Where To Find Them
September 22, 2022
avoid absd legally
Investment 7 Ways To Avoid ABSD Legally In Singapore (Updated For 2022)
September 22, 2022
5 Charming HDB Units Above 1000 Sqft That Are Ready To Move In
Units Of The Week 5 Charming HDB Units Above 1,000 Sqft That Are Ready To Move In
September 22, 2022
1 Opening Shot
Property Stories A Case Study On The Old Normanton Park: 3 Little Known Factors To Think About Before Buying A Home
September 21, 2022