New residential projects spark rejuvenation of Kovan

By Michael Lim / The Edge Property | September 23, 2016 11:00 AM SGT
Once dominated by landed homes and low-rise apartment blocks, Kovan estate is now being transformed as new high-rise condominiums sprout up, especially in the vicinity of Kovan MRT station.
The first high-rise condo project to be developed in the area is 778-unit Kovan Melody. The 99-year leasehold project is located on Upper Serangoon Road and adjacent to the Kovan MRT station. Launched in 2004 and completed in 2006, the project was developed jointly by Wing Tai Holdings, NTUC Choice Homes and Greatearth Development.
Housewife Caroline Tan has been living in a 1,300 sq ft, four-bedroom unit at Kovan Melody for the past 10 years. “We decided to buy a unit here because my husband and I know the area well and it is very convenient, with the MRT station just next door and Heartland Mall across the road,” she says. The Tan family had upgraded from a five-room HDB flat in Hougang.
What draws people to the Kovan area is also its wide variety of F&B outlets — from hawker fare at the Kovan Food Centre to traditional coffee shops on Simon Road and Upper Serangoon Road, including Soon Soon Teochew Porridge, Punggol Nasi Lemak and Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh. Pubs, cafés and restaurants have also sprouted up in the area. The most popular include Knuckles Bistro, which serves pork knuckles with beer; Hatter Street Bakehouse & Café, which specialises in desserts and cakes; The Bread Table Café; Joe’s Corner Café & Bar; and Lola’s Café.
Joe’s Corner Café & Bistro is Tan’s favourite hangout. “It serves good food at reasonable prices,” she says. “I especially love the chocolate lava cake, and after dinner you can stroll over to Simon Plaza for a gelato at Ice Edge Café.” Although Heartland Mall is located nearby, Tan prefers Nex shopping mall, which has more than 600,000 sq ft of shopping space and is just one MRT stop away at the Serangoon station.
Kovan Estate is being transformed into a hip new residential estate with high-rise condos
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