Woodlands: Affordable housing and nearby jobs

More than 30 years ago, Woodlands was not the town it is today, but a collection of kampungs. With the advent of industrialisation, the area underwent a facelift that has transformed it into a major urban town.
One of Singapore’s biggest HDB towns, Woodlands experienced a population boom in the 1990s, shortly after it was developed. Today, it has a population of more than 240,000 residents living across 68,153 HDB flats. Its original, thickly wooded façade when viewed from the Johor side of the Johor Straits inspired the name Woodlands.
Woodlands consists of nine subzones, and is surrounded by Sungei Kadut, forested Mandai, and sea-facing Sembawang. Photo credit: www.ura.gov.sg
Woodlands is bound by the Seletar Expressway to its south, Woodlands Avenue 12 to its east, Bukit Timah Expressway to its west, and part of its north is bound by Admiralty Road West. It has nine subzones: Woodlands Regional Centre, Woodlands East, Woodlands West, Woodlands South, Woodgrove, Senoko West, North Coast, Midview, and Greenwood Park. Admiralty and Marsiling are also part of Woodlands. As examples, Admiralty Grove is within Woodlands East, and Marsiling Road is within Woodlands West.

Established township with extensive amenities

Causeway Point is adjacent to Woodlands MRT Station. Photo credit: Loh Xiu Ruth
Woodlands’ main shopping mall is Causeway Point. Housing Cathay Cineplex movie theatres and more than 250 shops, including Cold Storage and Courts, the mall is a one-stop centre for shoppers. Woodlands also remains true to its name, with multiple parks dotted across its land. These include Woodlands Waterfront Park along the coast; Admiralty Park with its 26 slides—the most in any park nationwide—and a total size of 27 hectares; the refurbished and picturesque Marsiling Park; and Woodlands Town East Park.
With 26 slides in Admiralty Park, kids will have no shortage of outdoor fun to keep them occupied for a good few hours. Photo credit: Loh Xiu Ruth