Yio Chu Kang: a mix of exclusive and down-to-earth housing

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Yio Chu Kang is a sub-zone within the Ang Mo Kio planning area, flanked by the Yio Chu Kang North, West and East sub-zones. The Ang Mo Kio area itself is bounded by Yishun on the north, Serangoon on the east, Bishan on the south, and the Central Water Catchment Area on the west.
Yio Chu Kang Road passes the quiet Seletar Hills estate and Greenwich Mall. Photo credit: Loh Xiu Ruth
Yio Chu Kang is located in the North-East Region of Singapore. It has a blend of HDB heartland with well-loved amenities, landed housing, and condos, and a paradox of both exclusive and down-to-earth housing.
Yio Chu Kang Road traverses a good part of northern Singapore, stretching all the way from Upper Thomson Road to Upper Serangoon Road, and is synonymous with Yio Chu Kang to many. However, in fact, Yio Chu Kang is a small, specific part of Singapore, far removed from a good part of Yio Chu Kang Road’s purview.
Ong Teck Hui, senior director of research and consultancy at JLL, says Yio Chu Kang “is a broader locale, and more ambiguous” than other neighbourhoods. Residents at the western end of Yio Chu Kang Road in estates like Thomson Green or Sembawang Hills (which is technically not Yio Chu Kang, but another sub-zone of Ang Mo Kio), are likely to say they belong to Thomson, he points out. At the eastern end of the road, those in Serangoon and Hougang will identify with their respective areas.
For Yio Chu Kang residents, the nearest full-fledged mall is AMK Hub, opposite Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, meaning Yio Chu Kang itself has no retail mall. However, it is not bereft of entertainment. Yio Chu Kang has excellent sports facilities, including tennis courts and swimming amenities for adults and children. There is also The Grassroots’ Club along Ang Mo Kio Avenue...