Monday, October 19, 2009

Boon Lay Ave Blk 216-220 Part II

The 5 Block of flats at Boon Lay Ave are undergoing renovation so that it can be rented as a whole unit or rooms. A agent is asking for Rental of $1800 for a whole unit. When I was there a few days ago, I met a Singaporean man whom relative stayed there on low floor in one of the flat, he told me rental is $1300.


I looked at some of the units and the workers were doing touching up of the units such as electrical and fixtures. This estate is one of the vintage HDB flats where the greenish marble flooring bring back old memories.

I came across a unit that the previous owner had done a great deal of renovation work before being affected by the en bloc. I felt really sad for the owner to vacate the flat and supposing the blocks of flats are supposed to be demolished, but ended up some other families will take possession of it.....

Nicely done up wrought iron gate by previous owner

Built in wardrobe in one of the room.

Master Bed room

Nicely renovated living room with new tiles and cabinet by ex-owner

Very nice kitchen, done up by ex owner...

IMO, the sad thing about the units at the 5 blocks was the residents were ask to uproot their families, old neighbors were separated etc. Also some liked the unit above must have spent a lot in renovating the house, yet a group of strangers will be living in the supposing "home".

This is other unit that was not in good condition

However, this units liked the rest had been given a fresh coat of paint.

The following is another unit whom the former owner had left their ceiling fan, to the enjoyment of the new occupants.......

Mains Power cables ready to be installed with electrical meter for new occupants.

The following is another units undergoing conversion to a "new" unit for rental, as a whole unit or rooms.

The estate is under PAP management and under West Coast Town Council. In my mind, Mdm Ho Gek Choo the PAP MP for the will need lots of explanation to the former residents of the 5 blocks at Boon Lay Ave.......


  1. Hmmph~~~! Another sign of our tax dollars hard at work!
    Imagine, voting for people who are suppose to serve us for the common good, only to be cheated by them!

    I cannot imagine being one of the owners who renovated their flats only to be told to leave and get another!
    Or having to leave a home that is fully paid for, no more loans to service, only to be told to get another home to service a heftier loan so that our "powers that be" can rent out the vacated unit to earn a profit!

    Like the author said, Mdm Ho Gek Choo has a lot of explanation to do!

  2. The same is being done at Blk 29 Havelock Rd where an entire block is also being converted to some kind of rental units after being enbloced.

    I suspect there was no real need for en-bloc but all these were done just before the last election so that recipients of money for these units will 'feel good' and elect the government in the election.

    They were then left empty but because of the housing crises...being converted to make money.

  3. I see can drop by Havelock Road to take a look.

  4. i was one of the residents of the affected blocks at boon lay ave. We shifted there and did a good deal of renovation as my family wish to settle down in that unit. we stayed there for about 3 years + until one fine day they came to our house and said we have to relocate as the block there ARE UNSAFE for occupancy as they were built very long time ago. we were relocated to pioneer and did not manage to get a high floor like our boon lay ave unit.. we end up at level 4 right next to carpark.. from our peaceful quiet home to a noisy car/bike ramming and all our windows are facing the mscp!! it was even more heartbreaking when we saw the sign APARTMENT FOR RENT each time we're in the bus to go market..and the place is so much cleaner and fresher looking then how it was for us lastime. :( it's very unfair. 6 blocks taken out for rent is 6 blocks of units lesser for Singaporeans! and it was a very nice home for our family..:( thanks for posting the above pics.. makes me miss my prev home so much :(