May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO Review: Live on the Greater Southern Waterfront

Situated along the future Greater Southern Waterfront, the Bukit Merah May 2021 BTO project is the first launch in the area since 2013. Notable amenities nearby include Mount Faber Park and VivoCity, with Telok Blangah MRT station located within walking distance from the BTO project. 

Only 170 BTO units comprising 3-room and 4-room flat types will be up for grabs as part of the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO launch. This means that buyers can expect very heavy competition. 

5-room flats will not be offered. As such, larger families or buyers planning on one may want to consider the other May 2021 BTO launches at Tengah and Woodlands instead. 


May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO map

Locality map of the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO flats

Locality map of the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO flats. (Image credit: HDB)

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Bukit Merah BTO location (May 2021 HDB BTO launch)

Bukit Merah BTO location (May 2021)



Telok Blangah Drive

Nearest MRT

Telok Blangah MRT station (Circle Line)

Nearest bus interchange

HarbourFront Bus Terminal

Nearby schools 

MOE Kindergarten@Blangah Rise, Blangah Rise Primary, Radin Mas Primary, CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent 

Other nearby amenities 

VivoCity, Mount Faber Park, Henderson Waves, Labrador Park, HortPark, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Gillman Barracks, Telok Blangah Mall, Telok Blangah Market, Telok Blangah Food Centre, Alexandra Retail Centre

Residents can enjoy easy access to various shops and eateries at Telok Blangah Mall, as well as the nearby Telok Blangah Market. For more retail and food and beverage offerings, VivoCity will be only a short bus ride away. 

To connect to the rest of the city, residents can take a 10-minute walk to Telok Blangah MRT station, or a short bus ride to the North East Line at HarbourFront MRT.  

Nature lovers will be pleased to know about the close proximity to various nature parks. This includes Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. Sentosa is also just a short drive away. 

When the Greater Southern Waterfront is completed, Bukit Merah residents will benefit from a wider range of recreational options closer to home. The area will be transformed into a new major lifestyle destination in the next five to 10 years. 

Coupled with the good public transport access and amenity offerings nearby, the Bukit Merah BTO flats are likely to face strong demand.


Bukit Merah BTO price (May 2021 HDB BTO launch)

Unit type 

Bukit Merah BTO price (May 2021) 

Previous Bukit Merah BTO price including grants (July 2013)

Resale flat prices in the area



From $274,000

$270,000 to $375,000



From $430,000

$450,000 to $478,000

The prices for the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO launch have not been released yet. 

However, prospective buyers can take a look at the prices for the last BTO launch in Bukit Merah in 2013 to get a sense of what to expect. Given the prime location and attractive nearby developments in the pipeline, prices for the Bukit Merah BTO units likely won’t come cheap.

Over the past year, resale prices for 3-room and 4-room flats went for as high as $375,000 and $478,000 respectively.

As the Greater Southern Waterfront takes shape, flat owners in the area could potentially benefit from significant capital appreciation. 


Bukit Merah BTO amenities (May 2021 HDB BTO launch)

Residents can expect to find daily conveniences within easy reach at Telok Blangah Drive. Nature parks will also be a stone’s throw away as the development is located near Telok Blangah Hill Park, Labrador Park, and Mount Faber Park. 

Along the Greater Southern Waterfront

Residents can look forward to new attractions, waterfront promenades, greenery, and open spaces along the Greater Southern Waterfront. 

Furthermore, there are plans to revitalise Sentosa, which is just a 15-minute drive away. 

Residents can also benefit from the ease of accessibility to Pulau Brani, which will feature new recreational destinations including a resort. 

Head over here to learn what else is in store for the Greater Southern Waterfront. 

10 minutes to Telok Blangah MRT station

The Bukit Merah BTO project will be a 10-minute walk away from Telok Blangah MRT station, which is only one stop away from HarbourFront MRT station. 

Alternatively, residents can reach HarbourFront MRT station directly by a 15-minute bus ride. With easy access to the Circle Line and North East Line, they can get to areas like Buona Vista and Dhoby Ghaut in 20 minutes. 

Near to commercial and business districts

Residents of the Bukit Merah BTO flats can expect to take less than 30 minutes to travel to the CBD by bus. This will be good news for working professionals, managers, and executives working in City Hall and Raffles Place. 

Those who wish to work closer to home can explore job opportunities in nearby business districts such as Mapletree Business City. 

With more office spaces being planned in the Greater Southern Waterfront, more jobs will be available closer to home in future. 

Easy access to daily amenities, shopping, and dining offerings

Telok Blangah Mall, Telok Blangah Market, and Telok Blangah Food Center are all just a short walk away from the May 2021 BTO flats.

For more options, residents can take a 15-minute bus ride to VivoCity to enjoy endless retail and dining options. Alternatively, Alexandra Retail Centre is a 15-minute walk away, where families can access a supermarket, pharmacies, bakeries, and other retail amenities. 

Surrounded by nature and recreation options

Those who love nature will be pleased to know about the various parks in the vicinity like Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. HortPark, Henderson Waves, and Gillman Barracks can also be reached in 15 minutes by bus. 

For even more recreation options, families can head to Labrador Park (30 minutes away by foot) and Sentosa (15 minutes by car). 


Conclusion: Is this Bukit Merah BTO worth balloting for? 

Located at one of the southernmost residential regions in Singapore, the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO launch is ideal for families who wish to enjoy the close proximity to key retail, recreational, and commercial establishments in the city. 

Pros and cons of the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO 


  • 10 minutes to Telok Blangah MRT station on the Circle Line
  • 15 minutes’ drive to Sentosa
  • Good access to food and retail amenities  
  • Easy access to tourist attractions and commercial areas in central Singapore 


  • Not as many schools and educational institutions in the vicinity
  • Likely to have stiff competition 

Given the city-fringe location, residents of the May 2021 Bukit Merah BTO will be able to reach other parts of Singapore easily. Those working in the CBD will also be able to save time on their daily commute. 

Nature lovers get to enjoy exploring attractions like Labrador Park, Mount Faber Park, and Telok Blangah Hill Park closer to home. Sentosa is also easily accessible for families, couples, and young children who want more recreational options. 

Most importantly, residents can look forward to the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront, which promises new lifestyle and recreational opportunities as it takes shape over the next five to 10 years. 

However, despite being a mature estate, only a few schools are available in the area. Those who prefer sending their children to a school that’s closer to home may want to consider other HDB estates. 

What’s more, only 170 units are up for grabs for this Bukit Merah BTO launch. If you’re looking to secure a flat from the May 2021 launch, you may want to look into other BTO projects such as those in Woodlands and Geylang. 

These Bukit Merah BTO flats are also likely to be one of the more expensive projects compared to the other May 2021 BTO projects. 


Frequently asked questions on BTOs

How long do HDB BTO flats take to complete? 

BTO projects generally take around three to four years to complete, while some can be completed within 2.5 years. However, given the pandemic, some projects may take up to five years to complete. 

When can I apply for a BTO? 

You can apply during one of HDB’s BTO launches in February, May, August, and November. Do note that you’ll need to submit your application during the 1-week application period after the launch announcement. 

Can I apply for BTO and SBF at the same time? 

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to apply for both at the same time. You can only apply for either a BTO flat or SBF flat during each launch. 


Find out more about the projects in the upcoming May 2021 BTO launch here: 

  • May 2021 BTO launch overview
  • Tengah
  • Woodlands
  • Geylang


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