Aug 2021 Tampines BTO Review: Value-for-Money BTOs in a Mature Estate

In August 2021, Tampines will be one of two estates (the other being Hougang) that will have two BTO projects launched within the same estate. It will also be one of three mature estates offered in the launch. 

Comprising a total of 2,140 units of 2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room, and 5-room flats, the Tampines BTO projects will offer the highest number of units in the August launch. 

If you’re keen on living in a mature estate, the August 2021 Tampines BTO projects may be a feasible option for you. 


August 2021 Tampines BTO Map

Locality map of the August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96

Locality map of the August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96 (Image credit: HDB)

Locality map of the other August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96

Locality map of the other August 2021 Tampines BTO flats along Tampines Street 96 (Image credit: HDB)


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Tampines BTO Location (Aug 2021 HDB BTO Launch)

Tampines BTO location (August 2021) 



Tampines Street 96

Nearest MRT

Tampines West MRT (Downtown Line), Bedok Reservoir MRT (Downtown Line)

Nearest bus interchange

Tampines Bus Interchange

Nearby schools

Junyuan Primary, Gongshang Primary, Poi Ching School, Yumin Primary, Chongzheng Primary, Changkat Primary, St Hilda’s (Primary and Secondary), St Anthony’s Canossian (Primary and Secondary), Springfield Secondary, Junyuan Secondary, Pasir Ris Secondary, Changkat Changi Secondary, Pathlight, ITE College East, Temasek Polytechnic, United World College (East Campus)

Other nearby amenities

Tampines Mall, Century Square, Tampines 1, neighbourhood centres, Our Tampines Hub, SAFRA Tampines, Bedok Reservoir, Changi General Hospital, Tampines Polyclinic, health and medical care centres (proposed)


Situated on either side of the upcoming Tampines Street 96, both projects will be located close to each other and be within walking distance from Tampines West MRT. 

Residents will enjoy easy access to various amenities including retail, recreational, healthcare, and educational facilities. 

Furthermore, those looking to live closer to nature will be glad to know that Bedok Reservoir will just be a short bus ride away. 

Two health and medical care centres are being proposed to be built near the Tampines BTO projects. 

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Tampines BTO Price (Aug 2021 HDB BTO Launch)

Unit type

Tampines BTO price (August 2021)

Previous Tampines BTO price (November 2020)

Resale flat prices in the area




$222,000 – $238,000



$210,000 – $350,000




$335,000 – $485,000




$400,000 – $740,000


Prices for the August 2021 Tampines BTO launch have not been announced yet. However, prospective balloters can refer to the prices of the previous launch for a rough estimate. 

Given that the last launch in Tampines was in November 2020, prices for the August 2021 launch should be pretty close. During the November 2020 launch, 4-room BTO flats started at $334,000. This seems relatively affordable compared to other mature estates like Pasir Ris and Ang Mo Kio, where 4-room flats started at $374,000 and $423,000 respectively during the Aug 2020 BTO launch.

In the last 12 months, the highest resale transaction near the August 2021 Tampines BTO projects was $740,000 for a 5-room flat. 


Tampines BTO Amenities (Aug 2021 HDB BTO Launch)

10-minute walk to Tampines West MRT 

Tampines West MRT will just be a 10-minute walk away from both projects. 

This means residents will be able to get to areas like the CBD and Serangoon in under 30 minutes by train via the Downtown Line (DTL) and Circle Line (CCL) respectively. 

One stop to Tampines 1, Century Square, and Tampines Mall  

Residents of the Tampines BTO flats will also get to enjoy a diverse array of retail amenities. With Tampines 1, Century Square, and Tampines Mall situated just one train stop away in the heart of Tampines, residents will be spoiled for choice. 

For those who prefer traditional markets and hawker fare, a few neighbourhood centres are also available in the vicinity. For instance, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre can be reached within a 10-minute bus ride. 

Within a 15-minute bus ride to Bedok Reservoir and other recreational amenities

Given the flats’ proximity to Bedok Reservoir Park, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts can look forward to visiting the spot more frequently. Water sports activities available here include kayaking and wakeboarding. 

For more recreational options, residents can check out Our Tampines Hub and SAFRA Tampines, both 10 minutes away by bus. Some of the facilities in these developments include swimming pools, bowling alleys, rock climbing walls, and a football pitch.

Related article: 8 Benefits of Living Near Nature

Various schools in the area 

Tampines offers a diverse range of primary and tertiary education institutions.

Nearby schools include St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary, ITE College East, Temasek Polytechnic, and United World College (East Campus). 

Short bus ride to healthcare facilities  

Located within a 10-minute bus ride, Changi General Hospital provides comprehensive medical and clinical services for residents in the east. 

In addition, there are plans to build two health and medical care centres just a stone’s throw away from both the Tampines BTO projects. 

Tampines Polyclinic will also be within 15 to 20 minutes away by bus.


Conclusion: Is This Tampines BTO Worth Balloting for? 

If you’ve always wanted a relatively affordable HDB home in the east, the August 2021 Tampines BTO project might be worth balloting for. 

Here’s a sum-up of the pros and cons.

Pros of the August 2021 Tampines BTO

  • Near to the MRT
  • Easy access to various amenities including retail, educational, and healthcare facilities
  • Proximity to nature
  • Lower starting price and competition
  • Wide range of flat sizes

Cons of the August 2021 Tampines BTO

  • Far from the city centre

The August 2021 Tampines BTO flats will be suitable for those who don’t mind living further away from the city centre. 

That said, given the wide range of amenities in the vicinity, residents may not have to travel out of the estate often. Not only is the MRT within walking distance, residents will also get to enjoy convenient access to various retail, recreational, educational, and healthcare options within the estate. 

Another notable aspect about the August 2021 Tampines BTO projects is that balloters can expect to pay a lower selling price for a home surrounded by a wide range of amenities typical of mature estates. 

Furthermore, the Tampines BTO flats are likely to be less contested than those in the more popular estates such as Queenstown, Kallang/Whampoa, and Jurong East during the August 2021 launch. 

Coupled with the fact that the Tampines launch will have the highest number of flats up for grabs, there might be a higher chance of securing a unit here. 


More FAQs Related to BTOs

How much is the downpayment for a BTO? 

The downpayment depends on the type of home loan you’re taking as well as the selling price of the flat. If you’re financing the BTO with HDB loan, the minimum downpayment will be 10% of the selling price. If you’re taking a bank loan, the downpayment will be 25%. 

Is BTO application on a first-come, first-serve basis? 

No, BTO applications are processed through computerised balloting. This means you have a shot at getting a flat as long as you submit your application during the one-week application period. You can increase your chances of securing a flat if you apply via a priority scheme such as the Multi-Generation Priority Scheme. 

Can a second timer buy BTO? 

Yes, you can buy a BTO even when you’ve bought a HDB flat before. However, you’ll need to sell the first flat within six months of getting the keys to the BTO. You’ll also need to pay a HDB resale levy. 


Have your mind set on BTO-ing in August 2021? Learn all about the other estates on offer for the August 2021 BTO launch:

  • Aug 2021 BTO launch overview
  • Hougang
  • Jurong
  • Kallang/Whampoa
  • Queenstown


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