About Serangoon Gardens

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Serangoon Gardens has very unique colonial-sounding road names like Alnwick or Berwick or Chiselhurst, neatly arranged alphabetically. This gives the whole estate a touch of antiquated class, transporting one back to 19th-century Britain. Another interesting feature of Serangoon Gardens is the wide variety of house architectures. Many houses were originally single-storey but torn down and re-built, each reflecting its owner's unique tastes. A leisurely stroll around Serangoon Garden Estate, in the midst of these unique fairy tale-like cottages, is guaranteed to reduce one's blood pressure by at least 10% (not scientifically proven). Serangoon_Gardens_shopping2


The "town centre" of Serangoon Gardens comprises a few rows of interesting shophouses with banks and eateries, and, of course, Chomp Chomp - the renowned food centre. Every new property development within a radius of a hundred miles would claim in their brochures that they are "Near Chomp Chomp.

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Despite its out-of-this-world atmosphere, Serangoon Gardens is only 7 km from Orchard Road, a 10-minute drive via the Central Expressway, or 6 MRT stations away via Lorong Chuan MRT Circle Line Station.

The estate was upgraded in 2001 as part of the Singapore Government's plan to spruce up the older private housing estates in Singapore. Open roadside drains were covered up and the central area was spruced up. It has new 'pointed' streetlights and road signs, and the estate's parks @ Tavistock Avenue & Chartwell Drive were also upgraded.

Serangoon Garden Circus was used as one of the locations for the country-wide millennium celebration in 2010.



Electoral Constituency

Until 1988, Serangoon Gardens was a single seat constituency. When the Group Representative Constituency was introduced, Serangoon Gardens became part of the GRC. Since then, it is part of the Marine Parade GRC. In the 2006 Electoral Boundaries, is transferred to Aljunied GRC, the MP being Mdm Lim Hwee Hwa.

Attractions

The estate's central area is where the food and beverage outlets are located. At the centre of the estate is a circus known as Serangoon Garden Circus. In the vicinity, there are cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, a market, two hawker centres, a post office, a police post and some shops. All the roads radiate around the circus, and the houses are located within walking distance. The estate has a tennis and squash centre at Burghley Drive. At Kensington Park Road, there is a country club known as Serangoon Gardens Country Club which has the very popular Jumbo seafood restaurant.

Food and Beverage

There are two hawker centres and a wet market. One which is, Serangoon Gardens Market and Food Centre and another which is Chomp Chomp Food Centre. The Serangoon Gardens food centre sells food like nasi lemak, Nonya kueh, Char Kway Teow, noodles and also houses a number of stores from the now defunct Taman Serasi food centre. Another food centre, which is known as "Chomp Chomp" is 200 m from the former.In the 1960s, the stalls at Chomp Chomp were originally located at where bus-stop and carpark now stands, opposite the present hawker centre. Then in 1972, the stalls were moved to its present location and adopted the name "Chomp Chomp". As the hawkers gained fame for their varied and tasty dishes, the name became an appropriate onomatopoeia, reflecting the sound of frenzied eating. Some stalls have adopted its name like the Zhong Zhong Duck Rice stall. The food centre is well known for its carrot cake (chai tow kuay), hokkien mee, ice kachang, satay, seafood and satay beehoon.

Since the 1990s, restaurants and cafés serve food such as Japanese food, desserts, Russian cuisine and Western cuisine have opened. Ice-cream parlours has opened and cafes such as The Coffee Bean have opened in the estate.

Some other notable eateries are  Hainanese Chicken Rice and Simply Peranakan, Cafe Cartel, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Country Manna Restaurant and Bosch Steakhouse.

Amenities

The rows of shophouses along Kesington Park Road ,Serangoon Garden Way and Maju Avenue hosts a variety of corner coffeeshops, convenience stores, bank branches, pet shops, hair saloons, clinics, karaoke lounges, cafes and bars to name a few. There is even a Chinese medical hall specialising in traditional Chinese medicine. Situated behind Maju Avenue is Paramount Building which was developed as Serangoon Garden Village in 2001. It hosts a supermarket on the ground floor and a tuition centre on the second floor.

Transport

The estate is served by public bus services. In addition, on weekday mornings from 7.30am to 9am, licensed private bus operators operate an express service plying between Serangoon Gardens and the city centre. The nearest MRT station being Serangoon MRT Station on the N-E Line.

BUS Services

73 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange Toa Payoh Bus Interchange

136 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange Punggol Bus Interchange

315 Serangoon Bus Interchange Serangoon North Avenue 4 (loop)

317 Serangoon Bus Interchange Berwick Drive (loop)


Security

The area's popularity has also made it a probable location for counter-terrorism activities, with regular armed patrols by the Singapore Police Force's Police Tactical Unit, it is almost impossible for perpertrators to escape from them. On 15 January 2006, a public emergency drill, the Serangoon Emergency and Preparedness Day 2006, was conducted in the estate near the Chomp Chomp Food Centre. The exercise involved a simulated vehicular explosion and casualties, the closure of roads and diversion of traffic, and casualty treatment and evacuation.

 
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Bjorn Chua
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