District 27

Sembawang, Yishun, Admiralty

A sleepy and peaceful district, District 27 is blessed with a reservoir, country club and Singapore’s only hot spring. Sembawang is noted for its trademark black and white houses while Yishun is a thriving place with a reservoir and country club.


Yishun formerly known as Nee Soon, is a planning area and residential town located in the northeastern corner of the North Region of Singapore, bordering Simpang and Sembawang to the north, Mandai to the west, the Central Water Catchment to its southwest, Ang Mo Kio to its south, as well as Seletar and Sengkang to its east. Nee Soon was one of the pioneers that opened up Sembawang. He served on the Rural Board from 1913 to 1921 and was also appointed a Justice of Peace. In the field of education, he was one of the founders of Chinese High School and was a member of the Raffles College Committee. Nee Soon Road was officially named in 1950 by the Rural Board to facilitate postal services. Several roads in Yishun are named after his business concerns and family members. Nee Soon was a leading member of the Teochew clan association, and a close friend of Dr Sun Yat Sen.

Perfect For

Affordable homes in a mature HDB estate. Bukit Batok is home to undiscovered value-buys if one digs deeper.

Lifestyle Vibes

Generally a quiet and sleepy part of Singapore and fully residential focused. Perfect for those who like to indulge in low-key living.

The Market

Not all properties perform equally. Buying the right condo takes in-depth research and study.

Fall In Love With

The feeling of living in an area that is far from expensive and still retains a old world sensibility and homely township vibe.


Sembawang is located at the northern tip of Singapore, on the coast of Johor Straits. It comprises part of Yishun and part of Seletar. The town is rather secluded as it is out of the way for most Singaporeans. Sembawang earned its name from the Sembawang tree and it was mentioned in Franklin and Johnson’s 1830 Map of Singapore. Formerly a rubber plantation, it was turned into a major naval base for the British Army in the 1920s. Colonial barracks were constructed in monochrome colours during that time and they have now come to be known as the “black-and-white houses”. After Singapore’s independence, the naval base was handed over to Sembawang Corporation. These black-and-white houses are also now mainly occupied by expatriates. The Sembawang of today also contains numerous HDB estates and condominiums.


Yishun is comprised of Yishun Central, Northland, Yishun East, Yishun South, Lower Seletar Reservoir, Springleaf, Nee Soon, Khatib and Yishun West. Yishun was named after a businessman named Lim Nee Soon who owned many rubber plantations in the district. Formerly known as Nee Soon, the Yishun we know now used to have gambier, pepper and pineapple plantations in the area. The residential area of Yishun is made up of public housing flats and condominiums.


At Sembawang, one can find the Sembawang Park, the Sembawang Hot Spring, the Bottle Tree Village, the Orchid Golf Course and the Seletar Golf Course. A point of note about the Bottle Tree Village is that the bottle trees found within this compound was specially flown in from Queensland, Australia, and they cannot be found anywhere else in Singapore.

Yishun residents seek relief from the hectic life at the Orchid Country Club and Lower Seletar Reservoir during weekends.


District 27 is served by the Sembawang MRT Station and Yishun MRT Station.

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