The first batch of three-generation (3Gen) flats in Yishun has seen a “strong reception” with 94 per cent of the flats having been booked, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post yesterday.
Successful applicants took up 79 of the 84 3Gen flats in Yishun Avenue 1. These flats are spread across several blocks in Saraca Breeze@Yishun, a Build-To-Order project that was launched in September last year.
Each of these 3Gen flats – and those in other estates where such flats were launched recently – is about 115 sq m in size, or 5 sq m bigger than a typical five-roomer.
It typically has four bedrooms, a living area, a dining area, a kitchen, three bathrooms, and a store room-cum-apartment shelter.
Families which live in such 3Gen flats need to include at least a married couple and one parent, a courting couple and one parent, a widowed person and one child and one parent, or a divorced person and one child and one parent.
Mr Khaw said: “3Gen flats are designed to facilitate extended family togetherness, and I am glad that these families can look forward to living together and providing mutual support and care.”
One of the successful applicants is Madam Chan Yen Teng, 28. The sales executive currently lives in her mother-in-law’s four-roomer, also in Yishun, with her husband and their four-month-old son.
“We liked that there are two main bedrooms equipped with toilets,” she said.
“That way, my husband and I can have one room, and my mother-in-law can have her own too.”
The average size of families living in 3Gen flats is 5.1 persons. This is larger than families living in five-roomers which have an average size of four while those in four-roomers have an average size of 3.6, Mr Khaw said.
Subsequent 3Gen flats launched in Jurong West in November last year and in Punggol last month have also drawn strong response – the Housing Board received nearly 300 applications for the 164 flats in these two projects. A similar project will be launched in Sengkang next month.
In his post, Mr Khaw noted that yesterday was Chap Goh Mei or Yuan Xiao Jie, the 15th day of the Chinese New Year – during which it is customary for many Chinese families to gather for a second reunion following the first on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
“We will continue to help extended families who want to live together, or close to one another, fulfil their dream,” he said.
“This will be a key priority area for me and for my ministry over the next few years.”
Source: The Straits Times – 15 February 2014