Yesterday was our second MOD visit to Kampong Pandan to visit the 2,000 houses that BEDB is currently building for us. Sometime last year, we visited them with the former Minister and at that time, other than a few sample houses, most of the houses were in various stages of completion. Unlike yesterday, it is the other way around, most of the houses are nearly completed.
We even visited the inside of the houses where two of the houses were actually fully furnished.
Complete with proper interior decoration and nice furniture, I thought the houses looked very nice. Altogether there are 2,000 houses being built. Currently around 1,700+ houses have been completed and there should be another 200+ houses left to be completed. There will be 800 semi detached houses of around 1,300 square feet area and 1,200 terrace houses of around 1,200 square feet area. The colour schemes for the interior of the house is very nice. Our own officers even want to take photographs inside the house.
How about the outside?
I have to admit it does look plain and simple despite the grand colours. First timers might find themselves lost as the houses are not differentiated. The houses are divided into 6 precincts with each precinct having aound 200 to 400 houses. The semi-detached houses are grouped together with the entrance from the highway whereas the terrace houses can easily be found by using the entrance from Jalan Singa Menteri.
Any other caveats? None as far as I can see, except that people living in the houses have to realise that their sidewalls are solid cement and not bricks. The brick walls areas at the front and the back of the house are where you can put the aircond.
ALLOCATION - BEDB will surrender the houses to Housing Development Department once they are completed around April 2011 and HDD will allocate the houses to the applicants in the Belait District similar to other houses which HDD build themselves. Currently, all the Belait applicants are required to update their personal details with HDD.
HOUSE PRICES - HDD has not decided on the prices yet. I looked at the the size and based on the current house sizes, my best guess is the houses should be around $70,000+ for the semi-detached and around $50,000+ for the terrace houses.