What are CCR, OCR and RCR? Where do these regions fit in the Singapore district map?
Singaporeans sure love acronyms, and the same goes for the real estate sector. Broadly, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has divided Singapore into three main regions, which the URA calls “market segments”. It is now easier to search for upcoming launch condos by typing in these three acronyms!
So what do these acronyms stand for? These 28 Singapore districts are grouped into three regions: the Core Central Region (CCR), Rest of Central Region (RCR), and Outside Central Region (OCR).
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Singapore District Map: OCR, CCR and RCR
The boundaries of these regions are anything but clear-cut, so here’s a map that could help:
Core Central Region (CCR): City, Downtown Core and Sentosa
The Core Central Region, also known as the CCR, includes the traditional prime areas of Singapore (i.e. postal districts 9, 10 and 11), and the Downtown Core (including parts of Bugis, south of Ophir Road), as well as Sentosa.
Singapore postal district
Orchard, Somerset, River Valley
Tanglin, Bukit Timah, Holland
Newton, Novena, Dunearn, Watten
Boat Quay, Raffles Place, Marina Downtown, Suntec City
Shenton Way, Tanjong Pagar
What’s not part of CCR Singapore: Outram, Clarke Quay, Chinatown, Bencoolen and anything north of Ophir Road
When looking at the Singapore district map, these districts are where most high-end, luxury properties in Singapore can be found. Many of the private residential properties in the CCR are also freehold in tenure.
Check out these properties available for sale in prime districts 9, 10 and 11 and you’ll know what we’re talking about!
Rest of Central Region (RCR): Central Areas That Are Not Part of CCR
According to the Singapore district map, the Rest of the Central Region, also known as the RCR, is sandwiched between the CCR and the Outside Central Region (OCR).
Singapore postal district
Queenstown, Alexandra, Tiong Bahru
Harbourfront, Keppel, Telok Blangah
Buona Vista, Dover, Pasir Panjang
Little India, Farrer Park
Balestier, Whampoa, Toa Payoh
Potong Pasir, Bidadari, MacPherson, Upper Aljunied
Geylang, Dakota, Paya Lebar Central
Tanjong Rhu, Amber, Meyer, Katong
What’s not part of RCR Singapore: Upper Serangoon, How Sun, Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Telok Kurau, Kembangan
The RCR is regarded as the intermediate, or mid-tier, region in terms of pricing, between the mass market condos in the OCR region and the high-value properties in the CCR. Various buyer groups are interested in RCR properties – including investors, owner-occupiers, young families, and empty nesters.
Outside Central Region (OCR): Everywhere Else in Singapore
When browsing the Singapore district map, you’ll notice the Outside Central Region (OCR) is about three-quarters the size of Singapore. These are the areas where mass-market condos at the lower range of price points are mostly located, including executive condominiums (ECs).
The Government has plans to bring high-value jobs to the OCR, in the form of Jurong’s transformation into the second CBD, Punggol Digital District and Woodlands Regional Centre.
Singapore postal district
Clementi, West Coast
Kembangan, Kaki Bukit
Telok Kurau, Siglap, Frankel
Bedok, Upper East Coast, Bayshore, Tanah Merah, Upper Changi
Flora Drive, Loyang, Changi
Tampines, Pasir Ris
Punggol, Sengkang, Hougang, Kovan, Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo
Ang Mo Kio
Upper Bukit Timah, Ulu Pandan, Clementi Park
Jurong East, Jurong West, Boon Lay
Hillview, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang
Kranji, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Gedong, Tengah
Lentor, Springleaf, Mandai
Seletar, Seletar Hill, Sengkang West
You could say that these places are “suburbs”, but this would give a false impression of remoteness. Here’s the thing: with excellent MRT connectivity around the island, the OCR is a very viable and affordable housing option even for those who work in the city, with resale condo prices as low as $800 per square foot (psf).
Private residential projects in the OCR are also typically larger, with condos usually clocking in at 300 units or above, barring some boutique developments that are typically located among landed property enclaves. Most OCR properties are 99-year leasehold properties.
Given the stiff competition between projects across various OCR locations, developers are pulling out all the stops to lure buyers. Attractive pricing is only one thing; given the larger size and higher unit counts of OCR projects, developers can afford to include show-stopping facilities, making the projects particularly appealing to young couples and millennial families.
HDB Map: Mature Vs Non-Mature HDB Estates in Singapore
Mature estates in Singapore
Non-mature estates in Singapore
Ang Mo Kio
Choa Chu Kang
Currently, HDB estates/towns are divided into “mature” and “non-mature” estates. A mature estate is an older residential area that’s been around for at least 20 years with more amenities. For your easy reference, we compiled a list of mature and non-mature estates in Singapore.
New HDB Classification: Standard, Plus, and Prime BTO Flats
Standard HDB flats
Plus HDB flats
Prime HDB flats
Most flats across Singapore
Choicer locations within regions (e.g. near MRT stations and town centres)
Most central, choicest locations
Most affordable with standard subsidies
Higher price than Standard flats, lower price than Plus flats
Highest-priced flat types
Minimum Occupation Period (MOP)
HDB resale restrictions
Owners can rent out the entire flat after MOP is fulfilled
Some subsidy clawback after resale
More subsidy clawback after resale; renting of whole flat not allowed even after fulfilling MOP
Following the National Day Rally 2023 announcements, however, HDB flats will soon no longer be classified by being built in ‘mature’ and ‘non-mature’ estates. From H2 2024, there will be an introduction of Standard, Plus, and Prime HDB flats, categorised by their proximity within neighbourhoods to MRT stations and closeness to the city centre.
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