A quick guide to Singapore’s regions and districts

It is understandable that at times, one might actually be unsure of the terms ‘OCR’, ‘RCR’, ‘CCR’ or even wonder what the district numbers (e.g. District 9, 10, 11) actually mean. These terms can be found everywhere, be it in newspaper articles, property reports, websites or even in daily conversations. Perhaps you might be clueless with these real estate terms, but fret not, for this is what they actually mean.

Firstly, it is important to understand that CCR, OCR and RCR are terms that describe the different regions in Singapore. They are descriptions of the three main regions of Singapore, constituting of several districts within them, which in turn contains the various planning areas of Singapore – to put it simply, the various towns or streets of the country. As such, there are 3 main regions of Singapore, and about 28 main postal districts. These regions can be defined as follows:

As such, keeping this map as a reference point, we will be going through the different zones of Singapore’s property landscape with you, from the regions to the districts as well as a brief overview and ongoings within each of them. To make things easier, it may perhaps be easier to view these regions as rings around Singapore; starting with the CCR in the middle, followed by RCR as an outer ring, and finally OCR as the most outermost ring.

Core Central Region (CCR)

This region is said to be located in Singapore’s main prime metropolitan area, of which owning any private residential property here would consider one as a ‘high net-worth individual’. This is largely due to its locational attributes, its close proximity to the central business district (CBD), the quality of the properties, as well as the high property values as compared to the rest of the regions.

This area is also home to the renowned districts 9, 10 and 11, which are often mentioned and stereotyped to be the main area of residence for multi-millionaires, tycoons and celebrities. These are also areas which are popular with luxury condominiums, high-end landed properties and Good Class Bungalows (GCBs) – the crème de la crème of all properties in Singapore. Besides that, you can find reputable restaurants, cafes and bars all around within this region as well. As such, to explain further, including the luxurious island of Sentosa, this region consists of the following districts and planning areas:

Core Central Region – CCR
DistrictsPlanning Areas
1Boat Quay, Chinatown, Havelock Road, Marina Square, Raffles Place, Suntec City
2Anson Road, Chinatown, Neil Road, Raffles Place, Shenton Way, Tanjong Pagar
6City Hall, High Street, North Bridge Road
9Cairnhill, Killiney, Leonie Hill, Orchard, Oxley
10Balmoral, Bukit Timah, Grange Road, Holland, Orchard Boulevard, River Valley, Tanglin
11Chancery, Bukit Timah, Dunearn Road, Newton

Rest of Central Region (RCR)

It is imperative to understand the fact that the RCR represents the area within the Central Region, merely outside of the districts of the CCR, and right before the districts of OCR. While properties within the CCR are generally stereotyped as having prestige, the RCR is usually labelled to be the host to mid-tier private residential properties, and a very popular area due to its close proximity to the CBD. As such, due to the slightly more affordable property prices while enjoying almost the same benefits of a property within the CCR, these areas are very popular amongst young working adults and expats.

Furthermore, the RCR now consist of several new high-quality condominiums – offering home buyers or tenants a wide array of choices for residency. The following are the districts within the RCR:

Rest of Central Region – RCR
Districts Planning Areas
3Alexandra Road, Tiong Bahru, Queenstown
4Keppel, Mount Faber, Sentosa, Telok Blangah
5Buona Vista, Dover, Pasir Panjang, West Coast
7Beach Road, Bencoolen Road, Bugis, Rochor
8Little India, Farrer Park, Serangoon Road
12Balestier, Moulmein, Novena, Toa Payoh
13Potong Pasir, Macpherson
14Eunos, Geylang, Kembangan, Paya Lebar
15Katong, Marine Parade, Siglap, Tanjong Rhu
20Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Braddell Road, Thomson

Outside Central Region (OCR)

Finally, the OCR consists of districts and planning areas which constitutes of the suburban areas of Singapore. This region is termed for the general masses due to it housing the highest number of HDB flats amongst the 3 regions. In terms of private residential properties, there’s also a wide array of mass market condominiums, exclusive landed properties as well as an increasing number of Executive Condominiums (ECs).

Simultaneously, this region has also been increasingly attractive to homebuyers and tenants over the last few years, attributing to the lower prices as compared to prices of properties in the CCR and RCR, as well as the government’s decentralisation strategy which resulted in big name company players such as CDL and JP Morgan amongst others taking up tenancy in regional centers and offices at these suburban areas. Hence, it may actually be easier to travel to work by remaining in the more affordable OCR houses.

As such, the districts and planning areas, specifically, are referred to as follows:

Outer Central Region – OCR
DistrictsPlanning Areas
16Bayshore, Bedok, Chai Chee
17Changi, Loyang, Pasir Ris
18Pasir Ris, Simei, Tampines
19Hougang, Punggol, Sengkang
21Clementi, Upper Bukit Timah, Hume Avenue
22Boon Lay, Jurong, Tuas
23Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Hillview Avenue, Upper Bukit Timah
24Kranji, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Gedong, Tengah
25Admiralty, Woodlands
26Tagore, Yio Chu Kang
27Admiralty, Sembawang, Yishun
28Seletar, Yio Chu Kang

All-in-all, we hope this has made things clearer for you in terms of understanding Singapore’s regions and its districts. On that note, should you be interested in investing in the properties here, it is important to understand that Singapore’s residential market itself has different ongoings within the CCR, OCR and RCR (due to its locational characteristics and varying prestige), and hence proper analysis is required for each one of them respectively.

Joel Tang

Joel Tang

Joel started his career processing and underwriting credit applications in a large offshore bank in Singapore. Shortly after, he progressed into a client advisory role as a mortgage specialist with the belief that every client deserves the immaculate attention and great service he enjoys delivering.
Joel Tang