Once swamplands with some farms and fishponds, Toa Payoh New Town is now a planned community of office buildings, shopping centres, community centres, and a sports complex. This arrangement makes living here quite convenient for residents—most of what they need are already near their homes. The town also has a garden where residents can enjoy a leisurely stroll.

People looking for Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats usually check out the residences in Toa Payoh.