Size & Population: 9 Sq Km with an estimated 60,000 residents.
About: There are five sub-zones mainly Balestier, Moulmein, Malcolm, Thomson and Mount Pleasant.
History: Novena is named after the famous Novena Catholic Church along Thomson Road. Balestier Road is named after Joseph Balestier who owned a sugar plantation along Balestier Road in the mid 1800s and who was also the first American diplomat in Singapore.
Residential: Mainly consisting of condominiums and private apartments with few public housing units in the area. This is so because of its close proximity to the city and high cost of land.
Industrial: There are some office business activities around Novena MRT Station, with the biggest office located across the station, The Inland Revenue Authority Building. One of Singapore largest hospitals, Tan Tock Seng Hospital is located directly behind the station.