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Which neighbourhoods to live in?

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By Traveller February 10, 2017
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Which neighbourhoods to live in?

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By Ellen Traveller February 10, 2017

Hi! I'm moving to Singapore with my partner in March and we'll be looking into neighbourhoods to live in. We love to be close to nature eg parks, beach or by the water. We'd love an area that's not too crowded or high rise but easily accessible (15 mins bike ride or 5-10 mins MRT) to the centre. Would like to find somewhere with a villagey feel too. Hope that's not asking for too much!

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Also, please do not take reference of the COLD FEET as it doesn't have any representation of Singapore.

If you dont mind the distances, Pasir Ris would probably be the furthest you can get away from the city. Meaning 40min MRT ride to the city & rental is probably cheapest. Its very quiet and very close to beach and airport. you will enjoy the convenience of getting to the airport if you have to fly in and out regularly.
Local February 13, 2017
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in singapore, basically there are no villages as all has been modernised.

i would say east coast area will be most quiet, cheap but only taxi to city. no MRT near by. Areas around Village Hotel Katong would be 15-20 mins walk to beach, will 15mins by taxi to the city.

For Sentosa, its an upscale resort island with casino and lots of tourist attraction.
but hotels can cost a bit more.

Both East coast & Sentosa are not very crowded unless there could be some major holiday, where locals do take time to crowd the beaches and parks.

If you love parks, the Bontanic garden, Istana park, Gardens by the bay, Jurong Bird Park, 3 Zoos and Sentosa are popular attractions.

While east coast park, pasir ris park are free and perfect to rent a bike to cycle along the coast.
Local February 13, 2017
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Singapore can be divided into 5 areas for living - North, South, East, West and Central.

Singapore is not large - North to South is about 24 Km and East to West is about 42 km. Travel time varies depending upon mode of transport - private or public transport.

Before we get to your choices, firstly you need to consider 2 things - your budget and where you / your partner will be working.

Proximity to work location means less travel time but rent may be high. Living further away usually means more travel time and possibly lower rent.

Rental in Singapore can be for private landed property, public housing and private high rise property.

Areas which may suit your requirements like Nature parks are in upper bukit timah areas or telok blangah or clementi, Beach areas are in East Coast / Marine Parade, Water areas in upper thomson or Bedok Reservoir. Village feel areas could be Holland Village or Simpang Bedok or Sin Min area.

The Singapore Government has policies to ensure Trees, plants, shrubs and grass are always within your view. So when you come to Singapore, your definition of close to nature may change.

Accessibility is a different beast given Singapore's size. Singapore has evolved from being centric focused to suburban focused. ie you can generally find more than 80% of your needs in suburban malls. So unless you work or shop in the center, you will find you may not even need to go there.

Hope you enjoy yr stay
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Local February 13, 2017
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Singapore is a small country, smaller than London in fact...
You can consider Bishan Town in which there is a huge park and it is just about 10 mins train ride to Downtown Orchard area.

Else you can consider Katong area for the 'village ' feel with a beach nearby..however, the train station is a little far from here.




Local February 12, 2017
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Hello! in Singapore it really depends on your Budget for accommodation. There isn't so much of villages in singapore as we are a urban city after all. But Neighbourhood with park and beaches nearby you may consider living on the East Coast of singapore between Siglap - Katong areas. As there is a good mix between private apartments/ landed and flats, the area is not too congested.

Alternatively, you may want to consider the west coast of Singapore from Telok Blangah - west coast park. More on the private apartments or condos around that area. Telok Blangah for instance is a stone through to Sentosa, Mount Faber for hikes. Beautiful greenery.

For away from the city, other places to consider, Changi / Pasir Ris but that's really outskirts..

Hope these information helps you.
Local February 12, 2017
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I am an expat in Singapore (recently moved away but family is still here), we live near Holland Village/Buona Vista area which is very nice, close to the main shopping area and the Botanic gardens. Been in Singapore for 6/7 years and lived in Serangoon area as well but would definitely recommend living in areas around Orchard and Botanic gardens areas, i.e. South/South East Singapore.
Local February 10, 2017
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I am staying in Yishun whereby we are surrounded with many greenery around us. Yishun estate have two mrt station - yishun & khatib. there is many exciting venture always in yishun you can do. Singapore is a green city and there are many neighbourhood which had many green landscape. You may also explore other town such as ang mo kio, bishan, bukit gombak, chua chu kang and many more...happy hunting and welcome to singapore
Local February 10, 2017
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Marine parade still be perfect
Local February 10, 2017
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My Girlfriend is Realitor for expats - want her number? We lived in Katong took. Mountbatten MRT to the office 14 mins door to door.
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Traveller February 10, 2017
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Hi, we lived in Singapore twice, my best mate is an expat Realitor would you like her details? We bike and live in Katong but there are lots of great areas. I worked in the city my commute was 14 mins on the MRT
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Traveller February 10, 2017
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If you want to be centralized but away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD or town area, redhill will be ok. It's near to sentosa and there are many parks around. It's near to everything actually. Cheap too!
Local February 10, 2017
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