Top five places for expats to live in Singapore
The Lion City grants a high standard of living and quality of life. Although 85% of Singaporeans live in high-rise buildings this small island can provide expats with a variety of different homes in extremely contrasting areas.
Due to the size of the island, living in Singapore allows you to access cultural hotspots at any time without having to travel a great distance. From the grand sculpture of the art science museum to the National museum of Singapore or the Theatres on the Bay. These areas can be accessed by all forms of transport whether its straight after work to watch a show or on a rare day off. Gardens by the Bay is a popular place to hang out on the weekends. With the option of cycling or scootering round the flower domes, eating satay by the river is a must for new expats. Families with children will be pleased to know Sentosa Island is not too far for anyone. Universal Studios, water parks and aquariums can all be great entertainment during the school holidays, whether you choose to staycation or visit the island for the day.
Holland Village is popular amongst expats, providing easy access to International schools, Orchard Road and the Botanic Gardens. Property prices and types vary from landed properties to modern high-rise condos. The local MRT station allows the likes of Ion Orchard and the city centre to be reached in ten minutes. An array of laid-back restaurants, cafes and bars make this location a great place for young professionals. With close proximity to schools and green space this area is full of young families. Private shuttle buses are provided by international schools allowing children to easily reach campus. At weekends the main streets are limited to foot traffic only, creating a safer and quieter environment. This sought-after location provides easy access to Tanglin Club and Hollandse Club, both private members clubs with large expat communities. Hollandse Club is an international sports and family members club. It provides a space to play sports or relax and unwind. Some sports on offer include hockey, squash and dance. Tanglin Club is home to over 4000 members from 70 countries and sports such as swimming, tennis and a gym are available. Private boutique gyms and fitness studios can also be found along the streets of Holland Village.
At the centre of everything is Orchard Road. This expat favourite gives residents the opportunity to be spoilt. With some of the best shopping in the world, an extensive number of restaurants, world class hotels and a good night life, this is a dining and entertainment hub. While the area is expensive, neighbourhoods are surprisingly quiet and small apartments can be found for young professionals who want to live near the buzz of the city. Money can be saved on travel costs with buses running along Orchard Road all day, several MRT stations are also located in the area. For cars roads are wide and the CTE is easily accessible. This prime location gives access to the city’s international schools. World class medical assistance can be reached at Gleneagles Hospital and Mount Elizabeth Hospital. The American Club, a membership club in partnership with Stamford American International school means dining, fitness and leisure activities will be at your fingertips.
Located at the top end of Orchard Road is Tanglin. This prestigious area is home to a large number of embassies and luxurious homes. Low rise condos and large family houses with gardens can be found in the sophisticated area. The first place to be developed by British colonialists, it provides an escape from the bustle of the city and access to a good number of amenities. Local shopping centres host hawkers’ stalls and small cafes. There is a lack of public transport with no direct MRT to the town, however, Orchard Road is highly accessible as well as the AYE and city expressway. This residential district includes Singapore’s botanic gardens, top hospitals and the Tanglin Club. Homes are found on quiet streets allowing evening walks with children or dogs to be done so safely.
Serangoon will give you more for your money. This quiet neighbourhood is a popular place for families with school aged children. Spacious houses and condos are situated near the Australian International school, French International school and Stamford International school. Access to the CTE allows other parts of the island to be reached within a short period of time and good public transport links are also on offer to get to the city centre, including Serangoon MRT station. Located next to NEX shopping mall, retail therapy is on your doorstep as well as great food and the nearby Bishan park is a great place to spend your weekend mornings cycling, walking or running. Serangoon provides a good balance of expats and locals looking for affordable homes.
If you’re wanting a feel of island life Sentosa may be the place for you. Luxurious properties line the sea front where views of the Southern sea can be found. With the beach only a short drive away tourists do not occupy the residential part of the island. Access to the golf course as well as the islands attractions are bound to fill your weekend. This exclusive neighbourhood is a step away from Singapore’s largest shopping mall, Vivo City and the suburban green neighbourhood of Faber Park. However, if you have children this may not be the best location for you. The island is hard to access by car during holidays due to the amount of traffic and reaching some of Singapore’s best international schools could be extremely time consuming.
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