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Dover Rise, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in Buona Vista North


Claire, Andrew and Charlotte Walmsley, UK

Where did you live when you first came to Singapore?

Andrew came to Singapore one month before we did and settled in at The Sail @ Raffles. We then joined him there.  Coming from a small village in Yorkshire, England, to city life was amazing and exciting. I especially enjoyed exploring the CBD.

Why did you move to Dover Rise, Buona Vista North?

Heritage View had a lovely, open, spacious feel and suited our needs in raising our two-year-old daughter. We wanted to be just central enough to get taxis into the busy areas like Orchard Road, but still have the quiet life of suburbia.

What is the best thing about living in this neighbourhood?

The community feel. I wouldn’t change that for anything. There are so many families here and everyone is so friendly that you don’t feel isolated. We are also close to Holland Village, Fusionopolis @ One North and an exceptional healthcare facility (CHI Medical). What’s more, we are just a stone’s throw away from Rochester Park, which has some wonderful restaurants.

Whats missing from your local area?

Better transport. The bus services are excellent, but we are a good fifteen minutes’ walk from the MRT, and in the midday heat that can be difficult. A few more shops would be nice, too. We have a local dentist, a Fair Price supermarket, hairdressers and opticians. Our local hawker centre, Broadway, is good, but a few more little inexpensive restaurants and a better variety of shops would make the area ideal.

Any drawbacks to living in this area?

Commuting to the East Coast and getting to the airport without a car can take a long time on public transport, and the nearest library is two bus journeys away. A closer MRT would be a bonus.

Why this specific home?

Dover Rise has everything we need, including four beautiful pools and some lush, landscaped areas. It is quiet in the mornings, but as soon as the children return from school there is a buzz in the playground, where all the mums meet and all the kids play. Whenever you leave your condo, you can’t help but bump into a friend. It is an idyllic way of life.

What facilities were important to you?

Apart from access to local amenities, we needed a good preschool. We are very close to Emaar International School, which Charlotte attends.

Preferred local leisure area?

We’re fans of Vivo City; its Monkey Cookie Lounge is an inexpensive drop-off facility for children, and our daughter loves it. She can play while we get the shopping done. We also love Go Go Bambini@Dempsey Hill, and the Botanical Gardens for a picnic. Holland Village is closer than Vivo and has a great European feel, perfect if you want a change of scenery but don’t want to travel too far.

Preferred local shopping centre?

Fusionopolis is very new and restaurants and shops are popping up there every week. It has a Market Place and a Starbucks, and is a short walk away. Charlotte attends a class at the Staccato music school, so we also spend a bit of time at Horsecity and Turf City and usually end up at Scrumptious Café for lunch.

Special finds?

Eden Sanctuary. The tranquillity of this restaurant and its surroundings make it a perfect place to sip coffee with the girls. The staff is so friendly and lets us sit and chat the mornings away. They have good specialty teas and coffees, and do a wonderful Sunday brunch. It’s a great place to unwind.

Favourite restaurant for a special night out?

North Border at Rochester Park has a nice menu, and the colonial setting is very romantic. We also love Au Petit Salut at Holland Village. Their food is exceptional; we return time after time and are never disappointed.

Favourite cheap and cheerful restaurant?

We often go to White Dog Café at Vivo City. They greet you with a resounding welcome when you walk in, the view of the harbour to Sentosa is pretty (even though the Universal Park building work is in full swing), and their prices are reasonable. We love their potato wedges with chilli dip, and their sandwiches are very good.  They love Charlotte and treat her like a VIP. They don’t have a children’s menu, but they always manage to put something together for us.


Bistro Petit Salut
#01-54, 44 Jalan Merah Saga
6474 9788

Eden Sanctuary
44 Rochester Park
+65 6777 1189

Cookie & Monkey Kids’ Lounge
#02-105 VivoCity
+65 6222 2868

Emaar International School
201 Ulu Pandan Road
+65 6536 6566

Go-Go Bambini
#01-15 Blk 8 Dempsey Hill
6474 4176

North Border Bar & Grill
2 Rochester Park
+65 6777 6618

Scrumptious Café
#01-19 Turf City
+65 6463 6543

White Dog Café
#02-131 VivoCity
+65 6376 9970

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