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Katong, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in this East Coast neighbourhood

 

South African Corinne Jones says the city is at her fingertips in Katong. Whether cooking Thai barbecue down the block or braiing in her own backyard, she finds the neighbourhood is a perfect mix of convenience, food outlets and breathtaking sea views.

Why did you move to Katong?

My husband and I selected our children’s school first. Then we decided to find a home within walking distance, since we don’t have a car. We didn’t realise at the time just how agreeable and convenient this area is to live in.

Best thing about living in this area?

I don’t think many areas in Singapore beat Katong’s location. It is especially suitable for families without cars. The East Coast Park, shops, restaurants, bus stops, a swimming club and two international schools are all within a 10-minute walk from our home. And it only takes 25 minutes to get to the CBD by bus.

Why this particular home?

We have a 14th floor apartment at Seaview Point Condo on Amber Road, with an unobstructed view of the Singapore Strait that is simply breathtaking. When my husband walked into the apartment for the first time, he told the agent that we would take it, without even having looked past the view from the living area!

Which facilities were important to you?

As South Africans we love to braai, or barbecue, so a barbecue pit was vitally important. We also hoped to have a big grassy area where the kids could play, but unfortunately there is not much space to burn off energy at our condo.

Is public transportation easily accessible?

Sadly, there isn’t an MRT station close by, but there are quite a few bus stops with buses that go to most parts of the island.

Are there any drawbacks to living where you do?

The noise! There is a considerable amount of construction going on in the area. As soon as one condo is completed, the foundation for another one is laid. Also, the hum of traffic on the East Coast Parkway is always in the background. My husband says that the only peace and quiet he gets is when his head is underwater in the swimming pool!

Favourite restaurant for everyday eating?

My family loves Mookata, a self-cooking Thai-style barbecue restaurant. It’s a very sociable and unique way of cooking and eating. Plus, it’s great fun for the kids.

Favourite cheap and cheerful restaurant?

Sin Hoi Sai Eating House has good food at reasonable prices, and the owners are quite happy to let you bring your own wine.

Favourite watering hole?

Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Café-Pub is perfect for chilling out with our mates and family on a weekend afternoon.

Any special finds?

The Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple on Ceylon Road has stunning murals and architecture. It’s definitely well worth a visit. Also, I lived here for 18 months before I discovered a huge Popular bookstore above the Marine Parade Post Office. Now I go there at least once a week for stationery and books.

Complete this sentence: This neighbourhood is perfect for …

Anyone looking to live in a charming suburb with many restaurants and leisure outlets nearby, yet still close enough to the city for a quick commute.

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