Holland Village and the Botanic Gardens have long been favourite haunts for tourists, expatriates and locals alike. The neighbouring Farrer Road area, though, is relatively quiet, and it offers prime transport links, close proximity to reputable schools, and easy access into the CBD as well as further out to the suburbs.
Somewhere to stay
The area is known for its Good Class Bungalows (GCBs) and other private residences, including Cluny Park Residence, scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. With only 52 units, the condo will have views of the Botanic Gardens, and be close to schools including the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Nanyang Primary School. Also nearby – a two-minute walk, in fact – is Cluny Court, with a Cold Storage supermarket, plenty of food and beverage options, and popular fashion and beauty outlets.
The condo features designer furnishings and fixtures in each of its units, and facilities include a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Botanic Gardens, an outdoor grill and a lounge area. Ground floor units will also have their own private terraces and pools.
Another sought-after property in the area, The Siena, is scheduled for completion in 2020. This 54-unit boutique development along Farrer Road consists of one- and two-bedroomed units and penthouses.
Currently, median rental prices in the area are in the vicinity of $6,000 a month for an apartment measuring around 1,500 square feet. However, you can expect factors such as the age of the property and its available amenities to affect rental prices.
Out and about
A stone’s throw away is Holland Village, with its countless restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and local hawker stalls. The Botanic Gardens is also within a short drive or jog, and is the perfect spot for a family weekend outing.
Farrer Road MRT station serves the area, as does a wide variety of buses. Then there’s the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), slated for completion in 2019, which will turn Stevens MRT station into an interchange on the TEL and Downtown Lines.
To find out more about the properties available for rent or sale in this area and elsewhere in Singapore, go to propertyguru.com.sg
This article first appeared in the June 2016 issue of Expat Living. Subscribe so you never miss an issue!