One of Singapore’s quieter neighbourhoods, Seletar is a relatively new residential area comprised of mainly lowrise homes, predominantly bungalows and semi-detached. The roads are tree-lined and the area is slightly undulating. The CTE is a five-minute drive away, Compass Point shopping centre is nearby at Sengkang, and just further out are the smaller services of Serangoon Gardens. Seletar is also convenient for those working around Ang Mo Kio and Yio Chu Kang. There is no MRT but the area has a good bus network.
Sandra Curnow , New Zealand
Where did you live when you first came to Singapore?
We were lucky to get into Seletar Camp. My sister lived there already and we were just down the road from her. This was fantastic, especially when were new and didn’t know many people. We had to move out because the area was being developed into a civil aviation hub. Our road was being torn up!
What were your main reasons for moving to this area?
We wanted to live in an area of low-rises that was convenient to where we worked. Coming from New Zealand, we didn’t think we could cope with living in a built-up or high-rise area, so we looked at bungalows rather than apartments. This area is all low-rise, and it takes me about ten minutes to get to the Australian International School, where I work, via the CTE.
Best thing about living in this neighbourhood?
It’s quiet and there’s not much traffic. It’s still close enough to where my sister lives and to my workplace.
What’s missing from your local area that you would like to have?
A good café and a supermarket that caters to expat tastes.
Any drawbacks to living in this area?
I sometimes think it would be good not to have to go on the CTE to get to the city.
Why this specific home?
It has good bones – the layout and structure work well. The dining room and large lounge are open-plan with huge windows that overlook lush foliage. It’s a good house for entertaining. We have turned some of the front patio into a secluded seating area by introducing some potted plants, and the front garden is just large enough to have a barbecue pit. It has three bedrooms, one of which my husband Tim uses as an office when he isn’t travelling for work. He likes the view from the window, which is important when you are in the house a lot.
What facilities are important to you?
The aesthetics and the greenery matter more to us than any specific facility.
Preferred local leisure area?
Seletar Camp for walks and Punggol for wakeboarding.
Preferred local shopping centre?
Compass Point. It’s five minutes away and has all the basics: a Cold Storage supermarket, a Popular Bookstore, and a few nice clothing shops.
There’s a great little corner shop nearby. It’s open all the time and we can park right outside. You can get basic household goods and foods there, even some things you would only expect to find in the larger supermarkets. It’s very popular.
Favourite restaurant for a special night out?
Sunset Grill & Pub at Seletar Airbase because it is outdoor dining next to the runway and a truly unique experience. It’s very basic, with plastic tables and chairs, but serves good food in large portions. The children run around in the nearby fields (not on the runway!), and there are plenty of child-friendly food options.
Favourite “cheap and cheerful” restaurant?
Jalan Kayu. It’s a narrow street full of cheap restaurants teeming with local colour, and open 24 hours. I especially like the roti prata shop.
Australian International School
Punggol Sea Sports (Wakeboard)
Compass Point, Sengkang
1 Sengkang Square
Sunset Grill & Pub
Roti Prata, Jalan Kayu
(+65) 6482 0244