Serangoon Gardens is unusual in that most of the residences are privately owned lowrises, with only a scattering of apartment blocks. The area is famous for the variety and quality of its hawker foods, and suburban living is found here in a lower price range than the old favourites such as BukitTimah. Expatriates have gradually been favouring this location since the French and Australian Schools moved in.
Rebecca Bisset, UK
Where did you live when you first came to Singapore?
Prices were high when we arrived here eleven years ago, so we went further out of town to Yio Chu Kang, where we paid just $2,800 for a brand new five-bedroom house. I have moved several times since then, most recently from Seletar.
What were your reasons for moving to this area?
We had to move out of Seletar because of its redevelopment into a civil aviation hub. I knew Serangoon Gardens quite well already, because it was one of the shopping centres closest to us. Being only a five-minute drive from the Australian International School, which my girls attend, was a major influence on my choice of neighbourhood.Best thing about living in this neighbourhood?
It’s very central; the CTE motorway is just a short drive from us. Most importantly, it actually feels like a neighbourhood, and the people I meet on my walks are friendly. Public buses are plentiful and regular, and the one the girls take to get home from school costs 50 cents. A bargain!
What’s missing from your local area that you would like to have?
I miss the NTUC supermarket and the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf that were closed down for redevelopment of the site, which will take about two years. A couple of clothing shops and a stationer’s would be nice.
Why this specific home?
It has a garden. There are a few around that have gardens, but mine is bigger than most. It’s a really old house. Most of the door handles don’t work and there’s no hot water in the sinks, but it has character. I also like the fact that the children’s bedrooms are on the ground floor and I am on the upper level, so there is no running up and down stairs when “we” forget things.
What facilities were important to you?
I would have liked a pool, but it’s out of our budget, so we joined the Hollandse Club and swim there – when we have time!
Preferred local leisure area?
I have walked to Bishan Park, which is pretty. Further afield, we still go the Night Safari whenever we have guests; now that the girls are older, we walk instead of going on the tram. The Science Centre and the cinema there is still a favourite, too. There are some lovely places on Sentosa now, such as the Luge. I like Emerald Hill and Clarke Quay at night, but am not a regular at either.
Preferred local shopping centre?
I love the village feel of Serangoon and only go elsewhere if I can’t get something here. It’s a huge bonus being able to park outside a shop and run in, instead of having to weave through a large carpark, but most of the time I park at home and walk there – it takes five minutes. Most of the banks are there, and there’s a chemist, a video shop, a 7-Eleven, pet shops, and a Cold Storage supermarket. There are heaps of beauty salons, too, including Tamarind Spa, which is very good. The area is known for its restaurants and the immensely popular Chomp Chomp hawker centre.
Do you have any idea how good the 60-cent McDonald’s ice cream cone is?
Favourite “cheap and cheerful” restaurant?
The chicken rice place next to McDonald’s at Serangoon Gardens is great.
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