Deciding where in Singapore to live needs careful consideration, especially when you’ll most likely be locked into your house or apartment for two years. Here, we’ve put together a list of the neighbourhoods that are a little further out but have a lot to offer! Hopefully, it will help you focus your search and ultimately allow you to make a more informed decision. For more ideas for your ideal neighbourhood, there’s the city, east, west, and south coasts to see too!
5 points to consider from the start
1. Where is the place of work for the main breadwinner in the family, and what will the commute be like? If you’re lucky enough to have a car, it’s more likely that it will be used by the parent responsible for overseeing the children’s schooling and extra-curricular activities – so don’t forget to look at public transport connections to the office, too. If you’re both working, it’s even more important to think about your commutes.
2. Once you’ve picked a range of locations with a commute that you’re satisfied with, have a think about what you’d like to surround yourself with. Is it important for you to be near a coffee shop or grocery store, for example, or a restaurant or pub? Do you want to look at greenery or the sea?
3. If you have children, look at the schools in those particular areas. Although there are school buses, if you’re too far away – at the first pick-up point for the bus, for example – you could have a very early start to your day. Some bus pick-ups start at 6.30am.
4. Do you want to be able to walk from your door and onto grass, or is a balcony enough?
5. What facilities do you want? Would you prefer a pool, gym and tennis court in the complex where you live, or would you be happy joining a club for access to these?
Expats choose Woodlands for its big, reasonably priced family houses and for the Singapore American School. Not surprisingly, there’s a large American expat community here. The area has a leafy, suburban feel, and large malls with restaurants and cinemas. Woodlands is one of two access points to Malaysia (the other is Tuas), and the city across the causeway, Johor Bahru (or “JB” for short), is accessible from here.
NORTHEAST: Seletar / Yio Chu Kang / Yishun
There are plenty of good-value houses here, though you’ll also find condos. The area comprises part of Upper Thomson and includes the Lower Seletar Reservoir. Seletar Air Base has a small group of colonial homes that you have to bid on. The area is convenient for children attending the American, Australian and French schools, and GEMS.
EAST: Changi / Loyang / Pasir Ris
Apart from being conveniently close the airport, these areas also offer sea access, with sailing clubs and, in certain areas, even a country feel.
Upper Bukit Timah
Further west of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the area that includes Bukit Batok and Dairy Farm Road has a large selection of good-value condominiums and semi-detached houses plus several decent shopping centres. The PIE and BKE expressways are easily accessible for those with cars, and MRT access has opened here. It’s conveniently close to the Singapore American School, and with easy access to Malaysia. Some properties have forest views.
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