If you’re keen to live a little further afield, but not as far as over the border, here’s some topline info! If East Coast or City living is more up your street, if the central and city outskirts or west and south west areas are more your thing, then take a look at our roundups of these areas too. For a more in depth feel, check out our neighbourhood guides!
North: Woodlands – 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.
This article first appeared in EL City Guide 2015/2016.