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Where to live: Singapore’s West, South and Southwest

Wondering where to live in Singapore? For such a small island, there’s a ton of choice…each with it’s own distinctive feel and lifestyle. Are you more of a central or city outskirts person? Up for East Coast or city-centre life? If you’re in the ‘west is best’ camp…including south and southwest – keep reading! (For a more comprehensive take on Singapore neighborhoods, head this way!)


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. It’s conveniently close to the Singapore American School, and with easy access to Malaysia. Some properties have forest views.

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South & Southwest

Alexandra / Portsdown / Pasir Panjang: These areas contain many of the island’s older colonial homes; they’re convenient for UWC South East Asia, Tanglin Trust School and the National University of Singapore. If you want easy access to the outdoors, there’s West Coast Park, Kent Ridge Park and the Southern Ridges (great for walking), and little enclaves beside the ocean, such as Labrador Park. It’s a straightforward commute to the CBD by car via the AYE and is serviced with plenty of buses.

Faber Park: Faber Park has a spacious, suburban feel and a large, friendly expat community with leafy surroundings. The area’s benefits include easy access to the AYE/CTE motorways, and VivoCity and HarbourFront malls for shopping. Mount Faber is one of the oldest parks in Singapore, with spectacular views and the cable car to Sentosa.

Sentosa: Sentosa Island has some of the most exclusive (and expensive) homes in Singapore – some of which directly face the sea. Residents of Sentosa Cove also have access to a golf course, excellent restaurants at Quayside, recreational opportunities and the ONE°15 Marina. At the gateway to Sentosa is VivoCity, one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, with HarbourFront MRT and buses.

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Tips from the panel

“We live in Alexandra/ Queenstown, in the big white ‘Lego block’ building called The Interlace. It’s a city in itself: eight pools, three tennis courts, a 1.1km running track, a salon, supermarket, bakery and coffee shop, so on weekends we don’t have to go anywhere, we can just chill at home with our friendly neighbours – 8am, coffee and cookie-baking at our friends’ place; 11am, in the pool; 3pm, head to the playgrounds; 6pm, a joint meal. It’s great.” – Olga

“I live in the HarbourFront area near Keppel Island; we chose it because it’s close to my partner’s workplace and we love to live by the water and yachts. We also love the close proximity to Telok Blangah and HarbourFront MRT stations, VivoCity, Sentosa and Faber Park. It’s quite far from the airport (around 30 minutes), but for everywhere else we need to go it’s a quick taxi.” – Jenilee


More info in our neighbourhood street guide to Keppel Bay here!

This article first appeared in EL City Guide 2015/2016.