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Postby Wd40 » Thu, 30 Jan 2014 3:25 pm

Location choice depends on where your office is and where you frequent. There is no good or bad location in Singapore

My 3 bedroom HDB in Tampines costs $2400 and for me this is the best location :D

You can even get 2 bedroom condos in Pasir Ris and Simei for $2500-$2800

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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 30 Jan 2014 4:41 pm

Steve1960 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:Listen to Wd40.

My only comment to add is that for $3000/month, you'll be getting a 'basic' 3-bedroom HDB. HDB being the public housing, and in an average area. If you want a "good" area (which just means location in Singapore, nothing to worry about for crime), you could be paying up to $4000 even for the HDB.

If you want a private condo with amenities, you could be paying even more.


I pay 3k in Toa Payoh for 3 bed 2 bathroom HDB and I think that's a pretty good location.


Being a rich (relatively) Indian, I assumed he wanted exclusivity and a fancier address to brag about, so a more upscale area. Not Toa Payoh.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 30 Jan 2014 4:56 pm

zzm9980 wrote:a more upscale area. Not Toa Payoh.


What lah, lissten to fancy-pan' hor, where got!

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Postby Wd40 » Thu, 30 Jan 2014 5:54 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
Steve1960 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:Listen to Wd40.

My only comment to add is that for $3000/month, you'll be getting a 'basic' 3-bedroom HDB. HDB being the public housing, and in an average area. If you want a "good" area (which just means location in Singapore, nothing to worry about for crime), you could be paying up to $4000 even for the HDB.

If you want a private condo with amenities, you could be paying even more.


I pay 3k in Toa Payoh for 3 bed 2 bathroom HDB and I think that's a pretty good location.


Being a rich (relatively) Indian, I assumed he wanted exclusivity and a fancier address to brag about, so a more upscale area. Not Toa Payoh.


Siglap area will fit the bill.

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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 30 Jan 2014 7:50 pm

Wd40 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:
Steve1960 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:Listen to Wd40.

My only comment to add is that for $3000/month, you'll be getting a 'basic' 3-bedroom HDB. HDB being the public housing, and in an average area. If you want a "good" area (which just means location in Singapore, nothing to worry about for crime), you could be paying up to $4000 even for the HDB.

If you want a private condo with amenities, you could be paying even more.


I pay 3k in Toa Payoh for 3 bed 2 bathroom HDB and I think that's a pretty good location.


Being a rich (relatively) Indian, I assumed he wanted exclusivity and a fancier address to brag about, so a more upscale area. Not Toa Payoh.


Siglap area will fit the bill.


It would. And he won't find a 3 bed condo there for $3000, and even an HDB would be tough.

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Postby insingapore2014 » Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:27 am

Thanks a lot for all the information, really appreciate it. It's very useful.

I'd be happy with a 2 Bedroom apartment as I'd mostly be living alone. I would be looking for something around the SMU campus as my office is around that area and I want to spend minimum time possible in commute.

I am a vegetarian and on weekdays, my food will be paid for by the company.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 31 Jan 2014 4:28 am

If you had a choice of a 350ft unit within 5 minutes walk of SMU, or an 800ft unit with a pool 20 minutes away by train which would you take?

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:45 am

JR8 wrote:If you had a choice of a 350ft unit within 5 minutes walk of SMU, or an 800ft unit with a pool 20 minutes away by train which would you take?


I'd personally take the smaller unit, as I'd vastly prefer the walk and prefer the area near SMU But I'm not the OP :)

To the OP, I think you can find studios near or just under $3k in an area called River Valley. It's pretty close to SMU, maybe 20 minute walk. Another nice area, slightly closer, is Robertson Quay. Not sure if they have studios, but you could probably find something at about $4k that would be considered 'nice'. That would be a really nice 10-15 minute walk along the river to SMU.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:31 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
JR8 wrote:If you had a choice of a 350ft unit within 5 minutes walk of SMU, or an 800ft unit with a pool 20 minutes away by train which would you take?


I'd personally take the smaller unit, as I'd vastly prefer the walk and prefer the area near SMU But I'm not the OP :)


Ah, hmmm, interesting! :)
I don't consider Orchard Road 'real Singapore'. It'd be like studying in London, living on Oxford Street and imagining you had a feel for the country.

I think breaking down sub-conscious peripheries and limits is important. It's too easy to relo and then stay in D9/10/11. But you need to take the oomph, the wherewithal (the chutzpah (@SMS ;)) and not stop 'getting out there'.

p.s. I've said it before but..
I used to work in Raffles Place, live on Mount Sophia, and even going to the north end of Orchard Road was 'out of my routine/comfort zone'. You can imagine how narrow my understanding of SG was...

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 31 Jan 2014 5:06 pm

JR8 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:
JR8 wrote:If you had a choice of a 350ft unit within 5 minutes walk of SMU, or an 800ft unit with a pool 20 minutes away by train which would you take?


I'd personally take the smaller unit, as I'd vastly prefer the walk and prefer the area near SMU But I'm not the OP :)


Ah, hmmm, interesting! :)
I don't consider Orchard Road 'real Singapore'. It'd be like studying in London, living on Oxford Street and imagining you had a feel for the country.

I think breaking down sub-conscious peripheries and limits is important. It's too easy to relo and then stay in D9/10/11. But you need to take the oomph, the wherewithal (the chutzpah (@SMS ;)) and not stop 'getting out there'.

p.s. I've said it before but..
I used to work in Raffles Place, live on Mount Sophia, and even going to the north end of Orchard Road was 'out of my routine/comfort zone'. You can imagine how narrow my understanding of SG was...


Well, this is having lived here for three years now though... I know Singapore enough, so my opinion is skewed. I was just giving that from the perspective of knowing it would be a nice daily commute to walk.

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Postby insingapore2014 » Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:53 pm

JR8 wrote:If you had a choice of a 350ft unit within 5 minutes walk of SMU, or an 800ft unit with a pool 20 minutes away by train which would you take?


Good question, I'd go for 800 ft if the price is similar...!

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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 01 Feb 2014 9:08 am

insingapore2014 wrote:
JR8 wrote:If you had a choice of a 350ft unit within 5 minutes walk of SMU, or an 800ft unit with a pool 20 minutes away by train which would you take?


Good question, I'd go for 800 ft if the price is similar...!


Then you have a lot of options. 20 minutes by train is over a third of the country. :)


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