On top of this, majority if not all the people speculating about it in this thread probably never been there not to mention living there.
And people speculating about that may be wrong! I had friends that lived there, and visited quite often. I found it far from the East or the North (AMK and EC is where I would commute from to there) and that was by driving. If you lived in the West then it was probably more convenient. But either way if we ranked Singaporean neighborhoods based on their relative proximity to popular destinations, the West side and Bukit Batok would be on the bottom half of the list.
And yet another humorless person who missed the point that this was all based on a joke. Some of you guys you'd think I was insulting your mothers.
No-no, this is your perception only. Nobody gets even remotely offended (based on what? Bukit Batok Patriotizm?). C'mon. You know, the fact that I don't use this sort of
things does not mean I am a humorlessly insulted, I am probably just a bit more demanding.
If you lived your entire Singapore life in the East sure Bukit Batok is ulu-ulu-ulu or even further. People also have different entertainment priorities and not everybody needs to be every day on Orchard Rd or the Quays. I live already in a 2nd condo
in Bukit Batok and I think this location is just excellent. There are at least 3 condos
within the OP budget (for 3+1) I could recommend:
1) the Jade – sitting directly next to the MRT station
2) The Dew
3) Guilin View, pretty close to another MRT station
1 and 2 have a direct connection (no transfer) by bus to the Nexus within ca 30 min and a bit more complicated (2 transfers) to NUS but within ca 50 min. This is a luxury not many locations can offer in Singapore for 3.5k (3+1). I also know some people traveling to NUS everyday by bike
And Starbuck sucks. I would say more Starbucks around more ulu-ulu it is. It is like in a lame attempt to de-ulu-ulu the neighborhood. McDonalds works similar way. Truly prestigious neighborhoods avoid this kind of establishments.