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Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby JojoLee » Sun, 06 Mar 2016 5:31 pm

Hello all,

I will soon relocate to Singapore in mid Apr. I will be living by myself. Currently I am looking for a 1bed-room condo with budget around SGD2000 - 2500. I would like to stay at 3-5 stops away from the Buona Vista MRT station as there's where my office is. What would be your recommended neighbourhood?
As I live by myself, I prefer to stay somewhere safe and close to MRT station, shopping centre. I have visited Farrer Road, Queenstown and Bishan before and the condos on these 3 stops are slightly above my budget. My friend recommended me to stay at Boon Keng, how does that area look like?

Many thanks for your recommendation.

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Postby ecureilx » Sun, 06 Mar 2016 5:53 pm

JojoLee wrote:Hello all,

I will soon relocate to Singapore in mid Apr. I will be living by myself. Currently I am looking for a 1bed-room condo with budget around SGD2000 - 2500. I would like to stay at 3-5 stops away from the Buona Vista MRT station as there's where my office is. What would be your recommended neighbourhood?
As I live by myself, I prefer to stay somewhere safe and close to MRT station, shopping centre. I have visited Farrer Road, Queenstown and Bishan before and the condos on these 3 stops are slightly above my budget. My friend recommended me to stay at Boon Keng, how does that area look like?

Many thanks for your recommendation.

JojoLee


Boon keng isn't near BV.

Why not use Google map to have an idea of locales near BV ?

Clementi maybe a good start.

By the way, 2 to 2.5 is on the low side for a condo apartment.

Unless you wanna spend an hour travelling.

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby CooperI » Sun, 06 Mar 2016 6:11 pm

We looking for a single professional female to share in a 3 bedroom condo if that's of interest. We are 2 stops from Buona Vista and i also work in BV. If of interest send me a PM.
Otherwise good luck on your search.


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Postby x9200 » Sun, 06 Mar 2016 7:07 pm

JojoLee wrote:Hello all,

I will soon relocate to Singapore in mid Apr. I will be living by myself. Currently I am looking for a 1bed-room condo with budget around SGD2000 - 2500. I would like to stay at 3-5 stops away from the Buona Vista MRT station as there's where my office is. What would be your recommended neighbourhood?
As I live by myself, I prefer to stay somewhere safe and close to MRT station, shopping centre. I have visited Farrer Road, Queenstown and Bishan before and the condos on these 3 stops are slightly above my budget. My friend recommended me to stay at Boon Keng, how does that area look like?

Many thanks for your recommendation.

JojoLee

Why don't you go the opposite direction and try some condos along Boon Lay Way? For example, Parc Oasis may have units within your budget. Whether you like the area will depend on your lifestyle so hard to say. If the later include night and pub life then this area is not for you but if this is the case I doubt you are going to find anything within your budget.

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby rarkins » Sun, 06 Mar 2016 9:34 pm

Here are a few condo possibilities near MRT stops that tend to have apartments in your price range:

Near Haw Par Villa MRT: Parc Imperial, Viva Vista
Near Queenstown MRT: Alexis (normally more expensive, but prices have kept coming down lately into your range)
Near Botanic Gardens MRT: 10 Shelford, Dunearn Suites
Near Lakeside MRT: The Lakefront Residences

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby JojoLee » Sun, 06 Mar 2016 10:12 pm

Thank you everyone for your advice! My property agent asked me to check out the new project in Boon Keng as the price is more affordable. However, will also check out other areas suggested by you guys. I can stretch my budget slightly to 2800 but I thought the prices may come down soon.
Anyway, I will keep looking... Thx


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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 12:57 am

JojoLee wrote:. I can stretch my budget slightly to 2800 but I thought the prices may come down soon.


The word stretch is pretty much loved by agents. 2.8 ? They will start looking for properties at 3k and above, and insist that's what you must accept.

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby JojoLee » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 7:53 am

That's true! All the options from my agent is around 2600-3000 but said its negotiable. I guess the max I can ask for is -100~-200.
I found 'The Sorrento' within my budget at West Coast Road, not too close to MRT station but I guess it is walkable distance


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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 8:08 am

JojoLee wrote:That's true! All the options from my agent is around 2600-3000 but said its negotiable. I guess the max I can ask for is -100~-200.
I found 'The Sorrento' within my budget at West Coast Road, not too close to MRT station but I guess it is walkable distance


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My 2 cents, look for bus services. Sometimes bus services are faster vs trains.

And negotiable again means, well, not much.

A fair number of agents over price the property in exchange for higher commission from landlord.

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby JojoLee » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 8:19 am

Thanks for the advice!!


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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 8:50 am

If you engage the services of an agent, one thing you might try is to give them your absolute budget and then tell them you will pay them the difference if they can get the rental at a lower rate, e.g., your budget is $2,800/mo. if they can negotiate the rental down to say, $2,600/mo you will give the agent the difference, e.g., an additional $200 or the original budgeted $2,800 as commission. Therefore he will work both for you AND for himself, rather than himself alone. Sometimes it works (others here have used this gambit successfully in the past). Good Luck.

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby GuyJean » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 9:20 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:If you engage the services of an agent, one thing you might try is to give them your absolute budget and then tell them you will pay them the difference if they can get the rental at a lower rate, e.g., your budget is $2,800/mo. if they can negotiate the rental down to say, $2,600/mo you will give the agent the difference, e.g., an additional $200 or the original budgeted $2,800 as commission. Therefore he will work both for you AND for himself, rather than himself alone. Sometimes it works (others here have used this gambit successfully in the past). Good Luck.


That's good to know. Thanks a lot for sharing! I will give this strategy a try.


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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby zinc32 » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:34 am

Don't increase your budgets , markets are not good for landlords currently with more than 10'percent flats going empty for once atleast the tenants have a upper hand ! I have negotiated my price way down at the time of renewing my rental contract and so can you stick to your budgets the ranges of 2-2.5 you can easily get 3 bedrooms today new hill view, further from jurong and on the circular line ( yellow line) negotiate well you only need a 1 bed or studio which should not
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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby ecureilx » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:04 am

zinc32 wrote:Don't increase your budgets , markets are not good for landlords currently with more than 10'percent flats going empty for once atleast the tenants have a upper hand ! I have negotiated my price way down at the time of renewing my rental contract and so can you stick to your budgets the ranges of 2-2.5 you can easily get 3 bedrooms today new hill view, further from jurong and on the circular line ( yellow line) negotiate well you only need a 1 bed or studio which should not
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Alternate, if you don't mind, is a Master room, and Master rooms go for about 1.3 to 1.8 depending upon the area. City area Master rooms are slightly higher

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Re: Where to live in SG for single lady?

Postby JojoLee » Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:18 pm

I prefer not to find a shared room first. The strategy for paying the differences from agent is worth to try. Thanks for the advices


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