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HDB Living

Post by earthfriendly » Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:21 am

I came across this. An expat living in Tanjong Pagar HDB estate. Wonder how different (the feel) it is between each HDB estate / neighborhood.


http://www.expatliving.sg/Living_In_Sin ... r-6742.ece

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:58 pm

I've been living in an HDB estate since Sept of 1999. Works for me. In fact, I bought my flat.
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Post by Barnsley » Wed, 20 Jul 2016 2:08 pm

earthfriendly wrote:I came across this. An expat living in Tanjong Pagar HDB estate. Wonder how different (the feel) it is between each HDB estate / neighborhood.


http://www.expatliving.sg/Living_In_Sin ... r-6742.ece
I been in Pasir Ris for 8 years its good for me .... alas now there are more n more ang moh/foreigners moving in as the cost of living forces folk out of the city centre.

I do wish they hadn't chopped down almost all the trees here though , I think Pasir Ris maybe the warmest place on the Island , its almost all concrete n tarmac now. :x :x :x
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Re: HDB Living

Post by earthfriendly » Thu, 21 Jul 2016 2:08 am

Pasir Ris has that laid-back feel to it. Many of these HDB estates are self-sufficient township unto itself well-equipped with facilities. Unless one is looking for that certain vibe of the city center, or else these heartland estates pretty much take care of one's daily needs. I am talking about infrastructure wise. For an expat, being close to other expats may be a consideration.

SMS, congratulation on owning a slice of the Singapore dream i.e. home ownership.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 21 Jul 2016 8:39 am

Actually, I bought it with the sole purpose of living rent free. Making a profit wasn't part of the plan although if it happens better still. Currently the resale value is around the cost of my flat originally plus the interest I paid on a 14 year mortgage that I paid off 3 years ago and a little extra. That means I saved the rental that I would have paid for the past 17 years. My "home" is still in the US. Hopefully I'll be going back in the next 10 years after I retire.
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Post by Addadude » Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:45 am

earthfriendly wrote:Pasir Ris has that laid-back feel to it. Many of these HDB estates are self-sufficient township unto itself well-equipped with facilities. Unless one is looking for that certain vibe of the city center, or else these heartland estates pretty much take care of one's daily needs. I am talking about infrastructure wise. For an expat, being close to other expats may be a consideration.
I must say I've always been entirely ambivalent about 'being close to other expat's. It's never been a consideration for me. I've lived in condos and private walk up apartments and have been living in my own HDB flat for the last 10 years. And I have to say that on the balance, I prefer HDB living. I found that I rarely if ever used the facilities of the condos I lived in. In fact, my parents got more use out of these facilities when they visited me than I ever did.
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 21 Jul 2016 1:08 pm

Sometimes I get the impression that the expats and their condos have a bigger face problem than the locals do and that's going some!
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Post by Barnsley » Thu, 21 Jul 2016 1:46 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Sometimes I get the impression that the expats and their condos have a bigger face problem than the locals do and that's going some!
I think you could be correct on that score .....
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