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Moving to Singapore

Post by texas » Sat, 03 Dec 2005 8:29 am

Hi,

I am moving to Singapore next summer and was wondering about how much to expect to pay for rental property in the Sembewang area? I would require a 3 bedroom house.

Also, I am a bike rider and understand there is both road and mountain biking on the island. How active is it?

I am sure I will have many more questions as time gets closer, but would appreciate any info you can provide. Thanks

Glenn

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Post by joop » Sat, 03 Dec 2005 12:33 pm

Anything from S$1,800 and above. You can contact our Leasing Department at (65) 61000 300 or email: [email protected] and we will be able to assist you.
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Post by texas » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 10:26 am

Is that about the avg? What kind of sq footage can I expect? I was looking at closer to what $3000 can get. Are these furnished, patially furnished? Thanks for your help.

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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 12:00 pm

Sembawang is a more affordable part of Singapore, so your $3,000 should go a lot further, than say, being right in town. I think $1,800 is a starting price, though. Furnished vs. unfurnished has a different meaning in Singapore than it does in the US. Partly furnished can include things like: closets, bathroom fixtures -- a very broad scope.

My husband is an avid road biker, which is gaining in popularity here -- but road etiquette towards bicycles hasn't really caught up. You must be very, very careful. There are also some good mountain bike tracks throughout the island. Good luck with your move.

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Post by texas » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 7:24 pm

Thanks for the info. I am in the USAF and my rental cieling is around $3000US. I haven't learned the exchange rate, yet. Are utilities included in the rent? Does it depend on landlord/contract?

I do look forward to the beautiful weather and have ridden my bike in Naples Italy, which was a challenge. Thanks for the great info. I will keep posted...

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Post by k1w1 » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 8:18 pm

Rent doesn't cover anything else. Your water, gas, electric and waste disposal all come in one bill each month - could be anything from 150- to 500- a month.

Try this for exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 8:27 pm

I know people who negotiated for utilities since their housing allowances were bigger than the place they moved into. I think K1w1 is right in most instances, but landlords can be very, very different. Is it just you who is moving?

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Post by texas » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 8:32 pm

Thanks for the info and the link. That really helps. How are the beaches? Is travel between the coutries pretty much open? I figure trains might be the best mode. Any thoughts?

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Post by JetVan » Tue, 06 Dec 2005 1:28 am

best is to fly via budget airlines, its dirt cheap... so many beaches to choose from thailand to indonesia..you'll be spoilt for choice...singapore's beaches are all man made so not so exciting... look at these links tigerairways.com and airasia.com

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