From looking at the property
ads on this and a few other sites there seems to be some wild variations on what is available and what is considered acceptable.
Who we are:
PLEASE NOTE: We do not need or really want to be amongst other expats communities that have a reputation for not mingling with the locals. My personal opinion is that we are not relocating to be near other expats who bitch about this and that and don’t get on with making the most of the experience. That would really bring my wife down and sour our experience.
For 2.5K you can find a nice apartment in any area 2-3 bedrooms but stay away from Orchard as prices will be more expensive there. I can suggest Newton/ Novena area (has MRT line and good family atmosphere). East Coast is also a popular choice as it has a friendly mixed environment with outdoor activities for all. Holland Village is also another option for family environment. Also try MRT lines not in central locations (CBDs).
Don't be too concerned about living in an 'expat community'. Most of the so called 'expat condos
' are multicultural. There are westerners, chinese, indian, singaporean and others all living together. If you choose to get out, meet and talk to the locals then you will mingle, so it doesn't matter where you live. After all, Singapore is a very small Island!
BTW you are missing something. It doesn't matter what your culture is you are always going to find people who complain/ bitch. Talk to a local (a local taxi driver is a good place to start) and you will find that they also have a good bitch about stuff.
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