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Choosing a Location

Post by HunBunny80 » Sat, 24 Feb 2007 3:34 am

Hi everyone.
My husband and I would be moving to Singapore in a few months time. As he would be there before me, I would have to trust his judgement in location and condo selection.
We would like to integrate with expats and locals and I thought East Coast such as The Bayshore, Mandarin Gardens etc.
Anyone has any comments?
Budget is $3500 per month, 3 bedrooms preferable. We were told by friends that they would be coming already. :P
Many thanks for your help.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Sat, 24 Feb 2007 6:34 am

Will your husband be traveling as part of his job? Will you be the home bound spouse?

Then your husband really ought to let you choose or at the very least have a strong say. You will be living in it while he is gone.

He could try temporary quarters until you get here or you should come visit.

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Post by HunBunny80 » Sat, 24 Feb 2007 8:03 am

I guess he would be travelling too.

I would not be house bound. I might elect to work/study. The thing is I might not be able to take time off work in London to go house-hunting in Singapore. I plan to work until the week before I depart for Singapore.

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Post by PickwickLi » Thu, 01 Mar 2007 7:15 pm

My suggestion is to make sure that whatever condo you choose has ready access to public transportation - some East Coast condos have their own shuttle to the MRT for free or for a nominal charge, for example. I'm guessing you will not have two cars, and so you want to be sure that you can easily run errands, look at tourist stuff, etc., during the day.

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Post by HunBunny80 » Sun, 04 Mar 2007 5:46 am

unfortunately I don't drive. I should learn to really......
I will be relying heavily on public transport. if all fails, a taxi is always a phone call away I guess. :o

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Post by lost_canuck » Tue, 06 Mar 2007 2:40 pm

Hey HB: look for somewhere close to an MRT station, or direct buses to where you want to be. Also be sure to check out local amenities, ie. grocery store (cold storage/fair price/or wet market) for your convenience, things seem extra heavy in hot climates *l*

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Post by Loops » Tue, 06 Mar 2007 2:54 pm

I'm at Mandarin Gardens. It is a very nice place to live. The downside to living there, as with most older places probably, is that everytime someone sells their apartment, the new owner completely refurbishes it (which includes drilling off tiles and just about anything else they can drill off). That's really the only downside though. Apart from that, living here is great.

Marine Parade is great for bus services although there is no MRT (nearest to us is a 15-20 min walk or a bus ride). I don't use the MRT much because of that, but don't really miss it.

I agree with strong eagle though - ask your other half if he can live in serviced accom or a hotel until you get here and can go househunting

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