Which district to live ?

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Which district to live ?

Post by crabbox » Tue, 10 Apr 2007 9:18 pm

Hi !
I am about to move to Singapore with my family (four of us) and was wondering which district to settle in. Any stories about these districts and yes please do recommend condos and landed houses ? I have been in Singapore a lot but unfortunately never had enough time to check all the areas. Used to live in Holland road for a while but since the prices have gone up I need to look for a optional places. Maximum rent amount per month is S$3500.

05 South West
Buona Vista, Dover, Pasir Panjang, West Coast

11 Central - Near Orchard
Chancery, Bukit Timah, Dunearn Road, Newton

12 Central
Balestier, Moulmein, Novena, Toa Payoh

15 East Coast
Katong, Marine Parade, Siglap, Tanjong Rhu

20 Central North
Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Braddell Road, Thomson

21 Central West
Clementi, Upper Bukit Timah, Hume Avenue

23 North West
Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang,
Hillview Avenue, Upper Bukit Timah

Additional questions for this topic: it looks like that you can get landed house for S$ 2500-3000 from district 15 for example ? My family lives now in landed house and I was wondering why should we not do the same in Singapore ? Which are the main issues not to rent landed house ? Any recommendations ?

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Post by Grim Reaper » Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:19 pm

I live in district 15 in/on landed property, so herewith my experiences.

When comparing to a condo, of course the difference is that you lack the usual facilities like a pool, tennis court etc etc. (unless you have it at your property, but that would in 99,9% of all cases mean the rent would exceed the 3500sgd per month...).

Another minus, compared to condo living, is the fact that mozzies seem to prefer landed property as well, therefore it is really needed you look well after your place and make sure no mozzies are breeding.
Also, other insects or animals such as toads/frogs, lizards and even the occasional snake can pass by as well. Nothing to be afraid about, but I never encountered them so much in a condo.

The big plus for me though is the garden all around, the feeling of freedom (not always between those 4 walls, somewhere high up in a flat). More of a living outside in this tropical climate, which I prefer, although it lacks the occasional breeze you would have on the 35th floor of some condos.

I come from Europe with space abundant, so condo life for me was crampy and I didnot like it after a few years. Here I could stay for much longer period, love it.

3,5k should give you a decent house in this district, just check around and do not say "yes" to the first one you view, there's choice and there's nice places, take your time.
Time will come....

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Post by crabbox » Wed, 11 Apr 2007 1:33 pm

Grim Reaper wrote:I live in district 15 in/on landed property, so herewith my experiences.

When comparing to a condo, of course the difference is that you lack the usual facilities like a pool, tennis court etc etc. (unless you have it at your property, but that would in 99,9% of all cases mean the rent would exceed the 3500sgd per month...).

Another minus, compared to condo living, is the fact that mozzies seem to prefer landed property as well, therefore it is really needed you look well after your place and make sure no mozzies are breeding.
Also, other insects or animals such as toads/frogs, lizards and even the occasional snake can pass by as well. Nothing to be afraid about, but I never encountered them so much in a condo.

The big plus for me though is the garden all around, the feeling of freedom (not always between those 4 walls, somewhere high up in a flat). More of a living outside in this tropical climate, which I prefer, although it lacks the occasional breeze you would have on the 35th floor of some condos.

I come from Europe with space abundant, so condo life for me was crampy and I didnot like it after a few years. Here I could stay for much longer period, love it.

3,5k should give you a decent house in this district, just check around and do not say "yes" to the first one you view, there's choice and there's nice places, take your time.
Thanks for the information. It is good to hear that we could get a landed house with 3,5k. We have lived here in Finland in a landed house for a long time so I know how you felt when you lived in a condo. Mozzies are just minor problem when you get used to those flying b*stards ;-)

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