Hi Seattle Lady, Little India is quite near to Orchard Road, which is the shopping belt .. approximately 5 minutes drive or 10 minutes via underground MRT (tube/metro). Little India has a MRT station but is a different line from the Woodlands station. condo
(private) apartments (which usually have facilities such as swimming pool, gym, playground, parking) near there would be in the Mckenzie, Bukit Timah or Newton area but rentals should be very expensive now.
Hi Maddiesmom, Science Park area is in the central west of Singapore, quite a happening place now as there are a number of new developments nearby such as a biomedical research etc. Condo (private) apartments near there would be in the Dover or Clementi area. Nearest amenities (food centre, banks, supermarket) should be Clementi or Ghim Moh.
SAS is in Woodlands which is in the north of Singapore ... suburb area but with a great shopping mall within Woodlands called Causeway Point. As most International Schools
contracts private bus operators to provide school bus transport for a fee to ply along certain routes, it will be good to stay within such routes so that you kids need not spend too much time travelling. You can go to SAS websites to take a look at the destination point of the bus routes http://www.sas.edu.sg/bus/index.html
You should consider various points before deciding where to stay, such as whether you are used to staying in the suburb as Woodlands is quite far away from town, about 35 mins drive (with no traffic jam). You can try Bukit Timah Area, Woodlands or Clementi area. But currently, rentals in Singapore has went up by quite a bit as the property
market is red hot now.
Another point is whether you drive so that you can pick up groceries easily or is mobile. Otherwise, it's ideal to stay near some amenities, like food centre, supermarket, etc. as it may be quite difficult to catch a cab during peak hours unless you are willing to pay an extra S$5+ to call for a cab.
You may also rent a Serviced Apartment
which is definitely more costly or HDB flats (no amenities) but less pricey.
Honestly, Singapore is tiny compared to other countries. To Singaporeans, having to travel an hour to a destination is a very big issue but to most expats I have met, it is nothing compared to their home country where they may take hours to reach their working place. Public transport includes very clean MRT, buses which are mostly aircon and cabs.
Hope the above is of help to you.