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CONDO/APARTMENT difference???

Post by misspalladino » Wed, 25 Jun 2008 8:32 pm

Hello all

I've recently been offered the chance to transfer to Singapore with my company for a year's placement.
This is due to commence in September

However I have a couple of queries :-

What is the difference between a HDB flat and a condo?
When it says "full condo facilities" what does this include?

I'm 22 years old and moving from the UK. I do not have a large budget for my rental.

I would say my top end budget would be 2500 a month, however obviously i would like to spend less than this.

I don't really mind where i stay (as long as it's not in a dodgey area/red light district!! have to keep the folks happy, otherwise they'll be worrying!! ha ha)

My offices are on North Bridge Street in the main city, however I don't mind travelling in.

Ideally I'd like to be near the coast if possible, however if people could direct me on decent places to stay / within budget I would be very grateful!

Gemma :D

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Post by durain » Wed, 25 Jun 2008 9:17 pm

condo - private apartments. full facilities = swimming pool, gym, tennis court, etc.

HDB - gov housing.

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Post by Saint » Thu, 26 Jun 2008 8:54 am

Hi Gemma,

You'd be able to rent a half decent HBD well within your budget but a single young UK lady might find it too lonely and boring.

Condos will have all the facilities and large range of locals/expats young and old living there......... but you'll be lucky to find anything whin your budget. As it's your company that's placing you in Singapore, can you not ask for a larger housing allowance? Worth a try!

Have you considered sharing? I personally would think this would be a good option to look in to as you'll get best of everything. You could rent a condo room with ensuite in a good area for $1.5k tops incl bills.

If you want to live near the coast I would definitely recommend the East Coast Area, district 15/16, as it has everything you would need and good public transport routes MRT/Bus to Bugis where I'm guessing you'll be working.

Check in the classified section of this site for shared accomdation and it will give you a better idea.

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