Working in Jurong East - where would you live?

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Working in Jurong East - where would you live?

Post by ayrej2 » Tue, 01 Jul 2008 9:14 pm

Hello

I am shortly moving to Singapore, with my girlfriend. I'll be working at the International Bussines Park, Jurong East and am looking at which areas to live in.

Obviously, there's the usual conflict between being close to work or close to where you'd want to live.

We're mid-late twenties, no kids, and keen on getting out on an evening. Happy to get to work with a car or via MRT.

I've got to admit, I like the look of the East Coast parkway (I ride cable wakeboard a lot), but it's a little far (about 50mins on MRT plus 10 min walk at the Jurong end?). How long would that take on the ECP-AYE at usual commuter time.

Obvious suggestions would be Holland or Orchard. Anywhere else I should consider? I'd love to be able to see the sea.

Budget is Sing$ 6K

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Post by TYFC Jai » Tue, 01 Jul 2008 10:41 pm

West Coast would be a great place for you as it is nearby the beach. Then approximately 15-20 minutes travel to work and 30 minutes to the town area...Orchard area. And then it quite easy for you to go to Sentosa by car if your stay around that area. Hope that's good for you.
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Post by jpatokal » Thu, 03 Jul 2008 2:41 am

Forget the East Coast, the commute will kill you. The MRT is packed like a sardine can and the AYE/ECP also jam up at rush hour.

I used to work at IBP and live in one of the condos a few MRT stops to the west away. Low rents (esp. back then), very convenient for going to work, not too bad for shopping (hawkers, wet market and Jurong Pt/IMM all nearby), but pretty inconvenient for going to town.

So I'd suggest you look for a condo (or HDB, depending on your budget) just to the east of Jurong East instead: Dover, Clementi, Buona Vista (Holland V). Close to work, reasonably close to the city, and with Rochester Park, Tanglin Village etc all popping up, there's halfway decent nightlife around there as well.
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Post by ScoobyDoes » Thu, 03 Jul 2008 10:13 am

I work across the road and will say a commute from East Coast is crazy. A colleague of mine did it for a while and it's either time consuming by public transport or costing the earth in taxi or petrol.

You might want to consider apartments around Upp. Bukit Timah and Hillside as well. There's quite a few expats and quite friendly bars and restaurants in the area.

I live slightly further north, next to an MRT station but this is better at the moment for my family.

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Post by ayrej2 » Fri, 04 Jul 2008 9:03 pm

Thanks for the suggestions.

I thought the East Caost idea might be ambitious. I certainly don't want to spend my life commuting, so I'll look into some of those suggestions.

Cheers,
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Post by Jens » Fri, 11 Jul 2008 9:02 pm

Bukit Batok area is fine as well

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