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HBD Flat Life

Post by MattV » Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:36 am

Some very basic questions here on HBD flats and the quality of life.

I've heard you have to be careful renting, but say all goes well.

The flat would be for a single person. Would need bath/kitchen. I hear the price is about 1000 to 2000.

Assuming I get a semi decent place. What is the living like? Is travelling into the center of the City difficult? Are they notoriosly unclean or are they well kept. Can you expect a pool or access to a pool?

What's the quality of 1000 to 1500 HDB flats?

Is there any locations you recommend me checking out to see an average apartment. I hpoe to be moving to Singapore shortly, but I will be there in a few days for a couple of interviews. I'd like to brwose around and figure out where are some possible places to stay.

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Post by boffenl » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 4:30 pm

There are thousands of kinds of HDB units (o.K., maybe a bit of an exaggeration) Mine was renovated about two years ago--beautiful new bathrooms and tile in the living room. Your neighbors will be local, so expect quite a few stares until they become familiar with you. Now we can't imagine living anywhere else, the convenience is so nice.

Just have a look at lots of different units and areas--you'll find something that works for you!

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Post by Hithnar » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 5:37 pm

MattV, i would reconsider HDB in favor of appartment, because HDB are generally really really big (unless you need at least 100 sq m for your own needs ignore that comment :P), and AFAIK it is not even legal for a foreigner to rent anything smaller than 2+1, and the government rarely lets out 1+1 or smaller HDB out on the market, so even lesser chances.

And if the HDB is not freshly renovated and well maintained, they tend to look... not so good. That is my personal opinion. And a lot of your comfort of living depends on the neighborhood. I once checked a HDB unit in a Indian neighborhood and it was quite messy (garbage pilling on the grass beneath the building) and loud.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:32 pm

What you say is true but a grand a month makes 12 grand a year - that's a pretty nice vacation. Decent chunk of change by any standard.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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