Thanks for your suggestions. The point about living near an MRT station had occurred to me as well, and I've had a bit of look at 9, 10 and 11 (though I'll now have a specific look at the areas you mentioned). Thanks also for the warning that the internet tends to inflate what's available, but interesting to hear that prices can generally be negotiated down (we've been told to budget for $7,000, but we'd much prefer to spend less if we can).
I must admit that I'm coming round to an idea of a condo
with shared facilities (in order to meet other mums), but am wary about living in a very 'expat' area, so the suggestion about the East Coast is an interesting one, as that hadn't really occurred to me - I'd been looking North a bit instead.
In my mind, the MRT is like the tube in London, so relatively easy. But, what is the bus system like? How often do they run? How busy? And how easy for someone like me if I had a pushchair and a baby in a carrier?
Thanks again for your suggestions so far - and "smayrhofer", if we do end-up in the East, would definitely like to meet up. Do you know if there are many parent/toddler things around, or have you not looked into that yet?