I will be relocating from Switzerland to Singapore in May and am now on the lookout for a good place to stay.
On all the classified sites, they indicate choice of districts, and I am not really sure how to choose. Are there really any districts one should avoid?
My wife & I would like to be in an area which is in a calm and green area but which has shops and some nice restaurants near by. We have no kids, so school proximity is not an issue.
Neither my wife nor I are party animals so we don't need to access the "hot spots". On the contrary, we prefer the quieter places and like to go out for meals in a nice restaurant, go out for walks etc. I also love going jogging on a regular basis and if there is a jogging path/gym nearby, that would be nice
I don't really mind if the flat is not near the center of the the city, as long as there is easy access to get to either a bus or MRT to get to my office which I understand is in district 4.
I was told that a good place to stay was in the Holland Village area or in the Adam street area, but I am not sure if flats in these areas are within my price range or if I need to budget for more.
With the current economic situation have the rent prices come down?
I realize that prices can range from relatively low to very high, but can I find a good 2-3 bedroom flat for 2-3000 SGD?
As my company is not providing any support for rent I will need to foot this bill myself.
One more question. I am also wondering whether I should look for a furnished appartment or go for a semi-furnished appartment and bring my furniture from Switzerland. I was told there was more choice in unfurnished appartments, and as my company will be paying for shipping my goods to Singapore, there is no issue shipping in the furniture. Only I am not sure if it makes sense.
Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered elesewhere.
Thanks much in advance for all your help. Really appreciate it!
My wife & I are really excited about our move. It will be a nice change after spending most of our lives in Geneva. Meeting new people and culture is something we are really looking forward to!