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Housing near Technopark@Chai Chee

Post by Buscador » Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:27 am

Hi all. I am a single American guy who is currently in the interview process for a job located at Technopark@Chai Chee, which is near New Upper Changi Rd between the Kembangan and Bedok stations. I expect to be arriving in August if I get the position. While I have lived and worked in various parts of Asia for a few years, I have spent little time in Singapore. Therefore, I have spent several hours researching this forum and some other sites and gotten a lot of my general questions answered. However, without knowing the town, it is difficult to know where the various areas are that I read about, in order to get an idea of where I would want to live and how much I will have to spend. Hopefully, some of you here can help me. Here are my priorities, more or less in order of importance:
  • *Less than 2500 SGD, with 1500 being a lot better
    *Will accept a 1 year or shorter lease (I think I will only be on a one year or 18 month contract.)
    *Furnished with decent quality furniture sized for a westerner
    *A place that is clean and secure, but not necessarily luxurious
    *No higher than 1st floor (2nd using the American numbering system) if no lift
    *Within 20 minutes by bus or MRT to work
    *Within a 10 minute walk of a good pub and restaurant area
    *Within a 10 minute walk of an MRT station
    *1 bedroom or studio, (preferred, but I realize they are harder to find.)
That is my general list. I realize that just because I want something does not mean I will definitely be able to get it, especially at a price I can afford. If you think that is the case here, just tell me. If I have to pay more or settle for less, that will figure into my decision making process. Renting a room or having a roommate is absolutely not something I will consider. I am very much a city guy, so while greenery is great, a convenient location is more important. The website for Technopark@Chai Chee says there is a gym on site, so I think I would be OK with an HDB flat, although a private condo would of course be preferable. A pool would be a plus, but not one I would pay more than $100 per month for, if that. A detached house would be great, but I doubt that is an option on my budget.

I mostly want to know what areas I should be considering, or if you know of specific locations feel free to list them, as well. Thanks for any and all suggestions.
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Post by jpatokal » Wed, 15 Jul 2009 12:31 pm

Know exactly what you want but not familiar with Singapore? This is a textbook case of what housing agents are for:

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/singapor ... act-us.htm
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Post by Buscador » Wed, 15 Jul 2009 12:51 pm

I am nowhere near the point of contacting an agent yet. I am not even sure I am coming to Singapore--I'm trying to get information to help me make that decision.

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Post by xtasy010 » Wed, 15 Jul 2009 5:25 pm

Upper East Coast might be a good location for you. Friend of mine rented a place in a freehold condo for 1600 a couple of months back.

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Post by Buscador » Thu, 16 Jul 2009 8:25 am

Thanks. That seems a bit far from where I will be working, but that is part of the problem--I can't really judge travel times since I have not spent much time in Singapore. How long do you think it would take by bus? From looking at the route map, the MRT does not seem like a good option from there. Also, could you elaborate a bit on why you think the Upper East Coast would be good? Is it just a cost issue, or is that is a good area for pubs and restaurants?

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Post by Addadude » Thu, 16 Jul 2009 5:07 pm

Chai Chee is very close to Bedok MRT and Bus Interchange. We are talking 5 minutes' walk close. This means that you have a lot of reasonable choices for accommodation.

If you rent a place at Upper East Coast Road, there should be quite a few busses that will go to the bus interchange.

There are LOADS of HDB flats all around (within walking distance) some of which will surely be available for expat rental.

With its proximity to the MRT, you can even look further afield at places like Tanah Merah, Simei and Tampines further East or Kembangan, Eunos and Paya Labar (Tanjong Katong) towards the city.

You can google all these places or wait until you arrive.
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