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.