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Recommendations on where to live

Post by keating19 » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:57 am

My husband and I will be moving to Singapore this summer with our 3 year old and 7 month old. We would appreciate any recommendations on where to live. We will probably not have a car so we would love to be able to walk to things and the MRT.

What areas are good with young kids? What type of housing might be good? We know so much of this depends on personal opinion, but would be intersted in any thoughts or experiences others have.

Thanks!

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Re: Recommendations on where to live

Post by Calmday » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 7:50 am

keating19 wrote:My husband and I will be moving to Singapore this summer with our 3 year old and 7 month old. We would appreciate any recommendations on where to live. We will probably not have a car so we would love to be able to walk to things and the MRT.

What areas are good with young kids? What type of housing might be good? We know so much of this depends on personal opinion, but would be intersted in any thoughts or experiences others have.

Thanks!
Wow though question. That’s kinda like asking which color is best. We have a 2 year old and live out in Jurong. It works for us because we can have a very nice apartment for about a third cheaper that what it would cost in town. I also work in Jurong so the short commute is nice.
Most expats like it a little closer in. If I worked in town I think that Holland is where I would look. All of Singapore is very kid friendly.
Oh and when we moved here the plan was to not have a car. Well now we have a car and won’t go back to not having one.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 9:27 am

And from the reverse POV, I had cars here and sold them when the kids were still young. That was 18 years ago and I haven't looked back since. If I need a car when rellies come over or something, I rent one for a week. Different strokes for different folks. Try it without before committing to the hassles and incidental costs of owning a car here. Also, if you are only going to be here a couple of years, think of buying older continental cars as they don't have the popularity of the Asian cars and because of that you can often pick them up for a song with only a year or two left on the COE. Then just scrap it when the COE runs out.

Course, if you are getting an auto allowance, then go for it (and the HBP that come with it). You'll know what I'm talking about one you drive here for a while. :-|
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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Post by aster » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:07 am

I agree, if there's any country where you can easily do without a car, it has to be Singapore. :)

As for where to live, the Robertson Quay ares is quite good for families, but it's a tad overpriced.

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Post by Calmday » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:37 am

I fully agree with SMS and aster. Give it a try without a car first.
Our son gets car sick every single time we get in a Taxi (never in our car). We also have a major problem with him riding in a car without a car seat so lugging that thing around was a real PITA.

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Post by keating19 » Fri, 18 Feb 2011 8:56 am

Thanks so much for all of your thoughts. It looks like we will be heading there in late March to check out housing, etc before moving over this summer. Looking forward to some time there to make sense of all that I am reading about online!

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