Condo Questions for Short term stay

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Condo Questions for Short term stay

Post by strohlde » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:03 am

I just got here last week and initially I'll only be here until June 3rd, though it's been strongly implied it could last through August. I could do the hotel option but they're so damn impersonal so I'm looking to get into a condo to maximize my per diem and get a bit more room (especially since my wife and daughter will be popping in and out during my stay). I am an American if that helps anyone make any random advice ;)

I've found a pretty good deal on a condo near the Paya Lebar MRT that will do month to month for a reasonable rate. My question related to that is... how's the area over there? I'm going to be working in Tuas so it doesn't really matter how close/far I am to there. The customer I'm working for runs buses from a lot of different locations so as long as I'm near an MRT I'm alright to get to/from work.

Another option though is to spend about 2x and get a serviced unit at the SAIL.

Or if anyone else has any ideas/options to toss out there. My short stay makes it rather difficult to convince anyone to give me a decent place at a decent rate. I've got a pretty good per diem but my main goal of being here is to pocket as much $$ as I can to pay off debts back home. At the same time though I don't want to live in squaller to save a couple grand extra a month. I'm a 33 year old guy, like to go out for dinner and drinks. My wife and I are pretty well traveled and open to most things, our daughter will also try most things once. An area with a decent expat scene would be good as right now I'm bored out of my mind.

I've kind of rambled on here as I always do... so if anyone has any input I'd appreciate hearing it.

Thanks!
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Post by beppi » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 12:30 pm

Unless you have a residence visa (employment pass, work permit, student pass, etc.) it is ILLEGAL to rent any property that is not hotel/serviced apartment.
Check with the management company of the the building (or with the authorities) if they are allowed to accommodate temporary visitors.

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Post by strohlde » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 12:59 pm

I do have an EP.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 3:31 pm

strohlde wrote:I do have an EP.
In that case, you might also want to try http://www...com.sg/.

Not affiliated, etc, etc... but a friend of mine rents a room in his four bedroom house, and provides access to kitchen, living room, TV, wireless, washer and dryer, etc. You might find something similar.

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Post by strohlde » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 9:31 pm

Wayne, Thanks for the suggestion but ideally I'd have my own place with my wife and daughter spending weeks at a time with me. If it was just me... I'd likely look for some kind of roommate/share scenario.

I peaked at your website... I'm also a EE and work in the field of process automation, live in Colorado for 6 years and now I'm in Austin...seem to have a few things in common, except that I've only got one passport ;)

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