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Post by nisman » Wed, 09 May 2012 8:34 pm

Hi everyone,

I have recently accepted an offer with my current company and will be starting c.mid June (ex-Australia).

I have tried searching, but remain confused...

Hoping you can provide some guidance on what areas to look at, and those to avoid.

Just a bit about me and what I am looking for... I am a single guy, late 20s, looking to be close to the action for when it comes time to unwind.

In terms of what am I looking for, I would ideally like a comfortable size pad for myself, close to some the conveniences of shopping, varied food options, bars, and an easy walk to MRT if it isn't going to be a walk to work (near Raffles). I need a balcony (outdoor smoker), and gym facilities would be nice.

When I was going my sums, I was working on S$3K, with potential to push to $3.5 - is this doable?

Some places I have had in mind have been Tanjong Pager, Outram and Bukit Merah. Any thoughts on these places?

I had considered Dhoby Ghaut due to MRT services and proximity to Little Indian and Chinatown (I'm a piggy), but a mate put me off it as a place to live. Unfortunately he only spent his 6 months in a city Serviced Apartment, so cannot provide much more.

Work is putting me up for a month, so will have some time to touch and feel when on the ground. But would be nice to rule in/out certain areas to avoid any downtime.

Thanks in advance.

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Post by kofi » Wed, 23 May 2012 5:55 am

Hi there,

I swear I could have posted exactly the same message as you did. Identical circumstances..the only difference is that I move early July.

l am focusing on Dhaby Guat, Outram, Queenstown but I am not entirely convinced.

Let me know if you make any progress or if u get any good advice

Thanks

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Post by zzm9980 » Wed, 23 May 2012 9:50 am

Honestly any of those areas are probably fine for either of you. Just go out and explore, see what you like. The amount you're looking to spend is a bit on the low end in most of the areas you're looking at. The problem is that most private condos are 2bedroom+. It's harder to find a 1bedroom, and when you do, they're not that much cheaper. That said, I do have a friend renting a studio in river valley (an area you'd probably also be interested in) for not much more than S$2k a month. It's really small though.

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Post by kofi » Wed, 23 May 2012 11:22 pm

zzm9980 wrote:Honestly any of those areas are probably fine for either of you. Just go out and explore, see what you like. The amount you're looking to spend is a bit on the low end in most of the areas you're looking at. The problem is that most private condos are 2bedroom+. It's harder to find a 1bedroom, and when you do, they're not that much cheaper. That said, I do have a friend renting a studio in river valley (an area you'd probably also be interested in) for not much more than S$2k a month. It's really small though.
Thanks for the tip. Quick question..what is the estimated budget for those areas then? I though that anything between 3k-4k should give u a good 1bed condo near the hotspots / city centre..That's what I saw from . as well.. I agree with your point about the availability of 1 bedrooms..

Besides the budget point, do you know the areas that young single expats live? I know it's a generic question but maybe you have some indications. I couldnt get a convincing answer from previous posts to be honest (there are mainly family orientated)

Thanks in advance

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Post by the lynx » Wed, 23 May 2012 11:38 pm

I'm a young single expat :P So my answer won't be family-oriented.

Anyway Singapore is a freaking small country and for convenience, people like us would just stay as close as possible to work without blowing our budget, and close enough to entertain ourselves (watering holes, malls, etc).

So go ahead and choose anywhere you fancy, because your requirements mentioned above (except the part on SGD3K on single unit accommodation) will narrow down your choices anyway.

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Post by kofi » Thu, 24 May 2012 12:38 am

the lynx wrote:I'm a young single expat :P So my answer won't be family-oriented.

Anyway Singapore is a freaking small country and for convenience, people like us would just stay as close as possible to work without blowing our budget, and close enough to entertain ourselves (watering holes, malls, etc).

So go ahead and choose anywhere you fancy, because your requirements mentioned above (except the part on SGD3K on single unit accommodation) will narrow down your choices anyway.
Thanks for the answer. Let me ask you something more specific, from all the areas mentioned in the posts above..which are the most appropriate/closer to Raffles Place on one hand and watering holes/malls on the other?


Appreciate your help

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 24 May 2012 8:59 am

kofi wrote:
the lynx wrote:I'm a young single expat :P So my answer won't be family-oriented.

Anyway Singapore is a freaking small country and for convenience, people like us would just stay as close as possible to work without blowing our budget, and close enough to entertain ourselves (watering holes, malls, etc).

So go ahead and choose anywhere you fancy, because your requirements mentioned above (except the part on SGD3K on single unit accommodation) will narrow down your choices anyway.
Thanks for the answer. Let me ask you something more specific, from all the areas mentioned in the posts above..which are the most appropriate/closer to Raffles Place on one hand and watering holes/malls on the other?


Appreciate your help
You may consider staying from Buona Vista onwards (towards Raffles from west) or from AMK onwards (from north) or from Bedok onwards (from east).

West - Holland Village, Bukit Timah
North - Thomson, Serangoon, Orchard
East - Siglap, Joo Chiat (not familiar with east side actually, maybe zzm or Saint can help out)

These are the areas with watering holes and malls. You can start from there. But you may have to consider either renting an entire HDB unit for yourself, or to share accommodation with others (if you insist on condo).

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Post by ecureilx » Thu, 24 May 2012 9:58 am

kofi wrote: Thanks for the answer. Let me ask you something more specific, from all the areas mentioned in the posts above..which are the most appropriate/closer to Raffles Place on one hand and watering holes/malls on the other?


Appreciate your help
Any place near 1 Clarymore Drive sounds great :) :)

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Outram Park?

Post by Eternelle » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 2:17 am

Hi all

Sorry to revive an old thread but my boyfriend looked at a place in the Outram Park area today (Everton Road) but we know nothing about that area. I have tried googling and researching the forums but have not found much information (positive or negative).

We will be working in Bugis so transport wise it seems good. We were wondering more about places to eat and drink in the area and sports facilities as the place we are looking at is a converted shophouse. Found a Fitness First not too far away, any feedback on that?

Thanks everyone for your input.

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Post by zzm9980 » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 7:47 am

No input on fitness faciltiies there, but there are plenty of eating/drinking options. You're close to Club street, which is just a bit northeast of you. It's a bunch of bars/trendy restaurants popular with the young and expat crowd.

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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 9:26 am

zzm9980 wrote:No input on fitness faciltiies there, but there are plenty of eating/drinking options. You're close to Club street, which is just a bit northeast of you. It's a bunch of bars/trendy restaurants popular with the young and expat crowd.
if Everton, Far East Square is a short hop away .. and there is some fitness center there ..

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