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Where should we live?

Post by Bootycamp23 » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 8:36 am

Hey folks. My husband and I will be relocating to Singapore within the next few months. His office is in the west, close to the Japanese Gardens. He'll probably have a company car. Our interests are: food and wine, running & Hash House Harriers, and going to the gym. We live in Melbourne currently, in an inner city neighbourhood with all amenities close by, with a vibrant culture. We are looking for a similar lifestyle in Singapore. We do not, nor will ever have, children, so schools or playgrounds or whatever are of no interest to us. We don't really want to live in the 'burbs, but would like maybe some easy walking access to parks or running paths. We love going out for dinner on Fridays so would love to have a place that is stumbling distance from those amenities....any suggestions? Any info that you could pass along to us would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everybody!

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Post by Fortan » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 8:57 am

Bootycamp23 wrote:Hey folks. My husband and I will be relocating to Singapore within the next few months. His office is in the west, close to the Japanese Gardens. He'll probably have a company car. Our interests are: food and wine, running & Hash House Harriers, and going to the gym. We live in Melbourne currently, in an inner city neighbourhood with all amenities close by, with a vibrant culture. We are looking for a similar lifestyle in Singapore. We do not, nor will ever have, children, so schools or playgrounds or whatever are of no interest to us. We don't really want to live in the 'burbs, but would like maybe some easy walking access to parks or running paths. We love going out for dinner on Fridays so would love to have a place that is stumbling distance from those amenities....any suggestions? Any info that you could pass along to us would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everybody!
Your description sounds like you want to be living around Holland Village or in the Tanglin area close to the Botanical Gardens. Living around where the Japanese Garden is in Jurong (I've lived there) is very local and to be honest there is not much to do out there. Living on the East Coast, close to the East Coast Park might be too far away for your husband to commute. Another alternative, as it sounds like you like to have a good time with wine and dine and running, is to look around the area at Robertson Quay. Loads of restaurants there and nightlife. LOTS of Aussies live there, it is like mini-Oz. At Robertson you will also have the Singapore river, with wide paths next to it for those morning or evening runs.

By the sounds of it, your husband will be on a good package. Why don't you ask the company to send you both up here for 2-3 days and get a real estate agent to find you some places and view them and feel what feels right for you. And no, I do not work in that area. I actually work for an Australian company :)

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 9:19 am

Just wanna add that there is Jurong Lake Park next to Chinese Garden MRT station, which is good for running and cycling.

But, yeah, to what Fortan said about HV and Tanglin.

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Post by Bootycamp23 » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:21 pm

Thanks, guys! To Fortan - we are actually Canadian, not Aussies, not that it matters! :)

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Post by Bootycamp23 » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:23 pm

and, to The Lynx...the neighbourhoods you mention...is there "stuff" there? Like restaurants/gyms/etc? We kinda like to be where the action is, if you know what I mean. Thanks again!

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Post by Fortan » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 1:15 pm

Bootycamp23 wrote:and, to The Lynx...the neighbourhoods you mention...is there "stuff" there? Like restaurants/gyms/etc? We kinda like to be where the action is, if you know what I mean. Thanks again!
I'll beat The Lynx to it and say NO.... there is hardly anything out there. Except the condo gym and parks.

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 1:24 pm

True, hardly anything interesting that worth staying there for.

From your description, you can also consider Pasir Panjang area as well, especially near Haw Par Villa MRT station. They have many good restaurants, seafood centre, watering holes and plenty of green area to run, bike and stroll (West Coast Park, Science Park area, NUS area). Probably the most underrated expat area in the West.

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Post by Barnsley » Thu, 28 Nov 2013 4:37 pm

the lynx wrote:True, hardly anything interesting that worth staying there for.

From your description, you can also consider Pasir Panjang area as well, especially near Haw Par Villa MRT station. They have many good restaurants, seafood centre, watering holes and plenty of green area to run, bike and stroll (West Coast Park, Science Park area, NUS area). Probably the most underrated expat area in the West.
I have only been to the Korean Place opposite Haw Par Villa, whats down there then?

A few drinking places within walking distance?
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Post by the lynx » Fri, 29 Nov 2013 9:33 am

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the lynx wrote:True, hardly anything interesting that worth staying there for.

From your description, you can also consider Pasir Panjang area as well, especially near Haw Par Villa MRT station. They have many good restaurants, seafood centre, watering holes and plenty of green area to run, bike and stroll (West Coast Park, Science Park area, NUS area). Probably the most underrated expat area in the West.
I have only been to the Korean Place opposite Haw Par Villa, whats down there then?

A few drinking places within walking distance?
Funny thing about Pasir Panjang is that it is a ridiculously big place.

You have a cluster of good food within Manhill/Pasir Panjang Seafood Centre/Fat Boys near Pasir Panjang MRT station. And then the steak place opposite Haw Par Villa MRT station and a couple of beer joints (there is a huge construction currently going on there so I do not know if one or two of them are affected) and the ones at the South Buona Vista Road bend. Then there is a bigger cluster at the other end of Pasir Panjang Road-Clementi Road, with boutique cafes, bakeries, beer joints and local restaurants (Al-Ameen comes to mind).

Walking distance? Depends on which station you hop off from. The ones near Pasir Panjang and HPV stations are easier to get to. The ones at Clementi Road end is farther but you can hop on a bus from HPV station to go down that road, I think I'd prefer the variety offered there.
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Post by Barnsley » Fri, 29 Nov 2013 3:05 pm

the lynx wrote:
Barnsley wrote:
the lynx wrote:True, hardly anything interesting that worth staying there for.

From your description, you can also consider Pasir Panjang area as well, especially near Haw Par Villa MRT station. They have many good restaurants, seafood centre, watering holes and plenty of green area to run, bike and stroll (West Coast Park, Science Park area, NUS area). Probably the most underrated expat area in the West.
I have only been to the Korean Place opposite Haw Par Villa, whats down there then?

A few drinking places within walking distance?
Funny thing about Pasir Panjang is that it is a ridiculously big place.

You have a cluster of good food within Manhill/Pasir Panjang Seafood Centre/Fat Boys near Pasir Panjang MRT station. And then the steak place opposite Haw Par Villa MRT station and a couple of beer joints (there is a huge construction currently going on there so I do not know if one or two of them are affected) and the ones at the South Buona Vista Road bend. Then there is a bigger cluster at the other end of Pasir Panjang Road-Clementi Road, with boutique cafes, bakeries, beer joints and local restaurants (Al-Ameen comes to mind).

Walking distance? Depends on which station you hop off from. The ones near Pasir Panjang and HPV stations are easier to get to. The ones at Clementi Road end is farther but you can hop on a bus to go down that road, I think I'd prefer the variety offered there.
Sounds like somewhere I need to check...
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