Where to Live in Singapore Based on Your Personality: A Neighbourhood Guide

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With its stable, pleasant climate and thriving economy, Singapore is a desirable location for settling down. With a huge variety of housing types and locations, it’s easy to find the ideal property in Singapore.

A truly global city, Singapore has been attracting new residents from all over the world since its inception in 1819. This makes it a great place for expats, whether they prefer to get to know the locals or mix with their fellow countrymen. Property in Singapore is of exceptionally high quality and buyers are guaranteed to find something to suit their requirements.

Property prices can vary greatly depending on size and location. Some up-to-date general information about the cost of living in Singapore can be found here.

The great thing about such a diverse and vibrant city is that it’s simple to find a neighbourhood to suit one’s personality. Singapore is divided into 28 separate districts and each district offers a distinctively different living experience.

 

The Busy Professional: The City

Areas: Orchard, Marina Bay

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For anyone needing to be close to the heart of the action without losing out on amenities, this is the spot. Housing largely consists of serviced condos and apartments. Buyers pay a little more for the central location but the standard of living is high.

 

The Beach Lover: The East 

Areas: Marine Parade, Bedok, Psir Ris, Tampines and Changi

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With a range of properties, from apartments to divine beach-side houses, lovers of the coast will adore this region. For those who regularly travel internationally, Changi Airport is close at hand.
Family orientated: the central area

Areas: Serangoon, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio and Thomson

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This region offers more space and quieter surroundings while still boasting great transport links to the city. Buyers will find cluster housing, HDB flats and some exquisite period properties.

 

The Bargain hunter: The West 

Areas: Bukit Batok, Clementi, Jurong, Upper Bukit Timah and Tuas

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Property prices are lower here than elsewhere on the island but the area still offers buyers a high quality of living and a great variety of property types.

 

Lover of Peace and Quiet: The North 

Areas: Woodgrove, Woodlands, Sembawang and Seletar

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The north offers buyers more open spaces including nature reserves, golf courses and parks, as well as a range of properties to suit all needs and budgets.

 

Property types

Apartments

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Public housing in Singapore is managed by the Housing and Development Board (HDB). The majority of the residential housing developments in Singapore are publicly governed and developed. HDB flats are high quality and are located in areas that have their own schools, supermarkets, clinics, sports and recreational facilities. There are eligibility criteria which buyers must meet in order to purchase this type of property.

 

Condos

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At the higher end of the market, a serviced condo is a great way to live in Singapore. Many have facilities like gyms and pools and services like maid service and laundry are commonly included. From studio units to luxury penthouses, condominiums are an increasingly popular option for people buying property in Singapore.

 

Bungalows

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For families, bungalows offer more space and privacy than apartment or condo living. These properties tend to date from before the Second World War, so they often have more personality than inner city properties. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, these properties are a great choice for families and older buyers.

Period properties

For something really quirky, there are a small number of colonial houses remaining in Singapore. These properties date from the 1800s to the early part of the 20th century. It’s vital to move quickly though, as they get snatched up extremely fast!

Houses

For those who prefer living in a house, a wide range can be found in Singapore from townhouses to terraced properties, semi-detached and detached houses and, built in later years, cluster houses which tend to be a little cheaper but still offer excellent facilities and quality of life. Many have gardens and most are close to amenities.