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Singapore sees a large number of expatriates entering the country every year and the numbers are only increasing. Where would be a good place to stay? SD has narrowed down the popular choices of these expatriates.
  • West Coast
    Faber Park and Clementi have always seen a large number of expatriate residents. The residential area is spacious and possesses a suburban feel to it, just as they would have back in their home country. This is probably one reason why Faber Park and Clementi attracts a substantial amount of friendly expatriates. It is also strategically located near the AYE and PIE which makes travelling convenient. There's also a wide range of properties for rent including HDB flats, condominiums and houses. These residences are furnished with excellent facilities such as parks, pedestrian walks, bus stops, shops, schools and the like.

    Another popular area is Upper Bukit Timah which is relatively close to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. This area is very well kept and retains a lot of its greenery and foliage. Such an environment is not easy to find, thus giving Upper Bukit Timah an edge. In addition, the very popular Canadian International School is within reach. Residents are provided with the convenience of bus stops that sees many different bus routes to accommodate its many different commuters. Many shops and eateries are also available for the daily needs of residents. The only downfall of living in the Upper Bukit Timah area is its distance to the city centre. Nevertheless, with all the bus routes provided, getting to the city might take a while but it shouldn't be a problem.

    Pasir Panjang also sees a large number of expatriates. The sea breeze and the foliage are what attract residents to this area. The convenience of being a mere 15 minutes away from Orchard Road is also a huge plus point as it cuts out all the hassle of having to commute to the city. The residential area is fashioned in a village style which makes it quaint and cosy. There's easy access to the ECP and the AYE for people who want to travel out of the Pasir Panjang. Facilities such as schools and shops are readily available for the convenience of residents within Pasir Panjang and its surrounding areas.

  • Central/West of CBD
    The Central area has always been a favourite for expatriates not only because of the lifestyle but also because of the convenience. Central Bukit Timah is one of those places because of its strategic location which is close to Orchard and the City Centre. Because of the dense population around this area, public transportation must be efficient to ensure that there isn't any congestion. Many bus stops with a variety of bus routes that go to all corners of the island are made available to residents. Facilities are abundant as there are many international schools and eateries serving foreign food around the area. Central Bukit Timah also has easy road access into and away from the city which makes it a hub for those looking for convenience.

    Novena is another popular area. It is only a few stops away from the city and provides two major shopping malls, Novena Square and United Square. These shopping malls provide all the conveniences including grocery stores, popular apparels, eateries and many more. There are many residential options available such as condominiums and landed property. Easy access to the PIE also gives it easy road access to other parts of the island.

    Jervois Road has made a reputation for itself over the years. It is an established residential area that consists of many older houses and apartments. It is very central; close to Orchard and City Hall. but Jervois Road maintains its greenery to ensure a comfortable and refreshing environment amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Good access to the AYE and the CTE makes it easily accessible to a wide network of roads that lead to every corner of the island.

    Grange Road is possibly the most central of all the residential area as it is within walking distance to Orchard Road. Being smack in the middle of the city means that it is easily accessible by public transportation, be it by MRT, bus and even the less public taxi. Its location also puts it in the middle of the shopping and entertainment that livens up the city. There are many apartments to choose from and it is perfect for residents who are interested in the fast pace of city living.

  • North/North East
    Woodlands is a well-known residential area that sees a diverse range of residents. All are welcomed at Woodlands and the residents are a close-knit community. It has a suburban feel to it and it is quiet, calm and cosy. Property at Woodlands are abundant and there are many options to choose from regardless of whether you're looking to buy or rent. There are many schools within the area, particularly the Singapore American School. Conveniences such as local stores and shopping complexes complete the area with all the facilities needed.

    Yio Chu Kang and Braddell are also popular residential areas for the expatriates. It is relatively close to Thomson Road and sees easy access to the CTE which connects to a network of roads that lead into and away from the city. The Australian International School is only minutes away which makes it convenient for expatriates with children. There are many new developments coming up at Yio Chu Kang and most of these properties see good rental value.

    Seletar Hills mainly attracts residents who are looking for landed property. This are has many houses that are value for money. Schools such as the American and Australian Schools are located close by for convenience so there's not much need to travel when sending children to school. There are many leading outlets for food and apparels available so there's no real need to travel into the city when you need to purchase something, be it groceries to daily household items.

  • East
    The East Coast is a fun place to stay as there are many things to do around the area. The beach is relatively close by and there are many different sporting activities that residents can participate in. All facilities are well maintained and conveniently located for easy access. Being near the coast gives this area a cool breeze and panoramic views that are just refreshing. Many different shopping malls are stationed within the area such as the Eastpoint Mall, Tampines Mall and Parkway Parade Shopping Centre. The Singapore Expo is also nearby and has an MRT station for train access around the island. Major roads such as the ECP and PIE are nearby for easy road access towards the city as well as towards the airport.

    The infamous Geylang might be well known but it not for its residential area. Unbeknownst to many, Geylang is actually a popular area for expatriates. It is suitable for those who want to experience Singapore life and culture at its best. There are many local characters around this area thus creating a high supply of local food and local stores. The food at Geylang is known to be exceptional. There's an MRT station nearby to give easy access to the city and many different bus routes are available for commuters.

    With so many different options to choose from, it all boils down to personal preference. Some would prefer to live within the city, others would prefer the suburban feel. Singapore provides residential options for a diverse group of people and all these areas are well-maintained with top-notch facilities.

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