It goes without saying that house hunting is a challenging yet ultimately rewarding experience when one moves to a new country. This is especially true when you are looking for accommodation that suits your needs and wants. Hopefully, this house hunting guide will shed some light in your search for the perfect house.
There are essentially four factors that you should take into consideration before looking for a place to move into. These factors are budget, location, facilities and amenities. It’s important that you work out the details beforehand as these factors will lay the foundation you need before you embark on your search.
You should be allocating a comfortable amount for your housing in Singapore, especially when you are considering staying for the long term. Ensure that this amount doesn’t affect or overshadow your budget for food, clothing, transport and other essentials. When setting aside a budget for housing, it would be best to have a maximum, yet flexible range so that you have a number of options when it comes to housing and the area in which you want to find a place in. It’s important to note that houses in certain districts (primed and centralised) can cost significantly higher than ones that are located elsewhere.
Location of your accommodation can’t be emphasised enough. It is crucial that you find a place that is convenient for yourself and for your family. Travel distance is extremely important when you are choosing a location. You don’t want to take too much time travelling back and forth from your workplace to your house. If you have children, it is crucial that the school is nearby or if you need to pick them up after school, not too far away from your workplace. Yes, it takes some time finding the right location, but this will save you a lot of time and frustration when done right.
Unsurprisingly, different people have different needs. Hence, it is important that you evaluate these before choosing a place. For instance, are you the type that requires a pool, gym, basketball court, etc? Condominiums and private apartments typically come with a gym, pool and other facilities that you can utilise to entertain yourself and the whole family. However, keep in mind that these kinds of accommodations usually come with a hefty price tag. Alternatively, you could also find a place in an area that has a gym or pool close-by, this will allow you to spend less and save more!
Choosing Accommodation: A Brief Location Guide
Singapore might be small, but it is an island that aptly suits the saying, more than meets the eye. The modest size of the island is contrasted by the numerous attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping options it offers. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are some parts of Singapore that might better suit your lifestyle needs.
Situated close to the sea, East Coast is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, picnic goers, and anyone who would love to spend an entire day by the beach with the family. East Coast is filled with family-friendly activities including cycling, bowling, canoeing, windsurfing, sailboarding and roller-blading. Apart from that, there is also the East Coast Tennis Centre and the Laguna Golf Course, both of which come with good facilities and ample space to get your game on. If you’re feeling famished after a long day out on the beach, you can always head to the seafood restaurants that are situated along the east coast beach. Here you will find some of the freshest and delectable seafood on the island. Most expats typically favour residing here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Certain apartments built here offer panoramic sea views along with close proximity to said activities mentioned.
Orchard, Bukit Timah
You might be already aware that Orchard is regarded to be the main shopping district in Singapore. The area is filled with a plethora of boutiques, hotels, stores, entertainment and dining venues that will keep you engaged and entertained for hours. Bukit Timah, on the other hand, contrasts the vibrant atmosphere of Orchard. However, don’t write this place off yet. This noteworthy posh neighbourhood is comprised of sprawling bungalows, low-rise buildings and vast, well-maintained sports and golf courses. Bukit Timah is well-known for being home to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is Singapore’s highest hill at 163-ha. It is popular with both locals and expats for being a great place to hike, cycle and trek.
If there’s a place in Singapore that aptly captures the yesteryears of the colonial British, its Holland Village. Comprised of European-influenced architecture, low-rise buildings and quaint shophouses, Holland is a place where the creative and culturally-inclined gather to unwind, explore and get swept away by the subtle European charm that lingers in the air. Not one to disappoint, Holland is also filled with eclectic food options that range from local dishes to western cuisines.