Expatriate Home Profiles
Expatriates moving to Singapore or moving within Singapore have a vast selection of homes to choose from. Their needs vary according to their family status and their living and working conditions. How to define those needs and select a home on these given circumstances is explained in detail in Step 6 of Relocation Guide.
Following the Relocation Guide will save you a lot of time of visiting unsuitable homes and will reduce time you need to spend in a temporary home such as a serviced apartment or hotel. You are enabled to make choices on your future home based on unbiased information provided from the point of view of expatriates. We have observed that expatriates take great advantage of their knowledge.
We have typecast expatriates coming to Singapore and have selected suitable homes according to their needs as shown below. There are many more available and you can search our database for an overview of all currently available house rentals in Singapore.
Young and trendy expatriate
Single or couple, frequent travels, in need of part time cleaning services, want to live close to work and night life, depends on public transport or taxis to move around in Singapore, sometimes needing a parking space for a company car.
Work is dominating his/her life and therefore home has to be close to office with easy access to shops and entertainment. Gym, tennis and pool wanted. Alternatively the new home should be close to a club offering these facilities.
As a single, the person needs 1-2 bedrooms city apartment , modern fully fitted kitchen , Cable TV, wireless Broadband Connection, fully furnished with modern bathroom fittings, gym, tennis, swimming pool.
As a couple, they need a 2 – 3 bedrooms city apartment, fully fitted home office with Internet, master bedroom and guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, modern fully fitted kitchen , Cable TV, fully or partially furnished and modern bathroom fittings and full condominium facilities.
The Expat Family
The typical situation for couples with young children: while he is working, she has given up her job and plans to start a family or they already have a very small child. These families want to bring up their children in a safe environment and love light homes surrounded by greenery. They are keen to live close to other expatriate families with young children.
The typical situation for couples with children schooling: Father is typically in an upper management position and travels the region and the family is depending on a close knit expatriate community. Mother is mainly taking care of the children but enjoys her new freedom and more leisure time as a live-in maid takes over the household chores and baby sits. The home must be spaced and ideally have a garden. Its location must be served by the busses of international schools as children’s activities are centered there. The family has a car to reach shopping, entertainment and clubs and is not depending on public transport.
As a couple with very young children, they need an apartment or house with 3+ bedrooms, guest room with en-suite bathroom for visiting family members, a maid’s room, walking distance to the kindergarten or play group. Home should be child safe and close to the daily needs for shopping and a club to meet fellow expatriates. As the spouse often does not have a car, proximity to a Gym, pool and tennis courts is highly appreciated.
As a couple with school going children, they need a 4+ bedroom condominium or detached house with pool and a maid’s room. Large living, dining and family room with TV/cable connection, extra office a plus. Children’s rooms must be able to accommodate desk. Good storage needed, large balcony, terrace or garden. Close to a club if children are teenagers.
Senior Expat Couples
The senior is working in a senior position and has an above average housing allowance. The lady is generally not working, children are grown up and will be visiting regularly.
The couple will entertain guests and needs spacious dining and living rooms. The ideal home must feature guest room(s) with ensuite bathrooms. Proximity to the city is not important as the senior may have a driver or a second car for the lady will be available. A detached home or large penthouse will present a suitable home for their lifestyle.