Residential Areas Singapore:

Information and maps on popular expatriate enclaves for renting apartments and houses in Singapore



Residential Areas Singapore

Popular residential areas close to the International Schools, the Central Business District (CBD), Orchard Road, MRT stations and clubs come with a premium while homes further away are less expensive.

The highest rents have to be paid for brand new penthouses, landed property with pool and garden (especially colonial Black & White houses) and newly renovated Chinese shop houses in town.

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We have created maps of popular expat enclaves featuring apartments, flats, condominiums and houses for rent and sale in Singpapore, which are the following:

  1. Tanglin - Orchard Road Vicinity
  2. Novena
  3. Holland Village/Farrer Road/Mount Sinai Drive
  4. River Valley Road/Kim Seng Road/Robertson Quay
  5. Bukit Timah/Sixth Avenue/ Coronation/Hill Crest
  6. East Coast: Parkway/Tanjong Rhu/Siglap
  7. West Coast:Clementi/Queensland/Pasir Panjang/Dover
  8. Woodlands
  9. Yio Chu Kang (Bishan) Seletar


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Tanglin: Orchard Road Vicinity

Walking distance to Orchard Road defines this area and the many roads within its reach like Orchard Boulevard, Claymore Road, Claymore Hill, Cairnhill, Draycott, Ardmore Park, Orange Grove Road, Balmoral Road and Park. The area harbors The Overseas Family School, the American Club and the Tanglin Club, two cinema complexes, numerous shopping malls and the Mount Elisabeth Hospital.

Condominiums on Grange Road and Leonie Hill are still in walking distance to Orchard with a Bus connection (no. 75) to Great World City, Tanglin Mall and Holland Village. Taxis are easily available, too.

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Fort Canning Park is walking distance and a great place for jogging (particular the steps!). Close to the Botanical Garden and within short driving distance to Orchard Road and the famous Tanglin Mall is the up market area of Nassim Road.

The central location gives great access to everything and you never have to wait long for a taxi. But greenery is missing and traffic noise from busy roads or construction noise are often very unpleasant as work last to late every night and does not stop on Sunday.


The area is central and close to the MRT. Novena Square and United Square shopping centers and Cold Storage at Chancery Lane cater to your everyday needs.

There are some spacious houses with gardens in a quiet residential areas with easy access to  the PIE. One of the newer developmentst is the Compass & Chancery on Chancery Hill.

The Peak condominium is located in walking distance to The Thomson Medical Center.View Larger Map

Holland Village/Farrer Road/Mount Sinai Drive

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Orchard Road is a 10-minute drive away with numerous busses trailing the route (7,77,106). This popular area is close to United World College, the Australian International School, The Japanese Primary School and Tanglin Trust School at West Coast and The German School, Ecole Francaise and Dutch School at Bukit Timah.

The Holland Road Shopping Center with surrounding shop houses is the hub of all daily and nightly activities. This curious mix of old and new  and a village like atmosphere attract many foreigners.

Note: during the next three years Holland Village will be fitted with its own MRT station and construction work may result in heavy traffic and possible noise affecting a number of apartment buildings in the area.

River Valley Road/Kim Seng Road/Robertson Quay

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With a few minutes drive to Orchard and the Business District (Shenton Way, Tanjong Pagar, Raffles Place) this area has experienced rapid development.

Two shopping centers, the Great World City and Liang Court are close and Clarke Quay provides entertainment round the corner. Some condominiums offer free shuttle services to Orchard, which is 5 minutes drive away.

The latest trendy area is Robertson Quay entertainment district popular with the young and trendy with an eclectic mix of international restaurants with alfresco dining, wine bars, arts houses, hotel cafes and high class condominiums facing the river.

There are also river taxi services to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay linking you to the banking district.

Bukit Timah/Sixth Avenue/ Coronation/Hill Crest

Ideally located within 5-10 minutes drive to the German, French,Dutch and Australian School and the Dutch, Swiss and British Club expatriates living here are not within easy reach of a MRT station but will rely on taxi and busses.

Teenagers who love horses will spend time at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club and the Bukit Timah Nature Resort is not far away.

There is good shopping and dining at Greenwood (Swiss Butcher and Blue Fin for fish).


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Condominiums are located on Coronation Road, Bukit Timah and Sixth Avenue with the area off Bukit Timah comprising landed property and low-rise condominiums in Watten Estate and Shelford Road.

However, you have to walk down to Bukit Timah for public transport and to wave down taxis. You can find reasonably priced landed properties in this established residential area.

The area is close to Holland Village but also close to supermarkets, restaurants and wet markets.

East Coast: Parkway/Tanjong Rhu/Siglap

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For all those who want to experience the feeling of an island and life on the waterfront you should consider this area. It takes only 10-15 minutes to the airport but 20-25 minutes to the Central Business District during rush hours.

Having a car is clearly an advantage at Tanjong Rhu as the MRT is not within walking distance and you have to rely on taxis and busses. Condominiums are huge with many units sharing the facilities.

The Opera Estate East of Siglap Hill and South of Bedok is a low lying estate where streets have Western and Malay operatic theme names. The new is slowly replacing the old with terrace houses and bungalows being replaced by modern buildings in old gardens.

Condominiums are larger and less expensive than in the city and there is still a great sense of community.

At East Coast Park you may enjoy 7.5 km of sandy beaches, a 12 km custom built cycle paths and a 15 km jogging and skating track. Other leisure facilities are the Big Splash swimming complex, the Parkland Gold Driving Range, Singapore Tennis Center, the East Coast Sea Sports Club and Europa Sailing Club. Many popular seafood restaurants are at your doorstep and the shopping Centers Katong and Parkway Parade Mall are located within driving distance. The East Coast with its many beachfront parks is highly popular for outdoor activities

West Coast:Clementi/Queensland/Pasir Panjang/Dover

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For expatriates working at the local universities or Jurong Industrial Town or wish to be close to The Tanglin Trust School, the UWC or the ISS the West Coast is the place to live. Rentals are more affordable than in close by Holland Village. This is a great residential area for living with kids in houses with yards for your pet.

The Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic is round the corner and you can take along your dog for exercising to the nearby jogging trail. There is also a biking path all the way from Clementi to Ghim Moh.

Pasir Panjang has a village atmosphere and sea breezes and expatriate enjoy outdoor and recreation facilities at the West Coast Park and the Singapore Yacht Club. But as huge wharves and cargo terminals built on reclaimed land dominate the area, there is noise coming from the docks.

With the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre near by retail shopping is possible after 2:30 pm and in Pasir Panjang Village offers the advantage of an imported fish-market and cafes, restaurants, pubs and grocers. Recreation is possible at the Labrador Nature Reserve, Tanjong Perlayar Park and West Coast Park.

With the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre near by retail shopping is possible after 2:30 pm and in Pasir Panjang Village offers the advantage of an imported fish-market and cafes, restaurants, pubs and grocers. Recreation is possible at the Labrador Nature Reserve, Tanjong Perlayar Park and West Coast Park.

With its easy access to the AYE and ECP commuting time to the town centre takes between 15 minutes and 25 minutes (during peak hours). The next MRT station is Clementi. The area is also not too far from Singapore's biological research hub Biopolis in walking distance of MRT station Buona Vista and a new development area named One North, Singapore new place of vision and inspiration.


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With the largest International School in the country relocating to Woodlands this suburb has undergone rapid development. Being far away from the city the town is very independent.

Four shopping malls quickly learnt how to cater for the expatriates' needs and recently the Woodland Civic Center opened its doors a stone's throw away from the MRT station and there are banks, a cinema and a sport stadium.

In-line blading and biking are popular in the parks Woodland Town Garden and Woodlands Centre Road.

Marsiling MRT station is an 8-minute walk to the American School. The subway ride from Marsiling to Orchard subway is around 30 minutes. The car ride takes around 15 minutes to Orchard Road if there is no traffic jam.

Located just next to the American School is CENTURY WOODS, an estate with 97 terrace houses with built-up areas in average of 3,150 sq. ft and land areas between 1,615 sq. ft to 4,250 sq. ft. By American standards these terrace houses are not big, but the detached bungalows feature, small gardens, a small swimming pools and basketball boards in the driveway.

In big houses there may be installed up to 15 air conditioning units increasing you electricity bills to over S$ 1,000 a month depending how long they run each day.

In Woodlands Street there are two 11-storey housing blocks with serviced apartments for expatriates called Marsiling Apartments. Tenants are families from the US, Canada, Taiwan, Korea and Africa.

Jalan Kasau with 8 houses on a hilltop and Jalan Bumbong neighborhood are less highly populated areas within a 5- minute drove to the American School and a 15-minute walk to the Kranji MRT station. Other locations within distance of 10 minutes drive to the school are Mera Gardens, Burgundy Drive and Kismis Green. The Woodland Checkpoint is not far and you can enter Singapore's neighboring country Malaysia via a quick drive over the Causeway. In Johore Bharu (Malaysia) you can board the train to Kuala Lumpur ( 2 hours) or use the local Senai Airport for budget flights.

Yio Chu Kang (Bishan) Seletar

The area is the location of the Australian School (AISS) and close to Thomson Road and Macpherson Road with easy access to the CTE.

Orchard Road and Holland Village are a ten minute drive away. Shopping is available at Thomson Plaza and Fairprice (Australian and American section) or at Junction 8. The next MRT stations are Ang Mo Kio and Bishan for park and drive. Look for new low complex town houses.

Recreation: you live close by MacRitchie Reservoir and Lover Pierce Reservoir with its great wildlife and you can ride a bike in Bishan Park.

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The area is popular with those working on the airbase and rents are very reasonable. Expatriates like the quiet village and country living feel and its easy access to Changi Airport. If you do not need to commute to the city during peak hours it takes only 15 minutes on the CTE to the centre of the town.


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