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The 3 Most Expat-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Singapore

Singapore is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing cities in South-East Asia and maybe even the world. Going from strength-to-strength economically and with a burgeoning reputation as a nightlife and business hotspot in this part of the globe, Singapore is a cosmopolitan metropolis that attracts expats from all over the world to its gleaming high-rise towers and sweltering heat. So for an expat who wants to join these people and buy a Singapore property (or maybe two) – where’s best to start? As a city of 5.3 million people, the large urban sprawl and the wide array of accommodation and lifestyle choices that come with it can be confusing for many new expats, so here’s a list of the most expat-friendly neighbourhoods in Singapore.

1. The city

The main area of Singapore, the city lies to the south of the nation’s many connected islands. Incorporating the main financial, business and commercial centres of the nation, the city is trendy, expensive and cosmopolitan yet also unrelentingly busy at times, so life here is more suitable for young fun seeking expats than for a family or retirees. For anyone looking to buy a luxury condo in Singapore where they can work hard and play harder, then the city might be the best bet. With all the amenities one could possibly imagine, including modern and stylish cinemas, gyms, cafes, clubs, bars, restaurants and much more besides, living in the heart of Singapore is rewarding, but not for the faint-hearted.

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2. Central

The so-called central area of Singapore includes several upmarket suburb districts which are highly suitable for expat families, including the Serangoon and Thompson districts. There is a huge variety of different property types on offer in these areas, varying in price range considerably. From luxury apartments to small scale bungalows there should be an option for the expat of any income bracket, no matter what property they’re looking for in Singapore. The city’s MRT (or Mass Rapid Transit) is a world-class public transport system that has many stations in the central areas and makes the commute from this part of the city fairly straightforward, although expect it to be very, but not unmanageably, busy during peak hours.

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3. East

Those with more time, or those who don’t mind a longer commute to the city centre, might find a more relaxed and laidback life in the east of Singapore, in areas such as Marina Parade. Beautiful beaches, abundant green spaces and cheaper housing make it an attractive area for expat families who don’t mind living a little further away from the main action. Obviously seafront properties are more expensive, but in general these areas are more affordable and come with the beauty of the local nature as an added bonus. Expats should be aware, however, that the Eastern areas lie outside of the MRT cover so private transportation is almost mandatory for those who plan to commute from a home here.

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