Introduction to Singapore Properties

 

Map of Singapore

 

The Map of Singapore is divided into areas using Classification No. or District code. To simplify communication, we uses the old Singapore district codes similar to the classified advertisements in the local newspapers as shown in the Map above. The District codes and corresponding locations are as tabulated as follows:

 

District               Location

01, 02

City (Raffles Place, Chinatown)

03

City (Alexandra Road, Tiong Bahru, Queenstown)

04, 05, 06

South West (Telok Blangah, Mount Faber, Buona Vista, Dover Road)

07,08

Central (Beach Road, Rochor Road, Little India, Race Course Road, Serangoon Rd)

09

City (Orchard, River Valley, Kim Seng, Tanglin Rd)

10

Central (Bukit Timah, Holland)

11

Central (Bukit Timah, Dunearn Road, Newton)

12

Central (Balestier Road, Novena, Toa Payoh)

13, 14

Central East (Geylang, MacPherson Road, Paya Lebar)

15, 16

East Coast (Bayshore, Bedok, Marine Parade, Siglap, Tanjong Rhu)

17, 18

East (Changi, Pasir Ris, Simei, Tampines)

19

North East (Hougang, Sengkang)

20

Central North (Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Braddel Road, Thomson)

21

Central West (Clementi, Upper Bukit Timah)

22

West (Boon Lay, Jurong, Tuas)

23, 24

North West (Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang)

25, 26, 27

North (Admiralty, Woodlands, Sembawang, Yio Chu Kang, Yishun)

28

North (Seletar, Yio Chu Kang)

 

 

 

Location, Location, Location

 

The more popular locations of choice for Tenants will be the Singapore prime Central District 9, 10 and 11. The second tier will be the District 15, 16 in the East and District 4 and 5 in the Western part of the Island State.

 

Prime District 9, 10 and 11

Orchard Road is in the heart of the Shopping district and where you will find shops, first class hotels, entertainment, offices, private clubs, supermarkets, movie house within walking distance. So, if you like the hustle and bustle of a city life, Orchard Road area will be the choice.

Cairnhill Road/ Mt Elizabeth Road is another area to consider because it is within the Orchard Road area. A short distance from Orchard Road is Nassim Road where you find many embassies. This area is quiet and close to the Botanic Gardens , one of the more famous Singapore Tourist Attraction.

River Valley and Kim Seng Road is rapidly being developed with many new condos being built over the last 2-3 years. This area is approximately 5-10 minutes drive to Orchard Road and 5-10 minutes drive to the Business District.

Holland Road is another popular expat area which is about 10 minutes drive to get to Orchard Road. For food and entertainment, there is Holland Village where some very good restaurants, fast food outlets, bars are found.

Bukit Timah Road starts from Newton and stretches all the way to Upper Bukit Timah Road. You find many condos along this road but the ones closer to Orchard Road are the popular homes of choice. Right across Bukit Timah Road is Dunearn Road which leads to Watten Estate and Shelford Road. Transportation can be a problem because there are no buses and MRT station nearby.

Jervois and Nathan Road areas are also very sought-after due to its quiet and peaceful surrounding with more low-rise than high-rise condominium and just only approximately 5 minutes drive to Orchard Road. The Indonesian Embassy and the Malaysian Embassy are situated in this area. The latest shopping centre nearby is the Great World City which is approximately 5 minutes drive away.

 

Eastern District 15, 16

If you prefer to live near the sea and have homes with a view, you can consider East Coast area. This area has a beach, a lot of activities and amenities to offer. For recreational activities there are Parkland Gold Driving Range, East Coast Recreational Centre (Sailing Club), and Singapore Tennis Centre. The East Coast Recreational Centre is very popular amongst expatriates. For food, you can find many popular seafood restaurants by the beach and fast food restaurants.

There are many shopping centres in the part of the island, like Parkway Parade and Katong Shopping Centre. Many really nice condos, mostly sea facing like The Waterside, The Atria, Hawaii Tower, The Sovereign, The Makena, Amber Point, and Amberville. Further up, you find more condos like Mandarin Gardens, Bayshore Park and The Bayshore.

There are no MRT station around this area yet but getting around is no trouble. For frequent air travellers, you can also consider this area because it is a quick 10 to 15 mins drive to the airport.

Another very sought-after area not far away from East Coast Parkway is the water front Tanjong Rhu. Most of the condos you find here like Costa Rhu and Pebble Bay Condo has "great great" view over the Kallang River. However, transportation can be a problem if you do not have a car. If you do drive, it is a quick 5-10 minutes drive to shops and food outlets. You may also walk to the nearby Leisure Park or Indoor Stadium for food, shopping and clubbing too.
 

Western District 4 and 5

Much closer to the Central Business District area is Telok Blangah. Nearest shopping centre is the HabourFront Shopping Centre or former World Trade Centre Shopping Centre. The MRT station is up and running here and is just next to "Sentosa Island", another tourist attraction access via cable car, car, bus or ferry. .

The Pasir Panjang area has a laid back Village feel. Most Condos here are low rise and located near the green and hill side. This area too has a quite a nice park by the beach with lot of activities and amenities to offer. For food, you can find some good restaurants at the Pasir Panjang Village and yes the famous Pasir Panjang food centre which sell good seafood and satays..

 

Other Locations..

This is just a short tour or introduction to some popular locations favoured by the expats communities. Other locations equally sought after by Tenants include the Woodland area near to the American schools and areas close to MRT !

 

 

Some Definition of Singapore Property Terms

 

Type

Definition

 

Apartment / flat

A room or suite of rooms designed to live in and generally located in a building  occupied by more than one household.  If it is above 6-storeys, foreigners are eligible to purchase.

 

 

Walk up flats

Apartments or flats within a building which is generally four storeys or less.  As the name suggests, the apartments or flats on the upper floors are accessible by staircase only as no lifts are provided.  Below 6-storeys, foreigners are not eligible to purchase.

 

 

Penthouse

A large residential unit located at the highest level of a building. Sometimes, it comes with a roof garden/terrace.

 

 

Maisonettes

A 2-level residential unit with a connecting internal staircase.  In other words, it is an apartment with rooms on two adjoining floors connected by an inner staircase.

 

 

Townhouse

A residential building designed as a single dwelling unit with ground contact and forming part of a row of not less than 3 residential units.  All the units have common ownership of land.

 

 

Detached House

A house standing on its own boundary, with no common wall.

 

 

Semi-detached House

One of a pair of identical dwelling joined by a common boundary partition which:

 

i)

rises from ground to roof level;

 

ii)

runs not less than 50% depth of the dwellings;

 

iii)

comprises an integral part of one side wall of room units which it forms.

 

The other definition is “a house sharing a common wall with its immediate similar residential unit”.

 

 

Terrace House

A house in a row of houses above ground level.

 

 

Corner Terrace House

The end unit in a row of terrace houses.  Therefore, a corner terrace house is joined to the others by one party wall.  It usually has a larger garden area as compared to the other intermediate terrace houses.

 

 

Duplex House

A house divided into two or more living units but share the same land.  Usually they are lowrise developments of about 2 storeys.

 

 

HUDC apartments/ flats

Middle income apartments / flats built by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation. Most of them are privatised or being privatised by now.

 

 

HDB flat

Public residential properties built by the Housing and Development Board.

 

 

    

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