Looking for a Condo for Rent in Singapore? Consider These Areas
Singapore is a great choice for everyone – whether you’re coming on your own, as a couple, or with your whole family. It’s a great opportunity to experience something different from your home country and to explore the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. It’s pretty straightforward to get visas, the tax rate is low, the schools are of a high standard, and there’s great weather pretty much every day. What’s not to love?! One of the most common concerns is finding the perfect condo to rent. We’ve got a great guide to pretty much every neighbourhood in Singapore, but here are our top picks.
1. Downtown and the CBD
Living in the CBD can be a love/hate experience for some, but we think being in the thick of it is a great way to start your Singapore experience.
Getting to your new job will definitely be straightforward. Just a short hop on the bus or MRT, or even a short walk or cycle. Many of the condos to rent here give fantastic views of the Singapore skyline, others overlook the bustling port area, or the red tiled roofs of the historic shophouses in Chinatown.
Ok, it’s not cheap to live around here, and some of the condos to rent can be on the small side when it comes to square feet, but the location is second to none. Everything you could want is right on your doorstep, with easy access to the great restaurants and nightlife of Boat Quay, Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar, Tiong Bahru and Duxton areas. The Downtown area is a great choice for those who want to dive into their Singapore experience with both feet.
2. Bukit Timah
At the other end of the spectrum, is leafy Bukit Timah. Tucked in amongst Singapore’s tropical greenery, it can be tricky to imagine that the shopping mecca of Orchard Road is just moments away.
The newly opened extension of the Downtown line has made this area much more accessible than before, with quick journeys into the CBD and surrounding areas. But there’s plenty on your doorstep if you don’t fancy jumping on the MRT. There’s enough restaurants, cafes and bars nearby to keep you busy, and The Grandstand is nearby, which boasts Pasarbella (Singapore’s version of a farmer’s market).
It’s a great area for families, with a number of international schools located nearby. Finding a condo to rent here is straightforward, with a host of recently opened developments, as well as some older, larger options.
3. Newton & Novena
A stone’s throw from Orchard and with great transport links into the city, Newton and Novena are a great choice for those relocating to Singapore. It’s a short hop to Little India from here too, and you’ve got the stunning MacRitchie Nature Reserve for those morning runs, or lazy afternoon walks.
The area is ideally located for schools too, with SJI International and the Australian International School located in the vicinity. You can explore the local cuisine at Newton Circus hawker centre, pick up toys and books for your children at United Square, and get ready to join in one of Singapore’s many charity runs with Velocity@Novena – Singapore’s premier sports mall.
4. East Coast
Stretching from the Singapore flyer, all the way up to Changi Airport, the East Coast is fast becoming a new favourite amongst expats in Singapore.
East Coast Park, with its stretch of sandy beach and easy access for watersports is close by, or you can enjoy all the historic shophouses around Joo Chiat, which is also home to ‘Little Vietnam’ – a great place to slurp down a bowl of pho.
The East Coast has a huge variety of bars, restaurants, cafes, and shopping centres to keep everyone busy. Towards Changi you can find IKEA, Courts and a Giant hyerpmarket. An increasing number of international schools are also relocating nearby, making it an increasingly attractive area for those with children.
A MRT line is planned to open in the coming years, but in the meantime, buses and taxis are your best bet when it comes to getting around.
It can be easy to forget you’re living on an island in Singapore, with all the impressive skyscrapers, and green escapes. But on Sentosa, you’ll get island living in bucket-loads.
Sentosa has an air of exclusivity, but in reality offers a great community, with easy access to the beach, great views over the Singapore Strait, and a host of things to see and do. Home to Resorts World Sentosa, there are plenty of activities to try out – explore the aquarium, ride the roller coasters at Universal Studios, or enjoy hitting the water slides and pools at Adventure Cove.