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Living in Singapore: Family-Friendly Neighbourhoods for Expats in Singapore

Boasting everything from greenery to quaint cafes to art galleries to fun options for kids, these cool neighbourhoods put a spin on day-to-day living in Singapore – and family fun. Here are five to consider when moving to Singapore!

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Home to many embassies, the prestigious neighbourhood of Tanglin has become one of the most sought-after on the island-nation as it offers quality housing opportunities such as venerable villas, low-rise townhouses, impressive condominiums and apartments in a central location.

Due to its proximity to Orchard, the neighbourhood exudes a cosmopolitan feel, allowing you and your family to experience everything from shopping to local and fine dining, a wealth of entertainment and exclusive health services. And fret not, there are even international schools such as Avondale Grammar School.

For a dose of weekend cafe-hopping, the dining enclave of Dempsey Hill is located nearby and pledges a slew of foodie options tucked behind verdant greenery. One of them is the Open Farm Community, which focuses on local farming, offering a fine restaurant, a cafe, sand playgrounds, a lawn bowling lane and a farm.

For more greenery, the UNESCO World Heritage Botanic Gardens is also located in the vicinity, often mixing nature, music performances and open-air movie nights.

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Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island quickly rings an entertainment bell to any expat’s ears for good reasons. Boasting a stretch of beaches dotted with swaying palm trees, topnotch restaurants, quaint cafes and vibrant bars, this corner of Singapore easily knows how to meld nature, fun and outdoor activities for the entire family.

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While to many newcomers, this sunny island may resound as a weekend fun locale, it’s safe to say that many call it home. Right at the tip of the island, check out Sentosa Cove, a residential enclave, which brings luxury to a new level. Here, there are condominiums such as The Oceanfront Sentosa, an architectural masterpiece, which offers residents awe-inspiring vistas as well as endless dining and shopping opportunities at the visually-appealing waterfront precinct of Quayside, and boardwalks and promenades ideal for jogging and serene night strolls.

For an alternative marine perspective, there’s also The Coast at Sentosa Cove, known for stunning views of both the waterfront and the open sea, granting you a slice of both worlds. Renowned for its great landscaping and lush greenery, this tranquil oasis of the senses makes for a beautiful place to live in.

Besides, the island will immediately be in line with your kid’s idea of fun as there’s a slew of attractions ready to be explored with the whole family; think Universal Studios, aquariums, waterpark attractions, unique performances such as “Songs of the Sea” and even impromptu encounters with animals such as peacocks and monkeys!

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River Valley

Offering proximity to the city and a quieter facet ideal for families, River Valley is a neighbourhood that constantly reinvents itself as a modern, hip area brimming with shops, malls, late-bars and a plethora of dining options to suit all tastes.

In terms of accommodation, popular Condos in River Valley include Starlight Suites, where you can feel at home, unwind and enjoy the picturesque view of the city without even having to get out of your abode. Located in a prime district of River Valley, this condominium offers exclusive privacy as it is surrounded by pristine greenery.

To make the most of the neighbourhood, you can easily access Robertson Quay area, which has pretty river vistas, cafes, and late-dining options for all tastes. For a dose of culture, the nearby Asian Civilisations Museum organises interactive exhibitions and offers insight into the local heritage.

And while your little ones can benefit from great choices of A-list schools ranging from primary to tertiary, the fun element won’t lack either, with entertainment options such as J H Kim Taekwondo Institute, where they can participate in taekwondo classes, and Amazonia, an indoor playground and party venue, which will keep your kids active and happy.

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Suitable for families without cars, this charming suburban neighbourhood is steeped in history evident in the Insta-worthy rows of shophouses on Koon Seng Road, intricate temples, impressive array of local fare and establishments dedicated to the unique Peranakan culture.

For park lovers, East Coast Park is located in the proximity and provides leisurely activities such as cycling, rollerblading and jogging, and there are also plenty shops, restaurants, international schools and swimming pools in the area to better complement your stay here. For a splashing good time, the water theme park Wild Wild Wet is another leisure option, allowing you to soak in a weekend of family adventure not far from home.

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Tiong Bahru

Judging from the number of hip cafes in Tiong Bahru, wet markets, quirky boutiques and sleek restaurants, the eclectic neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru is ever-flourishing. In the past years, this beloved corner of Singapore has experienced a major cultural and urban coming-of-age – from an enclave solely known for its rich heritage, narrow alleyways and low-rise Art Deco buildings evoking the 1930s ambience, to one of the city-state’s most burgeoning and creative hubs.

Today, amidst this bohemian estate, plenty of modern housing options abound; think apartments and high-rise condominiums readily available for rent, from where you can not only admire the awe-inspiring vista of the city’s skyline, but also have easy access to amenities, shops, restaurants and green spaces.

If you’re living in Singapore and you’re ready to make the big move and find your perfect home? Get in touch with a Greyloft agent now and start your new adventure in Singapore!

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