Whether you are a local or an expat, Singapore will definitely surprise you with diverse but lively neighborhoods. Choosing the right neighborhood may be tricky but if you know where to start, you can identify the ideal one in no time.

To help you, here are some neighborhoods you can choose from:

Orchard Road

There is one word that describes Orchard Road: shopping. Aside from high-end boutiques, you can also find expensive room units.

Chinatown and Outram Park

Chinatown is a tourist attraction with the streets bustling with tourists and locals looking for shop houses, souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. Outram Park like the area of One Pearl Bank Condo presents a different kind of neighborhood because it is home to several municipal buildings like the Singapore General Hospital, Singapore Health, Central Narcotics Bureau, Police Cantonment Complex and many more.

One Pearl Bank Condo

Selegie and Little India

Little India remains to be an ethnic neighborhood where you find Indian restaurants, spices, clothing, and jewelry. The nearest mall is the Mustafa Centre, which is considered one of the cheapest places for shopping – 24/7.  Selegie Road, on the other hand, presents many residential developments, especially along Mount Emily and Sophia.

West Coast, Pasir Panjang, and Telok Blangah

Many choose the West Coast, Pasir Panjang, and Telok Bangah because of the stunning sunsets. Traffic is also not congested in these parts. More importantly, these areas are near the National University of Singapore and Sentosa Island.

Bukit Timah, Holland Village, Clementi, Commonwealth and Dempsey

These five neighborhoods are close to each other. However, every neighborhood presents different demographics. For instance, Bukit Timah is home to the wealthiest residents in Singapore while the nearby Holland Village features Western expatriate communities.

The Clementi and Commonwealth are famous for locals because of its closeness to the East-West MRT line going to the Central Business District. Finally, Dempsey Hill, which used to be a British army barracks, is currently considered a lifestyle destination since it is filled with shops, gourmet, galleries and many more.

Newton, Novena, and Thomson

These neighborhoods are popular spots to settle because of their proximity to the city. Aside from this, Newton, Novena, and Thomson are also close to MacRitchie Reservoir as well as Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Finally, there are nearby malls like Velocity and United Square.

Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, and Serangoon

Back in the day, Bishan used to have many cemeteries then the land was converted into residential. Ang Mo Kio, on the other hand, means the “red-haired bridge”, which no longer exist. Serangoon runs into Little India.

These days, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, and Serangoon are considered for their affordable living. These neighborhoods are also well connected through the MRT. These areas are popular with French expats because of the Lycee Francais de Singapour.

Final thoughts

Whatever neighborhood you choose, there will be something for you. Moving is not easy but if you plan well, you will have a smooth transition. If you need help, you should contact a real estate agent to help you navigate through the process of owning or renting a home.