Singapore has changed dramatically over the past 10 years and so too have the neighborhoods. Residential areas in the heartlands have been upgraded and the transportation network is more extensive now, making it so much easier to get around. For families, Singapore is voted one of the best places to bring up kids. Safe, clean, and efficient, each neighborhood has a different feel, a different vibe. If you’re on the hunt for a place to call home, check out some of our favorite neighborhoods in Singapore for families and kids.
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Famous for it’s art deco houses and new high rises, Tiong Bahru has grown in popularity with families. Located closed to the CBD it’’s easy to get to work. It’s close to good transportation routes with the MRT and buses on your doorstep. The local community is thriving. With bars, restaurants, parks, boutique shops, malls and more, there's something for everyone in this fam-friendly neighborhood.
One of the original places for expats to live, it’s still a popular option for most. Located on the western side of the island not far from Orchard Road, it’s a good place for families to settle. Locals love it for the hawker fare that can be found in the nearby coffee shops. The main hub is full of supermarkets, shops, bars, restaurants, and streets where kids can play safely. If you’re looking around this area, check out the conservation houses or black and white apartments in Chip Bee Gardens - they’re a gem.
This central part of town has changed over the past few years. Popular with local families, it’s becoming more of a hot spot with ex-pats too. If you don’t want a long commute to town and your kids are little, this is a lovely area to live in. There are shophouses, condos, local parks for kids to play, and of course some of the trendiest streets in Singapore to chill out. With Keong Saik Road and Spottiswoode Park at your doorstep, what’s not to love about this local, charming neighborhood.
Woodlands is an up and coming hub with upgrading works being done over the past few years. If you are planning for your kids to go to the Singapore American School, then this is an obvious place to live if you don’t want the commute. There’s also a very well connected American community up there. Under the latest renewal plans, Woodlands will have six star attractions that includes a business hub, cycling networks and a Discovery Playground, where residents can enjoy the town garden and learn about the history of this suburb.
As the saying goes, those who live in the east, will never leave the east! The chill out vibe of the eastern beachfront suburb of Singapore is what draws most people when they choose to reside there. House choices are endless, with shop houses, condos and landed properties to choose from. There’s ample supermarkets, a few malls, quaint boutiques, bars, restaurants, kindergartens, and schools. If you don’t want the hustle and bustle of city life, East Coast is the perfect enclave for you.
The west has grown in popularity with more and more condos opening up. The Alexandra Canal has been developed which makes it perfect for kids who love to bike and scoot. Buona Vista has undergone significant redevelopment, with a new mall, shops, bars, and restaurants, all of which are within reach of good transportation networks and schools. Clementi remains a firm favorite with local families and anyone who is on more of a budget as its equipped with the essentials of daily living.
River Valley stretches from Robertson Quay all the way to Alexandra and is lined with condos, serviced apartments, bars, restaurants, and cafes - an ideal locale for city living. There are shopping malls within reach and kids can bike, scoot, and play along the broad sidewalks by the river. Accommodation options are ample along River Valley and Robertson Quay is the perfect place to relax and dine whilst overlooking the river.
For families looking for a landed property with sprawling lawns in an up-market district, Bukit Timah is the place. Getting around is easy as the MRT line and many buses take you right straight into town. The whole area is well-connected to all the main schools and within each smaller neighborhood, there are shophouses with varied dining options. There’s a good selection of malls, condos, hawker centers, and sports facilities nearby. You’re also close to The Grandstand and Horse City which are packed with kiddy stores, learning centers, restaurants, and cafes. The British Club is a short drive away and is next to the Hollandse Club if you need the comforts of home.
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