Singapore's global neighbourhoods

Do you want to live in a quaint walk-up, a house near the beach, or a high-rise close to your office? The options are endless for most global citizens working in Singapore. The crucial decision of where to set up a home base should not be taken lightly so we're helping you with the initial research. Here's a quick guide on what to expect, in terms of features and advantages, from the popular neighbourhoods preferred by global citizens.

Orchard & city

Orchard road sign.

Orchard Road

The Orchard area offers easy access to the retail hustle and bustle of Orchard Road's shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, and health and beauty services. Despite the activity and density, many of the surrounding neighbourhoods are quiet and leafy.


Tanglin is home to many embassies and is considered a prestigious area. Properties vary from large houses with leafy gardens to established low-rise condominiums and new, higher condos. The popular Dempsey Hill area offers a mix of furniture shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants in a pretty jungle setting.

River Valley

River Valley is a popular area between Orchard Road to the north and the river to the south, with a large concentration of modern high-rise condominiums and some conservation houses.

Holland Village

A traditional expat favourite, Holland Village has a good selection of restaurants and a multitude of cafés, health and beauty outlets, bars, and numerous local and Western restaurants.

Robertson Quay and Mohammed Sultan Road

Robertson Quay and Mohammed Sultan Road are popular with singles and young couples who want to be close to the CBD and enjoy the nightlife, restaurants and bars along the Singapore River. Robertson Quay boasts swanky new condominiums with river views.


Train tracks and trees.

Central Bukit Timah

This established residential area stretches from just beyond Newton Circus to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.


Not far from Orchard, and home to a good mix of houses, high-rise condos, are Novena and Newton Circus. The latter is famous for its hawker centre; it has some excellent barbecued seafood stalls.


Popular with families from the nearby French School and Australian International School this relaxed residential area offers condominiums and spacious family houses, many with gardens.


Thomson Road runs past the horsey action at the Singapore Polo Club, leafy MacRitchie Reservoir, and some of the best garden centres in Singapore, right up to Yishun and Sembawang.


Not far from Thomson and Bishan is Braddell, another established residential area with some excellent family houses with gardens.



Expats choose Woodlands for its big, reasonably priced family houses and for the Singapore American School. Not surprisingly, there is a large American expat community here.



Residents tend to hang on to their properties tightly here, though you can still find good deals on black-and-white houses and gardens. The area comprises part of Upper Thomson and includes the Lower Seletar Reservoir.


View of Joo Chiat in Singapore.


Katong and Joo Chiat are favoured by expats who are keen to experience local Peranakan culture, although these colourful neighbourhoods also boast large malls, Parkway Parade and Katong I12.

East Coast

The East Coast area runs from Kallang for 18 kilometres (approximately 11.18 miles) to Loyang and Changi Airport, and has long been popular with expats for its spacious, breezy and reasonably priced condominiums and houses.

Siglap, Bedok, Tampines and Pasir Ris

These popular East Coast neighbourhoods have a village feel. Housing options vary from apartments and townhouses to spacious, detached bungalows.


View of sun and beach.


Sentosa Island has some of the most exclusive (and expensive) homes in Singapore - some of which directly face the sea. Residents of Sentosa Cove also have access to a golf course, excellent restaurants at Quayside, recreational opportunities and the ONE°15 Marina.

Upper Bukit Timah

Just beyond Central Bukit Timah, this area has a large selection of good value condominiums and semi-detached houses plus several good shopping centres in the area. The PIE and BKE expressways are easily accessible for those with cars.

Faber Park

Faber Park has a spacious, suburban feel and a large, friendly expat community with leafy surroundings. The area's benefits include easy access to the AYE/CTE motorways, VivoCity and HarbourFront malls for shopping.

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