What is the ideal neighbourhood to settle in Singapore? Being new in Singapore could give you some headache as you have trouble to find the similar neighbourhood that is close to your lifestyle. Some may prefer to stay near the MRT like the new Bendemeer MRT in Kallang or some may prefer to stay in a new township like Punggol. In Singapore, it is all about convenience and quality lifestyle living but then again, each of the district has different type of housing estates. For example, the higher end lifestyle districts like Orchard, Tanglin dan Bukit Timah areas offer a magnitude of unique lifestyle and recreational options.
Closer to nature and outdoor opportunities
These areas are often distinguished by their green environment and varieties of leisure and recreational activities, which are Tanglin and Bukit Timah. Both areas are known for the families with dynamic environment and plentiful of entertainment and play options for all.
With the recent recreational developments near the areas which include the Tyersall Learning Forest that features 9.8 hectare of forest habitats that can boast a tropical forest with giant Tembusu trees, marshland with tropical wetland plants and a treetop walkway.
Bukit Timah is known for the upscale residential that enclaves in the highest natural point in Singapore. With the lush hill covered with native tropical rainforest greenery, Bukit Timah provides access to many hiking trails, nature reserves and a bountiful of outdoor activities for nature-loving families.
Convenient and shorter journeys for the locals
In terms of connectivity, both areas are served by various MRT stations which includes Stevens, Botanic Gardens and Beauty World that’s located along the Downtown Line (DTL). This makes travel convenient for the residents around that area. The new DTL provides a direct connection to the Central Business District (CBD) and the Marina Bay area. The upcoming opening of the Orchard Boulevard MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line that will bring added convenience to both residents and visitors in the areas.
Vibrant mix of amenities and facilities
Every Singaporean is familiar with the name Tanglin, it has been an older and established neighbourhood. Tanglin is also home to many embassies in Singapore. All the properties in the location vary from bungalows to low-rise condominiums. Residents around the area enjoy the accessibility to various retail facilities and amenities that is located in Orchard.
Then, there is also the Dempsey Hill, a more upscale destination that offers a variety of lifestyle amenities. The amenities include everything from casual to fine dining and shopping and entertainment outlets. The vibrancy mix of amenities in the area that completes the family experience by facilitating bonding and bringing them closer through those shared activities.
Popular schools nearby
There are a handful of elite schools in Singapore are also located in the region. This makes the area highly desirable for parents with their school-going kids. Within Bukit Timah itself, you can find renowned schools such as the Bukit Timah Primary School, Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School, Raffles Girls’ Primary School and Hwa Chong Institution.
It is this coveted proximity to popular schools, combined with endearing charm and the various recreational opportunities, amenities and transportation facilities that’s found within these locations that has boomed in Tanglin and Bukit Timah to be on the top of our list as choice neighbourhoods for families in Singapore.
A combination of green and river
You could take a break from the concrete jungle in this new and upcoming township. It is none other than the Venice of the East, Punggol Waterway Park. This is where the neighbourhood residents go to commune with nature. You can enjoy the the fully scenic views by going on the 2.4km Punggol Promenade Nature Walk that will take you along the waterfront promenade and you can pass by some fishing platforms that reminiscing of old fishing villages. You can also spot some rare native flora and fauna along the way.
Somewhere close to the Punggol Waterway Park is the rustic Coney Island Park that has mind-boggling variety of habitats which include coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves and casuarina woodlands. It is packed into 50 hectare of land where you can rent a bike at these parks too. The tips here is that sign up for a guided walking tour of Coney Island Park to gain insight into its history and biodiversity.