East-Siders Always Think Their Side of the Island Is Better. But Why?

Singapore — Imagine, if you will, that it’s 8pm on a Wednesday evening.

You’ve returned home after a long day at work dealing with pretentious suits or rude customers. Exhausted, you fling your near-lifeless body into the welcoming arms of your bed.

It’s not all bad. At least the weekend’s coming, you think to yourself as a loud sigh escapes your body. But suddenly remembering your university mates’ half-baked plans to catch-up over lunch on Saturday, you text the group chat for suggestions on where to meet.

Amidst all their replies, one in particular stands out: “Just come to my area lah. East side, best side.”


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Top HDB neighbourhoods with the best amenities

Singapore — Set up in the 1960s to solve the nation’s housing crisis, HDB flats have today become a Singapore icon that is synonymous with quality and affordable living.

Clustered into towns, HDB neighbourhoods are vibrant living environments that have a huge cultural significance to our collective identity, because 80% of our residential population live in them.

Even if you don’t live in a HDB flat, you would have come across or utilised some of the amenities in a HDB neighbourhood, whether it is a hawker centre, the neighbourhood mall, clinic or sports centre. But while a myriad of commercial, recreational and social amenities can be found in all HDB neighbourhoods, the truth remains that certain neighbourhoods do stand out above the rest.

In this article, we pick the top 5 HDB neighbourhoods (in no particular order) with the best range of amenities based on their proximity to the following:

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Private property price growth slows in Q3 on cooling measures

SINGAPORE: The rise of property prices in Singapore slowed significantly in the third quarter, after the Government announced measures to cool the red-hot market, data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Oct 26) showed.

Private home prices rose 0.5 per cent in the July to September period, down from the 3.4 per cent rise in the second quarter and 3.9 per cent rise in the first quarter.

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How Much Does It Cost To Renovate My HDB BTO Flat?

Woodcress HDB BTO (houzz.com.sg)

A dream flat comes at a price. Here’s how much you should be prepared to spend on your HDB renovation.

By Timothy Ho, via dollarsandsense.sg

Renovation is one of the few big-ticket items that you will need to spend on after purchasing your home, be it a BTO/resale HDB flat or a private property. And while we all want to beautify and enhance our homes, renovation can be a costly and stressful affair.

This is especially true for new homeowners who may be overwhelmed and at a lost on where or how to start planning for their renovation. How much should I set aside in order to achieve my dream home? How can I minimise costs, while maximising utility? And with so many renovation horror stories in the news, how can I safeguard my renovation project and deposits?

To help you answer these questions and start planning for your renovation, we share some helpful renovation insights and tips. Firstly, start your preparation and research by finding out how much it costs to renovate in Singapore – having such an understanding will enable you to make a more informed decision on what you can afford, and if you need to start saving up.

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URA revises guidelines to reduce number of shoebox units, stem shrinking of private homes

Singapore — In a bid to reduce the strain new developments pose on local infrastructure, the authorities have moved to ensure that there will be fewer shoebox units offered in new private non-landed residential buildings outside the Central area.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) revised guidelines for such properties on Wednesday (Oct 17), making several changes that it said also aim to moderate the reduction in home sizes and “safeguard the liveability” of residential estates. It has observed smaller unit sizes in new private housing projects.

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New private home sales jump 42% in September

SINGAPORE: Sales of new private homes in Singapore rose about 42 per cent in September from a year earlier, as developers returned to the market with new launches following the previous month’s slump.

Data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Monday (Oct 15) showed developers sold 932 units last month, compared with 657 units in the same month last year.


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12 Things Potential Buyers Don’t Want to See in Your Bathroom

By Kate Burt, via houzz.com.sg

While a complete renovation may not be cost-effective (and, besides, people often like to put their own stamp on a place), there are a number of things you can address to give potential buyers a good feeling about your washspace.

Read on to see if there are any changes you can make to your bathroom to get the offers flowing in. Or hit the ‘Save’ button above to bookmark this handy guide for future reference.

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