Iconic Neighbourhood Living: Serangoon Gardens

Serangoon Gardens isn’t just any old neighbourhood. When it comes to exuding that old school cool, it ranks right up there with neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru and Katong.

The Silver Spurs. Picture: iProperty

Serangoon Gardens in an enclave steeped in heritage, well-known and loved by many Singaporeans.

One of the oldest established neighbourhoods in Singapore, Serangoon Gardens started out as a designated living area for British officers. The neighbourhood housed soldiers and pilots and was heavily associated with the name “Ang Sar Lee”, or red zinc roofs, which was a prominent feature in those days.

Serangoon Gardens doesn’t have any HDB flats. Instead, this wholly private housing estate is home to a large mix of terrace, semi-detached and bungalow houses. This enclave is exclusive, and prices reflect the nature of the location.

Yio Chu Kang Road. Picture: iProperty

One of the most expensive units in the estate, a terrace house closer to Yio Chu Kang Road, is going for $11.3 million. At 3000 square feet, that breaks down to about $3760 per sq ft.

Crowhurst Drive. Picture: iProperty

Alternatively, there is a $4.5 million Semi-detached unit along Crowhurst Drive, closer to the centre of the enclave. at 2600 sq ft, this comes down to a nice $1730 per sq ft. This would place you in walking distance to the Serangoon Garden Circus area, which is a nexus point for everything a Serangoon Gardens resident might need.

If you’re renting, you might want to consider larger units in the area, as rentals here run start at $1.50 and top out at $3 per square foot. While this seems low, the size of the units brings rental quantum past the $10,000 per month mark, meaning you might as well get larger housing for more bang for your buck.

A 6000 square foot detached house along Haddington Avenue has been listed with an asking of $14,500, or $2.42 per square foot. Of course, designer homes like the ones along Crowhurst Drive tend to ask for quite a bit more, so a 6600 square foot unit could be asking for $2.82 per square foot.

Why pay so much? Well, the amenities for the expatriate crowd is second to none.

Serangoon Gardens is most definitely more peaceful than the often rowdy Holland Village neighbourhood, and it has a French school, Lycée Français de Singapour located in the neighbourhood. Australian International School and Stamford American Internation School are all within 5 minutes drive from the Serangoon Gardens Estate.

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Serangoon Gardens is also a mini-banking hub of sorts. Every major bank is located within the confines of the main circus area, and their privilege banking wings usually come attached with the main branch.

Besides that, Serangoon Gardens is also a food mecca. It’s got one the extremely popular Chomp Chomp Hawker Centre, popular for dishing out local delights at reasonable prices. The marketcum- hawker centre just 3 minutes away is just as popular, with a good mix of new age hawkers and old-school stalwarts.

MyVillage. Picture: iProperty

On the other side of the circus lies popular neighbourhood mall, myVillage at Serangoon Garden. This community mall has multiple popular eateries and even a 24-hour NTUC Fairprice Finest. It also has one of Singapore’s rare rooftop gardens, where you can catch a view of the whole neighbourhood. Popular yearly events like movie screenings and concerts are held here as well.

Living in the Serangoon Gardens enclave is a way to experience a slightly more rustic version of Singapore with all the conveniences of its modern iterations. It’s a great place to raise a family, and an even better place to enjoy all the finer things in life. If you’re looking to live in an iconic neighbourhood that’s got a touch of community spirit, there’s no better place than Serangoon Gardens.

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