Where to Live in Singapore: The Most Exclusive Neighborhoods

Metropolis cities like New York and glitzy Beverly Hills are often the first places that come to mind when you hear about exclusive neighborhoods.

But if you have seen Crazy Rich Asians or Singapore Social, you will surely see that Singapore can also keep up with the likes of Beverly Hills and 57th Street in terms of exclusivity.

If you are wondering where to live in Singapore, here are the most exclusive neighborhoods you might want to consider:

Ardmore Park 

Ardmore Park is tucked within one of the most preferred and prime locations in Singapore. For years, it has managed to hold its own in terms of lifestyle and real estate offerings.

The eclectic mix of Ardmore Park is its enchanting charm, as it houses some of the most premium and expansive bungalows as well as high-end public and private housing estates, all of which are close to the city center.

Wing Tai’s Le Nouvel Ardmore and City Developments Limited’s Nouvel 18, both of which were designed by Jean Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, are two of the condos that stand tall and proud in this glitzy bungalow enclave.

Where to Live in Singapore: The Most Exclusive Neighborhoods


The area around Bugis, Golden Mile, and Middle Road is another district that is starting to gain popularity in Singapore. The district is one of the most expensive in the country. Some of the top luxury residential developments in this area are Midtown Modern, South Beach Residences, and Duo Residences.

The trend can be attributed to the increasing number of property buyers who now prefer more spacious units to give room for both personal and professional life in the comforts of their home without leaving the city center.

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As the live, work, and play concept continues to gain popularity, the real estate market of the district is expected to become even more exclusive and promising in the coming days.

Cluny Road

Cluny Road keeps up with neighboring Nassim Road in terms of the exclusive prices of the properties in the area. One of the most noteworthy purchases is that of James Dyson, the British billionaire and Dyson owner, for $45 million, not more than a month after he splurged on a penthouse.

The scion of the Tsai family of Taiwan, of Cathay Financial Holding and Cathay Life Insurance fame, also bought an estate worth $93.9 million.

Cluny Road is also the one behind the latest trend in Singapore of white and black houses, or colonial bungalows, although these might no longer exist these days. The introduction of the style of houses back in 1903 was credited to English architect Regent Alfred John Bidwell, who merged the Arts and Crafts movement with the Tudor Revivalist style.

Where to Live in Singapore: The Most Exclusive Neighborhoods

Holland Village

With its bohemian vibe and appeal, Holland Village is the place of residence for rich and upper-middle-class expats and Singaporeans. The neighborhood is nicely snuggled at the back of the Botanical Gardens and is only several minutes away from bustling Orchard Road.

Several art shops, art galleries, pubs, gift shops, and novelty stores dot the area. There are also gated housing communities and public and private housing estates throughout Holland Village.

Marina Bay

High-end buyers not only from Singapore but also from other parts of the world all find themselves head over heels in love with Marina Bay and its luxurious residential developments.

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Where to Live in Singapore: The Most Exclusive Neighborhoods

According to property experts, the area’s top development is none other than Marina One, which is a cluster of four dual-use towers.

Considered one of Marina Bay’s biggest public landscaped areas, this luxury development boasts a vast green space known as GreenHeart that serves as a multifunctional area open for public use. The area has over 160,000 plants and trees that belong to 350 different species.

Nassim Road

District 10 has been one of Singapore’s prime districts for many years, tucked in the Core Central Region of the country. Nassim Road happens to be one of the most highly coveted addresses in the district, extending to the lush haven of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from Orchard Road.

The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, and the Embassy of Japan share the prestigious address in District 10 with some of Singapore’s most exclusive GCBs, or Good Class Bungalows.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road doesn’t only serve as the shopping and commercial hub of Singapore; it also takes pride in its private residential housing. Local media reports revealed that a penthouse with 10,300 square feet at the Sculptura Admore condo in the Core Central Region was sold for approximately S$60 million, which is a record high for luxury apartments in the country.

Where to Live in Singapore: The Most Exclusive Neighborhoods

Tanjong Pagar

For many years, Tanjong Pagar was an area for the middle class. But just recently, it has seen a significant change as high-income single professionals and young couples have started to move in.

Wallich Residence is one of the plush properties in Tanjong Pagar. It is a three-story penthouse on top of the Tanjong Pagar Center, which stands at 950 feet tall and is located on the brink of the financial district. Guoco Land is behind the development, with Sotheby’s spearheading the marketing.

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The 21,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms includes plans for hi-tech spaces for entertainment and a rooftop pool that overlooks the Singapore Strait, all of which come with the marketed price of S$108 million.

Sentosa Island

Striking the perfect balance of beaches, sand, and sun, Sentosa Island is the resort off the southern coast of Singapore. It is home to several famous beaches and a Universal Studios theme park. Homes in the area are reported to sell for around S$1,800 per square foot.

Where to Live in Singapore: The Most Exclusive Neighborhoods

Those on a more limited budget can still choose from the apartments that offer stunning views of the sea. Many ex-pats who have deep pockets choose to buy property on the island resort even if it means they will have to pay a higher tax compared to Singaporeans.

If exclusivity is your number one priority when looking for a place you can call home, these exclusive neighborhoods in Singapore will surely meet and even exceed your expectations.


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