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Last updated: 14 Mar 2002

Part 1.  Be Kind to Pets - Eye ulcer in the rabbit.   Sponsored by asiahomes.com

Part 2.  Some information on the type of houses in Singapore in response to frequent expat queries. 

Report on house-hunting with a big Australian family. What type of house or apartment does the Australian wife want?
Part 1.       

Be Kind to Pets.
  Deep ulcerative keratitis in the rabbit extracted from 
The Glamorous Vets, Singapore

Corneal ulcer in a Singapore rabbit. The rabbit was presented with an eye ulcer 14 days ago.  The vet advised the Elizabeth collar, regular eye-drops and cleaning of the eyes and confinement in a dark area. 

The Singapore owner thought it was cruel to confine her pet and let it have freedom from the collar for one hour daily.  The ulcer became worse and red blood vessels sprouted around the ulcer area because the rabbit rubbed its eye more.   

Ulcers in the eye are sensitive to sunlight and wind.  The affected pets tend to rub its eye to relieve the itch. 

"Did the rabbit look for dark areas?" I asked.    The owner remembered it hiding under the bed, an "unusual" behaviour.

It was warded.  Pet owners have to be very vigilant in their care of their rabbits have eye ulcers as the whole eye can become infected with pus and has to be surgically removed, resulting in a one-eyed jack. 


Part 2.  What type of house does the Australian wife prefer?

Wanted by top IT chief executive:
6+1 bedroom house near to the British Club and in a good residential area. Children studying at Australian School.
Cable ready.  Big area for entertainment of guests.
Covered car park.

House-hunting schedule Asia USA Realty (Singapore) asiahomes.com Pte Ltd. 
January 14, 2000. The houses listed below may be available for rent. Email judy@asiahomes.com
Tel: +65 9668 6468.


January 14, 2000, Friday.

1.30pm   Meet at Somerset Cairnhill Residence, 15 Cairnhill Rd.

Green Bank Park semi-detached next to cul-de-sac.
6-bedroom. 3000/3186 sq. ft $5,000. 3-years old.
Level 3 - 3 bedrooms facing green trees.
Level 2 - 2 bedrooms facing green trees.
Level 1 - separate living/dining area of marble and large guest or maid's room.
Near British Club and the Dutch/German Schools.  The husband loves this house, but the wife thinks it is not convenient as it is not near the public transport.  Green Bank houses are in an isolated exclusive part of Singapore. The husband favours this house.   

Jalan Novena semi-detached 6+1  3500/4000 sq. ft   $7,500. 
Near Novena subway.  Considered too isolated, away from expatriate family by the Australian wife but will be good for expats whose children study at the International Singapore School/Overseas Family School schools in Paterson Road.

Dyson Road corner terrace 5+1 5000 sq. ft with large patio $5,500 not viewed as the wife does not like this area.  Good for expats whose children study at the International Singapore School/Overseas Family School in Paterson Road.  A favourite expat residential enclave around a 10-minute walk to the Novena subway.

Jubilee Road detached 6-bedroom 9000 sq. ft . $5,000. 2-storey. Near Ginza Shopping Centre and Science Park.  Old house facing construction of a house opposite and next to a child-care centre on the left and a school behind.   Has large garden and rent is lower than others.  Good for expat who has big dogs.

Watten Estate Road bungalow.  6+1 bedroom  6000/4000 sq. ft   $7,500.  Prestigious residential area.  Expat favoured District 10 area.  More than 10 years old.  Granite flooring in living and dining area. 

Big spacious carpeted bedrooms.   Master bedroom is extremely big, with long bath and a balcony for a smoking spouse to smoke.  A big tiled patio for entertainment and barbecue of around 20 guests.  Level 2 has 3 bedrooms plus balcony.  Level 3 has 3 spacious bedrooms.   

Attic and back bedrooms have picturesque green tree views.  Window unit air conditioners instead of the split unit commonly seen nowadays.  The house is on a hill top overlooking green trees.  
Good-sized house.  2nd viewing for wife on Friday.


Dunearn Road NEW semi-detached 6+1  4200 sq. ft   $8,000.  Fronting the main road and flyover. 

5.15 pm   Springfield bungalow 2-years old but looks NEW.    8-bedroom (6 +loft study + 1 ground floor guest room with outer powder room and 1 good-sized maid's room with its own window) 

5000/4600 sq. ft  $7,000.  Good-sized garden for entertaining guests.  10-min drive to American School. Around 20-minute drive via expressway to the Australian School, but there is no school bus to the Australian School.

A 2-storey detached with rooms overlooking a clear patch of forest. It has a high quality interior finish.  High ceilings in the fully split-unit air conditioned living and dining area.  Natural daylight coming from the big windows.   

A loft room with windows overlooks the living area and this can be a study room.   White long baths.  White Elba microwave, oven, cooker. City gas.  Dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and ice-making fridge in a big kitchen.  Maid's room is big.   2 large family areas on level 2 and 3.    PABX phone system of 3 lines which can activate the opening of the auto-gate for the car and intercom system to every room.  Covered car porch and autogate.  2 remote controls for the autogate will be given.

Cable services not available yet.   To include a clause that the Landlord will pay for the connections of cable TV into house if available.

A good-sized guest room on the ground floor, with an outer bathroom which doubles up as a powder room is good for aged parents or guests.  The maid's room is at the back and there is a maid's bathroom. 

Level 2:   Master bathroom has a jacuzzi-type white long bath.  A small balcony to banish the smoking spouse.  A big family area for kids to play.   A loft room to be used as a study room with windows overlooking the void spaces in the living area below.

Level 3:  4 bedrooms. 2 long baths and another family area. 

A luxurious detached.   The Australian School bus does not go to this new subdivision of Sembawang.   2nd viewing for wife on Friday cancelled.

January 16, 2000, Sunday.
2 pm
Grove Drive semi-detached.
6+1  4700 sq. ft   $8,000. Cycling distance to the Australian School. 2-minute drive.

7+1  6000 sq. ft   $5500. Duplex with panoramic unblocked city views (back unit) or green tree views (front unit) from the big balcony off the living and master bedroom.
Children do get lost in the spacious penthouse (back unit).  The front unit is more compact.  Carpeted.  Level 1 has the huge separate living and dining areas, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and the maid's room.  Level 2 has the master bedroom and 3 bedrooms.  Dual sinks, long baths, curved bath in the master bedroom which has a view of the living area below.  Big windows and plenty of natural daylight.

22 units and 2 penthouses.  Smaller units also available for rent.  Email judy@asiahomes.com 

Big pool for children who are into competitive swimming.  Children's pool and 24-hour security.  Central air conditioning.

14 years old.  Off Bukit Timah Road, between Stevens Road and Scotts Road, opposite Singapore Chinese Girls' School.  5-minute drive to Orchard Road and the International Singapore School/Overseas Family School.


SUNGROVE cluster houses. Semi detached.  6-bedroom. $6,500.  Near Science Park. 2 years old.  10-min drive to the Australian School. 

99-year old leasehold cluster housing.  71-103 West Coast Grove.  2 years old. 29 units of semi-detached and 3 bungalows.  Spacious granite-flooring living and dining area.  Rooms have parquet flooring.  The big basement room can accommodate a snooker table. There are 2 car parking lots per unit and entry is via the basement room.  There is a small store room off the basement room which is accessed by the car park or outside the first level. 

Good-sized swimming pool, children's pool, playground, big multi-function room with barbecue facilities on roof-top, 24-hour security and basement car park. 

Singapore Sungrove semi-detached 6-bedroom houses with pool Manicured flower gardens.  Low density with lots of floor space in the house.  Ginza shopping centre with Shop N Save supermarket in less than a 5-minute drive.

Semi-detached:  376-474 sq. m floor area (around 4200 sq. ft), land 2500 sq. ft. 6+1 with large basement room but small garden.  The guest room or maid's room is big, at level one.
Detached: 525-533 sq. m floor area (around 5700 sq. ft), land 3800 sq. ft.  7+1 with large basement room but small garden.

As at January 17, 2000, there are 6 expat families living in Sungrove at No. 79, 99, 115, 121, 123, 127 ($8,500 rent).
Picture of Sungrove houses


intermediate terrace house 5+1, $4,000.  A subdivision of semi-detached, 2 bungalows and terrace houses, completed around 1990, populated by Caucasians and owned by one developer.  Near Canadian School. 

The kitchen and bathrooms are brand new with pastel coloured kitchen cabinets, white Elba oven, cooker hob and hood and white long baths.  The flooring is marble for the living and dining areas and bathrooms.  Rooms have parquet flooring. 

Bedrooms are spacious.  Level 2: 3 bedrooms with having an attached bathroom (shower).  Level 3: 2 bedrooms, with a white long bath in the spacious master bedroom. 7 phone lines for the IT managers.  Cable ready.  Living area is smaller as this is an intermediate terrace.  Covered car park porch on ground level. 3-storey house near to bus stops and express bus shuttle services to downtown.  Many caucasians.   Value for money.

23 units of terrace houses, semi-detached and 2 bungalows. Cable TV facilities available. Completed: 1999.

A subdivision of 23 units occupied by Caucasian expats from the U.K, Europe and the USA.  5 minutes walk to the Canadian School.  Executive buses and bus to the Clementi subway from the Toh Tuck Road outside the houses.  Parquet flooring.  However, the wide living and dining area is floored by CERAMIC tiles, not marble flooring.  Some expats do not like this concept.  

For the terrace houses, 3-stories 5+1 $4,500. 
Basement - park 2 cars or use as a BBQ area or potted plant area.
Level 1 - living and dining, kitchen area, no maid's room, very small backyard garden and front garden (less than 100 sq. ft, except for the corner terrace unit).

Level 2 - 3 bedrooms.
Level 3 - 2 very big bedrooms.

Toh Tuck corner semi-detached $6,000.
Semi-detached houses
are in a cul-de-sac and rents around $6,000 as at October 15, 2001. Note basement car park which has a store room and a water pump room for this row of semi-detached.  Very big bedrooms and very quiet residential area.  Excellent landlord.  

No regrets.  Caucasian community.  Reasonable rentals.  10-min drive to the American School or the United World College. 

Toh Tuck semi-detached for rent $6,000FOR RENT

No. 56 semi-detached. 5+2  2650sq.ft/3000 sq. ft land.  Cul-de-sac. 3-stories plus a basement store room and car park. On elevated grounds. $6,000.  Other than the lack of marble flooring in the living and dining areas and the relatively small kitchen, the semi-detached have big bedrooms and are value for money. 

Terrace houses are behind this row of semi-detached FOR RENT. 
No. 66 semi-detached (3rd house from left)
5+1 2500 sq. ft /3000 sq. ft land. $6,000. 

One bungalow for rent. Big garden. No pool. Available in 2003.
Email judy@asiahomes.com or tel: +65 9668 6468 now!

Many apartments or houses for rent at: house-hunting listings
Schedule for March 12, 2000 house-hunting with British couple at:
New houses with garden for the British wife: $3,000 - $4,000 rent.


Duplex 5+1 or 4+1  $6,000. 2-minute walk to the Australian School.  Remodelled with pastel coloured marble flooring, parquet bedrooms and white long baths to appeal to Caucasian expats.  Spacious bedrooms.  One balcony off the living area and one off the dining area and the master bedroom.  Panoramic city views and plenty of natural daylight.  The kitchen is spacious. Maid's room is big. 

As at January 17, 2000, Yang's Garden Village has undergone extensive upgrading in its exterior and interior areas. The large balconies attract Caucasian expats. 

Yang's Garden Village.  3 units per floor. Upgrading of lift lobbies completed in 2001.  

Singapore's Yang Garden Village, Himiko Court (pool), Ridgewood condos Open car parking lots, upgraded swimming pool, children's pool, squash court, 24-hour security, half-basketball court and
playground. NO tennis court or gym. 
Completed: Around 1990. 45 units. 
Higher floors are duplexes and have sea views.

3+1 2100sf $5,000, (remodeled, #03-02 floor),
separate living/dining rooms, overlooking pool,
balconies x 3, open-concept kitchen,
new baths. 

4+1 duplex (15th floor), $7,000
2 spacious bedrooms on level 1. Go upstairs to 2 more bedrooms. 

3+1 2100sf $5,000 (remodeled, 03-03 floor),
separate living/dining rooms, overlooking pool,
balconies x 3, open-concept kitchen, new baths. Afternoon sun
and near road.

4+1 duplex (13th floor). 2 spacious bedrooms on level 1. Dark brown doors and worn out furnishing. $7,000.

Penthouse with swimming pool inside the apartment
is for rent. Duplex.  

5+1 duplex 4000 sq. ft fully renovated, $9,000. 4 bedrooms with attached baths upstairs, one with attached bath downstairs,
separate living and dining areas, big bright kitchen, big maid's room.

5+1 duplex not renovated $8,000. 

Other 3 and 4 bedrooms available.

This condo suits expats who want a value for money
apartment within a 3-min walk to the Australian
School. For the best rental package, contact judy@asiahomes.com or  tel: +65 9668 6468. 

The wife had the last say.  The penthouse at Yang's Garden Village looks extremely attractive as it is remodelled and just across the Australian School.  Many visitors mean that more bedrooms are needed and the Naga Court penthouse will be great.

The Sembawang detached was the ideal home favoured by the husband as it has quality and the tranquility but the Australian family may need 2 cars.  The husband may not mind living away from the expatriate community, but the wife may feel comfortable living near an expat enclave as there will friends for the children.    

Sungrove cluster housing semi-detached seems to fit all specifications for the husband, but it does not knock the socks off the wife.  The apartment of choice was Yang's Garden in this case.  

For more information on FREE house-hunting for expats relocating to Singapore, and to rent above houses and condos email Judy Quek,
tel: +65 9668 6468, 6254 3326, 6254 2728.

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