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& CONDOS NEAR THE AMERICAN SCHOOL - Page 2
Houses & Condos near the Singapore American
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FOR RENT AS AT FEB 12, 2011
Bungalow with pool. 6-bedrooms. 8148 sq ft built in,
8073 sq ft land. $13,850 partially furnished
Ideal for the expats who wants to be near American
school. Rarely at such price.
Tel: David +65 9668-6468 e-mail
Overview of rental houses near the American School
as at Jan 25, 2005
The residential enclaves in the neighbourhood of the American School
grouped as "Woodgrove Estate" are the subdivisions of Ashwood Grove,
Beechwood Grove, Cedarwood Grove, Pinewood Grove, Woodgrove Avenue,
Oakwood Grove, Woodlands St 41, Century Woods (construction in
progress, next to the American School).
No. of units: Over 300 houses but occupancy level is over 90% as many
American and other nationalities prefer proximity to school resulting in a higher rent
asked for houses.
Around 5 years old. 4-8 bedrooms for houses less
than a 15-minute walk to the American School. The living & dining
area is usually marble or granite flooring. Some houses have
balconies in all rooms, some in master bedroom.
2 or 3-storey. High ceilings. Some have basement for storage.
Some have no maid's room outside the living area but just a study or guest
room with or without attached bathroom inside the living area. Some
families don't like the idea of the guest room being used as a maid's room
as it is inside the house proper. Some families don't like basement.
Some prefer the guest room to have its attached bathroom, some don't.
There are houses with a powder room and there are those without.
Units are owned by several owners.
Detached houses may have a small swimming pool (above ground or inground),
long driveway to park 2 or 3 cars. Semi-detached and terraces
generally have a small car porch sufficient to park one car and a similar
small plot of garden to the side. Some houses have a big basement
which can be used as a storage or games room.
1. Walking distance to the American School. There is a
greater demand for detached houses with pool. There are more than 3,000
students in the Singapore American School in 2005.
Assuming 2 children/family, it is estimated that there are 1,500 American
families with children studying at the American School. This was the
estimated enrolment in 2003.
Therefore, the supply of houses will need to exceed 1,000 units to reduce
the rent asked. At the same time, corporations have had
slashed housing allowance for expatriates, even in 2005.
2. Cycling to the American School. Since the
School has storage for the children's books, there is no need for the
student to carry a heavy school bag. They can cycle to school and the
mother has no need to drive them and their heavy school bags to school.
Photo of 8 a.m students
cycling to the American School via Woodgrove
3. School buses to ferry the children to the American School
Photo of a modern school bus.
4. Woodlands is a self-contained new town with
supermarkets, shopping malls and all the amenities for the family.
5. The Marsiling subway is a 10-minute walk from the American
School but it takes around 30 minutes to reach downtown Suntec City.
Driving takes around 20 minutes.
6. A big Caucasian enclave. On Halloween Day, there are
around 500 children in this enclave and it is
1. Dust and noises inevitable if you live next to a
construction site. Be aware of renting next to a vacant plot of land.
2. Burglars will be always around whenever there is an
on-going construction project. On February 27, 2000, an American
lady reported that the teenagers from the neighbourhood were bold enough
as to enter the houses to steal bicycles. One had many inside his
apartment. An attempt was made to grab an 11-year old into a car.
Some Americans report no crime.
3. Units facing the construction are not popular but are
rented due to demand being greater than supply. There will be
construction workers monitoring your movements if they want to. In
2005, the area is almost fully developed. No more construction seen as at
Jan 22, 2005.
4. Higher air conditioning bills of above S$500/month if you
want the whole house with high ceilings air conditioned 24 hours a day.
Many families have quality wooden ornaments or paintings to be protected
from the hot and humid climate. It will be good to get the Company
to pay the bills during your negotiations. As a guide, an American
bank pays $500 per month for utilities for a top banker.
5. Some working spouses dislike the at 30-minute subway or
more than 30-min car ride (traffic jams) to the downtown office in Orchard
Road or Suntec City, but those working in Jurong will have shorter
6. Higher rent asked for terraces and semi-detached and fewer
bungalows with pool are available.
7. Characteristic huge houses but small garden. You may
need a full-time domestic helper to keep the house clean.
8. Safety of children. Generally safe but there is a
reported case of 2 unsuccessful attempts to abduct children in the
Woodgrove Estate in the first half of 2000.
What type of houses do American families like?
A detached house (bungalow) with big living and dining areas and big
Expatriate community, brand new, spacious living areas, many closets or
wardrobe spaces, big store room, modern air-conditioning, big balconies,
big gardens. Bright rooms and kitchens. Air-conditioned
kitchen with central table.
A big patio to appreciate the sunset.
A big inground swimming pool. An above-ground pool is better than nothing
if you have small kids.
Rent to be less than $10,000 since housing allowances have been slashed.
Information for surfers:
1. It is NOT possible to provide the latest update or photos of all
houses in the Woodgrove Estate area, a neighbourhood of
houses comprising Ashwood Grove, Beechwood Grove, Cedarwood Grove,
Woodgrove Ave, Woodlands Ave 1, all within a 5-15 minute walk to the
American School. Photos in the articles below
will give you a representative idea of the kind of houses expected. As at
May 2001, the Century Woods are completed. Most are terraces renting
$7,000 For details:
2. As buses from downtown Orchard Road take around 30 minutes one
way to reach the American School, many expats do not feel the need to
live next to the school where the rentals for terrace houses are usually
higher and the location is relatively isolated from the expatriate
community. Some indications of rentals in other parts of
Singapore, are presented for you at:
to give you other options.
Bungalows with pool rent from $10,000 - $16,000 and at
any one time, there may be one or none available, due to short supply and
high demand. The pool is usually a small inground pool of 10 x 16
feet approximately, similar to the ones seen at Orlando, Florida, USA
houses, but without the net screening. Some are above ground, some
are inground pools.
Are bungalows with pool renting lower in
Yes, compared to newer bungalows in the expat-favoured districts 9, 10 and
WOODLANDS HOUSES. Bungalows with pool from $10,000-$16,000.
Semi-detached $7,000. Terraces $4,000 - $8,000. Apartments from $3,000.
Units available at different times.
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OPTIONS TO LIVE AFFORDABLY NEARER TO THE DOWNTOWN WHERE THE ACTION
AND THE AMERICAN CLUB IS.
Singapore is very small. Cars are very expensive to buy and therefore, it
may be better to live in other suburbs and the money saved from expensive
housing rentals near the American School, goes to the purchase of a car.
An example of housing in another suburb is The Inglewood.
It is near the Seletar Reservoir and a 7-minute drive to the Singapore
American School. This estate is a 5-minute drive to downtown Orchard Road.
NEAR THE AMERICAN SCHOOL, SINGAPORE
Entrance to the Singapore American School (SAS) in 2001. On the left are
the new Century Woods houses
completed in 2002.
Ashwood Grove houses are a
2-minute walk to the SAS, passing the Century Woods houses (completed in
2002) to the entrance of the SAS.
Woodgrove Avenue detached with
a basement, without a pool.
5 bedrooms plus a maid's room. 6200 sq. ft of land and 4,800 sq. ft
built up area.
Woodgrove Avenue is a 5-10 minute walk. To the right of the photo, the
road goes to the Ashwood Grove and Century Grove houses.
Woodgrove Avenue detached with
a above-ground pool, driveway to park 3 cars. Garden not big. $14,000.
All houses in this neighbourhood are 3-storeys and have bigger
built-in areas but smaller bedrooms.
3-storey Woodgrove Avenue
detached with 6 bedrooms & basement. No pool as the land is too small
No maid's room outside the living area.
There is a guest or computer room inside the house. The maid is best
accommodated on 3rd level.
A beautiful pale 3-month old Golden Labrador puppy is enjoying the sun.
Beechwood Grove detached with
no pool asking for around $13,500.
6 bedrooms plus a maid's room. Land area is 7,000 sq. ft. Built up area
5,000 sq. ft.
Around 5-minute walk to the SAS.
Bungalows with pool, 6000-9000
sq.ft, from $12,000 rent.
The Cedarwood Grove semi-detached is also around a 3-minute
walk to the SAS. It has black granite marble flooring. A narrow
6-10-foot wide side garden for plants or the dog to run around is found
in semi-detached houses.
Woodgrove Ave Terrace houses
or townhouses have very small parking lots and garden. The living areas
and bedrooms are reduced in area.
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