Immigrating to Singapore

5 Popular Districts In Singapore For Immigrants To Live In!

Here are the five most popular hotspots that many new permanent resident immigrants or even expats to Singapore love to stay at! There are no rental restrictions at all in Singapore, however, you may want to read whether foreigners are allowed to buy property in Singapore if purchasing is what you are looking at instead.

Holland Village

One of the most popular places since years or even decades ago among new permanent residents and expats alike, Holland Village has an entire neighbourhood and town which closely resembles the setting and vibes of many Western suburban towns around the world.

With lush greenery all around, luxury residences and good food, it has consistently ranked most highly among new permanent resident immigrants in Singapore as the most popular spot for them to live at in Singapore.

New immigrants and their school aged children tend to want to live around this prestigious district in Singapore.

Clarke Quay

Situated right at the heart of many bars, clubs and night entertainment venues, the residences around this Clarke Quay area is hotly popular among expats. While most permanent residents prefer slightly quieter but still vibrant places such as Holland Village, short term expatriates tend to love living around the Clarke Quay area.

East Coast

This is another popular place in Singapore where many new Singapore PR like to stay at. The East Coast of Singapore is especially popular with younger permanent resident families, as it offers equally good food, good schools and similar vibes to that of Holland Village district of Singapore, but is generally slightly cheaper to buy or rent here. Additionally, it is also more convenient to access multiple heartland shopping areas from the East Coast regions rather than Holland Village area.

Tanjong Pagar

While some new Singapore PR opt to stay in Tanjong Pagar district – which is still considered part of the Central Business District of Singapore, it is largely populated by foreigner expats. This is because most expats have their working offices within the CBD area of Singapore, and rent a place nearby so as to offer themselves easy access to workplace to reduce commute time.


This used to be a big hotspot for a new immigrant to Singapore to want to live at – until the prices for both rentals and purchases for properties on Sentosa island skyrocketed till prices that can even make the priciest New York penthouse pads look dirt cheap.

There was a big crash in prices afterwards, and nowadays, Sentosa is relatively sparsely populated, but the bulk of the people living there are still mostly new permanent residents or expats, and rarely any native born Singaporeans.

However, something unique about real estate or properties on Sentosa is that they are all only 99 years leasehold tenure, and the tenure for most landed properties and condo developments mostly started over a decade ago. There are also absolutely zero restrictions on the citizenship status of the buyers when it comes to landed property on Sentosa. That is unlike the case on mainland Singapore. When it comes to residential purchases on mainland Singapore, only naturalized Singaporean citizens or permanent residents who have had their Singapore PR status for over 5 years can apply to the Singapore Land Authority for permission to buy landed real estate.

Immigrating to Singapore

Life Goes On In Singapore – Reopening Hurray!

Life in Singapore since July 2020

As you can see from my last post, I have immigrated to Singapore, where I had held a permanent residency since 2008, which was quite a long time ago – over a decade!

Now, it has been tumultuous months for many people, and for many countries around the world.

How about Singapore? Thankfully, it is going pretty well since, and I will share more of what happened below in Singapore.

Since July 2020, there was the General Elections in Singapore, and the end result was that the PAP still formed the government, but lost significant traction to the Worker’s Party.

Alright, enough of politics, let us move on to actual life stuff.

Singapore has been very steadily and progressively reopening the country, and has since seen no detected spike in cases, and that is a welcome relief. Whether that is actually very few actual cases in reality, or just very few detected cases, no one knows for sure. But boy, I’m glad that the local Singaporeans are not as paranoid as people of other countries, perhaps especially compared to current Democrat states in the USA – particularly California! Then again, I have never lived there.

Ever since my last post, Singapore has been reopening, and has fully entered Phase 2, which is basically resumption of nearly all activities except for stuff like opening night clubs and all, though Phase 3 is going to start soon and is expected to happen sometime in October 2020. I guess it’s time for me to start dating Singapore girls!!! Just kidding, I’m married to a beautiful Singapore woman.

I am so happy I made the choice of having lived in SG, and instead of draconian and ridiculous lockdowns happening, it is safe and relatively fast reopening! Life goes on!

Immigrating to Singapore

Migrated to Singapore

Hey everyone! This is Mitchell.

After the lockdowns in 2020 hit, it became too difficult to continue running my business online selling hardware with all the logistics nightmare all around the world.

Thankfully, I have built up a sizeable financial reserves and decided to live in Singapore, where I got a permanent residence since 2008.

As a result of that, I have decided to, like many expats have done so, to simply retire in Singapore!

Luckily for me, Singapore seems to be recovering quickly from the lockdowns, and many of the establishments and businesses locally are reopening now!

In fact, Singapore is even having its Elections this coming weekend! Not that I have anything to do with it anyway, as I am not a citizen but a Singapore permanent resident only.

Anyway, cheers, as I convert this business website into my personal blog about living in Singapore instead.

In meantime, thank you so much for the years for supporting!

And look forward to sharing more posts with you on this site now…