Katong, Joo Chiat and Amber Road properties are located near a plethora of amazing food options. In Singapore, the 'Easties VS Westies' conundrum is one that never fails to resurface each time we debate where to go for that bowl of bak chor mee or wanton mee or whichever hawker dish we've been craving, right?
In this Katong, Joo Chiat and Amber Road Property Guide, which is part of the 2016 Property and Lifestyle Guide series by GET.com, we will run you through the highlights of the Katong, Joo Chiat and Amber Road areas, show you how much properties cost in District 15 and the cool things you can expect in this district.
District 15 Properties: An Overview
According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, to be considered under District 15, the first 2 digits of the 6-digit postal code must be 42, 43, 44 or 45. It includes general locations like Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road.
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More than just a very populated residential district, this eastern neighbourhood is steeped in history, boasts a rich heritage, vibrancy and is buzzing with a dizzying array of great local food!
Considered as one of Singapore's secondary settlement areas, the Joo Chiat area is known for its ornate and decorative shophouses and residential terraces. It is no wonder the Urban Redevelopment Authority decided that this area should be conserved due to its historical significance.
Nevertheless, many modern high-rise apartment buildings have been built to accommodate our growing population. Many shophouses have since been refurbished and transformed into quaint cafes as well as specialty stores.
Therefore, if you're someone who fancies both old and modern Singapore, this region of Singapore may be where you could consider settling down. Just a word of advice, the residential properties here aren't the most affordable if you know what I mean.
The HDB flats in the Marine Parade region aren't the newest but they still fetch considerably decent and high resale prices! Though the Katong, Joo Chiat and Amber Road areas make up a pretty significant part of eastern Singapore, the majority of the residential properties here are private housing the likes of condominiums, apartments, and landed properties.
But if you're pretty well off, love the sea breeze, are keen on living in the vibrant eastern part of Singapore with close proximity to East Coast Park, fantastic eateries, and several good schools in the vicinity, we think this area is a great place to live in.
For those who don't know, this charming part of Singapore has rich Peranakan (Straits Chinese) and Eurasian cultures that date way back in time! Even in today's day and age, this region of Singapore is popular with expats who prefer living in a more laid-back area compared to those right in the heart of the Central Business District!
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Pros And Cons Of Living In Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road
- Plenty of food and interesting chill-out spots
- Good variety of educational institutions of which some are highly reputable
- Vibrant and rich in heritage
- Moderate number of shopping venues
- Good variety of kid-friendly spots
- Moderately high property prices and rents
Amenities In Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road
When it comes to amenities, they certainly don't fall short in this eastern part of Singapore. The Marine Parade Public Library is situated round the corner at 278 Marine Parade Road while those who need medical attention can turn to SingHealth Polyclinic Marine Parade, Katong Baby & Child Clinic and Parkway East Hospital, for instance.
Should your pet require a visit to the veterinarian's, you can consider taking him or her to The Animal Clinic - Katong Branch (east).
Those who fancy participating in community activities can head to Katong Community Centre, Geylang Serai Community Centre and Siglap South Community Centre to interact and meet new friends who have similar interests!
And since the Katong and Joo Chiat areas are rather popular with expats, it is hardly surprising that the Eurasian Association is nestled here.
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Located on 11 Eunos Road, the Lifelong Learning Institute is one of the two Continuing Education & Training campuses built by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) for adults embracing lifelong learning. Well, nobody says learning has to cease once you've left school, anyway!
Besides offering subsidised, quality programmes endorsed by the different industries, the campus also offers basic career and training advisory for those who need a leg up in these areas.
Transportation is a breeze with the multitude of bus services meandering through the area coupled with Dakota, Paya Lebar and Eunos MRT Stations and upcoming Marine Terrace MRT Station. Those who drive can access the rest of Singapore conveniently via the ECP and PIE expressways. The main arterial Marine Parade Road is connected to East Coast Road and the ECP!
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There are plenty of schools in this area for you to send your kids to and some of which are highly reputable. The educational institutions in the Katong and Joo Chiat area include Ikids Preschoolers (Cambridge @ Katong; Day Care Centre), Konohana Kindergarten, Canadian International School (CIS) - Tanjong Katong Campus, St. Andrew's Autism School, CHIJ Katong Convent - Primary and Secondary, Ngee Ann Primary School, Tao Nan School, Tanjong Katong Primary School, Tanjong Katong Secondary School, Tanjong Katong Girls' School, St. Patrick's School - Primary, Secondary, Chung Cheng High School (Main), Dunman High School, Victoria School and Victoria Junior College.
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With the amazing sea breeze, vibe, food and finds that residents in the Katong-Joo Chiat-Amber Road can enjoy in a pinch, you might have to concede on letting shopping take a back seat.
Now, that's not to say that there isn't anywhere to shop, of course! It's just that you don't have as many mega malls to pick from as opposed to the slew of eateries, restaurants and cafes you can find in this region of Singapore.
For the most part, I12 Katong is there to cater to the masses. This considerably new premium lifestyle mall offers a myriad of lifestyle, fashion and F&B outlets. Parkway Parade is literally the shopping mall of the east while options nearer to the Paya Lebar area include Paya Lebar Square, One KM Mall and City Plaza.
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Places like Siglap Shopping Centre, Katong Plaza, Roxy Square, Tanjong Katong Complex and Joo Chiat Complex are also places you can visit if you'd like to do some shopping. For those who're curious, Tanjong Katong Complex is where you can find many renovation contractors while Joo Chiat Complex is where a ton of fabrics lie!
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In case you're new to Singapore, East Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured recreational spaces, especially for those who reside in the east.
Besides jogging, walking your dog, skating, picnicking, cycling and letting the balmy sea breeze brush your hair and face, you can take your pick from the range of invigorating and exciting sporting, dining and recreational activities available here. Cable skiing is hands down one of those adrenaline-inducing activities that you can try out here!
Options for those who embrace the notion of swimming to keep fit include Katong Swimming Complex, Chinese Swimming Club and Singapore Swimming Club.
Good Food To Try In Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road
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When in Katong, you don't have to just feast on laksa and fight with your pals over the best or most original laksa out there. Life's too short for all that trouble, isn't it? Anyhow, you are one lucky individual if you live around the Katong-Joo Chiat-Amber Road region as there are plenty of food options available!
Those who love their hawker fare can venture to Marine Terrace Market & Food Centre for cai fan and char kway teow; Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre for kway chap and lontong; Dunman Food Centre for kway chap, wanton mee, duck porridge, popiah; and Haig Road Market & Food Centre for wanton mee, Sarawak kolo mee, mee rebus, mee siam and putu piring!
Marine Parade Central Block 84 Market & Food Centre and Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre are two other hawker centres in the area that you could visit for your hawker food fix.
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Maybe it's that fraction of Peranakan Teochew blood running through my veins but I quite like eating nonya bazhang any time of the year. If you're like me and you reside in the eastern part of Singapore, perhaps it is a good idea for you to pop by Kim Choo Kueh Chang at 109 East Coast Road.
Having been around since 1945, their dumplings have clearly survived the test of time in our vibrant food scene. Anyhow, this traditional kueh specialty store also offers delicious ang ku kueh and pulut inti that are well-loved by those in the know.
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Ask any Eastie for a wanton mee recommendation in the region and you'll probably be acquainted with Fei Fei Wanton Mee. Located at 72 Joo Chiat Place, their springy noodles are seemingly the biggest highlight here!
Don't expect gigantic wantons here. Although word has it that these little bundles are packed with a punch. It is also recommended that you tousle your noodles with their homemade chili paste if you fancy some heat in your food.
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For those who love bread and all sorts of baked goods, instead of winding up at one of those massive bakery chains, consider giving Baker's Well at 35 East Coast Road a shot next time.
You'll find nothing but humble, homemade baked goods churned out with love. Expect things like butter-free muffins made with less sugar, wholesome wholemeal bread loafs and multigrain dark rye bread loafs while you're there!
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Of course, how can we not include Tomi Sushi when we're talking about great food in the east of Singapore? If you are someone who enjoys the finer things in life, are clearly a die hard fan of fantabulous Japanese cuisine, and you don't mind splurging on quality, fresh sashimi - block off your calendar to visit Tomi Sushi already!
Tomi Sushi is nestled on the second level of Katong V, by the way. I'm positive that you'll likely make a return trip (or several return trips) after your first time there for their excellent Japanese cuisine.
In case you're wondering where else in Singapore their other branches are located, Tomi Sushi also has outlets at Millenia Walk, Novena Square and Cuppage Terrace, respectively.
Image source: Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant
Established in 1989, they must have been doing it right all these years to stick it out in the competitive F&B industry in Singapore and even embark on expansion! Expect tender pieces of chicken that's not too fatty to go along with your plate of fragrant chicken rice when you are here.
Long-standing and award-winning Wee Nam Kee has got four outlets scattered across the island. One of their outlets is nestled on the fourth level of I12 on 112 East Coast Road. For those of you living in the area who are keen on digging your spoons and forks into their chicken rice, Wee Nam Kee's I12 branch is located at #04-01.
Cool Chill-Out Spots In Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road
Image source: Goodman Arts Centre
Located on 90 Goodman Road within the culturally-rich Mountbatten region, Goodman Arts Centre serves as a space to bring artists, enthusiasts and communities together to experience the arts in an inviting and intimate manner.
Set within a charming ground amongst old school buildings and lush greenery, this 7-acre arts space provides the ideal setting for inspiration and creative work!
Also housed within the compound are the National Arts Council of Singapore, a plethora of arts and creative groups as well as shared facilities like a Black Box theatre, galleries and rehearsal studios.
Keen to visit this artsy venue already? Goodman Arts Centre is a mere 5-minute walk from Mountbatten MRT Station.
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If you want an activity for a fun day out, visit this gem in the east to learn more about the vibrant and rich Peranakan culture.
Be prepared to go back in time to a long-forgotten era once you step foot in the Katong Antique House.
Mr Peter Wee, a fourth-generation Peranakan, is the owner of the Katong Antique House located on 208 East Coast Road. Don't be shy if you really want to discover this rich heritage and culture! He will be more than happy to share his knowledge, colourful experiences and stories with you, so ask away.
One thing to note: you have to call 6345 8544 for tours and appointments in advance or you might be turned away! Admission into the Katong Antique House won't cost you anything.
Just in case you're on a tight budget but would like to explore Singapore, here are some more free and fun places to visit in the east of Singapore.
Image source: Bar Bar Black Sheep (B4R at Tanjong Katong)
There, there. We know exactly how it feels to be slapped with a ridiculous bill at the end of your night out when you've ordered some alcoholic beverages in a bid to unwind with your pals.
Bar Bar Black Sheep is a fantastic chill-out spot for those who are big on fun but tight on their budget. Here it's happy hour all day long, on top of the fact that they don't charge GST nor service charge. Score!
They have 5 outlets peppered across Singapore but the branch in the east is located at 362 Tanjong Katong Road.
Image source: Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant
You must have come across Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant in some of the major malls in Singapore like 313@Somerset, Raffles City Shopping Centre, VivoCity and Westgate. Their two other outlets are located at The Star Vista and Katong.
Well, it makes sense for those of you who reside in the East to make your way down to their Katong branch at 126 East Coast Road when you need some good ol' German beer and cuisine.
For the uninitiated, Brotzeit® offers a selection of world-famous, quality German beers accompanied with authentic Bavarian cuisine in a chic and contemporary setting.
Image source: Mel's Place Bar & Bistro
If you're the kind of person who prefers something fuss-free on a night out with your homies, head down to Mel's Place Bar & Bistro at 2A Kuo Chuan Avenue.
The two things that matter most here are great food and drinks. Period. What can be a better way to unwind than with a pint of ice cold beer and a chargrilled burger in hand away from the hustle and bustle of city life?
Image source: The Laneway Market
The Laneway Market is a cafe in the east of Singapore that I've been wanting to visit. Well, you can't blame a girl for feeling that way when her Instagram feed's been showing her snippets of yummy food in the delightfully peaceful and photogenic cafe, can you?
A quick scroll on their Facebook page should lead you to all the raving reviews they've gotten from their happy patrons. Some notable things to order when you're there include their cold brew, signature coffee, earl grey latte, ribeye dish, dory fish with fries, farmer's platter and poached eggs with crab meat.
Tempted? The Laneway Market is located at 266 Tanjong Katong Road. Don't say I never share, okay?
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Are you looking for an unorthodox cafe experience that spells Singaporean with every forkful you put into your mouth? If you fancy something traditional and Singaporean, visit Sinpopo Brand at 458 Joo Chiat Road.
Established by the folks behind Awfully Chocolate, Sinpopo Brand transports you back in time with their retro nostalgic vibes, rustic furniture and oldies background music. Here you'll find dishes that are locally inspired.
Image source: Carvers & Co
What's not to love when you can have specialty coffee, fresh meat off the grill, hearty comfort food and mouthwatering desserts all in the same place?
For those who haven't heard, Carvers & Co. at 43 East Coast Road is an inviting neighbourhood eatery that is well-loved for all the good reasons - gastronomic food, great ambience and friendly service.
In the words of one of their loyal diners, Carvers & Co. "do a few food dishes but do it damn freaking well". Now, that should be a testament to how amazing this place is, don't you think?
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Toothsome Café is the place to visit if you're looking for delicious comfort food. They've got an all-day breakfast, artisan desserts, craft coffee, a wide range of teas and even bespoke cakes! Many patrons love Toothsome Café for their food, service and amazing ambience.
Kid-Friendly Places In Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road
Even though a child will always remain a child in his or her parents' eyes regardless of how big they've grown, there comes a time when a child has to cross the road on his or her own.
I'm sure all parents would want their kids to learn good road-safety skills in a safe environment before letting them venture on their own on real roads, right? If you have the same sentiments, take them to the Road Safety Community Park.
Nestled within East Coast Park, the Road Safety Community Park caters to children of all ages and features a mini traffic environment complete with a miniature traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights, road crossings and zebra crossings for them to hone their road-safety skills in a safe environment.
The invaluable experience here will let them learn about proper road safety and the importance of being a responsible road user without compromising on the fun elements. Admission is free, by the way!
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The Big Splash at 902 East Coast Parkway is a beachfront family-friendly establishment that offers an assortment of dining experiences and an exhilarating range of recreational activities for both the young and old.
Big Splash is also a space for events as it has various designated outdoor areas which are perfect for family carnivals, sporting events, outdoor movie screenings, concerts and even corporate functions!
Those who do not drive won't have to worry as there is a free shuttle bus service provided from Parkway Parade and Village Hotel Katong. You should be able to hop on the shuttle bus at the bus stops near Roxy Square, The Shore Residences, The Esta and One Amber.
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Here's a fun option for your little one that you probably haven't given much thought to - introducing your child to the world of gymnastics.
Located at Block B of the Playground@Big Splash, Alpha Gymnastics' GymStars programme is specially tailored for kids aged 5 to 8, while their BigStars programme is great for those between the ages of 8 to 12.
Image source: Café Melba Singapore
Café Melba is an ultra kid-friendly dining establishment set in a lush environment that all parents with young children in tow ought to visit. Don't be shy to ask for high chairs or assistance to park your strollers.
Expect spacious grounds for your little ones to run about, a well-loved kids' menu, a big and bouncy castle on weekends and public holidays and seriously delicious thin-crust pizzas.
If you've been wanting to take your little ones out for a meal, here are some other kid-friendly dining spots in Singapore that you can consider bringing them to.
Image source: With A Pinch Of Salt @ Tanjong Katong
Although its name may sound odd to many, With A Pinch Of Salt is a family-oriented little cafe sitting on 297 Tanjong Katong Road. Besides popping in for some comfort western fare, this jolly and vibrant cafe is quite a crowd pleaser with those who have held birthday parties here for their little ones.
A quick scroll on their Facebook page would show that many patrons appreciate the cosy ambience, intricate set-up, great food and friendly service the With A Pinch Of Salt team has rendered. Some who've been there were also really happy that the prices are reasonable!
How Much Do Properties Cost In Katong, Joo Chiat And Amber Road?
We dug through government data to find out the minimum and maximum per square foot (PSF) prices of private properties, as well as the average resale prices of a resale 3, 4, 5-room flat in this district.
Minimum PSF: $423 - Residential Apartments
Maximum PSF: $2,919 - Aalto
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Marine Parade between Jan 2015 - Jan 2016: $412,807
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Marine Parade between Jan 2015 - Jan 2016: $537,290
Average price of a resale 5-room flat in Marine Parade between Jan 2015 - Jan 2016: $817,902
*PSF figures for apartment and condominium transactions between Oct 2012 - Oct 2015 are pulled from URA
*Transaction prices of resale flats in Marine Parade retrieved from HDB
Note that if you're buying an HDB flat with loan from HDB, your downpayment must be 10% of the purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. The remaining amount will then be your loan amount from HDB.
If you're buying an HDB flat with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of the purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 25 years; if your loan tenure is above 25 years (but not more than 30 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank! For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of the borrower at the time of applying for the loan can not extend beyond the retirement age of 65 years.
Similarly, if you're buying a private property with a loan from the bank, your downpayment must be 20% of the purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower. When borrowing 80% from the bank, your loan tenure cannot exceed 30 years; if your loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years), note that you can only borrow 60% from the bank. For both cases, the sum of the loan tenure and age of the borrower at the time of applying for the loan can not extend beyond the retirement age of 65 years.
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Useful Tips For District 15
Are you tempted to move to District 15 already? This neighbourhood is great if you love food and you enjoy living in an area brimming with a vibrant and rich heritage. Those with kids don't have to shun this neighbourhood just because there are plenty of chill-out spots - there's a good variety of kid-friendly spots and educational institutions here, too!
But if you want to refinance your home loan, here are 4 things you can consider when comparing home loans.
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