Middle Road and Golden Mile properties are nestled in a historic precinct loaded with heritage, exotic cultural vibes, and a whole lot of cool places to explore. Located in the outskirts of Singapore's Central Business District, the Rochor corridor is being rejuvenated with new building projects of offices, hotels and residences that will make this quirky neighbourhood a very exciting place to work and live in.
In this Middle Road And Golden Mile 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 Middle Road And Golden Mile areas, show you how much properties cost in District 7 and the cool things you can expect from living in this district.
District 7 Properties: An Overview
According to Urban Redevelopment Authority, to be considered under District 7, the first 2 digits of the 6-digit postal code must be 18 or 19. It includes general locations like Middle Road, Bugis and Golden Mile.
This region of Singapore is especially apt for those who fancy living within close proximity to the bustling CBD, value rich heritage and possess the ability to appreciate the arts and every little quirky bit of it.
There are only a handful of HDB flats in District 7 and they're all pretty old. These HDB flats are located along Bain Street, Selegie Road, Waterloo Street and Queen Street. Also, there aren't any upcoming BTO flats in this area!
Nevertheless, if you'd wanted to live in one of the units in Singapore's iconic rainbow coloured HDB flats at Rochor Centre, be prepared to sulk in disappointment as the authorities will be clearing away these old flats to make way for the upcoming North-South Expressway.
Just in case you're contemplating to move to quirky District 7, there's a variety of residential properties that you can consider ranging from the old HDB flats mentioned above, conserved shophouses such as the Tan Quee Lan Suites, to older apartments at The Bencoolen, Burlington Square or Peony Mansions and swanky new condominium developments such as South Beach Residences, DUO Residences and City Gate.
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Pros And Cons Of Living In Middle Road And Golden Mile
- Convenient transportation networks
- A plethora of shopping, food and great chill-out spots
- Rich in heritage and culture
- Great exotic vibes
- Several kid-friendly places
- High property prices and rents
- Lack of educational institutions
Amenities In Middle Road And Golden Mile
Raffles Hospital and Kampong Glam Community Club are conveniently located within the region. And there are so many cool places for residents of this district to explore. Put simply, District 7 does not fall short when it comes to amenities, except in the case of vast green spaces and educational institutions.
For practical reasons, I reckon it's more appropriate for singles or couples without children of school-going age to consider living in this precinct as there's a severe lack of mainstream educational institutions here besides Stamford Primary School located within the region. The Singapore Management University campus is located rather close by though the various schools under SMU fall under District 6.
Nonetheless, Pat's Schoolhouse @ Prinsep may be an option suitable for your young child from age between 2 months to 6 years-old while Kaplan on 8 Wilkie Road or PoMo may be an option for your children (or even yourself) who are looking to further your studies in a private educational institution that offers a myriad of different programmes ranging from part-time to full-time diploma and degree courses.
But of course, if your kids aspire to follow their hearts and pursue their love for the arts, LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) are conveniently located in this region.
Transportation is a breeze with the multitude of bus services plying (or meandering) through the area coupled with Bras Basah, Esplanade, Nicoll Highway, Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall, Bugis, Little India MRT Stations and the future Rochor MRT Station.
Major expressways and roads such as the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), Central Expressway (CTE) and East Coast Parkway (ECP) provide those who drive with easy access to other parts of Singapore.
For those keen on a little adventure beyond the shores of Singapore, you may want to hop on a bus bound for Malaysia at Queen Street Bus Terminal if you're a resident around the area or if Kranji and Woodlands are simply too far from where you reside. The bus terminal is within walking distance from Bugis MRT station! Here's a useful guide to help you out if you're looking to visit Malaysia via bus from Queen Street.
Shopaholics rejoice! From Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, Bras Basah Complex, Bugis Junction, Bugis+, Bugis Street, Bugis Village, Golden Landmark, Shaw Tower, Burlington Square, to Sim Lim Square, Sim Lim Tower, PoMo, OG Albert, Fu Lu Shou Complex, Haji Lane, Bali Lane and Arab Street - you have plenty of options to shop at!
For the uninitiated, New2U is a charity thrift shop that is affiliated with the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations. New2U is a good option for shopaholics who're in need of some money-saving tips. It sells pre-loved clothing, accessories, household items, bric-a-brac, books et cetera that are generously donated by the public. Prices start from as low as $1!
Before the emergence of eMarts, Beach Road Army Market was the go-to place in Singapore for army paraphernalia and exclusive army supplies. It is much quieter now than ever before with many shopkeepers whiling their days away wishing for more patrons. Those who are interested can head there to get camping supplies, too!
If walking and threading through side streets are considered unorthodox ways of keeping fit, count me in. Home to the Malay enclave back in the days when Singapore wasn't as modern and developed, Kampong Glam has retained its rich heritage, culture and traditions while seamlessly blending in with offbeat boutiques and trendy eateries that pepper the vibrant area.
On your expedition to explore the Kampong Glam area, expect to marvel at the landmark Sultan Mosque, pop in and out of indie boutiques and bag home pretty batik fabrics and a bunch of unique Arabic perfumes, massage oils and soaps.
Anyhow, the Singapore Sports Hub is located considerably close to Bugis, so you have no excuse not to exercise and shake off those calories!
Good Food To Try In Middle Road And Golden Mile
Just like most shopping malls in Singapore, there are plenty of food options available here in District 7. Those who like their hawker fare will have many choices from the likes of North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre, Albert Street Food Centre and Golden Mile Food Centre.
If you're venturing to North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre, consider trying their carrot cake, beef noodles, lor mee from Zhen Hao Lor Mee, yong tau foo from Lao Huang Hakka Niang Dou Fu and wanton mee from Koka Wanton Noodles.
Try the nasi lemak if you're at Albert Street Food Centre. Else, you can also give Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo or Sabeena's Indian Rojak a shot!
If you happen to be at Golden Mile Food Centre, you'll have a whole lot of top notch choices to pick from. Go for the fried bananas (a.k.a. goreng pisang) from Golden Banana, roasted duck rice from Tiong Bahru Roasted Duck Specialist, red velvet or cheese lava baguettes from Mr Baguette, prawn noodles from Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, a variation of noodles from Chung Cheng Chilli Mee, beef noodles from Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodle, claypot rice from 76 Golden Mile Claypot Rice and fishball mee from Fishball Story.
Of course, who can forget about authentic, affordable and tasty Thai food at Golden Mile Complex, Singapore's Little Thailand? There are plenty of Thai eateries and restaurants there alongside a Thai supermarket that stocks made-in-Thailand produce and snacks.
For hearty yet affordable Mexican fare in a no-frills setting, visit Baja Fresh Mexican Grill at Rendezvous Gallery on 9 Bras Basah Road. They have special discounts for students, by the way!
On the contrary, if you're in the mood for that occasional indulgent Sunday brunch at Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel, be prepared to really spend as their Sunday brunch made it into our list of 10 most expensive weekend lunch buffets in Singapore.
Cool Chill-Out Spots In Middle Road And Golden Mile
Dine in the dark at NOX - Dine in the Dark if you've been searching high and low for one of the most unique dining experiences in Singapore. I can only imagine how mysterious and intriguing it is when one eats in a pitch black environment. What's even more heartening is the fact that diners will be guided and served by trained blind or visually impaired individuals. Perhaps it is only through this heightened experience that we all appreciate our eyes better!
By now, you must have come across your friends' fascinating pictures on Facebook or Instagram of them selfie-ing with their very own cup of selfie coffee. This must be how selfie-ception works! Anyhow, Selfie Coffee is located at 11 Haji Lane. Give this novel cafe a shot the next time you're in the area. Their rainbow cake is pretty good, too!
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Fans of cats can have fun with these furry kitties while sipping freshly brewed, toasty cups of coffee and nibbling on an assortment of pastries at TheCatCafe. In case you're wondering, TheCatCafe home to about 15-20 furry cats. Fret not if you can't locate TheCatCafe, they're nestled at level 3, 2 floors above Burger King at 241B Victoria Street.
For an out of this world café experience in a colonial café that uses only authentic recipes dating back to the ‘50s and ‘60s, visit the quirkily named Dong Po Colonial Cafe on 56 Kandahar Street. I especially like how this colonial café allows its patrons to savour the taste of the past coupled with toys and knick knacks from way back!
Those who are looking to hang out in a casual, cosy café that serves artisan coffee and unpretentious, fresh food ranging from all-day breakfast to pastas and sandwiches can pop by Tolido's Espresso Nook on 462 Crawford Lane.
The next time you do your nails at a reputable nail parlour, why not venture to 42A Haji Lane for a feel-good manicure session at The Nail Social?
Not only is The Nail Social socially-conscious in all aspects that your brain can possibly conjure, it is fully committed to giving back to the local community. For the most part, all products used for nail services here are non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair-trade and/or cruelty-free.
Just to elaborate a little on the social cause they're supporting, The Nail Social's manicurists are local, underprivileged women whom they've offered vocational training and employment opportunities for!
Did you know that CHIJMES is former convent & school? This 19th-century structure currently houses premier restaurants, bars & event space.
In addition to its rich history, CHIJMES is now an award-winning gazetted national monument recognized by UNESCO as an Asia Pacific Culture Heritage Conservation development with two historic buildings, Caldwell House and the CHIJMES Hall.
For those who fancy chilling with quality, specially crafted Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails accompanied with bar snacks done with a local twist, visit Loof.
Located in an urban garden atop Odeon Towers in Downtown CBD, Loof is through and through a delightful marriage of old-school charm and contemporary swankiness. Soak up infectious beats from resident DJs and themed party nights already!
Located on 26 Seah Street in the Mint Museum of Toys, Mr Punch Public House may not seem like the best place to chug some alcoholic beverages. After all, it's a toy museum that we're talking about.
Anyhow, this secret watering hole serves up an eclectic sharing menu that is bound to take you and your homies on a ride with its carefully mixed global influences in unexpected combinations.
And you can't possibly deny that the space's kitschy decor offers you an unconventional and unique experience, can you?
If you're someone who loves to chill in the company of live music performances but is curious how Mandarin tunes are belted out live in a laid-back restaurant-cum-bar setting, visit Switch.
This bilingual venue seats 300 and sets the stage for up-and-coming Singaporean musicians proficient in Mandarin & English pop-rock music.
For those who don't already know, Switch falls under the Timbre Group; besides good live music and drinks, expect Timbre's best tapas, pizzas and Asian-inspired dishes on Switch's menu!
Nestled amongst the slew of hip boutiques and bars along Bali Lane (right next to Haji Lane), it is only logical that Blu Jaz Café is as eclectic as it can be. This popular hot spot bursting with wonderful vibes is a great place for live entertainment, music, visual arts and people altogether!
What keeps the steady crowd returning for more at Blu Jaz Café? I reckon that the diversity, funky ambience, quality live acts, friendly service, reasonably priced yet good food and drinks are major contributing factors.
In addition, you might want to keep tabs on Blu Jaz Café's event calendar for "Talk Cock Comedy" should you be needing some heightened humour sessions to destress. These weekly open mic sessions will see both renowned international and wannabe comedians try their hands at making you laugh by literally talking cock with you.
Kid-Friendly Places In Middle Road And Golden Mile
If you've been to Bugis Junction, you would have seen kids dashing unabashedly into and around the water fountain. I'm pretty sure the fun that it entails is unbeatable. Adults can only look on in envy as these soaking wet kids have a splashing good time in our horrendously scorching weather.
MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is super cool - it is the private museum of Mr Chang Yang Fa that showcases an extensive collection of vintage toys, including rare and unique one-of-a-kind pieces that will pique the interest and curiosity of every child.
The Mint Museum of Toys has over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from more than 40 countries, including Singapore, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, the United States, and even Bulgaria. The collection ranges from the mid-19th Century to the mid-20th Century.
Anyhow, nobody says adults can't continue to love toys. So, feel free to visit the Mint Museum of Toys regardless whether you're bringing kids with you or not! I find it especially meaningful since each toy tells a different story that represents the era in which they were made in.
If your kids are older, you might want to take them to this serene park to let them learn more about the tragic World War 2 and the sacrifices our forefathers made. The Civilian War Memorial was unveiled by the late Lee Kuan Yew on 15 February 1967, the day that Singapore fell to Japanese forces 25 years before.
The four massive pillars that soar into the sky symbolize the shared suffering of our four main races of people living in Singapore - Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian - during those dark days of the Japanese Occupation between 1942-1945.
Located within close proximity to Bugis MRT Station, this humongous library is the flagship building of the National Library Board. It brings together the core functions of the old library at Stamford Road by incorporating a reference library (a.k.a. Lee Kong Chian Reference Library) and a central public library under one roof.
I must be biased but the library is such a sacred place for any bookworm at heart. The only public lending library in the National Library building is located in basement 1 with over 200,000 books. Children and adults who love fiction books will be stoked to know that this library has the largest collection of fiction books on our island.
If your kids and you are fans of art, take them to to Singapore Art Museum. There is plenty at the Singapore Art Museum for art lovers to check out - you'll find everything and anything from sculptures, photography and paintings to multimedia installations.
You'll be glad to know that all Singaporeans and PRs get to visit the Singapore Art Museum for free!
How Much Do Properties Cost In Middle Road And Golden Mile?
We did some research by digging through government data on the minimum and maximum per square foot (PSF) prices of private properties, as well as the average prices of resale 3,4-room flats in this district.
Minimum PSF: $555 - Golden Mile Complex
Maximum PSF: $2,839 - Concourse Skyline
Average price of a resale 4-room flat in Bain Street between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $730,000
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Selegie Road between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $369,400
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Waterloo Street between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $470,666
Average price of a resale 3-room flat in Queen Street between Dec 2014 - Dec 2015: $459,722
*PSF figures for apartment and condominium transactions between Oct 2012 - Oct 2015 are pulled from URA.
*Transaction prices of resale flats in Bain Street, Selegie Road, Waterloo Street and Queen Street retrieved from HDB.
Note that if you're buying an HDB flat with loan from HDB, your downpayment must be 10% of 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 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 borrower at the time of applying for the loan does not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
Similarly, if you're buying a private property with a home loan from a bank, your downpayment must be 20% of 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 borrower at the time of applying for the loan does not extend beyond retirement age of 65 years.
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Useful Tips For District 7
District 7 is a great neighbourhood for those who like the idea of living close by to the bustling Central Business District yet not having to miss out on the rich heritage, the arts and quirky, laid-back vibes altogether.
And just a quick note for those who are contemplating to build your home here, remember that there's a lack of educational institutions here, so if you've got young kids in tow, getting them to school may be quite a hassle!
If you are on the hunt for a property, you can use GET.com's Home Loan Genius tool to compare home loans (new or refinance loans) from all the banks in Singapore.
Also, are you a resident living in this area? We'd love you to get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can feature you and your experiences in our property and lifestyle guide!