Although Woodlands was for a long time an outlying rural suburb of Singapore, today it is an up and coming suburb on the island nation as per URA master plan 2014. It is near to nature and a quiet haven for both expats and locals.
The presence of the American School has given the suburb a sense of community and it is tremendously welcoming of expats from the United States. There is an active and vibrant social life that centers around the activities at the school.
The growth of the suburb has seen a number of different accommodation choices sprint up. Those who want to find HDB flats, Executive Condos like Northwave EC, condos like Rosewood, bungalows and terrace houses will be spoiled for choice.
Skyline View of Woodlands Estate
About 12 miles from the Central Business District of Singapore the suburb is well serviced by public transport. The North South line services people staying in the woodlands estate. There are 3 MRT stations which covers the estate namely Admiralty, Woodlands & Marsiling. Bus services are incredibly efficient with regular buses by public and private providers going towards the CBD of Singapore.
For those in search of relaxation there are a number of green spaces and for lovers of golf there are two nearby golf courses – Sembawang Country Club & Orchid Golf Course which offer a world class golfing experience. The Woodlands Town Garden is one of the most immaculately manicured in Singapore and offers around 13ha of space where families can enjoy Chinese pavilions and some very attractive open spaces of water.
Living in Woodlands Singapore also provides those who choose the suburb as a base numerous retail opportunities. Causeway Point is the largest shopping mall in the area and is ideally situated for evening shopping due to the fact that it is adjacent to the Woodlands MRT station. With over 250 shops it offers everything from chain store grocery shopping opportunities (Cold Storage is a particular favorite with expats) to clothing stores and other convenience stores. There are also numerous opportunities for both fast food and fine dining.
There are also a number of other smaller shopping centers in the area including Woodgrove Shopping Center and Vista Point.
The most popular educational institution for expats is the American School (as mentioned above). It has a long history of service to the expat community having been established in 1956 and today boasts around 3800 students. However, there are other options, including local schools, among them 12 primary as well as 5 secondary schools. There is also the Singapore Sports School which strives to strike a balance between academics and sporting excellence.
Living in Woodlands Singapore also provides residents with numerous options as far as world class health care is concerned. Families with children are spoiled for choice when it comes to healthcare due to the many family health and children’s care facilities there are in Woodlands. Clinics and surgeries are also within easy walking distance of most of the housing types in Woodlands.
24 Hour emergency care is also available courtesy of the Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital till 2022 when the Woodlands General Hospital comes online.
Woodlands General Hospital will be an integrated healthcare facility that can include an acute hospital, a community hospital and a nursing home. The hospital will serve the anticipated increase in demand for healthcare services in the northern region of Singapore, as our population grows and ages. This will be the first of the four new acute hospitals which the Ministry of Health had earlier announced that it would build between 2020 and 2030 – MOH
At the Causeway Point shopping center and Woodlands Civic Center residents can also avail themselves of dental services, as well as massage services and spa treatment facilities.
Living in Woodlands Singapore is a great choice for expats, especially those who want to get away from the high rise dense suburbs elsewhere on the island. Green and leafy surrounds and numerous family friendly relaxation opportunities only add to the attraction of the suburb.