Where to live in Singapore: the quiet delights of Balmoral in District 10
Balmoral. Perhaps one of the (slightly) less well-known neighbourhood in the coveted District 10 area, it’s central, family-friendly, well-connected and greener than our crazy plant person heart.
One of the biggest perks of living in Balmoral is the enviable mix of connectivity without the chaos and crowds. It’s close enough to the MRT and an easy drive to the top spots like the CBD and Orchard Road. There’s an abundance of foliage (in and outside the condos) and every other road leads to a prestigious school. If that’s not winning, we don’t know what is! Here’s why Balmoral will always be a hit, especially with expats and locals with young families.
Is Balmoral well connected?
Can’t really say about the Queen’s favourite Scottish castle, but the enclave in Singapore that’s named after it sure is. The Balmoral area has a coveted D10 area code and is located between Newton MRT (Downtown & North-South line) and Stevens MRT (Downtown line). Not only is it walking distance from the MRT, but it’s also a quick car ride away (under 15 minutes) from the Central Business District. And if you happen to work at a foreign embassy, Balmoral will be a natural choice.
Where to live in Balmoral?
Take your pick. The lush streets of Balmoral are lined with a number of freehold condos that you can buy or rent. Buying a home? Set your eyes on The Hyde and Sloane Residences, two newly launched condos in the vicinity slated to complete in 2022. The Hyde by Aurum Land, in particular, caught our eye with its 1 to 4 bedroom units and resort-grade facilities. Can we tempt you with a video walk-through of this boutique build?
Here’s a handy list of some noteworthy condos to consider renting or buying in Balmoral, Singapore:
- Goodwood Grand
- One Balmoral
- Balmoral Residences
- Treasure on Balmoral
- The Oliv @ Balmoral
- Three Balmoral
- Balmoral Hills
- Balmoral Gate
- Balmoral Point
- Balmoral Green
- The Balmoral
- Balmoral 8
- Balmoral Crest
- Balmoral Tower
- Balmoral Place
Also in the vicinity are penthouses and semi-detached villas. The Balmoral enclave has its fair share of lovely landed homes. Just look at Balmoral Park Road, Robin Road and every street that goes towards Stevens MRT.
Is it family-friendly?
Why, yes! It’s perfect for families with school-going children. Prestigious schools like Raffles Girls’ School, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, St. Joseph Institution, Anglo-Chinese School and others are a hop, skip and jump away.
Got a preschooler on your hands? It might be a cosy enclave but Balmoral has its share of preschools and kindergartens. Pick from Camberley Pre-school, House on the Hill Montessori Pre-School, Heartfield Kindergarten and My Think Tank that are all within walking distance. Nearby, there are a handful of colleges for older kids too – Lasalle College Of The Arts, National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus) and Catholic Junior College.
Things to do in Balmoral
Balmoral Plaza is just down the road with a few eateries, a 7-11 and a pet store. In a mood for some chilli crab, sambal stingray, and other local fares? Good thing Newton Food Centre is just a 15-minute walk (you’ll need one to burn off those calories). You don’t have to go too far for some high tea and fine dining options either. Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Raffles Town Club, one of Singapore’s impressive social clubs, are in the area.
And when you’re feeling spendy or need a drastic change of scene from your serene streets, the Orchard Road stretch is the place to be. It’s filled to the brim with stores and happens to be a mere 5 minutes away by car/cab.
Also in the vicinity are two of Singapore’s leading private hospitals – Mount Elizabeth and Gleneagles, both just 10 minutes away.
Where to now?
- We admit it. We have a thing for leafy streets;
- Don’t live in a lush street? That’s alright. Singapore’s best landscape architects can colour your front yard green;
- Oh if you’re looking to buy a condo in District 10, One Holland Village has some of the most interesting units.