Singapore Area Guides: Singapore Central

Queenstown Area Guide

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There is more to Queenstown than IKEA - although for a long time this was what the area was synonymous with. The area was actually Singapore's first satellite town - its answer to urban overcrowding in the 1960s, and is composed of a number of smaller sub communities including Ghim Moh, Holland Drive, Commonwealth, Tanglin Halt, Margaret Drive, Mei Chin, Queensway, Portsdown, Buona Vista, Dover, National University, Kent Ridge and Pasir Panjang.

Given Queenstown was one of the first areas outside Singapore central to be developed, it is perhaps unsurprising that its population has been one of the oldest, on average, in the city - ages 65 plus in areas. Its estates are some of the oldest too and until recently the area as a whole has been seen very much as one in decline.

However, developments and redevelopments have began to attract younger Singaporeans back to the area, a shift beginning in the early 2000s, part of city state's urban renewal efforts. Today, with over 130,000 residents there is something for everyone, including trendier cafes and some incredible local food establishments.

Holland Village in particular is said to come alive after sundown with an abundance of restaurants, cafes and pubs. The area is a magnet for both expats, and younger Singaporeans.

Accommodation is as you would imagine very mixed with 'mature' estates in Ghim Moh and Commonwealth, and relatively young and up-market areas such as Holland Road.

Queenstown is a bit of an education hotspot. It is home to Singapore's oldest university, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and its first polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic.

It also has a number of the most well regarded international schools in the city including Tanglin Trust School, the United World College of South East Asia, the Anglo-Chinese School (International), Nord Anglia's Dover Court International School, and the Global Indian International School (GIIS), Queenstown Campus.

 

Queenstown Ratings

Schools

4.5

Entertainment

3

Family Friendly

3.5

Transport Links

4

Queenstown Pros & Cons

Pros

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Some of the best schools in the city
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Relatively central
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Holland Village - bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs
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MRT

Cons

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Very quiet
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Mixed, and ageing housing stock
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An older demographic

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