Within 14 mins by public transport from city centre
|Rent starting from $3,200||Distance to city centre 4.67 kms|
Living in Marine Parade means that you’re situated close to East Coast beach, with a mix of residential and entertainment outlets for a laidback feel. There’s plenty of housing options here from modern condominium complexes to large bungalow homes as well as a wide variety of schools. Marine Parade is great for families and those looking to live away from the hectic city as they begin their Singapore expat life.
What’s great about Marine Parade is that you’ve got some of the best views in the city, and there are lots of opportunities for outdoor activities at East Coast Park. From relaxing Sunday bike rides to picnics, there’s plenty to do. Restaurants, cafes, and other local amenities are also aplenty at Marine Parade.
Distance from the CBD
It’ll take about 50 minutes to an hour to get to the CBD area from Marine Parade. The nearest MRT stations to Marine Parade are Dakota and Mountbatten MRT stations (though they are situated slightly on the outskirts of this neighbourhood). Alternatively, you can catch a bus from Marine Parade to the nearby Paya Lebar MRT station. If you’ve got a car, it’ll take you about 15-35 minutes to get to the CBD.
Living in Marine Parade: Morning, day and night
You’ll probably start your morning heading to East Coast Park for a morning stroll. Children will also absolutely adore the East Coast Park playground that has a play tower and three different slides. There’s also dedicated cycling and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, a skate park, and even camping areas to make the most of your day.
Spend your afternoon going for a spot of fishing at the jetty, or wander around East Coast Park practising your photography skills. Find respite from the crowds at Raintree Cove while enjoying gorgeous vistas of the sea. Raintree Cove is the only pavilion with a green roof and provides spaces for family and friends to enjoy a quiet moment.
If you’d prefer to workout at the gym, head into Marine Parade’s Anytime Fitness that’s open at all hours of the day or drop by Oompf! Fitness for individually customised programs designed to optimise the performance of your body.
In the evenings, invite your friends over for a barbecue at East Coast Park with its 80 BBQ pits scattered across the entire park. If you’d like, you can even set up a tent temporarily or overnight at the park – you’d just need to apply for a camping permit first. Alternatively, indulge in sumptuous cuisine at the nearby hawker centres or restaurants while enjoying the cool sea breeze.
There are a couple of shops at the Marine Parade area from Siglap Centre that has a supermarket, restaurants, cafes and even a barber to Parkway Parade, one of Singapore’s biggest suburban malls. It has over 250 stores from a movie theatre to a food court, and you’re sure to find everything you need.
112 Katong is another seven-storey shopping mall situated near Marine Parade and also has more than 150 speciality shops, a cinema, and a gourmet supermarket. There’s even a wet and dry playground on the 4th floor of this mall to cater to children. Other malls include Parkway Parade that’s perfect for a grocery run as it houses two supermarkets and Roxy Square 1.
Food is aplenty at Marine Parade, especially at Marine Parade Food Centre. The food there is fantastic, though prices are a little higher than what you’d usually find in other hawker centres. Indulge in a bowl of beef noodles, char kway teow (fried flat noodles), or get a curry puff. Don’t forget to get a bowl of Katong Laksa at Marine Parade as well as this neighbourhood is famous for its thick rice vermicelli noodles in a coconut-rich gravy. Either than hawker centres and local food, there’s also plenty of restaurants and cafes in each of the shopping malls, and you’re sure to find something that will satisfy your tastebuds.
The Marine Parade area doesn’t have a whole lot of attractions either than East Coast Park, so you’d need to head to the nearby neighbourhoods such as Bedok or Katong. Not too far away from East Coast is Bedok Reservoir – another popular destination for both water sport enthusiasts and joggers. At Bedok Reservoir you can kayak, wakeboard, and there are also plenty of public benches and restaurants dotted along the area. Katong is also a great cultural neighbourhood to visit for its vintage houses and unique architecture.
There aren’t that many public transportation options in the Marine Parade area, and it doesn’t have a lot of modern entertainment and attractions. So, if you’re looking for an area with plenty of nightlife, Marine Parade isn’t the area for you. However, it’s great for those looking for a bit more of a laidback lifestyle while enjoying outdoor activities.
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