Within 12 mins by public transport from city centre
|Rent starting from $4,000||Distance to city centre 3.99 kms|
Living in Mount Faber means that you’re situated beside the sea on mainland Singapore. It’s a pleasantly spacious area and is particularly popular with expats. With its suburban feel, and a large, friendly expat community, this area is great for couples and young professionals looking to begin their Singapore expat life. Since there aren’t that many schools in this area, it may not be as suited for families.
Mount Faber is located in the Bukit Merah area in the central region of Singapore and is 106 meters above sea level. It was formerly known as Telok Blangah Hill, and the summit can be reached by Mount Faber Road or Mount Faber Loop via Morse Road. Living at Mount Faber means you’ll have access to panoramic views and gorgeous nature, but shopping and food options are more limited in this area.
Distance from the CBD
There aren’t any MRT stations in the immediate area so you’d need to walk down Marang Trail to get to HarbourFront MRT. From there, it’ll take you about 30-40 minutes to get to the CBD via MRT or bus. If you’ve got a car, it’ll only take you about 10-15 minutes.
Living in Mount Faber: Morning, day and night
Mount Faber is a picturesque area that’s most popular for its Singapore cable car experience. Start your morning by taking the cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island and back, and spend your time wandering through the dining and entertainment complex that occupies Mount Faber’s peak. This is one of the places to grab a drink or enjoy some food while taking in some of the best views in the country.
If you’d prefer, you can also trek upwards from the foot of Mount Faber. During this trek, you’ll get to see some gorgeous flora and fauna along with bits and pieces of Singapore’s history. The Marang Trail is what will connect you from the base of Mount Faber to Faber Point – where the cable car station resides. Other places to explore around Mount Faber include the Singing Forest and Forest Walk where you’ll be able to spot some wild monkeys along with over 43 species of birds.
In the evening, you can head to Mount Faber’s peak for a delicious meal, or head towards the Telok Blangah area for drinks at Bob’s Bar or The World of Whisky.
There aren’t any malls in the Mount Faber area, you’ll have to head to nearby neighbourhoods like Bukit Merah or HarbourFront for a spot of shopping. There’s Alexandra Central Mall nearby along with the popular VivoCity. At VivoCity you’ve got access to a supermarket, or you can head to Bukit Merah View Market or Telok Blangah Drive Wet Market to pick up some fresh produce and other items.
There are only a couple of eateries around the Mount Faber area. There’s Fuel Plus + for some foods and spirits to delight your senses after a hike. Feast on soft shell crab curry and Thai beef salad or have a delicious rosti breakfast. Other restaurants include Arbora that’s perched atop the lush greenery of Mount Faber Park, and serves Western classics, along with Dusk Restaurant & Bar for European tapas and specially curated wine and cocktails. For other dining options such as local hawker centres, you’ll need to venture to the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The main attraction around the Mount Faber area is Mount Faber itself. While hiking Mount Faber, you can ring a ship’s bell known as a Bell of Happiness. Legend has it that if two people ring it together, they will be blessed with everlasting happiness, peace, and harmony. Other things to see on your hike up include a mural wall that depicts the story of Singapore along with a “baby” Merlion at the highest point of Mount Faber.
Not too far from Mount Faber are the Southern Ridges with Henderson Waves bridge linking both Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill Park. The bridge itself is a sight to behold, but hiking buffs should walk the 10km trail that’ll take you through a range of green open spaces from Mount Faber Park to Kent Ridge Park and more.
There aren’t that many residential options in Mount Faber in general as they’re mostly private housing. Prices are also generally steep due to the close proximity to tourist attractions. There also aren’t many food or shopping options within the area so you’d need to head to nearby neighbourhoods.
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