The Urban Redevelopment Authority broadly demarcates Singapore’s property regions into three segments:
Core Central Region (CCR)
The CCR (shaded in yellow in the picture below) comprises the downtown core, Sentosa and the postal districts of 9, 10 and 11. This is where you can find Singapore’s high-end properties in areas such as Orchard, Holland, Bukit Timah and Sentosa. Having an address in these areas is a symbol of prestige and a mark of success.
Rest of Central Region (RCR)
The RCR (shaded in grey in the picture below), also known as the city fringe, is the middle ground between the CCR and OCR. It includes popular mature estates such as Queenstown, Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, Bishan and Marine Parade. Locations here still command a high price for its proximity to the city centre and well-developed amenities but is not as exorbitantly expensive as the CCR.
Outside Central Region (OCR)
Lastly, everything else falls into the OCR (shaded in white in the picture below). That’s a good three times the size of the CCR and RCR combined. This area includes the regional centres of Tampines, Jurong East and Woodlands, and non-mature estates such as Sengkang and Punggol. This is where you can find mass-market condominiums and lower price points, but you will face a longer commute into the city centre.