“Children’s clothing at a Walmart in the US can cost US$3 (S$4.10) a piece but in Singapore, it’s at least US$15,” said the 48-year-old American, who is not surprised that Singapore has been found the most expensive city in the world for expatriates. He moved here in November 2013 with his wife Jennifer, a 35-year-old engineer.
They have two young daughters who are three months and 23 months old. Their maid is paid $1,000 a month.
Said Mr Letzelter: “We’re adventurous people and we were looking for a place to raise kids that could provide them with a unique culture.
The couple earn about $29,000 together, but even then, it meant making adjustments to their lifestyle.
Mr Letzelter’s previous house near Denver, Colorado was 610 sq m, while his wife had a house near Boston that was about half of that size. Now, their apartment in Thomson is about 150 sq m.
Mr Letzelter said: “Housing is crazy expensive here. We’re paying $4,400 in rent.