Inexpensive Freehold Landed Houses In An Outdated Faculty Neighbourhood (District 8)
When individuals say Singapore metropolis centre, what involves thoughts (or my thoughts at the very least) is often high-rise buildings, tremendous trendy services and, nicely, generally a fairly soulless surroundings. Therefore, I used to be more than happy to re-discover the Carlisle Highway landed enclave, an space that also has plenty of character and but may be very centrally situated. (When you’re not conversant in the realm, it’s in between Thomson, Newton, Farrer Park and Little India. The photograph above doesn’t do the realm justice, so scroll all the way down to see extra!)
Word: on the time of writing there was an “unique situation” “terrace home” on the market at $2m+. Nevertheless, the identical advert that referred to it as a “terrace home” additionally calls it a “strata” duplex house so I’m guessing it’s not a “actual” landed property, if that is sensible. (The property seems to be like a terrace home however has a strata title.)
I say rediscover as I used to go to the realm usually as a toddler, as a result of a cousin lived in a walk-up house there within the late 80s or early 90s. I used to be underneath the impression that the walk-ups had been demolished and the realm re-developed since then. However after I drove by a couple of weeks again after not having been to the realm in years, I used to be pleasantly stunned to see that it had not modified that a lot. There’s a good mixture of landed properties, new boutique condos in addition to walk-up flats within the neighbourhood and there was a definite kampung feeling within the space.
I’ve completed my fair proportion of landed property walkabouts, and that is the one space by which residents of the flats waved to me from their balconies above. AND it is usually the one space by which residents (or somebody who I assumed to be a resident) really spoke to me! (I used to be asking my strolling companion a query in regards to the neighbourhood and the gentleman replied. Some individuals could have discovered it intrusive however, given the context by which it occurred, it got here throughout as pleasant (and in no way harking back to eavesdropping.) I even noticed some residents standing across the close by services having a chat, all of which gave the neighbourhood a beautiful, village-y really feel.
Enjoyable reality: there are at the very least 22 roads throughout the property which might be named after locations within the UK. When you’re within the historical past of the realm, do click on via to the Keep in mind Singapore web site. It’s an incredible treasure trove for these considering Singapore’s historical past! If the editor is studying this, I’d similar to to let you know the way a lot I take pleasure in and admire you sharing your information!
The realm is definitely very multicultural. Moreover the temple, there’s the Kim Mui Hoey Kuan, Masjid Tasek Utara Mosque, World Crimson Swastika Society and at the very least 2 church buildings within the space.
There may be additionally a very good number of properties within the space. Some are bigger and indifferent, just like the one proven beneath.
Among the homes have their entrances on barely elevated floor, so you could climb stairs to get to the entrance entrance.
Not all the homes right here had the identical luxurious!
Additionally, notice how there’s no pedestrian pavement alongside this street. Nevertheless, it’s a no-through street, so it doesn’t see plenty of visitors, making strolling on the street fairly straightforward (in comparison with having to navigate oncoming automobiles in different areas.)
To the left of the court docket is the Baptist Church I discussed earlier. If we stroll down Cambridge Highway, previous the court docket and the Baptist Church, we attain the primary street, Keng Lee Highway, which runs parallel to Rochor River. I’ll be trustworthy and confess that though I appreciated Keng Lee Highway, I assumed that it was a drain earlier than I got here again and consulted the Google Gods!
Anyway, while you’ve seen one predominant street in Singapore, you’ve kind of seen all of them so let’s head again into the property as a substitute. One of many good issues in regards to the space is having Pek Kio Market at its doorstep (some landed estates are very inconveniently situated!) So let’s head that method for you to try the encompassing facilities!
It’s a very brief stroll to Pek Kio Market. Solely 5 minutes or so (after all, it could be additional in the event you reside in a special a part of the property!) Nevertheless, the warmth made it really feel a lot additional than 5 minutes if I’m being trustworthy. I can see why residents felt the greenway was mandatory! We had been undoubtedly wilting after we walked via the uncovered areas.
Moreover meals stalls, there are different helpful household-type retailers within the space. This HDB property is unquestionably not as gentrified as those in Chinatown (equivalent to Everton) or the one at Sundown, and we don’t discover the yuppie sort of cafes right here that we do in these. (There was one stylish gelato place.)
Nonetheless, the retailers are very sensible. There’s even a water bottle recycling level the place I feel you’ll be able to money in on previous bottles. (The queue was too lengthy so I didn’t go take an in depth look.)
When you flip proper right here, you’ll discover one other HDB property and a few condos, equivalent to Kentish Inexperienced and Kentish Courtroom. You may both proceed following Owen Highway all the way down to Farrer Park MRT station or you’ll be able to take a proper flip and enter Cambridge property once more by means of Dorset Highway.
It’s a few 16-minute stroll from Farrer Park MRT to Cambridge Park (the park the place we noticed the flamboyant pink slide), thoughts you that’s about so far as the property will get from Farrer Park MRT so I feel it’s protected to say that almost all homes are inside a quarter-hour stroll to the MRT. Cambridge Park can be a 13 minutes stroll to Little India MRT and a 28 minutes stroll to Newton MRT (as a result of you could make an enormous detour round KK Hospital. By automobile, it’s solely 4 minutes to Newton MRT versus 3 minutes to Farrer Park, so not a lot distinction.)
This gorgeous a lot brings us to the tip of at this time’s tour!
Earlier than I’m going, I’ll briefly contact on the Main Colleges within the neighborhood after which depart you with extra pictures of the colorful buildings within the property. For Main establishments inside 1 km, it’s primarily Farrer Park Main and St Joseph’s Establishment Junior (inside 0.35 and 0.53 km of 41 Cambridge Highway in accordance with yoursingaporemap.com however do bear in mind to examine for the precise unit you’re taking a look at.) ACS Junior, ACS Primaru and St Margarets are all shut however alas not shut sufficient!