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Reasonably priced Freehold Landed Houses In An Previous Faculty Neighbourhood (District 8)

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When folks say Singapore metropolis centre, what involves thoughts (or my thoughts not less than) is often high-rise buildings, tremendous fashionable services and, effectively, typically a quite soulless atmosphere. Therefore, I used to be more than happy to re-discover the Carlisle Highway landed enclave, an space that also has loads of character and but could be very centrally situated. (If you happen to’re not acquainted with the realm, it’s in between Thomson, Newton, Farrer Park and Little India. The picture above doesn’t do the realm justice, so scroll all the way down to see extra!)

Observe: on the time of writing there was an “authentic situation” “terrace home” on the market at $2m+. Nonetheless, the identical advert that referred to it as a “terrace home” additionally calls it a “strata” duplex condominium so I’m guessing it’s not a “actual” landed property, if that is smart. (The property appears to be like like a terrace home however has a strata title.)

I say rediscover as I used to go to the realm usually as a baby, as a result of a cousin lived in a walk-up condominium 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 once 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 residences within the neighbourhood and there was a definite kampung feeling within the space.

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Boutique growth within the hood. 
carlisle estate condo
An previous condominium. One factor about older residences is the dearth of lined parking, though I do just like the design/construction of this constructing.
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What I assume to be a landed home based mostly on what I see on the Grasp Plan (it appears to be like quite like an workplace constructing!) I truly love the facade of this property – it jogs my memory of the transformed warehouses in East London! On the word of different nations, one other factor I observed in regards to the space is that it is vitally fashionable with expats. In truth, the residents I noticed fashioned 2 distinct teams: youthful expats and aged locals. (I’m assuming the older locals are individuals who purchased properties within the space aeons in the past and by no means moved out.)

I’ve accomplished my fair proportion of landed property walkabouts, and that is the one space during which residents of the flats waved to me from their balconies above. AND additionally it is the one space during which residents (or somebody who I assumed to be a resident) truly spoke to me! (I used to be asking my strolling companion a query in regards to the neighbourhood and the gentleman replied. Some folks might have discovered it intrusive however, given the context during which it occurred, it got here throughout as pleasant (and under no circumstances paying homage 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.

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I assume the official title for the realm is Cambridge Property?

Enjoyable reality: there are not less than 22 roads throughout the property which might be named after locations within the UK. If you happen to’re within the historical past of the realm, do click on by to the Keep in mind Singapore web site. It’s an incredible treasure trove for these concerned about Singapore’s historical past! If the editor is studying this, I’d similar to to let you know the way a lot I get pleasure from and admire you sharing your data!

carlisle estate terrace
We’ve Cambridge Highway the place, in addition to the landed properties above, there’s additionally an HDB property. In step with what I mentioned in regards to the group really feel of the realm, the residents of Cambridge Highway truly took the initiative to create a inexperienced walkway to shelter a commonly-used path within the space! How beautiful is that!
carlisle estate cambridge greenway
Whereas not all the path was totally sheltered, it results in the HDB property and Pek Kio hawker centre so I can think about simply how many individuals use it on daily basis. It did present some shade and was attention-grabbing to have a look at.
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Anyway again to the topic at hand – the names of the roads! There’s Hertford Highway, Bristol Highway and many others! (At the moment’s tour will concentrate on the realm bounded by Keng Lee Highway, Dorset Highway, Owen Highway and Norfolk Highway.)
carlisle estate small house
Some homes have been redeveloped. They’re so tall now I truly mistook a few of them for boutique condos, while others are nonetheless in charming classic situation. This one has been lovingly maintained however there have been a couple of that had seen higher days. Nonetheless, the realm didn’t really feel derelict – quite the previous homes gave the realm numerous character. I can think about it being an incredible place for an Instagram photoshoot!
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Reminiscent of this one! (Not saying it’s derelict, however it definitely would look good because the backdrop for a style shoot!)
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And this one! Though this appears to be like extra like it could have been a temple or some form of group constructing.
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And this one!
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There’s additionally a stunning temple throughout the landed enclave.
carlisle estate temple
Right here’s a photograph to point out you precisely how shut the temple is to the homes! Nonetheless, you’ll be happy to listen to that the temple was very quiet once I visited so there was no noise disturbance for the residents (then not less than.) I couldn’t discover any details about worshipping hours both, so I’m unsure if the temple is definitely in use? 

The realm is definitely very multicultural. Moreover the temple, there’s the Kim Mui Hoey Kuan, Masjid Tasek Utara Mosque, World Pink Swastika Society and not less than 2 church buildings within the space. 

There’s additionally an excellent number of properties within the space. Some are bigger and indifferent, just like the one proven under. 

carlisle estate derelict home
Doesn’t this home look quiet? The entire space felt quite quiet and peaceable truly (till you stroll out to the primary highway that’s) and, strolling inside, you wouldn’t have been capable of inform that the realm is definitely in central Singapore!
carlisle estate big house
Others are smaller terrace models, albeit with good rebuilding potential. 
carlisle estate rebuild
Somebody making the most of the rebuilding alternatives! It is a nook terrace FYI and, for my part, fairly a sizeable one!

A few of the homes have their entrances on barely elevated floor, so it’s worthwhile to climb stairs to get to the entrance entrance.

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And there are condominium buildings as effectively. Taking this picture at a bizarre angle as this was the constructing from which a resident waved to me. She was nonetheless sitting on her balcony once I took the picture and I didn’t wish to intrude on her privateness by photographing her with out her consent. Looks like a small gesture however it bought my time off to an excellent begin! 
carlisle estate alley
Attribute of the previous estates in Singapore, you do get these alleyways separating loads of properties.
carlisle estate landed house
Extra rebuilding work. Oh, one factor to notice is that these homes are fortunate as they’ve house to park their vehicles inside their properties.

Not all the homes right here had the identical luxurious!

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Examples 1 and a pair of. 
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Instance 3.

Additionally, word how there’s no pedestrian pavement alongside this highway. Nonetheless, it’s a no-through highway, so it doesn’t see loads of visitors, making strolling on the highway quite simple (in comparison with having to navigate oncoming vehicles in different areas.)

carlisle estate path
Different components of the property have fairly broad pavements, though there are some journey hazards across the base of the two papaya timber.
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Though the property has its fair proportion of terrace homes (often related to extra crowded roads), that is as cluttered because the highway ever bought. It wasn’t troublesome to drive or stroll by in any respect.
carlisle estate pavement
In truth, I don’t recall seeing any vehicles driving by the property! Take a look at how empty the roads are. 
carlisle estate playground
There have been additionally some public facilities in the midst of the property. The crimson construction is a enjoyable slide – this is among the higher playgrounds I’ve seen in my walkabout.
carlisle estate cambridge park
It’s Cambridge Park, should you have been questioning! (A smoke-free park)
carlisle estate shelter court
There’s a beautiful shaded court docket subsequent to it. Wow, it’s simply as fancy because the playgrounds at Jurong Park and Ming Teck Park! In truth, I’d say it’s rather more sensible with the stunning excessive cowl (larger cowl = extra wind & shade = you’re ready to make use of the court docket all through the day and never simply within the early mornings/late evenings when the solar is down.) If you happen to squint to the appropriate, you’ll see the crimson slide and the playground there.
carlisle estate back house
And behind the court docket/playground is a row of homes.

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 highway, Keng Lee Highway, which runs parallel to Rochor River. I’ll be trustworthy and confess that though I favored Keng Lee Highway, I believed that it was a drain earlier than I got here again and consulted the Google Gods!

carlisle estate keng lee road
That’s Keng Lee highway. You possibly can see it’s fairly a serious highway, however not too busy the few occasions I’ve been to the realm. (The roads close to it are tremendous jammed although.)
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carlisle estate bus
A photograph to point out you ways shut the properties might be to the busy important roads.
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There’s additionally a flyover shut by which, for my part, will not be very best. I’d undoubtedly want to reside in one of many properties throughout the property as an alternative of alongside right here! (I’m noise delicate.)

Anyway, whenever you’ve seen one important highway in Singapore, you’ve kind of seen all of them so let’s head again into the property as an alternative. 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 manner for you to try the encircling facilities!

carlisle estate main road
Strolling down Cambridge Highway. I consider that’s the greenway we see on the left. Behind it’s a beautiful open house which is one more reason the realm feels so “previous Singapore.” (The homes are solely surrounded by towering buildings on one or two sides and never all sides!)
carlisle estate green
Right here’s a photograph of the Inexperienced expanse so that you can admire. I truly most popular the portrait picture of this space and never this panorama model. Nonetheless, I made a decision to incorporate the panorama shot because it exhibits you the place you’re in relation to the landed homes. If you happen to peek to the left, just below the inexperienced leaves of the tree, you may see the highest flooring of the terrace homes within the distance.

It’s a very brief stroll to Pek Kio Market. Solely 5 minutes or so (after all, it could be additional should you reside in a distinct a part of the property!) Nonetheless, 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 have been undoubtedly wilting after we walked by the uncovered areas.

carlisle estate mcsp
Public service announcement: there’s a multi-storey automobile park reverse the market, in addition to tons on the identical facet of the highway because the market if you wish to park nearer!
carlisle estate food
You attain a meals park first. You’ll have to stroll a bit extra to get to the hawker centre. I persevered as I’d been desirous to eat at among the stalls at Pek Kio for some time.
carlisle estate pek kio
Lastly there.

Moreover meals stalls, there are different helpful household-type retailers within the space. This HDB property is certainly not as gentrified as those in Chinatown (corresponding to Everton) or the one at Sundown, and we don’t discover the yuppie kind 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 believe you may money in on previous bottles. (The queue was too lengthy so I didn’t go take an in depth look.)

carlisle estate wah kee
I did take some images of the hawker centre however they confirmed the shoppers’ faces fairly clearly so I received’t put them within the article. As a substitute, right here’s what I ate there. Sure, it’s the Wah Kee prawn noodles which Pek Kio is legendary for. (The chee cheong enjoyable is sort of well-known too. Nonetheless, since it is a property weblog, not a meals weblog, I’ll skip the meals overview bit!)
carlisle estate junction
We polished off our breakfast then I went again to the property to take extra images. After Pek Kio (with Cambridge property nonetheless behind us) we attain one other important highway, Owen highway. 

If you happen to flip proper right here, you’ll discover one other HDB property and a few condos, corresponding to Kentish Inexperienced and Kentish Courtroom. You possibly can both proceed following Owen Highway all the way down to Farrer Park MRT station or you may 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 crimson slide), thoughts you that’s about so far as the property will get from Farrer Park MRT so I believe it’s protected to say that the majority homes are inside a quarter-hour stroll to the MRT. Cambridge Park can also be a 13 minutes stroll to Little India MRT and a 28 minutes stroll to Newton MRT (as a result of it’s worthwhile to 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.)

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If you re-enter Cambridge property by means of Dorset, you see extra HDB blocks. Regardless of the highway trying so quiet, buses do ply this highway, specifically 131 and 131A so that you don’t need to hike all the best way to the MRT should you don’t wish to.

This gorgeous a lot brings us to the tip of in the present day’s tour! 

Earlier than I’m going, I’ll briefly contact on the Major Faculties within the neighborhood after which depart you with extra images of the colorful buildings within the property. For Major establishments inside 1 km, it’s primarily Farrer Park Major and St Joseph’s Establishment Junior (inside 0.35 and 0.53 km of 41 Cambridge Highway in accordance with however do bear in mind to test 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!

carlisle estate old house
We undoubtedly don’t see many of those in Singapore anymore!
carlisle estate garden
Seating space in one of many condominium buildings that jogs my memory of an historic Chinese language backyard, albeit considerably much less landscaped.
carlisle estate herford road
That crimson and inexperienced constructing is the Kim Mui Hoey Kuan I discussed earlier. Somewhat additional down is Chui Huay Lim Membership which has a Teochew restaurant and appears even grander!
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Bye bye, Cambridge property! Let me know the way you favored the realm within the feedback and whether or not there are every other areas you’d prefer to see reviewed! 


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