Reasonably priced Freehold Landed Houses In An Previous Faculty Neighbourhood (District 8)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Not all the homes right here had the identical luxurious!
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.)
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!
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!
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.
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.)
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.)
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 yoursingaporemap.com 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!