Singapore’s leafiest streets to live on (or wish you lived on)
Ah, the quiet, leafy neighbourhood. We might leave the cloistered suburbs of our childhoods for the cool-but-cramped inner-city lifestyle; we might develop a serious thing for a water view or hot city skylines… but there comes a time in one’s life when the pull of calm and quiet, and some restoratively green surrounds, gets stronger.
Where can you find this kind of oasis in Singapore? Read on…
Nassim Road, Tanglin
Known for its enormous black and whites and embassy-grade mansion houses, this jungly stretch is atmospherically miles away from buzz of the Orchard and Tanglin shopping strips, which in reality are just around the corner. And that’s precisely why it’s one of the most covetable spots in town.
All that foliage offers shade for neighbourhood strolls and some pretty intense privacy – but we see you there, black and white bungalows. Among all the heritage properties here, there’s a handful of modern low-rises: the boutique-style Jade on Nassim (above right) and The Sage are standouts – and the sprawling Nassim Park (above left) is sublime.
Fun fact: 33 Nassim Road, an 85,000-square-foot site with a two-story home, swimming pool and tennis court went on the market back in 2013 for the asking price of a mere S$300 million.
Bin Tong Park, Holland Village
Lush, leafy and with a divine sense of quiet, Bin Tong Park is one of Singapore’s epicentres of sprawling homes. Stunning properties on elevated land, Good Class Bungalows and amazing architecture are what this neighbourhood is all about. A gorgeous mix of old and new.
Case in point: one particular property that’s perched on a hill with two 1930s cottages forming a family compound, retains much of its original charm. Its neighbour, that stunner pictured below (if only we could show you the floor-to-ceiling glass and spectacular outdoor spaces at the back), was a complete rebuild by Ong&Ong architects. It changed hands in 2018 for $48 million.
Broadrick Road, Mountbatten
East Coast curious? Wander down Broadrick: tree-lined and awash with tropical greenery thanks to some particularly tasteful landscape gardening and dedicated residents with a green thumb.
First populated by British, Eurasian, Jewish and Peranakan communities, the Katong/Mountbatten neighbourhood still has some of the grandest homes standing in Singapore. But unlike neighbouring Meyer Rd, which is almost entirely converted to condos to make a grab at ocean views, Broadrick is all about the lovely landed property – we’re into the mix of edgy architectural homes, old dames and a few outlandish structures. Take a stroll and you’ll see what we mean.
Want in on this neighbourhood? The 1950s bungalow at 12 Broadrick Road, below (truly charming, albeit a renovator’s dream) just listed in March 2018 asking $22 million. Houses don’t change hands on this street very often…
Malcolm Road, Newton
This winding street through the hills of Newton offers a rich vein of black and white houses and almost enough rainforest to hide them.
And never mind leafy streets, what about this leafy driveway – in the centre of Singapore no less, where the tree-lined entrance doesn’t even offer a view of the black and white house lurking deeper into the estate?
Where to now?
- The tree-lined estates of Cluny Park or around Balmoral;
- Leafy streets covered. Onwards to outdoor furniture in Singapore;
- Love leaves but keep killing indoor plants? Here’s how to keep them alive; and also how to create an eco-friendly home.
- Ditch the trees and head for the concrete jungle with our guide to the best city condos;
- Discover Singapore’s top landscape architects (yes, the grass is greener on their side).