Emerald Hill

1/28/11

Orchard Road is a busy area of Singapore teeming with shopping malls, traffic, and the hustle and bustle of tourists and locals alike. Nestled among the malls and entertainment is Emerald Hill, a quiet historic neighborhood lined with beautiful terrace houses that date back to the early 1900's. 

Walking along Emerald Hill Road is like walking into Singapore's past. The homes used to belong to some of the city's wealthiest residents, including many members of the Peranakan community. Homes in the area are still very expensive. One terrace house had a "for rent" sign asking for S$17,000 a month (it was about 4500 sq ft, to give you an idea what you'd be paying for). 
 Old homes on Emerald Hill Road with a huge mall in the background
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 Customized iron gate in front of one of the terrace houses
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Beautiful tiles along the walls
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Some of the terrace houses closer to Orchard Road have been turned into businesses, but for the most part this area is still largely residential. Although the area is literally a few steps away from Orchard Road, the neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful. It's so easy to get lost in the serenity of Emerald Hill.

8 comments:

  1. I love shophouses, especially these old traditional ones. I would love to be able to live in one, although I obviously can't ever afford it...

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  2. I love these shophouses (or terrace houses), too. When I first started looking for places here, I wanted to rent one. Until we realized there was no way we could afford the rent! Rent here is outrageous.

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  3. you are so talented....your photography is always so gorgeous and professional.

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  4. Oh my gosh, this is so pretty! And very European-looking, actually, love it! XX!

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  5. The architecture is a wonderful combination of different styles...the colors on some of the homes are eye candy to an artist...such as the rose and turquoise...! And the tile...no words to describe...so elegant! Thanks for sharing your photos!

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  6. I love Emerald Hill and especially the shophouses - great photos!

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  7. I love the photos! :) The vintage vibe is so charming.

    Cheers,
    -MB
    team-moonberry.blogspot.com

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  8. Beautiful photos Flora - I will have to get up there and get exploring.

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