Just like shophouse living, living in a black-and-white colonial bungalow is totally unlike any other forms of dwellings in Singapore. With their dark timber beams and white-washed walls, these homes were once built for high-ranking European families in the 19th Century. They have now reached an iconic cult status, and are prized for their expansive grounds surrounded by lush nature, along with the peacefulness and privacy away from it all.
It is precisely for these reasons that drew Sarah (*not her real name for privacy reasons) and her family to this particular home. Having lived in Kuwait and another landed home in Singapore previously, this enclave set in nature has now been home to their family for the past 3 years. The roughly 20,000 square feet land-sized bungalow was originally built in the 1930s and required quite a bit of restorative work inside out to make it habitable. While it was a love at first sight scenario for the exterior, the interior needed a bit more convincing. “It was empty for a long time and in a run down and not great condition,” Sarah shared.