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Floor Plan and Configuration

This picture shows what the front apartment looks like if you enter from the top left of the drawing above. The indoor garden and green wall separates the two apartments. Yes this is the Instagram worthy AirBnB photo opp shot that students will never get to take. Sorry! This is the back apartment the white loft like with the skylights.  From this picture you can see the master bedroom, the luxe bathroom and the open space which is the living area. Same picture from the other view – this time see the kitchen on the extreme right of the wall on the floor plan  

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How We Built It (Part 1)

A 12 Month Labour of Love The story behind 73 Eng Watt began in May 2015 when I bought a 1930s conservation status home in Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods  – Tiong Bahru.  I managed to buy get my hands on a rare find: a ground floor corner unit which is larger than most, with more natural light as it has windows running down the entire length of the house. Only the ground floor units have the most amazing double height ceilings and two separate entrances, a front and a back door. In August 2015, I wrote a Medium post about it! Designing something big I needed an architect/designer and I only had two conditions:  I wanted someone Singaporean and I wanted someone fabulous.  And it was Glen Goei (who has three Tiong Bahru apartments) who suggested that I speak to Vince (who also lives in Tiong Bahru […]

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How We Built It (Part 2)

Building a Roof If you remember from Part I, the open courtyard at the back of the apartment had to be covered up, so we built a roof!   However, this would have been a completely enclosed space – there are no windows to let air or light in. It could have been a dungeon.     But I wanted to see sky I remember when I was 21 and I transferred to Bain London, I lived in Glen Goei’s house in Primrose Hill. 1 Chalcot Crescent. It was the quintessential English house – and I fell in love with it. One feature of the house that left a deep impact was the fact that in the dining room (where we spent the most time), Glen had blue skies painted on his ceiling with little white clouds and all.  I remember […]

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How We Built It (Part 3)

Converting it into two apartments Only the ground floor units in Tiong Bahru have the double height ceilings and a front door and a back door. This is key because my 1700 sq ft house has been split into two separate apartments – my side comprises of a  2 bed-2 bath (1,000 sq ft+) and the Annex comprises of a 650 sq ft fully integrated open concept alcove apartment with its own separate entrance and exit.  The two apartments connect via my indoor garden.     It’s a simple concept of arbitrage – by splitting it into two, one side pays for the mortgage and the house becomes self-sustaining. Plus I save on the higher stamp duty and property taxes that come with owning a “second” property. Putting the Annex on AirBNB was a simple decision. I get higher yields by putting it on AirBNB without having to […]

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Did One Man a Real Estate Market Make?

Did One Man a Real Estate Market Make? Listed by Vogue in 2014 as the 15 Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World and by Knight Frank in 2015 as one of the Top 10 Urban Markets to Watch. “So hip, it hurts.” say residents. Where’s this? It’s Tiong Bahru Singapore’s oldest and most charming neighbourhood. Source: TiongBahru.sg When I came back to Singapore after 11 years of Tokyo, London and New York, I moved into a rented apartment in Tiong Bahru as my friends were all living there. I fell in love with the neighbourhood. 5 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Central Business District, I found a yoga shala, a hair salon, 2 massage parlours (1 oriental, 1 spa), lots of quaint cafes and artisanal shops, and my favourite wine and pizza one-stop shop. The yoga shala […]