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TOWNERVILLE CONSERVATION HOUSES
Remodeled 2-storey conservation historical townhouses inhabited by
British officers when Singapore was part of the British empire.
Built around 1924. Also called "Colonial houses". Units were
renovated in 1992 and are being upgraded regularly. Appeals to
young Caucasian romantic expatriates who want to live in unique
2-bedroom land areas are: 1281 sq ft, 1367 sq ft, 2314 sq ft
(No. 102 corner unit), 3983 sq ft (No. 2 corner unit).
Built up areas 2163 sq. ft for intermediate units. 2532 sq. ft
for No. 2 and No. 102.
3-bedroom land area 1550 sq ft. Built up area 2,424 sq. ft.
4-bedroom land area 1668 sq ft. Built up area 2,918 sq. ft.
No. of Rooms
Land Size (Sq ft)
Built up Area
long bath tubs in all units. Shower stalls only. 2
bedroom floor plans do not have attached bathroom.
Courtyard (Backyard). There is no proper maid's room at the
courtyard. A bamboo chick can be used to wall off an area
behind the kitchen, next to the courtyard for the maid.
maid's services are available in Singapore and are usually
S$10.00 per hour.
will experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to romance history.
These unique Singapore conservation houses were lived in by
British colonial masters, usually military officers. The
wooden floor boards and big balcony off the living room are great
attractions seldom seen in the modern Singapore townhouses anymore.
Air conditioned bedrooms and sometimes the living and dining rooms
as well in some units. Bright kitchens with natural daylight and
bright tropical sunlight filtering in from the courtyard greatly
appeal to Caucasian expatriates. Modern greyish white or light
brown kitchen cabinets, refrigerator and oven in various units.
The back of the 2nd level has a sundeck or clothes drying area in
the 3-bedroom townhouses. You can put potted plants for the
2-bedroom units or get a bigger sun deck in the case of the 3- or
There's a big balcony off the master bedroom in the 2-bedroom as
well as balconies in the others. The master bedroom in the
4-bedroom floor plan does not front the road, but the 2- and
3-bedroom floor plan fronts the road. The road is not a major road.
The back courtyard on ground floor and a big dog will feel
A countryside historical ambience within 5-minute drive to downtown
Orchard Road. Plenty of car parking spaces. Provision
shops are within a 2-minute walk. The vast majority of
your neighbours will be the Chinese Singaporeans who live in the HDB
(Housing & Development Board) flats and they do speak English.
Two mini-marts or provision shops nearby and a coffee shop. A short
2-min walk to Balestier Road to get buses/taxis to Suntec City or to
Newton, Novena and Toa Payoh. The Boon Keng subway is less than
5-minute walk from Townerville. This subway will bring you direct to
Suntec City and Raffles Place.
Disadvantages No condo facilities like pool, gym, tennis courts and squash
court and the flooring is ceramic tiled, not marbled.There
may or may not be air conditioning in the living and separate dining
areas. You will have to pay a higher rental if you wish to have air
conditioning in these areas.
There are split unit air conditioners in the bedrooms. The
ceilings of the living and dining areas are high and the area is
breezy. Usually there are ceiling fans. Your electrical bills will
be much less since you don't have to air condition high ceiling
Profile of Expat tenants A large community of mainly younger Caucasians who don't
need a long bath tub. Expatriates who really need a long bath and
air conditioned living and dining rooms and marble-floored living
and dining areas will not find these Townerville
colonial houses suitable for their lifestyle.
You may be able to rent standing bath tubs which may be installed in
the courtyard. Note that the flooring is grey ceramic tiled (not
marble flooring) in the living and dining areas and kitchen and
wooden flooring in the bedrooms. The layout is what the British
colonial officers used to live in and therefore, you as the Tenant,
is living history but with modern comforts like air-conditioning. As
a home office, you will need permission from the authorities
to use the residence as home offices. Suits architects, business
consultants and certain professions. However, no heavy traffic flow
is permitted and therefore certain businesses with lots of walk-in
clients will not be approved. However, the Landlord may not permit
signboards outside the main door advertising your business.
15 Townerville terraces
were offered for sale in 2001. The Business Times, 16 Nov
2001 reported that Far East Organization has put 15 Townerville
terrace homes on the market after having leased out the estate of 84
heritage two-storey houses for the past 10 years. Average price for
the homes built in the 1920s is $850,000, with sizes ranging from
2,100 to 3,000 sq ft.
99-year land tenure began in 1990. The Singapore government restored
the houses for some $12.4 million, the 84 houses were sold to Far
East bagging for $39 million.
Far East's offers were about $100,000 to $150,000 above the
competition from individuals and others. In 2003, the nearby Boon
Keng Subway on the North-east is completed. It is a 3-minute
walk to the subway and so Townerville is in great demand by
NO MORE UNITS ARE FOR SALE SINCE 2007. Occupancy rates are
nearly 100% usually, as the units can be used for home office and
are located within a 3-minute walk to the Boon Keng subway which
goes to Suntec City fast. Furthermore, the ex-British
Officers' quarters are renovated and have very big bedrooms, balcony
and living and dining areas.
ARE MORE PICTURES OF TOWNERVILLE
Type A: 34 units
Type B: 26 units
Type C: 24 units
2-bedroom, big balcony off the master bedroom and an
Pretty 2-bedroom colonial townhouses 5-min taxi ride
to Suntec City
One big L-shaped courtyard next to the kitchen.
The 2-storey townhouses with 2 bedrooms suit single or
A young Caucasian expatriate strolls with his dog to
go back to Townerville after buying lunch from the
One corner unit has a large garden of over 1,000 sq ft
and side balconies and is usually the first to rent.
The study opens out to a roof deck
which is connected to the open-air courtyard by a
spiral staircase. 2 balconies.
3-bedroom units seen from 2-bedroom units at May Road
Corner units have bigger gardens at the side.
This 3-bedroom corner unit (No. 59) does not have an
extension balcony in the front unlike the neighbouring
4-bedroom. 2 big balconies for 2 bedrooms. Note
that the master bedroom is inside, away from the
colonial townhouses face Towner Road, a quiet
road. Picture shows a grandpa exercising the grand
child at 9 a.m along McNair Road.
4 bedrooms on level 2.
2 bathrooms (shower only).
The master bedroom (with attached bathroom, no long
bath tub, but shower) is inside away from the road.
There are 2 bedrooms with balcony and 1 bedroom
further back behind the master bedroom.
Front garden of a 3-bedroom house beautifully
landscaped with koi pond by the Tenant.
If you have no green fingers, you can grow some palm
trees, flowers or grass.
Wooden floor boards in bedrooms and staircase.
Greyish ceramic tiled dining and living areas.
Back of 2-bedroom colonial house. In the old days,
broken glass pieces were stuck onto the top of the
back walls to provide security.
Spiral staircase to courtyard (spacious for a big
dog), kitchen, utility area and a maid's bathroom
(squatting toilet bowl) to the back gate.
Suits romantic expats who want a unique residence
living in wooden board flooring, go down spiral
staircases of an older era of colonial masters and
immigrants striving to earn a livelihood to support
their families in China and India, large balconies and
affordability in a location close to Suntec City and
4-bedroom units front McNair Road which is not a
One large bedroom
Large master bedroom with an attached bath. NO
long bath tub, just shower stall.
Beds can be provided by the landlord or you rent
Another bedroom with wooden floors
One bedroom with large balcony fronting McNair
master bedroom is not facing the road in the
bigger kitchen in 4-bedroom units
3-bedroom units face a quiet road. Some units face
the HDB apartments. The corner unit, No. 59
(extreme left) is most popular.
view of the HDB apartments from upstairs in some
units. Some expats do not prefer HDB views.
view of dining area from the kitchen
Note: flooring in the living and dining areas is
grey ceramic tiled, not marble flooring
courtyard of 2 units seen from bedroom upstairs
2-bedroom units facing a quiet May Road. Car
parking lots are behind.
courtyard to the right of a bright kitchen
a kitchen painted by an expat tenant. You will
need to restore the paint when you leave.
view of the kitchen from the dining area
view of bedroom 2 from the master bedroom in front
bathroom and terrace at the back of the house
master bedroom with wardrobe
There was one complaint from an Asian expat about
the absence of marble flooring in the house. But
conservation homes are meant to reflect the past
architect as accurately as possible and no marble
flooring was used in the past.
The flooring and walls are NOT as flashy as those
in newer condos with marble clad walls.
The flooring is ceramic tiled. Light grey ones in
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