Singapore’s District 2 consists of Singapore’s Central Business Districts - Anson Road, Tanjong Pagar and the cultural heritage centre, Chinatown. In the midst of this district, two new upcoming flat and condo property projects could be of interest for those seeking HDB (Housing Board Development) and luxury homes.
In District 2 many buildings have undergone facelifts and upgrades, keeping pace with Singapore’s property evolution that has focused on attracting both foreign interests and local investors in the quest for high property gains and returns. As such, spanning across this busy metropolitan area are high-rise office buildings, residential blocks and commercial structures.
Anson Road is renowned for its residential and commercial towers, Anson Centre, Springleaf Tower, The International Plaza and Fuji Xerox Towers (formerly known as IBM Towers). These are prominent landmarks bounded by the four roads, Tanjong Pagar Road, Bernam Street, Anson Road and Keppel Road.
Just a stone’s throw away, Chinatown, a distinctively historical and cultural enclave where major points have been declared national heritage sites, shop houses in these areas have been architecturally restored with combinations of Baroque and Victorian elements dominant in Trengganu Street, Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Upper Cross Street and Club Street.
Fringing Chinatown and Anson Road, Tanjong Pagar is distinguished for its considerable amount of bridal salons dotting the quaint rows of conserved pre-World War II shop houses. Soaring skyscrapers like Capital Tower and Temasek Tower house numerous advertising and media agencies, financial and real estate property giants whilst mega-mixed integrated project, Tanjong Pagar Centre which is due to be completed in 2016, offer luxury condo units, offices, retail units and hotels, and are expected to boost the country’s business and lifestyle hub.
The Singapore government has also gazetted the world’s tallest public housing buildings, The Pinnacle@Duxton, situated on a 2.5 hectare residential land consisting of seven blocks of 50-storey towers, totalling 1,848 units located at 1 Cantonment Road.
The Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore’s HDB project features the world’s two longest sky gardens stationed on both 26th and 50th floors. The Pinnacle@Duxton was awarded the Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia in June 2010.
For foodies, one can find a wide variety of affordable, authentic local dishes at The Maxwell Food Centre that houses hawkers from the vicinity. Char Kway Teow (fried noodles) and Satay (barbecue skewered meat) can be found at Chinatown Food Street, malls and where row of hawker stalls, restaurants and kiosks line Smith Street. If you want to sample nasi lemak and fishball soup, head over to Tanjong Pagar Plaza and the shop houses along Tanjong Pagar Road.
For upscale dining, one can find chic restaurants and bars in Neil Road, Duxton Road and Keong Saik Road. Locals and expatriates can be found frequenting entertainment spots in Club Street and Ann Siang Road for dinner and drinks, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
Besides the Chinatown Street Market boasting more than 200 stalls, one can find a wide selection of Chinese products in popular shopping malls such as Chinatown Point, People’s Park Complex and the Chinatown Complex.
Public transportation is convenient and connects to Orchard Road and other parts of Singapore can be easily reached via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) that serves the area at Chinatown MRT Station, Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Outram Park MRT Station and Raffles Place MRT Station. Several public bus routes are integrated into Singapore’s transportation system, providing ease of daily commute.
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