Charming heritage homes and modern condos in Katong

By EdgeProp Singapore / EdgeProp Singapore | July 3, 2019 4:33 PM SGT
Katong, or Tanjong Katong as it is also known, wears its rich Peranakan history with pride, something that is evident in many of the buildings and restaurants that grace the area. A residential neighbourhood set within the Marine Parade planning area, which itself resides in the eastern part of Singapore’s Central Region, Katong has long been considered one of the more genteel, well-heeled neighbourhoods on the island. Already a popular weekend coastal retreat, the early part of the 20th century saw many rich and successful families move into the area, building grand bungalows that overlooked the sea.
The southern section of Katong. Credit: Google Maps
The land reclamation carried out in the region between 1963 and 1985 added new land to Katong, but deprived former seaside dwellings of their proximity to the Straits.
Row of shophouses along Koon Seng Road. Credit: EdgeProp Singapore
It is not an exaggeration to say that Katong contains some of the most stunning traditional homes and architecture anywhere in Singapore. The Joo Chiat neighbourhood is a perfect example of early 20th-century Singaporean architecture, a style that borrows influences from Peranakan and Chinese techniques and styles and also from colonial English ones. In 1993, the whole neighbourhood was granted national heritage conservation status. Today, many of the shophouses are still used as homes, for example, along the gorgeous Koon Seng Road. The properties along Joo Chiat Road have been converted into a variety of commercial premises, including several cafes and restaurants that still serve traditional and authentic Peranakan dishes.
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