House Tour: Stunning and Eclectic Shophouse on Everton Road

By Samantha Echavez / Cromly | August 15, 2018 2:00 PM SGT
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It was first a sausage factory. Then it became a photography studio and post-production office, then went unoccupied for a while before Matthew Elton and his partner Mark spotted the "For Lease" sign and turned it into a stunning shophouse that they call home now.
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"We've been here for just over a year. We moved to the shophouse in May of 2014. Before that we were staying in a condo, which was very boring," says Matthew, who just recently launched HotLotz, an innovative new auction house that offers Singaporeans an exciting new way to buy, sell and collect premium furniture and interior decorative items (HotLotz has a weekly live auction every Saturday morning at 10am offering an eclectic range of internationally and locally-sourced items.).
Condo living didn't suit these Western expats who wanted to live like the locals. "If you are going to live in someone else's country, you have to get down and meet people. When I was living in the condo, I didn't even know the people living on our floor. Our place could've been anywhere. If you are going to live in someone else's country, you have to explore and integrate," says Matthew.
And what could be more Singaporean than settling down in an old shophouse?
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"What I love about my house is its location in Singapore. I love this melting pot we have. We have old Chinese families on one side and crazy expats on one side. I do go to the hawker centres constantly. The great thing about this area it's close to a lot of other places, even the MRT. The location is brilliant."
Just like what the couple wanted, their shophouse on Everton Road is at the cross-point of Singapore's signature old-meets-new living...it has a view of the Everton Park HDB, the towering The Pinnacle@Duxton, and is surrounded by other Chinatown shophouses.
"Everton Road is...