Mount pleasant black and white houses (Black and white bungalows )
Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are white-painted bungalows, in a style once commonly used to house well-heeled immigrants comprising of European colonial and expatriate families in tropical climate colonies, typically the Southeast Asian colonies of the British Empire in the nineteenth century. Most of these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are spacious, aristocratic, and carefully oriented to get the most out of sunshine, shade, and the cooling breezes, and are set in gorgeously lush gardens. The term ‘black and white‘ refers to the dark timber beams and whitewashed walls usually found in these buildings.
Such Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) typically have a pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves due to the rainy tropical condition, and the high roof also allows for good ventilation that draws in cooling air. The ground floor of the Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are generally open and spacious, often tiled for coolness. The Black and white bungalows/ Black and white houses may have large verandahs, and some Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) have elevated foundations similar to that of a traditional Malay house.
Mount Pleasant Black and white houses for Rent
1) Mount Pleasant Black and White House for rent $11500
Black and White Bungalow
Notice Period (Entry) Immediate.
Land Area 20600(Sqft)
Build-up Area 2300 (Sqft)
2) Mount Pleasant Black and White House for rent $19000
Black and White Bungalow
3) Mount Pleasant Black and White House for rent $20000
Located in a quiet leafy residential enclave of Mount Pleasant Road!
– 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, powder room
– Comes with one guest house and huge service area.
4) Mount Pleasant Black and White House for rent $22000
Black and White Bungalow
Notice Period (Entry) 1 Mth
Land Area 65300 (Sqft)
Build-up Area 6404(Sqft)
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The most beautiful, peaceful and authentic Black and White houses at Mount Pleasant from the 1900.
Situated in a quiet leafy residential enclave of Mount Pleasant estate and surrounded by similar properties and endless greenery. ( Mount Pleasant Road has been designated as Heritage Road. )
These Black and White houses at Mount Pleasant are for those who yearns absolute privacy!
-10 mins Drive to Orchard road through PIE and Stevens .
– Excellent Connectivity via PIE.
St Joseph Institution International school ( Close proximity)
Singapore Polo Club – Besides polo events, the club also provides horse riding lessons for its members.
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Mount Pleasant Black and white house
Mount Pleasant is an area located in the central region of Singapore bounded by Thomson Road, the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), and Andrew Road. It is named after a hill located within its boundaries. The colonial government acquired the area in 1920 to build accommodation for high-ranking colonial officers, including senior police officers from the nearby Police Depot (later known as the Police Academy). Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are surrounded by matured trees on a hill. As mentioned, many were police officials, it made sense to house them in Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) as it was close by the Police Academy at the bottom of the hill by the grand Polo Club.
Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) mainly housed unmarried British police officers stayed, the upper floor housed the living quarters, while the ground held the dining room and bar. The Mess even had its own servants and cook, while the Singapore Police Force website reports that ‘Friday nights were social nights, with music and dancing, and these were attended by unmarried and married officers and their guests.’ Most Black and white bungalows were on a grandiose scale – partly out of imperial ambition, but also due to the need for an open, airy living space in Singapore’s humid climate. These Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) were among the grandest black-and-white bungalows built by the colonial government prior to World War II and 33 of these Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) have since been preserved and refurbished. Now, these Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows are for rent to the public.
Mount Pleasant is also the site where the Singapore Polo Club has been based since the 1940s. Mount Pleasant Road, which runs through the area, is designated a Heritage Road and gazetted under the Parks and Trees Act in 2005, thus providing the surrounding trees and greenery with legal protection.
George Henry Brown, an Englishman, was a shipowner who came to Singapore in the 1840s after living in Calcutta and Penang. While residing in Singapore, he purchased a piece of property off Thomson Road. Brown found a hill in the estate pleasant, so he named it “Mount Pleasant”. In addition, he named two roads in the area: Mount Pleasant Road and Mount Pleasant Drive. Brown later built a house on the hill to serve as his residence. The estate was also known as Brown’s Hill (or Bukit Brown) after the owner.
Brown experimented with planting nutmeg and coffee at Mount Pleasant but was unsuccessful. He suffered a severe accident at the estate in 1881 and died in Penang the following year. After his death, the estate was put up for sale. At the time, the estate spanned 140 ac with three large houses, a carriage factory, a tapioca processing plant, a tapioca plantation and a large number of fruit trees.
From the late 19th to early 20th centuries, the Mount Pleasant estate was owned by the Alsagoff family, then headed for the most part by Syed Omar Alsagoff. The family let out houses on the estate to tenants. One of these tenants was William Kinsey, a European pioneer in Pahang, Malaya, who subsequently established himself as a timber expert and shipowner in Singapore. The Alsagoff family also had a stake in two plantations on the Mount Pleasant estate that produced crops such as coffee, pepper, tapioca and sugar cane.
Black-and-white colonial bungalows at Mount Pleasant
In 1920, the colonial government acquired the land and black and white bungalows at Mount Pleasant, which then covered an area of slightly over 200 ac for the purpose of providing living quarters for government officers.
By 1929, the Police Depot on Thomson Road was opened on a site next to Mount Pleasant. Large Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) were built in the years leading up to the Japanese Occupation (1942–45) to provide accommodation for police inspectors-general and other high-ranking colonial officers. Developed in conjunction with the Police Depot, these black and white bungalows at Mount Pleasant are among the grandest government-built black and white houses in Singapore.
Designed by architects from the British administration’s Public Works Department, the colonial Black and white houses bear a close resemblance to Tudor architecture. Typically surrounded by replications of large English landscaped gardens, many of these colonial black and white bungalows at Mount Pleasant are two-storey Black and white houses constructed using mainly bricks and timber.
These colonial Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) were first rented out to the public in the 1960s. The refurbished Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) have been managed by the private sector since 1999, although the Singapore government continues to retain ownership. Presently, The Mount Pleasant Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are for rent as high-end residences for expatriates.
Key postwar developments
Pan Island Expressway flyover
A flyover system was constructed at Mount Pleasant Road as part of the PIE during the latter half of the 1970s. The bridge, 60 m long and 19 m wide, is located near the junction of Mount Pleasant Road and Whitley Road.
Singapore Polo Club
In the 1940s, the Singapore Polo Club – one of the oldest sporting and social clubs in Singapore – moved to Mount Pleasant Road. Besides polo events, the club also provides horse riding lessons for its members.
Mount Pleasant Mass Rapid Transit station
Construction of the Mount Pleasant Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station began in January 2015 and is expected to be operational by 2021. Situated at the site of the former Police Academy on Thomson Road, the Mount Pleasant MRT station is one of 31 stations along the Thomson–East Coast line linking Woodlands to Bedok. The Police Academy was closed in December 2005 after 76 years in operation and police training has since moved to a new facility at Choa Chu Kang known as the Home Team Academy.
In 2002, one of the Burmese fig trees at Mount Pleasant was found bearing red figs with seeds. This was an unusual occurrence as Burmese fig trees in Singapore were then thought to be incapable of reproduction since they require a type of wasp native to Myanmar for pollination. The huge tree, estimated to be 120 years old at the time, has aerial roots that drape over the gates of a colonial bungalow. The tree is marked a Heritage Tree under NParks’ Heritage Tree Scheme.
The Heritage Road Scheme was introduced by the National Parks Board (NParks) in 2001 to conserve scenic roads lined with mature trees and greenery. Mount Pleasant Road is one of the 55 Heritage Roads. Widening and realignment of these roads are not permitted unless there are compelling reasons for doing so. While trees and greenery at the green verges of these roads are protected, the mature greenery behind them is not.
In 2005, Mount Pleasant Road was gazetted for conservation under the Parks and Trees Act, which extended the conservation of greenery to 10 m on both sides of each road. 35 Trees along these roads cannot be cut down and no development is allowed within the 10-metre-wide buffer zone. However, private landowners at the time the law was passed were exempted from this regulation. The other four gazetted Heritage Roads are Arcadia Road, Lim Chu Kang Road, Mandai Road and South Buona Vista Road.
The Mount Pleasant Heritage Road spans 1,353 m. It ends at the PIE slip road. Mount Pleasant Road is flanked by mature saga trees. Wild-sown trees such as wild cinnamon, palms and figs can be found fronting the garden fences of the bungalows in the area. Of just three Burmese banyan trees in Singapore, two can be found along Mount Pleasant Road.
Experience the old world charm of rental black-and-white bungalows along this 1353m Mount Pleasant route. Among the Saga trees, the meandering and serene Mount Pleasant Road makes a relaxing environment for runners. This 1353 metres stretch of road and pavement dates back to pre-war eras, bringing you on a journey through time as you run, drive or cycle along the route.
Along this route, you will come across the old world charm of rental black-and-white bungalows fronted by wild sown trees such as cinnamon, palms and figs. The elegant pre-war homes give Mount Pleasant Road a unique charismatic appeal and makes this an interesting route for runners and cyclists.
These Black and White Bungalows are now for rent in the prime Bukit Timah district (Mount Pleasant Road). These exclusive and extremely spacious black-and-white bungalows at Mount Pleasant Road for rent are surrounded by the tropical nature and suitable for the corporate executive and expatriate family. The spacious and luxurious black-and-white bungalows at Mount Pleasant Road for rent have high ceilings, wooden floors, fully-equipped kitchens and bathrooms, servant’s quarters and a car porch. The black-and-white bungalows at Mount Pleasant Road for rent comes with swimming pool. These historic black-and-white bungalows at Mount Pleasant Road for rent (a creation of the colonial times in Asia) offer the convenience of being only 10 minutes from Orchard Road and 20 minutes from the Central Business District.
-Adapted from Author Cheryl Sim, nlb
In the days before air-conditioning, Black and White houses were strategically built to combat the relentless tropical weather, in rain or shine. Its foundation borrows from the indigenous Malay style of elevating the house off the ground with pillars and arches. The ground floor is laid with tiles to retain most of its nighttime coolness throughout the day. Grand sweeping staircases lead you up to spacious rooms bringing in perfect light through your whitewashed plantation shutters. Timber is the primary material used for the second-floor, which absorbs solar radiation less rapidly. Inside the houses, rooms are big and ceilings high, with elegant wooden or tiled floors, and in some cases, the use of lattice screens to encourage air to circulate. Outside, the wide verandas have overhanging eaves to minimise direct sunlight. The high-steeped roofs of a Black and White house serve a dual purpose of controlling rainfall while doubling up as a chimney-like system, drawing hot air to the highest point, creating a well-ventilated space for the homeowners. Large verandahs feature prominently in the front and sides, and the Black and White bungalows were capped with broad overhanging sloping roofs, all of which served to prevent direct sunlight from entering and thus heating up the house. The pitched roofs also channel rainwater from the frequent tropical showers away. In addition to the high ceilings, the Black and White bungalows feature plenty of balconies, open spaces and louvred windows to amplify cross-flow breezes, an important consideration given Singapore’s tropical climate – in the days before air-conditioning. Given the hot climate of Singapore, it’s hardly surprising that big windows, spacious verandas, the use of natural ventilation, and lush gardens are important features of black and white houses. And of course, those black and white bamboo blinds are ever present, not only for adding to that nostalgic touch but serving their real purpose of keeping the sun out. Although modern expats often install air conditioning, the veranda is still a favourite place to relax with friends over some dinner, or a nice glass of wine! Most of these historic Black and White houses are set in beautiful gardens filled with tropical plants and visited by birds and wildlife. Swimming pools are a modern feature that has been added to many of them. Who says you can’t beat the heat just because you live in an older building?
Architectural magazines still feature Singapore’s black and white houses today. There have even been entire books devoted to the art of the black and white house. They are not only beautiful but practical too. The problem that the designs address is primarily that of the Singaporean climate which hasn’t got any cooler!
The roofs have large overhangs to provide shade, but the light still streams into the elegant rooms. After Japanese occupation many of these homes fell into disrepair, but since then, most of them have been lovingly restored with the addition of a few subtle modiications that we see as absolute necessities today.
Many of the larger black and white houses are set in large gardens with lawns and centennial trees, often surrounded by jungle, which easily transports you back to the Singapore when they were built, in the late 19th Century onwards. As urbanization continues apace and plot sizes diminish, there is quite simply nothing to beat these settings.
In terms of the black and white houses themselves, it’s the uniqueness of the style that attracts, every time. These are not just mock Tudor constructions transplanted from the southern counties of England to South-East Asia, they’re unique black and white houses combining Indian and Malay influences and most of all, built to suit the Singapore environment.
The British had already begun refining local architecture to suit their needs in India. There, the local mud hut house was developed into the Anglo-Indian bungalow, with a tiled roof replacing the thatch, wide overhanging eaves, classical columns, a portico and tall windows to keep out the elements.
In Singapore, these black and white houses were refined again, taking some of the features of local Malay architecture. One of the most important was the use of stilts, or in this case brick pillars, to raise the houses a few feet off the ground, protecting against flooding and termites and helping air circulation to keep the building cool.
With Singapore’s tropical climate, keeping cool was high on the list of requirements. The solution in the black and white houses was to have long verandahs around the house to cut off the heat inside. Blinds were then used to keep out the rain or to allow air to circulate through open doorways or windows. Today, many residents continue to use rattan blinds, now often painted black and white to match their homes!
Today, a large number of these colonial era Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) which were built a century ago have since been demolished due to the need for space for modern developments. Around 300 of these black and white bungalows remain in Singapore, many of these are owned by the government but rented for private uses, often to the expatriate communities. Many of these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) still serve as residences, while some have been renovated and converted into commercial buildings such as restaurants and bars. These stunning black and white bungalows for rent command high rents and promise an idyllic lifestyle in ‘the tropics’. Living in a Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) is a bit like living in a castle. Everyone dreams about it but only a fortunate few ever get the chance. Stepping into one of these houses brings to mind elegant parties, lawn croquet, and picnics with a throng of elegant guests arriving to enjoy genteel entertainment in the high-ceilinged parlours or spacious, green-fringed grounds. The black and white houses of Singapore echo with history and long-forgotten laughter – but today, expats are adding their own brand of modern vitality to this form of living.
You have a sprawling sized property (an increasingly rare commodity in today’s market), cleverly designed to cope with Singapore’s tropical climate. Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) enviable soaring ceilings, sky-high windows, mammoth verandas and expansive grounds allow air to circulate easily within the house. It is even said that these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are also oriented in such a way that the rooms receive no direct sunlight. Most of the interior of Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) have been modernised, while the general architecture and exterior including all doors and windows were restored and retained. The Black and white Bungalows can only be painted in black and white. Most Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are owned by the state and are regarded as national monuments. That does not mean you cannot rent these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses), though! The important thing is that you have to keep the original look and feel of these historic Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses). No painting over with neon colours! Interested t0 Rent/ Buy a Black and white bungalow to experience the charm and feel of these century-old houses in land scarce Singapore? Call Serene Chua @ HP ( +65) 98-199-199 to begin your house hunting.
If you love decorating with antiques, and adore everything that’s retro, a black and white house is definitely for you. The high-ceilinged rooms also lend themselves well to more modern furnishings, provided you go with classic materials and neutral colours. And of course, if you love Asian furniture, you can have a field day when you decorate your black and white house. When you are decorating a black and white house in Singapore, you need to think big! Modern houses are much smaller by comparison. Those who prefer smaller indoor spaces often use curtains or blinds to divide the space up a little more.
Of course, most people are happy and proud to live in one of these historic Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses), and choose them for their colonial splendour, so apart from a touch of whitewash and a bit of coating on the black beams, most are happy to retain the original look of these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses).
These Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are rich in character and history, and are set in a lovely environment, having a charm of their own! Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are generally surrounded by lush, green jungle. Most Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) we know have standard creepy crawlies, as well as snakes, rats, bats, monitor lizards and at times, cheeky, thieving macaques in the fruit bowl. If you love nature, This is it!
If you are hoping to rent one of these beautiful Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses), you will find that you have a lot of competition, particularly from other expats, as these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are popular with diplomats and senior executives of MNCs. Many of these black and white bungalows are rented to the CEOs of multinational firms!
There were once thousands of Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses), but today, only about 300 Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) remain. The number of Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) is dwindling as these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are being torn down to make way for new construction — for instance at Seletar to make way for the Seletar Aerospace Park, an industrial park for aerospace companies. Hence, the number of Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) has been reduced from 500 to 700 such bungalows two years ago, to just 300 today!
The closest comparison to the Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) in the private-housing market are Good Class Bungalows GCBs, which have a minimum land area of 15,070 sq ft. There are around 2,500- 2,800 GCBs today, and the number will only increase through the subdivision of larger Good Class Bungalows GCBs plots. As there are a limited number of Good Class Bungalows GCBs, therefore Good Class Bungalows GCBs will hold well in terms of rents too.
State-owned Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are even more niche, with just 300 of them, and the rents for such Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) of the same size are generally lower than Good Class Bungalows GCBs in the same location. As you might have guessed, Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are in very high demand. These Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) are in short supply and get snapped up quickly, so if you want to experience elegant, colonial-style living, the sooner you get the wheels in motion, the better!
If you can afford one of these Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) for rent, and you want to turn your time in Singapore into the best experience ever, there is nothing to beat the classic black and white house. These beautiful Black and white bungalows ( Black and white houses) for rent are highly desirable and sadly in short supply.
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