If you’re looking for a quieter spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city, an intimate enclave popularly known as Duxton Hill is just the perfect place. This three-storey shop house property is located in a cobble-stoned pedestrian-only street sitting right on top of the hill.
Duxton Hill sits on a former 13-hectare nutmeg plantation with 1,800 trees which belongs to Dr J. William Montgomerie (1797–1856). He first arrived to Singapore in 1819 as an Assistant Surgeon serving the British colonial government. Duxton was the name of one of his two dwelling houses in the area, namely the Craig Hill and Duxton House (the latter being home to Montgomerie and his family) After Montgomerie’s death, the whole property was auctioned to Ker, Rawson and Company and divided into building lots. Almost half of it (6 hectares) went to Arab Syed Abdullah bin Omar Aljunied, who further split it up into four lots which were then leased to wealthy Chinese developers. Despite the notoriety of the Duxton Road, many Straits Chinese families built and occupied lofty and opulently designed residences and shophouses. Duxton Road, Duxton Hill and Craig Road were presumably completed after the 1856 sale and named after the houses that once existed on the hill.
Today, the exclusivity of this neighbourhood, not to mention its proximity to Singapore’s “concrete jungle” (Raffles Central Business District, Marina Bay Financial Centre), is at par with trendy Ann Siang and Club Street. Be spoiled for choice with all the nice restaurants, bars, cafes and shops for you to dine in, drink at and even dance up on.
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*Floor area from Architectural Plan with Statistical GFA. Floor plan available upon request.