Home to pretty cafes and luxury homes, Bukit Timah is one of the most attractive locations to live in today. Moreover, this district is located within reach from Holland Village, Orchard, and the Central Business District (CBD).
Wondering why and how Bukit Timah grew to be this popular? Read on for 5 reasons on how the area became one of the most sought after places to live in Singapore.
HAPPY STOMACH = HAPPY LIFE
With various cuisines available at your fingertips, Bukit Timah embodies a melting pot of cultures.
From French and Italian food to Brazilian cuisine, be spoilt for choice when picking a restaurant here. Tickle your taste buds at Acqua E Farina, with foods such as pizzas, cheese, and wine. French food lovers would adore Choupinette, which offers an elegant fare of pastries and breakfasts. Drop by The French Ladle for your classic ratatouille and cassoulet. Visit the Brazil Churrasco for an authentic Brazilian experience (they offer free-flow meat cuts in front of you!).
Of course, no region in Singapore is complete without Asian food. Some famous Asian restaurants include Royal Thai Cuisine, The Curry Wok and Penang Kitchen.
With plenty of dining options, it is no wonder that Bukit Timah has become the go-to place for any occasion.
TOP SCHOOLS OF BUKIT TIMAH
Some of the most prestigious schools in Singapore reside in Bukit Timah and its adjacent district, Holland Village.
Renowned international schools include Anglo-Chinese International School, United World College SEA, Chinese International School, and more. These are popular among international students, teaching staff and expats.
Likewise, the area also bears a fair share of reputable schools, such as Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Hwa Chong Institution, National University of Singapore, and more.
From kindergartens and primary schools to tertiary education, explore a list of schools for your child’s education.
ROAD TO EVERYWHERE
The district carries a well-developed road network and is easily accessible via expressways.
With the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) being adjacent to it, you can explore the rest of the island easily. Besides, if you need shopping therapy, be glad to know that Orchard Road is a mere 10 minutes drive away!
Similarly, travel around conveniently with 6 MRT stations serving the district’s public transport. On the Downtown Line, there is Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue and Tan Kah Kee stations. On the Circle Line, Farrer Park and Holland Village connect Bukit Timah to the rest of Singapore.
Rest assured that the journey will not be long, wherever you travel to.
GREENERY IN BUKIT TIMAH
Steeped in rainforests and beautiful tropical greenery, this is mainly why many residents prefer to reside in Bukit Timah.
At 163m, Bukit Timah Hill is the highest point in Singapore and has seen many significant events in national history. In addition, a diverse ecological system exists in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Aside from trekking and jogging, lush rainforests make it perfect for exploring flora and fauna as well.
If you prefer flowers, it takes less than 10 minutes to drive to the Botanic Gardens, our First UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’.
LIVE IN THE PAST
Lastly, Bukit Timah is not only rich in nature and biodiversity, but also equally rich in history.
Being the ground where British soldiers took their stand against Japanese occupiers, this district has many stories to tell. In addition, the Old Ford Factory – the first Ford vehicle assembly plant in Southeast Asia and also where the British surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 – rests here. Today, it is an exhibition that showcases life in Singapore during World War II.
Another historical landmark here is the railway station owned by KTP Malaysia opened in 1903. Then, it was thought to be the Singapore-Johor Bahru Intercity mainline. The Jurong line closed in the 1940s and became a crossing loop until 2011. Today, the structure is being conserved to commemorate our derailed memories.
Indeed, the perks of living Bukit Timah probably contributed to growing the claim ‘West is best’.
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