Unbeknownst to many who frequent the area for his its upmarket boutiques, restaurants, and more recently, trendy cafes like Sunday Folks and Baker & Cook, the estate of Chip Bee Gardens is also home to 349 terraced houses and 40 apartments that have evolved in tune to the changing landscape of this predominantly expatriate community.
Together with the Lorong Mambong area in Holland Village, Chip Bee Gardens was once filled with nurseries and plantations before Singapore’s expatriate community made it their home at the turn of the 20th century. Its appeal was further helped by its proximity to town and numerous military institutions such as the Tanglin and Gillman Barracks.
Unlike many other private estates, most of the terrace houses are of uniform height with minimal ornamentation, creating a sense of peacefulness and particularly charming kampong vibe despite its large expatriate community.
Cats are also a prominent sight in the neighbourhood, occupying many of the vacant terrace houses without having to pay for rent, while the many side lanes also offer shortcuts, for both cats and residents, to surrounding places in the estate.
So if you’re ever weary from the bustle that encapsulates Holland Village during the weekend, or have 45-minutes to spare while waiting in line for soft-served ice-cream on waffles at Sunday Folks, just take a walk around Chip Bee Gardens and take in what it’d like to call the ‘Village of Holland Village’.