Better known as the former white elephant station along the Northeast Line, it is hard to find the significance of Woodleigh historically beyond it being part of the former expanse of the Bidadari Cemetery.
Yet tucked away in Woodleigh Park, located just a slope up from the busy stretch of Braddel Road, sits a curious case of some 100 presumably black and white houses that aren’t what you’d imagine them to be.
Covered in dense foliage of secondary rainforest, these barely visible single-storey houses do not emit the same sense of grandeur when compared to the ‘Black and White House’ made famous during the British Administration.
Whilst the old colonial houses were made to house mainly personnel in the civil or military service, the lack of distinct features that made the black and white house famous, including timber beams, clear whitewashed walls and majestic verandas, would suggest that these were purely built for private residential purposes, with a hint of homage to the black and white houses of yesteryear.
Yet that’s not to say Woodleigh Park doesn’t have its very own charm. It’s relatively obscurity provides an undisturbed surrounding that’s still conveniently located near the heart of the city. From afar, the dense vegetation covers the houses the sit of varying undulating roads, many of which would probably only be known by people who’ve patronised the neighbouring Public Utilities Board (PUB) recreation centre.