Yishun’s back on the map again.
And this time, not for any odd sightings (ritual cows) or crazy stunts (stun guns or samurai swords, anyone?). Riding on the Yishun hype, HDB has recently announced a BTO launch in the famed neighbourhood - so more people can revel in its weirdness. We kid, we kid.
Negative publicity aside, affordable HDB prices and ample amenities available (Yishun Park, um, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital? Just in case, you know) make this town a legitimate place to consider settling in. Need more convincing? Check out these 7 amazing HDB spaces - proof that Yishun is more than it’s bizarre antics, and an upcoming neighbourhood to watch.
1. Cafe Culture
Interior Designer: KDOT Associates
Come on, Yishun is as hipster as it gets - where else would you find a higher density of internet memes and even a dedicated website to the strange happenings around the area? It’s high time it lived up to it’s underground reputation, with a fair share of cafes à la Tiong Bahru.
Perhaps that’s the idea this HDB 3-room is pushing. Besides, it's got the makings of an undiscovered foodie gem - an open concept space, industrial-style brick and subway tiles, and the odd vintage furniture or two to complete its grungy look.
2. The Bold and The Beautiful
Interior Designer: Fuse Concept
Don’t take things the wrong way, but Yishun’s inhabitants sure have offbeat tastes - judging from this quirky, eclectic apartment! If anything, we are more impressed than irked; everything, from the raw cement screed walls, spider lamps, to the trippy bookshelves and funky, retro style pieces - work perfectly in sync to create a daring space filled with personality.
3. A Sleek Getaway
Interior Designer: Posh Home
As they say, see no evil, think no evil. Sometimes, all you need to get away from the madness surrounding your wacky town is to come home to a space that’ll transport you somewhere else. Destination - New York perhaps?
Sleek, polished surfaces in honey-colour woods and matte black finishes, along with a ton of reflective accents play up this modern home’s Manhattan chic vibes.
4. Countryside Charm
Interior Designer: Project Guru
While the rest of Singapore is firmly obsessed with Scandi/Industrial styles, this home in Yishun breaks away from the mould - with a country chic home that’s more San Antonio, Texas than Singapore. Colonial-era furniture, classic french-mouldings in neutral tones, and even a faux fireplace emulate that barnyard aesthetic to a tee.
While it all seems prim and proper in the front, the home has no shortage of secret, eccentric features. Case in point: The vibrant wall-mural in the kitchen, and a recessed wardrobe, hidden behind a (surprise!) curtain.
5. Welcome To The Other Side
Interior Designer: Voila
‘Stranger Things’ are definitely lurking in Yishun, and this home’s green, otherworldly glow aptly describes how we all (and Netflix) feel - is there something alien, inherently unusual about this notorious neighbourhood?
But it’s probably in our imagination - just like the decor of this offbeat HDB. Past the unconventional choice of lighting by the walkway, the rest of this home is spectacular (and stylish). Industrial, grey undertones dominate in the open-plan living cum kitchen space, while the bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe is a stately space that’s literally a room on its own.
6. Against The Grain
Interior Designer: Versaform
Is it mere coincidence, or is it a conspiracy? Go on, take a gander - Yishun homes seem to have a thing for industrial style decor, if you haven’t noticed. But this showroom ready HDB definitely sets itself apart against the rest.
It’s unabashedly gritty, yet refined and pared down all the same. The darker cement screed finish is an uncommon choice, but other standouts include the dramatic suspended dining table, and refreshing pops of colour in the furniture.
7. A Simple Hearth
Interior Designer: The Orange Cube
Despite its much maligned rep, Yishun is still a place many people call home. And nothing is better than coming back to a place we can be comfortable with. Nothing flashy, stylish or out-of-the-norm; simply simple, much like this cosy, muted space.
Creamy whites set in a dim, golden glow bring about an instant sense of relaxation. Meanwhile, loose furnishings in clean, wooden lines exude Scandinavian comfort to the heartwarming space.
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