For some, it’s a huge win for Asian representation in Hollywood. For others, a culturally-inaccurate flick that does little to represent Singapore’s racial diversity (cause Malays, Indians and Eurasians are Asians too). But whatever your stance about 'Crazy Rich Asians' - admit it. We are here for the excess of it all! The designer clothes, the larger than life personalities, and (yes) the drool-worthy, over-the-top homes where the characters live and party in.
From Ah-Ma’s nostalgic Peranakan mansion to Peik Lin’s ‘palace’ complete with Greco-Roman pillars, the movie’s production designers have done an amazing job in scouting/creating some downright opulent spaces. But - we’ve got our list of contenders too! Gorgeous and glamourous, these 7 real homes could give the sets on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ a serious run for their money:
1. Here’s our take on Peik Lin’s ‘Villa d’Oro’ – but with a sleek, modern slant! Featuring towering ceilings, luxurious finishes and a healthy dose of gilded accents, this expansive 465sqm condo oozes regal sophistication. And just like her and her family’s huge, flamboyant personalities, this home packs a big, visual punch too. Think large framed artworks, colossal chandeliers and an unapologetic use of vibrant hues like purple and reds throughout the space.
View this project by Image Creative Design
Renovation Cost: $700,000
2. Edgy, avant-garde and all round 'atas' (as we Singaporeans would probably say), we reckon this snazzy, contemporary pad could be the perfect starter home for fashionable newlyweds Colin and Araminta. Complete with sweeping views of Singapore’s southern point, a show-stopping, prismatic bar and ample seating room in the open-concept living area, the apartment is built for wining and dining – which would suit the sociable duo pretty fine.
View this project by Summerhaus D'zign
Renovation Cost: $90,000
3. You can be crazy, rich, Asian – and still have tons of class. And we think this elegant abode proves how opulence and simplicity can go hand in hand. A careful balance is achieved here; clean, modern furnishings and carpentry are paired alongside more extravagant trappings, like intricate latticed frames, golden reflective panels and leather trunks, creating an understated space that still screams ‘upper echelon’.
View this project by Elements ID
Renovation Cost: $180,000
4. Champagne glasses on the ready by the polished stone dining table. Fancy chinoiserie wallpaper panels depicting florals and birds in flight. A luxurious marbled stairway with backlit steps that’ll make walking down feel like a fashion show. This is one stately villa that could get even hard-to-please Eleanor Young’s approval. Contemporary yet glamorously ornate, no expense is spared – whether it’s the plush bedrooms set in different themes, or the monochromatic bathroom decked head to toe in Calacatta marble.
View this project by A.RK Interior Design
Renovation Cost: $500,000
5. Now, this is something that we’d imagine the more discreet, down-to-earth (but still insanely rich) Nick and Rachel would go for. Set in a palette of natural woods, greys and neutrals, this bright, refreshing property is both a perfect abode for entertaining – and relaxing – in. While built-ins are kept pretty minimal, the rest of the space is filled with classic, well-built furniture for a timeless look.
View this project by Third Avenue Studio
Renovation Cost: $160,000
6. One foot in the past, one in the future – if Ah-Ma’s storied, Peranakan-themed mansion in Tyersall Park was given a style update worthy of the 2010s, this would be it. Traditional Asian-inspired motifs are key in this lofty house, translated in the home’s latticed roof and its carved wooden furniture. Everything else though, is decidedly current. Yep, we’re talking about those seamless glass panels, floating stair steps and open layout bringing tons of light in.
Architect: AAMER Architects
7. Plush and inimitably elegant, this chic penthouse suite is a shoo-in for Astrid Leong’s graceful style. Nothing flamboyant or in-your-face here; instead, creamy hues take center stage, alongside polished accents in the form of mirrored walls and hints of gold. However, subdued and soft it may be, underwhelming it is not! The cosy home is equally packed with all sorts of ‘Crazy Rich’ elements, from the cavernous master bedroom, the spacious outdoor sauna to the roomy outdoor deck complete with an alfresco dining area and private swimming pool.
View this project by Elements ID
Renovation Cost: $450,000