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Walk-Up Apartments: 5 Charming Homes Where Old Meets New

July 27, 2021
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One would never guess that these humble walk-up apartments were built in the 60s and 70s.

Given that most Singaporeans live in high-rise apartments, it’s safe to say that humble walk-up apartments are a rarity. So if you’re wondering what these houses look like, we’ve got you covered with these 5 beautiful walk-up apartments.

But for those who are unfamiliar with these unique homes, let’s first explore what they are.

What exactly are walk-up apartments?

Like the name suggests, walk-up apartments are typically low-rise flats that don’t have any elevator access. That means that, yes, they’re staircase-accessible only.

However, these houses are much cheaper than your average resale HDB, and that’s because they don’t possess amenities like air conditioning and cable points for the Internet. Some may see the latter as a huge turn-off, but for others, the lower price, central location, and larger floor space are simply too good to pass up.

So, what do walk-up apartments look like inside?

Now that we’ve now established what these apartments are, you may be wondering: how do these houses look like? Well, we’ve got you covered with these 5 stunning walk-up apartments in Singapore!

1. This vintage walk-up apartment in Joo Chiat that once belonged to Zubir Said

Joo Chiat by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

Once the home of Singapore’s national anthem composer Zubir Said, this walk-up apartment in Joo Chiat now belongs to a self-professed history buff. And you can see that reflected in the mid century-modern interior, where the wooden accents, muted colours, and antique pieces all give rise to a vintage, old-school theme.

Joo Chiat by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

Joo Chiat by Free Space Intent
Walk-up Apartments in Singapore Moroccan-inspired

Image credit: Homeworks Consultancy

Scandinavian and Japanese-inspired local decor are all the rage these days, but the couple living in this walk-up apartment had different ideas. Inspired by the riads they stayed at during their time in Marrakech, they decided that Morrocon-inspired decor was going to be the centre of their home.

Walk-up Apartments in Singapore Joo Chiat

Image credit: Homeworks Consultancy

Walk-up Apartments in Singapore - Moroccan house

Image credit: Homeworks Consultancy

And looking at the sandy colours, wooden furniture, and other natural elements, nobody would blame you if you thought that this was a house located overseas.

3. This clean, open-concept walk-up apartment in Tiong Poh Road

Tiong Poh Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

By hacking down most of the walls in the communal area, this already-big walk-up apartment in Tiong Poh Road looks even bigger, thanks to the newly-created open layout. Here you’ll find the living area, dining area, kitchen, and study within the same area, with everything neatly arranged to create those clean, visually-appealing lines.

Tiong Poh Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

Tiong Poh Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

“What about the bedroom and bathroom?” you ask. Well, those rooms can be found a little ways down the corridor, distinctly separated from the communal areas to give off more privacy.

Tiong Poh Road by Third Avenue Studio
Seng Poh Road by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

Located in Seng Poh Road, this walk-up apartment is in the middle of an old, historic area that’s under conservation by the URA. But you wouldn’t think that there’s anything old about this home, as the chic, contemporary theme – with its dark accents and clean lines – looks fresh out of the 21st century.

Seng Poh Road by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

Seng Poh Road by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

The homeowner, however, chose to retain some encaustic tiles and old-school black-framed windows, making it a unique home in more ways than one.

Seng Poh Road by Habit
Zion Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

Due to their age, most walk-up apartments require extensive renovations, which tends to deter homeowners from buying them. That’s not an issue for this couple, though, as they renovated literally everything, from the hacking of walls to plumbing, changing the entire layout of the home.

Zion Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

And the result? This stunning, modern-contemporary home. Filled with modern features like bifold doors, an open layout, and even a loft sleeping area, one would hardly think that this home was around since the 60s or 70s.

Zion Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

Zion Road by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

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