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Guide to Leonie Hill

By: Katie Roberts; photography by Michael Bernabe

Looking to move to a new neighbourhood? Nothing would be better than to hear from the residents themselves. We speak to UK student Natalie Williams, about the ins and outs of living at Leonie Hill.

Natalie Williams

Name: Natalie Williams
From: England, UK
Occupation: University student (lucky me!)


Click through the gallery above for all the snaps from around Leonie Hill in River Valley – plus see more neighbourhood guides here…

What street do you live on?
Leonie Hill.

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
Leonie Hill, off River Valley Road. Leonie Hill, not Leonie Hill Road. (Why these two roads exist right next to each other I am not sure!)

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?
River Valley.

Closest MRT station?

How long have you lived there?
Eight years.

Why here?
My school was literally across the road, and my siblings and I wanted a lie-in every morning.

When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
Condos, condos, and more condos.

The closest store to your front door is:
A furniture store – Origin Asia.

Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
Renovation; there is constant building noise around our condo.

The unofficial uniform of your street is:
School uniforms! There are three or four schools in the area and loads of children going to and from them.

If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:
Nicole Kidman, as her niece and nephew go to one of the schools in the area.

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Visit Tiong Bahru, one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore, with loads of cafés and markets.

If you’re missing home, you:
Look outside! It’s hard to miss England when the sun is always shining here.

A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:
The Singapore River, which is only a short walk from our street.

You’d swap houses in a second with:
The only house on Grange Road. A friend of mine used to live there, and it’s a massive house in the perfect location.

A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
That it’s for expats only. There are loads of locals in our area and they love it like we do.

If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:
Ferraris. They come speeding along our road at all hours.

A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:
The expat teenagers. (Sorry!)

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:
Spize on River Valley for the best roti prata and nasi lemak. It’s open until 5am, which is handy after a night out. I’m a massive sushi fan, and have been known to eat at Ichi Ban Boshi Japanese in Great World City twice a week, every week. Bangkok Jam, also in Great World City, is another favourite. So is Brewerkz at Riverside Point – the Mexican burger is to die for.

You won’t find better local food than at:
Spize on River Valley.

We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
Possibly the only thing missing from our neighbourhood is a good deal.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
The red velvet cake at Cedele; I’m obsessed.

One thing you’d never change is:
Great World City Shopping Centre; it has almost everything I need and is so close.

The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to:
Put a crossing or bridge across Grange Road at the bottom of our street. Having to risk my life every day walking to school was not ideal.

Check out our EL Video on the area

This article first featured in the January 2015 issue of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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