We chat to English student Hannah Bainbridge about her neighbourhood around Leonie Hill in River Valley.
What street do you live on?
Leonie Hill Road.
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
“Leonie Hill Road, off River Valley Road.”
Closest MRT station?
Somerset or Orchard.
How long have you lived here?
In total, about ten years
Not only is it a very safe neighbourhood, but it’s also easily accessible with multiple bus stops only a two-minute walk away and two MRT stations in close proximity. Plus, there is a load to do right around the corner.
A five-minute walk takes you to Great World City (a big shopping mall), while a walk along the Singapore River and its range of restaurants is only one bus stop away. Lastly, Orchard Road is right around the corner.
When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
Condo after condo after condo.
The closest store to your front door is:
Though it’s only a five-minute walk to the closest supermarket, Cold Storage at Great World City, it’s quicker if you have a bike, which I highly recommend for this area.
Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:
Nothing. I’m not saying that my street is boring, but it’s not exactly “movie magic” material.
Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
Construction noise from the site of a new condo being built next door.
The unofficial uniform of your street is:
Shorts and casual T-shirt is the usual attire, seeing as my area is quite relaxed.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Hop on the MRT. Only a few stops away are Chinatown, Bugis and Little India, areas known for culture, food and clothing. Often, too, the shopping is far cheaper than at the big malls.
If you’re missing home, you:
Walk to the closest pub, Muddy Murphy’s, for traditional fish and chips with my family.
You’d swap houses in a second with:
The penthouse in OUE Twin Peaks; it looks absolutely incredible with its stunning view and spacious living room.
A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
There isn’t one, really. All I know is that it’s packed with expats and you aren’t likely to see many locals.
If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:
In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever been woken up at night by loud noises – and that includes construction, because the work tends to stop around 7pm.
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be to had by:
Some of the teens living in the area!
Your favourite neighbourhood joint is:
Tony’s Pizza – the pizza is amazing, and it’s a very short walk from my house.
You won’t find better local food than at:
313@Somerset’s Food Republic, which has the best chicken rice in Singapore. Also, this food court is one of the biggest I’ve seen, so you’re almost always guaranteed a table.
The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:
A clown casually strolling down the street, which I found a bit out of the ordinary. But he turned out to be heading to a children’s birthday party.
We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
Electronics store Best Denki, which has regular sales and discounts.
The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
The massive condo swimming pool, where I waste my days tanning and relaxing, and the ice-cream shops that are only a five-minute walk away.
The location of my home:
It’s central and accessible and there is much to do in the surrounding area.
But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:
The building sites. It ruins the whole vibe of the neighbourhood!
The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to:
Repaint each building with a bit of colour; this would add a little individuality to the neighbourhood.