Kebun Baru Villas Neighbourhood Community (NC) is the residential zone designated under the jurisdiction of a Committee of which I am a member of. All these revolves in a part of district called Ang Mo Kio in Singapore.
Kebun Baru Villas Neighbourhood Community (KB Villas NC) covers 14 streets and more than 700 homes in Kebun Baru which is part of the Nee Soon GRC (Group Residential Constituencies). Noticeably, most of the street names have adopted fauna names because of this “new garden” concept. Each street has its own characteristics & varied neighbours who live & inter-mingle cohesively.
Types of housing
HIstorically, most houses in this area (Sembawang Hills estate) were built in the 1950’s. This district was commonly known “Ngn Par Keng” (200 houses) then. Topographical pictures show the undulating hills on which most of the houses stand. As the years progressed, new developments were added eg Ellington Square & St Nicholas View. Many homes are in the vicinity of HDB flats which makes KB Villas NC “uniquely private”, and enables public buses to service our community.
KB Villas NC home types are made up of bungalows, semi-dettached, and terraces, with the absence of condominiums in the mix. Some of these home types may be single to 3 or 4 storeys in height.
This development was completed in the 1990’s with
about 100 units built around the central garden/ playground. The name was adopted to distinguish it from the original name “Wellington” which is another housing project elsewhere. Currently, the playground has been renovated, with lush vegetations surrounding the exercise park equipment.
A single deadend lane running parallel to the busy Upper Thomson Road. There are about 20 homes along this peaceful lane, served by a row of shophouses which includes restaurants, pubs and shops. It is an uniquely narrow 2-way dead-end street, which demands much co-operation among neighbours especially to manage the traffic flow.
3. Jalan Chempedak
More than 40 houses are on this street.
It is noted that most houses have undergone extensive renovations after the new owners move in in recent years. (A common phenomena among private landed properties these days)
4. Jalan Chengam
It is one of the longest streets in Sembawang Hills Estate, and has more than 80 houses along this street. There are several streets which run perpendicularly into this street. This gives inter-connectivity among neighbours, and adds to the livability in this part of estate.
5. Jalan Lanjut
This street depicts the hilly nature of the entire estate.
As shown in the photo, the height difference from both ends is more than 30m (estimated).
There are more than 60 houses along this street which makes it an “uphill task” each time we visit the residents
6. Jalan Leban
Houses (even numbered) have been
designated under KB Villas because of demarcation of boundary for the constituency.
About 50 houses are along this street,
which branches off an adjacent Jalan Sappan.
7. Jalan Menarong
About 50 houses line this street. As observed, some of the houses have undergone reconstruction when new owners move in. As these houses & the surrounding roads were built in the 50’s, there were little or no provision for car parks. Thus, we noted the congestions along this road.
As mentioned earlier, it is one of the adjoining roads to Jalan Chengam.
8. Jalan Mengkudu
This special short street has the previledge of having a park view, and the accompanying facilities at Shangri-La Park Playground.
There are about 10 houses along this street.
9. Jalan Rukam
There are about 40 houses along this street.
A relatively short street where peaceful co-existence is order of the day.
10. Jalan Sappan
Short street connecting 2 other major roads viz Jalan Leban & Jalan Chengam. There are more than 20 houses on this street.
11. Jalan Tarum
More than 40 houses stretch along this street,
and have varied housing types. Active participation of activities is the spitit of residents here.
12. Shangri-La Close
Part of the newer housing projects (1970’s) added to the Sembawang Hills Estates.
This is a steep sloped street and has about 20 houses.
13. Shangri-La Walk
Access to the 40+ houses is via one entrance to this street. As Shangri-La Project was relatively new (in relation to Sembawang Hills estate), the planners had allowed wider space for this street. There is only 1 entrance into this road which enhances some degree of privacy for the residents.
14. St. Nicholas View
There are more than 80 houses in this development which is directly opposite CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School. Its close proximity renders it a popular choice for prospective parents who wish to place their daughters in the school.
Most of these homes are 2 storey
with basement. Shangri-La Playground is next to these houses.
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