Expat couple Anjali and Vickram Mangalgiri first moved to Singapore in 2012 and started looking for a permanent home on the island in 2015. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Anjali had practised architecture and interior design in New York City before establishing her own firm, Grounded, in Goa, India, in 2009.
So, of course, she was looking for something special. “I could not imagine living in a gated community and was on the lookout for something unique with significant architectural character and cultural context,” she shares.
She went house hunting in Geylang and Joo Chiat shophouses before stumbling on a historic black-and-white walk-up apartment in Monk’s Hill Road in Newton. The four-storey, 100-year-old building of flats are managed and leased out by Singapore Land Authority (SLA) to a lucky few through an auction process.
AT A GLANCE
HOME: 100-year-old walk-up apartment in Newton
SIZE: 2,500 sq ft
WHO LIVES HERE: An expat couple in their 40s, their two young daughters, and a helper
The couple won the bid for a second-floor unit and has been living in the property since. Today, the family has welcomed two daughters aged five and 18 months. And the apartment’s interior has been renovated into a bright and airy abode that is the epitome of barefoot luxury.