Friday, March 27, 2009

Interest in Braddell Heights

Noted people are interested in Braddell Heights, one of Singapore older private estate with a rich history.

My whole long post on the history and street names of Braddell Heights Private Estate (Kelvin Tan 5 Oct 2008) was repeated in another blog on a Sommerville Regency (Freehold Cluster House in Singapore at Lorong Selangat) on January 15, 2009

Interesting to note that Sommerville Regency (at Lorong Selangat, off Sommerville Road) is named after as Sommerville Regency and not Selangat Regency. I suppose it sounds smoother and a English origin name may rhyme better than a Malay origin name for Regency. A lot of European names are used nowadays. In fact along Sommerville Road there are the Arcacia and the D'Almira - both European names.

Braddell Heights Estate with a predominance of Chinese residents has both English (British) and Malay street names and flavour. So it fits new housing projects to adopt either European or Malay sounding names. However it seems that European names rather than Chinese or Malay are more in vogue. The expatriate Ang Mohs are also increasingly seen in and around the Estate.

Kelvin KH Tan
Braddell Heights


eothen said...

wow this is so cool! i've lived in this estate most of my life, and i've never known all this stuff. thanks for posting! :)

Ho Nai Yin said...

Strictly speaking, Braddell Heights Estate originally was confined to those parts where the streets bear the English names and they were single story detached bungalows occupied by British expatriates in the 1940s and 1950s.With Singapore becoming self-governed from the mid-1950s, more and more expatriates left for home, selling those houses to locals. Daisy Park was only built in the late 1960s and Serangoon Park in the early and mid 1960s. Those streets in Daisy Park have names preceded by the word Daisy and those in Serangoon Park estate took up Malay names beginning with the word Jalan.