This walk picks up from where I left you last week, on Orchard Road. We’ll walk just a little further east and turn left up Cairnhill Road. If you aren’t already on Orchard Road, the nearest MRT stop is Somerset, or you can catch a bus and alight at Midpoint Orchard.
About 50 metres up Cairnhill, turn right onto Emerald Link, walk to the end and you are on Emerald Hill. Now you need no further guidance, just stroll up and down this hill and admire the architecture. This little street is chock full of beautifully restored houses. Back in the second half of the nineteenth century, this area was a nutmeg plantation and then an orchard, but both businesses failed. The land changed hands and was subdivided into a number of plots – one of those subdivisions became Emerald Hill, and the houses you see now were built between 1901 and 1925.
You’ll find plenty of traditional shophouse features, including the short swing doors, pintu pagar, and the covered walkway, the five foot way.
You’ll also find some Chinese baroque.
It’s almost impossible not to peek into the verdant courtyards, though I did feel a bit sorry for the residents; the better the reconstruction job they do, the more tourists they have perring at their work.
Now I’ll leave you to wander and enjoy.