The Orchard area
There’s more to Orchard Road than retail therapy and tourism, as Muneerah Bee explores.
For many, Orchard is the Mecca of shopping not just in Singapore but perhaps in Asia. But it’s also a home to thousands of families thanks to the scattering of primary residences and has been home to Singaporeans since the 1860s.
Orchard Road stretches 2.5km from Tanglin Road (Orange Grove Road) to Dhoby Ghaut and originally got its name from the orchards and plantations that were existence up until the start of the 20th century.
Living in and around the Orchard area offers you access to an abundance of amenities. Its central location makes travel around Singapore quick and easy and you get that feeling of being “in the heart or the city” with all that hustle bustle that comes with it. You’ll never want for shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and entertainment like cinemas and theatres.
The URA’s Orchard Road Planning Area includes a number of residential projects to have an ‘injection of live-in population “ that helps to add to that vibrancy of the area and affords the area a 24 hour energy. The heart of the city that never sleeps.
The area is supported by Orchard MRT station on the North-South Line, additionally, there are plans for increased connections thanks to Orchard Boulevard station on the new Thomson line which will serve the district’s homes around the Cuscaden Road and Grange Road area.
Equally the area enjoys good road links thanks to it’s proximity to the Central Island Expressway (CTE) which makes accessing the Central Business District particularly easy. You’re also able to access other ‘downtown’ areas.
The Orchard Road area can also boast of being home to some high-profile embassies. Including the Japanese, Thai and Irish embassies. For this reason, there are several international schools including
With several international schools such as Overseas Family School, ISS International School (elementary and middle school) and Chatsworth International School,