Katong is one of the wealthiest areas of Singapore’s Central Region. It starts at the ocean border but extends far inward as expansion has grown decade by decade over its complete history. This area was cultivated in the early nineteenth century as a coconut plantation belonging to Francis James Bernard. Today this family line is more well known for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but in its day this family was also renowned for its wealth and prestige. The land of Katong was gradually seeded by well more to do families for additional coconut and cotton plantings ensuring its wealthy foundations would stand the tests of time. Meyerhouse is located at the Tanjong Katong area and is therefore one of the highly sought after developments located in the area.
Katong Located Near to Meyerhouse Freehold Condo
As the twentieth century matured, the land in Katong become a haven for the rich and affluent in Singapore. It was an important international community comprised of prosperous Portuguese, Chinese, and English families. Major landmarks included the infamous Mandalay Villa, Chinese Swimming Club, and Amber road. As the area grew in prosperity and population the developmental boundary expanded to include a Malaysian fishing village (known as a kampong). The affluent families of the community began building a number of seaside retreats to get away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. This movement gathered steam after World War 1 and the Katong area began to grow substantially. Although this was vital to the rich community, the local homes of the villagers were destroyed in the process. The villagers began being relocated to newly built government subsidized housing father inward.
Tanjong Katong Begin to Expand
As more European families began to flee the political stress of Europe, the Katong area expansion began to grow even more exponentially. The indigenous peoples of the surrounding areas were now being pushed out of their homes as well to make way for expansion. This development eradicated nearly all of the fishing village style areas. All of the houses on stilts and boat docks were demolished so that newer bigger homes could be built in the area. By the 1970’s there were almost no boundary lines between the poor kampong fisherman and the wealthy businessmen of the new Kampong Amber real estate empire. This was detrimental to the fishermen’s well being as their lifestyle was sustained by the sea. Their daily catch was how they made their living. It wasn’t only their houses that had been destroyed, it was their entire way of life.
Fisherman Moved out of Katong
After all of the fishermen were pushed out of their homes the entire area was demolished to make way for new renovations. The only thing left standing were the foundations of the original Chinese Swimming Club. The Katong Amber area has completely changed with both the housing and social environment evolving to keep pace with the time. A mixed Eurasian network of socialites and throwbacks to the colonial styles exist today as it remains an area for the social elite and affluent, but the spirit of the place has changed entirely from its fishing village essence.