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  • 8 August 2019

Project Name: 1953

Developer: Oxley Amethyst Pte Ltd.

Address: Tessensohn Road

Type: Mixed-development apartments 

Tenure: Freehold

District: 08

Configuration: One, six-storey block

Unit Types: 72 units in total, including 58 residential units and 14 commercial units.

Retail (366 sq ft)
Studio (441 sq ft)
1 bedroom (549 sq ft)
1 bedroom + study (from 506 – 614 sq ft)
2 bedroom + study (from 614 – 786 sq ft)
3 bedroom (786 – 1,152 sq ft)
3 bedroom + study (915 – 969 sq ft)
4 bedroom (1,399 sq ft)
2 bedroom + family penthouse (1,130 sq ft)
3 bedroom penthouse (1,120 sq ft)
3 bedroom + family penthouse (1,227 – 1,238 sq ft)
5 bedroom penthouse (1,507 sq ft)
5 bedroom + study penthouse (1,658 sq ft) 

Completion Year: 2023

Site Area: 17,938 sqft

Project Details

In a city that has so many ultra-modern buildings, it is essential Singapore holds on to its past and its heritage. Oxley’s 1953 not only helps to retain an example of classic Singapore architecture, but also provides 58 stunning and unique homes, and 14 commercial units. 

The development combines heritage buildings with residential homes.

For a relatively small development, the choice of different homes would shame some of the larger projects on the island. The apartments come in three different categories, namely the Modern Series, the Penthouse Series and the Heritage Series. The first two of those are housed in the modern block built onto the back of the original art deco building, and it is in that building – sympathetically refurbished – where the Heritage Series units are.

The Modern Series has two studios, as well as 1 bed, 1 bed plus study, 3 bed and 3 bed plus study units. The Penthouse Series consists of 2, 3 and 5-bedroom units, with an optional family/study unit (refer to the info above). The Heritage Series meanwhile, has 2 bed + study, 3 and 4-bedroom unit configurations. The Modern Series has two studios, as well as 1 bed, 1 bed plus study, 3 bed and 3 bed plus study units. 

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The designers have done very well in managing to incorporate a good number of facilities into the project. These are located on the fourth storey and include a pool, gym, grill and alfresco dining area.

The tagline for the development is heritage meets modernity and that is played out in many aspects of the project, the carpark being a perfect example. Restricted by the site area, the basement parking is accessed via a mechanical car lift.

The show flat is located a little distance away from the development’s location, further up Balestier Road on Pegu Road and features a 1 bed + study from the Modern Series and a 3 bedder from the Heritage Series.


1 Bed + Study 614 sqft

Built in a newly built block, this has a look and feel of a good quality modern apartment. The 3.25-metre high ceiling (note that this only applies to the unit type MAS5 – as shown in Show unit 03-15), along with the simple layout gives the impression of being larger than it is.

It has a good-sized kitchen, especially for a 1 bedder, and comes with a Bosch electric oven and hob, and Electrolux washer cum dryer and free standing fridge.

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Perhaps the most remarkable aspect to this unit is the study. Unlike in many developments, the ones in 1953 are an actual separate room, and a large room as well. It is set apart from the living area and as such can be used as a second bedroom.

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The bedroom is large enough to easily fit in a king-sized bed.

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The bathroom is also a decent size and has dual entrances, one direct from the bedroom, and one from the living/dining area. Fixtures and fittings are from Grohe.


3 Bed 1141 sqft

When you enter this magnificent unit, it really is like stepping back in time. Thoughtful and interesting touches throughout, deliberately take you back to the opulent 1950’s and many features will be familiar to those who lived in 1950’s and 1960’s Singapore.

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The herringbone parquet flooring is a perfect example and sets the tone for the whole unit. Similarly, the distinctive floor tiles and cabinets in the kitchen have been chosen to be in keeping with the character of the original building (likewise the oval mirrors in the bathrooms).

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This does not feel like you are walking in a museum though. It feels very much like a home. Despite all the attention to detail and the general stunning look of the unit, the thing that takes your breath away most is the space that the incredible high ceilings create, a result of the original design of the building. 

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Every bedroom comes with its own bathroom, and because of the ceiling height, fitting a bunk bed in is no issue at all.

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1953 is located on the junction of Tessensohn Road and Balestier Road. It is a short walk to both Boon Keng and Farrer Park MRT stations, both on the North-East Line. From Farrer Park it is just two stops to Dhoby Ghaut (and Orchard Road), and another one and two stops to Clarke Quay and Chinatown respectively.


Little India with its cornucopia of eateries is within easy walking distance, as is City Square Mall. Several schools grace the area, including Hong Wen School, Bendemeer Secondary School and MOE Kindergarten@Farrer Park. The CTE is close by giving residents quick and easy access to the CBD as well as the main shopping districts.

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In essence, this is two developments in one, and they appeal to two very distinct markets. That, added to the fact of the sheer number of different options available for potential buyers is remarkable when you think 1953 has only 58 units in total. Investors will be attracted to the studios and 1 bed units as there is a ready market for rentals. The units in the Heritage Series will appeal to those who put a value on the historical aspect of the development, those people who want to own, and live in a piece of history. The freehold status of the development is another big advantage to both of those groups.

Sometimes using a heritage building comes with its own problems, but Oxley have embraced the building and used its shape and design to their advantage. The building that is home to 1953 is architecturally stunning and is a part of the history of this island. But that does not mean that it is not also a wonderful place to call home.

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Eric Wong