Mountbatten Road

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"Millionaire's Bungalows" on Mountbatten Road
Named after Lord Louis Mountbatten, England’s Supreme Allied Commander in South East Asia, Mountbatten Road was originally known as Grove Road. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it became a popular place for the wealthy to build “country homes” just a few metres from the sea and its cooling breezes — today, due to land reclamation the sea is more than a kilometer away. Nicknamed the “millionaires’ bungalows,” many were single-story houses with conical roofs that were built on brick posts for protection against heavy rains, snakes and wildlife, a design modelled after those in tropical India, and for the cooling effects of under-floor ventilation. Some are larger two-story affairs, with porte cocheres and frilly plaster work. More than a dozen have survived, some restored and some not, including #781, #777, #759 and #744. To see them, drive or walk along the several kilometer stretch of Mountbatten between Fort and Amber roads for a great look back.
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