Oldest House in Punggol
Matilda house also called Istana Menanti (“Waiting Palace” in Malay) was built in 1902 by Irish Lawyer Joseph William Cashin for his wife. It acted like a weekend resort house for this wealthy family. They also have other houses in Singapore like The Pier at Lim Chu Kang (also a weekend resort) and “Butterfly House” at Amber Road.
Matilda House occupies 417 square feet. It has distinct red roof and white walls. There are a total of 6 bedrooms and a tennis court. Now it is just a dilapidated ruined house.
The Cashins moved out many decades ago. Urban Redevelopment Authority put this house on the conservation list in 2000. There have been bids by developers over this plot of land and its surroundings. If successful, this century old house will probably be converted into a clubhouse?
In 2010, the government put up the land off Punggol Field and Punggol Walk for bidding for private developers. That year, property developer Sim Lian Group bid to acquire that piece of land – where Matilda House sits in.
They won the land with a bid of $363 million and planned to develop a luxurious condominium – but they have to retain and restore the building as part of the project.
In 2015, the project was completed and the residential condominium is known as ‘A Treasure Trove’.
The Matilda House was converted into the condominium club house with amenities such as a function room, a KTV lounge, a jackpot room, and a gym for its residents.
Quite a smart move to convert the house (instead of demolishing it) by the developer and contractors after knowing what happened previously.
In 2015, one condominium unit in A Treasure Trove is sold at a price between $1040 to $1200 psf , which amounts to about $1.1 million for a 3-bedroom unit.
Look at the images below to see the refurbished Matilda House in 2015. We would say it is nicely done and it does retained the designs and feel of the old house.