AS founder and group CEO of Best World International, Dora Hoan oversees more than 100 staff with 10 offices in the region, including Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Running the company – which specialises in developing and marketing skincare and wellness products – keeps her on her toes, and with frequent travelling thrown in, all she wants is to come home to “a relaxing place”.
That was her design brief for her bungalow off Bukit Timah Road – an imposing structure of two massive rectilinear blocks atop a slope, each comprising three storeys plus a basement. Despite the formidable exterior, it is a sense of calm that greets you once you enter.
Interior designer Terence Chan of Terre Design chose soothing colours such as off-whites, beiges, greys and browns. A koi pond with over 200 fish and a reflection pool provide a relaxing environment.
On the advice of a fengshui master, a stone carving of the Goddess of Mercy sits in the pool. Ms Hoan, who comes from a tightly knit family, had been looking for a new home a few years ago – something bigger than her previous penthouse at Keppel which could not accommodate visits from her extended family.
Now that this bungalow is ready, weekends are when her mother, siblings and their children come over.
“We have nearly 30 people here, and there is plenty of space for everyone,” says Ms Hoan.
The house replaces the original single-storey house which Ms Hoan bought for $7.35 million together with the land. She had to spend another $7 million building the new bungalow.
“These days it is worth much more, but I have no plans to sell. I hope to live here for a long time,” she says.