Outdoorsy Fun
EL Singapore|February 2021
A modern home with interior styling that blends the indoors with the outdoors helps the signature “flow” in Heather Hansen’s home.
Dee Khanduja

Pulling into the driveway of this open-planned home, you can immediately sense that the family living here loves spending time outdoors. With a fully-decked alfresco dining and lounge setting, inviting pool and gorgeous landscaping, there’s a sense of casual ease, and a “homely” feel.

I’m welcomed at the door by Daisy, the cute family dog, and a very charismatic Heather, who shares tales about her Singapore escapades with me.

Tell us a bit about your family and your journey here.

I’m originally from California, my husband Peter is from Denmark, and our daughters Stella and Victoria were born in Singapore and attend the Canadian International School. I run a communication, consulting and training firm called Global Speech Academy, and Peter is a Regional Director of Operations for a Danish engineering company. We first arrived in Singapore in 2006, and have lived here for around 10 years over two stints.

Where have you lived on the island?

When we first came in 2006, pre-kids, we lived in Bukit Timah for two years in a really family-friendly condo. We were living right by the pool, and it was awful. So we moved out the minute we could renew the lease – I was around eight months pregnant. Then we moved to a house in the Springwood Height area, staying there a few years, and then to The Peak @ Balmeg, which was brand new at the time.

In 2014, we moved back to Denmark and had four years there. About a year and half in, we could see it wasn’t going to work. We gave it a good shot, but we knew we didn’t want to stay in Denmark; we wanted to head back to Singapore, as we had built a life in Asia.

Peter received a Singapore contract in May 2018. It was like “boom, boom, boom” – everything happened really fast. It was a six-month process of discussions, and then a sudden two-week move, just in time for the kids to start school in August.

Why did you feel so rooted in Singapore?

Peter and I did our whole “growing up” here. We had our friendship networks here, as well as our business networks, and both our kids were born here. So our family and friend circles really developed in Singapore. It had become our home, providing us with a kind of “multicultural family”. We felt it was neutral ground, away from the US where I grew up, and Denmark where Peter is from. We built our world together here, separate from the influences of either family.

Let’s talk about your lovely home; tell us why you chose to live here?

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