It is hard to miss the two little houses sitting defiantly in the middle of the Singapore building site. It’s instantly reminiscent of the award-winning cartoon Up, the Pixar film which tells the tale of an old man who refuses to move from his home as toweringhttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55312871
blocks of flats rise around him. Indeed, the owners of these two homes are just as determined to stay put, refusing offers reportedly worth millions to move elsewhere.
But unlike the cartoon hero, who eventually floats off to a new life, the owners of these houses – dubbed “nail houses”, as they refuse to be hammered down – are going nowhere.
‘I can’t find such a house’
“I won’t sell it no matter how much money the other party offers,” the 60-year-old owner of 54 Lorong 28 Geylang told local media outlet Shin Min.
“I turned the open space in front of a house into the garden. I have potted plants, I raise fish and birds and sit here in the morning as the city wakes up.
“I can’t find such a house now. It’s a freehold land that belongs to us.”