Apartment and Condo
Private condominiums and apartments are private property where residents share the common compound, land of the property and facilities. Condominiums are the preferred choices for most expatriates. They come in various sizes, ranging from low-rise blocks to extensive high-rise condo. The units in these properties range from studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units, penthouses. Condo and apartment start from as small as 500 square feet to as large as 8,000 square feet.
Apartments and condo are strata-subdivided housing units, with the common areas owned and managed by a Management Corporation. Hybrid housing forms such as townhouses, cluster housing and strata-bungalows also come under the strata-subdivision arrangement. There are clearly-defined planning guidelines governing each of these property types.
Most condos come with good-quality finishes, luscious landscaping, basement car park and full recreational facilities such as clubhouse, children’s playground, gymnasium, swimming pool, squash, tennis courts, and sometimes even a putting green. Most developments have 24-hour security surveillance, intercom systems and some condos even have home automation systems.
- APARTMENT – The compound has smaller land area compared to Condominium. May not have recreation facilities. Usually built in a Gross Plot Area below 40,000 sq ft.
- CONDOMINIUM – The compound has bigger land compared to Apartment and usually has recreation facilities. Usually built in a Gross Plot Area above 40,000 sq ft.
- EXECUTIVE CONDOMINIUM – Condominium restricted by HDB’s rules and regulations on Rental & Sale. Similar to condominium after 10 years.
- HUDC – Privatized flat originally built by the Housing & Development Board (HDB). May not have recreation facilities.
- PENTHOUSE – Biggest unit in the Apartment or Condo block. Usually on the top floor with two levels.
- TOWNHOUSE – Apartment with ground level entrance and usually is 2 to 4-storey high.
- WALK-UP APARTMENT – Low rise apartment without a lift or recreation facilities.
Landed properties are houses with gardens. Conventional landed housed comprises of bungalows (standalone), semi-detached (a pair of houses) and terrace units (a row of houses), all of which come with private garden compounds or garage.
- BUNGALOW – Free standing house with no shared wall with others except the fence.
- CLUSTER HOUSE – Strata titled landed house with shared compound and recreation facilities.
- SEMI-DETACHED – A pair of houses, two houses joint side by side.
- TERRACE HOUSE – A row of houses joint side by side, may be corner or intermediate terrace.
* Please be advised that Singapore Government has imposed restrictions on foreign ownership of private residential property that has a land element. Please refer to Singapore Land Authority website for more information on foreign ownership
Singapore Commercial / Industrial Property
- BUILDING – Entire Commercial / Industrial building.
- FACTORY – Industrial space for heavy or light industries.
- HDB SHOP – Shop space within a HDB block.
- LAND – Bare land or land with an old building.
- OFFICE – Office space in commercial office buildings or shop house.
- SHOP – Shop space for retail business in malls or shophouse.
- SHOPHOUSE – A row of low-rise shops joint side by side with a living quarter / office above them.
- WAREHOUSE – Space for storage. May include some office space.
Other Unique Properties
These types of property listed below are either conservation shophouses or colonial houses and bungalows.
- COLONIAL HOUSE, BUNGALOW – Houses built in the pre-war British colonial times.
- CONSERVATION HOUSE, SHOP HOUSE – Houses or Shop Houses that are marked for conservation.
- BLACK AND WHITE HOUSE – Houses built in the pre-war British colonial times, with white & black exterior.
- HERITAGE HOUSE – House constructed with a touch of Asian heritage and culture, Balinese concept.
- SENTOSA COVE – Sentosa Cove is an integrated residential-cum-marina resort development on the eastern coast of Sentosa island, to the south of mainland Singapore. It is largely a residential estate, featuring Singapore’s first and only gated residential community which accommodates high-rise condominiums to luxury bungalows with adjoining private berths for boats. Foreigners are allowed to purchase properties with land element in Sentosa.
Approximately 70% to 80% of Singaporeans live in public housing. These apartments are mostly owned by the occupants. These HDB apartments are located in housing estates, which are self-contained towns with clinics, schools, supermarkets, food centres, as well as sports, recreational and good transport facilities. They are known as HDB flats because they are built and maintained by the Housing and Development Board (HDB). For the classification of HDB flats, the living room is counted as one room.
- 2-Room HDB Flat – 1 bedroom with a built-in area of about 45 sq m or 485 sq ft.
- 3-Room HDB Flat – 2 bedrooms with a built-in area of about 70 sq m or 754 sq ft.
- 4-Room HDB Flat – 3 bedrooms with a built-in area of about 90 sq m or 969 sq ft.
- 5-Room HDB Flat – 3 bedrooms with a built-in area of about 110 sq m or 1,184 sq ft.
- Jumbo HDB Flat – 6 bedrooms which is joint by two 3-Room flats.
- Executive Apartment (HDB EA) – 3 bedrooms with built-in area of about 150 sq m or 1,615 sqft.
- Executive Mansionette (HDB EM) – Same as Executive apartment, except it has two levels.
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