Updated: May 11
Are you looking to upgrade to a landed house for your family?
Do you know how many types of landed properties in Singapore?
Which landed property most suit you and your family?
Before you make any decision to buy a landed property in Singapore, you must understand the types of landed properties here, the estimated prices of each landed properties in the markets, and the criteria to buy a landed house.
Who can Buy landed property?
Singapore Citizens, you are allowed to buy landed properties in Singapore.
Permanent Resident, you can only apply if you have been a PR for at least five years.
Several factors such as your economic contribution will be taken into consideration, your application will still be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Singapore has only 721.4 square kilometres in sizes, compare to other countries, we are just a little red dot on the world map.
The land is scared here, so owning a landed property is the most utmost dreams of a Singaporean and also a form of status recognition.
To make full use of the land in Singapore, the government has determined the land sizes for every landed housing.
Its has divided into the subsequent types.
1. Terraces houses
2. Semi-detached houses
3. Detached houses
4. Good class bungalow
7. Cluster housing
The minimum requirement by each landed properties.
Terrace houses are a row of homes built within an equivalent plot of land subdivided into difference smaller land plot.
Guidelines from URA, terraces houses are inbuilt a row with a minimum of three units or more.
The end 2 units are named as corner terraces and therefore the land sizes are going to be much bigger than the inter terraces.
The middle units share party walls with their neighbours on each side, while the corner or end terrace houses are only attached to at least one other neighbour.
The URA further classifies terrace houses in two (technical) categories, depending on the counting on the need of their front setbacks from the road.
The minimum land plots are between 80 square metres to 150 square metre with minimum width (frontage) of 6 metres for inter-terrace and eight metres for corner terraces.
Inter terrace houses have only windows on their narrow ends, they have a reputation for being dark and not well-ventilated.
Thus, the good plan terrace houses are often designed with or inner courtyard or an air well.
For the old development, there are terraces (Terrace II) only with land sizes of 80 square metres, this type of development is very compact and without a car pouch in the unit, and of course, the built-in is limited also.
The developers understand that buyers looking for land with good sizes, minimum a car porch in the unit, and a good build in areas, so newly build landed terraces houses are built with a land size of minimum 150 square metres (Terrace house I) and a width (frontage) of six metres.
Landed Inter-Terraces houses is the lowest entry point for upgraders
Landed Inter-Terrace prices started from S$1.85M to S$3.5M for 20+ old 2 storeys, 5 bedroom inter-terrace, 99-year leasehold, depends on the location.
Freehold will cost more, starting from S$2.5M to S$4M.
Old development will face an issue of not consistent façade, this is due to redevelopment of each of the house in the area.
Narrow road due to not well establish land planning.
Advantages for older development, you can tear down and rebuilt the house or do A & A of the unit to your liking.
Land sizes might be much bigger than a brand new development, there is some old development with land sizes as big as 2000sqft.
Cost of rebuilding average from S$350psf of your built-in area.
Most of the landed house area is allowed to develop into a 2 storey with attic,
3 storey is possible in some area.
Another advantage is the area is more establish, transport and amenities are all in place.
If you’re looking to find a site to build your own house to your own expectation and configuration, this might be a good choice for you.
A brand new inter-terrace house will cost you around S$3.2M to S$4M for a 99 years leasehold 3 storey house, with either 3 or 4 bedroom, location will make a great difference in the price.
As for freehold, it will be at the range of S$3.6M to S$4.5M.
New development, unlike the old one, all façade look-alike, the layout is similar.
All road is well designed with the latest requirement by the authority, not messy and narrow.
The set back for New Landed Development is that amenities and transports are yet to establish, it needs time to settle down. Especially Public Bus transport.
If you are looking to buy an inter-Terrace without hassles in your renovations, this will be a good selection for you.
Semi-detached houses are a pair of houses-built side by side on a piece of land subdivided into 2 land plots, sharing a standard wall called a party wall.
Originally, they’re mirror images of each every other in layout and facade.
Semi-detached houses are usually called “semi-d” in Singapore.
In other countries, they’re identified as duplex houses.
In URA guild lines, the land sizes of semi-detached houses must come with a minimum of 200 Square metres and a width (Frontage) of not less than eight metres.
Most of the new development, the developers will follow the minimum requirement and most of the dwelling Semi-detached house is made in this land sizes.
For old development, you would possibly be able to locate some units with bigger land sizes.
If you are a person who likes more greenery in your House, greater privacy, Semi-detach will be a good option for you.
Likewise, if you’re looking for a house that suits your expectations, you should go for an old development, you can rebuild your house to you liking and furthermore you might be able to found a unit with larger land sizes.
Older semi-detach houses do have units with land sizes of 3,600 square feet.
The rebuilding cost is identical to the inter terrace house.
Detached House (Bungalow)
In Singapore, a single-detached house is usually named as a bungalow, whether it is a single-storey structure or not.
A single-detached house is a free-standing structure within the plot of land.
No common wall or roof with its neighbours.
Detached houses are available in many styles:
Colonial bungalows (also fondly known as black-and-white houses) that aren’t large enough to be GCBs, or not located in designated GCB districts, also are considered detached houses.
Modern bungalows also are detached houses.
With a minimum lot size of 400 sqm, the Bungalow home is still one among of the larger estates, even amongst landed properties.
By definition, a bungalow is a detached house, therein no other estate is in how linked thereto, adding to its privacy and exclusivity.
There are four “classes” within the faction of Bungalow Houses.
This is differentiated supported their respective plots of land:
Class 1: from 400 sqm till 550 square metres
Class 2: from 550 sqm till 700 square metres
Class 3: from 700 sqm till 1000 square metres
Class 4: from 1000 sqm till 1400 square metres
The minimum width (frontage) for a bungalow is 10 metres.
If you are looking for a stand-alone detach house, then a bungalow will definitely the best choice.
As mention in the above paragraph, there are 4 class of bungalows in the Singapore context.
The most common understanding is class 1 bungalow, land size of around 400 square metres.
This class of bungalow will be the entry point for bungalow lovers.
Prices starting from S$4.8M to S$7.5M for 99 years leasehold development.
Freehold will be from S$5.8M to 8.3M.
There are not many new Bungalow for sales.
Any new bungalow for sales most likely is old (class 3 & 4) bungalow with large land sizes and permissible to developed into 2 or 3 (class 1) bungalow depends on the layout of the land.
Good Class Bungalow
The most luxurious sort of landed residence in Singapore is Good Class Bungalow or GCB,
Looking into the URA guidelines on landed housing, Good Class Bungalow, the land sizes must have a minimum of 1,400sqm (15,070sqft) and a minimum width (frontage) of 18.5 metres.
Depends on the layout and planning of the houses, it always has a built-up size of 10,000 square foot, a car porch which may accommodate 3 to 4 cars.
Private swimming pools and a gorgeous garden.
Most people have a vague concept that good class bungalows are very prestigious, very expensive and large.
But what exactly is a good class bungalow?
Good class bungalow, two main defining factors for these houses: that is location and size.
There are destinated areas for good class bungalow in Singapore, it has to be within the 39 areas gazetted by the URA.
Many good class bungalows are settled in forested areas with sufficient greenery in between plot areas.
Owners are only allowed to use 40 per cent of the plot area to build the bungalow.
Bungalows that fall into such areas also got to have a minimum plot size of 1,400 square metres and can’t exceed the maximum building height of two storeys.
Though there’s no exact number, it’s estimated that there are up to 2,800 good class bungalow plots in Singapore.
Each plot can house more than one bungalow.
Some of these bungalows are more than a hundred years old, dating back to the colonial era.
There are about 65 of this specially conserved good class bungalow.
The average prices ranges of a good class bungalow can be from S$18M to S$40M depends on the location and land sizes of the house.
There are GCB cost close to S$90M.
There is a policy change in 2012, now only Singapore citizens are allowed to own good class Bungalow.
Shophouses are also terrace housing. A shophouse is a hybrid building consists of 2 elements, a commercial shop on the ground floor and residential usage on the 2nd & 3rd floor.
Landed shophouses normally are not in your selection if you intend to purchase it to be your dream home.
The commercial usage is normally used as retails outlets or office; food & beverage outlets is possible subject to the approval from URA.
Shophouses are very common in South East Asia, most of them are built during the pre-world wartime, in such, most of the remaining shophouses in Singapore, they are gazetted as conservation shophouses.
All these gazetted conservation shophouses are required to preserve their historical exterior.
Most of these shophouses have a five-foot way in front of them, and this is how it was differentiated from the residential terrace houses.
Shophouses prices have increased sharply for the past few years. Easily each shophouse will cost you from S$3.5M and above, those located in town can cost you S$12m to S$30M for a three-storey unit.
Other the landed houses, you might want to consider the townhouse as one of your choices.
Townhouses are a row of housing build on common land, they have the same characteristics of a land terrace house.
The differentiate between a townhouse and a landed terrace, the townhouse shares a common land, they do have common facilities gym, swimming pool, car park sharing among the residents.
Maintainance fee is paid to the MCST to maintain the development.
Landed Terrace house, owner own the title of the land.
There have their own greenery compound and a car porch.
All maintenance, expenses is on the house owner.
Townhouse prices are much cheaper than a landed Terrace house, you can find somethings start from S$1.5M.
Lastly, Cluster housing might be a good selection for you that like to communicates with peoples.
Cluster house, they have the same characteristics of landed properties but built on common land with facilities.
They are like townhouses, having the convenience of common facilities as in a condominium.
The differences for cluster house to townhouse are, the development is not restricted to terrace house, it also can be mixed of terraces, semi-detached house, bungalow.
It is designed to have the privacy and spaciousness of landed properties and also the luxury of sharing the common facilities like swimming pool, gym, recreations facilities within the development.
Prices of the cluster housing are much lower than a Landed house.
Prices are quoted in the build-in area of the unit since they don’t have a land plot by itself.
Average pricing starts from S$750psf for older 99 leasehold development.
Freehold pricing starts from S$850psf.
Newer development prices range from S$800psf to S$1000psf.
Freehold will be S$850psf to S$1000psf.
I hope the above will give you a general idea of the different types of landed houses we have in Singapore, but if there is something you are not clear, do give m a call,i am more than happy to clear your doubts over a cup of coffee.
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