The small island of Singapore limits the availability of free physical land which causes limited availability of land. The country, known as the City in a Garden, boasts a beautiful mix of natural greenery and an urban landscape, which makes it a perfect place to build communities.
You'll be surprised at how many available properties you can choose from when it comes to available residential abodes. There are public HDBs, hybrid properties and other types of properties in Singapore that have sprung up since its rise in development in the 1990’s.
Generally, home buyers who are going to buy a home for the first time choose EC and private condominiums. You could also choose an isolated house away from the neighborhood if you are vying for privacy, or choose to live in the convenience of the city with communal amenities open for all residents.
Another option is buying a subsidized home, which is typically rent-controlled to ensure that there is affordable housing for everyone. With so many different kinds of opportunities you can choose from, it all boils down to your decision and what you are ultimately looking for in a property.
Housing and Development Board or HDB flats are public housing properties for working class Singaporean citizens. These are usually low-priced but of high quality. In recent years, they have become the indispensable residential choice for the residents of Singapore because of their affordability, having as much as 80% of people dwelling in these budget flats.
HDB housing was developed to provide affordable and decent homes to Singaporean residents all over the country. Different areas have varying requirements and rates, but the majority are rent-controlled to ensure that prices remain affordable for average citizens. There also are multiple types of housing available through the public HDB housing.
Two-room flats are smaller than most options, but they are also the most affordable. These flats are suitable for small families and budgeted households. A small sized, 2-room flat is normally 45 square meters in size, and provided with everything from the bedroom to the living room, all the way to the bathroom, kitchen, and even storage room. Compared to private housing, the HDB two-room flat is similar in size to a one-room private flat.
Growing families, expecting parents, and shared roommates would benefit most from the 3-room flat. Measuring 60 to 65 square meters, this space has a master bedroom and a bathroom, an extra bedroom, a kitchen, a common bathroom, storage room, and a service yard. The common preferred choice for average-sized homes, a 3-room flat is both affordable and spacious enough for the typical Singaporean.
Measuring 91 to 100 square meters, a 4-room flat has a master bedroom, a living area, two common bedrooms, a kitchen, and a storage room — proving to be the most suitable option for big families with kids. The four-room HDB flat is relatively spacious and offers a good amount of space. Furthermore, it is available at an affordable price. You can get them in different types of design as you wish.
Measuring close to 110 square meters, a 5-room flat has a master bedroom, one kitchen, a living area, two common bedrooms, one store room, and an additional dining area in each of the units. This spacious flat is the biggest in the current HDB developments, and is best suited for large families as well as extended family living setups.
With the tight-knit family culture in Singapore, HDB flats have developed to lean into family values with their 3Gen Flat, or Three Generation Flat, design meant to house multiple generations of families. With an estimated 115 square meters of room space, this spacious housing is still under construction, with 84 prototypes built around Yishun.
These apartments are more commonly made to fulfill the needs of elderly people. Aside from providing comfort through its fairly spacious area, they have features that are suitable for the elderly — including bathroom support bars, non-slip tiles, and cabinets without sharp edges. Studio apartments can accommodate two people easily and they are generally sold on a 30-year lease.
This is classified as a public housing that is larger than HDB flats but smaller than executive condominiums. However, the planning and design in walls are done by private developers and are built with finishing that is minimal and looks more like a private home and has fewer facilities. These flats are popular among more affluent residents who have the financial capabilities to purchase bigger spaces yet are still not ready to splurge on the private market space.
An executive flat normally measures around 130 square meters and is one of the biggest dwelling units in Singapore. This unit includes an extra space which you can transform however you want. Moreover, some executive flats have balconies fronting a nice view of Singapore.
If you have enough money to invest more than the price of an HDB flat but are still hesitant to make the full switch to a private property, hybrids are the ideal residential choice for you. Hybrids are special houses since they have the characteristics of public housing and qualities of private housing. These homes are a cross between private and public properties.
These flats were erected in the ‘70s and became more popular in the ‘80s. Only a few estates are left with HUDC flats since it started being phased out in the late ‘80s. Because of privatization, it's undergoing changes to realize this.
These dwelling units are suitable for young career professionals and new couples because they can financially afford it if they can't go for private landed properties. These dwelling units have the same amenities in private condominiums. To get this dwelling unit, you need to meet a couple of the eligibility requirements: a 99-year leasehold and a minimum occupancy.
Private properties don't come with any lease, and they can either come with a title of land ownership, or as apartment units similar to the HDB housing. There are two major types of private houses in Singapore: Landed and Non-landed.
These private properties don't have any restrictions or limitations. These spaces don't come with land titles or leasehold status, earning the term "air space" rather than a land space. However, non-landed properties may vary in price, with some priced as high as landed properties in some areas.
Landed properties are top-tier housing properties in Singapore that are best for privacy, with spacious rooms, massive gardens and a personalized space. Landed properties often include terrace houses, conservation houses, shop houses, cluster houses, town houses, detached houses, and good class bungalows. Read more below:
Singapore might be limited by physical land but the various types of properties prove that it can still provide comfortable living spaces for its residents of different ages, classes, and living requirements.
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