Houses are generally classifeid under landed property in Singapore. Due to the limited land available, there are restrictions of foreign ownership of landed properties (except Sentosa Cove). These landed property houses are mostly 1-3 storey properties that may include features such as pools, gardens or garages, and are not managed by the HDB. They may be located in areas that are relatively less accessible as compared to the other types of landed property housing, but the environment is hence more serene as well.
Strata is a terrace houses but share common facilities like swimming pools, multipurpose rooms and gyms – much like your typical condominium.
A bungalow is a type of single-storey house. The word, bungalow, comes from the Hindi word, bangla, from 1676. The bungalow, translated literally, is a Bengal-style house.
Traditionally, a bungalow is a small single-storey house, has a thatched roof and a sweeping veranda. However today, the bungalow is a large house that is usually single-storey or two-storey, with a spacious backyard. With or without a veranda, the modern bungalow is roomy enough to house an extended family.
Pros and Cons of living in a Bungalow
The single-storey bungalow is very convenient for the homeowner who needs wheelchair-accessibility in all living areas as there are no stairs. A neighbourhood dotted with many a bungalow offers more privacy than one with terrace houses. Trees or shrubs planted along the borders of the yard adds more privacy and green relief to your bungalow, providing a splendid retreat from a buzzing schedule.
When it comes to per unit area, a single-storey bungalow is more expensive to construct than a two-storey bungalow because a larger foundation and roof is required for a living area of the same size. A larger foundation requires a larger lot size. Hence, a bungalow is usually fully detached from other houses, it does not share a common foundation or common wall.
Black and white bungalows
Black and White Bungalows are white-painted bungalows, in a style once commonly used to house European colonial and expatriate families in tropical climate colonies, typically the Southeast Asian colonies of the British Empire in the nineteenth century. The term ‘black and white’ refers to the dark timber beams and whitewashed walls usually found in these buildings.
Such houses typically have a pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves due to the rainy tropical condition, and the high roof also allows for good ventilation that draws in cooling air. The ground floor is generally open and spacious, often tiled for coolness. The building may have large verandahs, and some have elevated foundations similar to that of a traditional Malay house.
Good Class Bungalow
Good class bungalows belong to the highest and most prestigious type of landed housing in Singapore. There are only about 2,800 Good class bungalows located in 39 Good class bungalows areas. There are another group of Good Class Bungalow located on the island of Sentosa at Sentosa Cove. This good class bungalows built as a form of property investment targeting the foreigners.
Good Class Bungalow needs a minimum of 15,000ft plot size, not extending to over 2 stories (Plus Attic and Basement), and plots cannot be sub-divided in order to make 2 Good Class Bungalows. Owners are not allow to build a bungalow that consumes more than 35% of the plot. They must have sufficient greenery in between plots of land. Unless it has 2,800 sq m in size, it cannot be sub-divided into two Good Class Bungalow plots.
Childcare centres are not allowed in GCB areas. Foreigners are not allowed to own Good Class Bungalows.
Good Class Bungalow is mainly located in the prime residential districts of 10, 11, 21 & 23. Nassim Road is one of Singapore’s most sought-after residential areas
Belmont Park, Bin Tong Park, Brizay Park, Bukit Sedap, Chatsworth Park, Cluny Hill, Cluny Park, Cornwall Gardens, Dalvey Estate, Ewart Park, First Ave / Third Ave, Ford Ave, Fourth / Sixth Ave, Gallop Road / Woolerton Park, Garlick Avenue, Holland Park, Holland Rise, Leedon Park, Maryland Estate, Nassim Road, Oei Tiong Ham Park, Queen Astrid Park, Rebecca Park, Ridley Park, Ridout Park, Victoria Park, White House Park
Bukit Tunggal, Caldecott Hill Estate, Camden Park, Chee Hoon Avenue, Eng Neo Avenue, Raffles Park, Swiss Club Road,
Windsor Park Estate
Binjai Park, Kilburn Estate, King Albert Park
39 Designated Residential Area Good Class Bungalow
Belmont Park Gallop Road / Wollerton Park
Bin Tong Park Garlick Avenue
Binjai Park Holland Park
Brizay Park Holland Rise
Bukit Sedap Kilburn Estate
Bukit Tunggal King Albert Park
Caldecott Hill Estate Leedon Park
Camden Park Maryland Estate
Chatsworth Park Nassim Road
Chee Hon Avenue Oei Tiong Ham Park
Chestnut Avenue Queen Astrid Park
Cluny Hill Raffles Park
Cluny Park Rebecca Park
Cornwall Gardens Ridley Park
Dalvey Estate Ridout Park
Eng Neo Avenue Swiss Club Road
Ewart Park Victoria Park
First/Third Avenue Windsor Park
Fort Avenue White House Park
Fourth / Sixth Avenue