An Introduction to Landed Houses in Singapore

Most people who choose a landed house do so because they get more space to themselves – both indoors and outdoors.

Most Singapore houses tend to be somewhat smaller than what you might be used to, but in general, you’ll find that there’s more to your living space.

If you’re considering a landed house, start by determining which is the right property that works best for you.

Landed housing

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Landed properties can require really high maintenance, but they are also unrivaled in terms of size and privacy.

Types of Singapore Property

Landed property of all types in Singapore are significantly more expensive than other properties especially near the city centre because of its reliance on large space which still remains a major concern in Singapore.

Do note that landed property tenure is tied to the land title and most landed properties are typically freehold although there are some 99 and 999-year leaseholds in the market as well.

if you’re planning to invest in landed property in Singapore, determine the type of property that works best for you. Here’s a breakdown.

Terrace houses

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Terrace houses are properties which are part of a row of similar houses joined together by a common boundary. While joined, each terrace house is a property in its own and has its own walls and roof.

Semi-detached houses

A semi-detached house is not really a type in itself, rather it denotes a category of different houses, all of which abide by a series of criteria. For a dwelling to be semi-detached, it has to be partially attached on one side to any number of other units.

Common examples are semi-detached bungalow houses and semi-detached terrace houses (also known as a corner terrace).

Detached houses (bungalows)

This is one of the larger estates, even amongst landed properties. By definition, a bungalow is also detached, in that no other estate is in some way linked to it, adding to its privacy and exclusivity.

Good class bungalows

This is perhaps the most sought-after property type by the affluent individuals in Singapore. Located in prime locations, these exquisite private properties houses offer generous amounts of land, amenities such as swimming pools as well as gorgeous architecture.

What differentiates good class bungalows from other houses is that the property should be a minimum of 1,400 square meters and only two storeys high. There’s also a limited number of good glass bungalows in Singapore, fact which makes the property even more desirable.

Cluster Houses

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This are another hybrid, designed to combine the privacy and spaciousness of landed properties, and convenience of condo-style facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, etc; cluster houses constitute a rare yet upcoming market in Singapore.

Black & White Houses 

The elegant black and white houses of Singapore date back to the colonial era when well-heeled immigrants built magnificent homes set in gorgeously lush gardens. Most of these houses are spacious, aristocratic, and carefully oriented to get the most out of sunshine, shade, and the cooling breezes. The beautiful exteriors of these regal structures help clarify the term ‘black and white’, as they are invariably white houses with black trimmed timbers.

Most black and white houses are owned by the state and are regarded as national monuments. That doesn’t mean you can’t rent them, though! The important thing is that you have to keep the original look and feel of these historic homes. No painting over with neon colours!

Of course, most people are happy and proud to live in one of these historic homes, and choose them for their colonial splendour, so apart from a touch of whitewash and a bit of coating on the black beams, most are happy to retain the original look.


This is a heritage property that defines Southeast Asia; shophouses were once a hybrid of a shop at the ground level with homes on the second levels.

Today, most shophouses have been refurbished and transformed into homes and offices. Taking with them the richness of our historical culture and is popular among those who have a keen artistic eye.

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Andreea swears by her love for urban places, architecture, and Singapore, which is why she crafts content for Greyloft. When not immersed in adventures around the world, she loves living a bohemian life, where a good book has to always be paired with a pretty view.