Singapore has many seemingly different types of property such as condos, walkups, landed houses, cluster houses, etc.
Here are the properties at a glance:
Condo/condominium – private developments, ranging in size,where the separate units/apartments are individually owned but the amenities (like swimming pool, gym, BBQ pits) are shared.
Walkup – any type of property which doesn’t have a lift! Usually found in smaller, older blocks which often come without facilities. Can also be used to refer to converted shophouses.
Landed house – essentially a house or bungalow with some surrounding land or garden, and possibly a small swimming pool. Landed houses usually require you to be responsible for a lot of the maintenance.
Cluster house – combine the privacy and exclusivity of landed house, with condo facilities like a maintained swimming pool and gym. Shophouse – heritage buildings which used to be shops on the ground floor, with housing above. Often now converted into wholly residential buildings.
Black & white – distinctive heritage buildings, similar to landed properties, dating back to Singapore’s colonial times. Find out more here.
HDB – this stands for Housing Development Board and is used as short-hand to describe any government housing in Singapore.