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Property in Singapore in October 2013: Homes to rent and buy, plus market news

By: Deborah Law, Director of Expat Realtor

Although prices of resale condos have remained even, there has been an almost 50-percent drop in volume. August 2013 saw just 540 units sold, compared with 1,240 in August 2012. HDB resale prices have continued to slip in response to new government measures, and sales are down 29 percent.

Rentals continue to soften, and with a fresh glut of properties expected between 2014 and 2016, they are not expected to rise soon. While this is good news for renters, my advice to landlords is to take any reasonable offers that come in – a rented asset is better than one standing empty.

As properties sit on the market that bit longer, gone are the days where a property could be presented for viewing with the promise of doing it up once the tenancy is confirmed. It needs to be competitive – clean, bright and inviting, with sparkling windows and an attractive entrance. If the unit is empty, look into staging it by renting or borrowing some pieces of furniture and soft furnishings. For further ideas, check out our website www.expatrealtor.net or give me a call.

Happy hunting!


Chestnut Drive

This property, new on the market, is in an area of Good Class Bungalows; the neighbourhood is quiet and spacious. The gardens have been lovingly cared for and help give the house privacy. This bungalow was fully renovated in 2010 by a designer, when the current owner moved in. It has featured in Expat Living and on Channel News Asia’s Sexy Island series.

No expense has been spared with this five-bedroom, five-bathroom house, which features top-end fittings and fixtures. It has formal and informal dining rooms, a spacious lounge room with a large projector screen TV, built-in SONOS speakers throughout the house, a high-quality kitchen and a large walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom. The front garden has two big fishponds complete with fish and turtles, and there is room for a pool at the rear of the house.

It is located two minutes from the BKE freeway and is close to the Rail Mall eateries. In 2016, the Downtown MRT line will open a station at the end of the street. Marlborough College, the Singapore American School and the German European School Singapore are not far away, either.

District: 21
Size: 4,500 sq. ft
Bedrooms: 4+1
Type: Bungalow


Chuan Park

Beautifully renovated by its owner-occupiers, who are moving back to Australia, this maisonette ground-floor unit has a small front garden area and patio and plenty of greenery. It’s a three-minute walk to Lorong Chuan MRT station and within walking distance of the Australian School.

The master bedroom and two other bedrooms are located upstairs. Downstairs, there’s a storage room or helper’s room, a separate dining room and a large lounge. The unit has plenty of storage throughout including under the stairs. This condo has full facilities including a convenience store and restaurant.


$6.5K RENT
District: 19
Size: 2,045 sq. ft
Bedrooms: 3
Type: Condo

Dunbar, East Coast

This lovely, two-storey family home in the heart of the East Coast is spacious and well laid out.

It has four bedrooms, one downstairs and three upstairs with en-suites, and a family or study area. The kitchen and dining room are open-plan. To the front and side of the house, patio doors open up to bring the outdoors in. This home also has a garden area to the front with a private patio and landscaping. It’s located near eateries and parks, and both the city and the airport are just minutes away.

District: 16
Size: 4,000 sq. ft
Bedrooms: 4+1
Type: Bungalow


The Taipan

This well renovated and beautifully maintained penthouse has a spacious kitchen, a living room leading to a charming balcony, a bedroom and a study or multi-purpose room on the first level. The master bedroom and private terrace are on the second floor.

A small freehold development near Bayshore Park, it has a pool, a children’s play area and a barbecue pit. It is within walking distance of the beach at East Coast Park and Siglap Centre, and just a short drive from Changi Business Park and Changi Airport. Available from 18 November.

$5.2K RENT
District: 16
Size: 1,507 sq. ft
Bedrooms: 3
Type: Condo