Structural walls of HDB flats may leave room for flexible layouts

SINGAPORE — Structural walls in the middle of a Housing Board flat may soon be a thing of the past, allowing home owners to make the most of the space they have.

At Woodleigh Glen, a Build-To- Order (BTO) project in Bidadari ready in 2021, all 1,000 units will have their structural beams and columns tucked to the edges, so that residents can reconfigure the internal space according to their needs.

The HDB will erect walls, but residents can hack these down at their own cost. Currently, most BTO flats have walls that are part of a structural wall, making it difficult to have a larger, open space.

An artist’s impression of Woodleigh Glen, a BTO project in Bidadari, where units will have their structural beams and columns tucked to the edges, so residents can reconfigure the internal space. Such flexi layouts were first seen in Skyville@Dawson, but could soon be standard fare (via straitstimes.com)

For example, newlyweds can start off with a flat layout that gives them a larger bedroom or living room. As their family grows, they can erect a wall to form a nursery.

Such flexi layouts were first seen in Skyville@Dawson, whose residents began collecting their keys two years ago.

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5,200 homes launched in August BTO exercise, first re-offer of balance flats

SINGAPORE: A total of 5,291 flats were put up for sale by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Tuesday (Aug 1), and it also marks the launch of the first Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise.

Under the Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise, 3,897 flats were put up for sale, and these range from two-room Flexi to five-room flats. They are spread across three projects in the non-mature towns of Bukit Batok and Sengkang, the housing board said in its press release.

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For Sale- 316B Anchorvale Link (HDB 5-Room)

For Sale – 316B Anchorvale Link, Sengkang (HDB 5-Room)

Pack up and get ready to move in into a home straight out of the pages of design magazine.

This professionally decorated home is spacious, sophisticated, and breath-taking. Situated in a desirable neighbourhood and walking distance to amenities, you cannot resist this must-see home.

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HDB resale transactions jump 32.5% in Q2, despite prices remaining flat

SINGAPORE — The resale market for Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats saw a jump in the number of transactions last quarter, despite prices remaining mostly unchanged, according to figures released by HDB on Friday (Jul 28).

Resale transactions rose 32.5 per cent in the April to June period, rising from 4,530 to 6,001 transactions. Prices fell by just 0.1 per cent, with the Resale Price Index inching down from 133.9 to 133.7 in the second quarter.

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Condo rents rise 0.5% in June, HDB rents fall 0.6%: SRX Property

SINGAPORE – Private residential and HDB reversed course last month, according to SRX Property flash estimates released on Wednesday (July 12).

Rents of condominiums and apartments rose 0.5 per cent month-on-month in June, swinging from a revised 0.6 per cent decline in May, though the number of units leased dropped

After a sustained slide last year, private rents have fluctuated monthly this year. But after June’s increase they are now down just 0.3 per cent to date this year. They are still 19.1 per cent off their peaks in January 2013.

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