1. High rise Apartments & condominiumsI think it's safe to say that most expats in Singapore opt for a private apartment as their abode, such as a condo or maisonette. The reasons for this are their generally favorable location, their luxurious character, their numerous typically upmarket amenities/facilities and their accessibility to other foreigners.
Arguably the largest of the condo units are the penthouses. They may comprise more than one floor and tend to boast, among other features, a rooftop garden, a private pool, a spa and - obviously - breath-taking views. However, note that the extensive roof surface area and large windows make for high electricity costs, because your air-con will be working overtime.
TIP: Note that so-called "walk-up" apartments do not have a lift. Also note that the space outside your front door and the balcony both count towards your total unit surface area, so don't be surprised if the unit appears smaller than the registered surface area on the blueprint.
2. Landed or detached housesBungalows and colonial "black and white" mansions tend to be a fair amount costlier to rent than most regular condos, because they offer calm surroundings, come with their own patch of land/garden and there's no sharing any of the building structures with neighbors.
Another type of landed property are semi-detached houses and terraced houses, such as the 19th century Peranakan shophouses that have been refurbished but still retain their old world cultural charm.
A recent addition to the landed house variety are cluster homes, which share some facilities such as a garden or a pool with other landed houses. Unfortunately, most of these cluster homes tend to be so new that the odds of finding an unoccupied one are rather long.
TIP: Landed property may be desirable for their garden and their tropical feel, but keep in mind that you could get ocassional interlopers in the form of roaches, spiders or snakes. So trim the grass short and clear vegetation mounds and rain drains regularly.
3. HDB or Housing Development Board FlatsThese are essentially public flats that are mostly confined to New Townships developed in specific districts. Recently more and more expats have taken to HDB units, not only because the rules governing HDB rental to foreigners have been relaxed, but also because HDB living is quite affordable. Furthermore, HDBs tend to be located near public transport hubs, supermarkets and shopping malls. Lastly, the other reason I hear more often these days is that only by living in an HDB do you experience the true Singapore experience.
Note: HDB units tend, at least in landlords' and agents' minds, to be ranked lower then apartments. And apartments are ranked lower than condos. Also, apartments are usually older but generally more spacious than condos, and are not associated with "facilities" (i.e. swimming pool, gym, bbq pit etc.). Condos however, do come with facilities. This is partly why condo rent on the whole is higher than apartment rent, which, in turn, is higher than HDB rent. Obviously, exceptions apply.
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