The latest buzz in the local property scene is the rental of storage rooms and bomb shelters. Of course, to any local who’s been around, this really isn’t anything new. Certain tenants have always been willing sacrifice living space for lower rents or better location. Some maids and foreign workers have been expected to stay [...]


Hot on the heels of our recent post about the charms of Geylang is the latest news that some 1900 private residential units are to be developed at more than 25 sites scattered around Geylang. They are slated for completion in three to four years, with many of them expected to be “shoebox” apartments. This term, of [...]


Ah Geylang, the land of perennial traffic, gustatory smorgasbord and some less-than-savory delights. Almost any Singaporean above the age of consent (and some below) will have heard of this infamous district. But what is it like to stay there? Well, Geylang has changed quite a bit in the past 15 years. At its peak, certain [...]


As we all know, Singapore has an aging population. This is a serious issue that requires serious, long-term solutions, such as building of facilities and housing for the elderly. But the recent protests by residents against such facilities give an impression that, maybe, not everyone is on the same page in this regard. The excuses… [...]

Private Parking Woes

This is a story of how two policies, implemented independently, have created unforeseen ripples in society. Firstly, COE quotas have slowly increased, as the government tries to satisfy the Singapore dream of owning a car. Secondly, the rules stipulating the provision of parking lots by property developers were relaxed (under the RCPS in 2005). Together, they [...]


In this second part of our series on alternative housing solutions (see part one here), we want to look at ways to co-exist with our foreign manpower. Now, it’s no secret that the Singapore government fully believes that we need foreign talent and manpower to shore up our economy and production capacity. This can easily [...]

A Waste of Space - Or a New Lease of Life?

Now, to fully understand this issue, one must understand that Gross Floor Area, or GFA, is limited by the Allowable Plot Ratio as specified in the Master Plan for that area. Simply put, a developer has a limit on the total amount of living space he can build for any particular plot. It used to [...]


Welcome to the first part in our series on alternative housing solutions for Singaporeans. The situation is fast reaching dire proportions, my fellow countrymen. We are pressurised on many fronts. Imported manpower swells our population needs at near-unmanageable rates. Global circumstances batter our local economy relentlessly. Rising costs, stagnant income, and competition from foreigners all [...]

The Owner-Occupier and the En-Bloc Phenomenon

Often, one or two common reasons are main drivers of the ownership of the property. One possibility is that the property is for residing, and it should more appropriately be called a home. Another likely purpose is for income or to grow one’s personal net worth; the property is then an investment. Of course many [...]