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This report was written in 30 January 2002 for the benefit of expatriate
tenants seeking a Singapore home.
WHAT MAKES A HOUSE ATTRACTIVE TO CAUCASIAN TENANTS?
Thank you, internet surfers, for your emails and business which many times do put bread on
the table to support the families of my realtors.
This page, Features of a luxurious Singapore house is dedicated to all
expatriate internet surfers contacting Asia USA Realty
from around the world asking me for photos of Singapore housing to be emailed to
It is not practical to email photos individually, hence this page is dedicated to show
what an upscale house in Singapore looks like.
As at Feb 1, 2002, over 2,000 photos & floor plans and research reports and tips on
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presented to help you find the best value for money home.
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I have commissioned a research report with images of interiors, on what a modern upscale
Singapore house will look like for the benefit of expatriates relocating to Singapore and
for first-time Landlords renovating their houses. It is practically impossible for
me to email photographs to individuals.
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For many Caucasian women who love to cook, a new modern and bright kitchen is very
In Singapore, very few kitchens are air conditioned although many Landlords have started
to provide such facilities. There is a worry that the air conditioned filters may
get oily and difficult to maintain. However, an air conditioned kitchen is one up on
the neighbours in attracting Caucasian tenants.
Some owners want a unique floor plan by locating the kitchen in front of the living area or
at the side of the living area or up on the second level.
It is best to locate the kitchen on the first floor rather than on the
2nd floor because tenants may want to host barbecue parties and it is inconvenient to go
upstairs and downstairs.
A kitchen is located near and to the left the main door in Emerald Hill has an
open-concept plan. Most tenants prefer the kitchen to be at the back of the
house. Therefore, you reduce greatly your tenant pool if you decide on a 2nd storey
kitchen or smack one near your main door, next to the living area.
|In this new house, the kitchen
has a modern stainless steel oven which has a stainless steel cover when
not in use. This is "cool" by today's standard.
Glass blocks bar counters bring in the orange glow of bulbs during the
There is an interesting light display counter to the extreme right side
of the kitchen under the staircase for you to appreciate your antiques or
collections. This makes effective use of the dead space under the staircase.
The living area is usually a pastel-coloured marble flooring but in this luxurious
townhouse, you can appreciate the large squares of beautifully polished smooth texture
black granite which is very more costly to install.
The maroon coloured strips of "chengai" wood, a tropical wood
are used for the steps of the staircase and the bedrooms.
They are rarely installed in houses, even for those conservation chophouses renovated at a
cost of Singapore 2 million dollars as they are very expensive.
Ducted air conditioning is present in the living and dining areas, doing
away with the distracting split-unit air conditioners hanging from the walls.
There is therefore sufficient space to hang big paintings on the wall.
The wall above the back door is not a solid wall. There are 2 very big windows
permitting the occupants to view the green trees and get natural daylight or starlight.
Two white electricity powered blinds provides privacy from the
passer by as the clear glass window panes.
Tinting of the glass panes will reduce the amount of daylight and makes the house
dark although they do provide some privacy.
Dark houses means you will need to switch on light and most Caucasians hate dark
Intermediate town or terrace houses inevitably are dark unless they have air wells,
skylights or windows on the walls from level 2 and 3. The problem with such high
glass windows is the cost of window cleaning. Who pays for the cost? The
Tenant or the Landlord?
A bright yellow tiled common bathroom breaks the monotony of dark colours of the black
granite tiles of the
living area and the maroon "chengai" wooden strips.
The shower is on the left. White under counter cabinets are provided. The
master bedroom is to the right of the common bathroom.
TIP FOR NEW LANDLORDS:
In 2001, I came across 2 cases where the owners have had spent a lot of money creating a
As bath tubs are not part of the Singapore baby boomers' upbringing or even a part of the
Singaporean culture, these successful entrepreneurs of the luxurious condos and houses
have had not installed long baths during extensive remodeling of older residences.
These residences are unique and much better done than new ones.
When they want to rent the
units at $10,000 - $20,000 per month, their target tenants, the Caucasian expatriates find
that there are no long baths. Finding a tenant will take a longer time.
Therefore, do plan to install a long bath tub and a shower stall, even if you don't use
the long bath as you may want to rent your house in later years.
avant-garde Italian designer bungalows renting from $20,000 - $25,000.
|The master bathroom has the
stainless steel basin which is considered "cool" by
people in the forefront of the fashion industry.
steel basin in the master bathroom is "cool" in the 2001 era.
Glass blocks on walls of bathrooms or simply large windows with or without skylight bring
in natural daylight and make the bathrooms bright.
A shower cubicle will be good to give the tenant a choice of not having
to shower in the long bath.
The white long bath is nowadays the standard in all new houses and condos
in 2001. Multi-coloured long baths are out of fashion. Marble walled bathrooms
are a feature of luxurious houses and some new condos too. Ceramic tiles make the
house look ordinary.
The family area is on the left of the image on the 2nd level, next to the common
bathroom. It overhangs the living area and is like a loft looking
down a void space.
In some gigantic 3-storey
houses in Woodlands, near the American School, there is a blank wall in front
you can project your movies. Note the railings which are deemed not child safe for toddlers who tend
to climb. This townhouse will be appreciated by expat singles or couples without
From the family area, the tenant can see the green trees from the 2
windows above the back door.
A private assigned covered car park is important as the car is a very
expensive asset in Singapore. Cars cost 2 times more than those in the USA or
Australia. This is one main reason why expats prefer to live near the subway or
bus-routes to their office as they adjust to a different life style in Singapore.
Inside the house, a depressed area or an air well, said to be a light well
or atrium in American housing terms,
can be part of bringing Nature indoors if the occupant keeps koi fishes or an indoor
garden with bonzai plants. The house must be longer to permit such luxuries.
However, the tenant must be keen on keeping fishes or willing to spend money to contract
out the services.
The roof above this area may be an enclosed by a glass-paned skylight to
bring in daylight.
Another part of the house near the kitchen may be an air well open to the
sky. In this case, the kitchen will be at the back of the house. Plants can be
kept in this air well. A Japanese garden with bonzai plants will bring in nature.
Such features appeal to Caucasians who love nature.
A back room, called guest
room for the elderly may be important as older folks don't like to climb
stairs. It can be used for as a dog's house, strictly for your Dalmatian but not to
banish your husband or mother in law !
There must be a good-sized maid's room with windows and ventilation. This
feature tends to be overlooked by the professionals who may provide a small 50
sq. ft room.
Yet there is still a small maid's bathroom outside this utility room in addition to the powder
Obviously, the maid can't live in this small room and the maid's bathroom takes up
unnecessary space and guests feel cramped going to this small bathroom.
The audio-visual intercom (see image) and other security features
are common in luxurious houses. Connection to the police security
forces may be another feature.
Panic buttons in the bedrooms and other places are selling points.
Auto-gates so that you don't have to stop the car to drive into the house
are common features of many houses.
Display counters strategically located for your porcelain antiques to
impress your visitors.
Antique wooden panels with attractive carvings.
A big balcony for 4 people, outside the 2nd level
outside the master bedroom.
A big patio for al fresco dining.
A big garden beautifully landscaped.
An attic room with its attached bathroom and with
windows looking down the living area may be just great as a study
Central air conditioning is too expensive to maintain nowadays and all
houses have dispensed with central air conditioning.
As an alternative to houses, condos may be considered. Some reports
condos are presented below for your reference.
Other features which make up the ideal luxurious home will be:
A beautifully landscaped swimming pool with water falling down from the platform. A
A jacuzzi pool on the side with elevated wooden platform.
Water fountains and pond. Balinese figurines seem to be in fashion nowadays.
A barbecue area to host parties.
Elmira Heights & Kim Yam Heights.
The Bayron (layout plans and photos).
The Paterson Edge.
The Paterson Edge (layout plans).
The Makena, Costa Rhu & The Waterside
More condos at:
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