Shophouses

Shophouses—a historical source of delight and nostalgia—are a prevalent building type in Singapore’s architectural and built heritage. They are also commonly found throughout the historic cities of South East Asia. They are narrow, small terraced houses, with a sheltered ‘five foot’ pedestrian way at the front. These buildings can be used for both business and living.

Good frontage with unobstructed view make these shops very attractive. F&B, retails and in the vicinity of heavy human traffic make these investments especially viable if they are near offices and MRT stations.

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There are also newer built shophouses built by HDB and some of them have 2 separate type status i.e. residential on the upper level equivalent to a HDB 3 bedroom and the commercial type status at the ground level. However there are also some with full commercial status type while some are only single ground level type.

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These are demand driven developments which serve well in HDB estates.