Singapore is notorious for its high private property prices – just last year, it ranked as the second-most expensive city in the world to buy private property. Thus, it comes as no surprise that our city houses some of the most expensive and luxurious homes in the world, ranging from sky-high penthouses to larger-than-life bungalows. For the lucky individuals who own these properties, no price is too high, as long as they get to enjoy the best homes our city has to offer. Here, we round up 8 of Singapore’s most covetable and expensive homes all of which redefine what it means to live in the lap of luxury.
The founder of the lifestyle appliances brand Dyson recently purchased the biggest penthouse in Singapore for a whopping $73.8m. Spanning from the 39th to 64th floor of Guoco Tower (also known as Tanjong Pagar Centre), Wallich Residence houses this super-penthouse on its top three floors. The penthouse has a private garden with panoramic views of MBS, Sentosa, and the CBD, along with a private swimming pool and pool deck, a cabana, a jacuzzi room, entertainment area, bar facilities and a 600-bottle wine cellar, as well as a private lift straight to the apartment. With private butlers, personal chefs and a concierge at the Dyson’s beck and call, this 21,108 square feet apartment tops the list as the most expensive penthouse to ever be sold in Singapore.
The co-founder of Facebook, who has been a citizen of Singapore since 2011, is unsurprisingly one of the richest men in Singapore today. In 2017, he purchased a 10,300 sq ft super-penthouse unit at the ultra-luxe Sculptura Ardmore, for over $60 million, setting a record at the time for the most expensive home to have been sold in Singapore. The development features facilities such as extravagant lap pools, two sky terraces replete with private clubhouses, and sky gardens, all aside from its unique and eye-catching architecture with a graceful, curving facade.
Yet another Good Class Bungalow tucked away in the suburbs of Cuscaden Road, this property sold for a staggering $145 million to Shun Tak Holdings, a company founded by Macau Tycoon Stanley Ho. Originally owned by famous Singaporean philanthropist Tan Tock Seng, the 25,741 sq ft freehold site is zoned for hotel use, but with approval, could be used for residential development as well.
Good Class Bungalows are some of the most prestigious landed housing in Singapore, thanks to their exclusivity (only Singaporean citizens can buy them) and rare low-rise character. There are only about such 2,500 bungalows in designated areas of the city, and one was bought last year for $93.9 million by a Singaporean member of the wealthy Taiwanese Tsai family to whom Cathay Life Insurance and Cathay Financial Holding can be attributed. The property was previously owned by Mr Lim Kim San, the first Housing Board chairman and former executive chairman of Singapore Press Holdings, who built a two-storey bungalow on the 52,059 sq ft land area. The site is large enough to be redeveloped into three bungalows, which might be the reason for its sky-high selling price.
In 2013, a 7,718 sq ft triplex penthouse in Twentyone Angullia Park was sold to Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, more popularly known as Jho Low. The selling price of the unit was a jaw-dropping $42.9 million, but it was only one of the two units that Low purchased within the development – he also bought the 2,260 sq ft three-bedroom unit directly below it, adding another $11.53 million to his expense. Reportedly, Low paid more than 10% above market price (which was then an average of $4,541 per square feet) for both units, which boast magnificent views of the city from Twentyone Angullia Park’s location on Orchard Boulevard.
Fetching a price of $41.2 million, a Good Class Bungalow on Jervois Hill was sold by entrepreneur George Lim who had developed 11 Good Class Bungalows and two semi-detached houses over the past 12 years. This particular bungalow, a joint collaboration between Lim and architect Pau Loh, was purchased by a member of the family of Wah Loon Engineering’s founder, Alan Chong. With three levels, and five bedrooms all with walk-in wardrobes, the 15,086 sq ft property also has pominent design features like a floating sculptural staircase and a wall aquarium in the basement that can fit 800 fish.
Developed by Wing Tai Holdings in collaboration with globally renowned architect Jean Nouvel, Le Nouvel Ardmore is a 33-storey single-tower freehold condominium. In 2015, Alibaba co-founder and former president of e-commerce site Taobao Sun Tongyu purchased a penthouse spanning the top two floors for $51 million dollars. With five bedrooms, a private pool, private foyers, a roof terrace, a gym, and an entertainment area all encompassed within the penthouse, the 13,573 sq ft unit sits in a striking building with Rubik’s cube-inspired architecture.