Now that the pandemic has raised the amount of time spent working from home and increased the need for personal space, bigger flats are looking even more attractive. In fact, space and privacy are in such high demand that more single millennials and unmarried couples are moving out of their families’ homes, and the resale market is still booming in spite of the recent property cooling measures, according to the PropertyGuru Singapore Property Market Report Q1 2022.
For those who can afford them, HDB jumbo flats are one of the most value-for-money options, offering large living spaces at HDB prices. So let’s dive in to better understand what are HDB jumbo flats and affordable options you can purchase.
What Are HDB Jumbo Flats?
Formed from the merger of two flats, jumbo HDB flats tend to be much bigger than your average 3-room and 4-room HDB flat, at about 147 to 199 sqm (1,582 to 2,142 square feet). To put things into context, a typical 3-room flat is about 68 sqm and a 4-room flat is about 90 sqm. This makes jumbo HDB flats particularly attractive for multi-generational families.
As the HDB is not currently planning to build more jumbo flats, the only way to get your hands on one is to buy it on the HDB resale market. Alternatively, HDB’s Conversion Scheme allows homeowners to purchase two compatible adjoining flats and combine them into a single unit.
According to a 2017 Straits Times article, jumbo flats were priced at about $650,000 to $950,000, but these days even far-flung jumbo flats can cost close to a million dollars.
But guess what, there are still some affordable hidden gems on the resale market, and we’ll prove it by finding some jumbo flats priced at $850,000 and below.
Nearest MRT stations: Queenstown MRT (East West Line), Redhill MRT (East West Line)
TOP: 1969 (46 years left on lease)
Made up of two adjoining 3-room HDB flats, this unit is considered small for a jumbo flat. However, it enjoys a great city fringe location in the Bukit Merah estate and is close to the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront project.
Those who enjoy hiking and living near nature will appreciate having Southern Ridges, Hort Park, Henderson Waves and Mount Faber Park close by.
Nearest MRT stations: Corporation (upcoming Jurong Region Line), Jurong West (upcoming Jurong Region Line), Lakeside (East West Line)
TOP: 1976 (53 years left on lease)
This jumbo flat is located on a very high floor and enjoys good views of the surrounding area. While most jumbo flats have two bathrooms, this unit has three bathrooms.
The flat is located near the up-and-coming Jurong Lake District and just two MRT stops from Jurong East’s popular shopping malls. In 2027, two new MRT stations on the Jurong Region Line will open within easy walking distance of the flat.
This flat ticks all the boxes for those looking for a spacious flat. At 1,582 sq ft, it is relatively big, and also has three bathrooms, of which two are ensuite bathrooms. In addition, it is relatively new, with more than 70 years left on its lease.
With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, this flat can house a large household without compromising on privacy. It can also be transformed into two units, each with its own entrance. Although it is located on the third floor, it is bright, enjoys good airflow and enjoys unblocked views.
Nearest MRT station: Woodlands (North South Line), Marsiling (North South Line)
TOP: 1995 (72 years)
With a generous floor area of 1,711 sq ft, this unit is extremely spacious, even for a jumbo flat, and features two living room areas, making it ideal for households who would like extensive common areas.
It is located within walking distance to two MRT stations, Woodlands and Marsiling, and is also right next door to Woodlands Town Park East, which is home to extensive walking trails and a scenic hilltop garden.
Measuring a massive 1,872 sq ft, this unit is possibly one of the biggest jumbo flats in Singapore With just four bedrooms and two bathrooms, it is suited to a small or medium household that wants to maximise the amount of space and privacy enjoyed by each member.
There are two secondary schools located within five minutes’ walk of the flat, making it convenient for families with young children or who are making plans for their school-going children.
Nearest MRT station: Tampines (East West Line and Downtown Line), Tampines East (Downtown Line)
TOP: 1983 (60 years)
Formed by merging two 3-room flats, this unit has a high number of four bathrooms, as well as four bedrooms. One master bedroom has been merged with a former kitchen to become even more spacious.
The flat enjoys a good location in mature estate Tampines, being just five minutes’ walk from Tampines MRT, and within walking distance of four malls, Tampines Mall, Tampines 1, Century Square and Tampines Hub.
This spacious corner unit is located on a very high floor and is bright and well-ventilated, with stunning unblocked views of the surrounding greenery.
It enjoys a good location within the estate, at about 8 minutes’ walk from Marsiling MRT station. The area’s main shopping mall, Causeway Point is located about 15 minutes’ walk away. In addition, there are multiple primary and secondary schools located less than 15 minutes’ walk away, making it convenient for families with kids.