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Singapore's Most Expensive HDB Flats in Every Decade Since the 1990s

PropertyGuru Editorial Team
Singapore's Most Expensive HDB Flats in Every Decade Since the 1990s
Currently, HDB resale flat prices are at a 25-month high, with more than 100 HDB resale flats transacting for at least a million dollars since the start of 2022. In July alone, 33 units were sold for at least a million dollars.
If the market continues at this pace, we are well on our way to surpassing past years’ records. There were 259 million-dollar HDB flats transacted in 2021 and 82 million-dollar HDB resale flats transacted in 2020. These million-dollar flats are found in prime neighbourhoods such as Bishan, Bukit Merah, Ang Mo Kio, Kallang/Whampoa, Queenstown, and Toa Payoh.
Since we’re on the topic of million-dollar HDB flats, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at the top five most expensive resale flats in every decade since the 1990s.

Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Singapore Flats in the 1990s

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November 1996
Bishan
102 Bishan Street 12
Executive
Maisonette
1987
$900,000
June 1996
Yishun
652 Yishun Ave 4
Executive
Maisonette
1992
$883,000
August 1996
Bishan
117 Bishan Street 12
Executive
Maisonette
1987
$870,000
October 1996
Bishan
285 Bishan Street 22
Executive
Maisonette
1992
$868,000
January 1997
Bishan
173 Bishan Street 13
Executive
Maisonette
1987
$840,000
While there were no million-dollar flats in the 90s, there were surprisingly a good number of flats transacting for six-figures (remember this was a time when a 1-room and 2-room resale flat cost as low as $5,000 and $12,000 respectively). In fact, the most expensive flat recorded in that era was a $900,000 executive maisonette in November 1996. That’s considered expensive even by today’s standards!
The five most expensive flats in the 1990s were executive maisonettes and all but one were in Yishun.
Find available executive maisonettes for sale in Yishun and Bishan on PropertyGuru.

Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Singapore Flats in the 2000s

March 2008
Queenstown
150 Mei Ling Street
Executive
Apartment
1995
$890,000
May 2008
Queenstown
148 Mei Ling Street
Executive
Apartment
1995
$832,000
June 2008
Queenstown
150 Mei Ling Street
Executive
Maisonette
1995
$830,000
July 2008
Queenstown
150 Mei Ling Street
Executive
Apartment
1995
$820,000
April 2008
Queenstown
149 Mei Ling Street
Executive
Maisonette
1995
$818,000
Although properties and homes became more expensive in the new millennium, the top five most expensive HDB Singapore flats remained pretty much still the same as the decade before. Interestingly, the five most expensive HDB flats were all recorded in Mei Ling Street in Queenstown, which was where the first million-dollar flat was sold.
Find executive apartments and HDB flats for sale in Queenstown on PropertyGuru.

Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Resale Flats in the 2010s

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July 2019
Kallang/Whampoa
8 Boon Keng Road
5 room
DBSS
2011
$1,208,000
April 2019
Bukit Merah
9A Boon Tiong Road
5 room
Improved
2016
$1,200,000
August 2019
Central Area
1C Cantonment Road
5 room
Type S2
2011
$1,200,000
June 2019
Central Area
1C Cantonment Road
5 room
Type S2
2011
$1,188,000
September 2018
Kallang/Whampoa
41 Jalan Bahagia
3 room
Terrace
1972
$1,185,000
The first million-dollar public housing was an executive apartment unit at Mei Ling Street in Queenstown, which was sold in July 2012. Later in October that year, an executive maisonette in Bishan became the most expensive public flat, after the buyers agreed to pay a then-record of $1,010,000 for the unit.
There would be several million-dollar HDB flats after that, and by the end of the decade, a DBSS flat unit at Boon Keng Road had become the most expensive HDB unit at $1,208,000. The 2010s also saw the rise of Central Area units, as they became hotspots for million-dollar HDB flats.
Find HDB flats for sale in Queenstown on PropertyGuru.

Current Most Expensive HDB Singapore Flats

The HDB resale portal has documented several high-profile transactions, including:
With rising HDB resale prices, we are even seeing million-dollar flats transacted in non-mature estates. The most recent transaction was an executive maisonette at Bukit Batok.
According to Dr. Tan Tee Khoon, Singapore Country Manager of PropertyGuru, location is a key contributor to the high premium of these flats. Accessibility and amenities also strengthen the value of these flats. For instance, Pinnacle @ Duxton, the HDB project with the highest number of million-dollar resale flats, is in one of Singapore’s most popular lifestyle districts, with popular cafes, restaurants, and bars.
"Rare flat types with larger square feet like those under design, build and sell scheme (DBSS) that are distinctly more condominium-like than regular HDB flats, as well as executive apartments and maisonettes HDB does not develop any more – can also fetch higher prices," he added.
DBSS flats are mostly located in central locations that are convenient to amenities. Furthermore, DBSS flats also feature attributes that ‘regular’ HDB flats do not, such as four bedrooms and balcony space.
Discover DBSS flats for sale on PropertyGuru.
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    More FAQs About HDB Singapore Flats

    The most expensive HDB flat is a 5-room flat at City Vue @Henderson which was sold for $1.4 million in April 2022.

    The most expensive HDB estates are those located in the city and city fringe – like Central Area, Queenstown, Bukit Merah, and Kallang/Whampoa.

    For Punggol and Sengkang, the expensive resale value could be attributed to the high number of HDB flats that recently fulfilled their minimum occupation period.

    Some factors include having a good central location, unblocked views, a large flat size, and being in limited supply, a premium flat type, and aged between 5 to 10 years old.

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