10 Most Searched Property Developers Online – Who Are They?

Eugenia Liew
10 Most Searched Property Developers Online – Who Are They?
For anyone looking to purchase a property, know that you are on the verge of making a long-term commitment and likely to spend the bulk of your savings and future earnings paying for the property of your choice.
When browsing properties for sale, most home buyers have a checklist of items to consider such as price, floor area, transport accessibility and proximity to key amenities in the area. But one key consideration that many home buyers often overlook is the choice of property developer.
Since they are the ones behind the biggest financial commitment in your life, it makes sense to suss out the most popular property developers in Singapore. Or if you already have a project in mind, to Google the property developer in question.
Understanding more about the developer of your prospective home will improve your chances of a smooth process, and hopefully, affirm your selection of the project.

Top 10 Most Searched Property Developers Online (in Alphabetical Order)

There are close to 100 residential property developers in Singapore, each of them offering a niche with a unique value proposition. For this article, we’ve listed the popular developers based on the most ‘Google-ed’ names in the market. This is not a measure of how competent they are. Generally, residential property developers in Singapore are held to a high standard.
Notable projects
Allgreen Properties Limited
The Cascadia, Fourth Avenue Residences, Juniper Hill, Amber Point, Yong An Park, Skysuites@Anson
Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited
8 St Thomas, Luxus Hills, Skyline Residences, Paterson Suites, The Vermont, Mimosa Terrace
One Pearl Bank, Orchard Residences, The Interlace, Cairnhill Nine, d’Leedon
City Development Limited
The Sail @ Marina Bay, St. Regis Residences, Nouvel 18, South Beach Residences, Haus on Handy
EL Development
Skysuites 17, Symphony Suites, Pullman Residences, La Fiesta, Trivelis
Far East Organization
Bijou, Cashew Green, Alana at Sunrise Terrace, Alba, Parksuites
Frasers Property
Seaside Residences, One Leicester, Boathouse Residences, Riviere, Caspian
Aquarius by the Park, Leedon Residence, Martin Modern, Wallich Residence
MCL Land Limited
Hallmark Residences, Ripple Bay, LakeVille, Parc Esta
Oxley Holdings
Mayfair Gardens, Mayfair Modern, Kent Ridge Hill Residences, Affinity at Serangoon
Read on to find out more about these developers. Many of them are also have prestigious accolades to their name, such as titles won in the PropertyGuru’s Asia Property Awards, which we have listed below as well.

1. Allgreen Properties Limited

Allgreen Properties is the real estate arm of The Kuok Group. The real estate developer was incorporated in 1986, and was subsequently acquired by Brookvale Investments Pte Ltd (also part of the Kuok Group) in 2011. As one of the largest property groups in Singapore, Allgreen properties currently has 35 subsidiaries and 13 associated companies. In addition to residential properties, Allgreen Properties has a diversified portfolio of retail and office space properties, serviced apartments, and a hotel too.

Check out these projects by Allgreen Properties:

2. Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited

Bukit Sembawang Estates began in 1967, making them one of the most established and top property developers in Singapore, but did you know that they actually started off as a rubber company in 1911? Today, Bukit Sembawang Estates focuses on property development, investment and other property-related activities.
Having built over 4,600 landed homes in Seletar Hills, Sembawang Hills, Luxus Hills and 1,800 residences units in District 9 and 10, Bukit Sembawang Estates has established itself as a trusted and reliable property developer in Singapore. As they put it, their homes are "characterized by thoughtful planning, outstanding design, fine detailing and quality finishing". Additionally, Bukit Sembawang Estates has won multiple award accolades which are not only reassuring but also do Singaporean developers proud.

10th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore)

  • Best Landed Developer
  • Best Landed Housing Development (Luxus Hills Contemporary Collection)
  • Best Housing Development (Singapore) (Luxus Hills Contemporary Collection)

Check out these projects by Bukit Sembawang Estates:

3. CapitaLand

CapitaLand is a nationwide household name that everyone living in Singapore should be familiar with. More than a property developer, CapitaLand has evolved into a real estate behemoth. Today, it is a real estate developer, investor, owner, and operator all in a single company. Their presence in Singapore is almost everywhere, from malls to office towers to residential properties. While a significant portion of its revenue now comes from property developments beyond the shores of Singapore (e.g. China, Vietnam), it still delivers properties in Singapore with a unique and luxurious touch.

South East Asia Property Awards 2014

  • Special Recognition in CSR

Check out these projects by CapitaLand:

4. City Development Limited

Another property giant and one of the most famous developers in Singapore is City Development Limited (CDL).
Just like CapitaLand, CDL is also a well-diversified property developer with business in building and managing residential, commercial, hotel, and retail properties. Its operations span across 106 cities in 29 countries and regions around the world. To date, CDL has over 50 years of solid industry experience in property development.
CDL stands out in her vision and belief in pioneering and championing green buildings in Singapore. For CDL, the ultimate goal is to deliver a better home for everyone to live in while aligning with its vision for sustainability.

South East Asia Property Awards (Singapore) 2016

  • Best Developer
  • Special Recognition in CSR
  • Special Recognition in Sustainable Development
  • Best Condo Development (Singapore) (for Gramercy Park)
  • Best Luxury Condo Development (for Gramercy Park)

Check out these projects by CDL Development:

5. EL Development

Incorporated in 2007, EL Development was first founded as a small business unit within Evan Lim & Co. Pte Ltd, an established general building contracting firm in Singapore.
As a developer in Singapore, EL Development has a vision to "be the property developer of choice in the region with an emphasis on the delivery of high-quality products, complete with well-thought-out and highly efficient designs". Their mission is "to create optimized living and workspaces through constant innovation, efficient design, and delivery of high-quality products so as to bring true value and satisfaction to (their) clients".
If you are looking for an affordable condo within the $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 range, you may consider keeping a lookout for EL Development’s projects though EL Development’s latest project, Pullman Residences, have units in the $3m & above range as well.

10th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore)

  • Best Luxury Condo Development (for Pullman Residences, Newton)
  • Best Luxury Condo Architectural Design (for Pullman Residences, Newton)
  • Best Luxury Condo Interior Design (for Pullman Residences, Newton)
  • Best Luxury Condo Landscape Architectural Design (for Pullman Residences, Newton)

Check out these projects by EL Development:

6. Far East Organization

Far East Organization is another established real estate developer that was founded way back in 1962, i.e. before Singapore even gained independence. The developer identifies herself as a Christian enterprise, with core values that are Business with Grace, Unity, Integrity, Love, Diligence.
With close to six decades of experience in designing and building real estate projects, Far East Organization has delivered more than 780 projects in Singapore, including 55,000 private homes. Far East Organization’s accolades speak for themselves. The developer has many prestigious FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence awards under its belt and is currently the only developer in the world to have won the title 10 times.

South East Asia Property Awards 2015

  • Best Developer (South East Asia)
  • Best Green Development (South East Asia) (for SBF Centre)

Check out these projects by Far East Organization:

7. Frasers Property

Frasers Property was first conceived as part of a property division of Cold Storage Limited in 1980. It first embarked on the property development journey when it built The Centrepoint, one of Singapore’s most iconic shopping malls along Orchard Road. It was only in 1990 when Frasers Property became a wholly owned subsidiary of Frasers & Neaves Limited (F&N) and later spun off into a property developer on its own.
Since then, Frasers Property has been developing homes and managing a portfolio of shopping malls and commercial properties. It prides itself on a strong reputation for quality and expertise with carefully designed, high-quality living spaces that are carefully designed and delivered. From luxury condos to high-quality starter apartments, Frasers Property offers a variety of residential developments for homebuyers in Singapore.

9th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore)

  • Special Recognition in CSR
  • Special Recognition in Sustainable Development
  • Special Recognition for Design and Construction
  • Best Office Development (for Frasers Tower)
  • Best Mixed Use Development (for Frasers Tower)
  • Best Office Architectural Design (for Frasers Tower)
  • Best Commercial Green Development (for Frasers Tower)

Check out these projects by Frasers Property:

8. GuocoLand

GuocoLand is another celebrated property developer with many awards from various organizations to its name. For instance, its Leedon Residence development has won the FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence award.
Over the years, GuocoLand has built a reputation as a luxury property developer that is best known for lavish penthouses and condominiums. It has also built its reputation as an eco-friendly developer with many eco-friendly projects that have bagged the Green Mark Award by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for its sustainability efforts.

15th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final

  • Best Developer (Asia)
  • Best Condo Development (Asia) (for Wallich Residence)
  • Best Mixed Use Development (Asia) (for Guoco Midtown)

Check out these projects by GuocoLand:

9. MCL Land Limited

Like some of its counterparts on this list, MCL Land was also first founded as a subsidiary. To be precise, it was the subsidiary of the Jardine Matheson Group and Hong Kong Land when it first started in 1963. MCL Land incorporates practical and smart home solutions in their projects, which span Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. From starter condos to semi-detached houses, MCL Land is bound to have something in its portfolio that suits your needs.

South East Asia Property Awards (Singapore) 2016

  • Special Recognition in CSR
  • Best Landscape Architectural Design (for Sol Acres)

Check out these projects by MCL Land:

10. Oxley Holdings

Since its incorporation in 2010, Oxley Holdings has been dazzling home buyers in Singapore with affordable private housing for the past decade. The Singapore developer’s diverse portfolio features not just compact and affordable options, but bigger yet reasonably-priced units as well. Oxley Holdings’ residential developments like Affinity at Serangoon offer standard apartments, luxurious penthouses, and even landed houses on its premises.

9th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore)

  • Special Recognition for Design and Construction
  • Best New Private Condo Development (for Kent Ridge Hill Residences)
  • Best Heritage Development (for 1953)
  • Best New Private Condo Architectural Design (for The Verandah Residences)

Check out these projects by Oxley Holdings:

Does the Property Developer Really Matter?

Now, you might be thinking, does the property developer really matter? It’s not like you’re purchasing a stake in the property developer… right?
Although Singapore’s property developments are pretty well regulated by the authorities like the Building & Construction Authority (BCA), it still doesn’t discount the fact that each property development is a multi-year project where dedication to construction quality is of utmost importance for the delivery of completed homes with minimal defects at TOP (Temporary Occupation Permit) stage.
Here are some reasons why you may want to include the property developer as a consideration when deciding which property to purchase.

Minimised Risk of Delays

Apart from defects, another concern for property buyers is the risk of delay. A major construction project like property development can be delayed for multiple reasons.
A delay in delivery of the property can disrupt your personal plans, especially for couples and families in urgent need of a home. For landlords-to-be, a delay in delivery of the property will likely mean a loss of rental income that could prove costly.
Given that time is of the essence when it comes to buying properties for Singaporeans, a good property developer minimizes the risk of delays. After all, they have years of experience to handle the unexpected without qualms.

Leverage on Their Experience

The same way you read customer reviews before ‘checking out’ on your online shopping, there are benefits to buying from an established property developer. Of course, we are not saying that younger, lesser-known developers are not preferred (everyone starts somewhere right?), but it always helps to have a proven track record.
With years of experience under their belts, these established property developers know what it takes to design and build not just beautiful facades, but liveable and functional properties in Singapore. The range of projects that they have built in the past is a testament to their competence as a property developer.

Most Property Developers Have a Niche Area

While property developers may appear to be the same on paper, each property developer specializes in a specific market segment (i.e. luxury, mass market) so that they can offer a different value proposition to you as a property buyer.
For example, Bukit Sembawang has a heavy focus on luxurious freehold properties. Its freehold projects include the luxurious 8 St. Thomas, Luxus Hills and Mimosa. Allgreen Properties, a subsidiary of the Kuok Group is another luxury property developer you might know of. They specialize in delivering luxury housing to home buyers with notable projects like Juniper Hill, Fourth Avenue Residences, and Queens.
On the other hand, there are others like EL Development with a larger play in the mass market segment by building projects that are affordable yet reliable. Mass market developments like Parc Riviera, and Rhapsody are by EL Development. For more affordably priced housing options, you might also want to look at residential projects from Oxley Holdings.
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Additional questions on property and property developers in Singapore:

From time to time, property developers do buy old properties in a process known as en-bloc. This is to help property developers replenish their land banks and build new launches for property buyers. With land bank depleting, there could be another round of en-bloc fever coming soon, just like the one back in 2017.

Property is one of Singaporeans' favourite asset classes. While Singaporeans might not see the same kind of investment returns that our parents and forefathers have enjoyed, property is still very much a worthwhile investment that helps you fight against inflation. To learn more about property investment in Singapore, read our property investment guide on rental yield and more.