A leasehold landed went for $32k in Singapore - here's where to find the cheapest landed homes in 2022

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When it comes to landed properties, the truth is that the overwhelming demand is for freehold homes. But in 2022, with interest rates, as well as private homes, soaring, that may simply be impractical or unaffordable for most buyers

So if your interest is on genuine home ownership, and not so much investment, then perhaps you should really consider leasehold landed homes. It may not have the appreciation potential of a freehold property, but given the lower prices, this could still make sense for some homebuyers. Here's where to find them, and what you need to know about them:

Where to find the cheapest leasehold landed properties in 2022:

Project name Price Size (Sqft) Price ($psf) Sale date Full address Type of sale Type of home Tenure Area
N.A. $320,000 2,367 135 22/04/2022 30 Jalan Chempaka Kuning Resale Terrace House 70 yrs from 19/08/1964 Bedok
N.A. $475,000 3,072 155 06/10/2021 73 Jalan Chempaka Kuning Resale Semi-Detached House 70 yrs from 19/08/1964 Bedok
N.A. $590,000 2,631 224 26/08/2022 102 Jalan Chempaka Kuning Resale Terrace House 70 yrs from 19/08/1964 Bedok
Fuyong Estate $750,000 2,781 270 14/03/2022 36 Jalan Asas Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 18/03/1947 Bukit Panjang
Fuyong Estate $760,000 2,597 293 13/01/2022 57 Jalan Asas Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 18/03/1947 Bukit Panjang
N.A. $762,000 4,314 177 05/05/2022 280 Bedok Road Resale Semi-Detached House 70 yrs from 19/08/1964 Bedok
N.A. $770,000 2,914 264 14/10/2021 44 Jalan Asas Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 18/03/1947 Bukit Panjang
Siew Lim Park $800,000 4,302 186 20/04/2022 248 Bedok Road Resale Semi-Detached House 70 yrs from 19/08/1964 Bedok
Fuyong Estate $830,000 2,988 278 15/07/2022 46 Jalan Asas Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 18/03/1947 Bukit Panjang
N.A. $1,018,000 4,004 254 20/10/2021 14 Bend Wan Road Resale Detached House 99 yrs from 11/06/1949 Kallang
Mayfair Park $1,230,000 3,652 337 10/12/2021 20 Jalan Bangket Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 28/03/1952 Bukit Timah
Mayfair Park $1,310,000 3,649 359 12/04/2022 21 Jalan Wajek Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 28/03/1952 Bukit Timah
Serangoon Garden Estate $1,320,000 2,077 635 17/03/2022 5 Jalan Chulek Resale Terrace House 99 yrs from 26/02/1965 Serangoon
Mayfair Park $1,330,000 3,532 377 11/02/2022 49 Jalan Wajek Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 28/03/1952 Bukit Timah
East View Garden $1,350,000 3,969 340 28/12/2021 24 Jalan Pergam Resale Semi-Detached House 99 yrs from 01/01/1965 Tampines
Westvillie $1,490,000 1,821 818 06/10/2021 182 Westwood Crescent Resale Terrace House 99 yrs from 01/12/1994 Jurong West
Loyang villas $1,500,000 1,615 929 22/11/2021 349 Loyang Rise Resale Terrace House 99 yrs from 01/05/1993 Pasir Ris

Source: URA

A note on properties below $1 million

The properties that are below $1 million are in an advanced state of lease decay. Fuyong Estate, for example, has a 99-year lease that began in 1947 and has only 24 years to go. 

As for Siew Lim Park, the homes in the development are of mixed tenures (i.e., some may be freehold, and some may be leasehold); the prices you see on the list are reflective of some leasehold units. 

This doesn't automatically mean the properties aren't worth buying - the simple fact that we're seeing transactions in 2021/22 shows that there are interested buyers. 

The landed properties in Fuyong Estate and Siew Lim Park are not just big, they're also in very convenient and accessible locations. 

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The houses in Fuyong Estate are right next door to the Rail Mall, and within a six-minute walk to Hillview MRT. The Siew Lim Park homes are within a 10-minute walk to the Tanah Merah interchange (East-West Line, with the interchange to Changi Airport). 

For niche buyers who don't need a long lease, and have no interest in legacy value, a quantum of below $1 million isn't always a bad deal. 

That said, buyers of these properties must have significant cash in hand, as banks typically don't give loans for properties that are so old. In addition, they should expect nothing in the way of resale gains, and it's improbable they will find a future buyer at this stage. 

We definitely don't recommend any of these properties for the typical home buyer; but there is a market for them, albeit for highly situational scenarios. 

For example, this could make sense for someone who has a specific timeline and prioritises having more living space than anything else. In this period of high rental, buying could be a cheaper option (albeit you have to pay everything up front).

Let's say you bought a terrace at Jalan Chempaka Kuning for $320,000. Over the remaining 12 years of the lease, you'd be paying essentially paying $2,222 a month. With rental rates of $3,600 currently, this means that you'd be effectively saving nearly $200,000 over the 12-year period.

Again, it's not for everyone. But there are situations where the math works out, and in those specific scenarios are where these properties could still make sense.

Which developments may be worth buying?

Among the list, a few notable developments stand out. We picked these because there's a possibility of a quantum that's just around $2 million or under, and because the projects are not too old, and still reasonably large:

1. Westville 

Location: Westwood Avenue (District 22)

Type: Terrace Houses and Semi-detached

Developer: First Jurong Land Pte. Ltd.

Lease details: 99 years from 1/12/1994

Number of units: 339

Date Address Type Tenure Size PSF$ Price
Aug 30 2022 310 Westwood Avenue Terrace 99 yrs from1994 3,117 860 $2,680,000
Aug 5 2022 100 Westwood Avenue Terrace 99 yrs from 1994 1,638 1,172 $1,920,000
July 20 2022 27 Westwood Avenue Terrace 99 yrs from 1994 1,616 1,213 $1,960,000
June 8 2022 79 Westwood Avenue Semi-Detached 99 yrs from 1994 2,154 1,045 $2,250,000
May 20 2022 146 Westwood Crecent Terrace 99 yrs from 1994 2,170 982 $2,130,000

Like most landed enclaves, Westville is a bit inaccessible right now; but in 2027, Gek Poh MRT station (Jurong Region Line) will be running. This station is close enough to Westville, but of course, this depends on which exact plot you are eyeing. This is also the same distance to Gek Poh Shopping Centre, an air-conditioned HDB mall; there's a Koufu food court here and a Prime Supermarket.

For other options for daily groceries, there's also a Sheng Siong located around 10 minutes from this project, next to Jalan Bahar. 

For some families, the appeal of Westville is its proximity to NTU. The University is just a seven-minute drive via Jalan Bahar. 

At the time of writing, terrace units of around 1,638 sq.ft. have transacted at just $1.92 million; while in June this year, a semi-detached unit of 2,153 sq. ft. sold for just $2.25 million. 

Besides, having a landed estate close to an MRT station is always an attractive proposition. The value of Westville is likely to climb, once the MRT station is up and running. Just bear in mind that, until then, Westville lacks easy public transport.

2. Villa Verde 

Location: Dairy Farm (District 23)

Type: Terrace Houses 

Developer: Keppel Land

Lease details: 99 years from 22/03/1997

Number of units: 515

Date Address Type Tenure Size PSF$ Price
Sept 13 2022 202 Verde Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,615 1,270 $2,050,000
Sept 12 2022 188 Verde Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,615 1,332 $2,150,000
Sept 1 2022 29 Verde Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,615 1,406 $2,270,000
Aug 29 2022 2 Verde Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 3,238 862 $2,790,000
Aug 12 2022 35 Verde Avenue Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,615 1,201 $1,938,888
Aug 5 2022 30 Verde Grove Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,615 1,325 $2,140,000
Aug 1 2022 155 Verde Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,660 1,356 $2,250,000
Aug 1 2022 58 Verde Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1997 1,615 1,226 $1,980,000

TJ has done a comprehensive tour, for those who want to get a better feel of Villa Verde.

As the name implies, this landed housing project is next to Villa Verde Park. Villa Verde is more accessible than it seems on the map: if you walk to the bus stop after Yew Tee Flyover, you can take bus 927 all the way to Yew Tee MRT station (North-South Line). From here, it's only one stop to Choa Chu Kang MRT, where you'll find Lot One mall. The MRT station is a little too far to walk daily, at about 1 km away.

Yew Tee Primary and Regent Secondary schools are also within walking distance, at nine and six minutes respectively. 

As of 2022, units of 1,614 sq. ft. have transacted from $2.05 million to about $2.27 million. The sizeable units, coupled with the low (for landed) quantum, makes this a good development for extended families sharing the mortgage. 

3. The Riverina 

Location: Pasir Ris (District 18)

Type: Terrace Houses 

Developer: Ho Bee Group

Lease details: 99-years from 26/06/1996

Number of units: 215

Date Address Type Tenure Size PSF$ Price
July 22 2022 53 Riverina Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1996 2,196 1,175 $2,580,000
July 18 2022 16 Riverina Walk Terrace 99 yrs from 1996 1,619 1,470 $2,380,000
June 30 2022 34 Riverina Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1996 1,615 1,275 $2,058,000
April 26 2022 69 Riverina View Terrace 99 yrs from 1996 1,615 1,244 $2,008,000
April 8 2022 15 Riverina Crescent Terrace 99 yrs from 1996 1,615 1,282 $2,070,000

The Riverina is nestled in the very heart of a landed enclave. If you want a quiet location, without any looming towers nearby, this may be as low as the price will get. 

Riverina is surprisingly accessible for being in a landed area. If you take a five-minute walk to block 601, for example, you can take bus 58 to Pasir Ris MRT (East-West Line and Cross Island Line). Pasir Ris MRT is also next to White Sands, the major mall servicing the neighbourhood. 

For smaller needs, you can walk to Elias Mall at about the same time. It's your typical neighbourhood mall with the most important amenity, a Sheng Siong supermarket. You do also have a few food options, even an F45 gym.

Besides this, it's also a short walk to Pasir Ris Park and beach, which is a great spot for fresh air and the sea breeze. It's also not as crowded as other places like East Coast Park so it's better for those that want a little more privacy. Overall, The Riverina manages to capture the landed living experience, but without an extreme trade-off of convenience. 

The 1,614 sq. ft. units, sizeable enough for extended families, can transact at little above the $2 million mark.

4. Loyang Villas

Location: Loyang (District 17)

Type: Terrace Houses 

Developer: First Loyang Land Pte. Ltd.

Lease details: 99 years from 01/05/1993

Number of units: 423

Loyang is one of the larger landed enclaves in the east and is often popular among those who like Changi Village (the village is about a nine-minute drive from here). Like most landed areas, you trade convenience for exclusivity; so you should expect to drive out for most of your needs. 

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There's only one walkable mall nearby, and that's Loyang Point; this is an HDB mall that includes a Giant and a Sheng Siong. There are also fast food options here like McDonald's, Burger King, and Yoshinoya. It's about eight minutes on foot. 

You'll notice Loyang Villas appears multiple times on the list and is rather popular - this is because of the low quantum relative to size. In August this year, for instance, a 1,786 sq. ft. terrace house transacted for just $1.9 million, while a 1,614 sq. ft. unit transacted at a mere $1.635 million. 

With numerous transactions below the $2 million mark, units here may be affordable to some HDB upgraders; and with a lease from 1993 (70 years remaining), Loyang Villas is not as old as most affordable leasehold landed projects. 

With many older leasehold landed properties, there may not be a record of transactions; or there may have been no transactions for some time. In these cases, it's best to get a property agent with on-the-ground experience in the area. 

This article was first published in Stackedhomes.