(image: Courtesy of Talisman Publishing)
Good Class Bungalows are the jewels of Singapore property.
They are the biggest of all bungalows and a rarity, with only about 2,800 set on prime plots on the island. While some bungalows are historic buildings that are more than 100 years old, others have been built in a contemporary style in recent years.
A number are secluded on the slopes of the few remaining hills in Singapore — Bukit Tunggal, Caldecott Hill and Cluny Hill — on the sites of the country’s first plantations.
Set in lush gardens, these dwellings are the subject of the 2016 book Singapore Good Class Bungalow 1819-2015 by British architect and academic Robert Powell. It traces almost 200 years of the history of Singapore bungalows. In his book, Professor Powell writes that the term Good Class Bungalow Area was first mentioned in the revised masterplan by the then Ministry of National Development in 1980, in an effort to protect the “high environment quality” of the larger bungalows from the intrusion of other intensive development.
According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), there are now about 65 Good Class Bungalows that have been gazetted for conservation. Each plot can fetch between $15.7 million and $44.5 million, per Knight Frank Research data for 2016’s transaction prices.
Here you can read more about some homes featured in the book, as well as other standout Good Class Bungalows around the island.
Some text adapted from www.businesstimes.com.sg, www.straitstimes.com and www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg / Additional reporting by Sara Lyle Bow, 21 August 2018.
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