What is a shophouse Singapore?

What is a shophouse Singapore?

Shophouses—a historical source of delight and nostalgia—are a prevalent building type in Singapore’s architectural and built heritage. These buildings are generally two- to three- storeys high, built in contiguous blocks with common party walls.

Can you live in a shophouse in Singapore?

Today, only some 657 shophouses remain available for residential use, many of which have been exclusively owned by families across generations. As a result, the experience of living in a shophouse is a coveted but often unreachable dream.

What are the characteristics of an early shophouse style?

Early Shophouse Style (1840-1900) This style is typified by a low and squat two-storey building with one or two windows on the upper floor façade. The rectangular windows and doors are timber-framed with shutters of boards, panels or louvres to aid ventilation.

Who built the shophouses in Singapore?

Stamford Raffles
The shophouses of Singapore evolved from the early-19th century during the colonial era. It was first introduced by Stamford Raffles who specified in his Town Plan for Singapore the uniformity and regularity of the building, the material used as well as features of the buildings such as a covered passageway.

Is HDB shophouse worth buying?

INVEST IN HDB SHOPHOUSES CAN HOLD THEIR VALUE The total price (S$18.2 million) is still one of the highest recorded transactions in the area, proving that investing in HDB shophouses can hold their value even in a weak market.

Is shophouse under HDB?

These are commercial units built by HDB as part of a neighbourhood estate. Typically, these units have a commercial shopfront, and sometimes residential quarters on the second-floor. These shophouses are managed by HDB and are technically leasehold property.

How many shophouses are there in Singapore?

6,500 conserved shophouses
There are over 6,500 conserved shophouses in Singapore. Built between the early-1800s and mid- 1900s, these heritage buildings continue to be an important part of our cityscape and serve as a link to our past. In the contemporary landscape, many of them have been adapted to new uses.

What makes a Shouse A Shouse?

The word “shouse” comes from two words, shop and house. A shouse is essentially a personal workshop and/or storage space that’s connected to a house. It’s often situated on a piece of land used for fishing, hunting, or a different recreational activity.

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