I made this Condo Database in 2015 because someone doing research and analysis needed a database of condos in Excel format and asked me if I can make it, he told me to scrap data from a website. I choose to run a scrapper on SingaporeExpats and published it there for sale because other people doing similar research may be interested in purchasing it. In 2016 did the same for PropertyGuru for another person needing more data.
|SingaporeExpats condo directory
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|PropertyGuru condo directory
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Managing agent database
Someone asked me for MCST and managing agent contact number, this is available for FREE on www.bca.gov.sg/bcadata/MCST.xls, however he said that this Excel file is not updated and told me to scrap www.bca.gov.sg/plan_enquiry/mcst_usersearch.aspx, to get latest data, but the deal never took place.
Anyone else interested? I can scrap BCA form for $300 to be paid to my programmer partner. Can someone confirm that the MCST.xls is out of date? Is really necessary to pay my programmer to make a scraper for BCA form?
While the HDB Database is an original product “Made by Teoalida” by combining manually data from multiple sources plus personal research, the Condo Database data belongs to SingaporeExpats and PropertyGuru websites, I do not recommend using this database in making websites. Feel free to use it for research and analysis purposes. I am NOT responsible for any copyright troubles you may face if you use their data commercially, making own website, etc. Please consider the price a fee for data scraping service from website rather than author of data.
Detailed data does exist for all major condos. Most old and small private apartments do not have number of units, TOP year, etc. There may be also small developments (less than 10 units) not included at all in both SingaporeExpats and PropertyGuru condo directories.
Don’t ask when was last updated!
Re-scraping SingaporeExpats takes only 3 hours so if you purchase today I will update today! BUT website itself not updated often.
Re-scraping PropertyGuru takes few more hours and need to run each district individually, and there is always a risk that some day, PropertyGuru will change website code and need to pay extra fee to make a new scraping application in Visual Basic.
History & how database was made
In 2009 I started making a database of all buildings in Singapore, for my personal research, sourcing condo name from map then digging various websites for details such as number of units (imagine how much time would take!). I abandoned the work in 2011 because it required too much effort to be done voluntarily.
In 2012 I published on website a sample of that database of all buildings and also a list of major condos, waiting for feedback to see does worth continuing the project, as paid service for professional use. Took 2 years to get feedback and realize what kind of data people are looking for, I revived the database in 2014 into a database of HDB buildings only, planning to start a separate database for condos, I posted a message in List of major condos page inviting people who are interested in a complete condo directory to contact me.
The first customer to contact me for condo database came only in September 2015, he purchased the HDB Database previously. Incidentally, in August 2015 I learned to scrap data from websites using automatic software, so I offered him 3 options: automatic data scraping from SingaporeExpats for $150 (2809 condos), automatic data scraping from PropertyGuru for $300 (3148 condos, a bit more details for each condo, such as postal code and number of floors), or manual data building, write condo names from onemap.sg then fill up details from above websites, for $1000 (this way would make most complete database). He said that is necessary to be very complete database, agreed with automatic scraping way, even told me specifically to scrap data from PropertyGuru, but this turned impossible because website display a CAPTCHA after every 10 pages accessed by scraping application. I ended in scraping SingaporeExpats.
SingaporeExpats is not a news website but a simple condo directory and it is lagging in terms of updates with latest condo launches, customer complained, and one of my friends (programmer) told me that can make in Visual Basic a custom scraping application for PropertyGuru, so I made him an offer. Programmer spend 2 weeks until finding a way to deal with CAPTCHA and wanted to get paid for this, but the customer was no longer interested to pay extra free (despite that he asked initially to scrap PropertyGuru).
I posted a message inviting people interested in PropertyGuru to contact me and pay 50% fee in advance. Someone paid in July 2016 and programmer made a new scraping application. Now you can purchase your preferred data!
I am still willing to make manually a complete condo database, sourcing condo names from map and as much condo data is possible from various property websites, an “original database” that I can claim my copyright and you can use it commercially without risking copyright issues… but this would take a large amount of time so I need first to find a customer generous in payment, also will be difficult to spot new launches condos on map.
The biggest condos (over 800 apartments)
|D’leedon||Bukit Timah||1 – 15 Leedon Heights||10||99-year||2014||1715|
|Melville Park||Tampines||12 – 28 Simei Street 1||18||99-year||1996||1232|
|The Minton||Hougang||2 – 14a Hougang Street 11||19||99-year||2014||1145|
|Reflections At Keppel Bay||Bukit Merah||1 – 33 Keppel Bay View||4||99-year||2011||1129|
|The Sail @ Marina Bay||Central Area||2, 6 Marina Boulevard||1||99-year||2008||1111|
|Bayshore Park||Bedok (East Coast)||50 – 66 Bayshore Road||16||99-year||1986||1093|
|The Interlace||Bukit Merah||180 – 226 Depot Road||4||99-year||2013||1040|
|The Bayshore||Bedok (East Coast)||22 – 34 Bayshore Road||16||99-year||1999||1038|
|Mandarin Gardens||Bedok (East Coast)||1 – 15 Siglap Road||15||99-year||1986||1000|
|Watertown||Punggol||61 – 81 Punggol Central||19||99-year||2017||992|
|Caribbean At Keppel Bay||Bukit Merah||4 – 46 Keppel Bay Drive||4||99-year||2004||969|
|Parc Oasis||Jurong East||35 – 55 Jurong East Avenue 1||22||99-year||1995||950|
|Signature Park||Bukit Timah||46a – 58 Toh Tuck Road||21||Freehold||1998||928|
|D’nest||Pasir Ris||127 – 149 Pasir Ris Grove||18||99-year||2017||912|
|City Square Residences||Kallang-Whampoa||2 – 14 Kitchener Link||8||Freehold||2009||910|
|Costa Del Sol||Bedok (East Coast)||68 – 84 Bayshore Road||16||99-year||2003||906|
|The Palette||Pasir Ris||101 – 123 Pasir Ris Grove||18||99-year||2016||892|
|A Treasure Trove||Punggol||50 – 76 Punggol Walk||19||99-year||2015||882|
|Bartley Ridge||Toa Payoh||30 – 46 Mount Vernon Road||19||99-year||2018||868|
|Eight Riversuites||Kallang-Whampoa||2 – 48 Whampoa East||15||99-year||2016||862|
|Lakeshore||Jurong West||29 – 33 Jurong West St 41||22||99-year||2007||841|
|La Fiesta||Sengkang||50 – 74 Sengkang Square||19||99-year||2017||810|
Singapore condo facts
Private properties are leasehold (99 or 999 years) or freehold. First condominium was built in 1974, few condominiums were built until early 1990 and they were aimed to high income people, the apartment sizes were approximately double than HDB ones. Meantime non-condo private apartments did existed, without poll, guards or other condo facilities, aimed to middle class, priced like top-end HDB flats, there is no much info about their apartment sizes.
Since mid-1990s more and more condominium projects were launched, most of them are aimed to middle class, so the apartment sizes are comparable with HDB ones, while non-condo private developments became rare. Like HDBs, condos were downsized too after 2000, some being even smaller than HDB. The difference is made by facilities: security guards, swimming pools, tennis courts… which leads to a bigger price than public housing.Singapore risk to become a second Hong Kong! Since 2009 there is a strange trend of “shoebox apartments” denoting the flats under 500 square feet, and developers are desperate to fit as many units possible, sometimes making units with view to small courtyards.
According insing.com the private condos have been shrunk from 121 sqm in Q1 2010 to 93 sqm in Q1 2013, while executive condos have been growth a little.
According ST Property the average size is is 667 sq ft = 62 sqm.
According PropertyGuru average size to estimate number of units in government land sales programme is 85 sqm and for EC is 100 sqm, as 2012.
Where is the truth? Did someone included landed houses and other did not?
Smallest apartment in Singapore is 24 sqm (258 sq ft), 4 units in Suites @ Guillemard. All other studio apartments are 35+ sqm and have separate bed area. This because of URA which regulate minimum apartment size. However we need regulations of minimum apartment size for each number of rooms, to prevent extremely crowded condos like in the following examples:
Alexis Condo, 1-bedroom 36 sqm, 1-bedroom+study 47 sqm, 2-bedroom 56 sqm, very crowded layout, some apartments have no view.
Tree Scape @ Telok Kurau, 1-bedroom+study 40 sqm , 2-bedroom 49 sqm, 3-bedroom 56-65 sqm, 4-bedroom 84 sqm.
Natura @ Hillview, 1-bedroom 42 sqm, 2-bedroom 48-50 sqm, 3-bedroom 59-61 sqm, bedrooms sized like in Hong Kong (2×2 m).
The first condos
Condo is defined by having pool and other shared facilities (unlike normal Apartment).
First condo: The Beverly Mai, Thomson Road, built 1974
First condo with private lifts: Futura, 14 Leonie Hill Road, built 1976
First condo with parking on each floor, living room parking bay: Hamilton Scotts, 37 Scotts Road, built 2012. See video how the parking works.
The biggest apartments
Here are some examples found by me, with biggest regular 3/4-bedroom apartment sizes. Condos having one huge penthouse all other apartments small are not included.
The list was compiled in 2013. Since 2015 SingaporeExpats no longer show unit types and their floor areas… sadly.
Arcadia Garden (1983): 3 bedrooms 322 – 347 sq m, 4 bedrooms 345 – 434 sq m, Maisonette 610 sq m, Penthouse 697 sq m.
Fontana Heights (1985): 4 bedrooms 321 – 442 sq m, Penthouse 1102 sq m.
The Claymore (1985): 3 bedrooms 249 sq m, 4 bedrooms 311 sq m, Penthouse 457 sq m.
Astrid Meadows (1990): 3 bedrooms 180 – 240 sq m, 4 bedrooms 247 – 354 sq m, Penthouse 622 sq m.
Ardmore Park (2001): 4 bedrooms 268 sq m, Penthouse 812 sq m.
Grange Residences (2004) 4+1 bedrooms 2600 – 2853 sq ft.
Dairy Farm Estate (1989): 3 bedrooms: 181 – 205 sq m, Maisonette: 148 – 217 sq m.
Hillcrest Arcadia (1980): 3 bedrooms 132 – 183 sq m, Maisonette 255 – 269 sq m, Penthouse 213 – 235 sq m.
Also: Cairnhill Crest supposedly having 7 bedroom maisonettes… while all others apartments of Singapore have max 4-5 bedrooms. I would like to see an actual floor plan…
Looking for Singapore condo floor plans and sale brochures? Visit sgfloorplans.com
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