Housing and Urban Development Company built 22 estates for middle-income people, of which 3 are not managed as public housing and one (Anthony Garden) was demolished in 1990s, leaving 18 HUDC estates that appear on official lists.
HDB took over JTC and HUDC in 1982. Phase III and IV are HUDC flats built by HDB, last HUDC was completed in 1987. HUDC was replaced by Executive HBD flats built since 1984. See also HUDC and the story of housing windfalls.
|Estate name||Location (town)||Number of units||Built year||Privatization||Current status|
|Farrer Court||Bukit Timah||618||?||15 Nov 2002||Demolished 2009
|Lakeview Estate||Bishan||240||1977||1 Aug 2003||Standing|
|Laguna Park||Marine Parade||516 flats + 11 shops||1977||16 Jul 2007||Standing|
|16 Dec 2002||Demolished 2008
(source: Straits Times 1989)
|Central Area||196||?||never||Demolished 1995-1996
for Orchard Scotts
|Braddell View||Toa Payoh||918||1981||17 Mar 2017||Standing|
|Chancery Court||Novena||136 or 144
136 flats, 5 shops
|1981||24 May 2014||Standing|
|Gillman Heights||Bukit Merah||608||1984||1 Nov 1996||Demolished 2010
for The Interlace
|Ivory Heights||Jurong East||654 (Annual Report)||1986||1 Jun 1998||Standing|
|Minton Rise||Hougang||342 (Annual Report)||?||1 Feb 2001||Demolished 2010
for The Minton
|Pine Grove||Bukit Timah||660||1984||1 Nov 1996||Standing|
|Waterfront View||Bedok||583 (Annual Report)||?||1 Feb 2002||Demolished
|Eunosville||Geylang||330 (Annual Report),
|?||1 Jun 2011||Demolished 2018-2019
for Parc Esta
|Hougang N3||Hougang||286 (Annual Report
140 (demolished 1995)
|1986||8 May 2014||Demolished 2018?
for Riverfront Residences
renamed Florence Regency
|Hougang||336 (Annual Report
286 (privatization news)
|?||13 June 2014||Standing|
|Potong Pasir||Toa Payoh||175 (Annual Report
|?||1 Jul 2014||Demolished 2018
for The Tre Ver
|Serangoon North||Serangoon||244 (Annual Report
|?||8 May 2014||Demolished 2018-2019
for Affinity @ Serangoon
|Shunfu Ville||Bishan||358 (Asiaone.com),
|1985||28 Mar 2013||Demolished 2018
|Tampines Court||Tampines||560 (Annual Report)||1985||1 Apr 2002||Demolished 2018-2019
for Treasure at Tampines
The 3 additional HUDC estates not included in official lists
(Ministry of Finance)
(Ministry of Finance)
(Singapore Armed Forces)
Privately-built housing acquired by HUDC
|Pasir Ris landed houses
(source: Straits Times 1977)
|Pasir Ris||98 (Annual Report)||not yet||Standing|
38 of the 280 units takeover
(source: New Nation 1978)
|Central||38 (Annual Report)||not yet||Demolished 2020
for One Pearl Bank
Total: 22 HUDC estates, 9776-9798 units.
I made the above list myself in 2011, because I was not able to find any official list of Housing and Urban Development Company estates. That times, a single source said that HUDC built 19 estates totaling 7750 units without listing individual estates, but personally I identified 21 estates. In 2012 I found ST Property saying 18 HUDC estates totaling 7731 units, but there are 3 more estates which a real estate agent replied in PropertyGuru that they are HUDC estates too undergoing privatization, they being managed by other government boards, thus HDB Annual Reports never counted them as public housing.
Beside the 22 estates built by HUDC (or by HDB after takeover as HUDC flats), HDB Annual Reports shows under HDB management also 38 HUDC units in Central Area (within 280-unit Pearl Bank Apartment) and 98 HUDC units in Pasir Ris Avenue / Terrace / Heights (terraced and semi-detached housing), built by private developers and takeover by HUDC to be sold as public housing. I was able to prove their location using HDB Map Service.
Starting from Annual Report 2015, HDB no longer include HUDC units under HDB management. All HUDC estates were privatized, except the 38 units in Pearl Bank and 98 units in Pasir Ris which their status is unknown but were removed from Annual Reports causing the total number of units in Central Area to drop by 38.
Source of info: the HDB Annual Reports, old press releases on archive.org, and various blogs with news about HUDC privatization, this is why there are so many empty cells, question marks and some values may be not accurate.
Note: Amberville is written in HDB Press Releases as Phase I/II, Braddell View is not written, while Chancery Court is written as Phase II.
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The first HUDC flats: Lagoon View & Laguna Park, under construction on reclaimed land in the East Coast (1975) and present-day aerial view.
The last HUDC flats to be privatised: Braddell View.
HDB launched HUDC privatization scheme in 1995. The privatization process is complex and takes about 1 year to complete. The estate is converted in strata-tiled and apartment owners became legal owners of the land under them.
After privatization, owners may decide to sell their estate in a collective sale (en-bloc) to a private developer. Most HUDC estates are built with large spaces between blocks, so if it is demolished, a private developer can maximize the plot area and built 2-4 times more apartments than the original estate.
The reason for which HUDC flats are transacted on resale market at prices over $1 million, much higher that HDB Executive flats, is exactly the en-bloc potential, if a developer buy the estate for redevelopment, may compensate each flat owner with $2 million.
Initially I guessed privatisation date using Annual Reports (dwelling units under management) and see in which years the number changed, oldest HDB Annual report found was from 1994, found via archive.org, showing 5411 HUDC units under management, none of them in towns plenty of HUDC estates such as Marine Parade, giving impression that they were already privatized before 1995. This because Phase I/II estates were under self-management thus not included in units under HDB management.
I added official privatization date in 2014, sourced from hudcsingapore.com, by this way I also organized the table by phases.
Few HUDC blocks were demolished before HDB launched privatization scheme: Anthony Garden (196 units) and blocks 342-343 from Hougang N7 (140 units).
List of HUDC in Excel format
Similar with above table
Biggest HUDC apartments are in Chancery Court, with maisonettes in 180-210 sqm range.
I have never saw HUDC floor plans, but based on the interior photos available on real estate websites, I can tell that Phase III and IV HUDC floor plans have similar layouts like HDB Executive Apartments / Maisonettes built in 1980s, but are a little bigger (usually 150-165 sqm).
Would like to gain your insights. I have 3 questions which are link to each other.
1) Why were HUDC privatized? Is it only because owners want to en-bloc to private developers for the good money?
Which leads to the next question:
2) Will DBSS follow the path of HUDC?
3) How are the existing HUDC, newly-built DBSS and newly-built Executive Condominium different/similar from one another?
First, privatization and en-bloc are NOT the same. I am not sure if they were privatized specially to get en-bloc.
DBSS is public housing and cannot be privatized, may go SERS instead. EC is private housing and can be en-bloc but I don’t think that this can happen sooner than 20-30 years.
HUDC estates are old, having large spaces between blocks which make en-bloc profitable as the developer can build a much larger number of units on that land. DBSS and EC are dense enough and with small apartments, so en-bloc does not worth.
If anyone else can provide a better answer than me, please reply.
Thank you for your reply.
I read from h88.com.sg that there are 2 types of HUDC – those that are fully privatized, and those in the process of full privatization, the last HUDC being Braddell View currently on-going..! The website states that the more than 75% of the Braddell View owners have agreed to go private. This seems a smart money-making move as it provides the owners an opportunity to go en-bloc. We can safely say this reason may be the only, if not the most convincing for HUC owners to go private.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for DBSS as this HDB scheme was never intended to go private in the beginning. Hence, we can say that HUDC is very much similar to EC, and DBSS is a different category all together.
I bought a DBSS more than a year ago, not by choice, but by the mutherf**ing (I could use these words ‘ill-considered/sub-standard/nonsense’) Government/HDB housing rule that forbade a couple with combined income of more than S$8,000 to be eligible for BTO. We exceeded by a mere margin of S$200+ only. We have therefore no choice but to look at DBSS and EC. EC pricing was out of our affordability range.
May I seek your view again, what is the future for DBSS owner like myself, whom would want to attain the Singapore Dream of owning a bigger home to live, and have other properties for investment and retirement purpose?
Your sharing is very much appreciated.
The $8000 rule is OK, to reserve BTO flats for low-income people. All countries with public housing programmes have such income limits. The problem is that mutherf**ing developers of DBSS and EC exaggerated with prices. For $8200 per month you deserved an EC! Why you haven’t bought a resale HDB?
About DBSS I can say that it was priced about 50% higher than nearby HDBs and on resale market they may get a price just 10-20% higher. This is just my estimation based by [email protected]. We need more DBSS for sale and a detailed analysis for a precise answer.
More than 2 years ago, when combined income ceiling cap at S$8,000 (now is S$10,000) and resale COV at S$50,000 (sellers exaggerated as well, not just DBSS developers), I was left with only 1 choice – DBSS. Comparing to resale, my DBSS was and still is much better in terms of pricing and age (brand new DBSS).
I am only very annoyed that as a middle-income Singaporean, I have been not properly taken care of by the incompetent people who are paid with our tax money.
I thank you for sharing your views. Great work on your website. It is a rare gem in the information world. I look forward to more.
Thank you and best regards.
hi, shunfu is enbloc, you may want to update 🙂
i wanna know. chancery court is gonna en bloc anywhere soon.
I looking ti buy hudc
Raintree Garden (Potong Pasir) & Shunfu Ville (Bishan) are almost cleared out of residents, and demolition will probably happen a few months from now in 2018.
Hi, what are the ( ministry of finance), (ministry of defence) under each estate? Do they refer to the ownership of the land the estate sits on?
Flats were given to these people rather than to public housing applicants, and yes ministry own the land until privatization.
Did the owners of the units have to buy the land off the ministries or it was just a matter of paperwork?
I’m curious because my apartment is privatised and sits on Ministry of finance land, yet my title is Subsidiary Cert of title which is a public one.
Those owning 99 leasehold condo properties will have on their Subsidiary Strata Certificate of Title indicating reversionary owner, i.e the name of the owner which the property will be returned to upon reaching 99 years old. Those owning freehold property will have on the title deed showing either Estate in Fee Simple or Estate in Perpetuity. Its the highest form of land ownership in Singapore.
Normanton park is becoming really empty, wonder when is the deadline for all the residents to move out
Eunosville is currently being demolished and the final date to vacate Tampines Court is 13/12/2018
“Also in Hougang another 140 HUDC units disappeared from HDB management between Annual Report 1995 and 1996, does anyone know where are located these units?”
I suspect that these 140 units used to be in Bk 342 and 343, Hougang Ave 7, next to Hougang N3/Riverfront Residences. These 2 block disappeared from the street directory after 1995, and their place Evergeen Park Condo was built and completed in 1999. The 2 blocks had the same block plan as Blk 349, so they should be similar – 5 units per floor and 14+1 storeys (i.e 70 units in each block).
Nice find! I did browsed https://ohm.onemap.sg/#/index/main when I compiled https://www.teoalida.com/singapore/hdbdatabase/ with all historical blocks that were standing after 1984, but I wasn’t aware that demolished blocks can exist in a post-1980 estate like Hougang too. I wonder what was the procedure that leaded to demolition of only 2 blocks while keeping rest of HUDC estate.
Is Neptune Court a HUDC project in the 1st place?
Its the only one left standing, not privatised.
Whenever HUDC estates are mentioned, NC is never mentioned, hence my question.
it is HUDC but managed by Ministry of Finance rather than by HDB and indeed, not yet privatized.
Spottiswoode estate would be similar to Neptune Court, I believe.