Difference between HDB Flat and a condo

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Difference between HDB Flat and a condo

Post by jaroenr » Tue, 18 Dec 2007 11:51 pm

Hi, what's the difference between a HDB Flat and a condo in Singapore? Thanks.

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Post by Super_Star » Wed, 19 Dec 2007 12:06 am

A HDB flat is government subsidized housing. You must have certain criterias to qualify to be able to buy a HDB flat. For example (out of many criterias), you must be a Singapore citizen or a Permanent Resident and belong to a certain income bracket. This is how the government "takes care" of the lower income groups in the country so that they can afford to own an apartment. The HDB flats do not have facilities such as swimming pools or their own gyms. Usually, just a neighborhood playground for the kids, and a small garden or park where there are benches.

Condominiums on the other hand, are private developments of property companies and cost a lot more than HDB flats. They all have private swimming pools and gyms, security guards round the clock around the apartment complex, BBQ facilities, playgrounds for the kids, and more recently, spas in the condo complex itself.

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Post by local lad » Wed, 19 Dec 2007 9:53 am

Condos are not restricted to foreigners

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 19 Dec 2007 9:54 am

A condo is the same here as in the US.

An HDB flat is like project housing without the connotations of "Projects" in the US. 95% of all Singaporean live in HBD Flats. The newest generation of HDB flats can just about compete with condo and in a number of instances are better with more floor space for a given type of unit.

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Post by durain » Wed, 19 Dec 2007 8:21 pm

LOL! i cant believe wiki will have info on HDB! :)

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Post by time » Fri, 21 Dec 2007 8:36 am

Anyone know if all condos have studio units? As in studio apartments...?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 21 Dec 2007 9:13 am

very few to almost none
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Post by time » Fri, 21 Dec 2007 9:18 am

If studio apts are not common here, then what's the nearest substitute?

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Post by durain » Fri, 21 Dec 2007 9:38 pm

rent a master bedroom with ensuite toilet in a condo. you will have to share the kitchen, etc.

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Post by boffenl » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 9:11 pm

I LOVE our HDB apt. in Clementi. We're close to the swimming complex, great food, good shopping and the "real" Singapore. HDB's are NOTHING like the "projects" back in Baltimore. We have beautifully renovated open spaces and great neighbors. We're sold on HDB's since they're at least half the price and twice the "experience" of living in a condo.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 10:51 pm

boffenl,

A merry Xmas to you. My old man was from Balmer! He grew up in Highlandtown to be exact in the old rowhouses!

Glad you are enjoying you stay in Clementi. I work not far from there on Toh Guan Road East which is actually nearer to IMM. But sure wish I was down on the Chesterpeak right now! :wink:
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Post by hedgehunter » Wed, 02 Jan 2008 1:33 pm

SMS - I thought this forum was your work?

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Post by batgirl_cdn » Wed, 02 Jan 2008 1:37 pm

Can you have pets in HDB apartments?

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Post by ScoobyDoes » Wed, 02 Jan 2008 2:01 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote: Glad you are enjoying you stay in Clementi. I work not far from there on Toh Guan Road East which is actually nearer to IMM.
Wow, i'm working just around the corner :wave:

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 02 Jan 2008 2:38 pm

Scooby,

Yeah, it's the land of Hub's out here. Enterprise Hub, Water Hub, Eating Hub, Hubcaps, and last but not least Dormatory Hub! :wave: right back at ya!

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