Balconies are often an extension of our homes – a place where we get to create a small outdoor sanctuary within the concrete jungle we live in. You could decorate it with potted ferns and flowers to create a mini garden, use the space to hang your clothes to dry, or if space permits, add a small table and chairs to emulate rooftop cafe vibes.
It’s common to think that balconies are mostly a luxury limited to condos and landed properties, but here’s a guide to where you can find HDB flats with balconies in Singapore with panoramic views.
Types of HDB balconies in Singapore
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While balconies are extended platforms, the ones that are built into our HDB flats come in different styles. One of the most common types of balcony would be cantilevered platforms jut out from the main building structure. These are usually more common in newer HDB flats, whilst internal balconies are the ones you’ll see in many older resale units.
Floor plans for homes with cantilevered (left) and internal (right) balconies.
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Both comes with pros and cons, but we dare say that the internal balconies in older HDB designs are more versatile. They require less weather-proofing and can be converted into an extension of the living area, demarcated by a different set of flooring.
Where you can get HDBs with balconies in Singapore
While it’s less common for newer developments to include balconies in their design, you can still suss out fairly young resales with spacious balconies.
Newer HDB flats: Punggol
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On the North Eastern side of the island lies Waterway Terraces I and II, BTO flats that received much attention for not just their deviation from the typical HDB design, but also the promise of waterfront living.
Waterway Terraces I and II have balcony units that overlook Punggol Waterway and Park, allowing residents to enjoy serene views and wetland greenery from a distance. Other blocks within the precinct include 684 Edgedale Plains and 669B Edgefield Plains, but they’re mostly available for 4- and 5-room units.
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Fair warning though, the balconies that come with these flats are narrow and not exactly the most practical, especially if you’re the sort who intends to spend long hours potting around in your outdoor garden.
Older 5-room, Executive Apartments, Multi-Gen & Jumbo resale flats
Older resale flats that are of the 5-room configuration often come with spacious internal balconies – some nearly half the size of master bedrooms. You’ll find them scattered around the island in virtually every neighbourhood, but here are some definite areas in which you can tailor your searches to save time:
- Joo Seng
- Bedok South
- Bedok Reservior Road
- New Upper Changi Road
- Marine Parade
Some jumbo flats also feature converted corridor balconies.
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These balconies usually come as part of 5-room flats in point block properties or larger Executive Apartments and Jumbo flats. Some jumbo flats also feature converted access corridor balconies that make for grand entrances.
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The couple behind @joosenghouse live in a warm, airy resale flat that has a balcony opening out to a bird’s eye view of the adjacent hdb blocks. Against the backdrop of dreamy sunsets, the balcony is the homeowners’ favourite chill spot.
The floor plan of a 5-room Joo Seng Road flat with a balcony.
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The Ochre Home (@ochre.home) is another resale flat that’s equipped with a long, spacious balcony. Located on Tampines Street 33, the flat was originally built in the early 1990s. Thanks to the balcony and floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, the apartment is perpetually drenched in natural light.
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Similar to the previous home we saw, the 5-room flats along New Upper Changi Road come with a recessed balcony. For people who live on higher floors, they get to look out into the Bedok heartland neighbourhood and some even get to enjoy a seaview. These flats are also very accessible – just a 5-minute walk to get to Tanah Merah MRT and various malls.
An open-concept living area and balcony in a 5-room flat in Block 2 Marine Terrace.
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On the other side of the East Coast, you can find balconies in flats along Marine Terrace and Bedok South Avenue 2. Many of the blocks along the former are sea-facing and residents on higher floors get to enjoy picturesque views of the East Coast Park and the ocean beyond.
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Given how they’re designed like 2-storey apartments, I think we can all agree that most Executive Maisonettes have the potential for a balcony, thanks to the double-volume service yard we see in most unit layouts.
The balcony of an Executive Maisonette in Kovan.
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The owners of @scandi_kovan decided to hack down and remove some partitions and windows surrounding their balcony, which opened up their home to a tall opening that let in natural ventilation and light. It’s even got space for bar stools and an outdoor bar table.
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DBSS HDB flats are also in a category of their own. They’re known as “premium HDBs” and differ from typical flats due to their premium, condo-like features such as floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. The following flats are just some of the 13 DBSS projects we have in Singapore.
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Like Waterway Terrace I and II, residents at Lake Vista @ Yuan Ching get to enjoy not just a balcony, but also unblocked waterfront views of Jurong Lake Gardens.
Located in the West, Lake Vista is joined by Trivelis, whose residents have the luxury of both a balcony and a wide variety of amenities. From institutions like Nan Hua Primary School to Clementi Mall and Clementi ActiveSG Sports Centre, the residents at Trivelis have definitely gotten a good deal.
The view from a Parc Lumiere unit’s bedroom.
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In the East, we have Parc Lumiere, Centrale 8, and Pasir Ris One. The areas where they’re located in are well-connected by our public transport system – bus stops are accessible on foot while the latter two are a 5-minute walk away from Tampines MRT and Pasir Ris MRT, respectively.
The balcony area of a flat in Parkland Residences.
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Next up, we have Parkland Residences and Park Central @ AMK. The above home is a great example of how to get creative with your balcony – deck it with wooden panels to add more depth and warmth to your home.
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Natura Loft and The Peak @ Toa Payoh are DBSS flats in prime locations, which means two things: expensive districts and better accessibility to amenities. Coupled with balconies that have unobstructed views of Singapore’s bustling heartlands, these flats check all the boxes.
While homes here might cost you an arm, they feature swankier design elements not to mention they are good value for money in the long run – DBSS in mature estates often promise higher resale values.
Places where you can find HDB flats with balconies
Balconies are home features that come with their own set of pros and cons: while they can be converted to beautiful recreational spaces, they also need to be maintained if exposed to outdoor weather. Yet, they’re still a luxury that’s sought after by many homeowners on the hunt for dream homes.
For more on HDB flats, check out these articles:
- What are Loft HDB units and where to find them
- What are HDB’s Sale Of Balance Flats (SBF)?
- Condos with lush greenery that will give you bali vibes
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