Here’s A Mid-Year Round-Up Of The Most Expensive HDBs Sold In 2024

3 June 2024 | BY

With resale prices on the rise, here are some of the most expensive HDBs sold in 2024 that made headlines, and some reasons why.

Last year, we covered the most expensive HDBs sold in mid-2023. Now, with million-dollar HDB sales becoming more common, it’s plain to see that 2024 is poised to break records in resale HDB prices. Here are some of the most expensive HDBs sold in 2024 so far that made jaw-dropping headlines:

1. The Peak @ Toa Payoh 5-room DBSS—$1.56M 

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At the very pinnacle of expensive HDBs is this 5-room DBSS flat located at The Peak@Toa Payoh. Priced at $1.56M, this purchase eclipses the unit that was previously the most expensive last year, thereby crowning it as the most expensive HDB sold in history.

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DBSS flats are basically HDBs that were built by private developers, resulting in a unique build and finish unlike regular HDB flats. Typically, they end up looking more like condo units, mimicking the premium vibe that condos have as well.

The DBSS scheme has since been discontinued, which might explain why these properties have become more sought after—through a combination of rarity and premium-adjacent design.

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Additionally, this unit is in good company, with no less than 7 sales at The Peak@Toa Payoh so far that have surpassed a million dollars in price.

2. Pinnacle @ Duxton 5-room—$1.51M

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Notorious for its expensive units, it should be no surprise that a home at Pinnacle@Duxton is on this list. In May, a 5-room flat was sold at $1.51M, though there is no shortage of other million-dollar sales so far this year. From the variety of custom unit layouts available to its massive sky garden, there are a myriad of reasons why properties at Pinnacle@Duxton are sought after.

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The project is known for its panoramic views, with non-residents even having the option of paying $6 for entry to its skybridge. It even got a co-sign from then-prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, as the National Day message in 2010 was filmed at its top-floor viewing gallery.

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3. Natura Loft 5-room DBSS – $1.5M

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Another project that consistently produces million-dollar HDBs is the Natura Loft at Bishan. The most expensive unit sold so far at this estate was a 5-room DBSS priced at $1.5M, though another $1.45 million purchase made in January isn’t that far behind. 

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The flats at Natura Loft have built-in fixtures similar to those you might find at a condo, like the balcony overlooking the Bishan neighbourhood. The exorbitant price of these 2 units can be attributed to their high floor thereby giving them a panoramic view.

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4. Block 286 Bishan Executive Maisonette—$1.5M

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Like DBSS units, executive maisonettes are also considerably rare due to the fact that HDB has ceased production of these properties. This particular unit at Bishan block 286 was sold for $1.5M, making it the most expensive executive flat transaction in the entirety of Singapore.

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That’s not all: the purchase it surpassed to become the most expensive executive flat was on the same street. These flats are close to a number of amenities, being in walking distance to 2 shopping malls as well as Bishan MRT, though it is particularly close to Bishan North Shopping mall—likely the reason for its high value.

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5. Tiong Bahru View 5-room improved—$1.45M

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The next purchase on our list is a 5-room improved (5I) unit that was sold for $1.45M. At least 30 flats in Tiong Bahru View have transacted for a million dollars or more since 2018, when the MOP for the first few flats was reached. Additionally, 5I units differ from a standard 5-room due to their larger living spaces, making them feel more open. 

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Aside from its more spacious layout, a significant factor in its price is its prime location, being a 7-minute walk away from Tiong Bahru Plaza & the MRT station. 

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6. Block 2 Toh Yi drive executive maisonette—$1.41M

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Coming in last on the list is this executive maisonette sold for $1.41M at Toh Yi Drive in Bukit Timah. Toh Yi Drive is well-known for its expensive executive maisonettes, with no shortage of million-dollar sales.

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Aside from the rarity of executive maisonettes, the high price of the unit can also be attributed to its close proximity to Beauty World MRT. 

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Most expensive HDBs sold in 2024

Nowadays, million-dollar HDBs have become somewhat of a norm. Upon closer inspection, there are some common factors that the most expensive HDBs sold in 2024  share, which might explain why people are willing to pay tremendous amounts to buy them.

As seen in the DBSS and executive maisonettes on this list, elements like rarity bump up the prestige of a unit, increasing its valuation among prospective buyers as well as property agents. In addition to that, most Singaporeans value practicality, so higher-valued properties tend to be close to MRT stations and amenities like shopping malls.

All things considered, it’s apparent that the housing market shows no signs of cooling easily any time soon—so those looking to buy a resale unit may want to keep in mind that the most attractive homes will have equally unattractive price tags.

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