Good Class Bungalows are the most admired and sought after landed housing properties in Singapore.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority has put in planning constrains for these class of properties to preserve them. The very term “Good Class Bungalow” is one that is used by URA to technically classify them.
Only 39 residential areas in Singapore are designated as Good Class Bungalow Areas or GCBAs as they are popularly called.
There are several criterions that must be met for a bungalow to be classified as the GCB and these include the location as well as the size of the properties.
Contrary to a popular myth not every property encompassing an area of 1,400 square meters or more is classified as a GCB. Buyers need to verify the status of the property with the URA.
Given their rarity and exclusivity Good Class Bungalows sit at the top of the pecking order when it comes to the luxury segment in residential property market in Singapore.
These properties are primarily located in District 10 and 11 which are the prime residential districts and also in District 20, 21 and 23.
Among these the ones in District 10 and 11 command maximum demand and prices. District 20, 21 and 23 mainly have what is termed as bungalow estates.
Ladyhill, Nassim, Chatsworth, Bishopsgate and Rochalie are some of the most favoured bungalow enclaves along with District 10’s Cluny Road which is located in close proximity of Orchard belt.
There are several planning constraints for bungalows that fall within the designated Good Class Bungalow Areas or GCBAs.
- The minimum size of the plot for Good Class Bungalows is 15,070 sq ft or 1,400 square meters.
- Also, the maximum height of the building has been capped at two-storey.
- Owners aren’t allowed to construct structures on more than 40% of the total area of the plot.
This is done to preserve greenery of the plots.
These constrains have helped in preserving the low-rise character and the exclusivity of these neighbourhoods.