For rent only

The double-volume ceiling height of the living room of the house at 26 Jalan Bahasa designed by Aamer Architects
SINGAPORE: Seven newly completed bungalows on Jalan Bahasa by niche developer AN Developments are only available for lease, at rents ranging from $25,000 to $40,000.
The streetscape along Jalan Bahasa, off University Road, has been dramatically transformed with the completion of a stretch of nine contemporary-style bungalows occupying a total area of 88,000 sq ft.
“This is equivalent to a brand new bungalow estate on Jalan Bahasa,” says Shelley Han, associate director of Colossians Real Estate, which is marketing the houses.
“It’s similar to Sentosa Cove, where you have bungalows designed by luminary architects like Aamer Architects, K2LD Architects and Guz Wilkinson.”
While each of the detached houses on Jalan Bahasa has a unique, modern tropical design, three bear the hallmarks of Ko Shiou Hee, principal of K2LD Architects.
Another three, including the biggest house on that plot (26 Jalan Bahasa), are designed by Aamer Taher of Aamer Architects, while the house at the end of the row was designed by Kian Chong of boutique firm TAKE Architects.
The houses on Jalan Bahasa are the flagship project of privately held niche developer AN Developments, whose owner prefers to remain under the radar and let his properties speak for themselves.
He is said to come from a storied family in Singapore that has investments in a variety of businesses, ranging from food to oil and gas.
The family is also said to have a penchant for luxury homes and have invested largely in Good Class Bungalows (GCBs), espe cially in the prestigious Dalvey Estate and Queen Astrid Park.
The nine houses on Jalan Bahasa are a redevelopment of a former condominium block built in 1978 called Hills Park, which the dev e loper purchased en bloc in 2007 for $90 million.
Given that the surrounding area is a landed housing estate, the developer decided to build a series of conventional bungalows instead of a cluster housing project.
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