Strata bungalow development at Hua Guan Avenue for $16 mil

Singaporean property investor Cheok Chin Yam has always liked Hua Guan Avenue, a quiet housing estate located off Dunearn Road, where most of the detached and semi-detached houses are of 999-year lease. He lives in the neighbouring Mayfair Park estate, where the landed homes there are a mix of freehold and 99-year leasehold properties, with shortening leases.
When he was looking for an investment property, he therefore focused his search on Hua Guan Avenue. The opportunity came in 2007, when the bungalow at 71 Hua Guan Avenue came on the market. “It was a small, single-storey bungalow that was very old,” relates Cheok. “But I like the location; the site is elevated, and it’s at the highest point of Hua Guan estate.”
The development at 71 Hua Guan Avenue with four strata detached houses by Cheok Chin Yam (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
The bungalow, which sits on a 999-year leasehold site of 8,181 sq ft, was purchased for $6.5 million ($795 psf based on land area) in 2007. Cheok then retained the original house and rented it out for four years before he redeveloped it. He worked closely with the architect, Brenda Ang, director of Lab Architects, and was actively involved in the development. Cheok reckons he spent about $5 million on construction.
Where the former single-storey bungalow once stood, rose four strata detached houses two years later. Each of the strata detached houses has four levels, including the basement and attic, with a built-up area of 3,000 sq ft.
Each strata detached house has its own private jacuzzi pool on the first level, accessible from the full-height glass sliding doors at the dining area. The attic level contains the master suite, with an en suite master bathroom, and an outdoor bath at the private roof terrace to enjoy the views. There is a separate balcony area at the roof terrace that is ideal for breakfast or a glass of wine in the evenings, says Cheok.
Living room with 4.3m ceiling height and marble flooring (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)