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Shophouses in Singapore

Shophouses are a prevalent building type in Singapore’s architectural and built heritage. These buildings are generally two to three storeys high, built-in contiguous blocks with common party walls. They are narrow, small terraced houses, with a sheltered ‘five-foot’ pedestrian way at the front. In places like Chinatown, Telok Ayer, or Amoy Street, shophouses are often used as an alternative office space. They’re especially favoured by startups or small companies that want a location within or near the Central Business District (CBD), but cannot afford the higher rental rates of conventional offices.


When it comes to the valuation of shophouses, a combination of the prestige that comes with owning a shophouse, along with the scarcity of these properties, helps them to hold value even during downturns. Much like fine wine or art, shophouses also provide a cultural value that’s not always easy to quantify.

Shophouse Singapore
Shophouse Singapore
Shophouse on road

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Shophouses in Singapore?

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Shophouses are a prevalent building type in Singapore’s architectural and built heritage. These buildings are generally two to three storeys high, built-in contiguous blocks with common party walls.

Can a foreigner or Permanent Resident (PR) purchase a Shophouse?

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HDB considers HDB Shophouse with Attached Residential Quarters as a commercial property; hence Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners face no restriction in acquiring them. If you are a PR or foreigner interested in commercial shophouses, browse 99.co for the latest commercial shophouses for sale in Singapore. 

How many Shophouses are there in Singapore?

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According to URA, there are over 6,500 shophouses in Singapore that are built between the early 1800s and mid-1900s.

What are the popular neighbourhoods in Singapore with Shophouses?

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The neighbourhoods of Clarke Quay, Joo Chiat/Katong, Chinatown, and Emerald Hill are well-known for having many shophouses. The most popular of which, famous for being a tourist attraction in Singapore, being the row of rainbow-coloured ones at Koon Seng Road in Joo Chiat/Katong neighbourhood.

Popular areas for Shophouses in Singapore

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Geylang
S$1,994,500 Avg. sale price
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Aljunied
S$1,592,667 Avg. sale price
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River Valley
S$12,000,000 Avg. sale price
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Tanjong Pagar
S$0 Avg. sale price
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Featured agents for Shophouses

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HUTTONS ASIA PTE. LTD. R008420H | L3008899K

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Cat Ong

PROPNEX REALTY PTE. LTD. R028233F | L3008022J

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Tommy Teo

PROPNEX REALTY PTE. LTD. R014567C | L3008022J

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Shophouses in Singapore for Sale

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Thumbnail for 1722 sqft 3 Beds landed for sale in Haig Avenue - Katong - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$3 M

Haig Avenue

3 Beds 3 Baths 1722 sqft

Thumbnail for 2500 sqft 4 Beds landed for sale in River Valley Road - Oxley - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$12 M

River Valley Road

4 Beds 3 Baths 2500 sqft

Thumbnail for 2000 sqft 3 Beds landed for sale in Joo Chiat Terrace - Geylang East - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$3.2 M

Joo Chiat Terrace

3 Beds 1 Bath 2000 sqft

Thumbnail for 1216 sqft 2 Beds landed for sale in Sing Avenue - Kampong Java - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$1.5 M

Sing Avenue

2 Beds 1 Bath 1216 sqft

Shophouses in Singapore for Rent

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Thumbnail for 1400 sqft 1 Bed landed for rent in Race Course Road/Owen Road Conservation Area - #1

Shophouse for Rent

$2,999/mo

Race Course Road

1 Bed 1 Bath 1400 sqft

Thumbnail for 1000 sqft 3 Beds landed for rent in Little India Conservation Area - #1

Shophouse for Rent

$4,300/mo

Upper Weld Road

3 Beds 2 Baths 1000 sqft

Thumbnail for 800 sqft 1 Bed landed for rent in Little India Conservation Area - #1

Shophouse for Rent

$2,999/mo

Dunlop Street

1 Bed 1 Bath 800 sqft

Thumbnail for 3328 sqft 9 Beds landed for rent in Telok Ayer Conservation Area - #1

Shophouse for Rent

$30,000/mo

South Bridge Road

9 Beds 9 Baths 3328 sqft

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