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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?

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?

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 for the latest commercial shophouses for sale in Singapore. 

How many Shophouses are there in Singapore?

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?

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

S$5,084,000 Avg. sale price
S$3,442,222 Avg. sale price
S$4,094,444 Avg. sale price
Bukit Timah
S$4,500,000 Avg. sale price
Holland Village
S$0 Avg. sale price

Shophouses in Singapore for Sale

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Thumbnail for 1044 sqft 2 Beds landed for sale in 384 East Coast Road / 384 East Coast road - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$1.45 M

East Coast Road

2 Beds 1 Bath 1044 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 4781 sqft 2 Beds landed for sale in Race Course Road/Owen Road Conservation Area - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$7.6 M

Tessensohn Road

2 Beds 4 Baths 4781 sqft

Thumbnail for 1100 sqft 7 Beds landed for sale in Geylang Road - Aljunied - #1

Shophouse for Sale

$1.3 M

Geylang Road

7 Beds 1 Bath 1100 sqft

Shophouses in Singapore for Rent

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Thumbnail for 345 sqft Studio landed for rent in Kim Hoe Point - #1

Shophouse for Rent


Kelantan Lane

Studio 1 Bath 345 sqft

Thumbnail for 1076 sqft 2 Beds landed for rent in Hillview Garden Estate - #1

Shophouse for Rent


Chu Lin Road

2 Beds 2 Baths 1076 sqft

Thumbnail for 245 sqft Studio landed for rent in Geylang Conservation Area - #1

Shophouse for Rent


Geylang Road

Studio 1 Bath 245 sqft

Thumbnail for 312 sqft Studio landed for rent in Kinta Road - Farrer Park - #1

Shophouse for Rent


Kinta Road

Studio 1 Bath 312 sqft


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