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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
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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$2,394,750 Avg. sale price
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Aljunied
S$2,129,667 Avg. sale price
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Little India
S$1,500,000 Avg. sale price
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Tanjong Pagar
S$0 Avg. sale price
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Lavender
S$7,600,000 Avg. sale price
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Featured agents for Shophouses

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(Henry Lim) MBA, EXPERT-srx

ERA REALTY NETWORK PTE LTD R053667B | L3002382K

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Kaeden Ong

ERA REALTY NETWORK PTE LTD R027596H | L3002382K

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yc lim

ERA REALTY NETWORK PTE LTD R054019Z | L3002382K

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Wendy Tee (池慧卿)

PROPNEX REALTY PTE LTD R041181J | L3008022J

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Darren Tan

PROPNEX REALTY PTE LTD R040928Z | L3008022J

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Shophouses in Singapore for Sale

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Shophouse for Sale

$7.6 M

Tessensohn Road

3 Beds 5 Baths 4780 sqft

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Shophouse for Sale

$1.8 M

Syed Alwi Road

4 Beds - 1800 sqft

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Shophouse for Sale

$4.48 M

Joo Chiat Place

4 Beds 5 Baths 3250 sqft

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Shophouse for Sale

$1.35 M

Sims Avenue

3 Beds 2 Baths 1260 sqft

Shophouses in Singapore for Rent

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Shophouse for Rent

$825/mo

Stirling Road

1 Bed 1 Bath 150 sqft

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Shophouse for Rent

$1,150/mo

Trengganu Street

1 Bed 1 Bath 200 sqft

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Shophouse for Rent

$3,500/mo

Cuff Road

4 Beds 1 Bath 1000 sqft

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Shophouse for Rent

$4,400/mo

Gemmill Lane

2 Beds 1 Bath 550 sqft

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