194-year-old Masjid Bencoolen to undergo $4 million renovation

SINGAPORE – The 194-year-old Masjid Bencoolen will undergo a 15-month long upgrading programme to provide more prayer spaces to accommodate the growing number of congregants. The project was announced at the mosque on Tuesday evening (May 14), as members of the Indian-Muslim community and the mosque joined Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and[…]

Condo resale prices up 0.9% in April

Resale prices for non-landed private residential units rose 0.9 per cent last month, the third straight month-on-month rise. For the first four months of the year, non-landed resale prices are up about 2 per cent, according to flash estimates from real estate portal SRX Property yesterday. Year on year, resale prices are up 3.6 per[…]

New life for old Traffic Police headquarters

Refurbishment of building, part of new dispute resolution complex, completed It was not the front facade of the old Traffic Police headquarters in Maxwell Road that piqued heritage conservation expert Ho Weng Hin’s interest during refurbishment efforts. Rather, it was the building’s rear. For 72 years until 1999, that was where the communal kitchens for[…]

Wanted: Ideas for new use of 6 sites going up for tender

Public encouraged to join forces and test business concepts in SLA, URA programme If you have ever had a burning ambition to transform a fire station, now is your chance. The old Bukit Timah fire station is one of six sites around town – comprising existing state-owned buildings and state land – that are going[…]

Condo design for Pearl Bank site unveiled

Project on Pearl Bank site will have 2 curved towers with crown that lights up at night NEW DESIGN WILL SHOWCASE CITY PARK: ARCHITECT A beacon comprising two curved towers linked at the roof by sky bridges will replace the Pearl Bank Apartments landmark in Outram. Even as some members of the public come to[…]

Japanese-inspired Parc Komo unveiled

The property development division of Chip Eng Seng Corporation unveiled its Parc Komo mixed development in Changi yesterday. CEL Development said the freehold project is inspired by the Japanese concept of Komorebi, which celebrates the blend of nature and order. It has an average price of about $1,450 per square foot (psf) and occupies a[…]

Joint tenancy contracts now religiously valid for Muslims

Muslims who co-own a property in Singapore under a joint tenancy contract will now have that agreement recognised as religiously valid, without the hassle of additional paperwork. This means that when one of the owners dies, the surviving owner can automatically absorb the former’s share of the property – known as the right of survivorship[…]

Heritage trail showcasing Kallang landmarks launched

Take a 3km walk on a trail that winds around the Singapore Sports Hub and learn the story of Kallang’s heritage through 18 markers. The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail was launched yesterday in conjunction with Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations. The trail marks out the sites of former landmarks in the area, such[…]

No luxury home rentals in Asia for now: Marriott

Hotel giant says conditions not right as such service is illegal in many Asian countries Marriott International, which last week launched luxury home rentals in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, said it will not be bringing the service to Asia just yet. Mr Rajeev Menon, Marriott’s chief operating officer for the[…]

Banks see home loan growth slowing on cooling measures

OCBC Bank, like the other two Singapore lenders, is feeling the chill of last year’s property cooling measures with its mortgage book “reduced visibly” for the first quarter. “Our housing loans outstanding have reduced visibly on quarter and on year,” chief executive Samuel Tsien said during the bank’s results announcement yesterday. “Housing demand is there[…]

New HDB rules may hit young buyers more

Changes to CPF sum they can use on older flats could mean needing to pay more in cash Some young buyers are already walking away from homes they were hoping to buy, after changes to how much of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) monies can be used to buy ageing Housing Board flats kicked in[…]