The Straits Times
Published on Oct 22, 2012

Price boost for 'limited edition' executive maisonettes

Experts say value will go up as HDB will not be building new ones


The Government's reiteration that it will not build new executive maisonettes will further boost the prices of such "limited edition" units, said analysts.

These large, two-storey flats have become highly sought-after in the last few years due to a growing price gap between Housing Board flats and private property, and a wave of collective sales that have thrown up cash-rich buyers looking for big spaces.

Some flats in neighbourhoods like Bishan have made headlines for fetching record prices. This year, four of the eight units that broke the $900,000 threshold were executive maisonettes.

HDB stopped building these homes, which range in size from 138 sq m to 243 sq m, in 1995. There are 65,000 executive flats altogether, of which executive maisonettes form one group.