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Launch of new private homes could remain health in 3rd Quarter

Launch of new private homes picked up significantly in 2Q18 with 2,437 units placed on the market by developers, 164.6% higher than in 1Q18 and 21.2% higher y-o-y, said JLL. The leading area estate services company noted that…

Orchard Road vacancy drops even as retail rents in Central Region falls 1.1% in 2Q2018

Island-wide retail vacancy decreased by 0.2 percentage points (ppt) q-o-q to 7.3% in 2Q2018. On a y-o-y basis, vacancy fell 0.8 ppt since 2Q2017. The retail vacancy is trending toward “sub-7%” vacancy levels, compared to vacancy rates above…

Grade-A office in 2Q2018 grows at fastest rate in 17 quarters

Rentals of office space in Central Region increased by 1.6% q-o-q in 2Q2018, marking its fourth consecutive quarter of growth. This was at a slower pace when compared with 1Q2018, which registered a 2.6% q-o-q increase. The Singapore…

Beef Bro and its Geylang bazaar flame-grilled beef cubes are now at Century Square

After all that buzz about Beef Bro at this year’s Geylang Serai bazaar, the stall has arrived at to a mall near you – if you live in the East, that is. The fan favorite brand, set up…

Fragrant Gardens up for en-bloc sale at $65 mil

Fragrant Gardens, a freehold, residential development off Upper Paya Lebar Road, has been launched for collective sale, announced Knight Frank. The development, located in District 19, has a $65 million reserve price. The 37-unit residential estate sits on…

Suggestions on fire-safety measures under study

The Fire Code requires the provision of appropriate fire-safety measures to allow occupants to safely and swiftly evacuate during a fire, prevent its spread, and facilitate firefighting operations. SCDF recently mandated the installation of home fire alarm devices…

Rules on short-term stays must protect home owners

What is conveniently called the new economy or sharing economy is no different from any other business model and, like all commercial operations, it needs to optimise its profits and return on investment (URA to seek more detailed…

Feeding a key reason for human-wildlife conflict

The feeding of wildlife is one of the key factors contributing to human-wildlife conflict in Singapore, as shown by research (Feeding wild animals will cultivate love for nature, by Mr Lee Chiu San; July 20). Pigeons are irresponsibly…

Mandate that businesses serve free water

In England and Wales, all licensed premises – such as restaurants, bars, clubs and other establishments that are open to the public – are required by law to provide free potable water to customers upon request. In Singapore,…

Capturing spirit of Queenstown through cultural mapping

A sea change is set to happen in Queenstown. The Sers will see 31 HDB blocks comprising 3,480 flats, and almost 200 market and hawker stalls, shops and eating houses in Tanglin Halt Road and Commonwealth Drive demolished.…

Islands and their royal connection

The fourth son of the 19th century ruler, Sultan Hussein Shah of the royal family of Kampong Glam, once held jurisdiction over Singapore’s eight north-eastern islands. One of them was Pulau Ubin. From the 1840s, the Sultan’s son,…

Five kampung homes in Pulau Ubin to be restored for community use

Pulau Ubin is home to 75 kampung houses and structures but only one building on the isle is conserved – a colonial 1930s Tudor-style house on its eastern tip. Now, effort is being ramped up to look into…

Pulau Seking: Once a kampung island

Like a scene from a promotional video for an idyllic tropical paradise, men are strumming their guitars on blue wooden benches as palm trees tower over the merrymakers in the background. Children bob in the water, swimming languidly…

Singles and small families occupy public rental flats: HDB data

Drink stall operator Tan Bai Chen may not own the two-room flat in Upper Boon Keng Road he has lived in for the last decade, but it is very much home for his family. The 52-year-old lives in…

Neighbour disputes: What can you do?

If there’s one rule of city living, it seems like it’s “your neighbour is always wrong”. With 80% of Singapore’s population living in high-rise buildings, disputes are likely to flare up between neighbours. And it’s no surprise that…

Tenren’s Tea from Taiwan debuts at Chinatown Point; plans to open 30 outlets in Singapore over 3 years

Here comes yet another overseas bubble tea brand making its debut in Singapore – but this time, it’s got quite the ambitious plan to conquer our taste buds. TenRen’s Tea from Taiwan just launched at ChinaTown Point over…

NParks appoints retired top civil servant Benny Lim as new chairman

NParks has appointed former senior civil servant Benny Lim as its chairman. Mr Lim, who retired in 2016 after spending 37 years in public service, will succeed current chairman Christina Ong on Aug 1, NParks announced on Mon.…

War relic found at Woodlands construction site detonated by SAF

A war relic discovered at a construction site in Woodlands on Sun was disposed of by officers from SAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. According to a post on SAF’s FB page, the EOD team was activated at…

Daintree Residence sells 50 out of 80 units in weekend launch

Developer SP Setia moved 50 of the 80 apartments launched at Daintree Residence over the weekend, in the private property market’s first new launch since the latest cooling measures kicked in earlier this month. The first phase of…

Unit at Scotts Square sells for $3,716 psf

People are still shopping for luxury homes in the prime districts even after the latest round of property cooling measures implemented on July 6. They are, however, going for established developers whose names are synonymous with luxury, for…

Hawkers at new Pasir Ris centre upset over cashless payment system

Several hawkers have complained about the alleged poor management of the Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre. The centre, which had its grand opening on July 14 after starting operations in Jan, is run by NTUC Foodfare and has…

Orchard vacancy rates down to 5.6%

Despite the advancing e-commerce threat, Orchard Road shops appear to be holding their own, with vacancy rates having fallen to 5.6 per cent in the second quarter, said CBRE. This is the lowest vacancy rate in 14 quarters…

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