The HDB’s Design, Build and Sell (DBSS) scheme was short-lived, running for a period of just seven years from 2005 to 2012. That’s why DBSS flats are considered a rare breed on the HDB resale market.
What sets DBSS flats apart is that they were built by private developers, and their first owners purchased them directly from the developer rather than the HDB. However, as DBSS flats are still considered HDB flats, buyers are eligible for CPF housing grants and are also required to fulfil HDB’s eligibility criteria.
DBSS flats are one of the most expensive HDB flat types available on the resale market and are sought after for their relative spaciousness. For instance, 5-room DBSS flats typically have four bedrooms, in comparison with regular 5-room HDB flats, which have just three. Some DBSS flats also have a balcony.
Just recently, a 5-room DBSS flat in Bishan was sold for a record-breaking $1.295 million, indicating that demand for this unique flat type endures.
5-room DBSS Flats under $1 Million in Singapore
DBSS flats tend to be costly, especially those in popular locations. To find out more about DBSS flats and see a list of DBSS projects, consult our DBSS guide.
That said, you don’t necessarily need to be a millionaire to afford a spacious DBSS home. It is possible to find value-for-money DBSS flats. With 5-room DBSS flats being particularly coveted due to the amount of space they offer, we’ve found a selection of five such flats priced at under $1 million.
As an added bonus, several of these DBSS flats are located in popular mature towns with great amenities.
5-room DBSS flat
Adora Green, 348A Yishun Avenue 11
Pasir Ris One, 530A Pasir Ris Drive 1
Parkland Residences, 475D Upper Serangoon Crescent
Park Central @ AMK, 588D Ang Mo Kio Street 52
Belvia, 748A Bedok Reservoir Crescent
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5-room DBSS flat at Adora Green, 348A Yishun Avenue 11
This DBSS flat in Yishun, priced at $890,000, consists of four bedrooms and a spacious balcony offering lovely views of the surrounding greenery.
Located about 10 minutes' walk from Yishun MRT as well as the area’s main shopping mall North Point City, the flat is also next door to the beautiful Yishun Pond and Yishun Park, which has a dog run and a SAFRA bowling alley. The property is located near Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Yishun Community Hospital, which makes it convenient for the elderly or those with health conditions.
5-room DBSS flat at Pasir Ris One, 530A Pasir Ris Drive 1
This 5-room DBSS flat, located on Pasir Drive 1, is located a mere three minutes’ walk from Pasir Ris MRT and White Sands Shopping Mall. It also enjoys easy access to a plethora of recreational options, including entertainment hub Downtown East, Pasir Ris Town Park with its fishing pond and Pasir Ris Park with its beach and sporting facilities.
The ground floor corner unit, which is very competitively priced at $788,000, has four bedrooms and two balconies in the living room and master bedroom respectively. It has been extensively renovated and is being sold by its first owner right after fulfilment of the MOP, hence it is very new and likely to be in good condition.
5-room DBSS flat at Parkland Residences, 475D Upper Serangoon Crescent
Located about 12 minutes’ walk from Kangkar LRT and 18 minutes’ walk from Hougang MRT, this 5-room DBSS flat, which has four bedrooms and two balconies, one in the living room and one in the master bedroom, is located a stone’s throw from Punggol Park, whose facilities include a pond and dog run. It is about 14 minutes’ walk from Hougang Mall, one of the area’s biggest shopping centres.
Considering that it is located on the top floor and is the corner unit, it is well priced at $950,000. The DBSS received its TOP in 2014, enjoys stunning panoramic views of the city skyline and has a high ceiling of more than 3.5 metres to boot.
5-room DBSS flat at Park Central @ AMK, 588D Ang Mo Kio Street 52
Located in the highly sought-after mature town of Ang Mo Kio, this 5-room DBSS flat is equipped with an attractively renovated balcony and is positioned on a high floor. The flat is classified as 5-room and has three bedrooms.
The flat is conveniently located about 7 minutes’ walk from Ang Mo Kio MRT and shopping mall AMK Hub, and residents are also spoilt for choice when it comes to established eateries. Nanyang Polytechnic, Anderson-Serangoon Junior College, Anderson Secondary School and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School are all located within walking distance.
5-room DBSS flat at Belvia, 748A Bedok Reservoir Crescent
This 5-room DBSS flat is located in popular mature town Bedok, just 4 minutes’ walk from Bedok North MRT. The flat enjoys stunning, unblocked views of the surrounding greenery and city skyline from its two balconies, one in the living room and one in the master bedroom.
The flat, which received its TOP in 2014, is located near the scenic Bedok Reservoir Park, which is home to the Forest Adventure zipline and outdoor activity centre as well as water sports facilities like kayak rentals. Other amenities in the area include Bedok Town Park and Temasek Polytechnic.
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More FAQs about DBSS Flats in Singapore
What Are DBSS Flats?
Design, Build and Sell (DBSS) flats are HDB flats built and sold by private developers from 2005 to 2012.
Where Can I Find DBSS Flats for Sale?
DBSS flats can only be bought on the resale market. Check out PropertyGuru.com for listings.
Must I Satisfy HDB’s Criteria to Buy a DBSS Flat?
Yes, HDB’s eligibility criteria and quotas apply when buying DBSS flats. They are considered a type of resale flat, not private property.
Are DBSS Flats Considered HDB or Private Property?
DBSS flats are considered HDB flats. As such, HDB’s eligibility criteria and quotas apply.
Where Can I Find DBSS Flat Listings?
PropertyGuru.com has one of Singapore’s biggest databases of property listings, including DBSS flat listings.
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