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Why Conservation Shophouse?

Conservation Shophouses are unique and historic properties well-blended in the cityscape of Singapore. These shophouses are characterized by their distinct architecture, which features a blend of traditional and colonial styles, and are known for their cultural and historical significance.

Conservation shophouses are considered as the International Investors’ Choice as part of their asset portfolio, not only for their architectural beauty but also for their scarcity. With increasing demand for heritage properties, conservation shophouses have become more sought after in recent years

Moreover, Conservation shophouses can be used for business operations, such as restaurants, retail shops, offices, hospitality and etc, as well as residential use, subject to the authority’s approval. Furthermore, they are exquisite and limited in numbers, as there are only about 6,700 of these shophouses under conservation in Singapore.

Besides being a resilient real estate asset class, Conservation Shophouses are attractive for their tax savings. For Conservation Shophouses with full commercial title status, only Buyers’ Stamp Duty applies to this type of property transaction, and prevailing GST ( Goods and Services Tax) may apply, if the property is GST registered. There are no Additional Buyers’ Stamp Duty (ABSD) and Sellers’ Stamp Duty (SSD) for the purchase or sale, as compared to their residential counterparts, regardless of property count. Moreover, there are no capital gain tax in Singapore, should the Conservation Shophouses be put for sale. With these tax savings, Conservation Shophouses are considered undeniably as a top Investors’ Choice asset class.

Where can these Conservation Shophouse be found?

Shophouses under Conservation in Singapore are classified into 2 main categories: Primary and Secondary.

The Primary Conservation Shophouses are located in the Historic Districts of Boat Quay, Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India are characterised by predominantly two- and three-storey shophouses, ranging from the Early Shophouse Style to the Art Deco Shophouse Style.

Whereas the Secondary Conservation Shophouses are located in the Secondary Settlements in areas like Balestier, Beach Road, Geylang, Jalan Besar, Jalan Jurong Kechil, Joo Chiat, Mount Sophia, River Valley, Tanjong Katong, Upper Circular Road and Tiong Bahru were largely developed between the 1900s and the 1960s as a result of outward movement of the population from the city centre. 

Architectural Designs of Conservation Shophouses in Singapore

The conservation shophouses can be grouped into 6 general architectural styles. The styles are somewhat influenced by the changing economic and technological circumstances, tastes and fashions at that historical time.

What are the types of business found in Conservation Shophouses?

Owners of these shophouses enjoy the flexibility of use. They can apply to the authority for the change of use as their homes, businesses, or a mix of both, subject to approval from the relevant authorities. 

About Shophouse Insider

Shophouser Insider is your go-to source for comprehensive and up-to-date information on the exciting world of conservation shophouses. At Shophouse Insider, we understand the conservation guidelines and regulations in Singapore well. We work along with many architects and consultants. As such, we understand shophouses at a deeper level. These unique and historic properties are treasured for their beauty, heritage, and cultural significance, and Shophouser Insider is dedicated to helping buyers and sellers navigate this specialized market.

As the demand for heritage properties continues to rise, Shophouser Insider provides the resources you need to stay ahead of the curve. Our in-depth market analysis, expert insights, and data-driven research give you the information you need to make informed decisions about the conservation shophouse market.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned real estate investor, Shophouser Insider has everything you need to succeed. Our user-friendly platform and comprehensive database make it easy to find the information you’re looking for, and our dedicated team of experts is always available to answer your questions and provide guidance.

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Heritage Shophouses under Conservation are mostly concentrated along the following roads and streets of Singapore:

Boat Quay | Circular Road | South Bridge Road | Pagoda Street | Trengganu Street | Smith Street |Temple Street | Mosque Street | Tanjong Pagar Road | Craig Road | Duxton Road | Duxton Hill | Peck Seah Street | Tras Street | Neil Road | Bukit Pasoh | Teo Hong Road | Club Street | Amoy Street | Telok Ayer Street | Stanley Street | Boon Tat Street | Keong Saik Road | Teck Lim Road | Jiak Chuan Road | North Bridge Road | Beach Road | Kampong Glam | Tan Quee Lan Street | Liang Seah Street | Bali Lane | Haji Lane | Little India | Jalan Besar | East Coast Road | Geylang Road | Joo Chiat Road

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