Co-living in Singapore is rapidly expanding as more developers and investors aim to meet the increasing demand for community-driven and flexible living solutions.
Popular among millennials, expats, and students, these fully furnished apartments offer shared living spaces, coworking spaces, kitchens, and lounges. Driving demand for co-living in Singapore are factors such as rising rental costs and the desire for social interaction and networking opportunities. The Singapore government is also supportive of the concept, recognising its potential to encourage innovative living solutions and address housing needs.
Here, we present three cutting-edge developments in the city that are at the forefront of the co-living Singapore trend. Each of these properties offers distinctive features and amenities that cater to the contemporary lifestyles of its residents, providing a glimpse into the future of co-living spaces in Singapore.
And if you’re considering co-living in Singapore soon, we highly recommend you join our upcoming Property TourTalks Rental Gems tour, which kicks off in the second half of September 2023! More on that at the end of this article.
1. 138-142 Jalan Besar by The Assembly Place
Located in the historic Jalan Besar district, this unique shophouse property pays homage to an integral part of our country’s heritage. The co-living space in Singapore underwent major restoration work to return the shophouse to its former glory, while also creating a purpose-built co-living space on the upper floors.
The co-living space on the upper floors offers ample communal areas for residents to appreciate the building’s unique history and charm. Meanwhile, on the ground floor, special attention was paid to the shopfront and five-foot way, enhancing the energy of the streetscape with a thoughtful commercial frontage intervention. One of the key architectural features is the second-storey façade windows, which have been carefully reconstructed to their original state.
Such care and attention to detail impressed the judges at the APA(S) 2022, which awarded 138-142 Jalan Besar with Best Heritage Co Living Space. The panel noted that “communal areas reside with private living spaces on upper floors, with traditional wooden floors and staircases brought back to life and timber shutters giving the façade a sense of history”.
2. The Assembly Place, A Co-Living Hostel @ Perak by The Assembly Place
The Assembly Place, A Co-Living Hostel @ Perak is a purpose-built hostel that pays homage to the area’s rich history, resulting in a unique and eclectic character. Ample communal areas encourage social interactions, and each room has its own attached bath, a rare find in hostels.
The vintage and old-world charm is achieved through the blend of modern and rustic concepts, with the old charm shapes and forms infused with modern geometry and arches. The use of contrasting shades of green against a neutral backdrop creates a playful and colourful atmosphere.
The project was recognised by judges at the APA(S) 2022 with a Highly Commended accolade in the Best Heritage Co-Living Space category. Developer The Assembly Place also won the Best Co-Living Operator award, showcasing its commitment to providing a top-notch co-living experience that celebrates the history and culture of the area.
3. Hovoh Homes by Hovoh Pte Ltd
Hovoh Homes provides a unique co-living experience in Singapore’s preserved pre-war shophouses. The careful conversion of the 1938 commercial shophouses along Rochor Road into 30 pied-à-terre units highlights the importance of preserving the original architectural characteristics of the island’s historic buildings.
The three-story shophouse-styled building boasts French windows with timber frames and louvre shutters for natural ventilation, while the units offer spacious and comfortable co-living accommodations with a high floor-to-ceiling height. This creates a blend of heritage architecture and modern amenities for a sustainable living experience.
Hovoh Homes was awarded the Best Co Living Space at APA(S) 2022 for its “Zen-like boho-chic ambience that enhances the charm of the preserved architecture”.
Co-living Vs Renting: Join the Property TourTalks 2023 to Better Decide
Renting may be the go-to for most people who need a place to stay soon. But record-high rent prices in 2023 have made many of us consider alternative housing options.
That’s where co-living spaces in Singapore can come in. Want to know whether you’re ready to start co-living in Singapore? Join us on the second edition of Property TourTalks happening this September 2023, where we take property seekers with different objectives through prospective options they can make decisions about on the spot!
We recommend the Rental Gems tour, which will take place on 23 September 2023, from 2.30pm to 5pm, with a focus on co-living spaces in the south of Singapore – perfect for expats, young couples, and independent singles! Our property experts will also be available to answer all your burning questions about navigating the current red-hot rental market.
What’re you waiting for? We look forward to seeing you soon.
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