13+ Million-Dollar HDB Resale Flats Statistics (2024)

In Singapore, HDB flats are public housing. They are meant to be affordable and for the masses since 77.8% of Singapore residents live in HDB (Housing & Development Board) flats.

The average cost of housing has been increasing. Are properties as affordable now as they were intended to be? 

The first ever transaction of an HDB flat being sold for at least $1 million was in 2012. Since then, records have been continuously broken.

In this report, we look at trends and statistics on million-dollar HDB resale flats in Singapore, including how many were transacted in 2023 and over the past years, locations of these homes, the types of flats (4-room, 5-room, etc) sold, and more.

Top Million-Dollar HDB Flats Statistics

  • 470 HDB flats were sold for at least $1 million in 2023
  • 369 HDB flats were sold for at least $1 million in 2022
  • A total of 1400 million-dollar HDB flats have been sold
  • The first million-dollar transaction was in Jul 2012
  • The most expensive HDB flat was sold for $1,500,000 in Jun 2023
  • The top 5 areas with the most million-dollar transactions are Central, Bishan, Queenstown, Toa Payoh, and Bukit Merah.
  • Out of 27 HDB towns and estates, only 5 towns have not seen million-dollar transactions, namely, Chua Chu Kang, Jurong West, Sembawang, Sengkang, and Tengah
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Million-Dollar HDB Resale Flats in 2023

470 HDB resale flats were sold for $1 million or more in 2023.

number of million dollar hdb flats 2024

Below shows further details of those transactions:

HDB Town/Estate4-Room5-RoomExecutiveMulti-GenOthersTotal
Ang Mo Kio3217

31
Bedok
36

9
Bishan8631

45
Bukit Batok4

4
Bukit Merah1943

62
Bukit Panjang1
1
Bukit Timah
68

14
Central36111

48
Chua Chu Kang




Clementi2227

31
Geylang
83

11
Hougang

5

5
Jurong East

6

6
Jurong West




Kallang/Whampoa21237
354
Marine Parade
5


5
Pasir Ris

2

2
Punggol
2


2
Queenstown24186

48
Sembawang




Sengkang




Serangoon

15

15
Tampines
11

2
Tengah




Toa Payoh123312

57
Woodlands

14

14
Yishun

31
4
Total12520213913470

Of the 470 flats, 125 were 4-room, 202 were 5-room, 139 were executive, 1 was multi-generation, and 3 were terraces (others).

The top 3 areas where most transactions happened were in Bukit Merah, Toa Payoh, and Kallang/Whampoa. 

Million-Dollar HDB Resale Flats in 2022

369 HDB flats were sold for at least $1 million in 2022. 

number of million dollar hdb flats 2022

Below shows more details of those transactions:

HDB Town/Estate4-Room5-RoomExecutiveMulti-GenOthersTotal
Ang Mo Kio
282

30
Bedok

3

3
Bishan11633

50
Bukit Batok

1

1
Bukit Merah243


45
Bukit Panjang




Bukit Timah

10

10
Central2723


50
Chua Chu Kang




Clementi
192

21
Geylang
61

7
Hougang

5

5
Jurong East

1

1
Jurong West




Kallang/ Whampoa1196

26
Marine Parade
3


3
Pasir Ris

2

2
Punggol
1


1
Queenstown4277

38
Sembawang




Sengkang




Serangoon

15

15
Tampines

2

2
Tengah




Toa Payoh3366

45
Woodlands

9

9
Yishun

41
5
Total382211091
369

Of the 369 flats, 38 were 4-room, 221 were 5-room, 109 were executive, and 1 was multi-generation. 

The top 5 areas where most transactions happened were in Bishan, Central (Pinnacle@Duxton), Bukit Merah, Toa Payoh, and Queenstown.

Million-Dollar HDB Flats Over Time

The first ever million-dollar HDB flat transaction was in Jul 2012. It was an executive flat that sold for $1,000,000. The unit was between 16-18 stories at Blk 149 Mei Ling Street located in Queenstown, and had a space of 150 sqm.

Since then, yearly sales of million-dollar HDB flats have almost always increased. 

number of million dollar hdb flats over time 2024

A total of 1400 HDB resale flats were sold for at least $1 million, from the very first transaction in 2012 to 2023. 

YearNumber of Million-Dollar HDB Flats
20122
20133
20142
201512
201620
201746
201871
201964
202082
2021259
2022369
2023470
Total1400

The outburst in transactions was seen in 2021 when the number of sales (259) tripled 2020’s figure of 82. 

In 2022, there were 369 transactions, an increase of 42.5% from 2021. It also quadrupled 2020’s figure.

We saw 470 transactions in 2023, another record-breaking year of million-dollar HDB flat transactions.

Most Expensive HDB Flat

The most expensive HDB flat was sold for $1,500,000 in Jun 2023. It was a “jumbo” flat at Blk 50 Moh Guan Ter located in Bukit Merah with a space of 176 sqm. The huge space contributed to the high price. It should also be noted that the flat had less than 49 years of lease remaining.

Below are details of the most expensive HDB flats: 

Transaction DateResale PriceTown/EstateFlat TypeBlockStreet NameStorey RangeFloor Area (sqm)Flat Model
2023-061,500,000BUKIT MERAH4 ROOM50MOH GUAN TER04 TO 06176Adjoined flat
2023-081,480,000CENTRAL AREA5 ROOM1DCANTONMENT RD28 TO 30107Type S2
2023-111,460,000BUKIT MERAH5 ROOM95CHENDERSON RD31 TO 33113Improved
2023-081,460,000TOA PAYOH5 ROOM139BLOR 1A TOA PAYOH40 TO 42114DBSS

In 2023, 4 units sold for $1.46 million or more. And the transactions were all done in recent times. 

Will we see records broken again? Only time will tell.

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Locations of Million-Dollar HDB Flats

The top 5 areas with the most million-dollar transactions are Central, Bishan, Queenstown, Toa Payoh, and Bukit Merah.

locations of million dollar hdb flats 2024
HDB Town/EstateNumber of Million-Dollar HDB Flats
Central265
Bishan193
Queenstown167
Toa Payoh163
Bukit Merah156
Kallang/Whampoa126
Clementi71
Ang Mo Kio68
Others191

And here’s the breakdown from 2012 to 2023: 

HDB Town/Estate2023 20222021202020192018201720162015201420132012Total
Ang Mo Kio313052







68
Bedok93









12
Bishan4550371411121721211193
Bukit Batok41









5
Bukit Merah6245241357





156
Bukit Panjang1










1
Bukit Timah141013
332
1
1
47
Central48507522221810119


265
Chua Chu Kang











Clementi31211041121



71
Geylang117
1







19
Hougang55


1





11
Jurong East61









7
Jurong West











Kallang/ Whampoa542619358361
1
126
Marine Parade53









8
Pasir Ris22









4
Punggol21









3
Queenstown483838169125



1167
Sembawang











Sengkang











Serangoon15157


1




38
Tampines22









4
Tengah











Toa Payoh5745317896




163
Woodlands149









23
Yishun45









9
Total4703692598264714620122321400

In Singapore, there are a total of 27 housing towns and estates, as outlined by HDB. All except 5 towns have already seen million-dollar transactions. Those 5 towns are Chua Chu Kang, Jurong West, Sembawang, Sengkang, and Tengah. 

With the rising cost of living and property prices, perhaps we could see those towns having their firsts in the next few years.

Flat Types of HDB Flats Sold for $1 Million or More

Most transactions were for 5-room flats, followed by executive, and 4-room. 

million dollar hdb flats by flat type 2024
Type of Flats2023202220212020201920182017
4-Room1253844141090
5-Room20222116055444737
Executive139109501210148
Multi-Gen1100000
Others (Terrace)3051011

Generally, all types of flats are trending upwards. 

It is noteworthy that the first transaction for 4-room million-dollar flats was in 2018, and since then, the number of transactions has been growing. If smaller-sized flats are commanding such a high price, it can be a sign of concern.

Qualities of a Million-Dollar HDB Flat

What makes a million-dollar flat? Here are 3 main qualities: 

  1. Location – Location, location, location. Flats closer to the central area tend to command higher prices. Other factors include being in mature estates and close to significant amenities, such as MRTs or town centres. 
  2. Size – As Singapore lacks land and space, bigger-sized homes are pricier. The rarity of these flats also matters. Jumbo flats or lofts tend to be costly not only because of their larger space, but they are also in limited quantities. 
  3. Lease – People usually pay more for flats with longer leases remaining. The high-priced flats in Pinnacle@Duxton not only just came out of their 5-year MOP (Minimum Occupation Period), they were in the central area. The exception to this point is that older flats have shorter remaining leases but tend to have bigger spaces. The other exception is simply a good location. 

What’s Next?

The rise in property prices in Singapore is simply due to supply and demand. 

Government policies, such as compulsory CPF contributions, BTOs, and grants, enabled Singaporeans to purchase homes comfortably. In addition, median household incomes rose significantly over the years. But the amount of properties available still remains limited. 

The government has since tweaked its policies to prevent an overheated property market, especially in public housing. This will continue to be an extremely important and delicate issue as it has considerable social and economic impacts on youths in Singapore. 

Higher-priced homes also mean larger liabilities (mortgage loans). For your family to continue to have a roof over their heads, consider protecting your income through term insurance or mortgage insurance (personal plans or HPS). They ensure that mortgage loans can be fully paid for if undesirables, such as death, permanent disabilities, or critical illnesses, happen.

Methodology

We only looked at the most reliable data available and that comes from HDB. It includes comprehensive data on HDB resale flats, dating back to 1990. The dataset looks at several fields, namely, registration date, town, flat type, block number, storey range, floor area, flat model, lease commencement date, remaining lease, and the resale price. Although the data is updated daily, we’ll only update this report after the end of a quarter. 

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Disclaimer: The statements or opinions expressed on this site are of my own. The information is meant purely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as financial advice.
Abram Lim

Abram Lim is the founder of SmartWealth and a licensed financial consultant with over 8 years in the industry. He ensures all published content is supported by data, well-researched, and includes both sides of the story. His work has been referenced by SingSaver, Business Insider, and Fortune.