Cluster homes that are also recognized as townhouses may share some similarities to conventional landed properties concerning looks from the exterior, but they are quite diverse intrinsically.
First, cluster homes come alongside strata titles just like condominiums. They do not come alongside Land titles. This means that individuals who own a cluster home project unit are also the exclusive owners of either two or three story. Nonetheless, they are required to share land ownership with the remaining neighbours.
Individuals who own strata houses lack the capacity to bring down and reconstruct their properties. Only individuals who own conventional landed properties have the capacity to demolish the entire home to either reconstruct it or make some changes and additions for capital enhancements.
(Artist's Impression of Belgravia Villas)
Generally, cluster-housing floor plans usually have a more standard look than the typical landed homes. Each unit typically has a height of two or more levels, and a majority of them come alongside roof or attics terraces, four to six bedrooms and basements. Every unit is provided with either one or more parking lots just like condos.
The built-up surrounding of every home is between 2,500 square feet for a terrace house and 3.500 to 4,000 square feet for houses that are detached. Bungalows which are bigger can get as close as 6,000 square feet with terraces on the roof usually making up an additional 500 square feet.
The initial cluster housing came up in Singapore around 1993. But the housing idea of owning a landed home which was strata titled only became agreeable to buyers from the year 2000 onwards.
Foreigners who have plans of owning cluster homes would see that approval could be attained with ease from the authorities as cluster homes are strata-tiled and ownership of the land is through share values.