Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My World Tuesday - Shunfu Estate - Part 4 - Plants

Walking around the estate, I could spot those residents living on the ground floor, growing lots of plants. That's one advantage of staying on the ground floor.
These are HDB flats and about 80% of the population stay in these type of flats. They are known as public housing but they dont come cheap. They are in six figures and some are even more expensive than private condominium if they are located near MRT station, amenities and mall. The value of a four room flat (about 100 sq m) can cost about half a million dollars if they are purchased from the open market.

It is cheaper if one bought direct from HDB (housing development board) and they cost about $290,000 for a new four room flat (about 90 sq m) depending on which housing estate they are in. We are allowed to purchase direct from HDB flat twice only and we need to pay a sales levy if we purchased the second flat direct from HDB. (The figure $290,000 is based on a built to order flat that my hubby's nephew bought. Built to order means the flat are all ready except for furniture/cabinets , you just paint and can shift in.)

Most of the plants are grown in pots, they cant grow on the soil cause that's public property.



Spotted a pale pink hibiscus flower, it looked so beautiful.


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6 comments:

J Bar said...

Interesting world.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

beautiful garden and plants but a quite expensive type of living though....

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful plants, great captures, Alice! And the last one really took my breath away! Such a delicate color! Exquisite! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Indrani said...

Great effort in bringing greenery around, lovely shots.

Lara said...

this with the plants is totally funny! so the people have deprived also plants from their rightful soil :))!

the donG said...

i miss seeing hibiscus. here we call it gumamela. im posting the vietnam series by end of june.