If you’re up to date with real estate news, you may have heard that several HDB lofts have recently been sold to record-breaking prices. A few sold for over a million dollars, which is more expensive than some apartment blocks in Singapore. How do HDB loft units and executive maisonettes differ?

Both are premium HDB apartments that are highly coveted for their increased living space, double storey height and elegant high ceilings. They have a shared appeal as public properties designed to reflect the atmosphere of land properties. Both are rare and in demand.

Although these two types of HDB units have many similarities, they are not the same. If you want to get your hands on a property like this, you need to know what each type has to offer and how they differ in order to choose the one that best suits your needs. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list below of the key differences between HDB lofts and executive maisonettes.

Up a 5-room HDB loft in November [email protected] was sold for S$1,328 million, setting a new record for the most expensive resale HDB condo sold in the Queenstown mature estate. There are only 26 loft units in this development. (Photo courtesy of Lois Ho)

HDB flat type

HDB loft units fall under the 3Gen HDB flat type, while executive maisonettes fall under the executive maisonette flat type. HDB loft units are considered the newer version of executive maisonettes, having first appeared in the 1980s.


HDB loft units are still in production, while executive maisonette construction ended in 1995 after implementation of the Executive Apartment housing plan. Their discontinued status makes executive maisonettes even more attractive.

Remaining lease

Since the executive duplexes were discontinued in 1995, the remaining lease for existing executive duplexes is typically shorter than most HDB lofts. This means that if you want your new home to double as retirement assets, you might be better off opting for an HDB loft with more years to rent than an executive duplex. A newer HDB attic unit is also a better choice if you want to pass your condo on to your kids in the future, as rent lapses will be less of an issue. However, if you are looking for a spacious home where you can enjoy your golden years in comfort, you can opt for an executive maisonette.


One of the most striking differences between these two types of apartments is the location of the bedrooms. The bedrooms of the HDB loft units are located on both the first and second floors, while the bedrooms of the executive maisonettes are all located on the second floor. This gives executive maisonettes more of a country house feel, with bedrooms and living areas separated by different levels.

Homeowners who often have guests may prefer such a layout, as their guests can roam freely on the first floor without accidentally walking into someone’s bedroom. Another layout difference is that HDB lofts are designed with smaller second floors than first floors, while executive maisonettes have first and second floors of approximately the same size.

Treelodge and Punggol
In November 2021, a loft unit with 5 rooms and 147 m² in [email protected] sold for S$970k with 89 years to go. There are only 14 loft units in this eco-friendly development, which was established by BTO in 2007. (Image source: HDB)


Ever since executive duplexes are a product of the past, you will only find them on the resale market. These older units are usually located in mature estates, such as Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Clementi, Tampines and Pasir Ris. This is great as it means access to the many amenities on these estates over the years.

Meanwhile, HDB loft units can be found in newer BTO projects such as: [email protected], Punggol Sapphire, and [email protected] You may be able to find HDB loft units in the resale market, but it will be difficult due to their limited number and high popularity. Now that you know the key differences between HDB loft units and executive maisonettes, you can make an informed choice with peace of mind. Happy house hunting!

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