November 17, 2016

The owners of the architecturally stunning, ‘The Glass House’, which is located in the highly coveted district 15 have offered their brand new four storey semi-detached house for sale.

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‘The Glass House’ at 10B Green Lane, is located in the exclusive and quiet neighbourhood of Green Lane just off Tanjong Katong Road, which is also known as a millionaire’s row. Priced at $7.2 million dollars, the house features several premium fittings that are unique to Good Class Bungalows (GCBs).

This is the first landed property that has been offered for sale in the Green Lane area in more than two years. Green Lane is located in a prime area of district 15 and it is highly accessible with two MRT stations in close proximity—Paya Lebar MRT interchange and Dakota, major expressways (i.e.: PIE) are just a five minute drive, plenty of dining options with famous eateries such as Old Airport Road market and a mall (ONE KM) within walking distance of the property.

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The 3,356 square feet freehold property with an 11-metre wide frontage has a huge built-up area of approximately 8,000 square feet making it larger than most boutique detached houses sitting on larger land size. The construction of the house took nearly three years at a cost of close to $3 million dollars. The original two-storey semi-detached house was demolished to make way for this house. An Italian glass lift made from tempered glass that serves all floors was installed inside, while a wrap around swimming pool was added to create the effect of a river around the house. Most of the bedrooms in this house are larger than three-bedroom HDB flats.

“We have spared no expense in the development of the house which we affectionately call ‘The Glass House’. It was meant to be our family home. Several of the features in this property such as the cantilevered staircase, huge full length windows, imported marble floorings and the Italian glass lift cannot be found in other similar houses elsewhere,” said Rani Rai, owner of the house. “This was a house designed and developed based on the needs of a three-generational family in mind.”

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This seven bedroom and six bathroom house was only recently offered for sale and already has several offers with the most recent being $6.3 million dollars, which was rejected by its owner Rani Rai. The design of the house including the layout were inspired by what the owner had seen from her many travels and designs of houses from other countries.

Some of the unique features of this house include:

  • House façade—the front façade is mostly made entirely of glass yet the house is not warm inside because of the special tinting that was used for the windows
  • Staircase—the staircase in the house is a cantilevered staircase which gives a “floating feeling” to the owners. This is extremely expensive and time consuming to do and typically found in GCBs only
  • Height—each level of the house is at the maximum permissible height that is allowed by BCA which is why there is this feeling of spaciousness and openness
  • Marble flooring—hand selected and specially cut marbles pieces from Italy and India. The design and cut of the marble flooring is very different from what you will find in normal developments
  • Windows—it is affectionately called “The Glass House” because there are very few concrete beams in the house. Most of the windows are of maximum height – at ground level, it is more than 4 metres in length and the upper floors range from more than 3 to 4 metres depending on what is allowed per guidelines. A lot of the windows are also made from one single glass panes which makes it very expensive. The amount of glass that was used in the house was equivalent to a two month supply from the glass manufacturer
  • Room size—there are seven rooms in the house and five of the rooms are bigger in size than most three-bedroom HDB flats
  • Toilets—there are total of six bathrooms in the house. Most feature top-end vanity finishing including Indian granite, Duravit and Grohe. Also, most of the bathrooms are the size of bedrooms that are found in most HDB flats and condominiums
  • Swimming pool—this is a wrap-around swimming pool that features the latest in pump design and layout. The idea was to create the effect of a river around the house
  • Glass car porch—the construction of this glass porch required special permission due to its large size and the fact that it is entirely made of tempered glass

It cost the owners nearly three million dollars in construction cost to build this over three years. The property is being marketed at $7.2m.