Haus on Handy @Dhoby Ghaut – The center of convenience

Haus on Handy @Dhoby Ghaut is expected to launch in mid-2019. In this review, I will show you some facts and analysis. Please follow Quick Links or feel free to contact us for latest movement or register your interest.

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Haus on Handy @Dhoby Ghaut Overview


Fresh from the launch of ultra luxury Boulevard 88, CDL is back in the second-half of 2019 with another new condo launch in the world famous Orchard shopping belt in Singapore; this time a more competitive-priced Haus on Handy at Dhoby Ghaut/Mount Sophia.

For up-to-date information such as price and floor plan, please visit & bookmark the designated website @Haus on Handy.

Reasons why you should consider Haus on Handy

1. The world famous Orchard shopping belt just outside your door

2. Dhoby Ghaut is a 3-line MRT Interchange. (NE/NS/CC)

3. Truly a center of convenience with Parks, Institutions, Medical Centres, Museums, Nightlife, all within easy reach

4. CDL is an established and award-winning homegrown international developer with over 50 years of expertise.

5. Rare 127 years of Heritage Bungalow as the Club house with full-fledged concierge services.


A location all too familiar with many, Dhoby Ghaut has a history dating back as far as 1827 when Indian washermen began laundering clothes in the stream within the vicinity. This was how Dhoby Ghaut got its Hindi name which meant “washerman” and “area along riverbanks for washing” respectively. Today, Dhoby Ghaut forms part of the international renowned Orchard Road shopping belt alongside three other sub-precincts, Tanglin, Orchard and Somerset.

The earliest known history of Mount Sophia dates back to 1822 when it was reflected as Bukit Selegie. Actual documentation of its current name came only in 1823 when it was renamed Mount Sophia by Singapore’s first master attendant, Captain William Flint, in honour of Sir Stamford Raffles’ second wife, Sophia Hull, and Flint’s daughter, Mary Sophia Anna.

Mount Sophia was later sold to Charles Robert Prinsep and the hill grew from a nutmeg and coffee orchard to a wealthy residential enclave with many villas overlooking the lower grounds and the Singapore River. Besides grand villas of the bygone era, Mount Sophia is also home to girls’ schools Methodist Girls’ School, Nan Hwa Girls’ School and the only school that has not left the hill, St Margaret’s Primary School. Thankfully, URA has gazetted Mount Sophia on 1 December 2013 for conservation.

Haus on Handy is a brand new condo development that sits on a 51,625.87 sq ft slope of Mount Sophia, between Suites at Orchard and Nomu in Dhoby Ghaut. It is also the final residential project in the vicinity, after URA released this land parcel under the Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme in 2017. More details will be discussed in Site Plan.

  • Transportation

    The main draw for choosing Haus on Handy is that it is 100m away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange, a vast 28m deep underground complex comprising 3 MRT lines – North-South Line (NSL), Northeast Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL) terminus.

    From the NSL, Orchard is 2 stations away and this already crowded station will serve more commuters when it becomes an interchange following the commencement of Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) in 2023, connecting the northernmost Woodlands with East Coast. Travelling south leads to City Hall and Raffles Place Interchanges with East-West Line (EWL), and Marina South Pier where Marina South Pier Ferry Terminal offers ferries to South Islands and cruises to Malaysia and Thailand.

    From the NEL, Dhoby Ghaut is connected to heartland areas including Serangoon, Hougang and Punggol northwards, and tourist destinations Chinatown and HarbourFront southwards.

    As the CCL terminus, trains from Dhoby Ghaut will travel to popular stations including Esplanade, Promenade, Bayfront and Stadium, home to Suntec City, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Sports Hub respectively.

    Besides the Dhoby Ghaut Interchange, Bencoolen Downtown Line (DTL) station is also a 5-minute walk away, connecting the city centre to Bukit Panjang and Singapore Expo.

    There are also over 20 bus services spread out over two bus stops along Orchard Road and one at the opposite direction along Penang Road, providing alternative transport options besides the MRT, and linking the Dhoby Ghaut Interchange itself.

    For car owners, most parts of Central Region, Downtown Core/Marina Bay and the rest of Orchard can be reached within minutes.

    • MRT
      • Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NS24, NE6, CC1) 0.14km
      • Bencoolen MRT (DT21) 0.43km
    • Bus Stops
      • Dhoby Ghaut STN (08057) (0.16km)
  • Shops/Food/Supermarkets

    Right across the road from Haus on Handy is Plaza Singapura and The Atrium@Orchard, a major landmark in Dhoby Ghaut that host a variety of shopping, banking and dining options, and Golden Village cinemas. Without the need to even cross the road, Nomu also has grooming and beauty services at its level 1 commercial units. Once Singapore’s tallest building and first air-conditioned cinema, 80-year-old monument The Cathay is a quieter shopping and dining spot in Dhoby Ghaut that also has a cinema, Cathay cinema, and additionally, Fitness First.

    Travelling outside of Dhoby Ghaut will see even more shopping, dining and lifestyle options that includes Orchard Road, Selegie, Bugis/Bras Basah Suntec City and Marina Bay Sands.

    To keep up with the ever-changing trends around the world, world famous shopping belt Orchard Road  has to be constantly evolved to stay ahead of time. Plans are underway to transform Orchard Road into lifestyle destination for friends and families, and more walkable with urban green corridor, mimicking its original identity as a plantation orchard.

    Selegie, once dotted with bamboo plantations and Jewish settlement, is now a favourite hangout amongst young adults and students from nearby tertiary institutions. Many cafes, such as The MindCafe, often operate till late, especially on Friday nights and weekends.

Haus on Handy Location Map
  • Schools

    It is a misconception that living within the city means very few educational institutions for family with kids to choose from. In fact, Haus on Handy sees the most diverse choice of educational institutions that cater to a wide-ranging age group, all within 1km walking distance.

    Right at the doorsteps sees private educator MDIS Dhoby Ghaut and Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school, School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). Walking down further will lead to Singapore’s third autonomous university, Singapore Management University (SMU), the only university located in the heart of the downtown at Bras Basah, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts (McNally Campus) in Bencoolen. Global organisation YMCA also has its own private school within its YMCA Building premise nearby.

    More schools options are available at the back of this project. House on The Hill Montessori Pre-School is located at the hilltop of Mount Sophia, taking over the former Nan Hwa Girls’ High School, now a conserved building. Two Kaplan City Campuses are also within walking distances of each other at PoMo and Wilkie Edge in Selegie.

    Primary Schools

    • Within 1km

    St Margaret’s Primary School

    • Between 1-2km

    Anglo Chines School (Junior)

    Farrer Park Primary School

    River Valley Primary

    St Joseph’s Institution Junior

    Stamford Primary School

  • Recreational

    There are plenty of greenery waiting to be explored around Haus on Handy.

    Completed in 1869 and currently the official residence and office of the President of the Republic of Singapore, the 106 acres Istana holds open house at specific public holidays throughout the year and is often greeted by visitors wanting a glimpse of the flora and fauna leading up to the main building, 41m above the sea level. Of course, the star attraction of every open house will always be The President.

    Opposite The Istana is the Istana Park, a 5-minute walk from Haus on Handy. The Istana Park fronts the main Istana Gate and is a vantage point for the monthly changing of guards ceremony at The Istana. On other days, park goers can look forward to themed floral displays throughout the year or visit the Istana Heritage Gallery that showcases the transformation of The Istana.

    Closer to home from a 3-minute walk is Dhoby Ghaut Green, an interim park conceived as a “City Room” for community gathering within the city.

    Under the recently announced URA Draft Masterplan 2019, it is proposed that the section of Orchard Road in front of Plaza Singapura be pedestrianised to create a continuous green oasis linking The Istana, Istana Park and Dhoby Ghaut Green. Family-friendly features and themed gardens celebrating Orchard Road’s Heritage are also in the proposal.

    Further away is Fort Canning Park (Hill), a 7-minute walk via the steps near former Park Mall (redeveloped into a Grade-A commercial building). Standing at 48m, this former British government outpost is the highest elevation in the Singapore City, which was why it became an important part of Singapore’s colonial milestones. Apart from playing regular hosts to outdoor concerts, plays and festivals, visitors will also get to enjoy tranquility and scenic nature, a respite from the hustle and bustle downhill. History fans can also explore the many colonial government outposts such as Battle Box and three gardens restored in honour of Sir Stamford Raffles creating Singapore’s first botanic garden at Fort Canning Hill. These three gardens – Royal Garden, First Botanic Garden and Jubilee Park – will progressively open from June 2019 in conjunction with bicentennial celebrations.

  • Heritage

    The nearby areas in Dhoby Ghaut are also rich in history and heritage.

    Civic District, home to many notable historic buildings and spaces, is a thriving historical and cultural precinct. Important landmarks that witnessed history being made including The Padang, Old Parliament House and National Gallery Singapore are within the Civic District. The Museum Planning Area, comprising museums such as Singapore Art Museum and National Museum, is also within this precinct.

    A place where sleazy nightlife and reputable schools intertwined, Bras Basah/Bugis is now a precinct dotted with many tertiary and private educational institutions and venue for popular arts events including Singapore Night Festival and Singapore Biennale. It aims to become a livelier night enclave in the next decade so that vibrancy can continue even after schools are shut at the end of the day.

Park at Dhoby Ghaut

Site Plan

Haus on Handy sky view

Haus on Handy is a very unique condo development. This 51,625.87 sq ft is actually sitting on the slopes of Mount Sophia, from Handy Road at the ground and upwards to Mount Sophia hilltop. Apart from the other neighbouring condos, it is highly unlikely that there are other condo developments situated on similar terrains as Mount Sophia.

Looking at the map, there is a jutted out area at the brow of Mount Sophia. That building that protrudes out the otherwise geometrically-shaped land is 12 Mount Sophia. Built in 1892 for the Singapore Land Company, this two-storey house, known as “Tower House”, features ample openings and spacious verandahs to allow maximum light and ventilation. Its wood and wrought iron fittings are also a befitting style of its colonial past.

From its colonial days overlooking the Singapore city and harbour from Mount Sophia to being part of Methodist Girls’ School premises, “Tower House” became a conserved building in 1998 and will now form part of this condo project as its clubhouse.

Careful consideration is also in place to ensure privacy between blocks due to its close distance. Block 28 will have a near north-south facing orientation with one half of its units facing Dhoby Ghaut while Block 30 is skewed towards northeast-southwest facing with one-half facing Orchard and the other towards Bras Basah.


To celebrate Orchard’s heritage as a plantation area, specially curated plants that used to be cash crops of Orchard will be featured in the botanical landscaping of this project. Starting with the gambier lawn outside the amphitheatre, residents will be treated to a timeline of plants grown from Nutmeg Terrace to Areca Aclove, the garden terrace connecting the Club Haus to pool deck.

The Club Haus is split into two distinct levels of amenities – the gym and workout studios at level 1 and the function room on level 2 for dining and non-dining gatherings. At its main entrance is also the Premier Residential Services, an in-house concierge providing service requests for residents including hotel reservations, courier, housekeeping, pet care and catering services.

There will be a sky garden located at the rooftop of Block 28. Continuing the theme of showcasing heritage plants that grew in Orchard, Clove Deck and Nutmeg Garden surrounding the lounge and seats overlooking the skyscrapers of Downtown Core and Marina Bay Sands. A yoga lawn and fitness corner are also available as an alternative to the indoor gym.

Project Details

Project Details Haus on Handy
Location 28 & 30 Handy Road (Residential)
18 Mount Sophia (Club Haus)
District D9 Orchard / River Valley
Developer CDL Regulus Pte Ltd
Site Area 51,626 sq ft / 4,796 sqm
Architect Architects61 Pte Ltd
No. of Blocks/Storeys 2 blocks of 9 and 12 storey condominium development
Payment Scheme Normal Progressive
Site Use Residential Flat Developement
Tenure 99 years leasehold
Total No. of Units 188 Units
No. of Car Park Lots Est. 113
Expected Date of TOP Est. July 2023
Expected Date of Legal Completion Est. July 2026
Security 24 Hours Security Guard

Haus on Handy Price, Unit Types, Sizes

Bedroom Type No of Units Size Price
1 Bedroom 36 420 - 570 sqft / 39 - 53 sqm $1.188M
1 Bedroom + Study 36 517 - 624 sqft / 48 - 58 sqm $1.468M
2 Bedroom 58 592 - 764 sqft / 55 - 71 sqm $1.668M
2 Bedroom + Study 32 678 - 926 sqft / 63 - 86 sqm $1.928M
3 Bedroom 20 947 - 1141 sqft / 88 - 106 sqm $2.708M
3 Bedroom Dual Key 6 980 sqft / 91 sqm
Total 188

*Estimated. Subject to change.

Haus on Handy Floor Plan

Looking at 1-bedder, buyers/investors can choose between equal units of 1-bedroom or 1+study. A major advantage these units have over all other units is customisation. Kitchen, living and dining can either have marble flooring or, to blend throughout with the bedroom (and study), engineered wood flooring.

Exclusive to 1-bedroom and 1+study only (except stack 14), the partition wall between living and master bedroom is a special designer display with TV wall for a 49” TV. Should homeowners prefer bigger clothing space, the other exclusive is a wall-to-wall wardrobe without accessory cabinet option, but the designer display will be replaced by standard partition wall with sliding door.

Haus on Handy 1 Bedroom
Haus on Handy 2br floor plan

There are also six 3-bedroom dual-key units, a rarity in today’s market. At 980 sq ft, its foyer leading to studio and main sections have enough privacy as the main entrance is not directly overlooking the two doors within.

Fittings and furnishings for all units are from premium branded labels. Kitchen appliances are from established European brands Bosch and V-ZUG while bathrooms come pre-fitted with brands Hansgrohe, Axor and V&B ceramic sanitary wares. V-ZUG is a high-end kitchen and laundry appliance brand from Switzerland with over a century of history while V&B has almost 300 years of experience in making ceramic products from tablewares to sanitary wares.

Haus on Handy 3DK floor plan

Haus on Handy Price Comparison

CDL won the bid for this land parcel at $212.2m, translating to $1,722 psf ppr. While the breakeven price is at $2,300 psf, the estimated launch price could be around $2,650 psf. *Updated on 29 Jun 2019 - the launch price is confirmed to be around $2,800 psf.

Comparing with other District 9 New Launch projects, Haus on handy could probably be the most affordably priced condo in 2019.

Haus on Handy D9 CMA NEW LAUNCH

Looking at the nearby resale options, the average transacted has already hit close to $2500psf. Factoring in Brand new premium, I will consider $2600-2700psf is a reasonable range to consider investing into Haus on Handy.

Rental could potentially be around 2.5% which may not seem very attractive, however, it's widely acceptable that central location rental yield tends to be lower than other areas. People who are buying here is mainly for the prestigious address and capital appreciation in the years to come.


Some thoughts on Haus on Handy

1. For buyers/investors looking for both privacy and intimacy, Haus on Handy is an ideal choice since there are no more than 200 units, making the overall development similar to a small community.

2. A drawback for its units is the small bedroom size Haus on Handy offers, only the master bedroom can fit queen size bed.

3. Dual-key units are generally rare in the property market, more so for prime districts. The 3-bedroom dual-key units will appeal to investors looking to rent out individual unit to two separate tenants. will continuously update this review. Keep in touch for the latest movement!

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