15 Oct '11, 2am

Interest in homes with adjoining units grows

Interest in homes with adjoining units grows

Dual-key apartments make up some of the units at Esparina Residences (above) and Arc at Tampines. -- PHOTOS: FRASERS CENTREPOINT HOMES, HOI HUP By Cheryl Lim Interest is growing in a new type of home here which offers an adjoining studio apartment so that families can have relatives such as elderly parents living close by and still enjoy some privacy. But a second reason has emerged as to why these so-called 'dual key' apartments look appealing to many buyers - the chance of renting out the extra unit earlier than would usually be allowed. The studio unit, with its own kitchen and bathroom, has a separate entrance which opens to a foyer that is shared with the main unit. Background story GOOD BALANCE 'Certainly they will be popular. Not only will the landlord be able to rent his extra space, he'll be able to monitor what his tenant is up to while maintaining privacy for hi...

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