Is Pinnacle @ Duxton Worth Over 1 Million? We Compare It to Nearby HDB Flats and Condos  

Pinnacle @ Duxton is perhaps the most talked-about HDB project of all time, but does it really live up to the hype? If we’ve piqued your interest, read on.

You may have thought that amid the COVID-19 crisis, property prices would drop… but no, it’s been the exact opposite, thanks to pent-up demand and other factors.

In fact, did you know that as of 21 June, a record-breaking 99 HDB flats were sold for at least $1 million this year? Among these prime district flats are, of course, the famous units at Pinnacle @ Duxton, which broke the million-dollar mark way back in 2015, shortly after the development reached its Minimum Occupancy Period (MOP).


How Much Do Pinnacle @ Duxton HDB Flats Cost?

A quick check on Pinnacle @ Duxton units for sale on PropertyGuru yields over 60 results, of which the lowest is priced at close to $900k (4I-room, unfurnished), and the most expensive is an eye-popping $1.35 million, a 5A-room unit on a high floor.

Related article: Prime-District HDB Flats: What’s the Government Doing About “The Lottery Effect”?

Looking at the HDB database, a total of 21 4-room flats and 27 5-room flats at Pinnacle@Duxton were sold at $1 million and above in the last 12 months. That’s a total of 48 units out of a total of 83 transactions, or close to 58%.

So what makes the flats at this particular HDB development so “hot” and expensive? Are these units really worth over $1 million Singapore dollars? We look at the various reasons and compare this development to nearby HDB flats and condominiums to find out.


Pinnacle @ Duxton HDB Flats: Worth $1M Or Nay?

There must be something special about the units at Pinnacle @ Duxton if people are willing to shell out over a million bucks for an HDB flat. After all, it’s the HDB project with the greatest number of $1M and above resale flats… Ah, the pride and joy of Tanjong Pagar constituency.

Here are some reasons why we think someone with a healthy bank account (or CPF balance) would want to plonk down a million dollars just to snag a unit here:

1. Pinnacle @ Duxton is in the CBD & CCR

It’s all about location. Tanjong Pagar is right smack in the busy central business district, alongside all the swanky offices and banks. Not to mention, it’s also part of the core central region of Singapore, which means residential and commercial rents are up, even if staffers in the area don’t have the salary to match.

The assumption is, if you can afford to work/live in the area, you’re probably able to afford whatever’s there as well — from daily $10 lunches to costlier parking, and expensive workwear to higher property prices.

In addition, this is an area where room rents can go as high as $2,800 a month (master bedroom with attached bathroom), and the lease for an entire apartment can hit $40k/month (private penthouse duplex with 4 rooms, private lift and private jacuzzi).

With all these factors in mind, you can just imagine the demand for a rare HDB property in this area.

2. The Views from Pinnacle @ Duxton are Amazing

Ever wonder why HDB units get more expensive with every storey? For anyone without a fear of heights, it’s because of how the view gets better the higher you are.

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For example, the HDB flats at Boon Tiong Road command unblocked views of the Tiong Bahru area, up to 40 storeys high. And these flats easily fetch over $1M, even if it’s just for a 4-room flat. There’s also City View at Boon Keng, which has seven listings for sale over $1M on PropertyGuru, and the similar-sounding 40-storey City Vue at Henderson—which only reaches MOP in 2023—that boasts a panorama of both Sentosa and the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront.

In any case, Pinnacle @ Duxton wins with its 50-storey height. The development also features two gorgeous sky gardens that are each a whopping 500m long. It’s even open to the public, but there’s an admission charge if you’re not a resident and want to visit.

3. Pinnacle @ Duxton is Award-winning (and Record-breaking)

These days, HDB flats are clinching major design awards, and the Pinnacle @ Duxton is one of them trendsetters.

In 2010, it won the Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which is a US-based international authority on tall buildings and urban design. It also snagged the President’s Design Award – Design Of The Year. It also won the 2011 Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards for Excellence. Later in 2019, it again was lauded for long-term and extraordinary contributions to the urban environment by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, where it got the top spot in the 10-year category.

The buildings’ design, a collaborative effort by ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism and RSP Architects Planners and Engineers, was also a world first. Previously, there weren’t any 50-storey public housing projects comprising two sky bridges that linked seven towers. In addition, the idea was chosen out of a pool of over 200 designs through a 2001 International Architectural Design Competition, organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Earlier we mentioned the 500m sky gardens. Located on the 26th and 50th floor of the building, these are also the longest sky gardens in the world and feature jogging tracks, playgrounds and viewing/rest areas.

Related article: 189 Tallest HDB Flats in Singapore With Over 30 Storeys for Unblocked Panoramic Views

4. Pinnacle @ Duxton is Part of Singapore’s History

Firstly, Pinnacle @ Duxton is built on a 2.5ha site where one of the oldest public estates in Singapore originally stood. This was where the first two blocks of public housing in Tanjong Pagar were.

There’s also a viewing gallery on the 52nd storey, which caters for VIP state visitors and special events. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong utilised this area on 8 Aug 2010 to deliver his annual National Day message.

Pinnacle @ Duxton has also been covered extensively in international media.

Related article: Why is Pinnacle@Duxton such an attractive HDB development?

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5. Pinnacle @ Duxton Is One of a Kind

It’s obvious that Pinnacle @ Duxton isn’t your run of the mill HDB flat. As HDB’s one-off special residential development, Pinnacle @ Duxton units were more fully furnished than typical HDB flats and featured design elements that could rival that of many private developments.

Even the more expensive fully precast methods were used during construction, which could be 10% to 15% pricier than the usual pumping of wet concrete to the top.

6. Pinnacle @ Duxton’s ‘Starting Prices’ Were Also High

Launched in May 2004, the starting prices of the units at Pinnacle @ Duxton were pricey, much more than a typical HDB BTO, especially at that time. Smaller flats measuring 93 to 97 sqm (about 4-room) were priced from $289,200 to $380,900, while bigger ones measuring 105 to 108 sqm (about 5-room) were priced between $345,100 and $439,400. The remaining 111 units were relaunched in September 2008, with higher prices of $545,000 to $645,800.

Compare this to almost two decades later, where the $620,000 price tag for a 4-room HDB BTO flat in Bukit Merah (Telok Blangah) is still rather difficult to stomach for most of us. And yes, there are still HDB BTO flats that are still around half the price for the same amount of space. Case in point: The recent May 2021 BTO launch in Woodlands (Woodgrove Ascent) where a 5-room flat starts from $372,000.

Naturally, the occupants would want to buy high and sell high(er) to turn a tidy profit, right?


What HDB Flats and Condos Are near Pinnacle @ Duxton?

A large part of Pinnacle @ Duxton’s appeal is its prime location in the CBD. But is Pinnacle @ Duxton really the only “unicorn” in Tanjong Pagar? Or is it just the most famous one?

Let’s take a closer look at the various HDB clusters and condos nearby to suss out if it’s really worth getting a much sought-after unit at Pinnacle @ Duxton.


Pinnacle @ Duxton vs HDB Flats in the Area





Price per square foot (psf)

Pinnacle @ Duxton



$899,888 to $1,350,000

$858 to $1,284

Tanjong Pagar Plaza



$448,000 to $919,800

$662 to $803

Everton Park



$486,000 to $1,000,000

$581 to $732

Cantonment Close



$690,000 to $948,000

$701 to $980

It’s a bit of an apples versus oranges comparison because half of the HDB flats near Pinnacle @ Duxton were built in the 1970s/1980s. The prices and psf values seem to trend according to age, with Pinnacle @ Duxton leading the pack as it’s the most recent HDB project in the area.

Nevertheless, the million-dollar effect may have had an effect on some of the older HDB flats, as some of their listings are pushing $1 million too.


Pinnacle @ Duxton Vs Private Properties in the Area





Price per square foot (psf)

Pinnacle @ Duxton



$899,888 to $1,350,000

$858 to $1,284

International Plaza



$1,300,000 to $2,300,000

$1,253 to $1,442

Craig Place



$1,350,000 to $1,395,000

$1,535 to $1,888

The Arris

Apartment (freehold)


$1,528,528 to $2,200,000

$1,941 to $2,303




$998,000 to $2,500,000

$1,529 to $2,412




$899,000 to $12,400,160

$1,596 to $18,289

Dorsett Residences



$1,430,000 to $3,472,250

$2,075 to $2,221

76 Shenton



$1,100,000 to $2,300,000

$1,827 to $2,524




$1,180,000 to $4,429,092

$1,968 to $2,837

Skysuites @ Anson



$835,000 to $2,700,000

$1,979 to $2,965

Onze @ Tanjong Pagar

Apartment (freehold)


$1,400,000 to $2,850,000

$2,366 to $2,800

Wallich Residence



$18,604,800 to $2,350,000

$2,826 to $5,302

Eon Shenton



$1,311,100 to $2,999,999

$1,575 to $2,863

Sky Everton

Condominium (freehold)


$1,800,000 to  $7,106,000

$2,356 to $3,189

One Bernam



$966,000 to $16,322,000

$2,049 to $3,818

Earlier we mentioned that some consider Pinnacle @ Duxton’s design and quality good enough to rival even private condos. If Pinnacle @ Duxton could be considered condominium level, it’s definitely value for money when looking at its price and psf value versus the other private properties in the area.

One thing Pinnacle @ Duxton may lose out on as compared to its condo counterparts are the amenities (although there are plenty at Pinnacle), tighter building security, and maybe height (Skysuites @ Anson towers at 71 storeys). But all of this is moot, considering the expansive views you’ll get at the sky garden, the amenities of the area, the never-ending food options, and if you work in the CBD, it’s yet another bonus.

Keen to Live, Work and Play in the Tanjong Pagar Area?

Check out our listings of properties for sale near Tanjong Pagar MRT station. There’s plenty to discover in Tanjong Pagar, which has a good mix of old and new street charm.


More FAQs about Pinnacle @ Duxton

Is Pinnacle @ Duxton an HDB?

Yes. Pinnacle @ Duxton is an HDB Build-To-Order flat. It was launched in May 2004.

Can a Foreigner Buy a Unit at Pinnacle @ Duxton?

Yes, only if the foreigner buys the unit together with 1 Singapore Citizen (i.e. foreigner marries a Singaporean). After which, other eligibility criteria must be met before the purchase of a resale HDB can be made. Read more: Buying Your First Home as a Singaporean-Foreigner Couple: What’s Different?

Can I Afford a Pinnacle @ Duxton Flat?

It really depends on how much cash on hand, CPF monies and monthly salary you’re drawing. Check out our mortgage calculators and home loan tools to help you budget for your property purchase.

Does the Pinnacle @ Duxton Have a Swimming Pool?

No, Pinnacle @ Duxton does not have a swimming pool. However, it has other amenities such as a basketball court, sky garden, sheltered pavilions with seats, a community garden, two preschools, playgrounds, a running track and a fitness corner.

How to Go up to Pinnacle @ Duxton Sky Garden?

Visit the management office on the ground level at block 1G. The admission fee to the Skybridge at level 50 for visitors to Pinnacle @ Duxton is $6.


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This article was written by Mary Wu, who hopes to share what she’s learnt from her home-buying and renovation journey with PropertyGuru readers. When she’s not writing, she’s usually baking up a storm or checking out a new cafe in town.


Images by respective owners via Instagram. Featured image by Dimitris Argyris via Flickr.


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