A Look Inside Singapore’s Most Expensive Penthouse Ever

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There must be some serious money in vacuum cleaners and hair dryers because Sir James Dyson, founder of one the world’s most well-known eponymous brands, recently spent a jaw-dropping US$54.2 million on a massive penthouse in one of Singapore’s tallest buildings.

And if that’s not enough to make you gasp, here’s another nugget: The British billionaire actually saved a huge amount of money in the deal, since the apartment was listed for almost twice the amount at US$80 million — said to be the most expensive in Singapore. What’s more, since Dyson has permanent residence status there, he is not required to pay the high property taxes that most other foreigners purchasing property in Singapore would have needed to.

‘Most expensive’ is, however, not the penthouse’s only claim to fame; it is also the highest. Set within the exclusively luxurious Wallich Residence, which occupies the 39th to 64th floors of the sky-high Guoco Tower, the three-storey apartment is spread across the top 62nd to 64th floors. Sitting at almost 1,000 feet above sea level, it offers breathtaking views over the city’s vast skyline and the glittering blue waters of Marina Bay.

Inside the expansive, 21,100-square-foot penthouse are five lavishly appointed bedrooms, six bathrooms, three half-baths, a pool, sky deck, Jacuzzi and a barbecue pit. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s even a 600-bottle wine cellar.

The exquisite marble flooring adds a touch of refined opulence. But it’s the floor-to-ceiling windows, in almost every room in the triplex apartment, that truly catch one’s attention as they present a sense of unadulterated openness, not only to the city below but also the skies above. One can only imagine the shimmering beauty of millions of stars at night as seen from such a vantage point.

While the stupendous sum for the apartment may seem exorbitant for some, for Dyson it’s certainly manageable. After all, his net worth currently stands at US$12.6 billion , as per the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, making him the 109th richest person on the planet. In 2018, after his company took in revenues of an astounding $1.4 billion, he was named the richest person in Britain, too. Which brings the famous phrase to mind: “If you have it, spend it!”

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3 Penthouse Apartments with Eye-Popping Views in Asia

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In cities where new buildings climb ever higher, the view is always best from the top. Here are three outstanding options on the market for you to snatch up right now.

The Sukhothai Residences, 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok

High above the Thai capital’s bustling Sathorn district, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom duplex penthouse unit spans a staggering 12,730 square feet. Occupying floors 36-37 of a 41-storey luxury condominium tower, this elegant abode comes fully furnished and features a private sky pool, garden terrace, dedicated entertainment room and separate maid’s quarters. Fixed parking spaces are also provided and included in the title deed. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the legendary Sukhothai hospitality, which means 24-hour concierge service and access to the on-site fitness centre with two tennis courts. Price on request, richmonts.com.

No. 1 Po Shan Road, Hong Kong

Uninterrupted views of the iconic skyline and Victoria Harbour are the main draw at this Mid-Levels West stunner. With 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, the penthouse encompasses a very spacious 4,373 square feet, including a master suite with a large walk-in closet and a luxurious en-suite bathroom with spectacular views and a Jacuzzi tub. For those who love to host, this home is a dream for entertaining, whether for afternoon soirées at the private pool or alfresco dinners on the expansive rooftop terrace. HK$450,000,000, listsothebysrealtyhk.com.

Hilltops, 101 Cairnhill Circle, Singapore

Sir James Dyson may have snapped up the Lion City’s most exclusive penthouse over the summer (for HK$420.4 million), but there are plenty of other options on the market for your consideration. For example, this fully furnished 4-bedroom penthouse set on a hill near Orchard Road, offering its residents panoramic views. Spread over 6,370 square feet, it’s designed for indoor/outdoor living, with a spiral staircase that leads up to a roof terrace complete with a private swimming pool and deck, as well as a terrace that runs the full length of the apartment on the lower level. Price on request, hilltops.com.sg.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.