Serial investor and entrepreneur George Lim’s latest luxury bungalow has just been put on the market. It is likely to set yet another benchmark in the Good Class Bungalow segment that he has been in for more than a decade. Singaporean George Lim has developed 11 Good Class Bungalows (GCBs) in the past 12 years, starting with a series of three on Belmont Road in 2006, followed by two on Leedon Road, three on Leedon Park, one on Second Avenue, another on Binjai Park and the latest on Jervois Hill. Along the way, he has also developed and designed a semi-detached house on a 10,000 sq ft land area in Serangoon Gardens for his wife’s cousin and a small detached house at Sunset Place for his brother-in-law. In total, Lim has developed 13 houses. Lim: I always look for something new and try to create something different for each house (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore) Yet, he does not see himself as a developer, but a GCB investor instead. He regards the GCB on Jervois Hill as his “sole investment property” in Singapore today. As it is the last of his GCB creations, it is his swan song. He has taken his time to develop the house, which has even broken new ground in terms of materials used. “I always look for something new and try to create something different for each house that I build,” he says. “I try not to repeat what I’ve done in my earlier houses. Each new house is an improvement on the last. That’s the benefit of having developed so many bungalows.” He purchased the 15,094 sq ft, freehold site on Jervois Hill six years ago when it was a vacant plot, similar to its two neighbouring sites. Lim liked the site because of its regular shape and its exclusive neighbourhood, with the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam located behind it. The property on Jervois Hill marks the latest collaboration between Lim and architect Pau Loh, managing partner of Tellus Design. Loh was with Liu & Wo Architects when he designed the first five GCBs that Lim developed: a series of three on Belmont Road and two on Leedon Road. The entrance of the Good Class Bungalow at 3 Jervois Hill has a swimming pool and a basement garage for up to 10 cars (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore) Pièce de résistance Lim plays a big part in the design of all his GCBs, however, as he looks at it from the perspective of a GCB homeowner. He believes that, for GCB owners, it is important to have a “wow factor” or several factors that make a statement. A key feature of all the houses that he has developed is a garage big enough to hold a collection of super cars. At the GCB on Jervois Hill, the architect capitalised on the sloping terrain to create a basement car park big enough for 10 cars. In addition to the basement garage, the sloping terrain allowed for the creation of a swimming pool with a “seethrough” acrylic wall. Swimming pool fronting the formal dining room (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore) Another standout feature is the façade of the house, with vertical fins spanning the entire second level. Each vertical fin is more than 4m in height, with teakwood panelling on one side and travertine on the other. The use of two different materials creates texture, but beyond aesthetics, the vertical fins also serve as a shading device. “They cost at least $3,000 each,” says Lim. The 4m vertical fins (above) that span the entire second level of the house (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore) The pièce de résistance of the house is the floating staircase in the entrance hall, which is both a work of art and an innovation. To achieve a sculptural look using acrylic, a giant oven was temporarily built in the basement to heat the acrylic to a temperature high enough for it to be shaped. It is an engineering feat that Lim is proud of.