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Look inside a Singapore supermarket billionaire’s $50 million mansion, which combines a historic bungalow with an ultra-modern house and has a 100-foot swimming pool

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The home is a “good class bungalow,” Singapore’s most rare and coveted type of real estate.

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  • Singapore billionaire Lim Hock Leng lives in a $50 million historic bungalow combined with a modern mansion.
  • Lim, who co-owns Singapore’s 3rd-largest supermarket chain with his two brothers, has amassed a fortune of $1.2 billion with his brothers.
  • The mansion features a swimming pool that starts indoors and extends outside.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

On a secluded, leafy street in Singapore, supermarket billionaire Lim Hock Leng lives in a $50 million bungalow.

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Lim is the co-owner and managing director of Singapore’s third-largest supermarket chain, Sheng Siong, which operates more than 60 stores in the city-state.

Lim’s older brother, Lim Hock Chee, is Sheng Siong’s CEO, while the eldest brother, Lim Hock Eng, is executive chairman. Together, the three brothers own a majority stake in the company, putting their combined net worth at $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

Lim’s home is a “good class bungalow,” Singapore’s most rare and coveted type of real estate.

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The city-state has a limited number of good class bungalows, making them a status symbol reserved for the ultra-wealthy.

The design of Lim’s home combines a historic Singapore bungalow with an ultra-modern home.

“From the front, it looks very unassuming,” one local real-estate agent, who has visited the home and wished to remain anonymous, told Insider. “But if you look from the back it’s a monstrous house that towers over the whole neighborhood.”

The back of the home shows off the modern addition that was designed as “as a series of stepped terraces with green roofs,” according to the architecture firm.

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Singapore-based architecture firm Ta.le Architects oversaw the restoration of the colonial bungalow and designed the new bungalow.

Lim paid 35 million Singapore dollars — or about $26.2 million — for the land and the historic colonial bungalow in 2015, a spokesperson for his company confirmed to Insider.

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The executive then spent roughly SG$30 million ($22.4 million) to restore the bungalow and build the attached modern bungalow, which was completed in 2018, the spokesperson said.

That brings Lim’s total investment in the property to nearly $50 million.

The home has three courtyards, one of which features a grassy lawn and sits between the historic bungalow and the modern bungalow.

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Another courtyard separates the living room and the dining room of the new bungalow and brings light and air into the center of the house.

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Indeed, the entire rear facade of the home does appear to glow at nighttime.

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The bungalow sprawls across 33,700 square feet.

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Rather than going for pure opulence, the architects said they designed the home to create a “minimalistic luxurious experience.”

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The architects therefore designed large bedrooms — almost like independent apartments — to accommodate Lim’s four children and his parents.

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The bungalow’s formal dining area can accommodate at least 15 people.

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Many of the home’s common areas appear to open up to the grassy terraces.

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Photos of the home show lavish marble bathrooms. There’s also a massive walk-in closet.

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The spacious office seems appropriate for the managing director of a major supermarket group.

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The home’s amenities include a fitness center, a sauna and squash court, a pool table, and a home theater with 14 seats.

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When he set out to build the house, Lim said he told the architects, “‘You are building this house for my neighbors, not me.'”

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“When you build a house, that house has to become scenery for your neighbors,” Lim told the Post during the tour.

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