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Earlier on this blog I talked about Bandar Tasik Puteri, one of the booming townships in Rawang that should be in the radar screen especially for young adults who are looking for their first property.

Just to re-cap, the township is located at Rawang, with a entry/exit link to LATAR highway in construction, scheduled to complete by 2016. Bandar Tasik Puteri is some 40+ kilometers from the center of KL and houses many facilities and amenities, such as schools, park, golf course, polyclinics, mini markets, and more.

launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

I went to the launch of Acacia Park Rawang on the 8th of November to take a closer look on this project for myself.

The project was launched by Lee Kok Wah – Project Director of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Tuan Mohd Azizi Bin Mohd Zain – Yang Dipertua (YDP), Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS), Low Gee Teong – Group Managing Director of Low Yat Group, accompanied by Mr. Wee Beng Sang, Director – Group Property Development/ Management Services.

property talk conducted during the launch
property talk conducted during the launch

There was also a property talk conducted during the launch (interestingly the emcee was one of my diving buddies from Maldives last year).

The talk mentioned about population growth along the Klang Valley and how it affects property prices, the upcoming KL-Singapore high speed rail and its impact, importance of location vs access to KL city center, and the price potential of various types of properties.

What I got from it was that Acacia Park falls onto many of the plus points mentioned – being within the 20 km or so (as the crow flies) of the center of Klang Valley, with good access (via LATAR highway), and affordability of the selling price especially for a double storey terrace. So far, so good.

the show unit by the Sales Gallery, with a map of Acacia Park
(from left to right) 1: Acacia Park Phase 1, show unit; 2: Acacia Park Scale Model; 3: Acacia Park Phase 2, Site Plan; 4: Master scale model of Bandar Tasik Puteri

Phase 1 of Acacia Park comprises 224 units of 18′ x 80′ double storey terraced house each with a built up area from 2670 square feet priced from RM 447,100.00. All units in Phase 1 are sold out, but luckily we were also given a sneak preview of the upcoming Phase 2 of Acacia Park with a total of 4 phases planned.

location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri
location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri

Looking at the model of the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Acacia Park is located at the Southern side, which is also rather closer to the proposed LATAR interchange. Commuting in and out of the township should be a breeze in this case.

To be honest, the current access route via Rawang has a bottle neck around Jusco area near the interchange to PLUS highway, something that Acacia Park residents will not need to content with once LATAR interchange is completed.

Acacia Park Master Plan
Acacia Park Master Plan

As mentioned, Acacia Park phase 1 is completely sold out, so let’s look at Phase 2.

Phase 2 is located somewhat in the middle of the Acacia Master Plan, with access to two parks, one within Phase 2 itself and another just north of the area, which is next to a school. I personally prefer the location of Phase 2 over the Phase 1 mainly due to the access to those green lungs.

Picking a unit opposing the park will also give you a better view, and the opportunity to park your cars opposite your unit.

scaled model of Acacia double storey terraced houses
Scale model of Acacia double storey terraced houses

There are quite a few scale models of Acacia Park terraced houses at the sales gallery.

These models show the unit as they are in real life, some with cut-outs, and these include corner and intermediate units. I think they provide a very clear idea of what to expect of the development and how Phase 2 of Acacia Park looks like when it is completed.

show unit - living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor
Acacia Park, Phase 1 Show unit – living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor

Of course, visiting show unit is a must prior to making a purchase as important as a house. As good as scale models or even 3D renders are, I personally think that it can’t beat walking into a show unit to get the idea of how the house can be in its final form, completed with furniture and minor renovation.

There are two units constructed side by side just for this purpose, with one furnished and the other unfurnished (as is when delivered to buyer.)

While not fancy, I felt that the arrangement of the house is modern, and most importantly, very functional.

show unit - master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor
Master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor

The first thing that greets you entering the house is the living room, with the dining hall, then kitchen at the rear. There’s also a small bedroom (or if you like, storeroom) on the ground floor.

What I really like is the fact that the 80′ long land area also allows a backyard accessible via the kitchen, a feature that is missing in most newer development these days.

Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan
Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan

Going upstairs there’s the very spacious master bedroom with attached bathroom (a bit of clever furnishing will even allow a walk-in wardrobe). Then there’s two other bedrooms sharing another bathroom, completing the first floor.  I like the fact that they maximize the size of bedrooms instead of having a small, and often useless family hall upstairs.

Acacia Park - corner unit floor plan
Acacia Park – corner unit floor plan

For a double storey terraced unit, Acacia Park provides a good balance between affordability, distance, access, and design. If you’re in a market for a new home (possibly first home), this is definitely one to check out.

Find out more at www.acaciapark.com.my and http://www.bandartasikputeri.com.my/

One of the problems that plague this generation of working adults is the ability to own a home. Gone were the days when monthly payment for an apartment or landed properties within Klang Valley is the same or even lower than the average rental.

For some, this means accepting smaller units of condo/apartment, but luckily, there are now developments that are located within reasonable distance from KL which are affordable, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri in Rawang is one of such places.

So if you’re a young adult looking for your first home, continue reading. In this article, we will look at the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri.

location of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
location of Acacia Park and Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

Bandar Tasik Puteri is located in Rawang, about 40-50 kilometers away from KLCC depending on which route you take.

The traveling route and distance to Bandar Tasik Puteri is as follow:

  • from Jalan Duta toll via LATAR highway – 30 km
  • from Jalan Duta via Batu Arang – 44 km
  • from Templer Park – 26.7 km
  • from Ijok – 24.6 km
  • from MRT Sungai Buloh Station – 28 km
  • from Subang SkyPark – 37.5 km
  • from Guthrie highway via LATAR highway – 27 km
  • from Shah Alam via LATAR highway – 36 km

Acacia Park Rawang township model
Bandar Tasik Puteri township model

The good news is, the interchange of Bandar Tasik Puteri to LATAR highway is being constructed now and expected to be completed by 2016, making the journey to KL possible in 18 minutes.

While physical distance may seem a little far, traveling time is actually rather reasonable. Everyone has a friend who stays in Puchong that takes almost 2 hours to travel to KL, don’t we? So physical distance itself doesn’t always tell the whole story.

nearby attractions of Bandar Tasik Puteri
Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan, Batang Kali waterfall, FIRM

Perhaps another lesser looked into areas of the location is the proximity to a lot of eco-friendly attractions.

For example, a 35 km drive is all it takes to see the fire flies and enjoy the seafood at Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan is just another short drive away from there. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia too is some 30 odd km away without having to go through Klang Valley’s congestion areas, and then there are gems up north such as the waterfall at Batang Kali.

Well, if you are the shopping type, 1 Utama is only half an hour away as well. Either way, you’re covered.

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club Club House

Bandar Tasik Puteri spans some 2,670 acres and is surrounded by established neighbourhoods of Kuang, Kundang, Batu Arang and Rawang Town, collectively known as part of North Klang Valley.

On top of the nearby attractions, Bandar Tasik Puteri is also a well-equipped township with facilities and amenities that serves residents from different age group.

The township consists of these following facilities & amenities:

  • 2 primary schools
  • 1 secondary school
  • 1 Islamic school
  • 3 polyclinics including 2 specialists
  • 8 mini-marts
  • 1 mosque
  • A 27-hole golf course
  • daily night & wet markets
  • automobile service centres
  • restaurants/cafes/dobi/bakery
  • furniture retailers
  • central park
  • bank
  • petrol stations

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
The 27 hole Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club

It is a booming community with a population of about 60,000 strong (2013) and expected to grow to 100,000 in the near future.

Bandar Tasik Puteri is now basically a self sustaining township that covers your everyday needs, be it your children’s education, doing grocery, medical consultation, or even recreational needs, the township has them. I think it’s a rather vibrant city away from the hustle and bustle of KL without sacrificing the convenience.

Acacia Park brochure

The good news is, if you’re looking for a first home, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri is open for sale. Do check it out:

  • Date: 8th and 9th Nov 2014 (Sat & Sun)
  • Time: 11am to 7pm
  • Venue: Bandar Tasik Puteri Sales Gallery
  • GPS: 3.296563, 101.485187

For more information, head to bandartasikputeri.com.my

During the event, Ishmael Ho from Ho Chin Soon Research will be giving a property talk to the public on 8th November, 3pm. Be sure to catch it if you are interested in property. There will also be games and activities for kids and a free buffet for the public! So come join me at the event at this coming weekend!

A couple weekends ago we were invited for a bak kut teh breakfast and a guided tour of the KEN Rimba township at Seksyen 16, Shah Alam.

That was a great way to start the morning, Chow Kiat Bak Kut Teh, introduced by  Sam Tan, the executive director of KEN Holdings Berhad, was one of the bests I’ve had. Coincidentally, it is also just 10-15 minutes away from KEN Rimba, though this is not the only reason you should learn about this one of a kind township.

Ken Rimba development - Sam took us for a guided tour
Ken Rimba development – Sam took us for a guided tour

Some of you might have read about a post I wrote some half a year ago on KEN Bangsar where I touched on KEN Rimba a little bit at the end. The first phase of KEN Rimba township – the LEGIAN Residences, have been handed over to buyers, and some residence have moved into the new houses.

Now back on what makes KEN Rimba such a unique township.

First and foremost, everything in this 60 acre freehold development is throughly thought out with sustainable living in mind. Which is no surprise that KEN Rimba Legian Residences is the first landed home development in the country to be awarded the BCA Green Mark Gold Award.

rain water harvesting tanks, communal bicycles
rain water harvesting tanks, communal bicycles

First and foremost, most houses are arranged north-south orientation to take advantage of crosswind and to reduce direct sunlight, this allows for better ventilation and reduces the need for electrical cooling devices such as air conditioning.

Australian adjustable glass louvred windows are used to facilitate airflow. As explained by Sam, the more popular casement windows does not allow for ventilation especially when it rains, or when the wind isn’t blowing at a particular angle.

Each unit is also fitted with rainwater harvesting tanks to store rainwater for gardening, washing car porch, or anything, really.

water features and Palawan plants between end lots
water features and Palawan plants between end lots

Breathable roof is another features that comes standard in each terrace house built here. By allowing trapped heat to escape through the roof attic, the living area would have a lower temperature than those with standard roof fittings.

Outside the houses, there are plenty of planted trees and landscaping works done to give the neighborhood a very green and pleasant ambiance. I especially like the water features built in between the end lots, they make for good jogging tracks as well.

one of the corner units of LEGIAN Residence, complete with swimming pool
one of the corner units of LEGIAN Residences, complete with swimming pool

KEN Rimba is also conveniently located very close to Federal Highway, NKVE, LKSA, and LATAR. Furthermore, there’s a covered walk way to the Padang Jawa KTM station located just 700 meters away  (about 10 minutes leisure walk pace).

To get around the township, there are also a few dozen bicycles available for free usage to residence of KEN Rimba. I thought that’s a very neat idea.

interior of the show unit, LEGIAN Residence
interior of the show unit, LEGIAN Residences

The 328 units of LEGIAN Residences are ready for move in, with most units already sold off. The next phase at KEN Rimba is the Jimbaran Residences with 168 units that would be launched soon.

The specifications for Jimbaran Residences:

Tenure : Freehold
Type of Development : Double Storey Terrace House with Loft
Total No. of Units : 168 units
Lot Size : Standard 22’ x 65’
Built-Up Area : Approx. 2,100 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms : 4 Bedrooms + 3 Bathrooms + 1 Attice/Loft
Facilities : Guarded Community, Playground

There will also be two phases of condominiums in this township, for those who prefers high rise, be sure to check that out next.

Website: http://www.kenholdings.com.my
Facebookhttps://facebook.com/KEN.Greenbook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamCS10
Email: contact@kenholdings.com.my
Sales enquiries: 1300-22-9933

Green Awards won by KEN

As a result of their green development initiatives, KEN has won numerous awards.

KEN BANGSAR
2009 BCA Green Mark GoldPLUS Award
2010 GBI Gold Award, The Edge-Pam Green Excellence Award
2011 Futurarc Green Leadership Citation Award, PAM Silver Award For Excellence In Architecture, FIABCI-Malaysia Property Award 2011: Sustainable Development

KEN RIMBA Legian
2010 BCA Green Mark Gold Award: Provisional, GBI Certified Award

KEN RIMBA Commercial Centre
2010 BCA Green Mark Certified Award: Provisional

KEN Holdings Berhad
2010 New Straits Times SC Cheah Choice Awards: Best Green Developer
2011 Carbon Neutral Status