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Many of you do know that I stay in Shah Alam, specifically, at the KEN Rimba township, which I wrote about way back in 2013, also the time when I placed my down payment to a unit at the place I now call home.

Well, the township has since grown quite a bit since many of us moved in several years back, with the KEN Rimba Condominium 1 residents being the latest batch to be joining the neighborhood.

ken rimba condo facilities

A bit of re-cap on KEN Rimba township –

The community is set up at Seksyen 16 Shah Alam, and located just slightly over 1km from the i-City/UiTM exit. As for major highways, you can also get to NKVE in a few minutes, and with the West Coast Expressway now being built, accessibility will only get better.

The township itself has also certainly grown since I last moved here. There’s now a few convenient stores such as 99 Speedmart, 7-Eleven, and MyDin, there’s a 24 hour mamak, several restaurants (including a big Ana Ikan Bakar), 24 hour laundry, car wash, service centers, and more.

KEN Rimba Condominium 1

Additionally, within a few KM you’ll find the Taman Rashna Chinese School, Padang Jawa School, the above mentioned UiTM, KTM station, Shah Alam hospital, Pantai Hospital at Eng Ann, JPJ, JPN, and even a cinema (TSR Cineplex). With the huge iCity Mall being near completion and situated perfectly just 5 minutes away, the township is rather well served in terms of convenience.

Having stayed here the past 3 years or so, I came to appreciate the community and convenience at this area, slightly away from the super busy KL & PJ area to be able to anjoy the slightly quieter suburban life, but still within reasonable travel time even if you work in the city center.

On a more personal level, as someone who’s passionate about food, the location has also been pretty kind to me. Being just a short drive from Klang, I have since explored quite a few more breakfast bak kut teh places such as Kee Heong, Teong, and Teck Seong, expanding knowledge on one of my favorite dishes. Other nearby awesome food includes fatty meehun kuih, and poh piah at Eng Ann. Then there’s also the 24 hour ayam penyet place,  Klang style red wine mee suah, and the most awesome apple strudel in Klang Valley too, so many hidden gems in this area.

living room and kitchen, Ken Rimba Condominium
Show unit of KEN Rimba Condominium 1

The good news is, there are some limited available units up for grabs at the KEN Rimba township, including both the Condominium 1 and landed houses.

For those who’re not familiar with KEN Rimba, I’ve made 3 different videos show casing KEN Condominium 1 with it’s interior, amnesties & facilities, as well as the township overall to show you how living in this place is about.

Check them out below & call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today.

Check out the KEN Rimba Condominium 1 show unit. Comfortable and well ventilated due to it’s North South orientation. Square layout makes for easy furnishing and interior decoration. I thought the living and dining area are rather spacious. Units are just shy of 1200 square foot. Call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today. #kenrimba #kenrimbacondominium1 #showunit #shahalam @kengreenbook

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Facilities is what living in condo is all about! KEN Condominium 1 spots a large Olympic size pool, breezy practical spots such as cabana, a lake sanctuary, shady spots under tree & reading pavilions. There’s also a badminton court, children’s playground, a gym overlooking the pool, and did I mention that huge pool? Traquility within the hectic Klang Valley. Call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today. @kengreenbook

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Ken Rimba township is strategically located with schools, hospital, university, KTM Kommuter station, and other amenities within very short distances. It is also accessible almost directly via Federal Highway and NKVE, with the upcoming West Coast Expressway within a kilometer or so. The township also spots a number of restaurants and stores for your convinience. Limited landed units as well as KEN Condominium 1 are still available from developer, call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today. @kengreenbook

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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!

Most of you haven’t seen the photo of Sunway Velocity below, and definitely none of you (including yours truly) have never seen it in naked eyes…. yet.

For a very simple reason that Sunway Velocity is still in development, and this is what it is supposed to look like in just a few short years. This place is going to change the whole landscape between KL and Cheras. Do read..

Sunway Velocity

First of all, location.

Sunway Velocity is strategically located right between KL and Cheras, just 3.8 kilometers from KLCC and smacked between Jalan Cheras and Jalan Peel, and a mere 10 minutes walk from Maluri LRT station.

The most recognizable landmark as of current is a Jusco, Carrefour, and of course the eating places at Jalan Peel. Already a pretty mature area, but one that isn’t exactly very appealing. On completion, this project is going to change the whole area much like how Sunway Pyramid transformed the whole Subang and PJS area.

location map - Sunway Velocity

Instead of just building another shopping mall, Sunway Velocity is an integrated project, there’s service apartments, shops, offices, a modern shopping complex over 1,000,000 sq. feet, and even a pretty big central park over 2 acres – a much needed green lung.

Sunway Velocity showroom

The very first phase of the project consists of a dozen shop units, offices, and a service apartment with 264 units (915 standard – 3208 sq ft duplex). The apartment of course, comes with all the usual amenities such as swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, cafeteria, security, etc, but those are not the only selling points.

There’ll also be the park, the attached shopping mall, and to me, one of the more interesting feature – the environmental deck – a walkway connecting the mall, service apartment, central park, offices, and shops with outdoor dining area that are open only to foot traffic.

Sorta like The Street at Curve, except elevated on 1st floor, and much grander in scale. Imagine having that right downstairs where you stay, pretty interesting isn’t it?

Sunway Velocity models
Gareth and Kim checking out the architectural models, Central Park

Second phase of the project will be the Sunway Velocity mall, a much needed high class shopping complex in Cheras area. The 1 mil sq. feet size is  a good size I think.

The mall is located about 400 meters away from Maluri LRT station, in comparison, Pavilion is about 300+ meters away from the closest Monorail station. There’s also pretty good accessibility from major roads and highways too (there’s gonna be over 5000 car park bays available)

Sunway Velocity service apartment

We also checked out the service apartment show units. The design’s pretty good, and I particularly like the fact that they only have 2 rooms for the 900+ square feet unit, too many developments try to sell by the number and packed in 3 rooms in sub 1000 sq. ft. units and made everything far too small.

Now if imagine if you can stay in a place and have the ability to take the elevator downstairs to do everything you need!

I believe some people might have an aversion to any development especially one that’s going to transform and area we have fond memories of, but I do believe that this one is a positive change and a step to the right direction. I can’t wait for this to get completed, now if only I can get a big discount for the apartment, emmm….

By the way do check out the facebook page of Sunway Velocity too.