The man and his house

  • Business
  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2003


HE is a man of taste and ideas. Well-travelled and worldly, this owner knew exactly what he wanted and he went out to build one of the finest dwellings that have ever stood in Damansara Heights. But circumstances have a strange way of making plans go awry. And so man may build. But he need not necessarily be the one to enjoy the passion of his labour. 

The outdoor jacuzzi.

Be that as it may, the owner is not a man of half-measures. Although he has plans to sell the house, he still pours considerable effort into it. 

He’s one who says, “If you want to do something, do it properly. Or don’t do it at all.” 

And so the planters are still coming in to do up the place, adding a dash of green here and bit over there. 

The house is in the market for RM5 million (Thevan Realty Tel: 03-2096-1617, 019-310-1880). 

Contemporary in concept, understated in elegance, it is a structure of glass walls from floor to ceiling. A living area with glass walls all around, a master bedroom with a full glass wall, yet designed in such a way as to offer utmost privacy. 

Every detail has been thought of, from the specially ordered black and white switches to the bathroom fittings, from the room size to the walk-in-wardrobe, from the living area that overlooks the pool and Jacuzzi to shingled-roof. The kitchen, one indoor and another outdoor, has even been thought of for those barbecue parties. 

If this owner could, he would like to control nature with his wealth, and to a certain extent, he has. He purchased golden yellow bamboo of a certain height, and pebbles of a particular shade and size for the walkway to the pool and the bathroom flooring. 

Unfortunately, circumstances were beyond him and after years of planning and decision-making, he has to leave the country for another, maybe for good. 

And so the man puts his brand new house, which he never lived in even for a day, his pool untested, in the market.  

Indeed, the first time when real estate agent Thevan saw the place, he was taken aback at the detail and work that went into it. 

“In all my 12 years as an agent, this is a rare gem. It’s very tastefully designed and built, it’s brand new and it’s freehold,” Thevan says as he takes us on a tour of the place. 

The pool and jacuzzi area from the garden's woodedn deck. On the right is the glass walled gym.

He says: “It’s not just granite flooring, it’s high-end granite. It’s not just a house, but a home with a concept, with taste and class,” he says. 

“I saw the plans for the furnishings if he were to move in and that alone would have cost half-a-million. Just landscaping and lighting alone cost RM150,000. The house RM3 million, so at RM5 million he (the owner) does not make anything as he had two architects, one local and another abroad. But the ideas were all from him because designing and conceptualising the place, doing up the details were a great hobby for him. He did it more for the passion of it than anything else. 

“So it is with great disappointment that he is giving up this place, but while that may be so, he is giving it up with a great sense of pride because he had a hand In it from the beginning. 

“He is still spending money on the landscaping and the planters will be coming to do up the open breakfast area. Even though he may be selling it, he wants to hand it over to the next owner in impeccable condition,” says Thevan. 

The story of the man and his house started in 1999. The man liked the quiet secluded area along the cul-de-sac. He bought and rebuilt it with the aim to raise his family. And so he tore down the old structure, and with the help of architects, submitted plans to the authorities for the new one. The man is passionate about many things and this house is one of them. But circumstances change. 

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