A cosy habitat for RM9 million

  • Business
  • Saturday, 01 Mar 2003


IF not for the placard, with the house number on it and strategically placed under some trees, the little sharp turning into the private entrance would have been missed.  

But, it was easy enough to find. Besides, it was a very pleasant drive in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur. It has always been.  

Not many cars on that hot lazy weekday afternoon. It was siesta time, just after lunch. Sunlight peered through the leaves of old mature trees, sprinkling sunbeams on the windscreen. A couple of monkeys loitered along the road, gesturing as the car drove past and a monitor lizard took a slow walk across the road. A few seconds earlier and its tail would have been nicked. Slowcoach! 


Wind down the windows of your car. Feel the breeze. There is a certain humidity in the air but the gush of wind that whizzes pass your ears and swirls around the interior of your car comes without the smell of exhaust fumes.  

Smell it.  

At RM9 million, what sort of house would it be? Lifts? Pools? Gold-plated taps? 

Drive pass the automatic gates. You are expected. The long private entrance with its canopy of trees and lush green hedges lend it a countryside cottage-like feeling.  

The sprawling single-storey bungalow sits on a slightly elevated plane to your right. The palms are a reminder that you are in tropical clime, not some country home in Europe.  

But the structure looks distinctly European in style and design. It was built decades ago. Leave your car in the covered car park. It's big enough for two cars. Or you can park in the garage. The maid's quarters are located below the garage.  

Yes, the 43,000 sq ft, or about 1 acre, piece of land is not flat. About 60 per cent of it is flat. The rest of the land is sloping, so you'll need a gardener to maintain the grassy slopes and trees around the house. 

The greenery surrounding the house provides a natural curtain to ensure privacy. 

It is the piece of freehold land that the house sits on that gives it the high valuation, not the building. 

Although the house has been valued at RM9.3 million, the owner is willing to let it go for RM7.3 million. (Thevan Realty %03-2096-1617, 019-310-1880) 

Let's go into the house which exudes a white, creamy, refreshing ambience. The built-up of the main structure is only about 5,000sq ft.  

Watch your steps. 

The door used to be here, just above the steps but the owner moved it four years ago. Good feng shui. 

The living area is huge. It is a three-in-one really, a living area, a dining area and a library of sorts. The decor is very spartan. Bookshelves line the wall on the left. Not far from them, the dining or worktable. And then there is the living area.  

The bedrooms are to your right. Don't worry about the two Labradors; they are people dogs, not guard dogs. There are a total of six rooms and four bathrooms.  


There is a study, located above where you park the car. Again, bookshelves line the walls. The little corner with the glass wall from floor to ceiling throws a cosy warm feeling into the study, don't you think? 

Furniture is to a minimal, a desk in the middle of the study and an armchair along the glass wall for the reader to curl up in. You must see the patio. This part of the house was added on about four years ago. It is absolutely divine and big enough to fit 10 to 15 people. You can lounge in the wicker lounge set or sit at the garden teak set over there. 

Can you imagine a lazy afternoon, rain or shine, lounging here in the patio with a book?  

And look, there's the pool. Not too big, and not small. It's rectangular in shape so you can do laps, unlike the irregular shaped ones. There are steps leading into the pool, so if you like the sun, you can use the steps like benches.  

Yes, definitely. This is the place to retire, or to write one's memoirs. It's calm and nestled amid the greens.  

Listen; can you hear those insects chirping away? At night, it is so quiet; you can even hear the traffic from Jalan Kuching. So close and yet so near to the city, with nature at your door step. Just imagine. 


Salient points 


* Built-up of main structure: About 5,000sq ft. 

* Freehold. Single storey. With pool.  

* Six rooms, four bathrooms. *Outstanding features: Huge land area. Most Bukit Tunku bungalow lots range between 25,000 sq ft and 30,000sq ft. This one is about 43,000sq ft. Private entrance with lush greenery all around. 

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