AFTER 30 minutes south of Kuala Lumpur, we arrive at a residential suburb comprising double-storey bungalows and houses as well as an exclusive golf club.
The driver turns off from the tarred road and instead takes a narrow lane off the beaten track that stretches for about 300 metres up a hillock with a star fruit orchard on one side and some undergrowth on the other.
It makes one wonder what sort of house this would be with a kampung like lane for a private entrance?
It turns out to be a one-storey bungalow with a farm-like setting, complete with a duck and goose pond, chicken run big enough for 200 birds, and a turkey house with about 15 birds clucking away, and an organic vegetable plot and fruit trees. Self-sufficiency is the word.
Every morning, the lady of the house strolls down the contours of the terrain to collect the day’s spoils. That morning, she had collected four eggplants, nice big and juicy, a clutch of long beans, which were served for lunch. There was a bed of local greens and a few scraggy sawi left to seed.
“I want to have my own seeds,” she says, making her way past the jambu tree. Well, what is waiting for some sawi seeds when she even has her own incubator for hatching chicks, gosling and ducklings? Those babies were pecking and chirping away in their shell. Incidentally, lunch was duck rendang. Everything that ends up on the dining table is from the garden.
Yes, today’s little piece is about a sale of a hillock of 3.7 acres with a built-up of 15,000 sq ft. Not so much of a building with a garden of a couple of acres, but a lifestyle; to be specific, a green, organic and healthy lifestyle that would be difficult to replicate in the Klang Valley.
In terms of design and planning, the owners have created on one hand, a very comfortable home environment and on the other, provided the hardware in terms of groundwork to rear livestock and have an organic plot.
“We really enjoyed building this house, seeing to its design, buying things for it,” says the lady of the house.
She describes how they arrived in December of 1998 with 42 lorry loads of plants and 13 loads of furniture, after having purchased the hill in 1997.
“The palms are grown from seeds, though,” she says.
While the huge grounds are itself a story, the house is noteworthy. It is very open with large windows. All on one level, the house is divided into three portions. The front entrance, with its extra large doors, opens into the living area – the focal point of the house – that in turn, looks out to the patio, pool and gently sloping grounds.
The living area is sandwiched between the bedroom and the utility wing. Two passage ways over water, on the left and right, with windows from floor to ceiling, connect the three portions. One leads to the bedroom wing and the other to the dining, kitchen, laundry and maid’s room.
All the five bedrooms – a decent size and not overly large – have attached baths while the master bedroom has its own walk-in wardrobe and large shower area for him and her, plus a Jacuzzi.
The ceiling in the living area is three-storey high with exposed timber and tiles, from a tile factory in Batu Arang, Selangor while the floor tiles are Spanish ceramic tiles made to look like terra cotta.
There are two kitchens, one for everyday use and another entertaining. The smell of the duck rendang waived through around the kitchen when the kitchen door opened. And those eggplants in belacan and stir-fried long beans were delicious.
This exclusive lifestyle is for sale at RM10 million (Vanisha Real Estate Company: % 03-7726-7809/ 012-297-6611).