COME August, buyers who are looking for homes in Bandaraya Shah Alam may be able to pick a unit of their choice right in the middle of the former Batu Tiga racing track under an integrated township development by Lebar Daun Development Sdn Bhd.
The project is a joint-venture development with the Selangor State Economic Development Cooperation.
In five years, this last piece of prime property in Shah Alam will be transformed to an elite neighbourhood in the area.
Framed by intricately carved arches and sprinkled with the colour-coordinated mosaics, buyers will be looking at homes based on Andalusian design which fuses both the Islamic and Spanish architectural concepts.
Right in the heart of the development is a ten-acre park, complete with a recreational lake.
D'Kayangan will be a low density development targeting the upper middle market segment, with a total sales estimate of RM1bil, group managing director of Kumpulan Lebar Daun Norazmi Mohamed Nurdin told Starbiz in an interview.
The 150-acre site will be built with a fortress-like entrance and complete with infrastructure in place ready for community living, Norazmi said, to allow D'Kayangan residents the flexibility of employing their own security guards for their subparcels.
One of the highlights of D'Kayangan is its quarter-detached units which are designed to set aside a quadrant or corner lot to each home owner. The quarter-detached units are available in two sizes the 35ft by 80ft and 35ft by 70ft.
The development will also include superlink terrace houses with widths of 26ft or 28ft, and a length of 80ft.
The maiden launch for its residential units will be in August 2003. Lebar Daun will launch 112 units of quarter-detached houses and 100 units of semi-detached houses.
For our commercial parcel, we are planning a one-stop centre where extra curricular activities for school going children are housed in the same area.
This means parents can send their children for classes such as piano, computer, art, ballet, speech and drama without having to leave the housing estate.
Hence, our theme focuses on children and education. We want our residents to enjoy family life, at the same time, we want to create a healthy family-oriented night time activities in the heart of Shah Alam.
We also hope to attract residents from the nearby housing estates to come over and relax over a glass of teh tarik or roti canai or simply meet up with friends, which is part and parcel of the Malaysian life, Norazmi said.
That explains the strategic location for these commercial units which is within the elite neighbourhood of Shah Alam.
To be completed in eight phases, D'Kayangan will contain about 1,400 units of residential and commercial units.
Lebar Daun has another township development, known as Bukit Bandaraya Shah Alam, adjacent to Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya, the 3,000 acres of gazetted forest in Selangor.
Located in the highlands of Shah Alam, near Section 8, the on-going 300-acre township is easily accessible via the North Klang Valley Expressway and the Federal Highway.
Lebar Daun has sold all the 54 units of semi-detached houses launched and 95% of the 300 units of link houses marketed todate.
In fact, demand for the semi-detached units is so strong that we are converting some of our double storey link houses into semi-detached houses instead, Norazmi said.
The minimum price tag for the semi-detached was RM388,000, while the unit with the largest land area was sold at above RM600,000 in the first phase.
The second phase will be launched in the third quarter of this year, with prices starting from above RM400,000.
Interested buyers of double story link houses for its 24ft by 70ft units will be looking at prices above RM280,000 in the next launch targeted in the third quarter of 2003 as well.
We like to invite visitors or potential buyers to view the showhouse at 1 o'clock in the afternoon so that they can appreciate the coolness in the showhouse compared to the heat outside, he said.
As Lebar Daun wants to maintain a consistent high quality finishes in the houses, the developer opts to use 'zero stable panel system' although the system raises construction costs between 10% and 15% per unit, Norazmi added.
This system is an enhancement of conventional pre-fabricated system which provides quality finishes with a concept of zero defect, he explained.
The RM1bil property development, which started in the middle of 2002, will span five years.
Lebar Daun Development will also launch two other projects located in Puchong and Teluk Panglima Garang, Banting, totalling 1,500 houses in July.