Private residential enclaves offer community lifestyles to purchasers

Here's a tale of two bungalow owners: 

Owner A: He is the owner of a bungalow in a large traditional township. He bought the house for about RM550,000 about 12 years ago. The market value of the house is now about RM2mil. 

There had been a spate of burglaries so much so the residents had to engage the services of security guards to patrol the area. Makeshift guard posts were erected without any perimeter fencing. Break-ins still occur. 

“A” has to travel far to go for his weekend golf. The air quality in his township is getting bad, so is the traffic jam as more and more houses are being built. If not for the fact that his children are schooling nearby, he would have sold his house and moved to one of the more exclusive residential developments in the suburbs. 

Owner B: “B” has bought a nice bungalow in Valencia in Sungai Buloh. Valencia has all it takes to make him and his family happy and secured. There's a nine-hole residents-only golf course, a clubhouse where he can bring his family for a swim or play some games and even a village square where there are convenience stores including a clinic, hairdressing salon and laundrette. It is also a gated and guarded community with state-of-the-art security system. Another bonus is that a large hospital is being built nearby. 

As the city expands, many owners of detached homes who once pride themselves in living amidst verdant surroundings in or very near the city centre are finding themselves isolated without an integrated security system. Their green environment is also fast disappearing before their eyes. 

Not so in places like Valencia that offers a complete lifestyle. This RM1bil, 280-acre upmarket, private residential enclave offers the upper and upper-middle income group a prestigious address with good access to the city via the North-South Expressway (NSE) and the Damansara-Puchong Highway. 

The developer Valencia Develop-ment Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gamuda Bhd) will be building 714 homes including 272 bungalows, 224 garden and hillside terrace houses, 154 semi-detached houses and 64 link bungalows.  

There will also be 48 bungalow lots that were sold at an average of about RM95 psf two years ago and some maisonettes. 

Valencia will have four precincts: North Golf precinct (Phase 2); South Golf precinct (Phase 1); Hill Court precinct (Phase 3) and Garden precinct (Phases 4 & 5).  

The design concept is based on four “quality pillars”: 

·Safety and security: this will include personalised smart tag entrance at the guardhouse, perimeter fencing with 24-hour patrolling, guards and CCTV; extra wide road reserves, walkways, enhanced pedestrian safety with continuous walkways, pedestrian crosswalks and roll-over kerbs and speed decelerators, off-street parking, and cul-de-sac neighbourhoods. 

·Communities and amenities: Features will include a continuous six-km network of paved walkways, attractive streetscapes, private parks and boulevards, village square consisting a food and beverage piazza, specialty shops, clubhouse and recreational facilities. 

·Healthy lifestyle: To ensure that residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle, there will be an exclusive residents-only nine-hole golf course, a family clubhouse, playgrounds, game pavilions and walkways for jogging and cycling. 

·Design quality: Innovative features sets Valencia apart in design and planning, low density development with peaceful, countryside atmosphere, cul-de-sac neighbourhood for privacy, and visually striking homes with expansive terraces, generous courtyards and full-height windows. 

When Gamuda Land bought over the former 18-hole Valencia golf course a few years ago, it did the right thing by turning it into an upmarket niche development. This falls in well with the overall development in the immediate area as another upmarket residential project called Sierramas had already made a name there. 

There is currently a small road that leads to Valencia at the left turning from the main Sierramas entrance. This road will be widened and upgraded. The Valencia show-houses and old golf clubhouse (to be refurbished) is only a few hundred metres from the Sungai Buloh toll of the NSE. Valencia is a mix of leasehold and freehold land. 

A recent visit to Valencia showed that many of the Phase 1 houses (mostly freehold) are being built. A new nine-hole golf course had been completed and playable.  

Potential purchasers and corporate figures were invited for a private dinner held in conjunction with the unveiling of two new show bungalows in Phase 2 on March 15. Landscaping and furnishing cost about RM500,000 for each bungalow.  

“Lifestyle is the ultimate expression of Valencia's identity. We want to achieve the larger objective of helping the community grow and nurture itself. Our role is to provide the amenities and facilities to encourage residents to come together, be part of the community, interact and be enriched by the experience,” said John Yong, assistant general manager of architecture and product development for properties in Gamuda Land. 

Yong said the new Ross Watson golf course had been specially designed to allow homes in Valencia to have a maximum frontage of the golf course.  

“We expect the first batch of residents to move into their homes by the end of this year,” said Yong who has also bought a Phase 1 bungalow in Valencia. He is now staying in a link house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. “I would like my two young children to grow up in a secured and nice environment,” he added. 

Valencia's senior manager (marketing & sales) Linda Lim said all the Phase 1 homes including bungalows, semi-detached and garden terrace units and bungalow land had been sold.  

“Sales shot up when we opened our Phase 1 show bungalows in January last year,” she said, adding that the two fully furnished Phase 1 show bungalows had been sold at above the reserved price of RM2.2mil (4,500 sq ft built-up area/8,500 sq ft land) and RM2.6mil (5,200 sq ft built-up area/11,000 sq ft land) respectively. 

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