BANDAR Baru Nilai is a gem that is waiting to be fully discovered.
For here is a well-planned township with a nice town centre, lots of landscaped features, a 27-hole golf course, hotel and some elegant houses which are affordable. Yet, some people in the Klang Valley feel it is far.
This misconception irks PK Re- sources Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Dr Gan Kong Seng who feels that Nilai is not as far as one may think. With a network of highways, the township is easily accessible to various parts of the Klang Valley and the KL International Airport.
The writer in a recent visit to this 6,200-acre township took a mere 30 minutes to reach Nilai from Petaling Jaya via the KL-Seremban Highway. Unlike the crammed feeling of some new growth areas, Bandar Baru Nilai offers plenty of space. It is envisaged that the township will have up to half a million people by 2020.
Its comprehensive network of major dual carriageway ring roads is designed to cater to traffic up to 2020. It also boasts a central drainage, sewerage and water reticulation system, and is probably one of the first to have fibre-optic cable network that provides high-speed multimedia transmission. Some of its arterial ring roads have been completed.
The developer has invested heavily in landscaping and infrastructure. It has its own big nursery. The roads are nicely landscaped with many flowering plants and trees.
“We're in the Multimedia Super Corridor. We have the same planners as Putrajaya. Our infrastructure is quite advanced. We have many retention ponds to avoid floods, expecting a big flood to occur only once in 100 years. Many people don't realise that a lot of money has been spent on this,” he said.
Gan is unperturbed by any slowdown in the township's development as he believes in proper and careful planning. Moreover, it took Petaling Jaya, which is smaller than Bandar Baru Nilai, some 30 years to be fully developed. Some 3,000 housing units are expected to be launched this year.
This would, however, depend on the market situation as some products might be deferred, said BBN Development Sdn Bhd marketing manager Jesse B.K. Lau.
He said 306 single-storey terraced houses (from about RM93,000) and 282 double-storey terraced houses (RM148,000) in the Desa Indah precinct were launched in August last year. The single-storey houses with 910 sq ft built-up area are almost sold out while the double-storey units (22ft x 75ft with 1,650-sq ft built-up) are about 80% sold.
The next launch will be 318 single-storey terraced houses with a bigger built-up area of 1,300 sq ft. The price has not been fixed but may start from RM118,000.
“Most of our buyers are from the Klang Valley as well as some of those working at the KLIA,” he said, adding that the prices of some of the nearby developments, like Nilai Impian, Kota Warisan and Kota Sieramas, were higher than those in Bandar Baru Nilai.
According to Lau, the township has a population of 40,000 with 8,000 units completed and 2,000 more under construction.
Many houses have been completed. These include the Desa Anggerik, Desa Melati, Desa Casuarina and Desa Jati 3 link houses.
The bungalows have built-up areas from 1,200 sq ft to 1,865 sq ft and land area from 3,750 sq ft. There are 10 lots left out of 170 launched three years ago. The single-storey bungalow is priced around RM200,000 and the double-storey around RM250,000. They are about 50% cheaper than some bungalows in secondary locations in the Klang Valley. Visitors may be surprised to find a bungalow with the number 25846 as houses here follow the PT number of the land title.
Many of the shop offices in the town centre, first launched in the mid-1990s and priced from RM400,000 to RM600,000, are still empty although they have been fully sold. For example, many of Putra Point Mall's shop-office blocks are still empty. This mall next to the Allson Klana Nilai Hotel has shady trees in the area that can be turned into an alfresco dining and entertainment place for the teenaged and “yuppie” crowds.
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