Johor’s latest gated community

Property Talk: A weekly column by S.C. Cheah

WE have heard of the many “gated” communities in the Klang Valley. What about Johor? Well, there are also quite a few but one of the latest to hit this niche market is the Pinggiran Bayou Village Homes in the Leisure Farm Resort in Nusajaya, Johor Baru. 

However, this is not any gated community but one that is within a 1,765-acre freehold, integrated resort with several levels of security, a prestigious address and lots of space for the developer to create other types of exclusive residential enclaves. 

What this means is that in the years to come and, provided all goes well, purchasers can expect to live in a well-planned resort that boasts bungalows, equestrian and polo fields, undulating greenery and even a 4km long canal right at their doorsteps where they can pedal their canoes to a mangrove swamp.  

The above features have become reality and several residential enclaves have been launched and built along the canal front.  

The developer Leisure Farm Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mulpha International Bhd (a KLSE public-listed company), realising the potential of the canal had also recently soft launched the Pinggiran Bayou Village Homes, the first of its kind in the resort with a courtyard environment and next to a canal park. 

It comprises 122 cleverly-staggered modern contemporary courtyard homes with six designs on 6.7 acres of freehold land.  

The units from 1,671 sq ft to 2,340 sq ft come with two, three and four bedrooms and a variety of spatial arrangements to cater to every lifestyle and budget. 

Designs will include: 24 units of Type A priced from RM546,000 to RM571,000 (2,340.41 sq ft built-up area); 18 Type B units from RM526,000 to RM554,000 (2,250.56 sq ft), 18 Type C units from RM520,000 to RM541,000 (2,268.42 sq ft), eight Type C1 units from RM514,000 to RM538,000 (2,249.16 sq ft), 26 Type D units priced at RM472,000 (1,967.9 sq ft), 26 Type E units from RM483,000 to RM504,000 (1,670.92 sq ft) and two Type F units from RM477,000 to RM480,000 (1,901.72 sq ft).  

The built-up area includes accessory parcel. 

The target market, like its previous high-end products, is mainly Singaporeans and Malaysians working in Singapore. 

Mulpha general manager Ronn W. Yong said the first 20 “early bird” purchasers would get a RM100,000 rebate each and RM50,000 worth of built-in furniture and interior decorations. The official launch is next month. 

“Since our recent soft launch, we have sold 12 units mainly to Singaporeans and Malaysians working in Singapore. We have completed excavation work and the framework is up,” he said. 

Although high-rise property in Singapore has dropped 15% to 20%, it is still a better deal for Singaporeans to invest in the Leisure Farm Resort. Besides enjoying a resort lifestyle they would also get a landed property, Yong added. 

He said visitors to the two newly completed show houses would be able to see for themselves the tastefully furnished units with their double-volume living area. 

Yong said the Pinggiran Bayou Village Homes boasts four product types: (a) flat level: where one type has a bedroom on the ground floor for the elderly people (b) split level: for the “yuppy” group with children (c) roof deck and (d) units facing the waterfront. The last two cater to the younger group who may enjoy barbecuing on the top deck while seeping in the waterfront view. 

According to Yong, the clubhouse will have a unique Balinese design where one walks through a porch surrounded by a pool of water. A staircase leads to the clubhouse below. The sides of the clubhouse will be terraced with lemon grass. 

This sounds familiar and may be similar to terraced “mini padi fields” of the E & O Group's Kampung Wawasan high-end residential development off Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur. 

The spacious bedrooms and split-level living and dining rooms offer maximum privacy and space for each member of the family while an open concept kitchen allows one the freedom of extended entertaining from the dining and living areas to the backyard gardens.  

There will be an internal courtyard and roof decks. Each unit will have two parking bays. 

Residents can be assured of safety and peace of mind, as each home will have an alarm and intercom system linked to the guardhouse.  

There will also be perimeter fencing with warm lights, card access system, and 24-hour security patrolling. 

Facilities and amenities will include an “infinity” swimming pool, wading pool, children's play area, jogging trails with exercise obstacles, barbecue and picnic corner, lounge, and a resort-style management office. 

Mulpha senior sales and marketing manager (properties division) Koh Boon Teng said the project would “mirror the image” of Sanctuary Cove, the company's beautiful resort in Brisbane, Australia.  

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