Gamuda unit wins over Klang folk with lifestyle project


  • Business
  • Monday, 14 Mar 2005

By Angie Ng

IT took a while for Klang folks to come to terms with the new concept of lifestyle resort living offered at Bandar Botanic, but the number of properties sold there to-date shows that they have finally been won over by the developer, Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd. 

Since its launch in 2001, the RM3bil project has recorded sales of RM1.15bil. Of the 5,500 houses launched in parcel A, more than 4,900 units have been sold. So far, 2,000 buyers have taken delivery of their homes and another 2,500 would do so in the next three to six months. 

The initial apprehension was largely due to the lack of exposure to such developments as most of the housing projects in Klang were undertaken on a small scale by smaller developers. Klang used to be a relatively quiet property market. Only in the last three years did the bigger property players appear on the scene and start launching projects that can be considered massive, even by Klang Valley standards. 

Almost overnight, Klang became a hot property zone with regards to the number of ongoing projects and size of development. 

Gamuda Land chief operating officer Steven Chu explaining the development plans for Bandar Botanic.

This provided Klang folks with a wide choice of projects to choose from, and to attract their interest, developers have to be innovative and differentiate their products. 

Against this backdrop, Gamuda Land has set out to literally “overwhelm” the buyers with Bandar Botanic. 

Said chief operating officer Steven Chu: “Bandar Botanic is planned to give buyers spacious homes in contemporary designs, complete with resort facilities and serene surroundings. The residents can come home to a place where they can relax in tranquil ambience and lead a healthy lifestyle.”  

He said what set the township apart from other developments was the vast expanse of botanical environment, as close to 40% of the development was dedicated to green lungs. 

Senior sales and marketing manager Angela Tham said it helped that the marketing of Bandar Botanic homes had kicked off in Gamuda Land’s sales office in Kota Kemuning.  

“Located just 5km away, our buyers get the chance to appreciate what they are buying into when they see for themselves the lifestyle environment we have created in our maiden township development in Kota Kemuning. 

“Now they can also take in the scenic thematic parks and lakes, including the Orchid Garden, Flower Bridge, Culinary and Herb Garden, Therapeutic Garden, Children’s Island and Floating Boardwalk that are already completed in Bandar Botanic.” 

Its botanic theme and lushly landscaped lake parks have earned the development the FIABCI Property Award of Distinction 2003 for the Best Master Plan and the Malaysia National Landscape Award 2004 from the Malaysian Landscape Department. The accolades have certainly been a big morale booster, and more interesting features can be expected to unfold in time to come.  

Located 33km from Petaling Jaya and 6km from the Klang town centre, Bandar Botanic has been divided into two parcels – parcels A and B. Both are located on the opposite sides of Jalan Langat and are connected by a link bridge. 

Parcel A would feature mostly double-storey terraces, semi-detached houses, apartments and shop lots while parcel B is the more upmarket precinct, with a few gated communities of super-link homes, semi-detached units and bungalows. 

The double-storey terrace houses in parcel A are priced from RM210,000 to more than RM300,000 while the semi-detached homes are from RM550,000. In parcel B, the super-link homes have price tags from RM355,000, semi-detached homes from RM716,000 and bungalows from RM1.15mil. 

Ambang Botanic, the township’s first gated and guarded community on 170 acres, is also Klang’s first exclusive gated community.  

The inviting water fountains at Bandar Botanic's central lake.

Chu said the beauty of Ambang Botanic would stem from the manner waterways were designed to meander alongside the homes. 

“Homes here will either have water or garden frontage which gives residents optimum views of the pristine lakes and sprawling parklands.” 

The array of exciting water features such as Rainbow Lake, Floating Garden, Meandering Creek and Ribbon Lake are set to provide many recreational hang-outs for the residents. 

To top it all, buyers of Ambang Botanic homes will get free membership to a proposed five-star clubhouse that will be built on 14 acres near the gated community. The facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, spas, a lounge, floating restaurant as well as indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.  

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