Property Talk: A weekly column by S.C. Cheah.
BANDAR COUNTRY HOMES is poised to have its first residential gated community and one of the best of its kind in Rawang.
Called the Greenwood Park, this freehold project by JKMB Development Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tanco Holdings Bhd), will have 225 units of 18ft x 75ft double-storey terrace houses priced from RM177,000 to RM398,900.
Having a gated and guarded community project in a place like Rawang is not surprising as such a development is currently in big demand everywhere.
Greenwood Park meets the needs of house buyers who want not only a lifestyle product but also one that offers them a sense of security and peace of mind.
It is located on an 8.8-acre flat piece of freehold land with a view of a nice green hill nearby. There are some prominent people who have built their bungalows there. Tanco has described this site as the “premier” part of the township.
If you are coming from the main entrance to this vibrant township (3km from the Rawang toll of the North-South Expressway), go straight until you reach a small roundabout. Drive up a small hill until you reach the end of a tree-lined road. You then turn left and drive to the end of the road and you can see the elegant Greenwood Park entrance statement. Workers are putting the finishing touches for the show house.
Greenwood Park, indirectly, has another layer of security, thanks to residents of the existing houses who have put up two guard posts at the two roads that leads to the gated community.
How does Greenwood Park measure up to other similar projects in Rawang?
The Hong Leong Group’s adjacent multi-gated Emerald Rawang (adjacent to BCH) offers nice house designs and sales have been good. Its gated Emethyst 3 freehold 22ft x 75ft double-storey link houses with 1,780 sq ft built-up area was priced from RM188,800.
There is another gated community called Puteri Heights (64 units of 18ft x 55ft two-storey link houses priced from RM128,925 for non-bumiputra buyers were opened for sale recently) by Hartawan Pasifik Sdn Bhd. This 185-unit leasehold project flanks the other side of BCH where some houses have been newly completed at Taman Desa Mas.
A notable feature of Greenwood Park is that the developer will be building six feet high brick wall perimeter fencing. Instead of doing away with the common fencing for the houses as in most gated projects, there will be a low brick wall with MS grills for Greenwood Park houses. There will be no cheap-looking chain link fencing. There will also be touch card access at the guardhouse, a feature usually seen in high-end products.
The idea, as Tanco Holdings Bhd general manager Lee Cheng Bing explained, is to ensure added security and privacy for the residents. Lee said there is a 5% “early bird” discount free, SPA and legal fees and up to 100% loan for eligible buyers.
Purchasers will also enjoy free membership to the Duta Palms Resort & Anglers’ Club, the township’s famous Balinese-style clubhouse that features a large multi-purpose hall cum badminton courts, tennis courts, swimming and wading pools, restaurant, karaoke/pub, gymnasium, conference rooms, and an air-conditioned room for penguins! A big wet and dry market is also nearing completion.
“This will surely be one the most prestigious projects in Bandar Country Homes and one that offers a very unique lifestyle,” said Lee, adding that the 3+1 bedroom link houses in Greenwood Park will have 3 bathrooms, family area, quality finishes, internal courtyard, 15ft back lane garden, and column free car porch that can park two cars side by side.
The intermediate and corner units have a built-up area of 1,747 sq ft and 2,092 sq ft respectively.
I like the practical layout as the cosy dining and living areas with L-shaped, 7ft-high windows are set at the rear of the house. The front door opens into a hallway with the kitchen on one side, quite similar to Australian or European houses.
The phase 1 units were soft launched in mid-July and sales have been encouraging.
“We have held a few road shows and have received many genuine registrants who are staying in the vicinity of Petaling Jaya, Damansara, Kota Damansara and Kelana Jaya. These areas are becoming more and more congested lately, which has also resulted in a rapid increase of property prices around them. We have also received many enquiries from people who are working in the KLCC area as they realised that BCH is not far from their work place, other than being affordable,” he said, adding that BCH is only 30 minutes’ drive to Kuala Lumpur city and 20 to 30 minutes drive to major townships.
Meanwhile, the 15-year-old township’s image will be boosted with the proposed launch of its most upmarket project: the Ivory Heights bungalows near the Celebration Mall shop offices. Lee said there are plans to push the price range from the previous RM400,000 to between RM500,000 and RM600,000.
The five-storey Raya Apartments adjacent to the Duta Palms clubhouse have almost been sold out. Many units were snapped up when it was launched in January this year.
Most purchasers have said that their decision to buy was mainly due to the fully furnished package that includes living room and bedroom sets, kitchen cabinets, TV set and refrigerator. Buyers get a free Duta Palms Resorts and Anglers’ Club membership.
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