COLOURFUL brochures often paint a glossy picture of housing projects but the final product can turn out to be a sham, leaving purchasers feeling short changed and dissatisfied.
However, there are times when the reverse is true. The actual product turns out better than expected and this is the case with the Ken Damansara 2 (Ken 2) condominium in SS2, Petaling Jaya. This freehold project was completed six months ahead of schedule with CFO issued and many buyers have moved into their “homes”.
Not only did the developer keep its promise but had upgraded some of the finishes and improved features at no extra cost to the buyers. These included using quality wrought iron for the units’ front door grilles and balconies instead of mild steel and upgraded tiles.
The driveway to the entrance foyer boasts of spray granite cladding for the pillars and Brazilian quartz for the flooring, wall panels and other interesting motifs.
I was taken on a tour of Ken 2 during a Chinese New Year dinner gathering at the condominium on March 3. Some 1,200 residents of Ken Damansara 1, 2 and 3 and their guests attended the event that saw a lion dance troupe performing at the over 15,000 sq ft recreational deck.
A long wooden pergola links the two 19-storey blocks. There is also a half Olympic-size swimming pool and a large landscaped deck with concrete seats.
Facilities include a kindergarten, management office, children's playground, jacuzzi, squash court, gymnasium, pool deck and meeting room. Two lifts serve each block.
Ken 2 purchasers have another reason to be happy: their property has appreciated in value since its completion in November 2006. From about RM220 psf for a standard unit, the developer has sold a 1,500 sq ft standard bumiputra-released unit for about RM300 psf! There are 12 units left.
In fact when the project was launched in July 2004, the biggest standard types (1,500 sq ft) were the first to be snapped up.
Ken 2 also boasts of a state-of-the art security system (including CCTV cameras) with Gurkha guards. Lift access cards allow residents to go up to the floor of their units only.
Ken Group executive director Sam Tan took me to the super penthouse on the top floor at level 19 to have a sneak preview of an ongoing RM1.5mil refurbishment work on the RM1.1mil, 5,000 sq ft luxury apartment.
The entire apartment will be luxuriously furnished. Thick curtains could be pushed along their railings into a niche and kept neatly from view. There are also several balconies with a great view of PJ and KL. One can see the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.
Tan said the super penthouse would serve as a show unit. “We intend to hold dinners for invited guests there. Guests can view our upcoming condo project on a hill top in Bangsar,” he said.
Each block has two super penthouses and four penthouses (about 2,800 sq ft each). Tan said the penthouses originally priced at RM670,000 was now sold for around RM750,000.
Tan said many people had bought more than a unit each. “Some bought two to four units for themselves and their children. They want to live near their children. Some bought two adjacent units and hacked the common wall so as to put a door linking the rooms,” he said, adding that there were also many foreign buyers. He said Ken 2 (271 units) was a much-upgraded version of Ken 1 (339 units/priced from RM196 psf. Now priced around RM280 psf) across the road. “We have set a very high standard in Ken 2 for people to follow. If some new condominiums are higher priced, they must at least match our quality,” he added.
Ken 3 (216 units) along Jalan SS2/72 (about 1km behind Ken 1 and 2) is 85% sold. Most of the buyers are young couples who find the RM180 psf to RM230 psf pricing affordable.
Ken Holdings Bhd was awarded the MS ISO 9001:2000 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services in December last year, capping another milestone in implementing quality management systems.
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