Love Thy Neighbourhood
Find out why these overlooked neighbourhoods have a growing appeal for expatriates
Any talk of house hunting in Malaysia’s Klang Valley will include the usual suspects of Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, KLCC and Ampang, and other expat-centric areas. These locations have typically appealed to expatriates and tourists due to their thriving dining scenes, nearby shopping areas, enter tainment and lifestyle benefits, and interesting proper ty developments.
But venture outside these hotspots and you’ll find many up-and-coming neighbourhoods that have been revamped and improved with the addition of interesting shops, cafés, parks and outdoor spaces. If these perks mirror your residential requirements, explore these alternative neighbourhoods where prices are very competitive compared to the popular areas mentioned above.
Setia Alam is a township in Shah Alam comprising several neighbourhoods, including the up-and-coming 700-acre Setia Alam North. Setia Alam’s strategically located parks and waterways serve as natural barriers that keep residents within a green enclave and where the influx of vehicles into each neighbourhood is kept controlled by limited entry points. This ‘green’ development isn’t far from busy commercial and business centres, and aims to strike a balance between nature and the bustle of city life. Accessibility: Setia ALAM-NKVE (New Klang Valley Expressway) Link, Pintas Selat Klang Utara Baru Highway Residential Developments: Setia City Residences condominiums, Anggun Kirana link homes Nearby amenities: Tenby International School, Setia City Mall, Setia City Park, Peninsular International School Australia (opening 2018)
... a balance between nature and the bustle of city life”
The North Kiara moniker is essentially an upscale rebranding of a sub-district in Segambut. Developers have targeted this area as a potential growth area due to its proximity to Mont Kiara, which has become quite crowded. Raising the bar in Segambut, Dutamas and other areas north of Mont Kiara has been successful with new residential developments being snapped up by both buyers and renters alike, particularly when you factor in how much more price conscious these areas are.
Accessibility: North South Expressway, Damansara-ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE), Segambut Komuter (KTM) Station Residential Developments: Anjali North Kiara condominiums, Concerto North Kiara condominiums, Mesra Terrace semi-detached houses, Villa Pines terrace houses Nearby amenities: Lycée Français De Kuala Lumpur, Mont Kiara International School, Garden International School, Publika, 1Mont Kiara Shopping Mall
More commonly known as Kampung Kerinchi, Bangsar South is an integrated residential and commercial development in KL, most notably housing an information, communications and technology hub known as the MSC (Multimedia Super Corridor) Malaysia Cybercentre. A bustling centre of city living with business, recreation, exceptional internet speeds and transportation within easy reach, forward-looking Bangsar South is shaping up to be a noteworthy choice for young urban professionals.
Accessibility: SPRINT Highway, New Pantai Expressway, Federal Highway, Kerinchi and Universiti LRT stations Residential Developments: V E Hotel and Residences serviced apartments, Park Residences condominiums, Capri by Fraser serviced suites Nearby amenities: The Sphere Shopping Mall, Nexus at Bangsar South, The Village, The Horizon boutique offices, Life Care Diagnostic Centre
Developers have targeted North Kiara as a potential growth area due to its proximity to Mont Kiara, which has become quite crowded”
Located in the lush metropolitan district of Ampang, Melawati is one of many areas within the centre of the city that combines urban living with natural beauty. Melawati is home to beautiful limestone hills and condominiums with impressive city views. For those who want to be in close proximity to the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Melawati offers some respite in the form of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, where hiking trails and other outdoor pursuits are accessible. Accessibility: Middle Ring Road 2, Damansara-ulu Klang Expressway (Duke), Ampang-kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Ampang LRT station Residential Developments: Saville Condominium, Contours Melawati twin villas Nearby amenities: Sayfol International School, Fairview International School, The International School of Kuala Lumpur, Zoo Negara, Melawati Mall
Melawati is an area in the city that combines urban living with natural beauty”
Desa Parkcity is a thriving township nestled and is a microcosm of commerce, culture and peaceful gated communities a good 13km away from the city centre. This community in the northwestern district of KL may not be that well connected to public transport, but its internal interconnectivity puts local amenities within walking or cycling distance. Touted as a village within a city, Desa Parkcity is ideal for families and those who want to live within a community. EL
Accessibility: Lebuhraya Damansara-puchong (LDP), Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), and Penchala Link Residential Developments: Westside III condominiums, Breezeway mixed residential development, The Ridgewood bungalows Nearby amenities: The International School @Parkcity, Parkcity Club, Parkcity Waterfront, Parkcity Medical Centre, The Curve, Ikea, 1 Utama Shopping Centre
Touted as a village within a city, Desa Park City is ideal for families and those who want to live within a community”