Love Thy Neigh­bour­hood

Find out why these over­looked neigh­bour­hoods have a grow­ing ap­peal for ex­pa­tri­ates

Expatriate Lifestyle - - Contents - Words by Ta­nia Jay­ati­laka Photo by istockphoto

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

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”

North Kiara

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

Bangsar South

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

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”

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