Know Your Neighbourhood
Some useful information about your local community/area.
Bangsar is the unofficial 'border' that demarcates Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, making it a strategic locality.
With easy accessibility from Jalan Bangsar on one side - which links to the Federal Highway and city centre - and the other end from Jalan Damansara - connecting to Jalan Duta and the North-South Highway - Bangsar has long been viewed as a hub that connects Kuala Lumpur's major roads.
The New Pantai Expressway (NPE) enjoins Subang Jaya to Bangsar, while the Putra LRT (Light Rail Transit) along Jalan Bangsar and taxis make commuting fast and easy. Just minutes' drive away is Brickfields, where the integrated, central hub of transportation at KL Sentral enables commuters to switch modes of transportation between the City Air Terminal, KLIA Express, Monorail, Putra LRT (Light Rail Transit) or KTM (train) - depending on their destinations.
Renowned for its nightlife, Bangsar has over 50 pubs, cafes and restaurants in the Telawi area alone. The neighbourhood also brims with art galleries, decoration shops, bookstores, banks, salons and has two major shopping complexes - Bangsar Shopping Centre and Bangsar Village. In close proximity to Bangsar is one of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia's largest shopping haunts, Midvalley Megamall.
There are many high-rise condominiums in Bangsar, popular amongst foreigners and local investors alike. Indeed, the area offers a wide variety of residences to choose from - including sprawling hillside bungalow houses and luxury condominiums, with the most recent being 'The Loft'.
Nearby Schools/Kindergartens: Julia Gabriel Centre for Learning, Noah's Ark Child Care, Taska Tulip Montessori Nursery & Play School, The Children's House (more)
Damansara Heights is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the Klang Valley positioned high up on the hills in the midst of a quiet surrounding, just minutes away from the city centre. Indeed, properties in this self-sustaining neighbourhood is much sought after by middle to upper class Malaysians and expatriates.
This panoramic township caters to the high-end demands of Malaysians and expatriates of all walks of life; with its first class facilities, restaurants serving international cuisines and a trendy nightlife. Damansara Heights is considered a prime location, due to its easy accessibility from the city centre and Petaling Jaya. From Bangsar, Jalan Maarof smoothly connects to Jalan Damansara, while Jalan Duta and Jalan Semantan provide excellent accessibility to Damansara Heights for those coming from the North-South Highway.
Even the casual observer taking a drive around the place cannot fail to notice that the area is a conurbation of low-density condominiums, impressive villas, semi-detached residences and sprawling bungalows. Widely considered to be amongst the most affluent areas of KL, it is a much sought after residential and commercial locality.
Damansara Heights is more established than - and closer to - Bangsar, while areas like Damansara Mutiara and Damansara Perdana are newer and located further from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).
Nearby Schools/Kindergartens: Brighton School House, Calvary Kindergarten, The Children's House (more)
An award-winning masterplanned development, Desa ParkCity has won accolades such as the FIABCI's Prix d'Excellence Award (residential - low rise category) for its 11-acre Adiva precinct, among others. What was once a piece of wasteland with ravines, ridges, a hillock and a secondary forest in some parts just a decade ago, Desa ParkCity has now blossomed into one of the most sought-after townships in Kuala Lumpur West with it New Urbanist community living concept.
Developed with a sense of place and space, and trees and parks all within a community, the 463-acre landscape sited on prime freehold land now consists of 13 precincts -- Adiva, Adora, Amelia, Casaman, Levenue, Nadia, ParkCity Heights, Ridgewood, Safa, Southlake, The Northshore Gardens, The Westside One and Zenia -- that are made up of strata- and non strata-titled landed properties and condominiums. It is not uncommon that its new developments are almost completely sold out even during their soft launches, and such demand has ultimately driven the overall property prices in that area up by several-folds within a short period of time.
In the midst of claims that its properties are overpriced and the bubble-burst speculations, the constant demand in the market for bigger homes still gives rise to the popularity of Desa ParkCity, as it offers just what the current breed of homebuyers need. The increasing trend of gated and guarded communities is another contributing factor of the township's success as residents feel safe and secure with its multi-tiered and highly efficient security system.
A favourite feature among residents (and non-residents) is The Waterfront, which comprises a supermarket, restaurants and cafes, bank, pet shop, clinic and dentist, laundromat, child development and enrichment centres, business centre and a convenience store, among several other amenities -- all within short walking distance from most of the precincts. This commercial centre is located in the heart of the township and overlooks a 43-acre central park where visitors enjoy taking leisurely strolls, jogging and walking their dogs around the huge lake right in the middle. Desa ParkCity surely proves its worth when it comes to sustainability and the green environment.
Next to The Waterfront is the exclusive ParkCity Clubhouse that houses a pavilion lounge, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, badminton courts, a gymnasium, and a childcare centre, as well as a FIFA-size football field and two basketball courts. More planned amenities are under development; these include a private hospital by the Sime Darby group which will be operational in 2012, and the International School @ ParkCity that is set to open for registration in September 2011.
Situated about 13km away (approx. 35 minutes) from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, Desa ParkCity is also just 10 minutes from Bandar Utama/TTDI/Mutiara Damansara, 15 minutes from Mont Kiara, 20 minutes from Damansara Heights and 25 minutes to Petaling Jaya. Easily accessible via major highways including the LDP, MRR2 and Penchala Link, this township puts you within convenient distance to important destinations in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley.
The entire development of this new township is expected to be completed by 2012, with a total of 25 residential neighbourhoods consisting of 7,278 residences and a population of 35,000. Desa ParkCity’s design philosophy embraces the ideal that people want to foster family, neighborhood and community ties and values as a means to shape a good society, and a sense of place so that the individual and the family will not be lost in the rapidly expanding metropolis of Kuala Lumpur city. If this is the kind of lifestyle that you have in mind, Desa ParkCity is where you want to be.
Nearby Schools/Kindergartens: The International School @ ParkCity, Kinderland (more)
The Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), as its name implies, refers to the prime plots of land and properties right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city. One can easily get to the KLCC via Jalan Kuching, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ipoh. In addition, public transportation such as the Putra LRT (Light-Rail Transit), Star LRT and KL Monorail make commuting to and from the KLCC convenient and fast.
The KLCC and Golden Triangle areas are immensely popular, due to their large selection of serviced apartments, luxury condominiums, residential houses and bungalows. Some of the most highly sought after luxury condominiums in the KLCC area include Stonor Park, Dua Residency, Marc Serviced Residence, Park Seven, Cendana, The Avare, Idaman Residence, Troika, One KL, The Binjai, Four Season Residence, 163 Residence, K Residence, The Capsquare Residences, Binjai Residency, 2 Hampshire, The Meritz, Hampshire Place and Crest, Sultan Ismail.
Furthermore, these properties' proximity to a diverse array of amenities, including shopping centres and classy restaurants only serve to contribute to their popularity. The nightlife beats until the wee hours of the morning, with party-goers spoilt for choice of venues to 'let their hair down' - including clubs such as Zouk Club, Cynna Bar, Heritage Mansion, and Heritage Row.
Nearby Schools/Kindergartens: Alice Smith School, Building Blocks @ AAM, Busy Bee Nursery School, Fairview International School, International Islamic School, International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), KL International Kids Club, Lil’ Ones Montessori Child Care Centre, Mutiara International Grammar School, Sayfol International School, St. John’s International School, The Children's House (more)
One of the Klang Valley's newest developments, Mont Kiara is one of the most accessible neighbourhoods here. The calm environment of this area is a definite plus point for those who value serene, placid surroundings.
Mont Kiara has gradually evolved over the past 15 years to being home to the many high-rise luxury condominiums that bedeck it, today. Expectedly, Mont Kiara is now a premier and highly sought out address, especially by the expatriate community in Kuala Lumpur.
Accessibility to Mont Kiara from Petaling Jaya and Bangsar is convenient through Jalan Bukit Kiara, from the city centre or the North-South Expressway, Jalan Duta exit leads direct to Jalan Sri Hartamas. The area boasts excellent infrastructure and easy access to the recreational facilities of nearby Bukit Kiara.
The Malaysian Government is keen to etch Kuala Lumpur's place on the world map, as an international property destination. As such, it has earmarked 467 acres of land neighbouring Damansara Heights, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bukit Kiara as the country's largest public park - slated to be in the same league as London's Hyde Park and New York's Central Park.
Bukit Kiara is popular amongst nature-lovers for its thick jungle trails, undulating hills and lush greenery. It is also home to a number of top notch recreational facilities including the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club and Bukit Kiara Sports Complex - which collectively comprises of a swimming pool, gymnasium, bowling alley, golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as equestrian facilities.
Some of the newly-completed, posh condominiums in the vicinity of Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara and Bukit Kiara include Mont'Kiara Aman, I-zen@Kiara 11, Flora Murni, and Kiara Designer Suites. International schools in the area include the Garden International School, Mont Kiara International School and Lycee Francais de Kuala Lumpur (French International School). We are talking about a self-contained neighbourhood, duly supplemented by nearby business centres, restaurants, cafes.
Nearby Schools/Kindergartens: Garden International School (GIS), Hils Learning Centre, Lil’ Ones Montessori Child Care Centre, Lycée français de Kuala Lumpur (LFKL), Mont' Kiara International School (MKIS), The Learning Connection (more)
Sri Hartamas has a geographical advantage; located very close to the entrance of three major expressways that link the city with the surrounding suburbs, namely the NKVE, LDP and Sprint Highway. The travel time to anywhere in the Klang Valley area, as a result is surprisingly short, even during rush hour.
Sri Hartamas's most prized feature is the greenery and isolation. It is surrounded by a hill range that dots the Klang Valley, giving the area an isolated country feel, despite being only 15 minutes away from the center of Kuala Lumpur. The country feel, coupled with the easy transportation access via car, has made it a magnet for the up and coming, young professional, Malaysian upper middle classes. The neighborhood has a manicured esthetic, with a park like feel, something the area residents guard.
Residents of the neighborhood participate in the resident's association. In years past, the association has hired a private security firm to patrol the area.
The homes in Sri Hartamas consists of townhouses, adjoining semi detached homes and small town bungalows. Built by a Malaysian developer in the 80s, the streets are strangely wide, compared to other areas.
With numerous facilities and amenities located within walking and/or driving distance from the residential area, Sri Hartamas is very popular, not only with the Malaysian young professionals, but also with expatriate families, who hail mostly from Australia, Japan, the UK and Europe.
Nearby Schools/Kindergartens: Kinderland, Sri Rafelsia (more)