Masai

Masai is located in Johor, just 25 kilometres east of the centre of downtown Johor Bahru. What was once a quiet town housing the rural and agricultural workers of Johor is today a busy and popular urban centre that continues to experience substantial development.

Property in Masai is comprised of a range of unit types, with many of the traditional and more mature buildings developed as terraced and semi-detached housing in developments throughout the area. As one of the oldest housing districts in Johor Bahru, a number of these homes represent pre-war properties. The rapid pace of Johor development has seen an increasing number of high-rise properties in Masai in more recent years, with developments such as Green Haven condo complexes joining the likes of Seri Mutiara Apartment and Vista Seri Alam.

The town does not have a major mall, with Pandan City Mall or AEON Tebrau City mall being just a short drive away towards Johor Bahru. Masai’s residential and commercial hub can be found around Jalan Masai Lama, the town’s main street, which connects Pasir Gudang Highway to the west and townships such as Taman Scientex and Taman Kota Masai in the east. The junction of Pasir Gudang Highway and Masai High Street is the location of several bank branches, as well as being home to local retail hub Today’s Market. This neighbourhood shopping area boasts a number of shops, a food court, and is also home to a local cinema.

Tesco Seri Alam at the nearby junction of Pasir Gudang Highway and Jalan Seri Alam provides a local hypermarket for residents’ shopping and grocery needs. Along with a huge range of groceries, household staples, and international brands, the complex also boasts a number of F&B outlets. Nearby Mydin Taman Rinting offers another supermarket alternative, once again boasting a substantial stock of groceries and household goods alongside a conveniently located food court.

Residents of Masai looking for a relaxing spot for their leisure time can enjoy easy travel to a number of popular locations. Nearby Taman Bukit Layang Park is a fantastic local park that’s extremely popular with residents, providing the perfect spot for jogging, cycling, and kids to play on the local play park. This is also the location for a busy annual kite festival that’s not to be missed. A more contemplative space can be found at nearby Lake Garden Taman Seri Alam, with this picturesque park providing another popular place for jogging, or simply to relax by the waters of the lake.

A more luxury retreat can be taken at nearby Christine Resort, a golf club and country club that boasts an 18-hole course to enjoy alongside a number of other activities such as spa facilities, tennis courts, swimming pools, squash court, and a gym. Nearby Permas Jaya Golf Club offers another opportunity for enthusiasts to take to the fairway in the nearby area.

Masai enjoys a position as a prime educational hub, with a number of notable institutions located within the neighbourhood and the surrounding area. Higher institutions such as Universiti Teknologi MARA Pasir Gudang are a short drive from central Masai, with nearby Taman Scientex industrial estate also home to Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology (UniKL MITEC) and Ibrahim Sultan Polytechnic, amongst others. The area is also home to a wide range of public schools for both secondary and primary education, as well as being within convenient travel of respected private schools such as Excelsior International School, UniWorld International School, Paragon Private and International School, and REAL Schools, to name but a few.

While rapid development in the area has seen substantial growth in both residential opportunity and local amenities, it does bring with it challenges to connectivity. Pasir Gudang Highway is the major transport route between Johor Bahru, Masai, and the coastal route onwards to urban centres to the east. The JB East Coast Highway provides another link, with connections to the Johor Bahru Eastern Dispersal Link Expressway (EDL) and the busy Woodlands Crossing to Singapore. Jalan Masai Lama provides an alternative route to several suburbs and townships to the eastern side of Masai.

Residential growth means these primary routes can suffer from congestion during busy periods. Plans to improve connectivity are already underway, with widening of existing routes to be further enhanced by aspirations of developing a Johor Bahru–Pasir Gudang Elevated Expressway.

Public transport within Masai is served by the Muafakat Bus service, an initiative of the Johor State Government to provide free bus travel to residents of Johor. A range of other bus routes connecting both local and regional services can be found at the central Masai Bus Terminal

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