Simpang Ampat is a small town located in
Southern Seberang Perai close to the Bukit Mertajam, Butterworth and Kulim. This sub-district covers a wide area encompassing Juru, Valdor, Batu Kawan, Permatang Tinggi, Bukit Minyak, Bukit Tambun, and smaller villages within the area. Often overshadowed by other metropolises in Penang, Simpang Ampat is a place that offers more than what meets the eyes, a city with ample potential.
Both the Federal Route 1 and North-South Expressway runs through Simpang Ampat connecting this sub-district with other megapolises. This town is also located next to the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge which is easily access via the PLUS highway. One of the advantages of staying in Simpang Ampat is the vast number of public transports widely available for folks such as the Rapid Penang, Central Area Transit Bus service and commuters (KTM Simpat ampat Railway Station).
Besides infrastructure and public transports, Simpang Ampat is home to many other facilities and amenities. Police stations like Balai Polis Batu Kawan and Bukit Tambun Police Station are located throughout the town ensuring the safety of folks here. Simpat Ampat also houses the Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia Negeri Pulau Pinang as well as several other fire brigade branches like Juru Volunteer Fire Brigade and Valdor Volunteer Fire Brigade that will be the first responder to any emergencies in town. Postal services are also widely available at stations like Pos Malaysia Taman Seri Delima.
Residents of Simpang Ampat are able to obtain quality medical care service at clinics located throughout the town like Klinik Metrocare 24 Jam, Klinik Kesihatan Bandar Tasik Mutiara and Clinic Medi-Genesis. The only hospital here is the Sungai Bakap hospital which is 12 minutes from the town center. Other hospitals located in nearby townships are the Seberang Jaya Hospital (20 minutes drive), Kulim Hospital (29 minutes drive) and Bukit Mertajam Hospital (16 minutes drive). Besides hospital, medical specialists are also available at clinics like Policlinic Mentari and Policlinic Perdana. Other medical facilities like dental service (such as Pearl Dental Clinic and Union Dental Surgery) and pharmacies (such as Tigas Farmasi Simpat Ampat and Green River Pharmacy) are also widely available.
Being a part of Malaysia’s food haven (Penang) means that Simpang Ampat is also a food galore. Located throughout this sub-district are eateries and restaurants of different kind, serving a wide array of mouth-watering cuisines. Whether you are looking for a café to indulge in a piece of cake and a cup of joe, or a upscale diner for a date or even if you want to revel the night away at bars and bistros, Simpang Ampat has it all. Lest you forget, Simpang Ampat has a steady supply of fresh seafood as it is located next to the Penang Straits with rivers like Sungai Jawi and Sungai Junjung flowing through the area. Diners will be able to enjoy fresh succulent and ambrosiac seafood cuisines at eateries like restaurant Floating Seafood Paradise, Hai Siang Seafood Sdn Bhd, Tambun Seafood paradies and the exhaustive lists goes on.
Aside from the tons of dining places, Simpang Ampat is also home to a huge number of stores and marts available here. Families can easily get their groceries and basic necessities at grocery stores like Pasaraya 800 Zonkhas, 2CO Eco shop and Star Grocer. Local wet markets like Pasar Bandar Tasek Mutiara and night markets like Pasar Malam Taman Merak supplies folk here with fresh produce and various goods. The main shopping mall here is the Pearl City Mall, a modern multi-level shopping center consisting of a collection of retail stores and franchaises like Mr. DIY and C-Mart. For more options, folks can head over to nearby towns’ shopping malls like the Sunway Carnival Mall (21 minutes drive), Mydin Bukit Mertajam (17 minutes drive), Aeon mall Bukit Mertajam (12 minutes drive) and Kulim Central (26 minutesdrive).
Another upside of living in Simpang Ampat is that there are quite a number of schools located in the area. Students and parents alike will be able to choose from national schools like SMK Mutiara Impian and SJK (T) Tasik Permai as well as international education institutes like GEMS International School and Northern Lights Private schools. Within driving distance, one can also find many tertiary education institutions such as the University Sains Malaysia in Gelugor (28 minutes drive) and Nibong Tebal (22 minutes drive), Open University Malaysia in Seberang Jaya (20 minutes drive) and Uitm in Bukit Mertajam (20 minutes drive).
At present, one of the more notable developmental projects in Simpang Ampat is perhaps the Pearl City Township. This 1140 acres township is a flagship project of the Tambun Indah Group, aimed to become a wholesome living environment with an eclectic mix of residential and commercial components completed by state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities. Pearl City is home to a wide array of facilities like GEMS International School and Penang Science Park. The Pearl City Mall features leisure activities and provides a full range of products, food and beverage options and services for the convenience of residents here. With the good reviews on Pearl City Mall, the developers had launched futher developments of the business park in Pearl City which includes a medical centre as well as more outlets in Pearl City Mall.
Located between developing cities and modern metropolises definitely has a catalytic effect on Simpang Ampat’s economy. With the completion of the Second Penang Bridge, Simpang Ampat has attracted the attention of those in the know. Many industries have set up their bases in various part of this sub-dirstrict that not only propels economic growth but also provides abundant of job opportunites to locals and expatriates.
Properties of Simpang Ampat are of freehold with a median price of MYR 275 thousand and a median price psf of MYR 254. With hundreds of projects going on throughout the town, Simpang Ampat spoils buyers and investors with choices with the likes of Eco Bloom, Pearl Saujana Permai, Pearl Tropika, Royale Infinity and Juru Heights.
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