AKIRA Residence, 16 Sierra

  • Michael Mendez
  • 15 April 2016
Akira homes in a row. These are the actual units. Note the wide roads, at least 50ft wide. In the background is La Thea Condominium

Akira homes in a row. These are the actual units. Note the wide roads, at least 50ft wide with buffer. In the background is La Thea Condominium which will be covered in the next article

16 Sierra, Puchong South ─ GPS Coordinates 2.969613, 101.654731─ is a garden township of a variety of residential units built inside 16 themed parks linked to each other and to its core 7.2-acre Central Park. The township spans 535 acres of leasehold land and is located about 3.8km away from the LDP Puchong Selatan Toll.

On the side of the highway where 16 Sierra is, as seen in the map, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya are below and to its right. Specifically, 16 Sierra is 8km away from IOI Resort City Mall, Putrajaya and 11km away from the Government Administrative Centre (Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan) in Putrajaya.

Where 16 Sierra is in the big picture

Where 16 Sierra is in the big picture

Bird's Eye View of its accessibility

Bird’s Eye View of its accessibility

Concept of 16 Sierra a complete ‘Play-Learn-Bond’ experience

16 Sierra is a residential township where its concept of living-among-greenery is realised by its 16 themed gardens within which 16 of its mostly-residential developments are arranged.

The 16 gardens with Educational, Forest, Flower and Herbal Fragrance and other themes, complete with exercise stations, playsets, and of course plant-specie appropriate landscaping, are connected by walkways and bicycle tracks to allow residents to visit all the gardens within the neighbourhood.

All these smaller gardens lead to the 7.2-acre Central Park ─ the largest themed garden of all in 16 Sierra ─ where “Ladybird” and “Froggery” playsets, a Grand Lawn, Tai Chi Lawn, Jogging Tracks, Basketball and Futsal Courts and an Outdoor Amphitheatre for events and celebrations culminate for a full “Play-Learn-Bond” experience.

This people-centric, green-inspired neighbourhood also boasts a Clubhouse called Amigo with even more recreational facilities for residents.

Some of the themed gardens and immediately–accessible play areas for the separate property types

Some of the themed gardens and immediately–accessible play areas for the separate property types

At the centre of it all ─ Central Park

At the centre of it all ─ Central Park

Amigo Clubhouse with 40m Lap Pool, Children’s Pool with slides and tipping bucket, Indoor Sports Courts, Multipurpose Hall, Gymnasium, Yoga and other Exercise Rooms, Restaurant and so on and so forth

Amigo Clubhouse with 40m Lap Pool, Children’s Pool with slides and tipping bucket, Indoor Sports Courts, Multipurpose Hall, Gymnasium, Yoga and other Exercise Rooms, Restaurant and so on and so forth

There is also Rafflesia International Private School for your children’s educational needs right there within the 16 Sierra neighbourhood

There is also Rafflesia International Private School for your children’s educational needs right there within the 16 Sierra neighbourhood

16 Sierra is by IOI Properties, the same people behind IOI Resort City in Putrajaya, Bandar Puteri Puchong and Bandar Puching Jaya in Puchong and many other township and individual property developments all over the country and beyond. The properties in 16 Sierra are developed by Lush Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IOI Properties Group Berhad.

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About AKIRA

AKIRA’s Sentry

AKIRA’s Sentry

AKIRA is 122 exclusive, leasehold, 45’ by 85’ 3-storey Semi Detached homes with distinctive facades built in Precinct 9 of 16 Sierra. There are 2 types:

Type A (slightly smaller unit) with 5 bedrooms + 1 Maid’s Room  + 6 Bathrooms + 2 Powder Rooms with a built-up of 4596sq ft.  Type A boasts of Double Volume Living Room Ceiling | Large Windows | Spacious Open Plan Concept | Rainwater Harvesting System | Solar Hot Water System (except for Bath 5 and Powder Room 1) | Outdoor Terrace | Home Alarm System | Water Booster Pump | Water Feature (Garden Pond for selected units only) | 3-Phase Wiring.

Type B (slightly bigger unit) with 6 bedrooms + 1 Maid’s Room  + 7 Bathrooms + 2 Powder Rooms with a built-up of 4617sq ft. Type B boasts of Large Windows | Spacious Open Plan Concept | Rainwater Harvesting System | Solar Hot Water System (except for Bath 6 and Powder Room) | Outdoor Deck | Entertainment Room |Home Alarm System | Water Booster Pump | Water Feature (Swimming Pool) | 3-Phase Wiring.

AKIRA’s themed garden is the Rainforest Garden but residents can also access the other 15 themed gardens. Akira offers a secure and private sanctuary and it has a Single Entry/Exit point with Perimeter Fencing and Guardhouse.

Themed garden for Akira ─ Rainforest Garden

Themed garden for Akira ─ Rainforest Garden

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Project Name: AKIRA Residence, 16 Sierra

GPS Coordinates: 2.969613, 101.654731

Developer:  Lush Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IOI Properties Group Berhad

Developer’s Address: ML, Two IOI Square, IOI Resort, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Marketing and Sales Office: IOI Galleria @ 16 Sierra ─ Persiaran Sierra Utama, Bandar 16 Sierra, 47100 Puchong, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 03-8944-9999     Email: 16sierra.marketing@ioigroup.com

Website: http://www.ioiproperties.com.my/16-Sierra/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ioiproperties 

Total Land Area of 16 Sierra: 535 acres

Property Type:  3-Storey Semi Detached Homes

No of Units: 122

Unit Types and Built Up: 

  • Type A: 45’ by 85’ ─ 5 Bedrooms + 1 Maid’s Room + 6 Bathrooms + 2 Powder Rooms (Built Up: 4596sq ft)

Differentiating Feature from other Type: Double Volume Ceiling at Living Area | Outdoor Terrace on Balcony of 2nd Floor

  • Type B: 45’ by 85’ ─ 6 Bedrooms + 1 Maid’s Room + 7 Bathrooms + 2 Powder Rooms (Built Up: 4617sq ft)

Differentiating Feature from other Type: Entertainment Room and Outdoor Deck on Balcony of 2nd Floor | Swimming Pool on Ground Floor

Included in Both Types: 

  • Rainwater Harvesting System
  • Solar Hot Water System (to most bathrooms)
  • Home Alarm System
  • Water Booster Pump
  • 3-Phase Wiring

Land Title: Residential (Individual Title) ─ Renovation/Pets Allowed

Tenure: Leasehold

Price per sq ft: average: About RM350++ onwards psf

Guarded with Fencing Service Fee: About RM200 a month

Price of Units: From RM2,200,800 ─ RM2,630,000

Expected Date of Completion: Completed with CCC

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Facilities

  • AKIRA’s own Themed Garden called The Rainforest Garden
  • Central Park with Flora and Fauna Themed Playground like “Froggery” and “Ladybird” playsets, Open-air Amphitheatre, Grand Lawn, Tai Chi Lawn, Jogging Tracks, Basketball and Futsal Courts and so on
Central Park Children’s Playground and equipment and its lush greenery

Central Park Children’s Playground and equipment and its lush greenery

  • Amigo Clubhouse with Gym, Swimming Pools, Indoor Sports Courts, Restaurant and so on
Amigo Clubhouse

Amigo Clubhouse

 

 

 

 

Project Details

Akira Type B living room with view to dining room

Akira Type B living room with view to dining room

As mentioned in the above sections, Akira comes with its own themed garden. AKIRA’s garden is the Rainforest Garden, one of the 16 individually themed gardens specially landscaped for each of the 16 precincts, totally in keeping with the concept of 16 Sierra.

Akira’s Rainforest Garden

AKIRA’s Rainforest Garden

Apart from its own garden, there are also other 16 Sierra features like 4-lane wide roads which apply throughout, not just to Akira of course

Apart from its own garden, there are also other 16 Sierra features like 4-lane wide roads which apply throughout, not just to AKIRA of course

Inside the Akira enclave itself ─ observe the width and use of special pavement materials on the roads. Also note the buffer zones and pedestrian/walking and cycling tracks

Inside the Akira enclave itself ─ observe the width and use of special pavement materials on the roads. Also note the buffer zones and pedestrian/walking and cycling tracks

As can be seen, there are dedicated jogging and cycling tracks throughout

As can be seen, there are dedicated jogging and cycling tracks throughout

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What is Akira?

AKIRA is a Gated Community in Precinct 9 or Sierra 9 with its own Single Entry/Exit Point, Perimeter Fencing and Guardhouse.

There are 122 units of Akira. All of them are 3-storey Semi Detached units.  There are basically two types:

This is Akira Type A Facade

This is Akira Type A Facade

Type A       Standard Lot Size: 45’ by 85’ |  Built Up: 4596sq ft | 5 bedrooms + 1 Maid’s Room + 6                        Bathrooms + 2 Powder Rooms

Feature Highlights ─ Double Volume Living Room Ceiling | Large Windows | Spacious Open Plan Concept | Rainwater Harvesting System | Solar Hot Water System (except for Bath 5 and Powder Room 1) | Outdoor Terrace | Home Alarm System | Water Booster Pump | Water Feature (Garden Pond for selected units only) | 3-Phase Wiring.

The wide porch and the “pond” water feature for Type A (not big enough for a pool, but a pond or fountain perhaps)

The wide porch and the “pond” water feature for Type A (not big enough for a pool, but a fountain perhaps). Type A is the “smaller” Akira type

Floor Plan of Type A

Floor Plan of Type A

Floor Plan of Type A

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This is Akira Type B facade

This is Akira Type B facade

Type B       Standard Lot Size: 45’ by 85’ | Built Up: 4617sq ft | 6 bedrooms + 1 Maid’s Room  + 7                       Bathrooms + 2 Powder Rooms

Feature Highlights ─ Large Windows | Spacious Open Plan Concept | Rainwater Harvesting System | Solar Hot Water System (except for Bath 6 and Powder Room) | Outdoor Deck | Entertainment Room |Home Alarm System | Water Booster Pump | Water Feature (Swimming Pool) | 3-Phase Wiring.

Type B features an actual swimming pool, and a huge lawn

Type B features an actual swimming pool, and a huge lawn

Floor Plan of Type B

Akira Type B

Akira Type B

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Specifications for Type A, A1, B, B1, B2 and B3

Specifications for Type A, A1, B, B1, B2 and B3

Basically you will be getting a bare unit except for those items stated

AKIRA Site Plan

This is how the AKIRA units are laid out

This is how the AKIRA units are laid out

Show Unit of Type B Look Around

16 Sierra’s show units, particularly Akira, are located in the actual houses in their actual enclave and that’s a good thing. This gives prospective buyers an accurate impression of what it would be like living in that house, such as if the layout is practical and user friendly, what he could do in terms of ID or modifications to suit his lifestyle and even little things like where the windows open out to and the actual views he will see or if the rain will come in to a particular section of the house, or if it is suitable for pets, if there is enough parking space and so on and so forth. He can also test for himself the workmanship and actual materials used for the windows and clasps, door handles, bannister finishing etc ─ in short, a real feel of the real thing.

Here is a look around for you to judge for yourself if Akira is what you want:

What you will see as you enter the house. The space under the staircase has been cleverly covered up to turn it into a storeroom

What you will see as you enter the house. The space under the staircase has been cleverly covered up to turn it into a storeroom

The graceful living room. The glassdoors on the right open out to the swimming pool (as seen above)

The graceful living room. The glassdoors on the right open out to the swimming pool (as seen above)

A tilt to the left shows the Dining area

A tilt to the left shows the Dining area

Stepping into the Dining room reveals the Dry kitchen

Stepping into the Dining room reveals the Dry kitchen

Walking further in, you will see the large Wet Kitchen, open door to yard and another room (the brown door) which can be used for the maid. Inside the maid’s  room is a small ensuite bathroom

Walking further in, you will see the large Wet Kitchen, open door to yard and another room (the brown door) which can be used for the maid. Inside the maid’s room is a small ensuite bathroom

Before going upstairs, here is the downstairs room which can be converted into a small study or an office. It has a lovely ensuite bathroom

Before going upstairs, here is the downstairs room which can be converted into a small study or an office. It has a lovely ensuite bathroom

Going upstairs ─ this is the staircase which faces the living room. The staircase is wide and in this particular picture, it leads up to the 1st floor. Note the flooring. 3rd picture in collage shows the front door. Note how wide it is and note the lockset

Going upstairs ─ this is the staircase which faces the living room. The staircase is wide and in this particular picture, it leads up to the 1st floor. Note the flooring. 3rd picture in collage shows the front door. Note how wide it is and note the lockset

Here is the masterbedroom which has a balcony and a dressing area before leading into the bathroom

Here is the masterbedroom which has a balcony and a dressing area before leading into the bathroom

The master bathroom has a bathtub as well as a shower stall

The master bathroom has a bathtub as well as a shower stall

There are 6 bedrooms in Akira Type B. Not all the bedrooms will be shown here but this is one of them which two can share comfortably. All bedrooms in Akira are roomy with plenty of space

There are 6 bedrooms in Akira Type B. Not all the bedrooms will be shown here but this is one of them which two can share comfortably. All bedrooms in Akira are roomy with plenty of space

And now we go one more floor up to the 2nd floor. In the showhouse, this is the Entertainment Area which opens into a very large balcony as can be seen in the collage. There is a very large bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a store on this floor although it is not shown in the picture

And now we go one more floor up to the 2nd floor. In the showhouse, this is the Entertainment Area which opens into a very large balcony as can be seen in the collage. There is a very large bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a store on this floor although it is not shown in the picture

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Location

Sierra Zentro, the commercial component of 16 Sierra has high visibility along the SKVE

Sierra Zentro, the commercial component of 16 Sierra has high visibility along the SKVE

Sierra Zentro would be the first thing you’d see of 535-acre 16 Sierra if you were driving along the SKVE anywhere near the Plaza Toll Ayer Hitam East-Bound.  Sierra Zentro is the commercial component of the mostly residential 16 Sierra township and comprises very eye-catching 3 and 4 storey shop offices perfect for banks, supermarkets and such to serve the needs of the growing township and its surrounding neighbourhoods. Sierra Zentro (phase 1) was launched in 2013. Today, the project is putting in its finishing touches, ready to serve an emergent community.

Indeed, 16 Sierra the garden township, launched in 2010, is fast becoming a household name now that it is in its 6th year of development, and having completed or is in the midst of completing 8 of its developmental phases. (There are 16 lined up, hence the name 16 Sierra).

One of the many gardens of this essentially garden township called 16 Sierra

One of the many gardens of this essentially garden township called 16 Sierra

Many of the earlier residential phases such as 251-unit Linkhouses Adenia and Areca, 441-unit Townhouses Odora and 228-unit 2-Storey Terraces Lyden in Sierra 8, Sierra 1 and Sierra 2 (respectively) are already filled up, lived in and thriving. (note: Sierra 8, Sierra 1 and Sierra 2 refer to the precincts as can be seen in the Masterplan below.)

16 precincts in 16 Sierra

16 precincts in 16 Sierra

16 Sierra, located on “high-ish” ground about 90m above sea level, can be prominently seen  and accessed through 3 existing highways ─ SKVE, LDP, MEX and MAJU, and a fourth upcoming one SKIP, as well as through a few trunk roads from the Bukit Jalil Highway.

Getting There

If coming from the Bukit Jalil Highway, one can use the inner roads through Kinrara to join to Persiaran Puncak Jalil. Or you could turn in to Taman Puncak Jalil itself from the said highway which then cuts through to 16 Sierra via Persiaran Puncak Jalil (the same straight, traffic-less, residential road if you had turned in from Kinrara), then to Persiaran Puncak Jalil 1, then to Persiaran Lestari Perdana, pass Giant Hypermart/The Atmosphere and Sfera and then straight across the bridge that goes over the LDP, then on to Persiaran Alpinia where you will see the wall sign that announces your arrival at 16 Sierra.

16 Sierra announced clearly at the entrance into the township

16 Sierra announced clearly at the entrance into the township

Or you could use the SKVE itself if you are coming from Putrajaya, Semenyih, Kajang, KL and Cheras. The SKVE is the most direct access to use. Or if you are coming from Puchong, PJ, Sunway and Klang, you could use the LDP and make a turn back at the Diamond Interchange.

Access from 3 highways and then some

Access from 3 highways and then some

Via the SKVE from the South

Via the SKVE from the South

Via the inner residential roads from Bukit Jalil, using Persiaran Lestari Perdana

Via the inner residential roads from Bukit Jalil, using Persiaran Lestari Perdana

From Persiaran Lestari Perdana, turn right to Jalan Putra Permai, pass by Giant Hypermart Seri Kembangan, Sfera Residences and The Atmosphere to head straight across the bridge for 16 Sierra

From Persiaran Lestari Perdana, turn right to Jalan Putra Permai, pass by Giant Hypermart Seri Kembangan, Sfera Residences and The Atmosphere to head straight across the bridge for 16 Sierra

There are many signs that show the way

There are many signs that show the way

Going over the overhead bridge intersection. This bridge straddles the LDP from Seri Kembangan over to 16 Sierra and D’Alpinia

Going over the overhead bridge intersection. This bridge straddles the LDP from Seri Kembangan over to 16 Sierra and D’Alpinia

Once over the bridge, you will enter 16 Sierra. This is the township

Once over the bridge, you will enter 16 Sierra. This is the township

Bird’s Eye View of 16 Sierra. In the forefront where you see swimming pools is the residents’ clubhouse called Amigo. The tall highrise is La Thea

Bird’s Eye View of 16 Sierra. In the forefront where you see swimming pools is the residents’ clubhouse called Amigo. The tall highrise is La Thea

Connection By Rail: MRT and HSR

16 Sierra is not only connected by roads but also by rail. The Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP line) will have Station 31 (S31) at Equine Park, S33 at 16 Sierra, S35 at Cyberjaya City Centre and S36 at Putrajaya Sentral to interchange with KLIA Transit.

And speaking of the KLIA Transit, there is exciting news for frequent travelers as in the pipeline, is the RM43b High Speed Rail KL-SG line (HSR) that will cut KL to Singapore travelling time to a mere 90 minutes. This project will commence in 2017.

Here is an except from Wikipedia.

The railway will be about 375 km and the travel time will be 90 minutes. The construction cost will be MYR 43 billion. The project will request the construction of a brand-new line with dedicated tracks, which will allow trains to travel at least 270 km/h. YTL and SPAD will co-ordinate the project for the essential construction within the Malaysia corridor, whereas LTA will be in charge for Singapore corridor.

Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission chairman, Syed Hamid Albar announced the planned stops for the HSR on 22 October 2014.  The stations are in:

Bandar Malaysia KL, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Kempas Baru and Iskandar Puteri (formerly known as Nusajaya).

The Putrajaya Sentral station is 9.1km or just 10 minutes away from 16 Sierra.

As seen on the google map, Putrajaya Sentral HSR station is 9.1km or just 10 minutes away from 16 Sierra

As seen on the google map, Putrajaya Sentral HSR station is 9.1km or just 10 minutes away from 16 Sierra

Amenities All Within Reach

16 Sierra is 2.5km or 5 to 10 minutes to Giant Hypermart, The Atmosphere and Pasar Borong Selangor, 4.3km or 9 minutes to Taman Ekuin’s AEON Jusco, and 8.9km or 9 minutes to the super-regional IOI City Mall in IOI Resort City, Putrajaya (via the breezy, mostly traffic-free SKVE).

The township is 13km or 13 minutes to the Government Administrative Centre in Putrajaya and over at the other end, also 13km or 15 minutes (via the LDP) to the famous IOI Mall in Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong.

And when it comes to the City Centre of Kuala Lumpur City Centre: 26km, KLIA: 34km and Hospital Serdang: 7km.

Education

In terms of education, it is close to tertiary institutions such as LimKokWing University, MMU, UPM and Uniten and Alice Smith International School (in Taman Ekuin) as well as Rafflesia International and Private School within 16 Sierra itself. Chinese schools will include SJK © Bukit Serdang in Seri Kembangan and SJK © Union in Cyberjaya.

Here is another look at how central 16 Sierra is

Here is another look at how central 16 Sierra is

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Analysis

Play Learn Bond

16 Sierra is one of the many township developments under IOI Properties

IOI Properties Group Berhad is one of Malaysia’s leading public-listed property developers.  It has a solid reputation and is renowned as one of the largest property companies in the country with a proven track record spanning more than three decades in the property development industry.

Its principal activities include property development, property investment, leisure and hospitality. It has successfully developed sustainable townships in sought-after regions of Klang Valley and Johor in Malaysia while embarking on property developments in Singapore and the People’s Republic of China.

Source: http://www.ioiproperties.com.my/

Township Developments

In terms of Township developments, IOI Properties has many under its belt. They include: Bandar Puteri Puchong, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Bandar Putera Klang, Bandar Puteri Klang, the recently-launched Bandar Puteri Bangi, Bandar Puteri Warisan, Bandar IOI Bahau, Bandar Putra Kulai, Bandar IOI Segamat, Desaria and of course, coming back to Selangor ─ IOI Resort City, Putrajaya with its glittering Putrajaya Marriot Hotel & Spa, Palm Garden Hotel, Palm Garden Golf Club, and the much touted IOI City Mall.

To read more about IOI Resort City, Putrajaya, click on the link provided to theSundaily’s coverage of the group’s launch of IOI Resort City’s Conezion Condominium recently.

Over in Puchong South, in January 2010, 16 Sierra was launched. Through the years, this development has won many awards, both for the individual property types in 16 Sierra (“Best Landed Development”) as well as for the 16 Sierra Township as a whole (“Best Family-Centric Development”).

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The Figures

As can be seen on the google map, D’Alpinia by Hap Seng Land is right next to 16 Sierra

As can be seen on the google map, D’Alpinia by Hap Seng Land is right next to 16 Sierra

For reasons shown in the above map, 16 Sierra homes are often compared to D’Alpinia homes by Hap Seng Land. D’Alpinia homes also comprise low-density, gated landed properties (both 2 and 3 storey) and also highrises such as their latest launch of Andana, d’Alpinia Condo (with landed Villa options). The following are the comparative figures collated.

Name Tenure Unit Size No of Units Average Price PSF Approx Start Price per Unit
AKIRA, 16 Sierra (3Storey Semi-D) L hold 4596sq ft  ̶̶  4617sq ft 122 RM350++ From RM2.2M
DUMALIS, 16 Sierra    (3 storey Superlink) L hold 4221sq ft  (Type A) 99 RM350++ From RM1.3M
NDira, 16 Sierra            (3 Storey Townhouses) L hold 2099sq ft   2573sq ft 336 RM350++ From 753,800
LA THEA, 16 Sierra (Condo) L hold 787sq ft  ─  1205sq ft 526 RM550 From RM470,000
SIERRA 6, 16 Sierra    (2 and 3 Storey Superlink) L hold Builtups spanning both 2798sq ft 3526sq ft 3storey: 113 2storey: 104 RM350++ 3 storey: RM1.5M             2 Storey: RM1.2M
LYDEN, 16 Sierra          (3 Storey Terrace and 2 ½ and 3 Storey Semi-D) L hold 2668 sq ft 4,000sq ft 35 Semi D and Zero Lot Bungalows RM350++ 2 ½ Storey: RM1.7M   3 Storey: RM1.92M Bungalows: RM2.1M
Urbana, D’Alpinia        (Link Bungalows and Bungalows) L hold 3489sqft   5846sq ft 64 RM350++ RM1.7M at launch            (Completed 2013)
Andana, D’Alpinia    (Condo and Villa) L hold Condo: 1572sq ft – 1690sq ft                  Villa: 2568sqft ─ 2740sq ft Condo: 116 Villa: 30 RM407 Condo: RM680,980     Villa: RM1,048,210

To find out more about the other available residential units in 16 Sierra, please click on the links provided below:

DUMALIS Residence, 16 Sierra

N’DIRA Residence, 16 Sierra

LA THEA Residence, 16 Sierra

SIERRA 6 Residence, 16 Sierra

LYDEN Residence, 16 Sierra

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Summary

These days, every astute property investor is bullish about Puchong South because they know that’s where growth is at.

Puchong South is actually a relatively new tag for the vast 50-odd sq km tract spanning the entire southern portion of Puchong from the south end of the Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, to the border of the ELITE Highway, right up to the perimeters of Cyberjaya and Putrajaya and just across the boundaries of Seri Kembangan.

Before it was rebranded though, there was no Puchong South. Actually there was no name for the area that was vaguely referred to as the jungle, estate and ex-mining land fringed by little shanty towns and languid villages in “that section of Serdang”. In fact, over at the Sri Kembangan side of things, a huge swathe of land called the Ayer Hitam Landfill Site (where many upscale new developments now surround) was the open dumping ground for more than 3,000 tonnes of the Klang Valley’s daily waste and refuse. That was what the area was all about in those days. The stench that permeated the air 24/7 for miles around gravely impacted the rise of real estate there for a long time.

But all that, of course, is now in the past…recent past, that is.

The entire dump site is today a Landfills Park for jogging, walking and exercise. The oxidation ponds are still there, as you can see in the picture below. Entry to the park is free, of course.

(For more on the story, read the Star’s 2004 coverage on Conflicting Interests At Landfill.

See No 4: The Landfills Park’s entrance and signboard is located along Persiaran Lestari Perdana in Taman Lestari Perdana, in between Taman Ekuin and Taman Puncak Jalil.  All these areas are now loosely supposed to be in the vicinity of Puchong South. But because they were built well before the name was coined, they are thus, not officially known to be in Puchong South. Yes. It’s a bit confusing. Meanwhile, this is what the Landfills Park looks like inside. 1. These endless roads where no cars are allowed are great and safe for jogging. 2. Another jogger walking on man-made paths inside the overgrown brushland. 3. and 5. There are gazebos everywhere for pitstops. 6. The oxidation ponds are still being used. 7. Signboard showing all the no-nos.

See No 4: The Landfills Park’s entrance and signboard is located along Persiaran Lestari Perdana in Taman Lestari Perdana, in between Taman Ekuin and Taman Puncak Jalil. All these areas are now loosely supposed to be in the vicinity of Puchong South. But because they were built well before the name was coined, they are thus, not officially known to be in Puchong South. Yes. It’s a bit confusing. Meanwhile, this is what the Landfills Park looks like inside. 1. These endless roads where no cars are allowed are great and safe for jogging. 2. Another jogger walking on man-made paths inside the overgrown brushland. 3. and 5. There are gazebos everywhere for pitstops. 6. The oxidation ponds are still being used. 7. Signboard showing all the no-nos.

Covering up the dump site is not the only reason why Puchong South is doing so well these days although the move did contribute to the area’s recovery from a fetid past.

Puchong South has become a hot spot for development because of many factors. For one, the real Puchong ─ the one called Pusat Bandar Puchong inside throbbing Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Puteri Puchong ─ is now too developed, too packed and too expensive to bargain for affordability, whereas Puchong South, still pristine in many ways and just “waking up”, has room to manoeuvre, including room to build townships of luxurious landed properties within idyllic botanical settings that pitch a lifestyle replete with contemporary comforts as demanded by the rising affluence of the growing population there.

That’s the draw of Puchong South.

Besides, its PSF prices are amenable and certainly a lot less than the older properties in advanced areas like Puchong Central (subsale Semi-D at RM571psf in Bandar Puteri) or even Kinrara (subsale Semi-D at RM583psf in BK6).

And, Puchong South is heavily connected ─ not just by the road and highway infrastructure but also by MRTs (as shown above in the Location section) to access a selection of nearby shopping malls, entertainment, recreation and food and beverage options, as well as educational institutions at all levels and types.

In The Final Analysis

So given all these things going for 16 Sierra ─ its excellent location, its potential to “ong”, its environment-friendly, garden-inspired concept, its stylish architecture, its quality materials and finishings, its family centric-ness, its developer’s good standing in the industry…the question you’ll have to ask yourself is: Will the township boom and will the home you put your faith and money into today give you the returns you seek tomorrow? What do you think?

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