CitiZEN, Old Klang Road

  • Michael Mendez
  • 28 October 2015

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CitiZEN@Old Klang Road is a luxury 37-storey, three-tower development of 711 semi-furnished serviced apartments. It is built by Binastra Land and is a freehold luxury condominium situated next to Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s Sports Arena on bustling Old Klang Road. Naturally, badminton features strongly and is one of the many sports activities encouraged and provided for in the project’s facility list. But that’s not all. CitiZen is one of the lowest-priced highrises coming up on Old Klang Road. This gives room for substantial appreciation.

Project Name: CitiZen @ Old Klang Road

Address: Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur

GPS Coordinates: N 3.082997 E 101.661656

Land Title: Residential

Property Type:  Serviced Apartments

Tenure: Freehold

Developer: Country Grove Development (member of Binastra Land)

Total Land Area: 3.26 acres

No of Towers: 3 (named Classic, Jazz and Melody)

No of Storeys: 37 per block      

No of Units in Total: 711

Built Up of Units:  852sq ft – 1,133sq ft

No of Units per Block: 237

No of Units per Floor: 8

No of Lifts serving per Floor: 5

No of Carparks per Unit: 2

Price per sq ft: average: RM550

Maintenance Fee: RM0.33psf

Unique Selling Points

  • 5 lifts to 8 units per floor
  • Large balconies for every unit
  • Affordability factor (for its location and number of facilities) and strong potential for rental yield and appreciation
  • Possibly lowest priced project on Old Klang Road
  • 35 recreational facilities including 3 swimming pools and Sky Lounge with jaccuzzi
  • Very central Location to KL, PJ, Puchong, Subang
  • Close proximity to KTM and Monorail (10 minutes walk), shopping, and sports complex
  • Matured and established neighbourhood
  • Free kitchen Cabinets, hood, hob, oven, Built in Wardrobes, Bathroom Fittings, Air-cons

Facilities over 3 floors

  • Community Park
  • Badminton, Futsal, Table Tennis Courts
  • 50m Olympic sized Pool, Children’s Pool and Wading Pool
  • Aqua Gym and Jaccuzzi
  • BBQ Terrace, Picnic Area
  • Reading Room
  • Sky Lounges on every tower with Jaccuzzi
  • Kindergarten
  • Children’s Playground
  • Indoor and Outdoor Gyms
  • Forest Lounge and Scented Gardens
  • Yoga Studio, Yoga Deck and Tai Chi Corner
  • Reflexology Path
  • Games Room, Art Studio, KTV Mini Theatre
  • Cabana, Open Lounges

 Listing Price: RM555,640

Discount and Rebates:  Up to 13%

Expected TOP: Jan 2019

Event / Show House (Open daily 9am – 6pm): Location: No: 16-G &17-G, Medan Kelang Lama 28, No: 419, Jalan Kelang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur

Project Details

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The model of CitiZen at the showroom

And tapping into all of this, over on the East end of Old Klang Road is CitiZen, “a vibrant new residence designed to be a chic home and a springboard for life,” as explained on Binastra, the developer’s website.

It goes further to say, “This one’s for the urbanites from near and far, with ambitions as high as the stars. The ones who play hard, work easy, and aren’t afraid to get greasy. The dream chasers and game players, the constant changers. The nutty, the witty. The citizens of the city.”

In other words, it’s for everyone.

Citizen Night Shot

Night view of the artist’s impression

CitiZen is located barely 2km to the start of the NPE and the turn in to Jalan Templer. The project’s site is next to Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s Sports Complex opposite Petalz Residences.

The exact location of CitiZen. It is opposite the Petalz

The exact location of CitiZen. It is opposite the Petalz

CitiZen is located at the East end of OKR, just beside the Sports Arena at Jalan Sentosa

CitiZen is located at the East end of OKR, just beside the Sports Arena at Jalan Sentosa

CitiZen is right around the corner and is directly across the road and flyover from Petalz Residences (with the orange netting)

CitiZen is right around the corner and is directly across the road and flyover from Petalz Residences (with the orange netting)

At the site itself where construction is taking place

At the site itself where construction is taking place

Three 36-storey towers announce CitiZen’s ode to life – Melody, Jazz and Classic, otherwise known by their more mundane names as Blocks A, B and C, with Block A being Melody and Block C being Classic.

You can guess the name of Block B.

Melody fronts the three blocks and overlooks Old Klang Road while facing North as well as East. Here is a picture showing where the three blocks face.

A, B and C represent towers Melody (A), Jazz (B) and Classic (C). Melody (block A) faces OKR

A, B and C represent towers Melody (A), Jazz (B) and Classic (C). Melody (block A) faces OKR

There are seven floors of carparks underneath Melody, Jazz and Classic with two car park bays given for each unit. Residential units begin at Floor 8.

CitiZen is a low density development, with only 711 units altogether. Each tower holds 237 units, of which 178 are Type A (1,092sq ft to 1,133sq ft) and 59 are Type B (852sq ft).

But best of all, there are only eight units per floor and these are served by as many as five dedicated lifts.  No more queueing for lifts and better yet, no more sharing of personal and home privacy with your next door neighbours. Well, at least, not as much.

Units and Freebies Galore

Left: Closeup of the model showing the 7 floors of car parks. Centre: Another view of the model. Right: The 3 swimming pools – the Lounge Pool, the 50m Adult Lap Pool with Jacuzzi and the Kids Pool, seen as the smallest pool at the forefront of this picture. All are located on the 7th floor Podium above the carparks

Left: Closeup of the model showing the 7 floors of car parks. Centre: Another view of the model. Right: The 3 swimming pools – the Lounge Pool, the 50m Adult Lap Pool with Jacuzzi and the Kids Pool, seen as the smallest pool at the forefront of this picture. All are located on the 7th floor Podium above the carparks

 

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There are only two types of floor plans available. Type B (sold out), and Type A which is at 1,092sq ft, 1,094sq ft and 1133sq ft. All have 3+1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

The showroom showed the Type A unit of 1,094sq ft. Freebies are included.

“Those with the Red Dot (sticker) are given free with the unit,” he said.

Left: The wardrobe with the Red Dot which denotes that built-ins come with the units free. This one is in one of the smaller rooms. Centre: The placard announcing the size, type and layout of the showroom unit. Right: The study of the 3+1 unit

Left: The wardrobe with the Red Dot which denotes that built-ins come with the units free. This one is in one of the smaller rooms. Centre: The placard announcing the size, type and layout of the showroom unit. Right: The study of the 3+1 unit

View of the dining area

View of the dining area

View from the hall into the corridors leading to the bedrooms

View from the hall into the corridors leading to the bedrooms

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

The 2nd room with the Red Dot on the wardrobe. Because they will be built in for you en-masse, you cannot choose the colour of the fittings

The 2nd room with the Red Dot on the wardrobe. Because they will be built in for you en-masse, you cannot choose the colour of the fittings

The 3rd room

The 3rd room

Left: The Masterbath, a fully fitted bathroom which will be given free, along with the wardrobe where you can see the Red Dot. Centre: Interesting interior design idea of wall-fitted “luggage” shelves Right: The nice, long, balcony

Left: The Masterbath, a fully fitted bathroom which will be given free, along with the wardrobe where you can see the Red Dot. Centre: Interesting interior design idea of wall-fitted “luggage” shelves Right: The nice, long, balcony

Are the Red Dots visible? This is the wet kitchen and yard area with washing machine on far left. Washing machine will not be given free

Are the Red Dots visible? This is the wet kitchen and yard area with washing machine on far left. Washing machine will not be given free

Left: The open concept kitchen with the counters and Red Dots. The oven, which has a Red Dot will be given free

Left: The open concept kitchen with the counters and Red Dots. The oven, which has a Red Dot will be given free

Left: The free aircons of Daikin brand that will be given (see Red Dot) and Right: The entrance to the apartment and the main door (not extra wide but normal sized)

Left: The free aircons of Daikin brand that will be given (see Red Dot) and Right: The entrance to the apartment and the main door (not extra wide but normal sized)

It’s quite a marvel how they have managed to fit in 3+1 rooms in a 1,000-plus sq ft apartment. The trick to this is to minimise clutter and to use hidden as well as vertical wall spaces. The rooms are small though and the built-ins are not of the highest quality but hey, they are free. For the price, it’s an acceptable deal.

On the whole, the unit comes across as functional, snug with just enough manoeuvrability for a smallish family. And we can suppose that that’s all that is needed at the end of the day, given its price.

Facilities

And then of course, we have some nice facilities to go along with the units. One of the first things highlighted was the Sky Deck with the jaccuzzis on top of every tower.

The Sky Deck with the Jaccuzzis for every tower for residents to unwind. This is an additional feature to the rest of the features on the lower floors

The Sky Deck with the Jaccuzzis for every tower for residents to unwind. This is an additional feature to the rest of the features on the lower floors

Here are the facilities on the lower floors. It is good to note that Binastra has included green features for cityfolks to appreciate and lots of sporting amenities to encourage exercise and an active, outdoor lifetsyle.

citizen Greenscapes and Ground Floor facilities

 

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And these are translated into what you see below.

The Children’s Playground as depicted in their video

The Children’s Playground as depicted in their video

The Badminton Court as depicted in their video

The Badminton Court as depicted in their video

The Futsal Court with the background of the Children’s Playground as depicted in their video

The Futsal Court with the background of the Children’s Playground as depicted in their video

The Indoor Gym overlooking greenscapes as depicted in their video

The Indoor Gym overlooking greenscapes as depicted in their video

The Pool Areas and Decks as depicted in their video
The Pool Areas and Decks as depicted in their video
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Location

Location Opeening

Did you know that Old Klang Road is the oldest road in the Klang Valley? Jalan Klang Lama (as it is known in the Malay language) or simply OKR, its English acronym, goes back to the days before the Federal Highway was built. In fact, construction of this first-ever major road of Kuala Lumpur goes back to a time when tin mining was still at the forefront of our economy. The British were still here and Malaya was just short of achieving independence.

The government of the Federation of Malaya began constructing Old Klang Road in 1956 as part of the country’s road system.

OKR Then

At the time, OKR was not called Old Klang Road of course, but the Kuala Lumpur-Klang road, a very long route that meandered around villages, rivers and coconut, rubber and pineapple plantations in order to reach its destination. Malaya, in that era, was still an agricultural country.

Old Klang Road or the Kuala Lumpur-Klang road was built primarily to connect to two main towns:

  1. Sungei Way (now known as the SS areas such as SS8 or SS7; and Subang) and;
  2. Petaling Jaya (starting from Jalan Templer, formerly known as Jalan 1 or Road 1 of PJ Old Town).

OKR was to lead into the two main roads of Petaling Jaya or PJ, a small satellite township built in 1952. The two main roads – for want of a more imaginative name − were called Road 1 or Jalan 1 and Road 2 or Jalan 2, and they were to go into what was and still is, called PJ Old Town. Like Old Klang Road, Old Town was Petaling Jaya’s first and oldest section (called, rather uninspiringly as Section 1) and it consisted of only 800 houses.

Citizen Old PJ and EPF

Blast from the Past: A. Do you recognise the building taken in the early days of Petaling Jaya? Some say it is the PKNS building. B. Many people would be shocked looking at this picture. This was the Federal Highway back in the 60s and that lone building there is the EPF building. The Federal Highway replaced Old Klang Road as the expressway to Klang in 1965. C. Sungei Way was one of two townships that Old Klang Road was built to connect. It was a tin mining town. The picture shows a tin mining dredge

Petaling Jaya itself was carved out of the sprawling Effingham Estate situated in the Petaling District of Selangor to provide a settlement area for the booming populace spewing out of the tin rush in Kuala Lumpur and Klang.

Petaling Jaya was also, arguably, Malaya’s first “gated and guarded community” although they didn’t know at the time that the term would mean something else 65 years later. But yes, those 800 houses in PJ Old Town were fenced off and strictly watched over to prevent residents from helping the communists hiding in the nearby jungles.  (Malaya still had communists and was thickly forested at the time).

And the British personnel who thought this all up, creating Petaling Jaya in the process, was none other than Sir Gerald Templer, the then-British High Commissioner of Malaya and Petaling District council chairman.

So now we know why Jalan 1 has been renamed Jalan Templer. It is the road through which Old Klang Road steps over to PJ; in fact, to PJ Old Town through a left veer via Jalan Othman (formerly Jalan 2), renamed after Othman Mohamad who was the former Mentri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor.

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Old Klang Road with a view of the old and the new sharing a road

CitizenOld Klang Road Scott Gdn

Scott Garden, a recent development, on the left

CitizenOld Klang Road econsave

Econsave, a popular shopping spot for lower-priced items

Back to Old Klang Road, this major trunk road was opened to traffic on 14 January 1959 and enjoyed a rather short-lived history as the only connection to Klang when, one fine day in 1965, its use was superseded by the Federal Highway.

The Federal Highway was built as a reaction to Singapore’s separation from Malaysia in 1965.  No longer possessing a viable port after the separation, the government decided that Port Klang (formerly Port Swettenham) would be the replacement as Malaysia’s new national port. They then swung into action building a full-fledged motorway to connect Kuala Lumpur to Port Klang instead, making the Federal Highway Malaysia’s first expressway.

So, Old Klang Road was “repackaged”, downgraded into a secondary road but upgraded in terms of asphalt, merged, and decimated into sections of the Federal Highway. (Later on, in more recent years, OKR was also merged with the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) leading into Subang).

But once upon a time, Old Klang Road was the only way to get to Klang and that is why it became known as the “old Klang road”. In fact, the original “Old Klang Road” still remains as part of the Federal Highway in the section that leads to Klang, only we don’t recognise it as such anymore as it is separated from the Kuala Lumpur section of the Old Klang Road that we know today.

OKR Now

The Old Klang Road that we are familiar with, is the 7km between Seputeh (at Mid Valley Megamall) at the East end, and the intersection at Jalan Templer, Petaling Jaya and the start of the NPE at the West end.

It is a section of road imbued in history, being very matured, full of colour (and traffic jams) but does, to a great extent, show the wrinkles and baggage of its past.

Despite the number of spanking new facades showing off their contemporary veneer, OKR cannot shed its aged appearance due to the clutter of dated, lowrise shoplots that have taken hold of the road through the years. Many of these traditionally-run, sole-proprietor businesses sport tattered edges and are run down, mildew-covered and in desperate need of a paint job. In fact, some sections of OKR, especially its backside, look positively squatter-like.

Amenities Galore

It is not a pretty sight but one can always argue that it is precisely this jumble of greasy old coffeeshops, factory warehouses and used car sales shops that give OKR its distinct flavour. Take them away and OKR would not be the OKR that we have come to love (and hate).

And one can also argue, that it is exactly these businesses that make OKR the amenity haven that it is.

Because lining both sides of the road are the past and the present, each jostling with the other to assert its presence.

There are roadside peddlers, wet markets, OUG Plaza, petrol stations, veterinarians and pet shops, lighting and furniture shops, paint and hardware shops, plant nurseries, Pearl International Hotel and Pearl Point Shopping Mall with up-and-coming Pearl Suria − a residential cum lifestyle-retail development, eating places of all manner including international franchises and those that look like shacks, super high-end KLCC-priced serviced apartments, Scott Garden, car showrooms, kitchen showrooms, banks (Hong Leong, Public Bank, HSBC Amanah), a will-writing and estate planning agency, a police station, and even Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s Sports Complex.

And over at the other end at Seputeh, there is Mid Valley Megamall.

In between, there are those inroads to nearby equally-matured neighbourhoods like Overseas Union Garden (OUG), Kuchai Lama, Happy Garden and Taman Desa, each with their own mix of shopping plazas like the wildly popular Kuchai NSK, Kuchai Entrepreneur Park with their bridal boutiques, beauty and slimming centres, florists, stationery and art shops, convenience stores, primary and secondary schools, colleges, more banks, tuition centres, polyclinics, dentists and even a full-fledged private hospital such as the Taman Desa Medical Centre.

Food Glorious Food

Most of all, there are eating places galore. Come evenings, right up to the wee hours of the morning, the streets of Kuchai Lama in particular light up with clusters upon clusters of stalls offering every imaginable delicacy you can think of. Food is available every 10 steps of the way. Seriously. And those are just the street stalls, we’re not even counting the restaurants and coffeeshops. If you decide to live on OKR, you would find it a challenge to maintain your waistline.

Transport and Connectivity

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That Old Klang Road orbits in the epicentre of the Klang Valley is without a doubt.  If in doubt, then OKR property agents will be the first to remind you to never forget that.

“Fifteen minutes to KL and PJ”, as one such agent loudly declared; or, from the starting point of CitiZen, the project in question: 4km to PJ, 6km to Bangsar, 7km to Mid Valley Megamall, 7km to Sunway Pyramid, 8km to KL Sentral, 13km to KLCC and 18km to Shah Alam.

“And it’s all toll free!” he added.

Old Klang Road is in a central position. It is connected to the Federal Highway, to the KL-Seremban Highway, Maju Expressway (MEX), Bukit Jalil Highway, and of course to the NPE at the other end which leads to Subang and everywhere else.

Further to that are the rail public transportation facilities – KL Sentral of course which takes you straight to KLIA, the Mid Valley KTM Station, Jalan Templer KTM Station, the Petaling KTM Station and of course – in the near future – the proposed monorail station.

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Analysis

There are many, many condominiums and serviced apartments rising out of Old Klang Road of late, but the best one to compare prices with, is perhaps Petalz Residences@Old Klang Road which sits directly across from CitiZen@Old Klang Road. Petalz is by Exsim, a well-known developer but then, so is Binastra Land which is equally as well-known.

Name Tenure Size of Land Parcel No of blocks/Towers No of Storeys No of Units Units per Floor No of Lifts
CitiZen@Old Klang Road freehold 3.26 acres 3 37 711 8 per floor 5
Petalz@Old Klang Road freehold 3.04 acres 2 36 and 37 565 10 per floor Block B13 per floor Block A 4+1

 

Name No of Bedrooms Launch Price (psf) Floor Area (sq ft) Launch Price
CitiZen@Old Klang Road 2 and 3+1 bedroom + 2 baths RM550psf 852sq ft – 1133sq ft RM555,000 for smallest unit
Petalz@Old Klang Road 2 to 4+1 bedrooms + 2 to 3 baths RM650psf 895sq ft – 1,256sq ft RM581,750 for smallest unit

*Rental Yield: The rental market in OKR is from the middle-class segment hovering between RM1.50 − RM2.50psf. Because CitiZen is affordably-priced and comes almost furnished, it will be ready to take in tenants upon VP of the units

About The Developer

Binastra Land is an established name, having had over 35 years of experience developing over 200 projects including landed properties, apartments, condominiums , commercial as well as industrial developments in the Klang Valley.

Some of its more memorable projects include include 32 Avenue Phase 2@Bukit Serdang, The Park @ Bukit Serdang, Megah 18 Phase 2 @ Bukit Serdang and Green Terrain@Cheras.

The Park @ Bukit Serdang deserves a second mention as it won property awards for architectural excellence. Binastra received the Best Architecture Multiple Residence Award with the highest 5-star ration and Property Single Unit as a Highly Commended Status Award in 2014.

Not resting on its laurels, the company is currently developing Green Residence@ Cheras 9th Mile, Cybersquare@Cyberjaya and The Reach@Titiwangsa. At the same time, through Country Grove Development Sdn Bhd, it is offering the high life with Zen living for cityfolks called CitiZenOne@Old Klang Road.

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Summary

Let’s say it straight here. OKR is not a prestigious address. It is not Mont Kiara or KLCC, not even remotely Taman Tun or Bukit Jalil. So, leveraging on how swanky its address is, is out of the question.

Which is why nobody is saying anything about how high class OKR is.  No, the focus sits squarely on how centrally CitiZen is located and how value-for-money its low price tag is, given all its in-house amenities and those in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Further on the downside, OKR can get horrendously jammed, particularly on the route to Jalan Templer. The project also has the NPE running across it and a railway track which carries cargo. Traffic as well as air and noise pollution can impact residents in many ways.

But word has it too that Binastra will be building a dedicated access road for residents to walk over to the KTM stations nearby.

At the end of the day, for people who want to make a family and build a home around convenience and practical amenities but also desire a worthwhile investment, it is as Ray has pointed out: “CitiZen is cheaper than most of the developments in the area, if not the cheapest.” Which is true.

You know for a fact that this piece of property will appreciate. The idea is to get a bargain.

So, going by that consideration alone, CitiZen is definitely worth deliberating over.

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