D'Sands Residence, Old Klang Road

  • Fiona Faye
  • 28 April 2016

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00 – DSands Residence

 

D’Sands Residence: A particle review.

If you’re wondering why the name D’Sands, it’s not much of a mystery really. This project is located along Jalan Kampong Pasir in Old Klang Road, and ‘Pasir’ is the Malay word for sands. Somehow the inspiration results in quite the exotic name, don’t you think?

Its tagline is ‘Redefining the hub of connectivity’. And since it’s a project in Old Klang Road, famous for being a prime, central location between KL and PJ/Shah Alam/Klang, one can say that the motto rings true.

A freehold with a commercial title property, D’Sands Residence will have two blocks with Tower A having 31 storeys, and Tower B having 28 storeys. Total units for this project is 365 with eight layouts to choose from, starting from 730 square feet to the biggest at 1335 square feet.

So what makes this project that doesn’t seem to have much marketing sell like hotcakes? Continue reading on this review for D’Sands Residence to find out.

 

Project Details.

Address: Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

Land Title: Commercial

Tenure: Freehold

Site GPS Coordinates: 3°5’4″N 101°39’47″E

Website: http://orionluck.com/dsands/

Expected Date of Completion: 2018

 

 

Property Details

Property Type: Serviced Apartments

Total Units: 365

Total Towers: 2 Blocks

Built Up in Sq. Ft.: 730, 868, 902, 1048, 1086, 1335

Listing Price: Starts from RM444,000 and above

Price per Sq. Ft.: Starts from RM610 and above

Maintenance Fee per Sq. Ft.: RM0.33

Car Park Bay per Unit: 1 to 2

Special Features:

  • Freehold
  • Strategic Location
  • Nearby KTM station

Facilities:

Podium Level

  • Swimming Pool
  • Treehouse
  • Pool & Dart Room
  • BBQ Plaza
  • Gym
  • Yoga Room
  • Children Playground

Rooftop

  • Chill Area
  • Sunken Lounge

Unit Type:

  • Type A – 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 1 Car Park Bay, 730 Sq. Ft.
  • Type B – 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Car Park Bay, 1048 Sq. Ft.
  • Type B1 – 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Car Park Bay, 1086 Sq. Ft.
  • Type C1 – 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Car Park Bays, 1335 Sq. Ft.
  • Type C2 – 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Car Park Bays, 1335 Sq. Ft.
  • Type D – 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Car Park Bay, 868 Sq. Ft.
  • Type D1 – 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Car Park Bay, 868 Sq. Ft.
  • Type D2 – 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Car Park Bay, 902 Sq. Ft.

Project Details

18 - DSands Residence - Future Entrance

18 – DSands Residence – Future Entrance

 

D’Sands Residence: A look inside.

As mentioned, D’Sands Residence is a high-rise property development consisting of 365 serviced apartment units spread all over two blocks. Tower A having 31 storeys will have 9 units per floor, while Tower B having 28 storeys will have 8 units per floor. Both blocks are served by 3 lifts each.

Although this property sits on a commercial title land, its freehold status is indeed a huge selling point since many of the new properties in Old Klang Road holds only leasehold status.

There are eight types of unit layouts offered for D’Sands. The smallest one, Type A comes with two bedrooms and one bathroom at 730 square feet. It comes with one car park bay and a balcony. There are 86 units offered for Type A.

Type D, D1 and D2 are the types offered without a balcony. Coming in at 868, 868, and 902 square feet respectively, all three types have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and are given one free car park bay. There are 23, 22, and 23 units offered for these types respectively.

Type B comes at 1048 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and given one free car park bay. Type B1 has the same floor plan as Type B, only that it has a slightly larger built-up, standing at 1086 square feet. There are 86 units offered for Type B and 62 units offered for Type B1.

Type C1 and C2 are the biggest types offered at 1335 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. For these two types, two car park bays are given. There are 31 units offered for Type C1 and 32 units offered for Type C2.

 

13 - DSands Residence - Master Bedroom

13 – DSands Residence – Master Bedroom

14 - DSands Residence - Master Bathroom

14 – DSands Residence – Master Bathroom

15 - DSands Residence - Living Room

15 – DSands Residence – Living Room

16 - DSands Residence - Dining Area

16 – DSands Residence – Dining Area

17 - DSands Residence - Kitchen

17 – DSands Residence – Kitchen

 

The car park podiums are located on the basement level, and from level one until level six, where visitor’s car park will be located on level six.

All units come unfurnished except for a few freebies including kitchen cabinets, cooking hood and hob, and kitchen island countertop. The floor finishes is homogenous tiles for the living, dining, kitchen, bathrooms, balcony, and yard. The bedrooms meanwhile are given timber laminated flooring treatment. What’s good to know about this project is that all units come with 11.5 ceiling height, giving that spacious, airy feeling when you step into it. The bathrooms are installed with all the basic things like wash basin, and even comes with a floor to ceiling tiles.

The price one has to pay to own a unit here is around RM610 per square feet, or at a starting price of RM444,000. And just like any other high-rise development, expect RM1000 to RM2000 differences between the same unit for every rising floors.

Level 7 of the development is dedicated to the facilities area. Here, residents can enjoy themselves in the swimming pool, blow some steam in the pool & dart room, have a mouth-watering party at the BBQ Plaza before feeling remorse for eating so much thus feeling the need to hit the gym or the yoga room. Oh, and the kids will surely enjoy the dedicated children’s playground, where they can play and discuss about the latest ‘My Little Pony’ episodes. What stands out about the facilities is the fact that that there’s a huge tree at the entrance that the authority wants to keep, which the developer will turn into a Treehouse. Cool right?

 

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19 – DSands Residence – Treehouse

 

20 - DSands Residence - Rooftop Chill Area

20 – DSands Residence – Rooftop Chill Area

 

21 - DSands Residence - Swimming Pool

21 – DSands Residence – Swimming Pool

 

22 - DSands Residence - Pool & Dart Room

22 – DSands Residence – Pool & Dart Room

 

Be ready to cough up RM0.33 per square feet for the maintenance and sinking fund to enjoy the facilities.

They’ve just started laying the foundation for the building since the sales have been encouragingly good – more than 80% are sold out. At the rate they’re going, expect to move in on time in 2018

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Location

Old Klang Road: Connectivity like no other.

‘Old is gold’ is a proverb.

‘Old, but not that old’ is a song lyric by the band OneRepublic.

‘Old, but not obsolete’ is a line by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his latest Terminator franchise. 

All three have different context, but there’s no denying the fact that new isn’t always better. Sure there are newer, fancier townships like Mont Kiara but Old Klang Road has proven itself with its ability to stand the test of time.

Way back in the 1960s (Fun Fact: OKR was built exactly in 1959, the same year ‘The Supremes’ was formed), Old Klang Road was the first major road in Klang Valley to serve the two towns, Sungei Way and Petaling Jaya, and linking Kuala Lumpur and Klang in general. Today, on one end of the stretch is where you can enter Petaling Jaya or Puchong, while the other leads you to pass Mid Valley City (that’s where Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Emporium are, in case you didn’t know) before arriving at the city centre of Kuala Lumpur.

 

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01 – DSands Residence – Old-Klang-Road-towards-Petaling-Jaya.original

 

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02 – DSands Residence -Old-Klang-Road-towards-KL.original

 

Bukit Kiara Properties (developer of VERVE Suites KL South) has even went to the extent of calling the neighbourhood KL South, adding yet another one to the list of “renamed” Klang Valley areas such as Kerinci which is now also called Bangsar South, and Damansara North for Damanasara Damai. We’ll let you decide which counterpart sounds better.

Here’s a bit more breakdown on Old Klang Road as a whole.

The Good:

Surrounded by established townships with their own amenity offerings like the amusement park, Desa Water Park in Taman Desa, hotels like The Gardens Hotel in Seputeh, and schools like SK Petaling 1 & 2 in Taman Sri Sentosa. Old Klang Road is also well connected with other major highways like the New Pantai Expressway (NPE), the Maju Expressway (MEX), the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), and the Federal Highway.

 

03 - DSands Residence - Taman Desa Medical Centre

03 – DSands Residence – Taman Desa Medical Centre

 

04 - DSands Residence - School in OKR

04 – DSands Residence – School in OKR

 

05 - DSands Residence - OKR Wet Market

05 – DSands Residence – OKR Wet Market

The Bad:

Guess one can say that Old Klang Road is too popular for its own good. Despite most parts of the stretch having three to five lanes on both opposite sides, the traffic jam there is so bad it’s almost nightmarish. As public transport goes, true there are ample buses and cabs serving the area, but what the people there need is an efficient train service like LRT or MRT. A KL Monorail extension is currently proposed from the existing line to pass Old Klang Road all the way to Bandar Sunway and is hoped to ease the horrible congestion along Old Klang Road especially during peak hours.

Where is D’Sands Residence located amid all this? Right at the edge of Old Klang Road heading towards Petaling district. True to its tagline, this project is located at the intersection of Old Klang Road and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE). This is good news since there are more options to commute. The traffic looks bad along the Old Klang Road stretch heading towards Mid Valley? No worries, NPE is here to save the day… and vice versa.

 

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06 – DSands Residence – Location

 

Another selling point for D’Sands Residence is its proximity to Petaling KTM station. Like literally close by and would take one around 3 minutes walk to get there. For those working in Mid Valley area and don’t want to drive, this is indeed a convenient one can celebrate. In fact, the developer will even construct a covered walkway from the property right up to the station. They’ve even hired some Lim Kok Wing University students to paint murals along the walkway, some of which are already up. Oh, and by the way, there’s an exotic Hindu Temple between the property and the KTM station which certainly adds more flavour to the place, don’t you agree?

 

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07 – DSands Residence

 

08 - DSands Residence - Walkway towards KTM Petaling

08 – DSands Residence – Walkway towards KTM Petaling

 

09 - DSands Residence - Mural along the Walkway 1

09 – DSands Residence – Mural along the Walkway 1

 

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10 – DSands Residence – Mural along the Walkway 2

 

11 - DSands Residence - Mural along the Walkway 3

11 – DSands Residence – Mural along the Walkway 3

 

12 - DSands Residence - Hindu Temple

12 – DSands Residence – Hindu Temple

 

Location-wise, no doubt that D’Sands Residence is nicely positioned.

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Analysis

D’Sands Residence: Sandcastle in the sand?

All over the stretch of Old Klang Road has witnessed the development of many high-rise properties recently like 9 Seputeh near to MidValley, VERVE Suites KL South in the middle of OKR, and Residency V which is closest to D’Sands.

Let’s compare these properties to see how well is Old Klang Road faring as a whole.

 

Name Tenure/Land Title Approximate Price (per Sq. Ft.) No of Blocks / No of Units Car Park Bays Furnishing
D’Sands Residence Freehold/Commercial Starts from RM610 2/365 Starts from 1 Unfurnished
Residency V Freehold/Commercial Starts from RM800 1 / 412 Starts from 1 3/4 Furnished
Pearl Suria Leasehold/Commercial Starts from RM700 1 / 403 Starts from 1 Unfurnished
VERVE Suites KL South Freehold/Residential Starts from RM1,100 2 / 321 Starts from 1 Fully Furnished Designer Suites
9 Seputeh Leasehold/Residential Starts from RM840 9 / Approximately 2000 Starts from 1 Partly Furnished

 

From the table, D’Sands is the cheapest no doubt, and one of the less in terms of density, comparable to that of the exclusive VERVE Suites. Quite a bargain don’t you think?

The rental rate for Old Klang Road existing condos like Scott Garden is around RM1500 for an 800 square feet, semi-furnished unit, so surely D’Sands that’s close to KTM Petaling can fetch more.

 

Orionluck Property Development and the letter ‘D’.

Not much can be found on this developer. If you were to go the website, all you’ll find is ‘Coming Soon’ at the Corporate Profile section. But their track records has been strong with many completed and well-received projects like D’Prestij 1 @ Kajang Perdana, D’9 @ Bangsar (a very exclusive project that only has nine units!), D’25 @ Meranti Puchong and D’18 at Tualang.

Hopefully once they’ve updated their company’s profile, an explanation on the whole D’ thingy would be given.

By the way, D’Sands Residence is designed by an award winning architect firm, Ong & Ong Sdn. Bhd. which scored 5 wins at the Singapore Design Awards.

 

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Summary

D’Sands Residence: A conclusion.

Comes in the challenging year of 2016 for the property market means that Orionluck may find it a bit hard to finish selling off D’Sands Residence, but that hardship is certainly not because of quality issue or the likes.

Location is good. Traffic is a given anywhere in KL and the whole Klang Valley even. A huge plus point for D’Sands for having a train station nearby. The product is good. Satisfying even with its reasonable price.

So if you’re looking for a place to stay or even invest, give D’Sands a thought.

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