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Mutiara Rini Skudai: An extensive review.
Mutiara Rini Skudai is an integrated township by Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd, a member of Boustead Group. It sprawls over 1,438 acres and has been developed since 1996 with over 3000 houses already handed over.
There’s no way around it, other than to review as much and as current as possible when it comes to what are the types of homes offered. From terrace to Semi-Ds to shop offices to even first home houses, currently there are 5 ongoing phases namely Phase 1L2, Phase 1L, Phase 4D, Phase 4E, and Phase 1M.
So don’t forget to breathe while you’re reading this review for Mutiara Rini Skudai.
Address: Sekudai, Nusajaya, Johor
Land Title: Residential
Site GPS Coordinates: 1°31’24″N 103°38’24″E
Property Type: Terrace and Semi-D
Built Up in Sq. Ft.: Starts from 2195
Listing Price: Starts from RM480,000
- Well-established township
- Intermediately affordable
Mutiara Rini: The current breakdown.
As mentioned, there are currently five ongoing launches in Mutiara Rini.
Phase 1L2 offers terrace houses with 4 subsequent designs named 1L2 MR 94, 1L2 MR 95A, 1L2 MR 96, and 1L2 MR 97. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for types 1L2 MR 94 and 1L2 MR 95A, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms for type 1L2 MR 96, and 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for type 1L2 MR 97. Price for all four types starts from RM580,000 for non-bumi, and RM490,000 for bumi units. Built-up starts from 2275 square feet until 2987 square feet.
Phase 1L offers terrace houses with 4 subsequent designs named 1L MR 94A, 1L MR 95, 1L MR 96, and 1L MR 97. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for types 1L MR 94A and 1L MR 95, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms for type 1L MR 96, and 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for type 1L MR 97. Price for all four types starts from RM570,000 for non-bumi, and RM480,000 for bumi units. Built-up starts from 2249 square feet until 2897 square feet.
Phase 4D offers semi-d homes with 3 subsequent designs named 4D MR 89, 4D MR 90, and 4D MR 91. There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for type 4D MR 89, and 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for types 4D MR 90, and 4D MR 91. Price for all three types starts from RM650,000 for non-bumi, and RM550,000 for bumi units. Built-up starts from 2195 square feet until 2710 square feet.
Phase 4E offers semi-d homes with 2 subsequent designs named 4E MR 92, and 4E MR 93. There are 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms for type 4E MR 92, and 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms for type 4E MR 93. Price for both types starts from RM750,000 for non-bumi, and RM630,000 for bumi units. Built-up starts from 2671 square feet until 3259 square feet.
The fifth and last phase currently offered is called Phase 1M that offers shop offices with 2 subsequent designs named 1M 2 Storey Shop Office at 3213 square feet and priced at RM1,388,000 for non-bumi, and RM1,179,800 for bumi, and 1M 3 Storey Shop Office at 9987 square feet and priced at RM 3,048,000.
To have a more detailed understanding on the floorplans and specifications, you can visit Mutiara Rini Skudai’s official website here: http://www.mutiararini.com.my/v1/properties-mutiara-rini.php
In fact, it’s better to keep yourself updated with the website. Phase 1L2 and 1L are newer launches as compared to Phase 4D and Phase 4E, but you’ll never know – it’s the new launches that may end up getting sold-out first.
Mutiara Rini is an ongoing integrated township development to keep a lookout for. Rest assured, only intermediate-end landed properties and shop offices will be offered instead of high-rise, high-end properties here.
Johor and Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia’s Flagship Zone B.
Are you proud being a Malaysian, or are you proud being a Johorean Malaysian?
Giving a whole new meaning to the word ‘pride’, there’s actually quite a valid reason for that. After all, a Malaysian state that was once renowned for being a crime capital and is now starting to look like the rise of a successful ‘mini country’, is indeed something that its people can be proud of.
Johor’s Iskandar Malaysia project has been getting on nicely that even with current economic crisis, the state is doing well on capitalising on economic collaborations with Singapore, much like how it is between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Then again, Johor is not without faults. This state’s royal scandals sure are aplenty like stories of golf caddy to runaway lawyer to slapped ustaz. The more recent one is of the current Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail’s purchase of a Mack truck rumoured to cost well over $1 million USD said to be used to tow his speed boat. Oh well, to each his own I guess.
And yet despite all that, there’s no denying the fact that most Johoreans love the royal family. For a good reason too. The demise of Tunku Jalil (the younger brother of the crowned prince of Johor, TMJ Tunku Ismail, and Sultan Ibrahim Ismail’s fourth son with Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofia) due to cancer recently is deeply mourned by many. Known for being a people’s prince, Tunku Jalil will always be remembered for his kindness, spirit, and humility. Let’s have a moment of silence for this one of a kind Tunku Laksamana of Johor.
Having its own private army called the Royal Johor Military Force, and a heavily invested, well accomplished football team called JDT Club that recently won the AFC Asian Cup is a sure sign that Johor, is indeed a Malaysian state that’s financially strong. It is also where the late Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia’s treasured film maker was born.
With the Iskandar Malaysia project that’s aimed to be finished by 2025, things are indeed looking up for Johor.
Iskandar Malaysia (formerly known as Iskandar Development Region) was established in 2006, and is named after the late Sultan of Johor, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. It comprises of five flagship zones covering a land size of 2,217 square kilometres – roughly more than three times the land size of our neighbouring country, Singapore – with an expected total population of 3 million, a workforce of half of that (1.5 million) and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of $31,100 by 2025.
The five flagship zones of Iskandar Malaysia are Flagship Zone A, Flagship Zone B, Flagship Zone C, Flagship Zone D, and Flagship Zone E.
The first flagship zone, Flagship Zone A, covers Johor Bahru City, Larkin, Mount Austin, Maju Jaya, and Kempas among others. Set to focus on financial and commercial activities, key offerings include Danga Bay and the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim (BSI) CIQ Complex.
The second flagship zone, Flagship Zone B, covers Nusajaya, Jelutong, Gelang Patah, and Pulai among others. Set to focus on mixed property development and Johor’s administrative, key landmarks include Puteri Harbour, Kota Iskandar, Edu City, Legoland Malaysia, and Medini Iskandar Malaysia.
The third flagship zone, Flagship Zone C, covers the Tanjung Pelepas area and is also known as the Western Gate Development. Set to focus on port and marine services, key landmarks include Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Ramsar Heritage Park, and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.
The fourth flagship zone, Flagship Zone D, covers Pasir Gudang, Masai, and Tanjung Langsat among others, and is also known as the Eastern Gate Development. Set to focus on industrial and manufacturing, key landmarks include APTEC City, Johor Port, Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, and Pasir Gudang Circuit.
The fifth flagship zone, Flagship Zone E, covers the Senai, Skudai, Saleng and Kangkar Pulai among others. Set to focus on airport services and electronics manufacturing, key landmarks include the Sultan Ismail International Airport (Senai International Airport), MSC Malaysia Cyberport, Senai Airport City, and Johor Premium Outlet.
Mutiara Rini Skudai as the name implies is located in Skudai (alternative spelling: Sekudai), a suburb in Johor Bahru and part of Iskandar Malaysia Flagship Zone B, Nusajaya.
Were you thinking of UTM Skudai? That’s normal. Before Iskandar Malaysia, the only place worth mentioning when it comes to Skudai is that university. But now, or more precisely by the year 2025 once the EduCity project is completed, there will be other universities to take note of like Raffles University Iskandar, University of Southhampton, Newcastle University of Medicine Malaysia, and Management Development Institute of Singapore.
Mutiara Rini however is closer to UTM Skudai (8 kilometres) as compared to EduCity (18 kilometres).
Mutiara Rini is surrounded by other well established townships including Taman Universiti, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Taman Skudai Baru and Taman Sri Orkid. As such, one can expect lots of amenities available there.
For example, there’s Tesco Extra Mutiara Rini, next to a stand-alone KFC and McDonals outlets plus a soon to be completed Mydin Commercial Centre, all located in the middle of Mutiara Rini development.
Then there’s a public park called ‘Hutan Bandar Mutiara Rini’ that’s also managed along by Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council (MPJBT).
And of course, the rows and rows and more rows of shop houses to cater to residents of Mutiara Rini and the surrounding townships. For example, there’s Scientex Skudai’s Taman Mutiara Mas with offerings like clinics, restaurants, and car workshop.
Mutiara Rini is located 18 kilometres away from Medini Iskandar where there, one will find more attractions and offerings like Legoland Malaysia, Mall of Medini, and Gleneagles Medini Hospital. An additional 2 kilometres from Medini Iskandar, one will then reach Puteri Harbour that houses the likes of an international ferry service terminal, Hello Kitty Town, and Kota Iskandar Malaysia.
To get to Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim CIQ Complex and Johor-Singapore Causeway, one will have to drive around 20 kilometres. Similarly, to get to Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, one would also need to drive for 20 kilometres. Being in the middle of these two entry points to Singapore, Mutiara Rini then has a rather excellent location.
If residents in Mutiara Rini are looking for other places of interest, there’s Kilang Bateri located 15 kilometres away. It is a new hipster-like eatery place and shops that was once an Eveready Battery Factory and opened sometime around September 2015 into a vintage, hangout place. The foods there are awesome, and the businesses offered are aplenty. A definite must checkout.
Mutiara Rini is a thriving township where you can live amid all the modern-day conveniences. A perfect place for a community to grow together in harmony.
Mutiara Rini: A moderate assessment.
Literally next door to Taman Mutiara Rini is Taman Skudai Indah 2, where a property development called Indah Heights by Scudai Development Sdn Bhd is located.
Let’s compare these two developments to get a better understanding on the overall worth of this part of Skudai.
|Name||Tenure/Land Title||Approximate Listing Price||Built-up|
|Mutiara Rini||Freehold/Residential||Starts from RM550, 000 (2 Storey Semi-D)||2195 Sq. Ft|
|Indah Heights||Freehold/Residential||Starts from RM1.8 million (3 storey Semi-D)||4058 Sq. Ft.|
Indah Heights obviously is a much premier township development as compared to Mutiara Rini that focuses more on intermediate affordability. But then again, Indah Heights does offer bigger built-up size. All in all, this part of Skudai is doing pretty well.
Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd.
This developer surprisingly has a few, good talking points despite not many may have heard of them. One, is that this company is a subsidiary of Boustead Properties Berhad, and the other is how ‘The Curve Damansara’ is built by them.
Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd has won many awards like “Best Layout Planning For Residential Development” from Majlis Daerah Johor Bahru Tengah in 1998 and “Best Planned Township” from the Malaysian Institute of Planning in 1999.
The fact that Mutiara Rini township has been developed since 1996 until now shows that this developer is pretty reliable indeed.
Mutiara Rini: A conclusion.
It’s good to know that a developer of such high-end project in the past i.e. The Curve Damansara, is still offering extensively affordable homes in this day and age.
For first time home buyers focusing in Johor, Mutiara Rini is one of the best choices there is. Pretty much a decent neighbourhood at (still) reasonable price, perfect for own-stay or rent-out.