Indah Heights, located at the heart of Taman Skudai Indah 2 is soon to to be the ‘go to area’ for those who can afford spending the millions in Johor. Gated and secluded, the residents will not have any woes of traffic and high density population. An ideal place for a family to live, carefreely.
Sunway Lenang Heights: A peaceful review.
Taking pride in 88 acres of Bungalows and Semi-D homes development, Sunway Lenang Heights sets the bar for tranquil living in Taman Molek, Johor Bahru. After all, a project that gives freehold and low-density status homes, 60% worth of green spaces, and exclusive clubhouse facilities usage can never go wrong, can it?
There are only 84 Semi-D units and 28 Bungalow units offered or simply put, imagine five huge houses spread (more or less) on one football field. Talk about spacious!
If however you’re looking for a clearer picture on this project, sit back and relax, and have a read on this review for Sunway Lenang Heights.
Address: Taman Molek, Johor Bahru, Johor
Land Title: Residential
Site GPS Coordinates: 1°30’43″N 103°47’46″E
Expected Date of Completion: Q3 2016
Property Type: Bungalow and Semi-D
Total Units: 112
Built Up in Sq. Ft.: 2943, 3865, 4535, and 5090
Listing Price: Starts from RM1,600,000
Maintenance Fee: Starts from RM500 per month
- Low density (5 units per 1 acre)
- Private Clubhouse facilities
- Thematic Park with 2.6km cycling track
- 60% lush greenery & open spaces
- Infinity Pool
- Aqua Play
- Tennis Court
- Games Room
- Cycling Track
- Thematic Park
- 2 Storey Semi-D Type A – 4+1 Rooms, 6 Baths, 2943 Sq. Ft.
- 3 Storey Semi-D Type B – 5+1 Rooms, 7 Baths, 3865 Sq. Ft.
- 3 Storey Bungalow Type A – 6+1 Rooms, 7 Baths, 4535 Sq. Ft.
- 3 Storey Bungalow Type B – 6+1 Rooms, 7 Baths, 5090 Sq. Ft.
Sunway Lenang Heights: A heighten living.
There are three things you need to know about this project.
First, it’s freehold. And that’s the benefit of having this project in Taman Molek, since the area itself holds a freehold status.
Two, it’s low density. With only 112 residential units (84 Semi-Ds and 28 Bungalows) offered in the 88 acres worth of land.
Third and final one, is that 60% of the 88 acres of land (or 52.8 acres worth) will be developed into green spaces for the residents.
There are two types of units offered for both Semi-D and Bungalow, simply labelled as Type A and Type B.
The smallest one offered is the Type A 2-Storey Semi-D, and even that is 2943 square feet in built-up. With 4 plus 1 rooms, 6 bathrooms, a car porch that can fit up to 3-4 cars etc., there are 56 units offered in total for this type with 11 being Bumiputera units.
The Type B 3-Storey Semi-D is 3865 square feet in built up, with 5 plus 1 rooms, 7 bathrooms, 1 roof terrace, and a car porch that can fit up to 4-5 cars. 28 units in total are offered for this type whereby 6 of them are Bumiputera units.
The 3-Storey Bungalow Type A boasts 6 plus 1 rooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 roof terraces, and a car porch that can fit 4-5 cars. Having 4535 square feet built up, there are 13 units offered with 3 of them being Bumiputera units.
The last one, 3-Storey Bungalow Type B is the biggest unit type offered at 5090 square feet built-up, having 6 plus 1 rooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 roof terraces, and a car porch that can fit 3-4 cars. There are 15 units offered for this type where 3 of them are Bumiputera units.
Except for the show units, the rest will come unfurnished. But then again, one can definitely appreciate the fine fittings the developer is offering to the buyers like the decorative timber door for the main entrance, laminated timber floor for the rooms, and audio intercom system to the guardhouse. All the units also come with solar hot water system, as part of the project’s initiative to stay true to its green development concept.
Apart from the spacious homes, there’s also a 38,000 square feet exclusive clubhouse for residents of Sunway Lenang Heights. There, one can enjoy an active lifestyle thanks to the infinity pool, gymnasium, games room, and even a tennis court.
And it doesn’t end there. A 2.6 kilometres cycling track and expansive thematic park will guarantee nature enjoyment at its best.
So how much will one have to pay for such fine living? Well, the price starts from RM1.6 million for the Semi-D units, and RM3 million for the Bungalow units. Plus, the maintenance fee and sinking fund for the clubhouse facilities and the security service etc. will start from RM500 per month per house.
Pricey? Yes. But for a lifestyle nothing short of heavenly, it may just be worth it.
Oh, and if you were to look at the Master Plan, some units are built near the TNB substations, so keep a lookout for further discounts from the developer on those units.
Johor: A state like no other.
For most people, the thing that pops into mind when Johor is mentioned is of course, the state’s royal family.
From Tengku Mahkota Johor (abbreviated TMJ that stands for Crowned Prince of Johor) and his JDT (Johor Darul Ta’zim) football team, to Johor’s very own private army called Royal Johor Military Force, this constitutional monarchy has been around since the early 16th century and is still going strong.
How strong is strong? Well, the current Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, recently bought a Mack truck to tow – get this – his speedboat, which is rumoured to cost well over $1 million. This caused quite the rift among Malaysians, as non-Johoreans consider it a waste of money while Johoreans believe the Sultan deserves it, considering the fact that he has provided and given back to the people a whole lot more than that.
Read more about that here.
Never, and we mean ever, mess with Johoreans pride. Case in point: The flip over a mural by Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithunian-born artist, of a Lego woman on one side of a wall, and a knife wielding Lego man on the other; said to portray the state’s pride, Legoland, while mocking its crime capital status. One of the latest viral case being the murder of a school clerk in Muar.
Instead of taking the art as a social observation, as a reminder for the local authority and the people to do something about it, guess what happened to the mural? It was whitewashed, instigating the artist to later photoshop the knife with a flower bouquet instead. Go figure.
Check it out here.
Then again, not all is lost for Johor and Johoreans. After all, a place that gives birth to the likes of the late Yasmin Ahmad (may she rest in peace), a one-of-a-kind film maker that till now has inspired many people to love and do good unto others, isn’t so bad now is it?
And then, there’s Iskandar Malaysia (formerly known as Iskandar Development Region). Established in 2006 and named after the late Sultan of Johor, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Iskandar Malaysia comprises of five flagship zones covering a land size of 2,217 square kilometres. That’s more than three times the land of our neighbour, Singapore.
Expected to have a 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, one is not wrong to say that Iskandar Malaysia looks like the rise of a mini country, aimed to capitalise on the economic collaborations with Singapore just like how Shenzhen and Hong Kong complement one another.
The five flagship zones of Iskandar Malaysia are Flagship Zone A, Flagship Zone B, Flagship Zone C, Flagship Zone D, and Flagship Zone E.
Johor Bahru City Centre and the surrounding areas like Larkin, Mount Austin, Maju Jaya, and Kempas make up for the development boundaries for Flagship Zone A, with financial and commercial activities as the main offerings. This includes the integrated waterfront development named Danga Bay, and the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ Complex) called the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim (BSI).
Nusajaya and the surrounding areas like Jelutong, Gelang Patah, and Pulai make up for the development boundaries for Flagship Zone B, with mixed property development and the state’s administrative centre as the main offerings. This includes the mixed development called Kota Iskandar where the government’s department offices will be located, and another integrated waterfront development called Puteri Harbour.
Tanjung Pelepas covers the development boundaries for Flagship Zone C. Also known as the Western Gate Development with port and marine services as the main focuses, this is also where the Ramsar Convention (an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands) resides.
Pasir Gudang and the surrounding areas like Masai and Tanjung Langsat make up for the development boundaries for Flagship Zone D, with industrial and manufacturing as the main offerings. This includes the trade and distribution centre called the Asia Pacific Trade & Expo City (APTEC City) and the cargo handling harbour named Johor Port.
Senai-Skudai and the surrounding areas like Saleng and Kangkar Pulai make up for the development boundaries for Flagship Zone E, with airport services and electronics manufacturing as the main offerings. This includes the Sultan Ismail International Airport (Senai International Airport) and the mixed township named MSC Malaysia Cyberport.
Sunway Lenang Heights is located in Taman Molek, an established neighbourhood in Iskandar Malaysia’s Flagship Zone A. It is surrounded by other reputable townships like Taman Mount Austin and Taman Desa Tebrau.
Developed in the 1990s, Taman Molek is adjacent to two golf courses i.e. Daiman 18 Golf Club and Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort. Another interesting fact about this area is how it used to be the main transmitting station site for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the Far East, before it was relocated to Singapore.
Located along Persiaran Bumi Hijau, there are many amenities available for future residents of Sunway Lenang Heights. The immediate one of course is the public park called Laman Tasik Pandan, literally next door to the development. Then there’s Tesco Extra Plentong located roughly 2.2 kilometres away, and Hospital Sultan Ismail and Jusco Aeon Tebrau located 4.5 kilometres away. In Taman Desa Harmoni which is a mere 500 meters away, there are rows of shops like 7 Eleven, a clinic, and a car workshop, offering conveniences without one having to actually drive all the way to town.
The place is also surrounded by major highways like Lebuhraya Pasir Gudang, North South Highway (that leads to Malaysia-Singapore Second Link), Eastern Dispersal Link, and Tebrau Highway (that’s linked to Johor Bahru Inner Ring Road, eventually leading to Johor-Singapore Causeway).
A newly built attraction called Kilang Bateri is located 10 kilometres away from Sunway Lenang Heights. Housing shops and eateries, it was once actually an Eveready Battery Factory, opened somewhere around September 2015 into a vintage, hangout place. The foods there are awesome, and the businesses offered are aplenty. A must checkout.
It’s pretty straightforward to get to Sunway Lenang Heights, so much so that you can use Google Maps or Waze on your smartphone without the need to turn your radio’s volume down (because there are less turns and swerves, you don’t really have to over concentrate on the guide’s voice).
If you’re using Tebrau Highway heading towards Aeon Tebrau for example, you will only have to make a U-turn under Jalan Pandan’s flyover before the army camp, and turn left after into Persiaran Bumi Hijau. Those who are directionally challenged would appreciate the simplicity of getting to Sunway Lenang Heights.
Location-wise, this project is indeed exclusive. Being not too far or too near any landmarks, privacy then is definitely ensured.
Sunway Lenang Heights: Is it really that pricey?
Literally across the Laman Tasik Pandan lake (about 300 metres away), is a terrace house development by Rawhide Sdn Bhd called Taman Redang Lakeview. Completed in June 2014, this project is chosen for price comparison with Sunway Lenang Heights, so that one can understand better the worth of the area in the stretch of Persiaran Bumi Hijau in Taman Molek.
|Name||Tenure/Land Title||Approximate Listing Price||No of Units||Standard Built-up||Type|
|Sunway Lenang Heights||Freehold/Residential||Starts from RM1.6 million||112||4000 Sq. Ft.||Semi-D and Bungalows|
|Taman Redang Lakeview||Freehold/Residential||Starts from RM600,000||133||2000 Sq. Ft.||Terrace|
Obviously these two projects are apples and oranges. But then again, it’s important that one realises that this area is indeed exclusive when it comes to price. If for the past year, a Taman Redang Lakeview unit can appreciate to around RM800,000, what does that say for a Sunway Lenang Heights Semi-D or Bungalow unit in the future?
Sunway Property and Sunway Group: It’s impossible nobody knows them.
As the property division of Sunway Group, Sunway Property is the developer for Sunway Lenang Heights. Their portfolio? Extensive to boot.
Having been around since 1974, their most prized development is of course, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall in Bandar Sunway. Its founder, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah is a well-known Malaysian business tycoon, and the group has since expanded into other businesses including medicine, education, and tourism.
Which means that one can expect a certain standard set, especially when the developer is of the reliable kind.
Take Bandar Sunway for instance. Though Sunway Group didn’t have to, they’ve been actively giving back to the community through the constructions of flyovers in LDP Sunway Toll to ease the traffic there, not to mention the recently completed Sunway BRT Line (normally, this should’ve been done by the area’s respective city council).
In short, let’s see what Sunway Group will bring to Taman Molek, especially the Persiaran Bumi Hijau area once the Sunway Lenang Heights project is completed next year.
Sunway Lenang Heights: An elite conclusion.
This project seems to tick all the right boxes. Location-wise is excellent since as mentioned, one can easily access other parts of JB without compromising on exclusive privacy.
Then there’s the developer that’s well known as one of the best out there in Malaysia.
Design concept is striking. Offerings (in terms of facilities and amenities) are brilliant. Pricing, a bit on the steep side but still not too bad if one were to have the cash to spare.
After all, the best things in life usually don’t come cheap.
So if you’re looking for an elite place to stay and at the same time invest (just imagine how it will greatly appreciate by 2025 when the Iskandar Malaysia project is fully completed), then Sunway Lenang Heights is undoubtedly one of the wise choicest you can make.