• Pavither
  • 2 October 2019

The Birch is a serviced apartment in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, it is located in one of the oldest roads in the heart of Kuala Lumpur – Jalan Kasipillay, off Jalan Ipoh. Although the stretch of the road closer to the city centre has been renamed Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, many locals still fondly refer to it as Jalan Ipoh.

Jalan Ipoh stretches from the Jinjang and Segambut neighbourhoods to the older heart of the city near Sentul, Titiwangsa and Chow Kit. Through the years, Jalan Ipoh has retained its charm as a traditional retail area where many shophouses line much of the street.

The Birch will feature security systems to ensure a safer environment for unit owners.

The residential property landscape along Jalan Ipoh comprises terraced houses, old apartments/flats, and newer condominiums that cater predominantly to the middle-income group. However, the area is being gradually redeveloped. Condominiums and luxury projects that have been developed in current years mark the area’s potential and emerging opportunity.

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Joining this changing landscape is The Birch. The development is strategically located close to the city centre, with good connectivity via major roads and highways such as the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) and it is only minutes to the city centre.

The Birch is a freehold development off Jalan Ipoh, and all units will be North-South-East orientated

The Birch is developed by SCP Group. Formerly known as Systematic Corporate Parking Sdn Bhd, SCP Group is one of Malaysia’s largest car park operators. Its property development division was launched in early 2011. Today, its property development contributes 90% to the group’s profit. SCP focuses on mature locations, pricing and design to deliver winning projects to home buyers. 

Address: 2½ miles, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (Jalan Ipoh), Kuala Lumpur

Property Type: Suite Apartment

Land Title: Commercial

Total Units: 681

Tenure: Freehold

Sales Gallery: No 31, Jalan Kasipillay, Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala Lumpur

Year of Completion: 2023

Built-up Area: 611 sq ft – 983 sq ft

Facilities – Level 8:

  • Herb garden
  • Yoga deck
  • Barbeque area
  • Olympic-length infinity pool
  • Children’s playground
  • Multi-purpose hall

Launch Price: From RM348,000

Launch Price Per Sq Ft: From RM570 psf / Average of RM650 psf

Maintenance Fee: RM0.33 psf

 

Project Details

The Birch is a freehold development off Jalan Ipoh, and all units will be North-South-East orientated. Just 300m from the Sentul West MRT station, the project will offer 681 units in two blocks on a 1.8-acre site.

Unit sizes will range from 611 sq ft to 983 sq ft, with 5 types of layout to choose from. Prices start from RM348,000, and each unit comes with air conditioners in the master bedroom and living room, home fibre, Astro-ready, and water heater points in all bathrooms. There are 2 parking bays for selected units, namely Type C and Type Ca.

the project will offer 681 units in two blocks on a 1.8-acre site with equipped facilities for residents.

The Birch will feature security systems to ensure a safer environment for unit owners. There will be access cards to designated floors, 24-hour security with CCTV surveillance, and carpark equipped with a panic alarm button. As for facilities, residents can venture into the herb garden, or stay active on the yoga deck, Olympic-length infinity pool, children’s playground and multi-purpose hall.

The Birch is slated for completion in 2023. From previous developments by SCP Group, The Birch could be completed earlier as the developer has a history of beginning construction before the launch of a project. The construction for The Birch has indeed begun and as at September 2019, 4 levels have been built.

the project will offer 681 units in two blocks on a 1.8-acre site with equipped facilities for residents.

Unit Types

Built-Up

Launch Price

Type A1

·       611 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       1 bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From RM348,000

Type A2

·       668 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

Type B

 

·       819 sq ft

·       3 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

Type C

·       983 sq ft

·       3 + 1 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

Type Ca

·       960 sq ft

·       3 + 1 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

 

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Location

The Birch is located near Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (previously known as Jalan Ipoh). The development offers good connectivity via major access road and highways including Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) and Mahameru Highway.

Additionally, The Birch is located near commercial centres and local amenities such as MATRADE Exhibition Convention Centre (MECC), Publika Shopping Gallery, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Sunway Putra Mall, SMK La Salle Sentul, Wesley Methodist International School, and KLCC.

The development offers good connectivity via major access road and highways including Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) and Mahameru Highway.

Healthcare facilities close to The Birch include the Lourdes Medical Centre, Sentul Medical Centre, Hospital KPJ Sentosa KL Specialist, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Institut Perubatan Respiratori and KPJ Tawakkal Specialist.

The Birch is about a 300m walk to the MRT 2 Sentul West station, and it is affordably priced to attract working-class buyers. The medium to long-term outlook for the Jalan Ipoh property market is positive. This is due to its excellent connectivity, central location and proximity to the city centre. It is also close to established and affluent residential suburbs including Sri Hartamas, Mont’Kiara and Kenny Hills.

 The development offers good connectivity via major access road and highways including Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) and Mahameru Highway.

Accessibility

  • Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
  • Mahameru Highway
  • MRT Line 2 – Sentul West station
  • KTM Sentul
  • LRT Sentul
  • LRT Titiwangsa
  • KTM Putra 

Education

  • SMK La Salle Sentul
  • SMK (Perempuan) Jalan Ipoh
  • Wesley Methodist International School
  • Marefat International School
  • SK Convent Sentul 1 & 2
  • SMK Sentul Utama
  • SJK (C) Sentul Kuala Lumpur
  • Chong Hwa KL Independent High School
  • SJK (C) Chiao Nan
  • SJK (C) Chi Man Sentul Kuala Lumpur
  • SJK (C) Khai Chee
  • SJK (C) Lai Chee
  • International University of Malaya-Wales

Medical Care

  • Lourdes Medical Centre
  • Sentul Medical Centre
  • KPJ Sentosa KL Specialist Hospital
  • Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Institut Perubatan Respiratori
  • KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital

Shopping

  • Suria KLCC
  • Sunway Putra Mall
  • Publika Shopping Gallery
  • Kompleks Mutiara
  • Tesco Extra
  • Kompleks Sungei Mas

Exhibition

  • MATRADE Exhibition Convention Centre (MECC)
  • Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)
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Analysis

Jalan Ipoh is predominantly a middle-range neighbourhood and most of the older condominiums are owner-occupied. Newer ones have attracted many investors for their more affordable pricing, compared to places such as Mont’Kiara.

The Birch located along Jalan Ipoh is an upcoming development.

Some condominiums have seen strong value appreciation over the years. For example, Viva Residency was launched in 2006 and completed in 2009, and priced around RM220 per sq ft. A search on PropertyGuru in September 2019 shows that its sub-sale prices are between RM470 psf and RM560 psf. Based on an average of RM515 psf, that would be an increase of 134% over a 10-year period.

Jalan Ipoh’s monthly rental rates are relatively low and still generate decent yields, especially for older projects. Viva Residency has an average asking rent of RM2 psf. Based on a rental of RM1,800 per month and purchase price of RM480,000 for an 840 sq ft unit, the gross rental yield is approximately 4.5%.

Let’s look at another example – Pelangi Indah Condominium. Based on a rental of RM1,100 per month and purchase price of RM250,000 for an 869 sq ft unit, the gross rental yield is approximately 5.28%.

Residents at The Birch are greeted to a luxurious lobby.

Here’s a quick look at high-rise developments in Jalan Ipoh.

Project

Land Tenure

Unit Type

Completion

Built-up

Approximate Launch Price

The Birch by SCP Group

Freehold

Suite Apartment

2023

611 sq ft – 983 sq ft

From RM348,000

The Pano by OCR Group Berhad

Freehold

Serviced Residence

2020

609 sq ft – 1,831 sq ft

 

From RM460,550

 

Tuan Residency by CPI Land

Freehold

Condominium

2021

878 sq ft – 1,018 sq ft

From RM531,800

Eco Sky by Eco Sky Development Sdn Bhd

Freehold

Serviced Apartment

2018

936 sq ft – 1,905 sq ft

From RM813,000

Duta Park Residences by Malton Development Sdn Bhd

Leasehold

Serviced Apartment

2022

858 sq ft – 1,618 sq ft

 

From RM450,000

 

Court 28 by The Group

Freehold

Serviced Apartment

2019

703 sq ft – 934 sq ft

From RM 492,100

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Summary

Jalan Ipoh is being transformed by several prominent projects including The Pano, Tuan Residency, Duta Park Residences, Eco Sky, and several others. Newer developments are priced in the mid- to upper-end market segments and are likely to push up prices of existing properties.

The Birch Jalan Ipoh is touted to one of the more affordable project along Jalan Ipoh.

The Birch’s general manager Chuah Jin Teik said, “There are several new launches in that area but they are not exactly at the same location. With our pricing strategy, proximity to the MRT station and our designs, we are positive this project will stand out. Also, we see sales picking up at existing projects after the recent general election and we are confident our projects will sell well. We believe that location sells.”  

The non-Bumi units begin from RM368,000. So, for a unit priced RM370,000, the monthly repayment would be approximately RM1,648. This is based on a 30-year 90% LTV loan of RM333,000 with an interest rate of 4.3%. This amount is derived from the PropertyGuru Home Loan Calculator.

The Birch was under the government’s initiative to promote homeownership under HOC 2019.

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Eric Wong

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