• Caitlyn
  • 19 July 2021

Tropicana Grandhill is a 112-acre integrated resort city in Genting Highlands. The freehold development is at 3,000 ft above sea level, designed for all walks of life. It is poised to be a landmark that offers the ultimate in holistic living, cocooned by nature’s beauty.

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Located 56.2km northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands has more than 20 million visitors per year on average, and a RM10 billion GITP (Genting Integrated Tourism Plan) visitor count per annum.

Tropicana Grandhill will be the first township development in Genting Highlands, on the border of Pahang and Selangor. The developer, Tropicana Corporation Berhad, acquired 111.9 acres of land in Gohtong Jaya for RM78.3 million in 2018. The township has a potential gross development value (GDV) of up to RM15 billion.

Tropicana Grandhill will comprise residential, commercial, wellness, education and park. The first phase will be the TwinPines Serviced Suites, with over 1,400 units of serviced apartments. Tropicana Grandhill is expected to be completed in 2026.

Address: Jalan Permai, Genting Permai Avenue, 69000 Pahang

Developer: Tropicana Corporation Berhad

Property Type: Mixed development

Land Area: 112 acres

Land Title: Commercial

Tenure: Freehold

No. of Blocks: 2 (TwinPines Serviced Suites)

No. of Storeys: 55 & 56 (TwinPines Serviced Suites)

Total Units: 1,443

Sales Gallery: Jalan Permai 2, Genting Permai Avenue, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang

Year of Completion: 2026

Built-up Area: 379 sq ft – 1,330 sq ft (TwinPines Serviced Suites)

Facilities at Twin Pines Serviced Suites:

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  • Event lawn
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Shallow lounge
  • Pool terrace
  • Gazebo / Cabana
  • Ramp for the disabled
  • Outdoor shower
  • Blossom garden
  • Wading pool
  • Spring jacuzzi
  • Sunken seat
  • Putting green
  • Children’s playground
  • Fragrant garden
  • Retreat space
  • Wellness path / reflexology
  • Covered walkway
  • Herbs garden
  • BBQ
  • Trellis with shade
  • Viewing terrace

In The Towers:

  • Gymnasium
  • Yoga studio
  • Children’s playroom
  • Management office
  • Pre-function
  • Multipurpose hall
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Multimedia room
  • Games room

Launch Price: From RM397,000 (TwinPines Serviced Suites)

Project Details

The integrated lifestyle resort city of Tropicana Grandhill comprises modern residences, hip commercial stretches, educational choices, a range of health and wellness services, and holistic living, within a pristine highland forest.

The freehold Tropicana Grandhill will be developed across 3 phases:

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  • Phase 1 – Serviced Residence, Education, Commercial, Wellness Hub
  • Phase 2 – Recreational Park, Serviced Residence, Silver Hair Village (retirement living, not far from the city)
  • Phase 3 – Future Development

Tropicana Grandhill is only 20 minutes away from the peak of Mount Ulu Kali. The township will also feature parks amidst the refreshing highland atmosphere. These parks are social hubs for residents to enjoy the calm and soothing scenery of the 100 million years old forests and mountains.

The first phase to be launched at Tropicana Grandhill is TwinPines Serviced Suites. There are 2 towers (Tower A and Tower B) standing at 55 and 56 storeys respectively. The first tower is estimated to offer 795 units, while the second tower is expected to offer 648 units. There are 13 unit types at TwinPines Serviced Suites, ranging from 379 sq ft to 1,330 sq ft, with studio to 4-bedroom. Unit prices start from RM397,000.

Residents will have access to various facilities, including a heated swimming pool, spring jacuzzi, sunken seat, wading pool, fragrant garden, putting green, trellis with shade, barbeque, wellness path, multipurpose hall, gourmet kitchen, and many more. The serviced suites will also come with car park, and 24 hours’ security system.

The developer has a promotional video that runs for more than 6 minutes. Take a look at that for an idea on what living at Tropicana Grandhill will be like.

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Here are the types of units at TwinPines Serviced Suites.

Unit Types

Built-Up

Type A1

·       Studio

·       379 – 407 sq ft

Type A2

·       Studio

·       384 – 395 sq ft

Type B1

·       564 – 580 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       1 bathroom

Type B2

·       603 – 617 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       1 bathroom

Type B3

·       574 – 600 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       1 bathroom

Type B3a

·       575 – 586 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       1 bathroom

Type C1

·       751 – 753 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

Type C2

·       731 – 764 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

Type C3

·       739 – 756 sq ft

·       2 bedrooms

·       3 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

Type D1

·       Dual key

·       946 – 961 sq ft

·       3 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

Type D2

·       Dual key

·       954 – 968 sq ft

·       3 bedrooms

·       2 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

Type E

·       Dual key

·       1,154 – 1,168 sq ft

·       4 bedrooms

·       3 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

Type F

·       Dual key

·       1,328 – 1,330 sq ft

·       4 bedrooms

·       3 bathrooms

·       1 balcony

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Location

Tropicana Grandhill is located close to the heart of Genting Highlands. Residents of TwinPines Serviced Suites can get there in about 15 to 20 minutes via Lorong Genting View 7. It would be easier for residents to get around via their personal vehicle. Residents of Tropicana Grandhill will have access the amenities in the surrounding area.

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They can conveniently get daily necessities from supermarkets, visit clinics and pharmacies when necessary, and enjoy a variety of cuisine. Genting Highlands also hosts the largest strawberry farm in Malaysia, a wide variety of themed parks, casinos, 5-star hotels, and a 18-hole golf resort. For shopping, there’s the Genting Highlands Premium Outlet, an outdoor shopping centre with a vast range of brands. It is also occupied by premium restaurants, cafés, and food courts.

Next to the shopping arena is the Awana SkyWay Station, where visitors and shoppers can enjoy cable car rides to the peak of Genting Highlands. Several other recreational and tourist attractions such as the 20th Century Fox Theme Park, SkyCasino, and the Arena of Stars theatre are also location amidst the highland’s commercial hub. Those who would like to venture slightly further could get to KL city centre in about 45 minutes.

Accessibility

  • Lorong Genting View 7

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Education

  • Highlands International Boarding School

Shopping

  • Sky Avenue shopping centre with delicious eats
  • Genting Highlands Premium Outlets

Recreation

  • Resorts World Genting / Indoor Theme Park
  • Genting Permai retail shops
  • Gohtong Jaya retail shops
  • Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
  • Awana SkyWay Station
  • Chin Swee Temple
  • Honey Bee Farm & Insect World
  • Bukit Tinggi Golf & Country Club
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Analysis

The main attraction of Genting Highlands is undoubtedly the cool hilltop climate. It is thus a favoured getaway location for the weekends and a holiday home destination. Along the path up Jalan Gunung Ulu Kali to Genting Highlands, new high-rises are rapidly joining older apartments. A few developments such as geo38 Residence, Ion Delemen, and Grand Ion Majestic have partnered short-term rental management companies to help homeowners rent out their units.

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To draw more visitors, developers are actively trying to create commercial activities there. For example, IBN Highlands City in Genting Permai will have a retail mall. In terms of rental yields, geo38 Residence received yields of between 5.1% and 5.76%, while the rental yield of Ion Delemen was 3.7% in 2017 and 2018.

Some property buyers are concerned about the traffic and human congestion during peak seasons as there is only one main access road up and down the hill. Apart from that, landslides that occasionally occur on the hillsides could also possibly deter property investors.

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Here’s a quick look at residential properties in Genting Highlands.

Project

Land Tenure

Property Type

Completion

Built-up

Approximate Launch Price

TwinPines Serviced Suites @ Tropicana Grandhill by Tropicana Corporation Bhd

Freehold

Serviced residence

2025 / 2026

379 sq ft – 1,330 sq ft

From RM397,000

Genting Permai Resort by Aphem Sdn Bhd

Freehold

Condominium

2014

570 sq ft – 1,070 sq ft

From RM309,000

Amber Court Apartment

Freehold

Apartment

N/A

From 1,214 sq ft

From RM270,000

Mawar Apartments

Freehold

Apartment

N/A

580 sq ft – 1,200 sq ft

From RM540,000

Vista Residences by Kerjaya Prospek Group Bhd

Leasehold

Serviced residence

2019

844 sq ft – 3,144 sq ft

From RM700 per sq ft

Ion Delemen Majestic @ Genting Highlands by NCT Group of Companies

Freehold

Serviced apartment

2018

385 sq ft – 2,970 sq ft

From RM475,000 (Tower 7)

Windmill Upon Hills by OSK Property

Freehold

Serviced apartment

2019

362 sq ft – 1,523 sq ft

From RM381,000

geo38 Residence by Pesat Bumi Sdn Bhd

Freehold

Condominium

2019

642 sq ft – 3,038 sq ft

From RM408,528

Midhills Genting by LBS Bina Group Berhad

Leasehold

Serviced apartment

2020

550 sq ft – 2,543 sq ft

From RM682,900

Grand Ion Majestic @ Genting Highlands by NCT Group of Companies

Freehold

Serviced apartment

2022

380 sq ft – 1,500 sq ft

From RM480,000

IBN Highlands City by IBN Corp

Leasehold

Serviced apartment

2022

753 sq ft – 4,520 sq ft

From RM1,500 per sq ft

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Summary

One of the main challenges of investing in locations such as Genting Highlands would be occupancy and the properties’ attractiveness to potential tenants and short-stay guests. Therefore, some newer developments are offering sale-and-leaseback and guaranteed rental schemes.

How well a property does could depend on the management quality of the premises. Once the pandemic is under control, Genting Highlands is expected to continue drawing visitors both locally and regionally.

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As it is, Tropicana Corporation Berhad has won multiple awards over the years. At the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2020, Tropicana Corporation Berhad continued with its award-winning streak by winning these awards.

  • Best Developer
  • Winner: Best High End Condo Development (Central) – Tropicana Grandhill
  • Winner: Best High End Condo Development (Central) – Tropicana Grandhill
  • High Commended: Best Mega Township Developer – Tropicana Aman
  • Winner: Best Landed Development (Central) For Tropicana Aman – Dalia Residences
  • Winner: Best Mid End Landed Development (Southern) – Ayera Residences
  • Winner: Best Development Development – Courtyard by Marriott, Penang @ Tropicana 218 Macalister
  • Winner: Best Mixed Use Development – Tropicana Gardens
  • Highly Commended: Best Retail Development – Oasis 3
  • Highly Commended: Best Housing Architectural Design – Ayera Residences
  • Winner: Best Condo Development (Malaysia) – Tropicana Grandhill
  • Winner: Special Recognition for ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance)
  • Winner: Special Recognition for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

If you’re interested in a 379 sq ft unit at TwinPines Serviced Suites that’s priced at RM400,000, here are its estimated loan figures.

  • LTV / margin of finance: 90%
  • Down payment (10%): RM40,000
  • Loan amount: RM360,000
  • Loan term: 30 years
  • Interest rate: 3.2%
  • Monthly repayment: RM1,557
  • Approximate required gross annual income: RM62,500*

These calculations are based on the PropertyGuru Home Loan Calculator, and PropertyGuru Home Loan Eligibility and Affordability Calculator.

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* Assumptions: You have no other monthly debt obligations, and 30% of gross income will be spent on the housing loan. The basic rule is that banks usually loan up to 30% of your gross annual income.

 

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