Pat yourself on the back because the year 2021 is finally here, and it’s time to celebrate after surviving one of the most unprecedented years in human history!
Our plans may have been disrupted or forced to be put on hold from all the uncertainty, but it also gave us the opportunity to spend some extra time assessing and realigning our goals for 2021.
It’s common knowledge that purchasing a property is one of, if not the largest, investment anyone can make in their lifetime. That is why planning ahead is crucial!
It’s not only for your bank account but for your lifestyle and future needs, like the proximity of public transportation and medical facilities, for example.
Time For Your Property Hunt
The most exciting part of purchasing a property is shopping around for the ideal place to call your own. Prior to that, it’s standard practice to run through your financials to determine your budget, before going on your merry way to start the hunt.
With the Budget 2021 announcement that first-time homebuyers are now exempt from certain stamp duty charges as well as the ongoing Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) that is set to end in December 2021, it’s time for us to take you through 5 of the hottest properties set for completion in 2021.
Who knows, you might just find something to your liking!
1) Lakefield Residences, Kajang
The final landed residential precinct in Tropicana Heights, there are only 66 units of 2- and 3-storey linked homes, lending an air of exclusivity to this phase.
True to its name, the homes boast amazing views of the tree-lined boulevard fronting a linear lake and park. Some of the trees are the area’s original ones that have been replanted to the green areas. Now, that’s classy!
Lakefield Residences offer a generous built-up of up to 3,392 sq ft, and is surrounded by a myriad of shopping, dining, entertainment, healthcare, and educational facilities – allowing residents the ease of connectivity, without sacrificing on privacy.
2) Sentral Suites @ KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Sentral Suites is probably the most strategically located property in this list, being situated close to Malaysia’s main transportation hub – KL Sentral.
It is also a stone’s throw away from cultural landmarks, heritage buildings (like The Majestic Hotel, which is documented as a national heritage site under the Malaysian Antiquities Act), and multiple MNC headquarters.
Sentral Suites is an escape within the city, offering different zones for residents to bask and relax in the sun, while building a community through a host of social activities.
Step out and in mere minutes you will find a world of dining, shopping, and entertainment hotspots to satisfy your every need.
3) Impression U-Thant, Kuala Lumpur
With views of the prestigious Royal Selangor Golf Club, this property certainly gives one the impression of grandeur.
Impression U-Thant, a freehold low-density condominium with only 108 units, is surrounded by 20 embassies, a good prospect for potential investors looking to cater to the expat community.
Whether you love to exercise, entertain, or enjoy sunsets, you will gain access to 20 fitness and recreational facilities.
This includes including indoor and outdoor gyms, a viewing deck, sunset bar, poolside pavilion, pools, community garden, reflexology path, and a picnic terrace, to name a few. That is more than enough space to maintain social distancing, while getting your daily dose of fresh air.
4) Hampton Residences, Selangor
Looking for more space that is also freehold? This development offers large families the space needed to live comfortably under one roof, with room left over to host visiting family members too.
Each room comes with an ensuite bathroom for privacy, and solar water heaters for the eco-conscious.
The Hampton Residences comprise superlink, semi-detached, single-storey bungalow, and double-storey bungalow houses with a total of 344 units.
Residents will also have access to the Bandar Seri Coalfields Residents’ Clubhouse with swimming and wading pools, tennis, basketball and badminton courts, a gym, a yoga and dance room, a café, as well as function rooms to host all your events. That means less clean up at home!
5) Setia Eco Templer, Selangor
One of the more unique home designs on this list, the Setia Eco Templer development draws some inspiration from Peranakan architecture.
This development is also nature-centric, giving those with a sense of adventure (the young, and young-at-heart), especially kids, some exploration and even birdwatching to do.
This is an ideal escape for those looking to easily unplug and unwind. Setia Eco Templer is located 30 minutes away from KL city centre, and owning a home here gives you the serenity nature has to offer, minus the hustle and bustle of living in the heart of the city.
Making The Right Choice
If 2020 did one thing right, it was to help us put things into perspective and identify what truly matters.
As we continue to balance working from home, it is more important than ever to ensure our home is a sanctuary where we can rest, relax, and rejuvenate to continue being effective in our jobs and relationships.
But before you set out house hunting, remember that it is always prudent to be sure of your financial standing and what you can afford, especially during times of uncertainty.
A good place to start is to check on the health of your credit score through CTOS or CCRIS, before beginning the rest of your financial planning journey towards acquiring your dream home in 2021.
Finally, be sure to choose a home that speaks to you, and meets your needs as best as possible. Happy Hunting, and may you be able to find a place to call "home" this year!