Comprising Selangor, Putrajaya, and of course, the federal territories of the capital Kuala Lumpur, central Malaysia remains the country’s most in-demand region for real estate investment. In 2021, the developers and projects from the capital city once again dominated the shortlist at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia).
But high-profile projects from neighbouring urban areas also shared the limelight last year. Here, we round up eight of the evening’s winners in the condo categories, each promising homeowners a personal slice of paradise at various price points.
Agile Mont Kiara by Agile Real Estate Development Sdn Bhd
The 813-unit freehold condominium is the renowned China-based developer’s maiden project in Malaysia. Distributed across 11 blocks, the Mont Kiara property is located only five minutes from KL Metropolis and surrounded by neighbourhoods including Sri Hartamas, Bangsar, Damansara Heights, and Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Onsite amenities, meanwhile, cater to all tastes and ages. There are three gyms, three pools, a sky club, putting green, convenience stores, and seven acres of green space. Indeed, the lush outdoor areas enveloping the project piqued the judging panel’s interest at the Awards, with its “seamless tropical environment” earning Agile Real Estate Development the top spot in the Best Landscape Architecture Design category.
Senada Residences by Sime Darby Brunsfield Resort Sdn Bhd
Another award-winning upscale residential development in KL’s prestigious Mont Kiara neighbourhood is Senada Residences, which was the cream of the condo crop at last year’s Awards programme.
The two-tower property, which boasts direct access to one of the region’s leading golf clubs, took home Best High End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) before eventually being crowned Best Condo/Apartment Development (Malaysia).
In addition to the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club golf course, the towers are connected by a two-acre Sky Park Garden comprising more than 20 facilities, including swimming and wading pools, a jacuzzi, and a gymnasium jogging tracks, playground, sauna, and outdoor fitness station, among others.
The dual-key two-plus-one bedrooms on the top two floors boast timber-floored bedrooms, high-end appliances, and full-length windows. With 10 apartment layouts, the rooftop lifestyle features include a putting garden, jogging deck, outdoor dining, and a pool and hot tub.
Aura Residence by Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd
The latest eye-catching, affordable condo development in Putrajaya Presint 8 district, the freehold development is only moments from restaurants, religious places, hospitals, shopping malls, and educational institutes. The 360 residential units are designed to be airy and light.
A prominent feature of the layout is a fully cross-ventilated entry garden, while all rooms are designed with direct natural ventilation. Architectural elements, including the high ceilings, large windows, and sliding doors, also provide an abundance of natural light.
The developers have placed a serious onus on security. Armed guards are stationed at the entrance, and each car entering the premises is scanned thoroughly.
Other facilities – all of which contributed towards Putrajaya Holdings picking up Best Mid End Condo/ Apartment Development (Central) for the project – include a covered car park, clubhouse, landscaped garden, playground, sauna and swimming pool.
M Luna by Mah Sing Group Berhad
All the conveniences of Kepong City with the comfort of suburban space, the 5.5-acres development is located on the cusp of Kepong Metropolitan Park and the Forest Research Institute Malaysia with views of Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve.
Unsurprisingly, nature plays a starring role at the two-tower high rise, featuring 1,672 apartments. Everyday lifestyle amenities, however, remain within easy reach, including fitness stations, a 50-metre infinity pool, floating lounge, and sunset promenade.
Given the affordable price points, M Luna is particularly popular with first-time homebuyers, home upgraders, working professionals, and young couples.
Another advantage of the project – which Awards judges named Best Mass Market Condo/Apartment Development (Central) in 2021 — is the nearby mature neighbourhoods featuring various lifestyle amenities and numerous access points.
AraTre’ Residences @ Ara Damansara by Puncakdana Sdn. Bhd.
The APA(M) judges singled out AraTre’ Residences @ Ara Damansara for its “super-relaxed resort-feel”. And it’s easy to see why with the abundance of lifestyle-orientated onsite facilities at the multi-award-winning project.
There’s a Zen garden, aqua lounge, lap pool, gym, yoga deck, and reflexology area. Meanwhile, the three buildings, the area’s tallest, are designed in the shape of a three to maximise shade and ventilation. The judging panel were impressed enough to bestow Best Condo/Apartment Architectural Design award on the property.
Strategically located in one of Klang Valley’s fastest-growing commercial and residential hubs, it neighbours several mature townships, including Subang Jaya, Kelana Jaya, and Shah Alam.
These host international schools, shopping malls, medical centres, and renowned Saujana Golf and Country Club, as well as cafes, restaurants, and fashionable retail outlets. AraTre’ Residences @ Ara Damansara also bagged a Highly Commended accolade in the Best Mid End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) category.
Cantara Residences by Sime Darby Property (Ara Damansara) Sdn Bhd
Cantara Residences breaks from Malaysia’s standard typology of isolated, vertical serviced apartment towers. Designed by Arkitek FAA, it takes a different approach to modern living: an expansive interconnected network of living and communal spaces integrated within the natural landscaped environment.
The four 24-storey blocks are staggered atop a vast podium with extensive facilities, including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, aqua gym, yoga lawn, basketball court, and a plethora of outdoor wellness spaces.
Another project in the heart of Klang Valley’s bustling Ara Damansara lifestyle hub, myriad amenities are a stone’s throw away. These include The Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur, Asia Pacific School, shopping malls such as Evolve Concept Mall, CITTA Mall, Paradigm Mall, and supermarkets like Village Grocer.
Upon completion, the 2021 winner of Best Mid End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) will comprise 888 residential units, with sizes ranging from 646 to 2,077 square feet.
One Cochrane Residences by Boustead Properties Berhad
Connectivity is king at One Cochrane Residences. The Titiwangsa-based 448-unit property on the outskirts of KL is mere moments from MRT Cochrane station. With that comes easy access to KLCC and proximity to key commercial districts, including banks, hotels, parks, schools, private educational centres, medical facilities, and upscale lifestyle amenities.
Onsite, the landscape is a salient feature at the freehold 2.66-acre development, which picked up a Highly Commended in the Best Mid End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) category at the Awards ceremony.
Green open space greets residents and provides a backdrop for outdoor social events. Sports and recreational activities are abundant on the dedicated deck, featuring a swimming pool, water feature, yoga deck, and outdoor gym.
Privacy is also a draw at the two-tower property. Most floors comprise just six units, serviced by an exclusive lift and dedicated lobbies with each block.
Grand Ion Majestic by NCT Group of Companies
Dubbed “urban hilltop living” by developer NCT Group of Companies, the vistas of Genting Highland are arguably enough to turn the heads of many homeowners searching for affordable suburban sophistication.
The freehold condominium, which features 1,885 units across three towers, prioritises wellness with an array of amenities ranging from a rooftop jogging track and a glass-walled gym to an infinity pool and sky garden.
Picking up a Highly Commended award in the Best High End Condo/Apartment Development (Central) category, Grand Ion Majestic also prioritises accessibility. Residents can conveniently access KL via Jalan Genting, Karak Highway, and North-South Highway.
Lifestyle options in nearby Genting Highlands, meanwhile, include restaurants, retail outlets, hospitals, high-quality schools, and religious places.