JOHOR BAHRU – With the boom of the Johor property market, the state secured one of the highest foreign investment funds totalling RM63.9 billion in 2023. Tapping into Johor’s huge potential, Tropicana Corporation Berhad (“Tropicana” or “The Group”) plans to develop 2 mega townships worth over RM30 billion in GDV on parts of its massive 2,000-acre landbank. Foreseeing a need to meet expected upcoming demands for housing, commercial, recreational and lifestyle hubs, the townships – Lido Waterfront Boulevard in Johor Bahru and Tropicana Uplands in Gelang Patah will add further vibrancy to the Johor landscape. With Johor experiencing a phase of accelerated growth, Tropicana aims to tap into this huge potential and transform these signature townships into a dynamic metropolis of the south.

Lido Waterfront Boulevard, an integrated mixed development in Johor Bahru and Tropicana Uplands, a sustainable township in Gelang Patah – are both positioned in prime location with convenient access to the Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link Expressway. The prime location coupled with its modern features will appeal not only to the locals, but Malaysians working in Singapore and Singaporeans themselves.

Artist impression of future plan for Lido Waterfront Boulevard

Ong Chou Wen, Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana shared more on Tropicana’s headway in the Southern region, “Since 2010, Tropicana has been well-entrenched in Johor, building sustainable townships centered around our 8 development DNAs and 3 ESG pillars. To-date we have completed more than 8 developments spread across 3 townships, namely Tropicana Danga Bay, Tropicana Danga Cove and Tropicana Uplands. The demand index for Johor properties climbed by 17%. These demand trends are in line with NAPIC’s Property Market Report 2023, which noted a 20% decrease in Johor’s unsold property units from 5,258 in 2022 to 4,228 units by 2023. Coupled with the rental price hike in Singapore, it is the right time for Tropicana to roll out its strategic townships to spur its growth plan in the booming Johor market.”

“The state has also emerged as a prime destination for data centres primarily due to its close proximity to Singapore.  In supporting government efforts, we collaborated with a renowned data center to facilitate and explore innovative ways for them to optimise performance and improve energy efficiency in one of our landbanks by reducing power consumption making it greener and more sustainable. In summation, Lido Waterfront Boulevard and Tropicana Uplands will fill the gap in Johor market, aligning with our mantra to Redefine the Art of Living, Sharing and Caring in the Southern region,” added Ong.

Lido Waterfront Boulevard

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Strategically located on 163-acre of reclaimed land along the waterfront bordering Singapore, Lido Waterfront Boulevard is an integrated mixed development with freehold status integrating green, smart and sustainable elements. This RM34 billion GDV development will feature sectors such as healthcare, medical tourism, hospitality, recreational and lifestyle offering, which are among the sectors being promoted by Johor. The development is set to take off with a soft launch in the 3rd Quarter this year, paving the way for a series of developments in the township starting with The Watermark Residences which bears a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM1 billion.

Entrance Statement of The Watermark

The Watermark Residences is within an eight-minute drive to the Bukit Chagar Station of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (“RTS”). The new RTS Link project linking the cities of Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Singapore will enable more than 10,000 passengers per hour to travel between the two destinations in just 6 minutes, reducing road traffic on the Johor embankment, which currently carries more than 350,000 vehicles each day. This will be a major step forward in avoiding congestion in the region, and at the same time, will have a significant environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the area.

Tropicana Uplands

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A 25-minute drive to the west of Johor Bahru is Tropicana Uplands, a new 314-acre sustainable township will be home to residential and commercial components. This freehold development also offers a central community park, educational and recreational amenities designed to promote green and sustainable living. The township’s first residential precinct – Aster Heights, achieved a remarkable 100% take-up rate for its 193 units of two-storey terraced houses in under five months since it launched in 2021. Then brand-new house owners are scheduled to receive the keys this June. Fraser Heights, another residential precinct, comes on the heels of Aster Heights in the Tropicana Uplands township and bears a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM387 million.

Expected to be launched soon, Fraser Heights offers a total of 518 units of two-storey and two-and-a-half storey premium terraced houses and is located a mere 15-20 minutes’ drive from the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link Expressway, the Senai International Airport as well as the Johor State Administrative Centre and family-oriented attractions such as Legoland.

Johor Pull Factors

Johor is one of the most visited cities and is home to the busiest international land border crossing in the world. With more theme parks than any other state in the country and lots of cultural attractions, there is plenty to see and do on a visit here. Here are some facts about the state:

1. Southernmost city in Malaysia

Johor Bahru, also referred to as JB, is a city situated at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula. It is the second largest city in Malaysia and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur.

2. Founded in 1855

Raja Temenggong Tun Daeng Ibrahim bin Temenggong Daeng Abdul Rahman founded the city in 1855. It was initially called Tanjung Putri until officials renamed it Johore Bahru in 1866.

3. Two causeways connecting Johor Bahru and Singapore

Johor Bahru borders Singapore with the Johor Strait separating the state from the island. Two causeways – Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, connect them with approximately 450,000 travelers crossing the border checkpoints daily.

4. The most theme parks in Malaysia

There are 12 theme parks in operation in the state of Johor. To name a few, the theme parks include Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Angry Bird Park, Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park as well as Dinosaurs Alive Water Themepark.

5. Cultural institutions

A melting pot of cultural enrichment, top sights include the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, the Johor Bahru Kwong Siew Heritage, the Foon Yew High School, and the Johor Art.

6. One of the world’s most visited cities

With 16 million tourists in 2023, Johor Bahru aims to achieve an influx of 20 million tourists in 2024.

While Tropicana Corporation is already working with strategic partners in some of the developments, it welcomes more like-minded partners to contribute to the significant growth in Johor. Please visit https://www.tropicanauplands.com.my/ for more information on how we may collaborate today.

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