Kota Iskandar is the administrative centre for the state government of Johor, located in
Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru and it is somewhat similar to Putrajaya in its function. Kota Iskandar was built in 2009 by Cahaya Jahur, a joint venture between UEM Land Bhd and the State Secretary Johor and hosts State and Federal governments in the same location, in an open, campus-like environment that caters to civil servants, visitors as well as investors. Kota Iskandar was named after the late Sultan of Johor, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. Stepping foot into Kota Iskandar, one will notice the elaborate Islamic designs that inspire a lot of the buildings and architecture here. It is also woven into the area’s history, heritage and culture. Kota Iskandar neighbours Horizon Hills.
Kota Iskandar is accessible by main roads and major highways such as Lebuh Kota Iskandar, Coastal Highway, East-West Link and Skudai Highway. Kota Iskandar is also easily accessible from Singapore through and the Second Link Expressway. Driving to Horizon Hills is about a 10 minutes’ car ride away. Getting to Singapore by car takes about 40 minutes where more shopping, restaurants and entertainment facilities can be found. Also because of its relatively close distance to Singapore, those who work in Singapore also choose to stay here due to the comparatively low housing prices. In terms of public transport, a high speed rail station is proposed at Gerbang Nusajaya and once it is complete, it will be easier for those who do not drive to get around.
Kota Iskandar is not lacking in amenities for the convenience of its residents. Kota Iskandar is famous for being an entertainment hub to the nearby area where flocks of people come for fun. One of the most popular destinations is Legoland Malaysia, an international lego-themed park with dry and wet park options, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Many interesting fun and exciting things can be done and seen for the whole family in Legoland such as riding on exciting rides, playing in the fun-filled water park and spectating amazing sea-life in the aquarium. Other than Legoland, another popular place for recreation is Puteri Harbour, a waterfront development located along the southern coast of Johor which houses Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Puteri Harbour Marina where public and private yachts dock. It is truly a relaxing place to go to on the weekends for a stroll near the pristine waters.
Besides recreational facilities, residents of Kota Iskandar can also find plenty amazing food options nearby including the usual fast food chains, western food, Taiwanese food, cafes, local cuisines and more upmarket restaurants. As for obtaining groceries, many options are readily available such as Fresh Market Grocery, YSL Fresh Mart (Teega Walk), A A Super Mart and Kapitan Grocery. There are also more up-scale grocers that carry premium and international products including Jaya Grocer and Ben’s Independent Grocer. There are quite a few shopping malls within the vicinity such as the Mall of Medini, Sunway Citrine Hub and Aeon Mall Bukit Indah where more restaurants, shopping options and entertainment facilities are readily available.
For healthcare services, the Gleneagles Hospital Medini Johor and Columbia Asia Hospital in Iskandar Puteri are nearby, providing ease of mind to the residents of Kota Iskandar should any medical emergencies arise. For places of worship, the Masjid Kota Iskandar, Sunway Emeraid Boulevard 88 Datuk Gong Shrine and Nusajaya Methodist Church cater to the religious needs of the different population in Kota Iskandar.
For education, Educity is only a 10 minutes’ drive away from Kota Iskandar. Educity is a huge educational hub with nine higher education, boarding school and R&D centers complemented with recreational and sports facilities as well as divided out areas for student accommodation. Families with school-going children will be happy to find that there are local and international schools in the area including Raffles American School, Sekolah Kebangsaan Medini, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Medini and Sunway International School Sunway Iskandar.
The properties in Kota Iskandar are a mix of freehold and leasehold projects. The properties here have a median price of MYR 550,000 or median price psf of MYR 410. This neighbourhood offers a vast variety of property projects for both investors and home owners with the likes of Estuari Gardens, Iskandar Residences Medini and Shama Medini.
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