Bangsar South – Dominant Township
A class of its own
Bangsar South or Kerinchi (Kampung Kerinchi) as it was known in the past, boasts several developments, namely Bangsar South City and KL Gateway. The latter is located five minutes away from Petaling Jaya and 15 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur via the Federal Highway. Bangsar South sits on a 25ha fully integrated residential and commercial township.
Residents of Bangsar South were given ease of public transportation via Universiti and Kerinchi LRT lines and stations, and a new phase of LRT lines will be constructed for Pantai Sentral Park, too. At the other end, it also gives Bangsar South access via roads like Federal Highway and the New Pantai Expressway(NPE). Other accesses are also via roads from Mont Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kelana Jaya and Brickfields.
Tang Chee Meng of Henry Butcher Real Estate said Bangsar South is also accessible via highways and roads to and from Federal Highway, Sprint Highway (Kerinchi Link) and NPE.
Additionally, it can also be reached via Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) commuter lines from Batu Caves to Klang via Angkasapuri, Pantai Dalam and Petaling lines.
Tang said Bangsar South is planted within the golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Bangsar, making it less tedious for residents undergoing the morning and evening rush, when a strategic transportation plan is in line with the Greater KL blueprint.
A Little History
Kampung Kerinchi took its name from Kerinchi in the Jambi District of Sumatra, where Haji Abdullah Hukum lived in the 1890s. He arrived in Malaya with his wife and children during hard times. Abdullah was a village chief who was responsible in uniting the Malay, Chinese and Indian races; subsequently uniting the races or ‘bangsa’ in Malay, earning the town its current name “Bangsar”.
He was the pioneer of early settlement in Kerinchi, now being redeveloped by the Urban Development Authority of Malaysia (UDA).
Dwellers of Kampung Kerinchi or Bangsar South in modern days were early settlers who gradually brought development to Kuala Lumpur, especially in Pudu, Petaling Jaya and Kg Hj Abdullah Hukum (historical name White River). The people of Kerinchi also cultivated pineapple plantations in the surrounding hilly areas,with one of the plantations popularly known as Bukit Nanas today.
There are a few notable landmarks that fill up the Bangsar South skyline like the intricately designed Menara Telekom and Mid Valley Megamall, not forgetting the Angkasapuri building and the prestigious education hub Universiti Malaya. Initially, Bangsar South was developed with an existing residential plot which comprised of Kampung Kerinchi and Seri Angkasa leasehold flats, and Vista Angkasa apartments.
Accessibilities and Amenities
Bangsar South is lauded by developers for its strategic location and accessible amenities. It also has advocated its status as Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), recognised by the government so that companies located here qualify for certain privileges or perks granted for statuses like tax free, high-speed Internet access or grants. It also incorporates ICT-facilitated businesses that develop or use multimedia technologies to produce and enhance their products and services. Today, Bangsar South is popularly known as Malaysia Media City.
Bangsar South creates a lively and vibrant lifestyle for the community, with the modern Nexus Shopping Mall in Jalan Kerichi. The Connexion@Nexus also places a fully integrated food and beverages section, along with a floor for banquet facilities.
It can be accessed via the Federal Highway, NPE and Sprint Highway. As for commuters utilising public transport, a shuttle bus is provided at the Universiti LRT station.
The high-end residential parts of Bangsar, consisting of Jalan Maarof and Bukit Bandaraya, have influenced the influx of property buyers to bet on the appreciation values on the developments in Bangsar South. There are currently 22 multi-national corporations operating in Bangsar South, with about 1,500 expatriate workforces.
In addition, to support the welfare of the surrounding community, the private hospital Life Care Diagnostic Medical Centre has been in operation since 2012. It is a one-stop medical hub which houses a wide range of medical and professional consultants and services at Wisma Life Care in Jalan Kerinchi. It has a viable connection for major roads and highways like Federal Highway, NPE, Sprint Highway and the Damansara Puchong Expressway (LDP).
The Bangsar South township has been developed by property giant IJM Land Berhad to create a positive outlook for community integration.
A growth of projection based on percentage levels, has appreciated at a 20 per cent average since Pantai Sentral Park was launched in the third quarter of 2014. It is known as the capital city’s only urban forest city; whereby eco-centric philosophy is a priority for conceptualising the surrounding land.
The visionary township of Pantai Sentral Park will be Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant jewel by the time the new Pantai Sentral Park Interchange at NPE is completed, by February 2018. The 2.8km-long interchange connects the Pantai Sentral Park to the major commercial and residential hubs of Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Bangsar and Mid Valley.
Additionally, another key factor that makes the interchange project vital for Kuala Lumpur is the fact that it will reduce the current traffic congestion affecting road users heading to Jalan Bukit Angkasa, Jalan Pantai Murni, Jalan Pantai Permai 1, and alongside Bangsar South commercial areas.
Pantai Sentral Park sales and marketing manager Grace Foo said: “The Pantai Sentral Park Interchange @ New Pantai Expressway will ensure quicker and easier access to and from the existing and proposed Pantai Sentral Park development. Upon completion, Pantai Sentral Park will be directly connected to Kuala Lumpur’s hotspots.
It is also located adjacent to Kuala Lumpur to the northeast, Bangsar/Damansara to the north, Petaling Jaya/Subang/Sunway to the west and Cheras/OUG/Sungai Besi to the south-eastern side. The current residential component is known as Secoya Residences with expected completion in 2019.
“The Pantai Sentral Park interchange will create a direct access to the NPE, while road users from Federal Highway will be connected via Jalan Kerinchi. Motorists from Bukit Gasing, meanwhile, are connected via Jalan Pantai Dalam,”.
“We are positive about sales in these areas, with additional developments in the fringes of Bangsar South. These include Kuchai Lama, Old Klang Road and Bukit Jalil,” Foo said.
Bangsar South skyline has changed over a decade ago and Pantai Sentral Park is a pedestrian-centred development that boasts nature-inspired facilities that link residential and commercial parcels, while linear forest walkways on the fringe of the project connects to the township.
Furthermore, there will be a soothing lake area for residents who love a waterfront lifestyle, and allow the community to spend their time outdoors. A major city perk of the township is its close distance to nature hotspots like Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi and Hutan Pendidikan Bukit Gasing. The gazetted Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi acts as the green lung of the development, providing natural air not only to the community of Pantai Sentral Park, but also the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Oregeon Property Consultancy director SR Joean Lee Sheau Huey said: “There are several active projects mushrooming in Bangsar South like Eupe Bangsar South Development (JV) Sdn Bhd with Novum project, UOA Group with South View Service Apartments and YNH Property Berhad with YNH’s Bangsar South. In line with upcoming developments are projects by Paramount Properties SdnBhd,”
“Still under development is Novum with 729 units of serviced apartments, expected to complete in 2019,” Lee said.
RealProperty.my principal Amanda Goh said: “I worked on some properties with good value in returns. The transacted price on the residential for sale was Camelia Suite at 1421sqft at RM816psf as of June, and the commercial one was Vertical Office Tower A with RM950psf as of March. As for the rental yield for Camelia Suite’s fully furnished unit, it is going at a rate of RM3.17psf.”
She also commented that the percentage of expatriates living in the vicinity Bangsar South are lower compared to other suburbs like Mont Kiara or KLCC. Despite that, some relevant information pertaining to the future development in the township with recently completed Vertical Corporate Towers by UOA Development Berhad with its double corporate office 40-storey high towers, have attracted tremendous investment growth.
Another project that will be completed soon is the 1,204-unit South View Serviced Apartments and KL Gateway by Suez Domain, a mixed development comprising of service apartments, office and a shopping mall to cater to the communities.
Goh said other projects include Pantai Sentral Park by IJM Land which has a joint venture with Amona Development Sdn Bhd, Inwood Residences with 211 units of condominiums and Secoya Residences with 243 condominiums are priced between RM780psf and RM800psf.
IJM Land has a project soon to be launched which comprises of 30-storeyed offices and 36-storeyed serviced apartments. This location is at Bukit Kerinchi which is just a stone’s throw away from Bangsar South. Recognised as a multimedia corridor (MSC),Bangsar South is greatly sought after by property buyers and investors.
“This area will not stop flourishing as future developments are on the way, for instance the redevelopment of Angkasapuri is primed to be the Media City national entertainment and news hub,” Goh said.
“Other future developments in the pipeline are also 0.97ha of service apartments by YNH Property Berhad and presumably a 3.24ha hotel and office project by IGB Corporation Berhad.”
Bangsar South is a preferred iconic township built to better the livelihood of communities living, working, and leisure living, towards a developed status.
Boutique developer Bon Estates, founded in 2009 by managing director Mr Goh Soo Sing and project director Mr Liew Kok Earn, have disclosed their latest flagship project called The Estate, built on 3.68 acres of land nestled in Bangsar South. These freehold energy efficient homes with larger built will be officially launched in February 2017. The Estate, uniquely built of 2346sq.ft. consists of 4+1 bedrooms are expected to be launched at RM750psf.
BÖN Estates Sdn Bhd (formerly known as PPM Realty Sdn Bhd) wants to encourage multi generation living under a roof with a dual key concept units. It allows a family to upgrade or downsize over their course of lifetime.
The 100-year home concept also relates back to the durability of the building materials which have been incorporated in these projects. The high usage of selected materials such as grey marble floorings, engineered wood flooring and low emission laminated glasses eventually boasts an energy efficient concept which allows the residents to stay green using passive cool home technology.
The developer has collaborated with public works department (JKR) and The Building Sector Energy Efficiency Project (BSEEP) to develop a passively cool home. All the east and west facing windows, we have included low emission laminated windows to cut out the glare while maintaining the natural daylight, air-conditioning at The Estate comes with invertors piping, where the architects have also included additional shadings. We have also allocated car parks for hybrid car charging stations in our development. Their completed projects were Minden Gardens and White Lily in Penang.
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