Old Klang Road Revived
Jalan Klang Lama, or better known as Old Klang Road, is rapidly developing despite having the word “old” in the English version of its name. Constructed by the British Federated Malay States in 1908, this road is not only one of the oldest, but it was also a historically significant road in Kuala Lumpur because it was believed to be the only link that will connect Kuala Lumpur to Port Klang, which is located at the southern end of the Selangor’s coastline a few decades ago. In the old days, Old Klang Road started from the Public Bank building of Jalan Syed Putra, which was formerly known as Lornie Drive. Influenced and spurred by the constant development and town-planning of Old Klang Road, today, this is a road that stretches from Mid-Valley Megamall, the longest mall in Asia, to Guinness Anchor Berhad Brewery with a distance of 11km.
Despite the road-widening works done on Old Klang Road, it is still considered as one of the busiest roads leading to Kuala Lumpur from Jalan Puchong. It still manages to attract big property developers such as MRCB and UOA to invest in this location.
“This is a fantastic area in terms of accessibility. It is a middle point for travelling to many places within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Many of the commercial activities such as food and beverage centres, and entertainment outlets, which provide many job opportunities, can be found here. There are also many notable landmarks in Old Klang Road such as Scott Garden, Pearl Point and Mid Valley Megamall, which are situated at the end of the Old Klang Road. However, sooner or later, the landmarks will soon be redefined as few other significant projects will be built, such as 9 Seputeh by MRCB,” said Oregeon Property Consultancy director Sr. Kok Chin Yee.
Looking at Google map, one would realise that the area is actually a prime location in the sense that it is cocooned within the commercial and retail hubs of Bangsar, KL Sentral and Mid Valley.
AMENITIES AND ACCESSIBILITY
“Old Klang Road has a good proportion of commercial and residential catchmen areas. Both commercial and residential developments are able to complement each other with sufficient of schools, banks and amenities to cater for the residents,” said Hartamas Real Estate (OUG) team manager Janet Chong.
There are many residential estates along this stretch. Many of these housing estates started since the 1960’s. Some of them include Shanghai Garden, Taman Desa, Taman Overseas United Garden (OUG) (which is a township sited on a hilltop), Happy Garden formerly known as Taman Gembira, Taman Sri Manja and Taman Bukit Indah. They are also many exciting and interesting developments such as 9 Seputeh by MRCB, Citizen by Binastra, Commerce One by Guocoland Malaysia and the upcoming Southbank Residence by UOA.
There is also an international school called the Vikas International School. It is a co-educational school, starting from kindergarten level, and it also provides a hostel. Besides the international school, there are also many government schools: SJK (C) Choong Wen, Sri Sentosa High School, SRJK (C) Yoke Nam, SMK Katolik, SMK Assunta and SJKT Saraswathy. Institutions of higher education also exist here, such as Megatech International College which specialises in producing electronic and electrical engineering graduates.
There is also a post office building near Scott Garden. There are also many eateries, such as famous steamboat restaurants, and one can also visit the Old Klang Road wet market. They are at least three pedestrian bridges that will help daily commuters cross the roadand also to shade them from the blazing heat of the sun.
One of the notable hotels here is the Pearl International hotel. It has approximately 528 spacious and beautiful guest rooms. Many guests visiting Kuala Lumpur would choose to stay in this hotel because it is strategically located between Kuala Lumpur, the city and Puchong, the satellite city of Klang Valley. It will only take about 5 minutes to reach Mid Valley. Depending on your choice, there are many 4-5 stars hotels around this location, such as Cititel Mid Valley Hotel and The Gardens Hotel & Residences-St Giles Luxury Hotel.
“There is a road which is toll-free, linking Old Klang Road to Puchong via Jalan Puchong and to Petaling Jaya via Jalan Gasing,” said UCM Homes sales director Vanees Wong.
Located strategically between Petaling Jaya, Selangor and KL City Centre, Old Klang Road is an area well-established in terms of accessibility. It is well-connected to East-West Link Expressway, Federal Highway, New Pantai Expressway, Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), Damansara – Puchong Expressway (LDP), Jalan Puchong, which will lead you to Kinrara Business Centre, and Jalan Kuchai Lama to Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK Highway).
There are also many government institutions here such as Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Institute Social Malaysia (ISM) and police stations.
The proposed KL Monorail line extension that cuts through the Old Klang Road stretch (KL Sentral-Mid Valley-Old Klang Road-Bandar Sunway) could create a good potential for capital appreciation and rental yield of properties within its vicinity.
DEVELOPMENTS IN OLD KLANG ROAD
From coffee shops to shopping mall, Old Klang Road is currently experiencing a surge in high-rise development, or vertical development as many would call it, due to land scarcity. Datuk Alan Tong, working together with Ngoh Development, a company owned by his father Datuk N.K Tong, formed Sunrise Sdn. Bhd and embarked on its first development, the OG Heights condominium, in 1984.
Tong will transform the former Alamanda College along Old Klang Road into a serviced apartment project with retail elements. This construction is estimated to be completed by mid-2016. The former Alamanda College, which comprises of two 24-storey blocks, is just a stone’s throw away from the Scott Garden. It is a mixed residential-commercial development comprising condominium, shoplot, hypermarket and retail units. This site will be converted into VERVE Suites KL South with 321 residential units and 45 small office, home office (SOHO) suites on the ground level. Despite being a freehold luxurious serviced apartment property development, it is one of the very first local projects to be certified with a Green Mark Certification from Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA). The towers will be refurbished at a cost of RM126 million, with each floor playing host to eight serviced suites. There are four designs for the fully furnished units, with prices starting from RM600,000 for one-bedroom units and RM750, 000 for two-bedroom units with built-up starting from 555 sq.ft.
GuocoLand Malaysia, a subsidiary of Hong Leong Bank, is developing Commerce One and Residence One with a total GDV of RM116 million. Commerce One is a commercial development, while Residence One is a single-block condominium with a total of 192 units. This development is within Bedford Business Park and opposite Pearl Point shopping mall and OUG Square.
One of the reasons why GuocoLand Malaysia choose to build it along Old Klang Road is because this area is surrounded by established commercial centres and shopping malls, and it only takes about 3km to Mid Valley City or The Gardens.
GuocoLand believes Commerce One will be able to appeal to Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) when they want to hire new staff.
According to GuocoLand Malaysia, Commerce One will have excellent security features such as vehicle access systems, close-circuit TV and round-the-clock security. Only 1km away from the Petaling KTM Komuter station, the development has a dedicated main office lobby with four passenger lifts and one service lift per floor.
According to a spokesperson from GuocoLand Malaysia, Old Klang Road will continue to thrive as one of the most established areas in Kuala Lumpur. The hustle and bustle of trade and commerce along this road and its surrounding area, as well as the expanding network of highways and public transportation systems, will eventually transform Old Klang Road into a significant business district that offers exceptional business and commercial possibilities.
The commercial viability of Old Klang Road, together with its powerful potential to elevate businesses with its location and connectivity, are strong reasons for investors to consider this prime location as their next business address.
Southbank Residence is another project by UOA Group. It comprises of two blocks of L- shaped towers, block A and Block B, with 37-storeys and a total of 674 freehold units. The first 10 floors will have a mix of carpark areas and offices. Home buyers can choose 7 units of different designed layout with built-up ranging from 779 sq.ft. to 978 sq.ft. Facilities such as seating area, outdoor fitness, gazebo, reflexology path, wading pool, shower area, main lap shower area, main lap pool, pool deck, Jacuzzi, children playground, meeting room, gymnasium, multi-purpose hall, cafe, kindergarten, toilets, changing rooms, trellis, BBQ pit and preparation areas are also provided in this development.
Block A has a north and south orientation, with the northern front having the tower view of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and the southern view faces the rest of Old Klang Road, where one can see Scott Garden, Pearl Point and many other landmarks of Old Klang Road.
Block B faces the east and west orientation. On the eastern front, Block B faces Taman Desa, while the western front faces Bangsar South and Kerinchi view.
Sited on 17.4-acre stretch of prime land within the vicinity of Seputeh in Old Klang Road is 9 Seputeh, a project developed by MRCB Land. Its successful track records include the iconic flagship development KL SENTRAL is the testimony of the company strength in developing the largest transportation hub in Malaysia, high-rose office towers, luxury residences, branded hotels and many more.
Seputeh has a GDV of RM2.5billion consisting of four parcels with designs to cater the demands of modern lifestyle. Besides providing retail spaces and facilities, these four parcels are divided into Parcel A with of one block of 41 story serviced apartment, parcel B with one block of 38–storey and 2 blocks of 33-storey serviced apartments, while parcel C with 2 block each of 42-storey and 2 blocks each of 44-storey serviced apartments and parcel D with 1 block of 36-storey institution. Serviced residences and SOHO suites of parcel C are the current launch also known as Vivo series. Vivo series is expected to be completed in 2018.
Connectivity in 9 Seputeh will be greatly enhanced, as MRCB intends to build a dedicated link bridge to the NPE highway, as well as a dedicated covered link bridge to the proposed monorail station that is to be located along Old Klang Road. Just a short distance away is the Maju Expressway (MEX) and the East-West Link.
Adjacent to 9 Seputeh is the Klang River. The “River of Life”, a project under the EPP will transform the riverscape of the Klang River. 9 Seputeh’s development has put into motion planned beautification projects to rejuvenate and transform the scenery of the river by integrating promenades and boardwalks, in a sense, preserving the green lung of the area. Cycling trails along the promenade boulevard are being planned by MRCB to complement & capitalize on the river of life project with an idea to promote green living by encouraging the residents to enjoy healthier lifestyle.
With a myriad of property developments happening in Old Klang Road, we will see this location transformed and this will certainly be a hotspot for property investors to begin their investment in times to come.
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