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Delivering On Distinction

BY YVONNE YOONG

Bearing the hallmark of distinction in its developments that are a distinctive notch ahead of the competition is the Distinctive Group – recipient of the Outstanding Developer – Southern at the recent Property Insight Prestigious Developer Awards 2018

What’s in a distinctive name? Plenty attests veteran property developer Dato’ Dr. David Koh who helms the Distinctive Group which specialises in developing niche premier boutique developments banking on the hallmark of distinctive delivery based on timeless elegance and top notch quality.

“A name is important for people to identify with it. Hence, the name ‘Distinctive’ because it reflects on our uncompromising stand on quality and punctual delivery. Our tagline is ‘We build homes, not just houses,” he shares with Property Insight.

Beyond that, Koh reveals that the secret behind its distinctive achievements is based on integrity and a commitment to deliver exceptional quality to its buyers.

“Distinctive Group has a good, lean and agile management team. We listen closely to what our buyers want and we deliver. We work well with our contractors. We deliver what we promise to the owners of our boutique developments. So at Distinctive Group, our values define who we are,” attests Distinctive Group CEO Lim Ech Chan.

Already, the developer which has to its credit, a honorary roll out of successfully completed projects that have been snapped up quickly even in the midst of an uncertain property market climate attests to its credible reputation of timely delivery backed by superior quality developments.

Counted among its list of completed developments is 1 Tebrau @ Johor Bahru – the first integrated residential and commercial centre in the Southern region here comprising two blocks of 30-storey condominiums featuring 483 designer suites with built-up sizes ranging from 621 sq ft to 1,049 sq ft.

The development comes complete with recreational facilities and 36 units of four-storey shop offices complete with lifts. This development that was completed in 2017 with a gross development value (GDV) of approximately RM407 million has been fully sold out.

Self-contained oasis of facilities at Iskandar Residences

Cabanas at Iskandar Residences usher in a sense of resort living

Comprehensive facilities such as a gymnasium overlooking the swimming pool at Iskandar Residences

1 Tebrau @ Johor Bahru comprises one of the first integrated residential and commercial centre in the Southern region

In addition, the 1 Tebrau development enjoys direct frontage and access from Jalan Tebrau and is lined to the Customs and Immigration Quarantine Complex, the coastal highway of Bandar Nusajaya and the newly completed Eastern Dispersal Link via Jalan Bakar Batu.

“We started with 1 Tebrau followed by Iskandar Residences. Our strategy is to develop at a measured pace without over-gearing by researching the market conditions very carefully. Iskandar Malaysia is an extremely dynamic region with many economic activities happening over the last decade. We see great potential in the growth of this region. Tourism, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, leisure and lifestyle will be the key economic drivers,” shares Koh.

“We hope to contribute to these growth sectors, identify niche areas to employ our forte and from there, participate in the development and prosperity of the region,” he elaborates.

In keeping with its quest for excellence, Iskandar Residences completed this year, continues to raise benchmark standards with two blocks of 40- and 29-storey luxury condominiums. Tower A’s 40 storeys feature 355 units while Tower B’s 29 storeys comprise 285 units. In all, the development features 640 elegantly crafted suites with built-up sizes ranging between 678 sq ft and 1,668 sq ft. The development that was completed in February is complemented by full-fledged resort living recreational facilities in the heart of Medini that commands a GDV of some RM708 million.

“Iskandar Residences is a luxury condominium development promoting resort living spanning across over two acres of landscaped grounds. Residents here will have access to full recreational facilities such as sky pools, sky gardens and podium complemented by infinity lap pools, Jacuzzi, gymnasium, squash court, multipurpose hall and BBQ area surrounded by greenery,” shares Koh.

Indeed, the facilities are generous with five swimming pools including a 50-metre Olympic pool, two acres of landscape plaza, two sky pools, a badminton and squash court respectively as well as a gymnasium and BBQ area.

He reveals that till today, the take-up rate has already exceeded 90 percent by virtue of its unique selling features that include great connectivity to Educity, Legoland, Gleneagles Medini Hospital and Senai International Airport amongst others.

The Likedua Highway will also facilitate easy accessibility to other surrounding areas in Medini and beyond – adding to the convenience of travelling here – including it being a mere 30 minutes travel distance from Singapore.

The eye openers of this development with its luxurious resort residences include top notch and full-fledged recreational facilities that count sky pools on the level 40 and 29 respectively as privileges open to residents to partake fully of.

The winner of the Outstanding Developer – Southern at Property Insight Prestigious Developer Award (PIPDA) 2018 is also partnering IGB Corporation Bhd to jointly develop 18 @ Medini – spanning an 18-acre plot in Zone A, Medini in Iskandar Malaysia.

The sprawling 18 @ Medini development will witness an integrated commercial development comprising corporate offices, retail spaces, serviced apartments, food and beverage outlets, entertainment area and showroom galleries and hotel changing the skyline of Iskandar Malaysia while earmarking and transforming the area into a thriving hub with potential for capital appreciation. In all, the total GDV for 18 @ Medini is estimated at being over RM2 billion.

Moving forward, the group will be launching another two projects in Iskandar Puteri, Medini namely Puteri Business Park comprising a commercial development and Puteri Hills consisting a boutique gated and guarded (G&G) development.

The group which has invested heavily in developing its slew of properties in the southern region, will continue to focus on its developments in Iskandar Malaysia.

Puteri Business Park

Puteri Hills Entrance

“We will work closely with the various stakeholders and align our development strategies to complement the comprehensive development plan of the region. Our projects will be diverse – ranging from landed residential to commercial spaces. We will cater to the needs of both Malaysian buyers and that of our international investors,” adds Koh.

With the General Elections now over, Koh envisions an exciting journey in Iskandar Malaysia. He says the group as a whole feels proud that it is able to contribute to and be part of the innovative plans of Iskandar Investment Berhad for the region.

“A stable government with a clear vision on its policies on housing regulations and foreign investment is important for a progressive property market. We are certain that the new government will be able to provide this conducive environment,” he attests.

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