‘Old’ and ‘affordable’ - Part 3

HAVING published articles with a different perspective on the "affordable" housing concept over the last two weeks, today, we draw attention to some of the many "matured" townships that offer efficient and effective (hence, affordable) lifestyles.

To recap, matured townships offer easy accessibility facilitated by highways; good connectivity to other area with easily accessible public transport services; convenience of nearby amenities and facilities (good infrastructure); and work and career possibilities and opportunities.

With that, life becomes so much easier, hence, those residing in such areas can save much in terms of time, stress (health), money, as well as the environment. While last week, we looked at cities that included Klang, Rawang and Semenyih, this week, we run by some housing areas, many that have been home to family members over a number of generations.

Taman Tun Dr Ismail

There are many who have been raised in this part of the Klang Valley who, after umpteen years, still choose to stay put in this "all encompassing" township. From kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, to parks and vast green areas, private hospitals, "cool" shops and trendy-looking office towers, even hip F&B joints and great chill-out places and spaces. This is where many gather at weekends to cycle, jog, run and hike, even have family picnics and corporate outdoor events, or simply meet with friends over coffee and cake, or at the famed Sunday market.

Conveniences, amenities and facilities are aplenty, especially with the neighbouring matured township of Damansara Utama, Section 17 and Bandar Utama just a "stone's throw away". Residents living in TTDI (as it's known by) or any of the adjacent matured townships mentioned, can easily share conveniences that include shopping malls, entertainment stores, public utilities outlets, banks and offices, maternity centres, fire brigade station, plus parking facilities and food courts.

Those looking to move into this all-inclusive neighbourhood, ideal for both families and working singles, have the option of buying newly-built or second-hand residential properties. Do check out Naza's TTDI Segaris, TTDI Ascencia and The Residence, along with Bellworth's The Greens, besides the older residences comprising single-storey link houses, double-storey terrace houses, semi-detached houses and bungalows. Now with the opening of the recent MRT station in TTDI, this "old" neighbourhood has regained its appeal, or as some say, it never really lost it at all.

Subang Jaya and USJ

Another epic housing area that has grown to have a municipal council of its own is Subang. Developed by Sime UEP Properties Berhad, the property arm of Sime Darby, Subang has been and is still home to many in the Klang Valley. According to reports, construction first started in 1976 and by the 80s, people began moving into their residences in the SS (Sungei Way-Subang) areas. In 1997, Subang was granted municipal status, governed by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).

This is the township which many claim they do not need to step out of – being one that is completely facilitated, meeting all requirements, or as those in the property industry call it – "ticks all the right residential property DNA boxes". You name it and Subang Jaya and its newer USJ (United Estate Projects) neighbourhood has it – a couple of malls, neighbourhood retail stores, supermarkets and shopping centres, children's playgrounds and parks, even business hubs and office buildings and blocks, not forgetting the MPSJ stadium for sports.

Living spaces within Subang and USJ vary, from landed to high-rise, including low, medium and high-cost residentials. Those looking to buy second-hand properties have much choice, likewise, those looking at newly launched residential properties in Subang/USJ.

Do look up The Dua situated in the USJ 1 vicinity, Avalon 2 at USJ Heights, The Suave Residences in SS16, as well as Tropicana Metropark and The Greens. Talk about well connected and Subang and USJ come to mind. From highways and by-ways to the convenience of the newer LRT and older KTM rail lines, there is also easy access to buses and taxis within this township. Moreover, internationally-recognised hotel chains and boutique hotels have also set up within this hip and happening area. Other matured and relatively-matured "tamans" connected nearby would be Sunway, Puchong and the long list of SS housing areas.

Ampang

The Ampang area is steeped in history. A parliamentary constituency that sits within the Hulu Langat District – the town of Ampang is administered by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).

According to research, back in the 1850s, Ampang was first home to Chinese tin miners. The name Ampang also has relevance to mining, meaning "dam" in the Malay language. Some of the oldest neighbourhoods within the Ampang area are Ampang Town, Ampang Malay Village, Taman Dagang and Ampang New Village among others. Famous is Ampang for its "yong tau foo" and its Hakka delicacies.
Similar to the other matured townships, Ampang too is all-encompassed and complete with all sorts of amenities and facilities, plus good infrastructure. From education centres, food, shopping, hospitals, parks, public transport hubs and across-the-board residential spaces – Ampang is pretty much complete on its own. Still, it is further facilitated by other similarly matured housing areas nearby like Setiawangsa, Cheras, Ulu Klang, Hulu Langat and bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre.

An iconic trait about the Ampang area is the number of expats and foreigners who reside here. Reason being – its ideal location, having majority of the foreign embassy offices located here, as well as its close proximity to the main city centre. Due to its large amounts of foreign dwellers, there are international and private schools, as well as many eateries and grocery shops that cater to the wants and needs of this group of residents. Property in this part of town also accommodates the wants and needs of the large communities of expat dwellers offering serviced residences, penthouses and townhouses among other residential types.

Some newer residential property development projects to look out for include the Gemo mixed development project, which is walking distance to Embassy Row, Picasso Residence, 3rdnvenue, Novo Ampang and others. For the "old soul" who simply enjoys living in matured spaces that offer "cured and cultured" environs and gardens with glorious aged trees, plus places and people with stories to tell – Ampang beckons. Other than the above, there are many similar places in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and beyond. Do take time to explore and research the many hidden treasures in Malaysia, that provide the perfect setting for a comfortable lifestyle. Follow our column over the next two weeks highlighting the new colours and trends for 2017.