When I first decided to move to KL, I asked my colleagues if it is worth buying in Sungai Buloh. I could see landed properties there still so cheap. Much cheaper than Penang where I have been based for the past 15 years. With their answers, I naturally looked around many areas which were highly recommended. For example, Cheras which they said have everything you need and it is in a good neighbourhood. My friend and many of her relatives have stayed in Cheras for a very very long time. My relative meanwhile told me that Puchong is worth because it is still cheaper compared to Kelana Jaya where I stayed. In fact there are many new developments there. I viewed many units, with a few different agents until I decided to buy right next to Sungai Buloh, in Damansara Damai.
Let me tell you my 4 key reasons why I would recommend my current condo.
Still a steal. I bought my condo for just RM540,000. You cannot find such fully renovated units for such a price today but even at today’s price which is 5-10% higher, it’s still a steal! 1,745sf condominium with a park which is very well maintained and a pool which is so enticing, there’s just not many such condos around. Do not listen to me, on any weekend, get the agent to show you a unit, then go to the 1st floor where the park is, walk one round and understand why I say so. Oh yeah, the morning view’s great but the night view is even better.
Food and Malls. There are many many kopi tiams (restaurants) within a 10-minute drive. Even the char siew pao I like at Fuh Lai dimsum restaurant is also just 10 minutes away. Also the Lan Je steam fish. Also the value for money Curry Laksa. Also my father’s newly found favourite curry mee in Damansara Damai. I have access to restaurants in Bandar Manjalara just 10 minutes away or three AEONs and Jaya Grocer which is all between minutes to within 15 minutes away. IKEA / The Curve / 1 Utama is meanwhile within 17 minutes away. When I was in Penang, I needed almost the same to arrive at the nearest mall from my condo. In terms of size, there’s no comparison to what I have here in KL.
Distance to office. When I stayed in Kelana Puteri, in the morning, I needed around 40 minutes to reach my office (downtown KL) as long as I do not start later than 715am (normal jam) Today, I am 2km further away from my office and it takes me 45 minutes to arrive in office, even if I start my journey at 730am. In terms of coming back, I used to take 45 – 1 hour to arrive to my Kelana Jaya home. Today, I seldom exceed 45 minutes and even my wife is surprised because the distance is supposed to be 2km further away. There are many more options to go office too. NKVE, Penchala or even via Kepong.
Potential. I am very sure even based on inflation and structural demands based on demographics, every area in KL / Selangor is worth a look. However, Damansara Damai is just beside the next growth in Sungai Buloh. Kwasa Damansara’s RRIM land. Other notable developments include Mah Sing’s D’SARA, OSK’s Sutera Damansara and even the continuous appreciation of the currently already expensive areas nearby. Conservatively, I am only thinking about RM400 psf in 3 years time. Haha.
Enough for this time. If you are like me, not too rich but not too poor and you agree to the 4 reasons above, do take a look. My family and I have since stayed here for two months and have grown to like it. Yes, there are LOTS of disadvantages. As long as you feel the disadvantages that you know beats my key reasons below, that’s great. You can skip Armanee and buy somewhere else instead. As long as you are happy, that’s the most important. Never listen to someone who tells you great things about the place that he is staying now. Oops. I think I am not just talking about myself but also my friends and my relative who told me about the amazing Cheras and Puchong. Haha.
written on 19 Aug 2014
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