June 1, 2018
“There are a total of 4,212 units,” someone told me the other day when I told her about my visit to the site of Maju Kuala Lumpur under the invitation of my good friend, Miichael Yeoh. Yes, it is true, there are a total of 4,212 units. These units are housed in 7 blocks of which the closest distance between one block to the other, on average is 30 metres (80 feet) I suddenly remember that my fastest 100m dash was completed in 14.5 seconds. If it’s 30 metres, perhaps I would have taken just less than 8 seconds. Far enough between the blocks lah. As for the number of units, we have to remember that this is not a typical project of 1,000 units with just one exit from the car park and one exit out of the project. The number of units is as important as how the development is designed, especially the number of exit points. For Maju Kuala Lumpur, there are 4 major ingress / egress and 11 dedicated ramps build for this development- if one is driving out from the car park. On a daily basis, it’s most likely the MRT / KTM to and fro work. If we intend to drive to work everyday, it may be better to find a project which is closer to where we work instead. TODs are meant to be TODs and well in the future, I do not foresee that many non TODs developments frankly.
Connectivity is one major point about Maju Kuala Lumpur. It is a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and they are connected to both the MRT station and KTM line which meant that usually on a weekday, the need to drive a car is not there. It may not appeal to a family with two kids but in the future, a TOD is going to be a popular choice for single professionals, young couples and even retirees. Just look at countries with good public transport connectivity to understand that this is one future that will be coming to Malaysia too. Come to think of it, on top of my mind, I already have no less than 5 friends who do not drive to work at all! I asked my wife if she would love a TOD and her reply is simple, ‘If the jam in KL gets as bad as Bangkok or Jakarta, everyone would want a TOD.’ I have to agree because I have been to both Jakarta and Bangkok for work and a 800 metre journey could easily become 30 minutes by car due to traffic jams. According to the management, Maju Kuala Lumpur will be completed in 2021, same time as the MRT Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya’s starting date.
Okay, I will talk about location now. I personally think location should never be the main reason why we buy. It should be the WHY instead. The real reasons first and the location second. It can be a favourite nearby mall, a favourite school or even because of a favourite cafe owned by the best friend. Once we have established the WHY, then we can start to look for locations which meet those needs. In terms of actual site, Maju Kuala Lumpur is just 5km away from The Mines, Bukit Jalil City, Pavillion 2 and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS). From TBS, there are further connections to KLIA transit, KTM Komuters and RapidKL LRT rail networks. In fact, TBS is operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd presently. Neighbouring districts include Sungai Besi, Bukit Jalil, Desa Petaling, Seri Kembangan and Sri Petaling. 11.2km away would be Mid Valley Megamall for another super shopping experience once in a while.
Beyond just the convenience of public transport, if there’s a need, there are also expressways for weekend getaways. Traffic interchanges at KL – Seremban Highway and Besraya Highway will be upgraded to provide further connectivity to the community of Maju Kuala Lumpur. Sometimes it is noisier to stay near main roads but the advantage is that one does not need to be jammed within if the development happened to be deeper inside an area. Maju Kuala Lumpur is in the centre of action where main roads are concerned. An overall layout view as per image. Ground floor where the living room and master-room are and upper floor where the other two rooms and bathroom are.
When it’s completed, buyers with keys would be able to virtually get the keys and start arranging to move in- hassle-free. This is because the following are provided as part of the price: A complete kitchen cabinet, electric waste crusher system – food waste is crushed underneath the sink for easy disposal, built-in shoe cabinet, shower screen, bidet, hanging wardrobe, automated vacuum waste collection system – waste is collected and transported in a fully-sealed underground system, indoor panic button, 5-tier security system guarded by Maju Kuala Lumpur’s auxiliary police unit (APU), which is trained by Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Panasonic electrical appliances. (Yes, Panasonic is my favourite brand too. A common household name for reliability)
External factors aside, perhaps we take a look at the design itself. I personally stay in a duplex condominium and I like the concept. It provides me the luxuries of both space and privacy. Here in Maju Kuala Lumpur, as soon as we walk in from the front entrance, a stylish 18 ft ceiling height loft greets us. Take a look at the photo of two of the show units. Certainly does not look ‘crampy’ right? I would encourage anyone who’s never been to a loft-concept condo to take a look. The usual 850 sq ft condo may look a little ‘tight’ for people who are used to over 1,000 sq ft condos but this 882 sq ft condo certainly feels airy and spacious.
Plus, the owner has the flexibility to ‘add’ to this space and it’s possible to make the usable space become over 1,000 sq ft! Do not worry, the maintenance fee is still calculated based on 882 sq ft. There are three rooms in total. The master-room is on ground floor and the main reason for this is for convenience as well as the potential that the buyers may be retirees too. I think this is the same concept as that of having a room downstairs in many newer landed projects because they took into account the elderly folks who may also be staying there. Here’s a 360 degree view if you need to know a little more in-depth about the design.
I think it’s very important for potential buyers to also consider the developer instead of just the development itself. The company building this is ASM Development (KL) Sdn Bhd (204867-W) ,the property development arm and subsidiary company of Maju Group, a company established since 1977. Please take a look at the corporate profile of Maju Holdings to understand more. As a conglomerate here in Malaysia, Maju Group are involved in several key sectors of growth in the country, notably in construction, property, infrastructure, services and manufacturing. Over the years, Maju has also won numerous awards and recognition too. Please refer here. No one can predict the future but I would usually trust a company which is diversified and has been around since 1977. Do drop by their sales gallery to know more if you think this is worth a more serious look.
Here’s the contact details:
Ground Floor, Maju Link, Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2,
Bandar Tasik Selatan, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
TEL: +603-9054 1466
WhatsApp : 013 2828 620
Happy viewing a potential future home sweet home.