Central mainland Penang (Central Seberang Perai District), with almost 45% of the total mainland Penang population of 775,000 and the center of the largest industrial hub in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia, is poised to be the greater conurbation area of mainland Penang.
In early 1970s, the Penang State Government began to pursue industrialization programs. The state through its development agency, Penang Development Corporation (PDC) earmarked large track of land in Prai and developed it over the years into the largest industrial corridor of the northern region comprises three industrial parks ie Prai Industrial Park, Bukit Tengah Industrial Park and newly developed Bukit Minyak Industrial Park. The entire industrial hub stretches from Prai to Bukit Tengah-Bukit Minyak-Juru areas. It has since become the main centre of workplace providing thousands of employments for the residents in mainland Penang. Owing to rapid pace of industrialization over the past three decades, demand for housing units surged which led to many housing units being built nearby the existing industrial areas namely Taman Nagasari, Taman Perai Indah, Taman Pelangi, Taman Bukit Minyak, Taman Sentul, Taman Sejati and Sungai Rambai residential area etc. Developments accelerated after the completion of the North-South Highway with many property schemes mushroomed along the corridor areas of the North-South Highway and Bukit Tengah federal route. Juru Auto City is one such landmark development which has successfully transformed Juru area into a thriving business, entertainment and tourism district.
Juru Auto City and its surrounding developments
The 14.4 ha Auto City is a one-stop auto and food center with more than 20 automobile showrooms and 50 food and beverage outlets, banks and is also the premier entertainment venue for many live artist performances and motor sport shows. All the outlets and shops are fully occupied. In addition, it has been endorsed by Penang state Government and Ministry of Tourism Malaysia as one of the tourism districts in mainland Penang. Auto City, with the support of Penang State Government and Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, has successfully hosted the recent Penang International Lantern Festival 2007 in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 from 15/9/2007 till 31/12/2007. More info at Dazzling lantern show in Juru and Grand Christmas lantern display. If you have not visited this Lantern Festival, here are the spectacular hello kitty lantern shows.
More info at update link Auto City to venture into tourism with RM120m investment.
Also located nearby Auto City are the newly completed 46-room Goldern Nasmir hotel ,Taman Pelangi and 2-storey highway complex - Juru AutoWorld. In addition, there is also a proposal to built a theme park near Juru Auto City. More info about Penang Theme Park.
According to Penang State assemblyman for Bukit Tengah area YB Ng Siew Lai, several more tourism projects will be implemented in Juru area namely homestay programmes and turning Juru into a multi-cultural center to attract more tourists to mainland Penang.
New and ongoing housing schemes
The successful transformation of Auto City has indeed turning its vicinity areas into a new property hotbed and spurred many housing developers to follow suit over the last two years. Notable schemes scheduled for completion in the 4th quarter of 2007 are Bayu Mutiara comprising shopoffices and double storey terraced houses, TPPT’s Desa Titi Panjang, Taman Delima Jati, Bukit Minyak Business Centre comprising a 150,000 sq ft superstore – Krico and 2-storey shops, DNP Land’s Sentinnel Watch in Taman Bukit Minyak Indah, Taman Kristal, Taman Seri Delima. Other newly completed housing schemes include Taman Cendena, Villa Cendana, Taman Seri Juru and Taman Juru Indah whilst ongoing housing developments in the vicinity includes gated community schemes of Juru Heights, Asiamas’s Palm Garden and Wing Tai’s BM Utama(Mirale Boulevard) along Jalan Bukit minyak, Tawakar’s Taman Bukit Minyak exclusive bungalows, Taman Tanah Aman by PPB Hartabina and Twin Villas of Taman Desa Juru by Emico Properties. Like other new housing schemes in established areas of Butterworth, Seberang Jaya and Bukit Mertajam, more new trendy houses in gated community schemes are being launched and built with prices of new houses are noticeably fast catching up as well.
Market Price and Rental
The market price for standard double-storey terraced houses in Bukit Minyak /Juru area ranges from RM180,000.00 to RM220,000.00 per unit whilst monthly rental rate ranges from RM550.00 to RM700.00. Prices for newer completed 2-storey houses with bigger built up area of 1,800 sq ft are going for RM235,000.00 onwards whilst the sales prices for double-storey semi-detached houses ranges from RM300,000.00 to RM380,000.00 perunit. The luxury 3-storey semi-detached houses with bigger built-up area in gated community schemes in Bukit Tengah area are priced at RM588,000.00 to RM700,000.00 per unit.
For advisory on individual property needs in central mainland Penang, email to us at Izrin &Tan Properties Sdn. Bhd. or call us at +604 6588333 (Penang Office) or +603 92839782 (Kuala Lumpur Office) and we would be pleased to assist.
Map of Central mainland Penang (Seberang Perai Tengah)
From left; Mrs Gary, Director-General of Tourism Malaysia Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Bukit Tengah state assemblyman YB Ng Siew Lai, Intproperties.com director CL Tan, Auto City Managing Director Gary Teoh and Lantern in Motion Managing Director Colonel Lim at a cafe in Auto city after their visit to the Penang International Lantern Festival.
Front view of Phase 3 Juru Autocity
Food outlets and shops at Auto City
Some latest snapshots of the newly completed housing schemes in the vicinity of Juru Auto City area ;
Double –storey terraced houses at Bayu Mutiara
3-storey luxury semi-detached homes at Taman Kristal Bukit Tengah
Double-storey terraced houses at Taman Juru Indah