Posts Tagged ‘Penang housing’

Penang’s new property hotspot along Jelutong Expressway

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

With the completion of the final stretch of Jelutong Coastal Highway(JE) or JE Drive connecting to Weld Quay as well as inner city of Georgetown from Gelugor/Penang Bridge area, travelling time to the inner city of Georgetown from Gelugor / Penang Bridge area via JE has indeed shortened to mere less than 10 minutes drive. This coastal areas along JE has since become one of the Penang’s new property hotspots as the Penang property sector witnessed the completion of several housing parcels within the reclaimed housing project of Bandar Sri Pinang since mid 2004 as well as feverish launchings of several new housing schemes and the much publicized mega project –The LIGHT waterfront project by IJM Group over the last one year. The development of The Light Waterfront is poised to transform this eastern coastal area into a high end integrated housing precinct.

In 1990’s, the former Penang state government has granted approval to IJM Group to develop 338 acres of land in exchange for the construction of the 4.7km Jelutong Expressway. The first 3.1km stretch of the expressway was opened to the public in 2003 while stage two was opened in February 2008.

The whole development will be undertaken over four precincts – Bandar Sri Pinang (82 acres), Metro East (30 acres) and The Light (152 acres) while the balance 100 acres comprising education, medical, art/cultural, commercial and residential components will be for future development. More related info at IJM land to focus on mid to high-end projects and Penang Mega Projects: PGCC and The Light.

Notable completed housing schemes within Bandar Sri Pinang are Fortune Park, completed in 2005, an integrated industrial park comprises terraced light factories catering to small & medium scale industries whilst Lot 28 comprises 2 and 3 storey shopoffices. Ocean View, completed in 2004, comprises 11 storey Medium Cost Apartment and some 2,242 low and medium cost housing units of Desa Pinang and Pinang Court etc. Other mid range completed housing schemes located along the JE are Mutiara Heights and Mutiara Idaman. Generally, the rental for medium range three bedroom apartments in Jelutong area ranges from RM650 permonth onwards whilst selling prices for mid range apartments are in the range of RM120,000 to RM200,000 per unit.

Whilst the newly completed housing schemes include Nautilus Bay - 78 units of 3-storey terraced courtyard terraced houses prices ranging from RM780K to RM1.2mil 21’x70’ built up area 2,600 sq ft and The Spring, high rise condominium blocks with floor areas ranges from 925 to 1,281 sq ft. Other upcoming housing projects include Summer Place and Platino luxury condos.

The Jelutong coastal area is turning into an Urban Park by the sea with the recent completion of a A 3.6 km long RM7mil promenade along the Jelutong Coastal Front. In addition, the Penang state government is currently evaluating plans to built a multimillion ringgit Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) centre in Jelutong, Penang.

Update : There is also a proposal to transform the existing 20 hectare landfill site into an urban park along the coastline near the JE.

For advisory on individual property purchases and rentals of Penang apartments and condominiums, 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.

Jelutong Map

General View of the Jelutong coastal front

view of jelutong coastal area

The new commercial centre of Bandar Sri Pinang. To the rear is the newly completed The Springs Condominium

Newly completed Nautilus Bay.

Ocean View / Desa Pinang medium cost apartments.

Mutiara Idaman/Mutiara Heights Apartments along JE

Focus on Penang Property and Housing-Part II

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Based on the draft report of Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020, it is noted that much of the housing guidelines focus on providing affordable low cost and low medium cost housing as well as strategies that aim to enhance the quality of housing and living standard of Penang.

The report, however, provides little clues and information on the guidelines and directions for medium to high costs or luxury housing segments. These housing guidelines, inter-alia, include pricing and density on new low cost and low medium cost housing developments according to locational zones ie primary zone (Zone A) and secondary zone (Zone B) for the 5 districts of Penang State. For example, new low cost units to be built within the designated housing zones in the North East District of Penang are subject to price control ranging from RM25,000- RM42,000 per unit depending on location and type of low cost (LC) units (flat or cluster house) whilst for low medium cost (LMC) units, the price range is being fixed at RM40,000 – RM75,000 according to the housing zones as indicated in the Map on Penang State LMC housing zones.

For new housing developments, private housing developers are required by the state government to built 20% Low cost (LC) and 20% Low medium cost (LMC) housing units of the total planned housing units beginning of 2005. Notable LMC housing developments currently under construction on the Penang Island are a) Sri Saujana, a privatized housing project by PLB – Wonder Bay Developments Sdn Bhd comprising 2,304 units at Gat Lebuh Nordin, Georgetown. The sales price is RM75,000 perunit with a floor area of about 646 sq.ft, b) Sri Aman, Relau by Chong Company Berhad with typical 680 sq.ft 3-bedroom unit priced at RM70,000 per unit; c) Puncak Eskine Apartment (total 1,038 units) at Mount Eskine by Aseania Group from RM55,000 perunit with a floor size of 604 sq.ft. For eligible Malaysians, the guidelines on the application for low medium cost housing are available at Penang State Government’s website;

The draft Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020 also placed emphasis on Public Housing ie housing schemes developed by state government-initiated programs such as Public Housing Program (PPR). It was reported recently that the Penang State government has approved 13 public housing projects. In addition, the Penang state government, through its development agency, Penang Development Corporation (PDC) will continue to built another 1,628 units of low and medium cost houses between 2006 till 2010. PDC have so far successfully completed more than 22,000 housing units since 1970s. More related information on Malaysia’s housing sector under the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP) for the period 2006- 2010, click here .

For next episodes, will bring you more insights on Penang’s medium to high end and luxury housing subsectors at upcoming or popular locational hotspots namely Bayan Baru coastal area, Gurney Drive, Tanjung Tokong coastal area etc. As Lunar new year is approaching next week, would like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued clients and visitors worldwide a “Happy and Prosperous NEW YEAR”.

Penang’s popular locational hotspot; Gurney Drive, is fast becoming an international enclave. The skyline of Gurney Drive ..

New housing developments mushrooming along the newly completed Jelutong coastal highway. The skyline of Jelutong coastal area of Penang..

Focus on Penang Property and Housing-Part I

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

According to the Draft Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020, the estimated housing stock for Penang State as at year 2005 totals 470,331 units. During the period 1994 – 2005, the Penang state government has approved the construction of about 121,000 units of houses. The report also stated that a total of 185,000 units of houses of various types or at an average of 12,300 units a year will be built until year 2020.

Penang needs to develop 5,000 hectares of land within the next 15 years to cater for development of which 4,500 hectares of the land earmarked for development are located in high potential areas. In order to achieve balance and sustainable development over the next 15 years, there is a need to balance development at the ratio of 30% on the island and 70% on the mainland Seberang Perai.

Penang Island, a relatively small island covering an area of 293 square kilometers with a population of 678, 000 (year 2005), has limited usable lands for development as major part of the Island is under conservation and classified as environmentally sensitive areas ie. hill lands, forest reserves and water catchments areas. The limited usable lands are mainly located along the eastern Island stretching from Tanjong Tokong area to down south Bayan Baru / Sungai Ara area.

Owing to high land cost and limited usable land for development on the Penang Island, reclamation activities at designated coastal areas such as Bayan Baru, Jelutong and Tanjung Tokong will be continued to expand the land bank on the Island. Several man-made islands around Tanjong Tokong and Jelutong coastal areas will also be created via land reclamation. New locational hotspots for potential housing development are situated towards the south-western part of the Island, these areas include Sungai Ara, Gertak Sanggul, Teluk Kumbar and Balik Pulau.

In the mainland Seberang Perai, bulk of usable lands for development are centred at Batu Kawan-Jawi area (South Seberang Perai) and Bertam -Kepala Batas (North Seberang Perai) and Seberang Jaya-Permatang Nibong (Central Seberang Perai). Other potential areas as stated in the report include Valdor, Juru and Bukit Minyak.

The future housing trends on the Island will continue to see more high density flatted developments being built whilst piecemeal housing developments will be taking place in new growth areas at the southern part of the Island. More smaller scale but high value niche housing schemes offering new lifestyles, themes and concepts with buzzwords such as super condos, condovillas, gated and guarded communities, waterfront courtyard terraced homes, super-link houses, landed garden villas, supreme and premium bungalows may emerge in prime locations at the suburbs of Georgetown and coastal areas of Bayan Bay, Gurney Drive and Tanjong Tokong. Old settlement areas in prime locations will also be make way for high rise flatted developments whilst in the inner city of Georgetown but within the ambit of heritage conservation zones, any redevelopment will be subject to heritage preservation guidelines.

The mainland Seberang Perai will see the emergence of large scale integrated township developments ie.Bandar Cassia in Batu Kawan which is planned to be the third largest township after Bandar Bayan Baru on the Island and Bandar Seberang Jaya in Central Seberang Perai as well as transformation of several other townships such as Bandar Bertam, Bandar Perda dan Bandar Tasek Mutiara. Unlike Penang Island, the future housing trend for mainland Seberang Perai will continue to see more landed properties with features of modern township amenities and services and parks (2 and 3 storey terraced and semi-detached houses and bungalows) being built as landed properties are still the preferred choice.

The future housing trends for Penang Island; more high rise flatted developments and high value niche housing schemes..

Focus on Penang Property and Housing – Part II ( To be continued)