BANGI: Property developer S P Setia Bhd is building more homes based on what Malaysians want as revealed in the findings of the Lafarge-EdgeProp MYHOME survey.
The survey was conducted from Feb 28 to April 15 last year to find out what makes the ideal home that Malaysians want to live in. Using the findings of the survey, S P Setia proceeded to design a phase of homes called Baccas at Setia EcoHill 2, Semenyih. The Baccas double-storey show house was unveiled on Nov 28 by the Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
The survey found that most Malaysians wanted terraced houses with three or more bedrooms and at least three bathrooms. They also desired a home of between 1,000 and 1,999 sq ft in built-up and priced between RM400,000 and RM600,000. Baccas ticks all these boxes as the unit built-up size is 1,652 sq ft, comes with four bedrooms and three bathrooms while the price falls just below RM600,000.
Following Baccas, the developer had in early January introduced the Avis 2 double-storey terraced homes at Setia Alamsari in Bangi. The 775-acre freehold Setia Alamsari township was launched back in 2007 by the then I&P Group Sdn Bhd which in 2017, merged with S P Setia.
Comprising 61 units, the Avis 2 homes feature a Scandinavian look. Each unit is on a 22ft by 80ft lot while unit built-ups are from 1,953 sq ft.
S P Setia general manager of niche development Soh Wai Fong told EdgeProp.my that Avis 2’s specifications were very much inspired by the results from the MYHOME survey as the developer wanted to adopt as many of the “wants” that Malaysians indicated in the survey.
“When we were finalising the design of Avis 2, it was just after the survey results were released,” he said.
Taking into consideration that the living area and bedroom are the most important spaces for most Malaysians as indicated in the survey, each Avis 2 unit offers a sizeable living room downstairs with an open floor concept while the living room on the top floor has been omitted to create spacious bedrooms on the top floor.
Survey respondents also stated that the most important communal amenities for them were jogging trails (52.7%) and children’s playground (51%) while the most important optional space is the garden (38.5%) which pointed to the fact that Malaysians enjoy their outdoor spaces.
“Avis 2 is a few steps away to pocket parks in the neighbourhood while the surau, kindergarten, community hall and football field are also nearby. We are also currently doing upgrading works on the landscaping as well as three existing lakes which have been left idle for a while now. Once the upgrading is done, residents can have evening recreational activities in the area,” Soh added.
The survey results also showed that public transport such as MRT/LRT/KTM stations is the most important amenity outside the community (56.5%) followed by schools (55%).
Setia Alamsari is connected to major highways such as the PLUS highway, LEKAS highway and SILK highway while surrounding amenities include shopping malls such as Bangi Gateway and ECO Mall; educational institutions such as Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Sekolah Rendah Sri Al-Amin Bangi and SMK Convent Kajang and medical centres including the Kajang Hospital and KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital.
“Just 2km away from the township is the UKM KTM station for those who want to take public transport as it leads all the way to KL Sentral,” said Soh.
Avis 2 units are tagged from RM709,000 to RM1.03 million. The project will be completed in early 2021.
Currently the developer is in talks with the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to upgrade the road from the station leading to the township while a link has just been completed recently that connects Setia Alamsari to Jalan Bangi Lama and Setia EcoHill, cutting travel time by 20 to 25 minutes.
“The new link will open anytime now, we are just waiting for clearance from MPKj,” Soh added.
Other projects in the pipeline at Setia Alamsari this year include superlink houses tentatively priced from RM800,000 onwards, semidees, the first bungalows in the township and Rumah SelangorKu homes by the end of this year.