Streetscapes: Sinaran Satu — a convenient shopping spot in Kota Kemuning

This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on September 28, 2020 - October 04, 2020.
Sinaran Satu is still bustling with cars and pedestrians despite being a little further away from the town centre  (Photo by Ethel Khoo/The Edge)

Sinaran Satu is still bustling with cars and pedestrians despite being a little further away from the town centre (Photo by Ethel Khoo/The Edge)

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Adjacent to Gamuda Walk in Kota Kemuning is a small commercial area along Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla known as Sinaran Satu.

Although the commercial area is a little further away from the town centre, it is still bustling with cars and pedestrians. Apart from its proximity to Gamuda Walk, it is also strategically located near the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

Moreover, there are two entry points for easy accessibility — one from Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla — one of the main roads in the township — and the other via Jalan Anggerik Vanilla 31/100.

People are drawn to the area because of the diverse businesses housed in 2 and 3-storey shopoffices. There, one can find a bakery, F&B outlets, a pet shop, a sundry shop, a car workshop, clinics, music centres and a clothing boutique.

Susan Lee goes for classes at a music centre there, DeMusic Academy, at least once a week.

“I’ll be there every Friday evening for my vocal class in DeMusic. After work, I go there, grab a quick dinner at Subway, and then attend my class,” she says.

Apart from that, she buys cakes and bread from RT Pastry House and picks up food for her dog at Pets Me, a pet shop within walking distance from RT Pastry House.

“It’s really convenient as I can get almost everything there. It is all within walking distance, even Gamuda Walk. Sometimes, after doing my shopping at the outlets here, I walk to Gamuda Walk to get other things,” Lee adds.

As for Wong Foo Kum, he visits the area after his golf session at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club to get a bite before heading home.

“There are quite a few choices there, such as Face-to-Face Noodle House, Menya Hanabi, Q Bistro and My Old Street Kopitiam. Sometimes, I’ll take my family to Ee Pin Steamboat Restaurant for dinner during the weekend. The seafood is quite fresh,” he says.

If he needs a coffee fix, he pops into 93°C Café or San Francisco Coffee in Gamuda Walk.

“The nice thing about this area is that the roads are wider and there are more parking spaces. Even if people double park, there is still ample space for other cars to pass by. The roads in the town centre are narrower and there are not as many parking spaces,” Wong notes.

According to Laurelcap Sdn Bhd executive director Stanley Toh, the current value of a 3-storey shopoffice is RM2.5 million and the monthly rental is RM1.80 to RM2.20 psf. A 2-storey shopoffice is valued at RM1.8 million while the rental is similar to that of a 3-storey shopoffice.

There are 49 shopoffices in the area, which were completed between 2008 and 2009. The launch price was around RM600,000 for a 2-storey shopoffice and RM850,000 for a 3-storey shopoffice, according to information from Laurelcap.

“The prices in the area have reached a certain plateau due to competition from other developments as well as overall market conditions. Rentals have been under pressure as well due to the Covid-19 pandemic, causing many businesses to shut down. At present, it is a buyer and tenant market,” Toh says.

Photo by Ethel Khoo/the edge