Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mont Kiara MK28

I never liked Mont Kiara, and this latest trip reaffirmed that position. I think Mont Kiara is the most high density residential area in the whole of Malaysia. It is a victim of its own success , causing every developer to want to build something there. The place looks like it is perpetually under construction. Now, the borders of Mont Kiara has even expanded into Segambut. The road has already been linked (below).

The position of Mont Kiara as an expat enclave can only be stamped due to the presence of the international schools there. Or else, I cannot understand why expats would want to live in such a high density construction zone when better options in next door Sri Hartamas, Bangsar and Damansara Heigths are available. But I've recently learnt that the rental market in Mont Kiara now has been suffering due to the over-building. An expat friend is apparently paying only RM2000/month for a fully furnished 2 bed-room unit in I-Zen Kiara II which is worth more than RM600k. I am sure not all owners are so desperate but there are really many units vacant from the looks of it.

So, developer Sunrise has launched yet another super luxury condo in Mont Kiara... This one is located on the same row as Mont Kiara International School - so I guess it is catering towards that market of locals or expats who put their children there. The units sizes start from 2500sf - this is definitely a family oriented type setting with rental expectation no less than RM10k for a fully furnished unit.

Facilities-wise, they're pretty standard... swimming pool, tennis court, bla bla bla... in a very resort-like setting. This is probably something of a luxury now in Mont Kiara as land is getting pretty scarce and developers are starting to put small-ish pools and facilties on their roof top to manage space - similar to KLCC these days. So, MK28 is leaving nothing to make this a truly luxury experience.

The show room is a 2700sf unit which really is quite comfortable for a family of 4 with a maid. The dry kitchen has an open concept that opens out to the living and dining room.

Inside, there is another kitchen... for heavier cooking and this is linked to the maid's quarters and washing area. The maid has her own entrance.

It has to be noted that, each unit has its own private lobby with 3 serving lifts (below).

The thing I liked about the unit is the bright and airy layout. From the maid quarters all the way up to every room in the unit has a window which is due to the corner layout - it's more like a bungalow in the sky as there are 3 sides to corner unlike the 2 sides to most corner units. There is also a very nice study area tucked in the middle of the layout.

Every one of the 3-bedrooms has its own bathroom. Interestingly, the bathroom showers have a full glass door that opens out to the balcony (below). I would imagine that at the point of life when one can afford to buy or rent this unit, one would be too fat and wrinkled to worry about anyone finding it worthwhile to climb up to the balcony to take a peek... if anything, that would have been a bonus...

The walk-in closet that opens out into this large bathroom is well thought out.

Construction is in progress... The northern flank of the condo faces the busy NKVE just past the Duta Toll, so I would avoid this view due to the noise. The Southern view which also faces the school should be sought after. Prices start from around RM700psf, round about where KLCC was a year ago. This is after consideration of the horrendous traffic and dense location. There is no public transport however that would not be necessary for people who can afford to live here.


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