Sunday, January 22, 2012
On our quest for low density properties in sprawling green estates, we have found Bangsar Putri. It's one of those grand old places like Kampung Warisan and Desa Kudalari. Like both these green icons, Bangsar Putri is around 20 years old. For sure, there will be nothing like this with this kind of space going to be built in KL anymore.
Bangsar Putri sits on about 5 acres and consists of a tower and low rise 4-5 storey condominiums. It is extremely low density with only 200 odd units, majority of which are 1000+sf 2 bedroom units and some bigger units. Most of those available in the subsale are the low rise units facing the highway and Damansara Heights. They are valued at around RM450k. As you can see from below, the views from these units aren't fantastic and there is some amount of noise as well but those in the lower units aren't affected as much as the higher ones.
At RM450k, it is still pushing one's luck to try and rent these out for at least RM3000/month since they are only 2 bedrooms. The maintenance fees are high here, set at RM414/unit irrespective of size. The larger 3 bedroom units here are mainly in the tower and they are priced from RM650k onwards, which makes more sense economically - that is if you can find a reasonable unit for sale. Some owners are even asking for RM800k!
These 2 bedroom units don't look and feel like they have 1000sf of space. The kitchen above feels a bit cramped. The space is likely to be taken up the large balcony below.
The dining and living area also feels a bit small and the ceiling is low.
The master bedroom however feels a little bit more spacious than the 2nd bedroom below, which have only as much space for a double bed and a large wardrobe..
There is an adjoining bathroom to the master bedroom with a very cosy shower booth. It might be a big struggle to put a large person in there and without windows, can get extremely stuffy.
Interestingly, the 2nd bathroom feels a bit more spacious..
I think the stuffy feel owes much to the design. Although low depnsity, as you come into the lift lobby, you find only 4 units per floor but as you come in through your door, there is that claustrophobic feel and darkness due to the entrance being blocked by the kitchen.
In Bangsar Putri, the space is outdoors...
The popular units are those that faces inside, with fantastic greenery and a community feel.
I hear these units are snapped up as they come into the market. While agents tout prices starting from RM450k and rentals start from RM3000/month, I suspect the RM450k are those quoted for units facing the highway and the higher rentals are for those facing the gardens. I think unless with some major renovations done, it will be extremely difficult to fetch anything higher than RM3000/month.
Facilities are good, though looking a bit tired. It feels a bit like a country club with a nice old classical bar complete with snooker table and swimming pool - but it's actually more like a paddling pool...
Despite the small-ish pool, not many condos these days can boast of a tennis court due to the lack of space..
...and there're plenty of space for young children to run around. With the hefty sum in maintenance fees, the grounds are very well maintained.
And a population coming from only 200 odd units, I am curious how the big restaurant make it...
Facilities are mainly located downstairs of the tower block below and there are even shops, including a laundreatte within to serve this small community.