The shops appear to model after Xintiandi in Shanghai (pic below), which is a neo-colonial style architecture complex housing upmarket and trendy F&B outlets. Xintiandi is immensely popular with expats and locals alike, not to mention tourists.
The flagship development are the 640 units of studios and 700 units of SOHO duplexes (below). They were quickly sold out at launch despite what was reportedly a very extremely lop-sided S&P terms and conditions imposed on buyers.
The rest of the development is well supported by office complexes.
All in a very cooling and green environment. Hopefully it will stay that way with all the development coming into the area.
The studios are now in the sub-sale market at about RM750psf. The SOHOs are a bit more drastic, asking almost RM1000psf. Anyway, comparing the studios at RM750psf, that's about the launch price of the Dorsett Place Waterfront in Subang Jaya. So let's make a blow by blow comparison...
1. Land title - Dorsett's is freehold. Empire Damansara is leasehold 99 years. However, this is probably not so important on strata properties
2. Density - Dorsett's whopping 1900 units completely overcome Empire's studios and sohos combined 1300 units.
3. Location - both are located not too near any proper public transport. Dorsett is some 1.5km away from the KTM and future LRT stations in SS16 while Empire Damansara is also about the same distance from the future MRT at the Curve, Mutiara Damansara. In terms of commercial value of the locations, Dorsett is in a matured neighbourhood, close to private colleges and located right next to a popular medical center and a recreational lake while Empire Damansara is in a young and upcoming precinct with nothing much at the moment.
4. Furnishing - both comes fully furnished with suspect quality but I have reasons to believe that Empire's probably better not because it is going to be better but rather Mayland's will be abysmal in contrast
5. Carpark - Empire offers no car park, just like Dorsett. But at least Mayland sold carparks to the 1st 700 lucky buyers at RM28k per lot.
6. Facilities - Dorsett's facilities are free of charge to residents. If we use the Mammoth's Empire Subang as a gauge, they said they'd build a swimming pool and gym but later leased it to Fitness First who charges residents at least RM150/month to use them!
7. Price and Timing - Price about the same but timing is on Empire's side. Mayland's Dorsett is beset with problems and risk not even taking off. And if it does, it will definitely be late and may take more than 5 years whereas Empire Damansara is soon going to VP end of this year. It has to be noted that Mammoth also initially faced problems getting the Empire Damansara approved but it seems Mayland is going to face a completely impossible situation. I'll have more on this next.
Yes, for those who knows, Mayland's Dorsett may be shelved.