04 August 2009

Uplands @ Bandar Baru Tambun

Gated community living continues to pick up steam in Malaysia. KL has numerous such developments as developers respond to house-owners' demand and preference. There is much debate abroad as well as in Malaysia about the pros and cons of such developments, even the legality of prohibiting non-residents from entering such an enclave unless invited by a resident.

KL folk might be surprised to learn that gated or guarded communities are also sprouting here in Ipoh, at a price much lower than in KL/ PJ. We like to visit show houses at new housing areas, so over the weekend we went to Uplands at Bandar Baru Tambun, developed by Total Investment Sdn Bhd (TI).

Uplands is situated within Bandar Baru Tambun or BBT for short, a highly successful development by TI comprising terraced houses. Word about town is that people generally like houses by TI because they do not compromise on quality, the workmanship is good and the design of the houses is innovative, modern and practical. TI also puts a great deal of effort into its showhouses - every new launch would have a fully completed and furnished house alongside a standard unit (unfurnished) for prospective buyers to view. This is a good service as buyers can have some idea how to do up their house. And more often than not, the showhouse is quickly bought - lock-stock-and-barrel - as it saves the new owner the headache of renovating and furnishing. Just move right in with your belongings!

Uplands is a guarded development comprising semi-detached houses. The first phase Type A did very well at its launch earlier this year, and now TI will be launching Type B. Type A has 4 bedrooms upstairs, a guestroom and maid's room downstairs, plenty of room for the whole family. There is also a little set-in area which could be done up as a courtyard or an indoor garden. The whole house feels very spacious as the layout was well considered, with no wasted corners. Type A sells from RM588,000/- for a 45'x85' standard lot.
More on other gated communities in Ipoh, to come.

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