It has been a while since I’ve checked out property developments in KL so I thought I would bring myself up to speed (well, update myself anyway 😉 ) last Sunday by going to see two recently launched high-end condos in the KL city centre vicinity. 

I received an invite for the Hampshire Residences from the developer, Zelan Development Sdn Bhd (part of Tronoh Group). The development comprises two towers of which Tower A was launched on September 13. Located along Persiaran Hampshire off Jalan Ampang, the project has two main facings – KLCC Park and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.  I like the fact that it is just a 10 minute walk to KLCC but situated just far enough from the hustle-bustle of Jalan Ampang in a leafy area. 

There were two types of units on show – 2 bedrooms (1,270 sf) and 4 bedrooms (2,900 sf). Prices are between RM 600-700 psf and there is an early bird discount (I think 5%) which is pretty attractive. If you compare other recent developments in the KL city centre, prices are more steep (as high as  RM1,000 psf). In terms of layout, the 2 bedroom has a nice-sized living room, but I would have preferred the bedrooms to be larger. The 4 bedroom show unit has a long corridor with lots of space to roam around in. But the shape of the unit is rectangular whereas I would have preferred something more square for my money.

The units come pretty bare without any plaster ceilings even. I guess for the price this is to be expected. However for early bird purchasers, the developer does throw in kitchen cabinets which is a plus. 

For more info you can visit the developer’s site  and the write-ups in the Edge  and NST’s Property Times  After Hampshire Residences, I went to another development which is part of the Pavilion mixed development project comprising offices, shopping mall and residences, situated right smack in the Golden Triangle. The much-hyped shopping mall, Pavilion KL (yes yet another mega-mall for KL) will be completed towards 3Q in 2007. Located at the old site of the Bukit Bintang Girls School, the residential development was launched sometime back in June or July 2006 by the developer, Kuala Lumpur Pavilion S/B and owner, Kuwait Finance House. From the architectural model (see pic), this looks like a real classy development that looks set to inject some class and life back into the Bukit Bintang strip 

The Pavilion Residences has two towers and take-up has been pretty decent, judging by the number of “dots” covering the sales chart. There are only a few studio units which have been fully sold, but you still have a choice of 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units. The 4-bedroom unit was on show. At a size of 4,100 + sf, my friends and I got lost almost immediately after we set foot inside. I mean this literally. It’s like being inside one of those European art galleries where you wander from room to room and lose your bearings totally! Having said that, the feel was pretty “homey” despite the modern contemporary ID because there are lots of interesting nooks and crannies to cosy up in.

The price tag of 1,000 + psf is pretty steep but the units come fully furnished so you can pretty much move in immediately. Also included in the price tag are concealed air-conditioning units in every room, which give the rooms a very nice “hotel” feel. Each bedroom (including the maid’s room) has its own en-suite bathroom – apparently de rigeur in most high-end residential developments these days.  More info is available from NST’s Property Times write-up if living in the Golden Triangle appeals and you can afford the price tag.