Neighbourhood Overview


Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia

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Butterworth is the main town of Seberang Perai on the mainland Penang. It was established in mid 19th century by the British administration as a transportation hub to assist in Penang island’s role as an international port. Till this day, the town named after the Governor of the Straits Settlement during the time, William John Butterworth, still remains true to its purpose.

Butterworth is the terminus of various transportation, such as the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), ferries and ships. The town is most well-known by Malaysians and international tourists as the boarding and embarking point of the ferry service which shuttles cars, motorbikes and passengers between Penang island and the mainland.

Being one of the oldest towns in Penang, Butterworth has been home to many for decades and even centuries. Hence, population in Butterworth is significantly denser than other towns on the mainland. Beginning in the late 20th century and early 21st century, a number multinational and local companies began setting up operations in industrial estates around the region, also drawing in a number of people with the abundance of employment opportunities.

There are innumerable housing estates and villages in Butterworth, with some of the older ones being Taman Aman Jaya, Taman Bagan Lalang, Taman Chempaka Sari, Taman Dedap, Taman Merbau, Taman Molek, Taman Pandan, Taman Tanjung and more. Villages which have been around for decades include Kampung Manggis, Kampung Gajah, Kampung Jawa, and countless others. As such, amenities in the area like eateries, banks, convenience stores, petrol stations and much more are aplenty.

Housing in Butterworth has commonly been to accommodate the growing number of population who came to work in the industrial estates there. Hence, residential properties were generally between lower-medium to medium cost landed homes or low cost apartment. These days, there have been a change in direction with increasing numbers of high-rise and commercial development with upcoming properties like Woodbury Suites and Luminari which are luxurious and modern, high rise residences. Future developments are also expected to continue in that line as well as encompass more commercial and retail complexes.

Butterworth is highly accessible to Penang island as well as many other towns and states on Peninsula Malaysia. Within Butterworth, the Butterworth Outer Ring Road is one of the most frequented roads in Seberang Perai, connecting the town to other parts of the region like Bukit Mertajam and the first Penang bridge.

On the other hand, the North South Expressway (PLUS) connects Butterworth to the northern states of Kedah and Perlis as well as southern states like Taiping, Ipoh, Selangor, all the way to Johor while the Butterworth - Kulim Expressway links Butterworth to Kulim in Kedah and other areas east of the town.

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Analysis and comparison of average transaction, for sale and for rent prices for landed, non-landed and commercial properties within Butterworth *

* To provide you the most accurate information some columns may appear as ‘Insufficient Data’ due to insufficient transactions in the area

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This is a representation of historical transaction prices within the neighbourhood, categorised by non-landed (condominium, serviced apartment, apartment), landed (townhouse, terrace, bungalow, semi-detached, house) and commercial (office, shop).

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Transacted Prices will give you an idea of the neighbourhood’s property price trend.

Cost of Living

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 RM 12.00 15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 62.50 RM 45.00 80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16.50 RM 15.00 20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 13.50 RM 8.00 15.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 20.00 RM 8.00 25.00
Cappuccino (regular) 10.67 RM 8.00 12.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.90 RM 1.30 2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.53 RM 0.80 2.00
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 6.00 RM 6.00 6.70
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.10 RM 2.00 3.70
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.50 RM 1.30 12.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.69 RM 4.80 7.20
Local Cheese (1kg) 37.00 RM 20.00 120.00
Chicken Fillets (1kg) 10.00 RM 8.00 25.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 25.00 RM 15.00 100.00
Apples (1kg) 8.00 RM 6.30 14.00
Banana (1kg) 6.28 RM 3.99 10.00
Oranges (1kg) 10.17 RM 4.00 15.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.71 RM 3.00 6.00
Potato (1kg) 3.00 RM 2.49 4.00
Onion (1kg) 3.86 RM 3.50 5.00
Lettuce (1 head) 3.88 RM 0.73 5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.64 RM 1.00 2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 78.00 RM 50.00 120.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 9.09 RM 6.90 13.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 10.00 RM 8.00 20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 17.50 RM 17.40 20.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) ?
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) ?
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 RM 5.00 9.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.00 RM 1.00 3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 RM 20.00 30.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.09 RM 1.66 2.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 120,000.00 RM 120,000.00 173,390.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 120,000.00 RM 120,000.00 145,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 216.57 RM 120.00 300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.27 RM 0.15 0.70
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 126.62 RM 100.00 200.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 190.00 RM
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 RM 11.00 18.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 700.00 RM 200.00 1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 32,275.00 RM 19,200.00 48,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 235.62 RM 89.00 350.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 109.50 RM 30.00 120.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 296.25 RM 150.00 599.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 229.50 RM 160.00 500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre ?
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre ?
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre ?
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre ?
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre ?
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre ?
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,900.00 RM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.00 3.00 4.30

Crime Rate

Crime Index: 37.25 Safety Index: 62.75
Level of crime 50.00
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 66.67
Worries home broken and things stolen 33.33
Worries being mugged or robbed 33.33
Worries car stolen 25.00
Worries things from car stolen 41.67
Worries attacked 16.67
Worries being insulted 0.00
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion 41.67
Problem people using or dealing drugs 50.00
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 25.00
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 50.00
Problem corruption and bribery 25.00
Safety walking alone during daylight 75.00
Safety walking alone during night 50.00

Consumer Price Index

This is a representation of Penang Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the year of 2011 - 2015

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A consumer price index (CPI) measures changes in the price level of a market basket of consumer goods and services purchased by households. (Wikipedia)


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