Johor Bahru Overview

Johor Bahru

Johor, Malaysia

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Johor Bahru is southern Malaysia’s main commercial centre, connected to Singapore via the Johor-Singapore Causeway, and is well known for its theme parks and outlet shopping.

Johor Bahru (often referred to by its initials ‘JB’ or Johor Baru) is the capital of the state of Johor, located on the southern tip of Malaysia. Founded in 1855, it was declared a city in 1994.

With it’s location just across from Singapore and connected via the Johor-Singapore Causeway, many Malaysian parents send their children to school across the border daily, while many Singaporeans choose to buy a house in Malaysia and live in the country whilst maintaining their citizenship. Property in Johor Bahru is far more affordable than property in the land-starved country of Singapore.

Getting to Singapore from Johor Bahru and vice versa is very convenient via land transport, although massive traffic congestion is an everyday occurrence. There are two access points in and out of either country, the Causeway and the newer bridge that is known as the Second Link. The 2.4km causeway also serves as a water exchangeway, for the 2 countries, and is one of the busiest exchangeways in the world.

With the development of Iskandar Malaysia, JB has gained its place on the map for international standard developments such as Pinewood Malaysia, Legoland and the Iskandar Malaysia Educity. It is also home to 9 theme parks and over 15 hospitals and healthcare facilities.

The rapid development in the last few years pre-Covid means that there is abundance of choice for home-hunters. You can choose from apartments, luxury high rises, townhouses, gated communities and more. Many dwellers report that they are able to commute to Singapore on a daily basis in under an hour.

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

* 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 8.50 RM 7.50 25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 85.00 RM 50.00 180.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 RM 14.00 18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 15.00 RM 13.00 20.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 20.00 RM 13.00 30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 11.89 RM 7.50 19.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.54 RM 2.00 6.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.45 RM 1.10 2.00
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 7.00 RM 5.60 7.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.85 RM 2.16 3.50
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.00 RM
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.37 RM 4.80 7.20
Local Cheese (1kg) 57.92 RM 18.00 86.44
Chicken Fillets (1kg) 22.47 RM 22.47 22.47
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 35.23 RM 30.00 39.00
Apples (1kg) 11.54 RM 6.30 16.00
Banana (1kg) 5.29 RM 3.99 13.00
Oranges (1kg) 11.11 RM 10.00 12.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.32 RM 3.99 4.96
Potato (1kg) 3.26 RM 2.49 4.50
Onion (1kg) 5.32 RM 3.00 12.00
Lettuce (1 head) 5.00 RM 2.30 5.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.83 RM 1.20 2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 RM 40.00 90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 14.55 RM 8.00 17.14
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 14.49 RM 14.00 15.40
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 17.50 RM 17.00 18.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.35 RM 1.80 4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 RM 45.00 121.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 RM 3.00 6.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.13 RM 2.00 6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16.50 RM 15.00 18.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.05 RM 1.75 2.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 135,000.00 RM 80,000.00 157,888.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 119,560.97 RM 118,000.00 123,971.50
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 200.66 RM 113.00 250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 RM 0.10 0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 136.63 RM 89.00 189.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 113.83 RM 80.00 150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.67 RM 10.00 20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 RM 15.00 20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 837.55 RM 700.00 1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,528.00 RM 15,600.00 40,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 268.62 RM 180.00 359.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 166.67 RM 100.00 200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 264.75 RM 180.00 319.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 262.43 RM 180.00 317.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,325.00 RM 1,000.00 1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 850.00 RM 500.00 1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,200.00 RM 1,600.00 2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,550.00 RM 1,100.00 2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,960.65 RM 5,381.96 10,763.91
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,051.09 RM 2,400.00 9,687.52
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,551.64 RM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.36 3.30 4.54

Crime Rate

Crime Index: 54.07 Safety Index: 45.93
Level of crime 58.47
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 53.89
Worries home broken and things stolen 57.83
Worries being mugged or robbed 55.76
Worries car stolen 59.57
Worries things from car stolen 61.16
Worries attacked 46.85
Worries being insulted 39.39
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion 35.14
Problem people using or dealing drugs 46.90
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 60.35
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 54.12
Problem corruption and bribery 65.05
Safety walking alone during daylight 59.20
Safety walking alone during night 33.06

Quality of Life

Quality of Life Index: 113.03
Purchasing Power Index 39.94
Safety Index 45.93
Health Care Index 64.73
Climate Index 64.46
Cost of Living Index 35.72
Property Price to Income Ratio 11.77
Traffic Commute Time Index 36.44
Pollution Index 59.6
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Consumer Price Index

This is a representation of Johor 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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