The first question anyone asks when buying a house in Malaysia during the yesteryears was “Is this a good place to raise my family”. But in the current years it has changed to “Is this place good for my investment” and “I wonder what will the capital appreciation here be like”. This will be followed by a litany of questions inclusive of:
a) Where is the nearest train station?
b) How far is it to KL?
c) Who is the developer?
d) Where are the nearest highways?
e) Where is the nearest shopping mall?
And the list goes on. So if monies and profit were set aside, what else is there to look for in a home? On a fun note, we at PropSocial have compiled a list of fun stuff to look for when buying a house instead of the usual drab requirements that today’s society places so much importance in.
For instance, where would you choose to stay if you would like to get a massage everyday after work? Or perhaps try out a different coffee outlet every morning? Or have you ever felt like a particular area has just too many of the same type of shops, perhaps too many restaurants, or too many shopping malls? Well, every neighbourhood has its own pride, from the innumerous beauty parlours in Sri Hartamas to the plethora of cafés in Bangsar.
So where would you choose to live at if you had to pick a place to stay closest to your absolute favourite thing in life? PropSocial takes a look into the many delights offered by various neighbourhoods around the Klang Valley, bringing you to Neighbourhood Prides!
SRI HARTAMAS - A Pampered Lifestyle
If you are the type of person who loves pampering yourself, Sri Hartamas is the place for you! You will be able to change your nail polish on a daily basis followed by a relaxing foot massage or a gratifying full body massage - or even a full body-to-body massage!
While catering to foreigners, the business owners of Sri Hartamas have unwittingly contributed to creating a neighbourhood where every sort of conceivable self indulgence is located, from salons, costume shops and of course an overload of Korean restaurants and massage parlours. In fact, this is the neighbourhood which is said by some to be overloaded with self-indulgence establishments. So if you are the type of individual who loves pampering yourself, love trying on a different look everyday, or are just into the Korean craze, you would want to consider buying a home in Sri Hartamas for the pure self gratification it provides!
BUKIT BINTANG - The Locality that Never Sleeps
The mesmerising strobes of flashing lights, hard liquor being thrown back amongst throngs of laughter, with sweat and booties shaking in rhythm to the hot beat of music in the young night. If that sentence has gotten you hooked, you need to stay in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Or if you like checking out really hot foreigners or want to visit a really unusual restaurant where you get to smash their plates for good luck, head to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Like to party hard by night at the best clubs in town with the hottest guys and craziest chicks or dine at French, German and Spanish restaurants or just about any internationality? Live in Changkat, Bukit Bintang. It is the most happening place in town, and the place you want to be if you have the heart off an adventurer and the soul of an explorer.
SUBANG JAYA - The ‘Unplanned’ Student Town
Well, we don’t know if the residents of Subang Jaya pride themselves for being an ‘unplanned’ higher education town, but Subang Jaya definitely touts the most colleges and universities in Selangor. Each and every one of the institutions of higher education in Subang Jaya are of high quality with international partners, which has turned Subang Jaya into a student town. Ranging amongst some of the most outstanding colleges in this area? Sunway University College, Monash University, Taylor’s College, Metropolitan College, Inti College, Segi College… and the list goes on. So the next time you want to feel young and happening again, head over to Subang Jaya to get your fix of awesome student life!
BANGSAR - Restaurants and Cafés Galore
So your favourite pastime would be sitting down in a French themed café, sipping on a cup of Illy’s coffee with a good novel in hand while music tinkles in your ear. Or you could be a waffle enthusiast, and like your waffles any way, whether it be savoury, sweet or a mixture of both; or really as long as it’s a waffle you don’t care. Or perhaps you just love mamak food? Or perhaps high class Indian restaurants with their delicately spiced food suit your tastes? Or maybe you just love to hang out after work at the bar with good live bands playing accompanied by excellent cocktails. Whatever it is, Bangsar has a café or restaurant to suit every palate. Your preference in food differs according to your mood? Live in Bangsar.
PUCHONG - Restaurants Overload
It is often said that the Chinese people will eat anything under the sun. Well, it’s not that they’re greedy, they just love their food! So it’s no surprise that Puchong, being a Chinese majority area has an overload of food of every kind. Best nasi lemak in town? Head to Puchong! Best dim sum in town? Head to Puchong! Best Yong Tau Foo in town? Head to Puchong! Best food in town? Head to Puchong!
So readers, the next time somebody praises you for your ingenious choice of purchasing a property in the Kuala Lumpur city centre for its excellent location or for getting that condo in Puchong for its great value, tell them you got it not for the investment opportunity but for the chance to club every night or to eat the best food in town every single day! ;D Got anymore neighbourhoods to share with us which are top heavy with one particular establishment? Tell us below, get points and get yourself free Starbucks vouchers!
(Written by: Diane Foo Eu Lynn, 15th June 2015)