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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Condo home with ‘70s feel

Selangor Dredging Bhd’s latest offering is a small development comprising 38 units on slightly more than an acre.

Located off Jalan Ampang, the developer will be tearing down the bungalow and building two interlocking L-shaped blocks of 10-storey condominium in its place.

Managing director Teh Lip Kim says unlike a high-rise condominium project where its main selling point will be the view, the main selling point for Dedaun is its location and overall design and concept. There is a restriction on height in that location and the maximum for that site is 10-storeys.

The living area and master bedroom (below pic) with its floor to ceiling sliding glass doors can be opened to create a “balcony” effect.

“Although one is living in the city, there will not be that busy hustle and bustle feel once one turns into the slip road that leads into Dedaun. There will be a certain elegance about the place, a quiet serenity although it is just a short walk away from Jalan Ampang,” she says of the niche development. The project will have a lush green perimeter around it, hence the name Dedaun (the leaf).

The project will have a gym, a function room with pantry facilities, a rooftop swimming pool on one of the blocks and a children’s wading pool. There will be three garden units with private gardens and three penthouses with their own swimming pools. There will be two units per floor.

In line with the overall 1970s era that she is trying to portray, Teh is using materials and techniques that will give the place that certain bygone era look.

Teh says she was inspired by the family’s home when she was conceptualising the place. There is the hand-crafted copper front door to create that entrance statement in the foyer or what she calls the waiting area. Each unit will have its own private lift lobby. There was a time when metal doors were used, she says.

In the old houses, there was a lot of cross ventilation and she has made that an important feature in Dedaun. There are a lot of floor to ceiling sliding doors and windows in both the rooms and the living area. There is therefore a lot of natural lighting and airiness about the place.

Space is a premium and Teh has created an aura of space with the open concept with living room flowing seamlessly into the dining and dry kitchen area.

“It is an elegant residential area and despite the changes that have taken place, it will continue to be an upscale area to live in,” Teh says.

Selangor Dredging is one of several developers who have targeted that part of Kuala Lumpur for their niche developments currently. Other developers who are building in that area include Singapore’s CapitaLand group, Gamuda group, Nam Fatt Bhd and Tan Sri Yap Yong Seong, popularly known as Duta Yap who has gone into a joint venture with a South Korean partner. There is also another Singaporean developer who is building their project there.

Among the current on-going projects within the same pricing category as Selangor Dredging’s Dedaun, which is selling for about RM1,000 per sq ft, the largest development is probably CapitaLand’s Sastera@U-Thant with more than 100 units over 1.77 acres.

Other projects by Selangor Dredging includes Park Seven around the KLCC area, AmanSari in Puchong Kinrara, 20trees in the Melawati area and Five Stones in SS2. PJ.

By The Star

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