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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Resort-style Balinese house

By The Star

This Balinese-inspired bungalow is sited on a trapezium-shaped piece of land at the Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Resort (BJGCR). The front entrance is narrow and fans out to the back, overlooking an 18-hole golf course.

“With a narrow entrance, wealth that flows in are trapped inside,” says the owner.

Although BJGCR is slightly over 10 years old, the house was only completed at the end of 2006. The owner moved in sometime January this year. The owner bought the land about three years ago at RM130 per sq ft. There are about 300 units of bungalows at the moment in the vicinity.

The entrance with its nyatoh doors from Chiengmai and pebble washed flooring embellished with railroad sleeper timber

“I’m a social golfer and I wanted a golf view. I have always enjoyed my holidays in resort hotels and this is close to resort living. I could have picked another golf and country resort, but I also valued the security that BJGCR offers,” he says, adding that although there is a Bukit Jalil clubhouse, it is not accessible through the residential entrance to the BJGCR development.

“Only those who live here can get pass the guard house at the entrance to this development. The security and maintenance charge is only RM180, which is fine with me,” says the owner.

The house is located on one of the bigger pieces of land in that development at about 8,500 sq ft. Most of the land sizes there are about 6,000 sq ft. The majority of the buyers there combined two pieces of land for development. The owner is ready to move as he seldom stays for long in a particular location.

“My hobby is home decor. I enjoy going for house launches and looking at furniture and interior works. I also follow a friend who operates a Balinese furniture shop whenever he goes to Bali to replenish his supplies. I’ve done what I could in this house,” he says.

Timber trusses accentuate the entire length of the living area with sliding doors on both sides

He is selling the place lock, stock and barrel. Pointing to a couple of stone carvings of about two feet tall placed at the front door entrance, he says he got most of the things at a very good price.

“When I built this house, I wanted something earthy and cozy. Timber and exposed roof tiles tend to give the place that earthy rustic feel so I had quite a bit of timber trusses in the public areas of the house, exposed roof tiles in porch and terraces.

“Because I enjoy the outdoors, I had quite a bit of railroad sleepers – thick chunky beams – timber turned into garden furniture sets,” he says.

Besides Bali, he also went to other parts of Southeast Asia to source for home decor items, buying two-leafed nyatoh doors for the front entrance and fitting it with metal handles, which he separately sourced from Bali.

He also enjoys like stone carvings and this can be found abundantly inside and outside the house.

BJGCR is located across the road from the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex off the Seremban-KL Highway at the Seri Petaling exit. Access to Petaling Jaya is via the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP).

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