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Friday, March 7, 2008

I&P plans four launches in Bangi

An artist's impression of I&P's Phase 1P3 2-storey cluster home

ISLAND & Peninsular Bhd (I&P) has planned four launches comprising terraced and semi-detached homes this year for its Alam Sari project located in the township of Bangi, Selangor. Having sold out Phase 1P1 of Ilmia during its sales launch in November last year, the developer will be launching Phases 1P2 and 1P3 before the end of this month.

I&P group managing director Datuk Jamaludin Osman told PropertyPlus that most of the buyers of Phase 1P1 were from and within the Bangi locality. “Buyers in Bangi look for landed property with freehold titles. There are purchasers who upgrade from living in apartments to landed homes; there are also some who upgrade from terraced homes to semidees,” he shared.

Phase 1P1 homes were priced between RM248,088 and RM512,760 and offered 90 units of 2-storey terraced homes sized at 22ft by 75ft with built-ups ranging from 2,099 sq ft to 2,271 sq ft. With Phase 1P2 and 1P3, I&P expects to put out 60 units of 2-storey terraced homes and 32 units of 2- storey cluster homes respectively.

Homes in Phase 1P2 are sized at 22ft by 75ft with built-ups from 2,044 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft while Phase 1P3 homes are sized at 33ft by 85ft with builtups between 2,400 sq ft and 2,600 sq ft. The homes are tentatively priced at RM255,000 for Phase 1P2 and RM448,000 for Phase 1P3. According to Jamaludin, these homes are targeted at government servants, businessmen and a multiracial community.

“Phase 1P3 offers cluster-style homes, which are planned in clusters and short rows. The homes are built according to the natural terrain and are functional, with a practical layout suitable for modern-day needs. These homes are also designed to be protected from the sun and rain,” explained Jamaludin.

Located within the heart of Bangi, about 3.5km south of Bandar Baru Bangi, Alam Sari has a gross development value (GDV) of RM1 billion and takes up 432.5 freehold acres. Set within the vicinity of higher learning institutions such as Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the EPF Training Centre (ESSET) and the Petronas Management Training Centre, the “Neighbourhood of Academia” township will feature academically themed parks and precincts.

Upon completion, the township is expected to have 3,435 units of residential properties including semidees, bungalows, orchard lots and apartments as well as shops, convenience centres and a supermarket or mall complemented by facilities and amenities such as schools, kindergarten, a community hall, police station, parks and gardens.

With an expected population of 17,000 upon full occupation, the township would take between eight and 10 years to complete. “Construction for Phase 1P1 which commenced in November last year, is currently in progress and targeted for completion in the middle of 2009,” said Jamaludin.

I&P’s other developments include Bandar Kinrara, Alam Damai in Cheras, Alam Impian in Shah Alam, and Kota Bayuemas in Klang. In early January, the developer launched Phase 4D5 of shop offices at the RM3.9 billion freehold township, Bandar Kinrara. Out of 30 units, only 20 were opened for sale while the remaining 10 units were retained as assets, said Jamaludin.

Currently about 30% sold, the shop offices come in six designs with standard lots measuring 22ft by 80ft and builtups between 4,960 sq ft and 10,896 sq ft. Pegged between RM1.68 million and RM3.99 million, these units are targeted at business owners, banks, restaurant owners and investors. “The land is currently being cleared, and the project is targeted for completion within three years,” said Jamaludin.

Meanwhile at the residential parcel of Bandar Kinrara, the developer launched Phase 9A9A also known as “Butik Bungalow”. According to Jamaludin, the 14 units of 2-storey bungalows have been 30% sold since it was opened for sale in November last year. Available in five types and five designs, the homes are priced between RM1,137,888 and RM1,459,888.

There are also two bungalow lots for sale within this phase. “These are affordable and modulardesign bungalows with big land areas, which allows room for future expansion.

The homes are targeted at the middle to higher-income group, and for those looking to upgrade,” said Jamaludin. The bungalows come in lot sizes of between 7,200 sq ft and 11,000 sq ft and built-ups of between 2,714 sq ft and 3,030 sq ft. “It is now at the foundation stage and will be completed in approximately two years,” he added.

By theSun (by Yeong Ee-Wah)

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