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Monday, April 14, 2008

YTL’s Parkville set to be a runaway success

It is an exclusive phase in the upmarket Lake Edge in Puchong

The completion of Parkville, the latest phase of Lake Edge, in January offers yet another opportunity for those who seek something more than just a place to call home in Puchong.

Since YTL Land & Development Bhd's wholly owned subsidiary Pakatan Perakbina Sdn Bhd launched the 100-acre Lake Edge development in 2004, it has stirred up quite a buzz and will continue to do so with the newest offering.

Parkville is an exclusive collection of eight semi-detached houses and eight bungalows that line the perimeter of a linear park, which is dotted with elements such as a spice garden, reflexology trails and forest footpath.

YTL Land executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian said Parkville was not officially launched yet. The property developer wanted to publicise it only after the units were completed so that people could appreciate the value of the homes.

Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian showing the completed Parkville bungalows and semi-detached. In the foreground is the landscaped linear park

“Otherwise, people will think that it (Parkville) is just another bungalow and semi-detached project,” he said.

Yeoh stressed that YTL Land was “selling lifestyle, not just house per se,” he added.

Set on the fringe of a lake in Puchong, Lake Edge is a private gated community that is made up of courtyard, terrace and semi-detached homes, and bungalows. These units are surrounded by lush landscapes, garden hideaways and water features and are connected by a series of wide meandering pathways.

Lake Edge takes after the Australian green street concept.

Yeoh said the architecture and design of Parkville homes was inspired by what was found in Australia, especially in cities such as Perth.

“The weather there is almost like ours here and there is a lot of outdoor activities. So why can't we do something similar here, in terms of architecture? We have to break away from the cookie-cutter design,” he added.

Fences between houses are done away with and replaced by greenery and plenty of landscaping, thus creating a pleasant environment. Utility and service cables are buried, while drains are covered.

In the case of Parkville, the bungalows and semi-detached houses are arranged alternately and lined along two rows overlooking the sprawling linear park, with a meandering footpath that leads to the waterfront esplanade.

The alternate arrangement made it different from the usual stereotype, as the developer did not want it to look like terrace houses, said Yeoh.

He pointed out that the Parkville units were targeted at buyers planning to upgrade to bigger units, especially those living in Puchong. Even existing residents in Lake Edge have enquired about the units.

The five-plus-one-room semi-detached has a built-up area of 4,102 sq ft and is priced from RM1.5mil. The bungalow, with six-plus-one-rooms, is valued from RM2mil. The bungalows have two floor plans ranging between 5,187 and 5,194 sq ft. The Parkville homes are enhanced with quality finishing such as Burmese teak wood and Egyptian marble.

The unique features include a sunroom that looks out into a pond, extensive glass windows to create an open and airy interior and bedrooms designed with an open and spacious layout. Every bedroom is en suite but the master bathroom is designed after a spa-like sanctuary with freestanding bathtub, indoor and outdoor rain shower, and double vanity sinks on marble countertops.

After Parkville, YTL Land is set to launch the next phase known as Waterville comprising 50 2½-storey semi-detached homes spread over five acres. The former is deemed as the showcase for Waterville.

The semi-detached units will have a built-up area of 3,800 sq ft with four bedrooms and an additional maid's room. Every Waterville home comes with its own lap pool.

Yeoh said the entire Lake Edge development should be completed in two to three years with a gross development value of RM500mil.

“After Waterville, there will be about 20 acres left to be developed. We have some bungalow land fronting the lake which be developed later. We will pace ourselves and base the future phase on demand from the market,” he said.

Life is truly different at Lake Edge because YTL Land wants to create something unique and never seen before in Puchong, with a concept that appeals to people's lifestyle.

A big portion (40%) of the total acreage is dedicated to landscaping features such as the lake, linear park, curved streets and waterfront esplanade with a roomy children's playground. Residents also enjoy amenities such as swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts at a clubhouse in Lake Edge.

By The Star (by Chan Ching Thut)

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