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Thursday, January 19, 2012

L&G seeks more landbank

Low showing off the model of Damansara Foresta, a high-rise condominium project in Bandar Sri Damansara.

KUALA LUMPUR: Land & General Bhd (L&G) is looking to expand its landbank in prime locations, said managing director Low Gay Teck.

“We are looking to acquire more land in prime locations in the Klang Valley, Johor and Selangor. We are also trying to venture north to Penang as the property prices at these places are good,” he said at a briefing on its high-rise condominium project, Damansara Foresta in Bandar Sri Damansara.

However, he did not reveal the size of its current landbank. He noted that sourcing for ideal land was not an easy task and was a challenge for the company.

Low said it was currently busy developing Damansara Foresta and Elements@Ampang (a luxury condominium project in Ampang). Both projects have a gross development value (GDV) of RM700mil each.

“We are also planning for a mixed residential development on 220 acres of land in Seremban.

“Based on our initial estimate, the project has a GDV of about RM550mil,” he said, adding that L&G had kick-started all relevant pre-development for the Seremban project, but actual work might only commence at the end of this year.

Low said the question of a property bubble was “relative”.

“It happened because of all the hype from certain projects when the prices have gone too high. We're not selling very speculative property projects,” he said.

Commenting on its project, Damansara Foresta, Low said it was a freehold residential property located next to the Bukit Lanjan forest reserve.

“The overall project site consists of 42 acres, whereby only 21 acres will be developed for residential developments, leaving the remaining as natural forest,” he said.

Low said L&G would be taking registration for the third block of its Damansara Foresta project in February.

“We have sold part of the phase 1.

“We are now opening registration for Block C. Block A is 99% sold while Block B is 95% sold.”

Phase 1 consists of four blocks ranging from 227 to 237 units for each block.

Each unit ranges from 1,400 sq ft to 1,600 sq ft to a luxurious penthouse of above 3,000 sq ft.

The selling price for phase 1 ranges from RM500 to RM600 per sq ft with a maintenance fee of 25 sen per sq ft.

Low said the property was designed with lots of natural activities such as jungle trekking, resting pavilions, hammock garden, camping sites and others to make use of the forest area incorporated in the development.

“We have put up all the necessary precautions, including slope protection measures at Damansara Foresta,” he said when asked as the property was located on a highland, some 180 metres above sea level.

Damansara Foresta is expected to be completed by end-2015.

By The Star

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