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Malaysia Penang Moves Up the Huge League Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

The first thing that strikes you regarding Penang is the island’s aged planet impress. Lining the streets of George Town, are properly-preserved heritage buildings with shophouses every one —————- its own history. The streets come alive at night with inexpensive with scrumptious local fares that be in a position to be discovered at every nook plus cranny.

A a small number of streets away, though, signs of capitalism along with development are apparent. After that to Peranakan influenced shophouses and colonial buildings are buying malls and trendy skyscrapers.

This unique architectural and cultural townscape that combine each the standard and trendy, is what makes Penang so charming. In recognition for this distinctive trait, George City was accorded an inventory as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in July 2008. This has additional boosted Penang as a gorgeous tourism destination.

Transferring beyond tourism

Nevertheless, Penang is not just banking on its tourism industry to maintain its financial system afloat. Additionally it is residence to varied excessive-tech digital crops positioned within the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, in the southern a part of the island. In recent times, nonetheless, the state has been experiencing a gradual decline of overseas direct investments as a consequence of cheaper labour costs in China and India.

As such, Penang has been repositioning itself as a hub for medical tourism to additional improve its attractiveness as an funding destination. Moreover perennial favourites like Kuala Lumpur and Johor, Penang is fast rising as fashionable real estate investment destination among foreigners and Malaysians looking for a second home.

Based on the Malaysia Property Included (MPI), a trade physique that promotes Malaysian properties internationally, in 2008, Indian buyers have been the fourth largest in residential property investments in Malaysia after Singapore, the United Kingdom and Korea in the three states. At present, Penang has the third-largest financial system, after Selangor and Johor.

One island, many sorts

Referred to as “The Pearl of the Orient”, Penang is an island of 285 sq km situated in the Straits of Malacca with an estimated population of 1.5 million. Though smaller than Singapore, Penang has so much to offer. The island is irregularly shaped like a tortoise with a hilly and forested inside that divides the island into two.

Balik Pulau (that means Back of Island), situated on the west coast, is the sleepy part of Penang that’s served by only one important road slicing through hilly terrains and scenic reservoirs.

The primary buzz, however, lies on the east and north coast. In the Batu Ferringhi and Tanjong Bungah neighborhood, luxury hill prime condominiums and villas could be discovered with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. These areas are thought-about prime locations.

Batu Ferringhi is lined with hotels, seashore resorts and worldwide schools. Some notable hotels and resorts embody Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort, Grand Plaza Parkroyal, Holiday Inn Resort and Ferringhi Beach Resort. Upland Worldwide College can be within walking distance.

Tanjong Bungah is also dotted with many lodges, though not as upscale as those present in Batu Ferringhi. The area has also grow to be a favorite spot amongst expatriates because of the many medium to excessive-finish condominiums in the vicinity. In addition, it is near to Dalat International Faculty and the purchasing district of Gurney Drive.

Massive builders making inroads

Being an island, land costs come at a premium due to the scarcity of land versus the limited quantity of top of the range developments.

“In the event you examine the geography of Penang, solely half the land may be developed. The opposite half is actually very hilly. That is why property costs in Penang tend to move upwards,” says Juanita Chin, head of undertaking advertising for Reapfield, a Malaysian based property agency.

Native building laws here also restrict hill prime developments for security reasons. Something constructed 250 ft above seal stage just isn’t allowed. As such, most excessive-end residential developments are built in Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah, Gurney Drive and Queensbay.

The rising popularity of Penang as a retirement residence for foreigners and the rising affluence of Penangites are serving to to fuel demand for prime-end homes. And builders in Malaysia have been fast to act on consumers’ urge for food for luxury properties.

Numerous Kuala Lumpur based mostly developers like IJM Land, S P Setia Berhad, Plenitude Heights Sdn Bhd and Jap & Oriental (E & O) Property Growth have now made inroads in Penang, competing alongside local large boys like Hunza Properties Berhad.

The scarcity of land, nevertheless, means builders have just one approach to go – reclaim extra land. At present, there may be one main reclaimation work taking place close to Penang Bridge for IJM Land’s combined-use improvement, The Light. E & O’s improvement in Seri Tanjung Pinang was also constructed on reclaimed land.

Developments to be careful for

Driving along Tanjong Bungah and Batu Ferringhi, one can not assist but notice rows and rows of excessive-end wanting condominiums and landed houses being offered for sale. However, buyers should go in with their eyes extensive open, as a few of these tasks will not be as luxurious as they seem. A positive-fireplace way is to have interaction reputable actual estate agents conversant in the local property market and to go for developers with a robust observe record.

Medium to high-end tasks which are at the moment being supplied by reputable developers in Penang include Plenitude Heights’ Bayu Ferringhi in Batu Ferringhi, Hunza’s Infinity in Tanjong Bungah and Gurney Paragon in Gurney Drive, IJM Land’s The Light close to to Queensbay, Japanese & Oriental’s (E & O) Seri Tanjung Pinang in Tanjung Tokong and S P Setia’s Setia Pearl Island in Bayan Lepas.

Batu Ferringhi

Plenitude Peak’s luxury freehold offering, Bayu Ferringhi is located on the north western part of Penang in the touristy Batu Ferringhi area. The event contains 44 models of three storey semi-indifferent houses designed exclusively as linked bungalows and a 32-storey condominium tower. The whole Bayu Ferringhi growth is built on elevated land offering breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea.

The landed houses use glass home windows as well as sliding doorways liberally to capture the beauty of beachfront living. Every unit also comes with high ceilings in the living and eating areas. Bayu Ferringhi’s semi-indifferent houses are priced from RM1, 762, 000 onwards and are anticipated to be accomplished by June 2011.

The condominium provides 112 unique “bungalows-in-the-sky” house items and is expected completed by March 2012. The units have been uniquely designed as four indifferent residences on each flooring every offering optimum sea views. Costs begin from RM764, 000 onwards.

Such condominiums with ocean views can command prime dollar while rentals for a 3-bed room condominium can yield between RM4, 000 to RM5, 500.

“There are some sea view tasks right here that have been first launched at RM400 per sq ft. Three years down the highway, prices have gone as much as RM600 to RM 650 per sq ft and remains to be moving,” says Chin.

To date 70 % of the complete improvement has been sold. Foreigners made up 65 % of the entire sales.

Tanjung Bungah

Hunza’s Infinity is a freehold project comprising towers proper next to a beach. Comprising 119 items of condominiums, penthouses and cabanas, Infinity is ideally situated 10 minutes away from Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi, The condominium is about 5m above the ground level with Tower A supplying you with one of the best ocean view. Your complete improvement speaks of opulence with generous flooring to ceiling peak and spaces. There are only models per ground giving residents a sense of privacy.

Condominium sizes range between 3, 693 sq ft four, 866 sq ft making them notably enticing for staying or leasing. Prices at Infinity start from RM1.745 million onwards. Infinity’s expected rental yield is about 6 to 8 percent per annum.

Gurney Drive

Hunza’s other luxurious providing is Gurney Paragon, just next to CapitaLand Mall’s Gurney Plaza. Smacked right in the midst of Gurney Drive, Gurney Paragon presents the best of city residing with ocean views. This freehold development contains condominium towers and a shopping mall of greater than 1 million sq ft retail space. Gurney Paragon enjoys frontages of each Gurney Drive and Jalan Kelawai.

The East Tower affords models per floor and so they come in generous sizes. Typical items range from 4, 586 sq ft to four, 629 sq ft whereas duplexes vary from 5, 404 sq ft to five, 728 sq ft. A penthouse unit includes 10, 442 sq ft of space. The West Tower gives four models per flooring ranging from 2, 810 sq ft to 3, 154 sq ft. Penthouses are available sizes of 5, 867 sq ft and 6, 792 sq ft. All models have spacious balconies.

Costs at Gurney Paragon begin from RM1.seventy five million onwards. Gurney Paragon’s great location makes it a well-liked investment amongst Singaporeans. The anticipated rental yield is about 6 to eight p.c per annum.


IJM Land Berhad is at present reclaiming 152 acres of land for its formidable mission called The Light. Situated simply 10 minutes away from George Town and next to the Penang Bridge, will probably be developed in three phases over 12 years.

The venture has an estimated gross development worth (GDV) of RM5.2 billion. When completed, the freehold improvement will comprise 1,177 residences, including waterfront villas and condominiums.

The first section of the residential collection, The Mild Linear, includes 328 items with constructed-up from 1, 475 to 1, 539 sq ft. Part one was launched in August final year at an average value of RM410 to RM450 per sq ft. All the non-bumiputera models had been sold, bringing gross sales to 82 percent. Overseas homebuyers made up 5 % of the project’s purchasers.

Tanjung Tokong

E&O’s Seri Tanjung Pinang is a seafront residential venture positioned on the northeast coast of Penang. Approximately 5km from Georgetown, this improvement was built on 908-acres of reclaimed land. Only the primary section, comprising 240 acres of reclaimed land, had been developed. To date, over 500 landed residential properties have been developed and offered in the first phase.

E & O in January introduced that it will launch the RM 1.eight million luxurious condominium referred to as The Quayside in early February. The estimated product sales worth for the primary section, which includes the Quayside and Straits Quay, is RM four billion.

Bayan Lepas

In southern Penang, S P Setia is building Setia Pearl Island which is situated close to to the Penang International Airport and the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone. Setia Pearl Island contains freehold indifferent and semi-detached homes in addition to a condominium tower called Reflection. Sprawling across 112.6 acres, the event is divided into six isles every with its personal unique character.

“The free trade zone is a driver for Penang’s economy. The people who work here are in the center revenue group, which is our target market,” says Yeoh Chee Beng, sales and advertising manager for SP Setia.

S P Setia is at the moment focusing on The Isle of Conifers which has three storey detached and semi-detached houses that overlook a meadow of coniferous trees. In the midst of March, Setia might be launching the Aura and Caria semi-indifferent properties within the isle with a pricing of RM1.368 million onwards.

Yeoh also revealed that S P Setia had bought out 65 p.c of its 315 items at Reflection. The condominium models come with a built-up area starting from 1, 077 sq ft to 1, 512 sq ft and have been bought at RM 360 per sq ft during its preview. Units from the fifth floor onwards command sea views. Reflection can command RM2, 000 in rental yield per month. Reflection will be launched again in February 2010 with the items to be priced from RM430, 000 onwards.


S P Setia can even be launching Brook Residence comprising 11 bungalow models at Brook Highway, off Jesselton Highway at the end of the year with a pricing of RM5 million onwards. Jesselton is a small and unique residential area which is often known as the “wealthy man’s row”.

Loads of room to grow

Market watchers are assured of Penang’s real estate sector saying there may be still plenty of room for growth, judging by the influx of high quality builders here.

“Property prices in island akin to Singapore and Hong Kong, are inclined to go upwards. The same for Penang,” says Chin.

“Penang is a singular island and is a scorching vacationer spot in Southeast Asia. The value of properties in Penang could be very useful due to the restricted land,” says Yeoh.

Although Penang’s infrastructure has yet to be absolutely developed, the island provides a slower tempo of life and a wealthy culture. Foreigners additionally discover Penang very affordable. Unlike Bali and Phuket which are too vacationer centric, foreigners get to take pleasure in the identical value of residing as Penangites. Perhaps, it’s for these reasons, Penang has probably the most variety of Malaysia My Second Home (“>MM2H) retirees.

Dwelling buying ideas in Penang:

Malaysia is the only country in the Southeast Asia offering free hold properties with 100 percent overseas ownership. Here are some suggestions for those trying to spend money on Penang:

Foreigner will first need to enter a gross sales and purchase settlement with a developer.

Buyers can only purchase properties which might be above RM 500, 000.

Buyers should solely purchase from reputable developers with a strong observe record.

Buyers can not sell their properties for the first three years after signing the purchase agreement.

Buyers can enjoy bank mortgage from up to 60 to 75 % from Malaysian “>Housing Loan

Those that apply under the MM2H programme can rise up to eighty percent loan.

There’s a 5 percent tax on capital positive aspects underneath the Actual Property Tax Beneficial properties (RPGT) ruling for those sell their properties within the first 5 years.


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