By THE STAR
SOME property developers are like magicians. Like magicians who can turn a toad into a prince, developers such as YTL Land & Development Bhd can also transform a 100-acre leasehold land beside a former mining lake in Puchong into a fairly high-end residential enclave called the Lake Edge.
The name is apt as this gated and guarded community is beside a former mining pond where part of it has been turned into a nice park.
It is a quiet haven, cloistered from bustling Puchong where the Tesco hypermarket is a mere stone’s throw away.
Indeed the Lake Edge has been transformed beyond recognition into the best residential development in Puchong!
Gurkha guards check on everyone at the guardhouse. The state-of-the-art security with perimeter fencing and panic buttons in every house also give residents peace of mind.
Unlike some neighbouring projects that still adopt conventional designs, the Lake Edge houses are all landed and “speak” the same architectural language featuring a collection of courtyard, terrace, semi-detached homes and bungalows, all with clean-cut designs and wide-open windows in a pleasant surrounding.
For example, there are broad curved streets to promote a safe environment for residents particularly children, thus creating a picturesque effect.
The Water Edge (a chic waterfront esplanade with a skate park, water promenade, and nice playground equipment) and Linear Park (meandering forest footpath, spice garden, and reflexology trail) all foster healthy living and a peaceful environment.
A modern clubhouse, completed about a year ago, now stands beside the lake. The moderate size clubhouse is for the residents’ exclusive use. It boasts of a nice swimming pool, a cafe on the first floor and tennis and basketball courts.
Behind is a big open space planted with trees, children’s playground, boardwalk, jogging track and a row of 33 units of Promenade Terraces houses overlooking a small lake.
These 24ft x 85ft houses with 3,430 sq ft built-up area were completed last October and the last few units are being offered for sale from RM799,000. The 350 sq ft master bedroom on the top floor has an attached bathroom, and an exotic outdoor shower area.
Some of the purchasers have also moved into their Pavilion (37 units) and Garden Terraces (47 units) 22ft x 100ft homes. They were handed over around last July.
When these 4+1-room, 2½-storey houses were launched a few years ago, they drew many people with their innovative concepts.
Buyers are offered a choice of a spacious living room (housed in a pavilion) overlooking a 20ft private back garden for the Pavilion Terraces (RM680,000/3,186 sq ft built-up) where the Phase 1 units have been sold out and an outdoor jacuzzi for the Garden Terraces (from RM582,000/3,117 sq ft).
Both types have 4+1 rooms. Prices of some of the houses are said to have gone up by 50%.
The first to be launched were the 192 units of two-storey 24ft x 85ft Courtyard Homes. Phase 1 that was sold out within three days of official launch in April 2004 was completed in January 2006.
They have two built-up sizes of 2,583 sq ft and 2,560 sq ft and were priced from RM380,000 to RM788,000.
Everything looks fine except the rubbish compartment that is rather small. YTL Land should perhaps plant some tall pine trees so that they could serve as a natural boundary and partly block the not-so-nice view of other housing projects.
The developer Pakatan Perakbina Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of YTL Land) will be launching the Parkville, an exclusive collection of eight semi-detached houses and eight bungalows.
The 5+1-room, 50ft x 90ft semi-detached house will have 4,102 sq ft built-up area. Meanwhile, the 6+1-room bungalow will have lot size of 60ft x 93ft and 60ft x 103 ft and built-up areas of 5,187 sq ft and 5,194 sq ft respectively.
“We have not decided on the pricing yet as we plan to sell them only after their completion,” said YTL Land executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian, who showed work in progress on one of the bungalows that come with Egyptian marble slabs, Burmese teak strips and metal roof trusses.
The good thing about the Lake Edge, as Yeoh pointed out, is that buyers must abide by a strict set of rules and could not renovate, as they like. They cannot, for instance, change the house’s facade or colour or build a high wall. This will ultimately protect property values.
Yeoh said 50 units of the 2½-storey semi-detached houses, called the Waterville, might be launched in February 2008.
Each of these houses will have their own lap pool!