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SURE WINNER: City of Elmina is proving to be another hit for award-winning property giant Sime Darby Property
Sime Darby Property, developer of some of the most distinguished townships in the Klang Valley and Greater Kuala Lumpur such as Ara Damansara, Bukit Jelutong, Denai Alam, Subang Jaya and Putra Heights adds another feather to its cap with the launch of City of Elmina, a unique 5,000-acre township located along the Guthrie Corridor Expressway.
With a vast land bank of 19,000 acres, the largest among Malaysian property developers, Sime Darby Property is leading the pack again with homes in the City of Elmina bringing Malaysians a fresh concept of ‘wellness’ and ‘liveability’ in a holistic manner, setting a benchmark in township living.
Accentuating a balanced and wholesome lifestyle, City of Elmina is based on a holistic concept that embraces eight cornerstones of living – social, environmental, intellectual, family, occupational, physical, emotional and spiritual values. With these qualities as the bedrock of the township, Sime Darby Property hopes to spearhead a completely fresh concept of wellness.
The township is also developed in line with the Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, an internationally recognised standard that measures “liveability” in terms of safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political and economic stability, and public transportation.
These international benchmarks ensure that buyers are assured of top quality homes and judging by the overwhelming response to the soft launch of the first series of homes in City of Elmina, Sime Darby Property has yet another winner in its portfolio.
The first phase at the recent soft launch offering a total of 255 units of double-storey link houses valued at RM188 million collectively were sold out. The launch included 117 units of 20’ x 88’ link homes (Ariza), 65 units of 24’ x 79’ link homes (Keana) and 73 units of 30’ x 69’ link homes (Regia). Prices of these freehold properties range from RM599,888 to RM828,888 for intermediate units.
Besides the residential units, the industrial component of City of Elmina has also been well received. Sime Darby Property recently saw all of its 51 vacant lots amounting to 95.46 acres with a sales value of RM370 million being completely taken up.
Datuk Abd. Wahab Maskan, Group Chief Operating Officer of Sime Darby Berhad and Managing Director of Sime Darby Property Berhad believes that the time is ripe for such a comprehensive township. “
City of Elmina’s dedication to the pursuit of a healthy and balanced lifestyle will have wide appeal among property buyers,” he says.
Wahab further explains the vital elements that make the City of Elmina such an attractive proposition to investors.
“A significant factor is the township’s 300-acre parkland that is an extension of the existing 2,700-acre forest reserve adjacent to the township. The township will also feature, amongst others, a 70km cycling track, a well-marked marathon-distance (42km) jogging track and a wellness cluster of retail shops, facilities and amenities centered on health and well-being. In addition, the safety and security of our residents will also be a priority and have been incorporated from the design stages of this township,” Wahab says.
Wahab also elaborates that in line with the township’s holistic theme, each unit in City of Elmina has an open plan layout that combines its living, dining and dry kitchen areas to create a wholesome liveable home. “In our houses, the kitchen becomes the heart of the home. Being at the centre of the home, anyone in the kitchen will be able to see and interact with family members who are in the dining room or living area, thus fostering closer ties,” Wahab reveals.
Another prime consideration for investors is City of Elmina’s location in the Guthrie Corridor. As part of the Selangor Vision City, the entire Guthrie Corridor is set to be the growth centre and catalyst within Greater Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley in the foreseeable future as a result of strategic infrastructure, commercial and residential developments.
A wealth of connectivity options surrounds City of Elmina. It is a short drive from Damansara and Petaling Jaya and is also easily accessible via several major highways and main routes such as Guthrie Corridor Expressway, Shah Alam–Batu Arang Highway, New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR) and the proposed Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH).
DASH will also connect the township to Penchala Link, connecting future developments like the one taking place on the current Rubber Research Institute Malaysia (RRI) land as well as well-established townships of Kota Damansara and Mutiara Damansara. With the DASH Highway, City of Elmina will be an extension of Damansara, just a short drive away from Mutiara Damansara and Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
In addition, the Sungai Buloh MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Station is expected to be built on the RRI land development project. This station will be part of the proposed Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line and will also function as an interchange for the Sungai Buloh KTM Komuter. City of Elmina’s proximity to this transport hub will further enhance access to and from the township.
Sime Darby Property is planning to unveil City of Elmina’s next phase of homes in the fourth quarter of 2013. With the buzz around it resulting in 100 per cent take-up in the first series, potential home buyers are well advised to pre-register early so that they do not miss the opportunity to own a unit in this innovative and flourishing development.