5 less popular towns in Klang Valley that are ideal for expats

If you’re an expat looking for a cosy neighbourhood other than Mont Kiara to live in, then these places are worth considering.

We know that leaving the comfort of your own home country and moving abroad can be a daunting task. You will need to adjust to a whole load of different things – ranging from food and weather to language and lifestyle. But nevertheless, it can be one of the best decisions you make in your life as you will be introduced to a new world filled with different culture and people. If you’ve decided to move to Malaysia, particularly Klang Valley, we guarantee you that you’ll be in for an amazing ride.

However, finding the right place to live in is crucial when you move to a new country as you will be spending most of your time here. From wondering about crime rates to traffic problems, the quality of local hospitals and schools, it’s never easy finding the best neighbourhood to live in. In Klang Valley, most expats would opt live in popular places like Bangsar, Mont Kiara and KLCC.

While there’s nothing wrong with these towns as they are well-equipped with international schools, malls and parks, but they definitely come with a hefty price tag and is overly-populated with expats. So, if you’re looking for something more unconventional, then we suggest you check out these wonderful areas that are ideal to move to.

1. Kota Kemuning

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Located in Shah Alam, Kota Kemuning is probably not the first place you think of when you want to find a house due to its distance to the city centre. But, this neighbourhood is a close-knitted one equipped with most of the things that you would need. There are a few international schools within the vicinity which include Cherie Hearts International Preschool Kota Kemuning, GlobalinkHouse International Preschool and Beaconhouse Kota Kemuning.

Besides that, this well-established residential neighbourhood also has HeroMarket, a one-stop grocery store that sells both local and international products to cater to the expat community. In addition, most of the properties in Kota Kemuning are gated and guarded, hence making it perfect for your family as security is well taken care of. Check out these places in Kota Kemuning you may want to consider.

2. Kelana Jaya

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Unlike Kota Kemuning, Kelana Jaya, a neighbourhood that is part of the Petaling Jaya city, is slightly closer to the city centre and it has all the necessary amenities that an expat would need. Kelana Jaya is a matured area that is well-connected to different parts of Klang Valley – all thanks to the Kelana Jaya LRT Line and Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) that actually cuts through this neighbourhood.

Apart from that, residents can also find Paradigm Mall within their vicinity making the area perfect to raise a family as well as for singles. Although Kuala Lumpur City Centre is about 18km away, most residents would not need to go there frequently as they have everything that they need in Kelana Jaya itself. From international schools to malls as well as parks, you can find all of it in this neighbourhood. You can rent a unit in Kelana Jaya for as low as RM1300.

3. Desa ParkCity

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Fondly known as DPC, Desa ParkCity is an award-winning master-planned development and is one of the most sought-after townships in Kuala Lumpur with its new urbanist (gated) community living concept.

With its own central park, commercial area and international school, living in DPC is like living in a city of its own. Apart from that, the neighbourhood is also safe and is animal friendly. Hence, it’s a good place to raise your family with both your kids and furkids. For those who prefer exclusivity, check out these listing of places to rent in Desa Park City. 

4. Seputeh

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Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Mid Valley City, Seputeh is an established residential district that’s been around on the block for quite some time now. Apart from its close proximity to the city centre, the area is also home to a good balance of locals and expats, with many schools, a common public park and places of worship within the area.

Some of the schooling options that are nearby Seputeh include SMJK Kuen Cheng, Vikas International School, Methodist College and Brickfields Asia College. Besides that, the neighbourhood is also geographically close to KL Sentral, making public transportation a non-issue. You can browse through some of the best properties in Seputeh here to give you an idea.

5. Setia Alam

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This is another township that is quite far from the city centre but is fully-equipped with the best amenities. Located in Shah Alam, this relatively new township is an integrated development spanning over 4, 000 acres. It is easily accessible to other areas in Klang Valley via New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and Federal Highway. Housing a number of international schools namely Tenby International & Private School Setia Eco Park, Idrissi International School and Peninsula International School Australia, Setia Alam is no doubt a hotspot for expats who fancy living far away from the congested city centre.

Besides that, the opening of Setia City Mall also ensures that the residents don’t have to travel out looking for entertainment outlets as the mall has plenty of good restaurants, retail outlets and a cinema. Rentals here are a steal too, check out these listings in Setia Alam.

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Written by Rubaa Shunmuganathan