7 most affordable duplexes and studios for rent in Klang Valley

This article was originally published on 2nd May 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

Why not pay a little more than your overpriced master bedroom for complete privacy? Consider renting one of these affordable duplexes or studios for a space to call your own. 


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The middle class is often one of the leading indicators in modern economies. Thus, we are using the Middle 40% (M40) income group as a benchmark for affordability. According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the Middle 40% (M40) income group had a median monthly household income of RM6,275 in 2016, which is barely enough to get by nowadays.

The cost of living and property prices in Klang Valley escalate constantly, prompting more singles at the start of their professional careers to rent their abodes for financial reasons. There has been a mushrooming of options for singles searching for cosy homes that are easier on their budget, without sacrificing on quality and privacy.

The following are duplexes and studios in Klang Valley that may offer some viable options for the M40s, based on several basic estimates. A good rule of thumb is that housing expenses should not exceed 30% of your household income. If your monthly instalment is RM1,883, your total household income must be at least RM6,275. Also, you need to consider other home-related expenses such as WiFi, Netflix, etc.

  • M40’s median monthly income: RM6,275

  • A monthly rental not exceeding RM1,882.50

Here are the seven most affordable duplexes and studios for rent in Klang Valley. This is based on the review period between January 2020 to September 2020 and information compiled by iProperty.com.my‘s big data solution iPropertyIQ.com. The properties are ranked in ascending order and presented based on the visit percentage.

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7. Halo Sunday @ Empire City, Damansara Perdana 

Percentage of visits: 6.6%

Set within the affluent township of Damansara, this one-bedroom studio in Empire City is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most popular shopping malls in Klang Valley, such as The Curve and Ikea. Also, tenants may enjoy the green features and basic in-house facilities such as a swimming pool and gymnasium.

The MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line or MRT 1 has provided a huge boost to connectivity for residents in the vicinity, enabling them to shuttle back and forth to their offices in the city center without too much hassle. On top of that, it has direct connectivity to highways and major roads like the LDP, SPRINT, Penchala Link, and North-South Expressway.

Type: Studio

Median rental price (RM): 1,200/ month

Built-up size: 426 sq ft to 952 sq ft

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6. Emporis Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Percentage of visits: 6.6%

Tenants have four different layouts to choose from. The duplexes come with a bedroom and two/three bathrooms. Not just that, Emporis Kota Damansara offers top-notch luxury facilities to its residents. They are pampered with a garden deck, herb garden, exercise lawn, BBQ terrace part deck, and other over the top facilities. It is also located along Persiaran Surian and is only 1km away from MRT Kota Damansara station. Check out the top 5 most searched properties for rent in Petaling Jaya here.

Type: Duplex

Median rental price (RM): 1,800/ month

Built-up size: 662 sq ft to 1,012 sq ft

5. My Loft @ Empire City, Damansara Perdana

Percentage of visits: 6.8%

My Loft is situated at a strategic location. It has direct access to major roads and highways like the LDP, SPRINT and North-South Expressway. This residence is also a short distance away from Empire City Shopping Mall. In terms of in-house facilities, there is a landscaped garden, carpark, and mini market.

Type: Duplex

Median rental price (RM): 1,300/ month

Built-up size: 768 sq ft to 813 sq ft

4. 28 Boulevard, Ampang 

Percentage of visits: 14.6%`

This spanking new residence offers modern architecture and picturesque views of the KL city skyline. 28 Boulevard was designed to incorporate the city life and greeneries where residents may enjoy the sunrise and sunsets from the comfort of their homes. On top of that, there are top-notch facilities within the building such as jacuzzi, sauna, yoga deck, enchanted trees and starry pool, meditation pavilion, swimming pool, etc. It is accessible via the MRR2. Check out the top 5 most searched properties for rent in Ampang here.

Type: Studio

Median rental price (RM): 1,500/ month

Built-up size: 450 sq ft

3. Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana

Percentage of visits: 17.8%`

Empire Damansara is the perfect match for a young executive who looks for business and lifestyle balance. It is situated in a prime location as it can be easily accessed via a network of highways and main roads.  Amenities are also excellent as the Mutiara Damansara area is within a 5-minute drive away from this residence. There’s IKEA Damansara, The Curve, eCurve, IPC Shopping Center, and Mutiara Damansara MRT for a seamless commute. Not just that, facilities at Empire Damansara are tip-top. There’s a private club, swimming pool, gymnasium, etc.

Type: Duplex and studio

Median rental price (RM): 1,500/ month

Built-up size: 363 sq ft to 752 sq ft

2. EkoCheras, Cheras

Percentage of visits: 19.1%`

This eco-friendly fully integrated development is comprised of serviced residences, a shopping mall, a hotel, and offices. Tenants may choose to rent a studio, SoHo, or SoHo duplex unit. Taking nature as the theme, EkoCheras incorporates a park, sky garden, and courtyards that create greenery views. There’s also an infinity sky pool, garden, and sky jacuzzi as well as a sky lounge. Seamless connectivity is a plus point as the MRT Taman Mutiara is only 750m away. It is also accessible via Jalan Cheras, MRR2, and SALAK Expressway.

Type: Duplex and studio

Median rental price (RM): 1,800/ month

Built-up size: from 595 sq ft

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1. Highpark Suites, Kelana Jaya

Percentage of visits: 28.5%`

Highpark Suites is the first green highrise building in Kelana Jaya. Located at the heart of the township, this residence is a short distance away from the hypermarket, banks, and restaurants. Other than offering a scenic view of the city, residents enjoy all sorts of high-class facilities such as an Olympic-length swimming pool, outdoor gym, jogging track aqua gym, herbs garden, maze, and a lot more features. It is accessible via the LDP.

Type: Duplex and studio

Median rental price (RM): 1,700/ month

Built-up size: 452 sq ft to 840 sq ft

Note: Analytics is based on the data available at the date of publication and may be subject to revision as and when more data becomes available.

Edited by Mira Soyza


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