Living next to the sea is no longer just a dream.
A beach is a common symbol in a lot of our getaways. We may slog at our daily jobs and routines in a concrete jungle, but in between all that hustle and bustle, we’d retreat to one of nature’s most enriching wonders to wind down and relax.
Most of us would have watched TV shows with characters who live on beachfront properties or home improvement TV shows which features houses with a beach/sea view – something we never considered as a possibility in our ordinary lives. The idea that you can get out to your balcony and take in the morning sea breeze just before you head out to work seems too idyllic, almost too good to be true in fact.
Well, as it turns out, living on a beachfront/seaside property in Malaysia is not just a fantasy. It is entirely possible to live out your days next to a beach and not be too detached from the city’s hustle and bustle. Malaysia’s many popular seaside towns and cities, such as Penang and Port Dickson can offer interested parties some breezy options.
If you’ve entertained the idea of living on a beachfront property, here are some considerations for you to start off with:
1. Tanjung Beach, Penang
Tanjung Beach Condominium offers people living here the perfect marriage between the bustle of city life and the tranquillity of a beach. Nestled strategically between social hubs of Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi, residents have easy access to lifestyle amenities.
At the same time, it offers residents the benefits of living in an extremely low-density development (just 30 units in total housed in a single block) and more importantly, it is located just a short walk away from the beach. As far as amenities go, Tanjung Beach is about 7 minutes to Dalat International School by foot and is situated just a walk away from a bus station and a wet market.
Design of units vary and size range from between 2,500 to 5,000 sq ft per unit. Rental starts from as low as RM3,800 a month while purchase prices start from RM1.55 million.
2. By The Sea, Penang
By The Sea offers you a chance to live in the lap of modern luxury while taking in the full scope of nature’s beauty.
Comprising of just 138 units across 3 blocks, the sizes of units vary from 1,027 sq ft to penthouses at 3,012 sq ft. Rental prices starts from a chunky RM3,900 while if you are more interested in purchasing, prices start from a cool RM1.7 million
The relatively higher price is partly also due to the luxurious facilities the development itself offers like a gym by the river, a jogging track and a beachside tree house. This is before we even get to the easy beach access, which is just a stone’s throw away.
Besides that, residents need not fret about the traffic and parking situation at the social hub of Batu Ferringhi because it’s just a short walk away – with a host of cafes, pubs and restaurants – easily accessible by foot. One will not have to compromise between the energy of a city and the peacefulness of beach-living because By The Sea has literally the best of both worlds.
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3. Somerset Puteri Harbour, Johor
Somerset Puteri Harbour is not technically located by a beach, but it is situated next to a marina which offers residents copious amounts of a waterfront view. Layouts in Somerset comes with choices of studio units, 1-bedroom units, 2-bedrooms units, 3-bedrooms units, as well as penthouses with a built-up of 3,650 sq ft.
Somerset is located 20 minutes away from the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link and 25 minutes away from Senai International Airport, making it an ideal location for working professionals who are constantly on-the-go, but who also want to retreat to waterfront haven of relaxation. It is also located walking distance from family-orientated attractions such as Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & Thomas Town Theme Park and Kota Iskandar.
4. D’Wharf Residence, Port Dickson
Part of the PD Waterfront project, D’Wharf Residence is a serviced residence that offers residents modern and new amenities mixed in together with some good old-fashioned beach-style relaxation. The distance to the nearest McDonald’s is about the same as the distance to the beach, and both can be accessed by foot.
Aside from the great hotel-quality amenities offered to residents – from jacuzzies, landscaped gardens and a barbecue area – D’Wharf is also right smack within a buzzing township with schools, shopping malls, cafes, restaurants and more – just a short walk away.
Buying into it won’t cost you an arm and leg either. You can get a medium-sized unit with 2 bedrooms for under RM600k . The rent is on the steep side though, a 3-bedroom unit is going for RM6,500 a month.
5. Paragon Residences @ Straits View, Johor
Located in a low-density neighbourhood, Paragon Residences offers residents a pretty sweet experience of retreating into a quiet life, but without social amenities being too far away. Being situated in Zone A of the Iskandar development, access to malls, golf clubs, hospitals, schools and a marina are just a short drive away.
6. Impiana Residences, Kuantan
Impiana Residences, situated in popular beach destination Cherating, is one of the newer kids on the block when it comes to beachfront living. The luxury-style development (of which commercial units bear strata titles) is scheduled to only be completed by 2021.
The serviced residence feature units with a built-up space between 566 to 1,399 sq ft that are luxuriously furnished and fully serviced. Residents will have easy access to the same stretch of beach that houses the Turtle Sanctuary, a place where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs between April and August.
Accessibility is also generally good, with the main coastal road of Jalan Kuantan a short drive away, which connects to the main highways that lead to East and West Coast of Malaysia as well as the Tun Razak Expressway which links to the south towards Johor and Singapore.
Purchasers could opt between four layouts where prices range from RM477,000 to RM1,367,000.
Before you consider any of these dream properties, you might want to conduct some financial due diligence first to ensure you can afford it. One great way is to calculate your debt-to-service ratio (DSR) to find out what is your maximum home loan eligibility. You can do this easily via LoanCare in just three steps – try it out yourself today!
Edited by Reena Kaur Bhatt