Shah Alam today has come a long way from its days of oil palm and rubber estates. Since its debut in the early 1960s, Shah Alam has evolved into a bustling urban centre with a distinctive character. In 1978 when the Selangor state government decided to establish its administrative capital in Shah Alam, the township picked up the rapid pace in development.
Far from its lacklustre days of industrial estates, sparse residential areas and a handful of commercial buildings; today, Shah Alam hold great potential with award-winning residential precincts, robust commercial developments, exhilarating recreational hotspots and sprawling modern industrial hubs. The township is flanked by its older counterpart, Batu Tiga and a newer integrated township of Jelutong.
Once deemed to be a township that is too far away from the central business district of Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam has redefined itself to be an ideal hub for both corporate, industrial and residential purposes. Today, Shah Alam is hot on the radar of property investors and buyers with excellent accessibility via major highways and access roads connecting it to other neighbouring townships such as Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. Often referred to as the western corridor of the Klang Valley, Shah Alam has not only attracted local investors but also foreign investors and entrepreneurs who have established their manufacturing and corporate headquarters in Shah Alam.
The rapid development around and within Shah Alam is poised to bring further urbanisation into this city, especially with the extension of LRT train services in Shah Alam’s central areas, the upcoming Tropicana Metropark and the exciting I-City recreational mall. Its close proximity to Malaysia’s leading commercial ports in Port Klang is another advantage to Shah Alam’s progress into the future.
A town with a heart of its own
Today, Shah Alam is a township with a pulsating heart of its own. The northern and central parts of Shah Alam comprise several shopping hotspots, which include SACC Mall, Plaza Shah Alam, Kompleks PKNS, AEON Mall, Ole Ole Seksyen 18, Anggerik Mall, Tesco, Tesco Extra and Giant hypermarkets.
The township also boasts premier educational institutions such as INTEC Education College, University Teknologi Mara (UiTM), the Management and Science University (MSU) and KDU University College. Aside from reputable national schools, Shah Alam also has several international and private schools which include, Tenby Schools, Maz International School, Real Schools, Greenview Islamic School and the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur.
The famous Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, or better known as the “blue mosque” is a popular tourist attraction, whilst the Sultan of Selangor’s Palace and the Sultan Alam Shah Museum speak volumes of the township’s rich Malaysian heritage. Shah Alam also hosts the largest public library in Selangor, the Tun Uda Library. The township has its own stadium, government offices, national schools and public recreational sports and parks.
Shah Alam has premier healthcare services provided by the new Shah Alam Hospital, KPJ Specialist Hospital, Columbia Asia Hospital and Darul Ehsan Medical Centre.
James Tan, a consultant at Raine and Horne says that Shah Alam has rapidly evolved over the last two decades, and the landscape has changed tremendously. New townships and exciting developments have emerged in Shah Alam and have extended out to neighbouring Klang. These developments include Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Setia Alam, Eco Park, Aman Perdana, Cahaya SPK, Denai Alam, City of Elmina, Bandar Botanic, Tropicana Aman, Rimbayu and Eco Sanctuary, among others.
Double-storey homes price range from 2013 to 2015
An analysis of homeowners’ interest in properties in Shah Alam, Batu Tiga and Jelutong indicate that the majority of buyers looking for affordable prices were targeting Batu Tiga.
Data from iProperty.com’s iQ reveal that in the span of 3 years (2013 – 2015), 90% of buyers were in search for properties ranging from RM300,000 to RM500,000 in the Batu Tiga area.
Meanwhile in Shah Alam, from 2013 to 2015, approximately 66.5% of buyers were looking for properties in the price range of RM500,000 to RM1 million. In the span of these 3 years, only 15% to 17% of buyers have been on the look-out for homes ranging from RM300,000 to RM500,000 in Shah Alam.
Jelutong has attracted more high-end buyers, with data from 2013 to 2015 revealing that between 76.11% to 80.37% of buyers have been in search of homes ranging from RM700,000 to RM1.5 million.
Condominiums price range from 2013 to 2015
According to iProperty.com’s iQ data, from 2013 to 2015, approximately 83.26% to 95.59% of buyers are in search of condominium units in the price range of RM200,000 to RM500,000 in the Batu Tiga area.
In Shah Alam, between 75.69% to 82.41% of buyers are looking for properties within the ranges of RM300,000 to RM700,000.
Jelutong scores high with high-end buyers, with 50% to 57% of buyers seeking homes ranging from RM500,000 to RM1 million. Those looking for homes between RM300,000 to RM500,000 have also gradually increased over the years from 24.19% to around 30%.
The going prices
Property prices in Shah Alam, Batu Tiga and Jelutong have been fluctuating over the last few years. For instance, in Shah Alam, Puri Aiyu Condominium has been ranging between RM395,000 to RM370,000. Meanwhile, prices for Subang Andaman Condominium in Batu Tiga has been hovering around RM470,000 and RM490,000. In Jelutong, the Elais Condominium has been ranging from RM350,000 to RM360,000.
Towards the future
Shah Alam is a well-planned city with much thought and analysis put into developing this township. Aside from its abundant facilities and amenities, the city has a green emphasis, with numerous parks, tree-lined boulevards and beautiful landscaping.
The newly introduced recreational mall called i-City located in Section 7 has created an exceptional attraction for both locals and tourists. Leisure Park at i-City comprises various attractions such as the Snow Walk, inspired by Arctic-like conditions and 100 tonnes of ice sculptures. i-City houses the exciting city of Digital Lights and Fun World, which boasts the first wax museum in the country.
Shah Alam’s property market is promising with prices hovering at reasonable levels, and the introduction of new access roads, highways and improved accessibility. Shah Alam is connected via various expressways such as the Shah Alam-Klang Expressway (KESAS), the SUKE, the New Klang Valley Express Way (NKVE), the Federal Highway and the upcoming Damansara-Shah Alam highway (DASH).
Shah Alam and its neighbouring townships of Batu Tiga and Jelutong are rapidly maturing with age and time. As the Klang Valley transforms in the 21st century, Shah Alam, Batu Tiga and Jelutong are also embracing modernisation.