Negeri Sembilan offers the perfect abode because it’s close enough to KL to easily commute into the bustling city, yet far away enough so you escape the busy city and come home to a quiet and simple life with your family and friends.
Research consistently shows that people who are happy in their personal lives also have fulfilling careers, because they have more energy, creativity and the ability to roll with life’s ups and downs. So, ironically, to get ahead in our careers in the bustling city, we should live away from it! Here’s how some Negeri Sembilan residents find that elusive thing we call work-life balance.
A day in the life of…
24, audit assistant, born and bred in Seremban
I’ve lived in Seremban all my life. It takes me about a 15-minute drive to the office and the same amount of time to get home after 6pm.
My ideal home is a cosy, comfortable, double-storey, four-bedroom, terraced house near Seremban, as my parents prefer living here over Kuala Lumpur. I’m willing to spend 50% of my salary on mortgage repayments; for no traffic jams, the lower cost of living, and the good life at home with my parents in Negeri Sembilan.
Chong Lee Mee
31, working mom; third-generation Negeri Sembilan-born
I drive to Seremban train station and take the KTM Komuter to Mid Valley station. In an hour and 25 minutes, I’m at the office in KL. It’s very convenient to move around town for basic living needs, and Seremban is near KLIA and Putrajaya.
I have a lot of friends who live in Seremban, and we get to spend quality time together regularly. Also, Seremban is close enough to KL for entertainment. If I could, I would choose landed property for the kids, so I can organise parties for their friends and mine, do gardening, and have a bigger space for them to run around or spend time cycling around on weekends. Would I move to KL? If I’m the decision maker, I would like to live in Seremban because this is where I was born and brought up.
How to maximise your money: Negeri Sembilan or Klang Valley?
Conversely, landed property appears the best value for the homebuyers in Nilai and Seremban town, where they can be bought for a significant discount to transacted prices in PJ. In Nilai and Seremban, bungalows and semi-detached houses come in at midway between RM500,000 and RM1 million, and terraced houses at significantly below RM500,000. While some of these may be existing older properties in need of refurbishment, or located in less trendy areas, they are very much more affordable compared with similar real estate in KL and PJ.
The table below clearly shows that a residential property in Seremban is 2.5 times cheaper than its counterpart in the city centre.
The rewards of mindfully considering priorities, smartly surveying the market and diligently crunching the numbers can be eye-opening. For example, if you purchase a double-storey terraced house costing RM600,000 with a freehold title in Puchong, Kuala Lumpur, with an 80% loan (RM480,000) on a 30-year tenure at an interest rate of 4.6% per annum, your monthly mortgage repayment is RM3,691. Of this figure, RM1,840 is interest and just RM621 goes towards reducing the principal loan amount.
More affordable property would mean long-term savings that make a significant contribution to your children’s education fund and your own retirement fund. The savings in monthly mortgage repayments will also be substantial, benefitting you and your family’s everyday quality of life.
Alternatively, you could choose to maintain your purchase budget, but maximise your value for money, including the lifestyle you seek. The median transacted price for Puchong (April 2015 to March 2016) was RM412 psf, or 1,450 sq ft of built-up area for RM600,000. Could you do better for space, facilities, lifestyle and potential upside?
Here are some affordable developments close to nature and the unhurried comforts of small town living; where tradition and culture are very much alive, from old kopitiam to hipster cafes.
Bandar Ainsdale is a spacious new township that’s been designed from scratch to encourage a work-life balance, with an accent on life. It’s just 5km from Seremban, 35km from KLIA, and 70km from Kuala Lumpur. There are numerous green parks and picturesque lakes spread across this 562-acre freehold development. Complementing the great outdoors, the Abadi contemporary double-storey link homes boast an open-plan interior, while Tenang contemporary double-storey superlink homes have even more room to romp in. Those who prefer apartment living with lifestyle facilities can register their interest in Nurani Apartments here. If you need to roam even more widely, homes in Bandar Ainsdale come pre-equipped with 2-year free 22mbps high-speed broadband service from the day you move in*.
*(From the day of handing over vacant possession)
Chemara Hills comprises exclusively of landed property on a beautifully landscaped plateau of 44 acres. Making full use of its elevated location and good land forms, Chemara Hills boasts an amphitheatre set beside a natural lake that also functions as a community space. This low-density, guarded sanctuary was designed from inception to incorporate 24-hour security. It offers Castilla semi-detached homes and Siphonia superlink homes, both of which are designed to maximise sunlight, fresh air and rooms with a view. Chemara Hills is easily accessible from Kajang-Seremban Highway (LEKAS) and North-South Expressway (NSE) by turning to Jalan Sungai Ujong and Seremban Middle Ring Road (MRRS).
Nilai Impian can be described as a lake garden township over 1,808 acres of freehold land. It features two landscaped lakes, open parks, woodlands, bicycle lanes, pedestrian walkways and playgrounds. Its Azalea double-storey link homes are located beside Tasik Ujana, the largest in Nilai Impian. There are also apartments in the form of the 6-storey Kiara Court, a low-density development with eight units per floor. Each unit has two covered parking bays, and an open-concept layout for the living, dining and kitchen areas.