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Top 10 Most Searched Areas by Homebuyers in Malaysia in 2023

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The pandemic has undoubtedly reshaped our living preferences, with many individuals and families seeking solace in the tranquillity of suburban areas. This shift was driven by a desire for more space, a slower pace of life, and a sense of safety away from crowded urban centres. Does this still hold true? Let’s take a look at iProperty.com.my’s data to discover areas that are high on homebuyers’ search.

The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and the acceptance of remote work arrangements. This flexibility opened up new possibilities for individuals and families, allowing them to strike a balance between urban convenience and suburban tranquillity.

However, there could be a potential shift back to urban living, which could be attributed to a growing number of employers calling employees back to the office. Additionally, commuting times have also returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Moving forward, Malaysia’s property landscape is likely to be characterised by a hybrid approach, with individuals and families considering their lifestyle needs and aspirations. For those seeking the buzz and excitement of city life, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, and Johor Bahru remain attractive options.

For those seeking a more laid-back lifestyle, suburban areas and smaller towns offer a greater sense of community and greener landscapes. Ultimately, the decision of where to live is a personal one, influenced by individual circumstances, lifestyle preferences, and career aspirations. The post-pandemic property landscape is a dynamic one, and we should evaluate all factors before making a decision.

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What are the most searched areas on iProperty.com.my?

The top 10 most searched areas are ranked in ascending order by the percentage of property-for-sale organic searches garnered on iProperty.com.my.

In Knight Frank Malaysia’s Real Estate Highlights for 1H 2023 (REH), the independent global property consultancy firm provided insights into the performance of the property markets across Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu.

It said that the condominium and serviced apartment segment in Kuala Lumpur experienced mixed trends in prices, with properties in Kenny Hills and Mont Kiara seeing price growth, while those in KL city and Bangsar saw slight dips in the average transacted prices.

That said, these areas are still highly searched on iProperty.com.my. Compared to the top 10 list for 2022, there are only four that remain the same, and they are Puchong, Johor Bahru, Mont Kiara, and Petaling Jaya.

Now, let’s take a look at this year’s top 10!

10. Cyberjaya

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Cyberjaya is located in the Klang Valley’s southern corridor, adjacent to Putrajaya. It is less than half an hour’s drive from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, and was conceived to be the ‘Silicon Valley of Malaysia’ in the late ‘90s. A number of multi-national companies have since set up base in Cyberjaya to enjoy the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status.

Cyberjaya has plenty of public parks and recreational spaces. There’s Cyberjaya Lake Gardens, a 400-acre green lung with a children’s play park, a lake, and a watch tower.

Cyberjaya is also home to a number of learning institutions, including Multimedia University, Limkokwing University, University of Cyberjaya, Kirkby International College, Korean School of Malaysia, and King Henry VIII College. This, and the expatriates working in MNC companies, lends well to the rental market in Cyberjaya.

Top three transacted properties in Cyberjaya from Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty typeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Evergreen Garden ResidenceBungalow, Semi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM447RM1,890,00010
Serin ResidencyCondominiumFreeholdRM339RM395,00010
The Mulia Residences CyberjayaTerrace HouseFreeholdRM715RM1,100,0008
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Cyberjaya

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Aspire Residence731.6%Serviced ResidenceFreehold900 sq ft – 1,175 sq ft
Sanderling Lakefront256.70%CondominiumFreehold958 sq ft – 1,711 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Aspire Residence was developed by Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) in 2016. The project experienced delays, and construction resumed in May 2022.

The project has three residential blocks comprising 1,168 residential units, with facilities such as a swimming pool, playground, multipurpose hall, and gymnasium. According to a press release, it was handed over to buyers in September 2023.

© Aspire Residence| SPNB

Sanderling Lakefront is part of the overall residential masterplan at Lakefront at Cyberjaya. Phase 3, Sanderling, is the latest addition and it will consist of two towers with a total of 606 units (303 units per tower).

The development is expected to be completed in September 2025, and it promises to reconnect homeowners with nature by providing secured community living, an interconnected facilities podium via a covered walkway, and a pedestrian-friendly environment.

Sanderling Lakefront is being developed by Ayala Land, a real estate firm based in the Philippines. It is a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation.

Read iProperty.com.my’s ultimate neighbourhood guide on Cyberjaya.

9. Bangsar

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Bangsar is an established and upscale neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated in between Petaling Jaya and the Kuala Lumpur city centre. It’s also close to other prime neighbourhoods such as Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas and Damansara Heights.

Bangsar continues to be popular among both investors and owner-occupiers, including those looking to upgrade to high-end real estate. The key areas there include Bangsar Baru, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar Park, Bukit Bandaraya, Taman SA, Bangsar Utama, Lucky Garden, and Pantai Hills, among others.

Bangsar’s development started in the 1960s, and today it features landed and non-landed homes, presenting various types of abodes for buyers to choose from. There are several on-going developments, and developers are still searching for land bank in the area due to its high demand and continued association with affluence.

Top three transacted properties in Bangsar from Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty typeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Bangsar BaruTerrace HouseFreehold856RM1,600,00017
Bukit BandarayaBungalow, Terrace HouseFreehold747RM3,900,00011
Lucky Garden (Jalan Bangsar)Semi-D, Terrace HouseFreehold684RM1,220,00010
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Bangsar

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Alfa Bangsar103.90%Serviced ApartmentFreehold570 sq ft – 997 sq ft
Bangsar Peak43.10%CondominiumFreehold2,950 sq ft – 5,450 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Alfa Bangsar is located on Jalan Maarof, and it is developed by City Motor Group, which was once the sole distributor in Asia for Italian premium car manufacturer Alfa Romeo. City Motors Group has expanded its property portfolio by conducting more launches and diversifying into the property investment segment.

Alfa Bangsar is a multi-faceted 1.26-acre development, with an 8-level podium featuring a car park, hotel (managed by InterContinental Hotels Group), and 35,000 sq ft of commercial space. The project also includes 178 serviced apartment units on Levels 19 to 42. Alfa Bangsar will be accessible via Jalan Maarof and Jalan Tandok, and it is scheduled for completion in Q2 of 2024.

alfa bangsar
© Alfa Bangsar| Vincent Chiam

Bangsar Peak is located on a 1-acre plot, next to Cascadium along Jalan Medang Serai. This low-density condominium has only 39 units in a single 18-storey block. Additionally, there are 2 townhouse units, 3 cabana units, and 2 penthouse units that have their own pool. Bangsar Peak was completed in 2009.

Take a look at the thousands of properties listed for sale in Bangsar.

8. Subang Jaya

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Subang Jaya is located between Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam, easily accessible via the Federal Highway. Other major highways near Subang Jaya include the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP), Konsortium Expressway Shah Alam Selangor (KESAS), and the North South Expressway, which makes Subang Jaya relatively close to the rest of the Klang Valley, Damansara Utama, Bandar Utama, Kota Damansara, and Mutiara Damansara.

Subang Jaya also has multiple universities and colleges. From SEGi College to INTI International University and Colleges, Monash University Malaysia to Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, these learning institutions bring a youthful energy to the area.

A project launched in the first half of 2023 is Teja by Sime Darby Property Bhd, which is often regarded as Subang Jaya’s master developer. Teja is a low-density residential project in the heart of Subang Jaya City Centre (SJCC).

In August 2023, Tropicana Metropark launched SouthPlace 2 Shoppes & Residences (SouthPlace 2), bringing further life to the area.

Read iProperty’s ultimate guide on Subang Jaya here.

Top three transacted properties in Subang Jaya from Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Putra HeightsBungalow, Semi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM421RM790,00044
USJ2Terrace HouseFreeholdRM476RM800,00032
USJ11Terrace HouseFreeholdRM515RM863,00031
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Subang Jaya

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Armani Soho402.50%SOHOFreehold450 sq ft – 550 sq ft
Summer Villa71.30%CondominiumLeasehold1,130 sq ft – 2,010 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Armani Soho is located at Jalan TP 3, Taman Perindustrian UEP in Subang Jaya. There are 319 units in a single 26-storey building, with 1- or 2-bedroom options. It was completed in 2022/2023.

Armani Soho is accessible via the Federal Highway, Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), and New Pantai Expressway (NPE).

As for public transport, the area is served by 4 LRT stations, namely USJ 7 station, Taipan station, Wawasan station, and USJ 21 station.

armani soho subang jaya
© Armani Soho | Noruljannah Sabri

Summer Villa is also known as Spring & Summer Villa, and it is located in Wangsa Baiduri, SS12. It was completed about 20 years ago, and some opine that it’s well maintained. Like the condominiums close by, Summer Villa has a view of the lake in SS12.

Facilities at Summer Villa include a barbeque area, children’s playground, covered parking, jogging track, swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, squash court, gymnasium, and a cafe.

7. KLCC

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Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) is the central business district of Kuala Lumpur and is home to many affluent expats and locals, making it a popular choice for property investment. 

It is also home to some of the most expensive properties in the country, and it still attracts a diverse mix of purchasers who enjoy quality living and premium amenities in a prime location.

Home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC is served by the LRT Putra Line along Jalan Ampang, while MRT Line 1 serves the Bukit Bintang area, TRX and Cochrane/Maluri area. It also enjoys enhanced connectivity from the Putrajaya Line (previously known as the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line). Land scarcity along the stations is another factor that supports value growth.

Some of the newer properties in the KLCC area include d’Brightton (expected completion in Dec 2024), and The Atrium (expected completion in 2024), Novo Ampang (completed in 2022), and TRX Residences (expected completion in 2025).

Top three transacted properties in KLCC Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Residensi LavilleServiced ResidenceFreeholdRM1,289RM1,119,00029
Suria StonorServiced ResidenceFreeholdRM1,569RM1,899,00020
Platinum Suites (The Face Suites)Serviced ResidenceFreeholdRM1,912RM1,400,00018
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in KLCC

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Royce Residence255.30%Serviced ApartmentFreehold574 sq ft – 876 sq ft
The Manor218.50%Serviced ResidenceFreehold2,426 sq ft –15,290 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Royce Residence has two towers. The North Tower is the 35-storey Crowne Plaza Hotel (under the InterContinental Hotels Group), while the South Tower is a 53-storey residential building with 396 luxury units. featuring 1 bedroom or 2 bedrooms. The southeast and southwest units offer a view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Royce Residence is located along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, about 750m from the Petronas Twin Towers. It is developed by Yuk Tung Properties Sdn Bhd and its central location puts it within walking distance of embassies, offices, public transport, restaurants, tourist attractions, and shopping malls. Royce Residence was completed in 2011.

the manor
© The Manor | Jack Loo K F

The Manor is located along Persiaran Stonor, and it’s a single 46-storey building with 212 luxury apartment suites, including 2 penthouses. Standard unit sizes range from 2,426 sq ft to 7,477 sq ft, while penthouses are either 12,916 sq ft or 15,290 sq ft.

The Manor was developed by the Desaria Group of Companies, and it is just about 10 minutes from the Bukit Bintang shopping district. The project was completed in 2018.

Check out the properties in KLCC that are listed for sale on iProperty.com.my!

6. Bukit Jalil

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Bukit Jalil is fast rising as one of the most desired addresses in Kuala Lumpur. It is home to a renowned sports facility, Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex, and an 80-acre recreational park. There’s also Technology Park Malaysia, where many tech companies operate, including MIMOS, SIRIM, IRIS Corp Bhd, Astro, and more.

With developments such as Bukit Jalil City and Pavilion Bukit Jalil bringing greater commercial activity, there would be a greater inflow of population and buzz into the area. There are also upgraders from older and mature areas such as Sri Petaling, Puchong and Seri Kembangan, moving to Bukit Jalil.

Some of the newer properties or launches in Bukit Jalil include The Tropika (completed in 2023), Residensi Bintang Bukit Jalil (completed in 2023), Sunway Flora Residences (expected completion in Q4 2026), and D’Velada (expected completion in 2027).

Top three transacted properties in Bukit Jalil Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
The Z ResidenceCondominiumFreeholdRM493RM642,50018
Residensi ParkServiced ResidenceFreeholdRM940RM1,050,00016
Arena GreenApartmentFreeholdRM377RM308,00011
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Bukit Jalil

Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Aurora Suites @ Bukit Jalil148.30%Serviced ResidenceFreehold750 sq ft – 1,800 sq ft
Casa Green16.00%CondominiumLeasehold825 sq ft – 1,003 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Aurora Suites is a self-sufficient integrated development with its serviced residences, offices and retail lots. Aurora Suites is also known as Aurora Serviced Suites @ Bukit Jalil.

Aurora Suites @ Bukit Jalil was developed by Bukit Jalil Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary group under Ho Hup Construction Company Berhad. The single-block residential development has 900 units and the project was completed in 2019.

Aurora Suites is close to several highways, including the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), Maju Expressway (MEX), Bukit Jalil Highway, Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), and PLUS Highway.

© Aurora Suites | Bak Jason

Casa Green was developed by Amber Homes Sdn Bhd, and completed in 2019.

Block A falls under the affordable home scheme, RUMAWIP, and it is 38 storeys with 490 units. Block B and C have 240 units and 250 units respectively. Block C is the nearest block to the Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS).

When it was introduced to the market, the 980-unit Casa Green was quickly snapped up due to its affordable pricing. The bigger units were priced at about RM460 per sq ft, and lower for the RUMAWIP units. Casa Green is also located close to LRT Muhibbah station.

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5. Puchong, Selangor

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Puchong was a tin mine and rubber estate in the 1960s. Developments there began to gain momentum in the 1980s, and today, there’s a good mix of homes in the area. Neighbourhoods that make up the township include Bandar Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Puchong Hartamas, and Bandar Puteri Puchong.

As for townships bordering Puchong, they include Bandar Sunway (north), Bandar Saujana Putra (south), Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve (east), and Putra Heights and Kota Kemuning (west).

Newer properties in Puchong include MIRA at Shorea Park (expected completion in 2025), The Pulse Residence (expected completion in 2024), and The Wyn Residences (expected completion in 2027).

In November 2023, it was reported that Selangor Dredging Berhad (SDB) will construct a new residential development in Puchong, consisting of 550 two- and three-story terraced houses. The new land faces a 20-acre lake and is close to major highways such as South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE),  North–South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), and Maju Expressway (MEX).

Top three transacted properties in Puchong Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Bandar Puchong JayaSemi-D, Terrace HouseFreehold / LeaseholdRM522RM750,00070
Taman Putra PrimaTerrace HouseFreeholdRM503RM1,018,00063
Taman Puchong UtamaTerrace HouseFreehold / LeaseholdRM498RM550,00038
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Puchong

Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Twin Residences230%Serviced ResidenceFreehold871 sq ft – 1,226 sq ft
Seri Puteri Hills98.50%Town Villa & CondominiumFreeholdVilla: 3,627 sq ft – 4,359 sq ft
Condo: 1,421 sq ft –  1,723 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Twin Residences is located along Jalan Pipit, Puchong Jaya, and it was completed by YGS Property Development in 2018. The two 20-storey blocks of Twinz Residences offer residents a panoramic view of Puchong and Bandar Sunway. There are a total of 278 units, and every floor has 6 to 7 units.

The Leisure Zone is on Level 4, and it focuses on tranquillity, with a Lotus Pod being the focal point providing an active sports zone for teenagers. The active sports zone is surrounded by a jacuzzi pool, infinity pool, splash park, play hut, gourmet kitchen, yoga deck, and more.

For amenities, Twin Residences’ residents can drop by IOI Mall, Giant Bandar Puteri, Tesco Puchong, Sunway Pyramid, Setia Walk, and One City Mall.

© Twin Residences | Wan Timun

Seri Puteri Hills is located in the matured and well-connected township of Bandar Puteri Puchong. The project features 120 units of town villas and 120 units of condos, and it was developed by Flora Development, a wholly-owned unit of IOI Properties Group.

Facilities at Seri Puteri Hills include 40,000 sq ft of landscaped gardens, and a 20,000 sq ft private clubhouse. The development was completed in 2016 and it is also close to the Ayer Hitam Reserve Forest.

With the extensive highway network near Seri Puteri Hills, residents can easily get to Bukit Jalil, Old Klang Road, Petaling Jaya, and KL City Centre.

Find out more about Puchong from our ultimate guide here.

4. Cheras, KL

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Cheras was previously nestled in the Hulu Langat district of Selangor. On the 1st of Feb 1974, part of it was annexed to the Federal Government to form part of the Federal Territory.

Cheras KL benefits from its proximity to the city centre, and a majority of projects launched in Cheras KL are high-rise condominiums or apartments.

Cheras is served by the Sri Petaling LRT line and the Cheras-Kajang Highway. The completion of the Sungai Buloh Kajang MRT line and new highways such as the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) have boosted demand for properties in Cheras KL and Cheras Selangor.

The Sungai Buloh Kajang MRT line has 6 stations in Cheras KL (Cochrane, AEON Maluri, Taman Pertama, Taman Midah, Taman Mutiara, Taman Connaught), and 5 stations in Cheras Selangor (Taman Suntex, Sri Raya, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Batu Sebelas Cheras and Bukit Dukung).

Newer properties in Cheras KL include One Cochrane (completed in 2023), Sunway Velocity Two (expected completion in 2024), and Anggun Lumayan (expected completion in 2024).

Top three transacted properties in Cheras Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Residensi M VerticaServiced ResidenceLeaseholdRM728RM649,80041
Sri PenaraApartmentLeaseholdRM433RM280,00030
Angkasa CondominiumsCondominiumFreeholdRM470RM435,00024
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Cheras

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Aster Residence363.50%Serviced Residence / ApartmentLeasehold650 sq ft – 1,009 sq ft
Trion @ KL271.40%Serviced ResidenceFreehold689 sq ft – 1,055 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Aster Residence is located in Taman Cheras Hartamas, and it was developed by Amber Homes Sdn Bhd. There are 960 residential units in the 38-storey Aster Residence, which was completed in 2022.

As for shopping, residents can drop by Cheras Sentral Mall, EkoCheras Mall, Medan Connaught, Cheras Leisure Mall, and 1Shamelin Mall, which are located close to the project.

Aster Residence enjoys easy access to Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), East-West Link Expressway, and Cheras-Kajang Highway. Additionally, the development has a 56m link bridge to Taman Connaught MRT station.

© Trion @ KL | Edward Khor

Trion @ KL is located at Jalan Chan Sow Lin in Sungai Besi, KL. It was developed by Binastra Group, and completed in 2023. Block A and Block B are 66-storey tall, while Block C will stand at 56 storeys. There’s a total of 1,344 units, and there’s also retail offering, and the 4-star Mercure Kuala Lumpur (Level 38 to 56).

Trion @ KL is within 5km of the KL city centre’s popular spots, including Petronas Twin Towers, TRX, and Bandar Malaysia. There are shuttle bus services from Trion @ KL to the Chan Sow Lin LRT Station.

The development is also close to major roads and highways, including Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Istana, Jalan Sungai Besi, the Besraya Highway, and Maju Expressway (MEX).

 Find out more about Cheras KL and Cheras Selangor here!

3. Johor Bahru

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The number of property transactions in Johor Bahru is on the rise, as property seekers hunt for deals ahead of the opening of the Johor Bahru-Singapore rapid transit system (RTS), which is expected to be completed by the end of 2026. As many as 10,000 commuters are expected to move in both directions per hour.

Additionally, the move to ease the conditions of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, coupled with the rise in the cost of rental in Singapore, could further boost the sale of properties in Johor.

It was reported that the Johor housing and local government committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor, said that between the first quarter of 2022 and first quarter 2023, the number of properties being sold in Johor had increased by 17%.

Some of the new project launches in Q2 of 2023 include Mansion 18, Taman Gaya Evora Presint 6A, Honeydale Residence Zone, Taman Ponderosa Vista Phase 2C, and Quayside JBCC. Additionally, Mah Sing recently launched M Minori in Taman Austin Perdana, marking their inaugural M Series development in the southern region.

Top three transacted properties in Johor Bahru Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Taman Johor JayaSemi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM296RM430,000135
Country Garden Danga BayService ResidenceFreeholdRM732RM730,05590
Taman PelangiSemi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM288RM580,00055
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Johor Bahru

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Trellis Residences521.60%Serviced ApartmentFreehold295 sq ft – 1,001 sq ft
Twin Tower Residence237.30%Serviced ResidenceFreehold599 sq ft – 1,216 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Trellis Residences is also known as Residensi Puncak Saujana, and it is developed by MB World Group. The high-rise development is a component of MBW City, which has an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM2 billion and sits on 18.66 acres of freehold land in Johor Baru city centre. ​There will be a total of 1,302 units in three 33-storey towers.

The project is located at the intersection of major roads such as the Inner Ring Road, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, and Jalan Abdul Rahman Andak, and is close to the Causeway, the Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex, JB Sentral and the future Bukit Chagar RTS Link Station. Trellis Residences is expected to be completed in December 2025.

© Trellis Residences | Warren Tong

Twin Tower Residence is developed by SKS Group, and it is located in Bukit Chagar. There are two blocks, with 27 storeys and 31 storeys respectively, with a total of 458 units.

The completed Twin Tower Residence is within walking distance of the Johor Bahru Sentral, and it is close to the Johor Bahru CIQ complex, the future Bukit Chagar RTS link station.

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2. Mont Kiara

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The brain behind this township is Datuk Alan Tong Kok Mau, the founder of Sunrise Bhd, now known as UEM Sunrise Bhd. He purchased the first parcel of rubber estate land in the area in the early 1990s, and went on to popularise condominium living there.

Today, Mont Kiara is a popular area among the expatriates and affluent locals, due to its location, well-established range of amenities, and of course, international schools such as Mont’Kiara International School, Garden International School, and the French School of Kuala Lumpur.

Mont Kiara is neighboured by Sri Hartamas, and it is relatively close to Damansara Heights, Bangsar, and Kuala Lumpur City Centre. This makes it a central point between key commercial hubs.

It also enjoys good accessibility via the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), SPRINT Expressway, North-South Expressway (NSE), Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Kerinchi Link, and Penchala Link. These routes provide easy ingress and egress to Mont Kiara.

Mont’Kiara has expanded northwards, closer to and in Segambut Dalam. Many developers have branded properties in this area as North Kiara. Some of the newer launches in Mont Kiara include The Minh (expected completion in end 2027), Residensi Astrea (completion in 2023), and Bon Kiara (expected completion in Q1 of 2027). 

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Top three transacted properties in Mont Kiara Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
Seni Mont KiaraCondominiumFreeholdRM794RM2,150,00021
Residensi 22 Mont KiaraCondominiumFreeholdRM988RM2,050,00019
Pavilion HilltopCondominiumFreeholdRM983RM1,810,00015
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Mont Kiara

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Trinity Pentamont417.80% Condominium Freehold 1,379 sq ft – 2,085 sq ft
Residensi Sefina Mont Kiara  89.10%  Condominium  Freehold  1,333 sq ft – 1,771 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Trinity Pentamont is located at Jalan Kiara 5, and was completed in 2022. Developed by Modern Pandora Sdn Bhd (Trinity Group), Trinity Pentamont is a single-block 41-storey project with 330 units.

Trinity Pentamont offers two entrance/exit points. Residents can reach home via any of the two guarded entrances, one at Jalan Kiara 5 (main gate) and the other at Jalan Kiara 3. The property is also close to infrastructure that enhances its accessibility, including Segambut KTM station and Semantan MRT station.

© Residensi Sefina Mont Kiara | Michelle Cheong

Residensi Sefina Mont Kiara is developed by UEM Sunrise, and it was completed in 2019. Residensi Sefina is built on a 3.06-acre freehold tract along Jalan Kiara 3, and there are 245 units.

The project features a Star Deck, resembling the deck of a cruise ship, that offers a 50m lap pool, sauna, reading pavilion, yoga deck, multipurpose hall, a gymnasium and beach-volleyball facilities.

Residensi Sefina Mont Kiara also has facilities offered on the ground floor, with a wellness garden, hammock garden, cabana, beach campfire, children’s playground, spice garden, and therapeutic path.

Love the Mont Kiara lifestyle? Discover more about the area with our ultimate guide to Mont Kiara right here.

1. Petaling Jaya

petaling jaya
© thevagabond | 123rf

Founded in 1952, Petaling Jaya was Malaysia’s first planned town and was developed as a satellite city for Kuala Lumpur on former rubber estate land.  Petaling Jaya was granted its city status in 2006.  Its expansion occurred at a rapid pace, with many commercial, residential and recreational developments to become the city it is today.

This rapid growth is due to its vast network of connected highways, the wide range of amenities, and property types and prices that cater to different budgets. Petaling Jaya is bordered by Kuala Lumpur to the east, Sungai Buloh to the north, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya to the west, and Puchong to the south.

There is no shortage of shopping malls in Petaling Jaya. There’s Atria Shopping Gallery, Paradigm Mall, 3 Damansara, Megah Rise, Starling Mall, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, IKEA Damansara, The Curve, IPC Shopping Centre, Citta Mall, and Empire Damansara.

Petaling Jaya can be accessed via the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Federal Highway, SPRINT Expressway, New Pantai Expressway (NPE), and North-South Expressway (NSE). For public transportation, Petaling Jaya is serviced by several light rail transit (LRT) stations along the Kelana Jaya line, KTM Komuter stations and mass rapid transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

Newer launches in Petaling Jaya include Forest Hill Residences (expected completion in 2025/2026), Mahogany Residences (expected completion in 2025), Edelweiss @ Tropicana Gardens (expected completion in 2024),  Maya Ara Residences (expected completion in end 2025), The Atera (expected completion in 2027), and 121 Residences (expected completion in early 2024).

Top three transacted properties in Petaling Jaya Jan 2023 to Sep 2023

PropertyProperty TypeTenureMedian price per sq ftMedian priceNumber of filed transactions
SS2Bungalow, Semi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM619RM1,150,00056
SS3Bungalow, Semi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM422RM1,300,00032
SS22 & SS22A Damansara JayaBungalow, Semi-D, Terrace HouseFreeholdRM594RM1,390,00024
Data extracted from brickz.my.

Top two most searched properties in Petaling Jaya

Property% YOY searchesProperty typeTenureBuilt-up size
Atwater  386.60%Serviced ApartmentLeasehold670 sq ft – 1,422 sq ft
Panorama Residence148.00%CondominiumFreehold749 sq ft – 1,030 sq ft
Search % is based on Jan-Nov 2023 vs Jan-Nov 2022 on iProperty.com.my.

Atwater is developed by Paramount Property, and it was completed in 2022. It is located along Jalan Profesor Diraja Ungku Aziz (previously Jalan Universiti), adjacent to mature residential and commercial areas such as SS2, Section 17, and Section 14.

It offers residential, commercial and retail components that complement the already-thriving Petaling Jaya. The 493 units of apartments were handed over in December 2022.

Atwater is surrounded by a wide range of amenities including shopping malls and dining options such as Jaya One, PJ33 Mall, Jaya Shopping Centre and The Hub SS2. It’s also near medical centres such as Columbia Asia Hospital, Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, University Malaya Medical Centre, and UM Specialist Centre.

© Panorama Residences | Vincent Chiam

Panorama Residence is developed by Millenium Creation Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of LLC Properties Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of LLC Berhad (formerly known as Loh & Loh Corporation Bhd). It is located in Kelana Jaya, with views of the Subang Golf Course and the Kelana Jaya Lakes.

Panorama Residence offers 478 units across two 30-storey towers, and it was completed in 2023. The development enjoys accessibility to major highways such as the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), and the Federal Highway.

Paradigm Mall is just around the corner and nearby healthcare institutions include the KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital and Sime Darby Medical Centre Ara Damansara.

Find out why PJ folks are staying put in PJ here.

Phew! We’ve made it through the list.

While the property market is showing sustainable growth amid global economic and geopolitical tensions, the iProperty.com.my property-to-buy search data showed that many consumers in the Klang Valley are still focusing on more mature areas.

According to the National Property Information Centre’s (NAPIC) Property Market 1H 2023 Report, Malaysia’s total property transaction value reached RM85.37 billion in the first half of 2023 (1H2023), with 184,140 transactions recorded. This represents a 1.1 per cent increase in value but a 2.1 per cent decrease in volume compared to the same period last year.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said that the residential property segment continued to drive the market, taking more than 60 per cent of the total transaction volume and nearly 53 per cent of the total transaction value.

Selangor had the highest volume and value contribution to the national market share, accounting for 26.1 per cent of volume (4,590 transactions) and 26.5 per cent of value (RM4.44 billion).

As the property landscape continues to evolve, developers are adapting their strategies to cater to the changing preferences of homebuyers. Mixed-use developments that seamlessly integrate residential, commercial, and recreational spaces are gaining prominence. These developments offer the best of both worlds, combining the convenience of urban living with the tranquillity of suburban spaces.

Developers who can effectively address these evolving needs will be well-positioned for success in the years to come. In recent news, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the property market’s performance is expected to improve in 2H 2023 driven by political stability and the launch of major national policies such as the Madani Economy, National Energy Transition Roadmap, Mid-Term Review of the 12th Malaysia Plan, and New Industrial Master Plan 2030.

Want to discover more ‘top 10’ lists? Check out iProperty’s top 10 list for the year 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019!

Notes:

  1. The search data is sourced from iProperty.com.my between January 2023 and November 2023, and it does not represent the whole residential property market in Malaysia.
  2. The term organic search is defined as when a property consumer searches for a property in a certain location via a search engine and lands on a search result page on iProperty.com.my.
  3. *Analytics from brickz.my is based on the data available at the date of publication and may be subject to revision as and when more current data becomes available. Readers are encouraged to seek independent advice before making any investment.
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