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Top 10 most searched areas to rent in Malaysia in 2020


It’s perhaps no surprise that some of these places have been highlighted as the 2020 most searched areas in Malaysia among renters.

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Where you choose to live is somehow influenced by your lifestyle choices, budget, priorities, and likes. It is no doubt a herculean challenge trying to find a place to call your own. So, with that in mind, we have compiled a list of the most searched areas to rent in Malaysia in 2020 using data from’s big data solution,

We’ve also included the median asking rent (RM) and commute time (off-peak) to the city centre. This is based on the review period from January 2020 to September 2020. The areas are ranked in ascending order and are presented in the form of the search percentage (%).

Disclaimer: Distances and commuting times were estimated on the recommended route between start and endpoints, as calculated by Google Maps.

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10. Bukit Jalil

Search percentage: 7.8%
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Bukit Jalil was home to the 1998 Commonwealth Games. It was known as the Bukit Jalil Estate until 1992 when the area was developed to make way for the National Sports Complex. Just 15km away from the KL City Centre, this suburb is perfectly located as it is surrounded by a network of main roads and highways such as MEX, KESAS, and Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway. There are a host of primary and secondary schools within this township, as well as the LRT Sri Petaling Line making this an extremely well-positioned area.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM2,000/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 15km, 20 minutes

9. KL City Centre (KLCC)

Search percentage: 8.1%

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Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) never ceases to impress us with its evolving city skyline and properties with heart-stopping prices. There’s an array of options for luxury residences if that’s what you’re looking for. At the heart of the city centre, an extensive array of highly regarded restaurants, bars, and shops for you to meet and socialise. KLCC is possibly the best-served area for transport as you can easily beat the traffic via the readily LRT Kelana Jaya Line, MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line, KL Monorail and Go KL City buses running through various routes. Check out the top five most-searched properties for rent in KLCC here.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM5,400/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: NA

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8. Subang Jaya

Search percentage: 8.3%

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The City of Subang Jaya offers seamless transport links to the city centre with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes close at hand. The LRT Kelana Jaya Line provides fast and direct access to KL City Centre.  Also, the location is fantastic as there are a plethora of housing options for families and professionals alike. On top of that, this area would be ideal for students due to proximity to private higher institutions. We’ve mapped down 10 residences in Subang Jaya near LRT stations that might catch your attention here.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM2,100/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 20km, 25 minutes

7. Ara Damansara

Search percentage: 8.5%

Ara Damansara has transformed into a buzzing place to live in. This township offers a balance of affordability and great amenities.  Over the years, this area has evolved as the result of improved amenities and accessibility, as well as life-changing lifestyle options. Not just that, it sits in the middle of highways such as the NKVE, LDP, and Federal Highway that provide fast and direct access to Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, and Petaling Jaya (PJ). If you are looking to live around the PJ area, Ara Damansara is a good place to start.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM2,300/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 23km, 26 minutes

6. Bangsar

Search percentage: 8.5%

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Bangsar is one of KL’s affluent residential hubs. If night-time entertainment is a must for you, then you should head off to Jalan Telawi. This entertainment district of Bangsar hosts all manners of bars, cafes, and restaurants throughout the year. This is a great place to live in and for going out.

Additionally, it is within proximity to shopping malls such as Bangsar Village I and II, The Gardens, MidValley Megamall, as well as the transportation hub, KL Sentral. Bangsar is also within easy reach of the SPRINT Highway, Jalan Syed Putra dan Jalan Damansara, providing access to KL City Centre, Bukit Damansara, Bukit Tunku, and other parts of the Klang Valley. Did you know compared to women, more men were looking for a place to stay in Bangsar?

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM5,000/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 3.5km, 10 minutes

5. Ampang (KL)

Search percentage: 9.0%

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Another posh neighbourhood makes it to the top 10 most searched areas to rent in Malaysia in 2020. Ampang has been long known for its exorbitant real-estate prices and wealthy residents. This area is ideally located close to the KL Golden Triangle and major roads and highways such as Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ampang, AKLEH and MRR2 are moments away. Ampang is a supreme place to live as it has good shopping and leisure facilities. That explains why this township is among the top five most-searched areas to rent in the Klang Valley

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM4,300/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 13km, 20 minutes

4. Mont Kiara

Search percentage: 11.8%

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Mont Kiara is an extremely pricey neighbourhood and is often synonymous with the high-income earners and expatriates. This affluent stomping ground is dotted with posh real estates, hip cafes and restaurants, bars, and fine dining. Mont Kiara offers first-rate living as amenities are comprehensive, providing ease of lifestyle, and ideal for families. It is also excellently located as the North-South Expressway, Penchala Link, DUKE, and Jalan Duta-Sungai Buloh Highway are all close at hand. Check out the top 5 most searched properties for rent in Mont Kiara.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM5,500/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 10km, 15 minutes

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3. Petaling Jaya

Search percentage: 11.8%

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Petaling Jaya (better known as PJ) is famous for its hipster eateries and chic cafes. But, did you know that it was originally developed as the satellite township for Kuala Lumpur? Other than being the country’s first planned town, it is also home to Asia’s largest trampoline park, Jump Street Asia.

Even though travelling to PJ can be quite a stretch especially during peak hours, the LRT 3 that is expected to be completed in 2024 will further ease the journey to this part of Klang Valley as it broadens the public transportation route from the existing Kelana Jaya Line LRT. Not just that the MRT SBK Line is a significant addition to PJ, making this township even more easily accessible.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM2,100/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 18km, 25 minutes

2. Cyberjaya

Search percentage: 12.2%

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Cyberjaya is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia. It was initially developed as the Malaysian Silicone Valley. Today, Cyberjaya is the hub of many data centres, customer service, multinational companies, and even private universities. The community is vibrant in this suburb as it’s a mixture of students, residents, and tech people. Not just that, a lot of the land areas have been reserved for parks and public amenities.

The township is also monitored by a CCTV system that is fully integrated with Malaysia’s Emergency Response System (MERS 999) to ensure security and peace of mind.  Amenities are the least you should worry about as Cyberjaya is surrounded by a network of highways such as the SKVE, ELITE, MEX, and Persiaran Dengkil By-Pass. It is also ideal for families as there are selections of day-care centres, public and private schools as well as retail and services. Here’s your ultimate neighbourhood guide to Cyberjaya.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM1,600/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 39km, 40 minutes

1. Cheras (KL)

Search percentage: 14.1%

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Topping the chart is CHERAS! This district of many Tamans is one of Klang Valley’s townships with the easiest access to LRT and MRT lines. This well-rounded area is sprawling with developments and there’s a wide range of houses at widely different ends of the price spectrum. As this is a densely populated area, choices of amenities are also endless to fit the need of the diverse demographic.

One of Cheras’s biggest attractions is the Taman Connaught night market. It is one of the longest night markets in Malaysia and is open every Wednesday from late evening until midnight. If you are on the fence about where to live, Cheras will make a good decision as it is an extremely well-positioned area. Start your house hunting by checking out the 11 properties in Cheras near MRT stations and the top 5 most searched properties for rent in Cheras.

Median asking rent for a condominium: RM1,700/ month

Commuting time to KL City Centre: 7km, 11 minutes

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