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GREEN BEVERLY HILLS, an award winning plan
Near the International Airport in Kuala Lumpur
Incorporates some unique "green" features: small lakes, organic farm, a wellness centre

From the original "first launch" info:
“The first phase comprises the development of 334 condominium units and 61 bungalows.
“Our condominium project is over 75% taken up (low cost options? presumably) even before the official launch today and we plan to launch our bungalows in two months,” he told StarBizWeek yesterday at the launch of Green Beverly Hills.

The condominiums were priced from RM380 to RM580 per sq ft and piling work started last month, he said, adding that the first phase development would generate a total GDV of RM315mil.

/source: http://www.iproperty.com.my/propertylisting/712477/Sky_Bungalow_Type_A,_Green_Beverly_Hills_Serviced_Residence_ForSale

"Man & Nature" brings the essence of nature to life. Shaped like a dragon, the ecological elements are integrated with the manmade architecture components to provide a perfect blend of harmony between humanity and nature. Utilising the old Chinese beliefs of Feng Shui, the land has a special aura of "the town of the dragon".

The natural essence is invigorated by the mixture of social activities in a natural environment. Swimming pool with every unit of the project is another example how natural elements have been blended closely into your life style at Green Beverly Hills...

Perfectly located at a short distance from the major places in town (10 minutes drive from KLIA, 15 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur and 10 minutes drive from Puchong), makes Green Beverly Hills an ideal location for the working and studying classes.

The natural environment provides a healthy living for every resident. The close proximity of renowned educational institutes, a 27 holes golf course and commercial block within the premises make the project a first choice for many.
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One of its kinds, Malaysia offers a unique living experience to its clients from all over the world - the Green Beverly Hills. The innovative and creative design of the complete project offers an opportunity to live in a natural environment that is completely in harmony with the 21st century's technology and concepts.

Covering an area of 350 acres, the Green Beverly Hills project houses a 5 star hotel, club house, condominiums and duplexes, villas (sky, tree and water villas) and a shopping mall to cater for all needs within the premises.

Inspired by the designs from nature, the project exhibits a breathtaking architecture. The surrounding trees, lakes and natural features add to the serenity of the project and enhance its image as a "green project".

More : About GBH

The Green Image GBH is aiming for - is well-presented in this video:


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Green Bev. Hills website :: http://www.gddevelopment.com/main.html
Skyscraper City thread-- :: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=56766493
Express train - Sing./KL :: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=902328&page=21
Malaysian Ringgit per US$:: RM-charts-Adv : 1yr.RM-chart
In search of GB Hills ---- ::
(GBH was hard to find in those early days)
CEO Mr. CC Lim talks - ::
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Nearby Properties / Pricing ?


QuikPro No: UP712477

Property Type: Serviced Residence

Tenure: Freehold

Title Type: Strata

Built-Up: 1,800 sq. ft.

Asking Price RM 770,040

Bedrooms: 3+2

Bathrooms: 3

Furnishing: Unfurnished

Posted Date: 31/01/2011

Facilities: Barbecue Area, Business Centre, Cafeteria, Club House, Covered Parking, Gymnasium, Jacuzzi, Jogging Track, Nursery, Playground, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Wading Pool, 24hr Security, Reception/ Lounge Area, Manangement Office, City Viewing Deck & Promenade, Landscaped Garden, Eco Pond, Changing Room, Tadika Room Area


/see: http://www.iproperty.com.my/propertylisting/712477/Sky_Bungalow_Type_A,_Green_Beverly_Hills_Serviced_Residence_ForSale

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Old pricing


Property Type: Condominium

Tenure: Freehold

Title Type: Strata

Built-Up: 930 sq. ft.

Asking Price RM 445,000 (RM 478 psf x 2.5 = HK$1,200 psf)

Bedrooms: Studio

Bathrooms: 2

Furnishing: Unfurnished

Posted Date: 02/12/2010

Facilities: Barbecue Area, Business Centre, Cafeteria, Club House, Covered Parking, Gymnasium, Jacuzzi, Jogging Track, Nursery, Playground, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Wading Pool, 24hr Security


/see: http://www.iproperty.com.my/propertylisting/712546/Sky_Bungalow,_Green_Beverly_Hills,_Nilai_Condominium_ForRent




"Priced between RM390,000 and RM780,000" Sky Bungalows (condos) at 13 Aug.2010

/see: http://www.gddevelopment.com/newsroom.html

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Original design - higher density Condos ... replaced by much lower density: Two Towers


/source: http://greenbeverlyhills.eventbrite.com/

Convenient Location

The location of Green Beverly Hills in Putra Nilai is attractive, as it is a distinct and well-planned township with modern infrastructure and amenities. It is already well-known for its up and coming Biotech Hub, Regional Education Hub and Global Trading/Commercial Hub. Its strategic location next to the North South Highway provides homeowners easy access to Kuala Lumpur, Cheras, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Kajang and other key destinations within the Klang Valley. It is a short drive away from Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan, with several shopping centres within that vicinity.

Here's a Chinese-language video

Premier educational institutions such as Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Multimedia University, INTI College and Nilai College are easily accessible via excellent transportation. The Nilai Spring Golf Course is ideal to have a leisurely game of golf. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is within 10 minutes drive away, making it easy to travel to local and international destinations.

Attractive Terms

The Sky Bungalow will be launched on 5th November 2010, and is expected to be completed in Nov 2013. For the Water and Garden Villas, they are expected to be completed in Nov 2012. For a limited time only, the developer is offering to absorb the legal fees for the Sales and Purchase agreement (SPA), with 2 years of free interest during the construction period.


/source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1129683&page=2
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Green Beverly Hills scoops Asia Pacific Property Award

By Siti Sakinah Abdul Latif of theedgeproperty.com

Tuesday, 31 May 2011



KUALA LUMPUR: GD Development Sdn Bhd scooped two awards at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2011 in association with Bloomberg TV in Shanghai, for its RM3.5 billion mixed development Green Beverly Hills at Putra Nilai.


The freehold projects won the awards for the Residential High-Rise Development category and the Property Development category, and were recognised as projects that set new standards in property development with their focus on green environmental luxury within the design, architecture, landscaping and co-existence with nature.


Green Beverly Hills is located on a 350-acre piece of land, comprising 70 acres of virgin forest, 40 acres of organic farm, 20 acres of natural lake and 8-themed herb gardens set aside to provide a healthy and natural lifestyle for its residents.



(From left) Lim and GD Development co-founder Datuk Yeat Sew Chuong with the awards


Mr. CC Lim Describes the project


GD Development CEO Lim Ching Choy said that the company has made every effort to make Green Beverly Hills the finest development possible.


"The Awards acknowledges the dedicated hard work of our whole team, and serves as a reminder of the fine quality and value for money we provide at Green Beverly Hills," he added.


Residential Category winner Green Beverly Hills residences take their form from a flower, with the façade and spacious interiors exquisitely designed with a functional and practical layout to utilise every square foot of space.


Meanwhile, each unit of the Property Category winner Water Villas has a personalised view of the vast lake. Beautiful landscapes wrap around each house, with their glass walls open on to the deck, which transforms it into one large space that is both indoors and outdoors.


Although secluded, Water Villas is in close proximity to a variety of outdoor activities via a lakeside trail. All residences of Green Beverly Hills are also equipped with an energy-efficient Smart Home System which even further enhances this unique living experience.


The judging panel, consisting of more than 60 professionals, was chaired by Lord Bates of Langbaurgh. This year's judges included Google UK account manager James Bacon; National Federation of Property Professionals group chief executive Peter Bolton King; David Dalby of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and Mike McNamara of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

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Leading British and American professors to head up a new private university costing £18,000 a year.


This is an interesting an innovative answer to the decline of the publicly funded UK academic establishment, and a antidote to BAs in hairdressing. Inevitably it would seem that the best is being reserved for the rich, however they have a target of 1 in 3 students being funded by scholarships. This initiative is aimed at the humanities possibly (eventually) freeing up public money in for science and engineering.

On the opposite side of the world:

A WAY that some Universities are reaching out and simultaneously cutting costs, is to set up affiliated Universities in "cheaper countries"


Malaysia wants to turn itself into an Educational Hub.


Right next door to Green Beverly Hills, is this place:


INTI University: http://www.newinti.edu.my/main/about_inti


...It is part of a bigger network:




Studying at INTI International University and INTI International Colleges today means benefiting directly from the strength of the Laureate International Universities network. Being a part of the largest and fastest growing global network of private universities – of which former US President Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chancellor – INTI offers world-class quality education at local prices.


And here's Nilai University College

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Reminds me of something I spotted in an airline magazine a few weeks ago on the way to Malta.




Same kind of thing, apartments in a countryside location where the land is used to provide residents with produce.


Doesn't quite work out as a properly sustainable option though, it's 75 apartments and less than 3 acres of cultivated land.


Beautiful part of the world though and home produced wine, olive oil, goats cheese and fresh bread baked daily, I love mediterranean food.



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Kuala Lumpur Airport - is nearby



/source: http://www.malaysiamap.org/map-search-detaildc31.html?mapID=61816750c4218ebd52834e6fa8d01f08


Airport Name: Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Location: Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Altitude: 21 m (71 ft) above sea level

Runways: 2 (Two)

Terminals: 2 (Two)

Type: Public

Code: KUL


Kuala Lumpur, being the gateway to Malaysia, receives scores of people throughout the year. Considering the requirements of international visitors in mind, Kuala Lumpur International Airport was constructed in 1998. Commonly called KLIA, it is one amongst the major aviation hubs of Asia and also the main international airport of Malaysia. KLIA is located in Sepang district of Selangor state, about 50 kilometres in the south of Kuala Lumpur.


In fact, this airport can also be used as a landing site for the Space Shuttle in emergencies. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is competent of managing 35 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo, annually. At present, KLIA is ranked as the world's 13th busiest airport. It is managed by Malaysia Airports (MAHB) and is the airline hub for Malaysia Airlines, MASkargo, AirAsia, and AirAsia X.


Presently KLIA is serving Klang Valley Metropolitan Region, Greater Klang Valley, Selangor, Shah Alam, Malacca, and South Perak. Being the country's main import-export center, the airport is one of the important constituents in the economy of Malaysia. Besides, KLIA is the world's first airport to be endorsed with Airport Service Quality (ASQ) assured certificate from Airports Council International (ACI).


/more: http://www.voyage99.com/tourist-attraction/kuala-lumpur/kuala-lumpur-international-airport.html

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WORRIED about floods? There's no contest


COMPARE /vs. Sealevel:

Auckland, Newton: 1,024 inches / 85 feet


Kuala Lumpur, KL : 2,441 inches / 203 feet

Kuala Lumpur, Nilai : 2,323 inches / 194 feet

Kuala Lumpur, KLIA : 852 inches / 71 feet


Rome, Italy : 551 inches / 46 feet


Greenville, SC : 11,181 inches / 932 feet

Columbia, SC-- : xxx

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One of the aspects of the GBH project that I found appealing was the Organic Farm.

I do think that Agricultural, water and healthy food sources will become increasingly important in the future.


Top American architects DPZ are beginning to incorporate these features in their master plans.


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Famous New Urbanist, Andres Duany waxes lyrically

...about Agricultural Urbanism - Best part, about 1 hr:20 mins in



Why did communes break up?

Eventually only three women were doing the dishes, and when they quit, it broke up.


Duany has his own "new and improved" ideas about how to do farming communities, with a nice built in village concept


He has a "circling the wagons" community, that may work as a profitable real estate development.


Brochure showing the developed concept:






The Market Square connects the agricultural ethic with local arts and culture. This civic space will be an important link between the agricultural activities on the land and the vibrancy of everyday life in Tsawwassen.


Community Trust Farming

The working development plan for Southlands preserves more than two thirds of the land for local agriculture, wildlife, community recreation and pathways. The largest piece of land is set aside for community trust farming, creating a valuable, community-controlled agricultural asset which supports a new generation of farmers and ensures local food production.


Although active industrial-scale farming on the Southlands has reduced the value of wildlife habitat over the years, the community trust’s agricultural practices are designed to protect existing forested areas and create new habitat with trees and hedgerows.


A third of the existing land will be developed in a compact form running along the south part of the site. This will preserve views overlooking a park, the community trust farmlands, and contiguous open space.

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(DPZ is thinking about this in their design plans for several new communities)


The Southlands Plan - might GBH incorporate some of this ?



The tract, known as Southlands, consists of open fields, woodland, drainage ditches, and some built structures. Efforts to develop the land, in the Tsawwassen section of the suburban municipality of Delta, have been stymied by local opposition for two decades.

Two years ago Sean Hodgins, president of Century Group Lands Corp., which owns the vast majority of Southlands, set out to break the impasse by offering to preserve two-thirds of the site for agriculture, recreation, and educational uses while placing housing on the remaining one-third. He gathered two dozen residents to assemble a Southlands Community Planning Team, which then spent 16 months devising ideas for weaving agriculture through much of the development.


Once the Planning Team had hammered out a design brief (titled “A Vision for Agricultural Urbanism”), Duany was brought in to conduct a charrette, which included new urbanists such as Doug Farr, Bill Dennis, Patrick Condon, and Steve Mouzon.


Reconciling housing and agriculture

The charrette produced two slightly different master plans — both of them featuring networks of walkable streets and opportunities to engage in farming and gardening at many different scales. “One plan links to the existing neighborhood; the other pulls back,” says Bob Ransford, an urban land-use consultant to the Century Group. Forty-two percent of the land is preserved for agriculture, 26 percent is kept open for other purposes, and 32 percent is developed.




Ableman, whose Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California, reportedly has generated $1 million in annual revenue from 12 acres, told the charrette participants that the project would need at least 250 acres of farm land if it hoped to be “self-sustaining” — capable of feeding much of the population of Southlands or Tsawwassen. A proponent of regional food systems, Ableman is author of the books Fields of Plenty, On Good Land, and From the Good Earth.


The charrette proposed four principal scales of agriculture at Southlands. They are:

-- Rural agriculture, consisting of farms of 20 to 160 acres, including grazing, hunting, and periodically uncultivated land.

-- Small farms of 5 to 20 acres each.

-- Specialty farms of 1 to 5 acres.

-- “Intraurban agriculture,” including community gardens of 50 to 5,000 square feet; front gardens and kitchen gardens for individual residences; and container gardens (roof gardens, balcony boxes, and window boxes).


The specialty farms would be especially important, acting as transitions between the larger outlying agricultural expanses and the denser center where most of the population would live. Plans from the charrette show specialty farm areas of up to five acres that would extend like fingers into rural terrain.

Khoury says agricultural urbanism, as pictured at Southlands, differs from what new urbanists usually attempt. In new urbanist plans, “we’re used to seeing an urban-rural edge,” a relatively sharp demarcation, she says. At Southlands, by contrast, “we tried to weave it together.” Ransford elaborates that “the agriculture is physically brought in with a fairly jagged edge.”


The Planning Team identified many food-related activities that could be included in Southlands.

They include:

• Community gardens in neighborhoods and at the edge.

• Allotment gardens where townhouse and apartment dwellers could rent small plots.

• A market square with a focus on agriculture. Anchoring the market square would be a center for urban agriculture, occupying facilities that would be built for Kwantlen University College by the developer. Its backside would open up to farms, Ransford says.

• A farmers’ market with mixed use and live/work units


Nobody knows how many people would be interested in doing the small-scale farming. The goal, Khoury says, is to make it profitable enough that they could do well at it.

After the charrette concluded on May 13, the plans were sent to architects and planners for at least six weeks of analysis and refinement, after which they will be presented to the public for further discussion. “It’s a greenfield site surrounded by residential suburban development on all sides,” Ransford notes. “There has been an anti-development attitude in the community.”


/more: http://newurbannetwork.com/article/newest-eco-development-model-%E2%80%98agricultural-urbanism%E2%80%99


Southlands site: http://www.imaginesouthlands.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Imagine-Southlands-Brochure-2010.pdf

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Does GBH need a better transport tie to KL (and maybe Singapore) ???

Andres Duany articulates the virtues of New Urbanism -

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New Urbanism | The Case for Looking Beyond Style

(to the substance that sustains a successful movement)


Taking on the “avant-garde establishment,” Andrés Duany attempts to set the record straight.


By Andres Duany .. April 14, 2011


Within the Avant-Garde Establishment (AGE), the New Urbanism has been defined by a strategy to willfully mischaracterize it. The few live debates have consisted of dreary factual corrections by the New Urbanist side. Now Metropolis provides the opportunity to establish the actual record:

The most debilitating aspect of this criticism is the hypersimplification—as if the New Urbanism were a rustic version of starchitect culture. The New Urbanism is in reality an expanding web of ideas, techniques, projects, and people.

. . .

New Urbanism projects at all scales, but its primary mission has been the reform of suburban sprawl, which has long been the most debilitating and neglected of America’s urban crises. This is not to say that New Urbanists have avoided the inner city. Our firm, DPZ, for example, has prepared effective urban plans of at least eight major urban cores. After all, the best way to discourage sprawl is to foster cities that people love.

. . .

Plugging into the Power of Middle Class support


The American middle class is one of the “power grids” that propel the New Urbanism. Years ago, Christopher Alexander advised: “We all know what the appliance is … What we need to do is design the plugs that connect it to the existing power grids.”


The first was market-driven by the success of Seaside. It turned out that many people wanted walkable lifestyles and that it was possible to develop such communities profitably. This brought the developers on board, and they now number in the hundreds.


The second plug emerged slowly as NIMBYism arose from the failed promise of suburbia. Instead of lives surrounded by nature and enjoying freedom of movement, the opposite was delivered. The New Urbanist charrettes arose as a vehicle to convince the furious that our proposals were part of the solution rather than part of the problem. The charrettes created the unprecedented hybrid of bottom-up and top-down planning: the Charter and the charrette provided principle and process.


The third phase was propelled by the “discovery” of sedentary lifestyle obesity and the attendant pathologies. The fourth phase: This is the belated insight by the environmentalists that urbanism can be a tool as powerful as the explicit protection of nature. Indeed, it is emerging as the primary tool in the green toolbox.


It is not enough that our urbanism mitigates climate change by being compact, connected, complex, and convivial. It is also necessary that it look explicitly green.


/more: http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20110414/new-urbanism-the-case-for-looking-beyond-style

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TRAIN : Singapore to KL exists now, but it takes nearly one full day



An old fashioned way of travelling from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL). A day's travel through scenic route, passing small towns, plantations and interesting landscapes.

/more: http://www.ktmb.com.my/

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Green Beverly Hills sees 70% take-up rate


Jun 13, 2011 - HomeGuru.com.my


Green Beverly Hills, an eco-themed resort development in Putra Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, has sold 70 percent of its first phase since its launch in January.


The 350 acre project, which is being developed by GD Development Sdn Bhd, is located on a freehold land site. It comprises semi-detached homes, town villas, bungalows, condominiums, a shopping mall and hotel.


To be developed over eight phases, Green Beverly Hills has a total gross development value (GDV) of RM3.5 billion and will offer a resort lifestyle experience, said Lim Ching Choy, Chief Executive at GD Development.


The first phase will comprise two 25-storey residential blocks of 334 condominiums listed from RM487,000, with a gross floor area (GFA) of between 930 and 1,816 sq ft.


Meanwhile, the second phase of the project comprises two types of villas, the Water Villa and Garden Villa. The 44 Garden Villas have a built-up area of around 3,858 sq ft each and are priced from RM2 million, while the 17 Water Villas are listed from RM3.2 million and offer a GFA from 4,769 sq ft.


Overall, the villas aim to attract foreigners and have generated interest from a number of potential buyers.


“Approximately 90 acres of land is dedicated to the green elements consisting of virgin forest (50 acres), organic farm (20 acres) and natural lake (20 acres),” said Mr. Lim.


Mr. Lim noted that as of May, earthworks have been completed for the first phase and piling work has started. As for the villas, earthworks will start in July.


The low-density development (only five units per acre) is accessible from Seremban and a 40-minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, as well as a short drive from Putrajaya and the KLIA.


/source: http://www.homeguru.com.my/property-news/2011/6/670/green-beverly-hills-sees-70-take-up-rate

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For you shopping requirements...


This development will be a short bicycle ride away (maybe 4-5 minutes, also walkable), directly across from the INIT admin building




Nilai Starz Valley by Golden Plateau Sdn Bhd


Well received: Choo (left) showing the scaled-down version of the Starz Valley.


Tagged with a glamourous name, interested house buyers are flocking to see the newly launched Starz Valley project in Nilai.

The freehold mixed development by Golden Plateau Sdn Bhd may be the company’s debut project but has sold out its commercial units in just a day.

All 38 units of its shoplots priced between RM600,000 and RM1.1mil each were snapped up during its launch and 104 units of Soho offices were sold out within a month.




Located oppposite Inti International University, the project encompasses commercial lots, a five-storey boutique hotel, a sports centre and four blocks of serviced apartments.

Company managing director Y.C. Choo said the strategic location of the project coupled with its modern design were among the main selling points for the development.

“Before embarking on the project, we conducted a detailed survey on the properties here and designed our project to meet actual demand.

“Our strategy must be working judging from the overwhelming response,” he said.

The four blocks of 13-storey serviced apartments will house 1,111 units with the smallest unit (studio) measuring 290sq ft and the largest (three-room) measuring 1,018sq ft.


The apartments are priced between RM109,000 and RM320,000* for the first block.


The serviced apartments which will have a community hall, swimming pool and gym are equipped with security features including a panic button in each unit and touch card for the elevators going up to the residential floors.

The apartments also come semi-furnished with wardrobes, air-conditioning units and kitchen cabinets.

The project, which will begin construction soon, is scheduled to be completed in the next three years.

Choo said the first phase of the project will be ready by the end of 2013.


/see: http://e-property-chats.blogspot.com/2011/07/nilai-starz-valley-by-golden-plateau.html


*( 109,000/290 = RM 376 psf / 320,000/1,018 = RM 314 psf )


PHOTOS: http://propertiestalk.blogspot.com/2011/05/starz-valley.html

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Selling Points :


1. Very close distance away fro Nilai Inti Collage, about 70m. Would attract more students move to this area. Consider nearest place to Inti Collage.

2. Tight security, with 2 tier security system for residential condo.

3. Mixed development, means near to retails shops, and others entertainment such as sport complex. Would create crowded and hotspot at that area.

4. There has shuttle bus to pick up students from Desa Palma to Nilai Collage & LCCT.


/see: layout, location : http://www.chester.com.my/project.php?pid=81

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It is surrounded by several institutions of higher learning ie. Nilai University College, University Sains Islam Malaysia, Islamic University College of Malaysia, KPJ International College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Global Institute of Studies, Kolej Kejururawatan Murni and Puteri Nursing College.


/see: http://www.iproperty.com.my/propertylisting/961289/Nilai_Utama,_Starz_Valley_Retail_Space_ForSale



It looks crowded, and has none of the serenity that comes with the GBH project.

I believe the penthouse is priced a touch under RM 600,000 for about 1600 (?) sf

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I've always liked KL but haven't been there for a decade or so (since my environmentalism and localism resulted in me becoming a one man no-fly zone).


Have they finished the elevated monorail or tram or whatever it is? I remember lots of concrete stumps where they'd run out of money.


On topic: I get rather bored of seeing glossy imagined communities as artists impressions. Perfectly functional communities exist where-ever on the planet people live. The chances are you already live in one.


Maybe I'll get round to creating a "criteria for the ideal community" post.

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I've always liked KL but haven't been there for a decade or so (since my environmentalism and localism resulted in me becoming a one man no-fly zone).


Have they finished the elevated monorail or tram or whatever it is? I remember lots of concrete stumps where they'd run out of money.

They have.

And the entire system will be expanded in the years to come.

I would be happy to hear about your Ideal criteria

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I wonder if this would work at GBH ?


GlobalBiz: Crystal Lagoons: 01 Nov 10


MP3: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/worldbiz/worldbiz_20101101-2306a.mp3

Mon, 1 Nov 10 - Duration: 27 mins


Many of us will pay a premium to live by water – whether it’s the sea, a river or a lake. It’s well known amongst property developers but Chilean entrepreneur Fernando Fischmann is unique amongst his peers in having discovered a technique to keep the water in lagoons clear and so attractive to live next to. His company Crystal Lagoons is in high demand to provide that technology right across the world. Here he talks to Peter Day. Producer: Richard Berenger Editor: Stephen Chilcott



Website: http://www.crystal-lagoons.com/en/home.html

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FRom the "Where do you want to raise your children?" thread:


Malaysia is not my specialism, but from observation on visits they are clearly lower down the wealth curve. Aside from the space aspect I think there are also cultural manifestations which diversify away from the profit at all cost mentality, which is good.


The GBH development (no pun intended) looks nice for sure, but like all such arrangements, will still be a false haven. It will be impossible to avoid interaction with the potential chaos of the community outside the gate. The greater the disparity between the haven and its surroundings the less stable the situation.


One of my relatives has retired to Malaysia after a lifetime of banking in the east (in the days when bankers were solid, trustworthy and conservative I might add). He is not living in a bubble development but in a regular location in Penang and is a trusted member of the community, with many friends across all races. His friendships serve him better than an isolationist stance.


On the point of the post, better to teach your kids to survive and thrive within the chaos. Resilience will be a critical resource in future.

When we down having a look, I visited the INIT University next door with the GF, and we met a nice admissions officer. I asked her if she had seen the property next door, and she had not. So I offered to take her over for a look, and our driver - who worked for the developer - was happy to do so. (In the back of my mind was the idea that we might have a chance to rent our presumed future flat to one of the INIT senior lecturers - if they could afford it.)


She was very impressed with the organic farm - small though it was - and wanted to bring her son to see it.


I can imagine a future where the development at GBH is integrated with the local community, and especially the several universities in the area.

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