First of all, let me state this: I’m not a fan of the ‘MyHabitat’ moniker. However, the name works simply because it’s somewhat memorable, and it stands out from the usual cookie cutter approach when it comes to naming luxury condominiums in the KLCC enclave. Humor me for a second. Which one of these names is completely made up?
- Hampshire Residence
- Hampshire Place
- SOHO Suites @ Tun Razak
- Cendana @ Sultan Ismail
- Binjai Residence
- Park View
- Park Seven
- Stonor Park
Answer at the end of this review. Now back to your regular program….
Click herefor property listings for MyHabitat culled from the leading property classifieds websites.
A few can rival myHabitat’s interesting architecture when seen from afar; despite its rather iffy name it truly stands out as one of KLCC’s best modern condominiums, in our humble opinion! Standing on freehold land area and developed by AP Land, the condominium is tucked in Jalan Aman (off Jalan Tun Razak – which means that it’s not exactly within the KLCC enclave, but still…). Its building’s 38 storeys house a total of 304 serviced apartments.
AP Land is perhaps best known for its Bandar Tasik Puteri (not to be confused with Bandar Puteri, Puchong) flagship development in Rawang as well as the Penang Island Bay Resort in, well, Penang. The developer is also known for its Marina One development in Sydney, Australia.
Structure, Layout, and Built-Up Areas
MyHabitat is composed of two blocks, imaginatively named myHabitat1 and myHabitat2 respectively. MyHabitat1 has 168 units in total, while myHabitat2 has 215 units. Every unit comes with a view of the KLCC skyline or the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens1.
Built-up areas for units on myHabitat1 start at 883 to 4,983 square feet, and 603 to 1,441 square feet for myHabitat2. myHabitat2 also houses the condominium’s penthouse units. Residents have access to one lift that only serves two floors. Residents on premium floors have access to a private lift lobby. More information can be found at its official website (click here – comes up in a new window), but expect mind-blowing (not in a good way) my-eyes-are-burning flash animation and marketing-speak as you normally would.
Residents are able to enjoy the condominium’s top-class facilities and amenities. One can take a quick and relaxing swim in its 45-metre lap and plunge pool, and go to the poolside café for a relaxing after-swim drink. There are also children’s playgrounds and pools for active toddlers. Residents also have access to a covered car park, as well as a sun and pool deck, a multi-purpose hall, a changing room, a squash court, landscaped gardens and ponds, and a gymnasium. Laundry services are also available. In terms of security, the condominium is pretty beefed up. The condominium’s security system comes with 24-hour CCTV surveillance complete with audio/video intercom system.
One of the advantages of living in a city condominium is the nearness of amenities which are often reachable by foot. Our sister site GoodPlace.my has debuted a walkability measure dubbed the GoodPlace Walkability Score (GWS) which is a measure of, well, how “walkable” a property is from important amenities such as public transport points, retail outlets, restaurants, police stations, etc.
MyHabitat’s GoodPlace Walkability Score is 74 (on a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 being the best). To find out what this score means, and to download a free high resolution KLCC condo map with walkability scores, click here.
The nearby KLCC enclave is a bustling location, filled with entertainment spots, malls, and fancy restaurants. Living at myHabitat definitely opens up residents to the possibilities of being surrounded with a lot of activities and things to do… although it is not strictly inside the KLCC enclave – it’s 2.2km away according to our trusty Google algo.
You can also use this clickable map below to check where the closest amenities to the MyHabitat are.
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MyHabitat Prices + Market Analysis
Living in KLCC guarantees big price tags — and this is exactly what myHabitat is all about. Launch prices for the condominium during its opening on February 2010 were already exceeding the benchmark tag of RM1,000 per square feet. However, there was a slight drop in (asking) prices come the third quarter of 2011, when unit prices were floating around the RM900 per square feet level. The prices played around the this mark until December last year. See this chart below for trended asking prices for MyHabitat (collated from various publicly available sources):-
Starting from the beginning of this year, its prices climbed again, and its current asking prices for units reaching RM1,100 per square feet on average. We would expect this to continue to rise – as we checked the local property portals the asking prices have even breached the RM1,200 per square feet levels.
If you need help in estimating the fair value of myHabitat then use this handy little guide which you can download here. For comparison purposes, the neighboring Vista Damai is at approximately HALF the price of myHabitat. Go figure.
What We Think
MyHabitat seems to be one of the better condominiums which line up this side of Jalan Tun Razak (Vista Damai, Orion, Setia Sky Residences, Three28 Tun Razak), but it is seen to be overpriced by some (price point reaching RM1,200 PSF as we have observed in some property listings. However, we have also seen units being auctioned at RM700 PSF base price, and there are indications that the prices will soon “correct” in the coming months. Guess we shall see what happens…
Its location off Jalan Tun Razak is good although it’s still a distance away from the KLCC enclave. It is of walking distance to the Intermark mall and the Suria is also trekkable by foot. Since it is surrounded by landed properties and short buildings the city views are (still) awesome.
Again, the prices seem to be rather inflated at this point, and personally I’d take a wait-and-see stance on this property. Also, the development of KL Trillion next door would probably affect myHabitat’s appeal in the secondary market although the former is decidedly marketed at one level above the latter it seems. Additionally, the availability of Vista Damai at much lower prices (half?) means that the oversupply situation in this area will worsen.
Now back to the earlier pop quiz, the non-existent condominium was “SOHO Suites @ Tun Razak”. But I won’t be surprised if one gets built given the empty land surrounding Taragon Puteri YKS on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.
- As with any other city condominiums, awesome views are often blocked by newer developments. Beware if you see empty tracts of land in the surroundings! ↩