G Residence is one of the PropCafe Editor’s Choice of Year 2012 in High Rise Category. Some of the readers have requested us to cover this project and also we found out there was an advertisement from Tan & Tan to sell the limited bumi released units. Since Propcafe has information in place, we decided to do a “fry cold rice” session here to re-introduce G Residence development.
G Residence is sitting at a 3.62 acres land in Desa Pandan which consists of 2 blocks (23 Storey) with a total of 474 units. There is also two floors of retail outlets (26 units with 60,000sf) underneath the residential units (see above).
G residence has a different entrance and access to the car park for residents to ensure the home-occupant’s privacy and security.
This project is all about Location, Location, Location.
Although it is a leasehold land, it is surrounded by the prestigious precincts. It is opposite U-Thant, few minutes away from Ampang Hillir and Ampang Embassy Row, and short distance to Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) & redevelopment site of Cochrance (with Ikea & Velocity are all set to develop there).
This location has a great accessible to many key roads in KL city center and highways including Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ampang, Ampang KL Elevated Highway, Middle Ring Road 2 and etc. Apart from the short drive to KL golden triangle area, it can easily reach Kampung Pandan Round About, which can bring you to multiple key location like Sg Besi or Putrajaya/Cyberjaya (via MEX).
The question now is, it is a great location at the moment, can it be better in future? Answer is, of course YES. If you see the unofficial Klang Valley Rail Transit Map or recent speculated MRT Circle lines, Jalan Ampang Hilir and Kampung Pandan MRT stations are part of the future lines. Ampang Hilir station “probably” is within walking distance but i doubt Kampung Pandan is. However, with the stations are around Desa Pandan, one will expect the surrounding commercial and property actitivies to bring the price of this area to another level.
Having said that, one shouldn’t over-rate the MRT impact which is still long long way to go and not to say the Circle Line which is the last lin to implement i.e. MRT3. We should think about more shorter horizion and the environment during the VP period. As mentioned earlier, without MRT, this place is more than ready to cater for different segments of residents given its Location x 3.
As it is so close to city centre, we do not need to mention about surrounding amentities (eg hospital, shopping malls, parks, eateries, outdoor activities and etc) because it is technical at the center of KL City!
Facade and Architectural Design
Tan & Tan had delayed to launch this project for so long even though information already available in its website since 2010. Many were waiting, waiting and waiting for the launch since then. Therefore, it is not surprise to see the facade a bit dated. However, some said it is acceptable and i would say it is “safe” and can be considered as “ever green” design. Let’s see what Tan & Tan is going to deliver.
Fronting the main road and Royal Selangor Golf Club/U-Thant
Master Plan and View
This development comes with two blocks (A & B). Block A has a higher density than Block B (15 vs 9 units) due to the size of the units.
The Block A is the one that has a chance to peep the KLCC and face Royal Selangor Golf Club. As usual, with the best view the developer put the bigger size here for investors or ownstayers to pick. Majority of the units are Type A layout or bigger size. Bad thing is, it is facing West. Tough choice, isn’t it? Type A and bigger size (1,410sf to 1,640sf). The price starts from RM857k to RM1.005m (RM607psf up).
The Block A has another view which is the East view. It is the most popular one as majority are Type B the smallest units (1,076sf) with the price of RM610k up (RM567psf up). Every floor is about RM2 to 3k more expensive. The East view has a mountain view which also facing the school field/desa pandan.
The majority of the Block B is Type A i.e. slightly bigger size which starts from 1.410sf up. It has two views – North and South View.
South View – This is a Desa Pandan view which is mainly the shoplots besides this project. Soon, this view with come with view of another residential project by the developer called Hua Yang (its website mentioned it will be the tallest building in Desa Pandan).
The layout is pretty standard and practical. However, if you want to be choosy, then perhap you will expect Tan & Tan to come out a wider view from living hall. The additional family hall in Type A is a bit too small to convert to additional room (kid room maybe). With the size of 1,410sf and only 2 rooms, it may not fits the buyers’ appetitie. That’s why the buyers are more keen on Type B (Block A) which is more affordable (smallest size) and comes with the 2 rooms as well. I am not sure why Tan & Tan didn’t put in minimum 3 bedders for this project because it can surely fits the min. 1k sf size. Well, perhaps they think this project is for different segment where quantitive is less important than qualitive of living experience by having bigger living space and rooms.
The maintenance is currently set at 0.30 cents psf. No discount was given during launch last time! Tan & Tan, emmm… …
– 2 carparks
– Kitchen cabinet with hood and hob
– Air conditioners
– Water heater
Block A was totally sold out during first launch, the current limited units are mainly from Block B and Bumi released units which last heard are Type A – 1.4ksf – RM900k up. Heard the price (psf) remained the same as earliest launched. At the current market price, in term of psf, for this location and developer’s reputation, RM600psf should be seen as a GEM! Who know there is still good units left?
“Tan & Tan project hardly goes wrong.” Many Tan & Tan followers will tell you this if you ask them especially it was priced generously at RM570psf up. G Residence is targeting middle-upper class segment and expecting spillover of rental market from U-Thant and Ampang Hillir area. The facade is mediocre and the layout is a bit disappointed (surely many prefer more rooms for the size of 1ksf) but having said that, many would expect Tan & Tan will manage well the retails space there and add values to its residential units. The surrounding amentities are more than sufficient but there are mainly located at the shoplots. Many buyers believe the retails commercial space at G Residence, which only leased and managed by by Tan & Tan, will be more “upmarket” and serve the local community well.
Latest Progress from Site – Aug 2013