Friday, February 19, 2010

House Hunting

We are house hunting. Yes we need a bigger space. More rooms, more square feet. I need a kitchen island and a walk-in wardrobe. Too much to ask? …. Too bad.

Given our age, we just about qualify for a 30 year loan. With the minus BLR interest rates now, getting a housing loan for a larger house can almost be a reality. Question is, how large and where?

We are mostly keen on Petaling Jaya area. Preferably at the TTDI, Kota Damansara, Mutiara Damansara area. Although it is well known that Mutiara Damansara, more specifically The Curve and Ikea area is terribly congested on weekends, it still has all the amenities we require. Kota Damansara now has a Giant as well as Carrefour. It also has a Village Grocers at Dataran Sunway. Dataran Sunway is however also another over congested area, where I avoid at all cost during peak working hours. Kota Damansara also has the Penchala Link that goes directly to TTDI, Mont Kiara and Hartamas. I love where we live now. BUT we need a bigger space!

For a larger space eg a Semi-D that is under a million, you need to go as far as Shah Alam or Cheras. If we want to maintain spending under say RM800k for something above 2,000 square feet but under 3,000 square feet, am not sure if we are able to get it in the area we are interested.

Recently we did drop by the Armanee Terrace 2 sales office just for fun. They have duplex condo units going for from RM850k. The layout is excellent! It's got everything I want, except space for a walk in wardrobe. The kitchen area is gorgeous. It has one bedroom and one maids room downstairs and 3 bedrooms upstairs. The family area upstairs and ground floor living area has a floor to ceiling glass wall where it overlooks the outside greens. (The condo is next to a hillside). I LOVE IT! I would book it at a drop of a hat. BUT it is still a condo. It also involves paying maintenance fees of RM700 per month! But it has all the club facilities you need. And looking at Armanee Terrace 1, their pool and club facilities are truly resort style. Many of the tenants expatriates and from their community websites, they seem to have quite many activities such as BBQ parties, Halloween parties for the kids etc.

Hubby is not convinced with this, but for the square feet and location that you are getting for that price, I'd say not bad. But it is still a condo. Oh pooooh….

The showhouse interiors has recently been removed and the whole unit will be torn down soon for other developments. I did manage to get the sales agent to take me to see whatever's left. It was better than nothing.

However a friend managed to pay a visit last year snapped some photos. Check em out!

Note: Pictures below are the corner units. 3,200 sqft with garden all around.

The guest bedroom downstairs. It overlooks the garden.

A shot from the groundfloor living room to the family area upstairs.

The wet kitchen

The living room

The dry kitchen. Isn't it gorgeous!
I wish I wish I wish. Fairy dust please!!


built wardrobes said...

walkin wardrode store can design that.

Lin said...

can you come to Malaysia? :P