Sprawling on more than five full acres of land in the heart of Jalan Ipoh in the city of Kuala Lumpur sits this rather huge 18-storey 608-unit condominium called the Casa Idaman. This leasehold property is built by CP Group (probably best known for its developments at Queensbay in Penang) on the land owned by Damakmur.
“Casa Idaman” sounds rather generic and could have passed for anything. There could well be Casa Idamans in Penang, or maybe in Sabah and Sarawak. 😉 Sometimes you wonder if there’s a “Malaysia Generic Property Name Generator” software that they use for this…
Anyways, back to the review. The Casa Idaman is fairly new, the units are divided on two buildings with 20 units on each floor (12 units on the 17th and 18th floors). It offers three types of housing units, offered simply as Unit Type A, Type B, and Type C. These units hardly differ in anything except for a slight difference in size and number of rooms – mainly on Type A.
- Type A Units – 1,181 sq. ft in size and comes with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
- Type B Units – 1,007 sq. ft in size with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
- Type C Units – 1,062 sq. ft in size with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
In-house amenities of this relatively new condo complex include the usual swimming and wading pools, nursery, gymnasium, covered parking, and round the clock security. It would also be convenient for car-owners to know that each unit is assured 2 basement parking spaces – something that is a huge problem in most other condominium units.
It’s All About The Location, Baby
The most appealing (and perhaps most marketable) thing about Casa Idaman is its location. Easy access on all sides, public amenities surrounding it, and it is close to almost everything in Jalan Ipoh. It is very convenient for a prospective Casa Idaman-unit owner to know that banks, schools, hospitals, and shopping centers including Carrefour Kepong are never more than a few minutes away. However, if you’re uneasy with the sight of derelict houses then you might want to look elsewhere.
Security might never be an issue at all either; there’s a police station within walking distance from the condominium complex. Don’t you feel safer already? 😉
Because these units are practically simple and were meant for the average income earners, the homes may not exceed expectations on aesthetics. It’s simple, it’s plain, it’s upfront and an it-is-what-it-is kind of design with no adherence to any art discipline of sorts. There’s a refreshing lack of pretension on Casa Idaman’s part.
Casa Idaman is far from bad. It is actually great for its kind – and the amenities only make it even better. And all these facilities plus a great view of Kuala Lumpur on most every side are offered very affordably, making it attractive to most middle income earners looking to buy their own condominium unit. The launching price of the units ranged between RM 255,000 and RM 292,000.
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Furnished units out on the market these days are priced just a little over RM 350,000 on average, which translates to about RM350 PSF. We think that this could be a bargain since most city condominiums are fast breaching the RM800 PSF average asking price, but then again those are slightly upmarket properties which are smack in the middle of the city. To check what’s the fair value for Casa Idaman use this guide below – it’s a downloadable e-booklet on How To Value A Property” which is emailed out for free courtesy of GoodPlace.my.