The other day we caught up with Ivan, our favourite PropertyReviews.my resident architecture fan. “The current trend in the Malaysian real estate is all about modern design. It’s all about keeping up with the global trend, having an ‘international’ looking house, and building homes that are most attractive to the growing number of expatriates in the country.” No joke, Ivan; you’re an architect, aren’t you? When all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail…
There is hardly any real estate development around that gives ode to the beautiful culture and history that is Malaysia; thankfully, there is such a thing as the Denai Alam in Shah Alam. The whole concept of the Denai Alam is to bring back the communal living in Malaysia’s traditional villages or kampongs where neighbors live harmoniously with each other. It gives emphasis to the idea of living in a tight-knit community – something that is innate in Malaysian kampongs but may have become difficult to achieve in the modern gated communities of the country today.
The asking price (at the time of the this review) around RM350-400 PSF is pretty standard amongst newer Shah Alam developments. Given its premium “landed freehold” status it’s probably a better bet against, well, leasehold apartments like Subang Andaman. To check for Denai Alam’s fair market price, look at this guide, and more importantly, use it.
Denai Alam is a Sime Darby project, and so for those who are particular about developer reputation, this may be good to know. Sime Darby’s portfolio is as think as two short planks 😉 – its nearest development to Denai Alam in Shah Alam is Bukit Subang. Bukit Jelutong is about 5km away. Completed in 2010, Denai Alam is touted as the “most prestigious neighbourhood in the Klang Valley” – will it live up to this reputation? We would have thought that KLCC or the Embassy Row would fit this description more, but we shall see…
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Denai, Danai, D27
The ‘Denai’ in the Denai Alam refer to the wooded footpaths dedicated for pedestrians and non-mechanized vehicles around this developing township. It is touted as the “perfect way to encourage neighbors to meet neighbors”, to do stuff together like walking and jogging. It is also a great way to get to the many leisure and recreational features around the township like the parks, playgrounds, and water features.
Exclusivity is also a great thing to admire about Denai Alam. The place was designed to only have eight homes per acre – something that’s wonderfully reminiscent, still, of the quiet kampong living (according to the developer collateral).
In keeping up with the ‘traditional’ Malaysian concept, the homes in Denai Alam are designed with traditional Malay homes as inspiration but with the flare and functionality of the modern homes of today. All these features are the very reason why the Denai Alam won the Planning Innovation Award of 2003 from the Malaysian Institute of Planners.
There are different types of homes available on the Denai Alam but most of them are double-storey links whose size range between 2,100 and 4,500 sq. ft. each. Price-wise, homes at the Denai Alam are not quite as ridiculous as one would expect. Despite all the impressive features, facilities, as well as their easily-accessible location, the prices are kept at bay with psf rates starting at RM400. That would give you a perfectly beautiful 2-storey, 4-bedroom Denai Alam home for only RM1.3 million. That’s about the price of a high end condo unit anywhere in Shah Alam but it comes with so much more space inside and out. Pricing accurate during the time of this review.
Denai Alam’s facilities within the community can only be highlighted but the wide, lush greens and a few other luxuries like water features and walkway. Every other thing that makes this freehold estate has for its potential residents are beautifully sprawled on their denai’s. And the landscape design was made to make the whole experience look as good as it feels.
And things can only get better over the fact that Denai Alam is close to important places and amenities in Shah Alam. There’s always a Tesco Giant, a school, a shop and a clinic nearby. There even are golf clubs within close distance. Denai Alam is easily accessible to major highways, among them NKVE and the Guthrie Corridor Escape.
What We Think
While we may doubt the whole hype around the “most prestigious Klang Valley neighbourhood” hype (which we think should belong to either Kenny Hills or Damansara Heights), Denai Alam has got two things working for it – amazing neighbourhood design and developer reputation.
Denai Alam currently (at the time of the review) is still somewhat “underpopulated”, but we expect this to change rapidly in the next couple of years. Location-wise, it’s some good 20km away even from Subang Jaya (via the Guthrie Corridor), and for this some potential buyers may be turned off. If you’re looking for a “central” location with good commute then Denai Alam may not fit the bill. However, at this rather competitive price PSF (and the available space in a rather nice planned neighbourhood) Denai Alam seems to be a good choice. To check what’s the fair market value for Denai Alam properties, be sure to use this price valuation guide which is available over email (for free) once you submit your details in this form below.