The Duta Ria condominiums in the Segambut area is quite mature – at ten years of age, the development has been there longer than most other developments in the area especially in the more high end neighborhoods like Mont Kiara and Damansara. And in all fairness to Duta Ria, they can still compete quite well with some of these newer, prettier condo complexes.
Regular readers of PropertyReviews.my will know that we are not raving fans of Dutamas (or specifically, the Jalan Dutamas Raya enclave of apartments), but Duta Ria is one of the better developments in this area north to Mont Kiara. Let us explain.
The main feature of Duta Ria that could put to shame its more expensive, more elite, and newer competitors is the fact that it is one that holds a big surrounding area within its gates. They have in-house lush greenery that houses their club house and jogging trail along with the playground. And it is safe to say that’s the reason why it is very attractive to parents with growing kids. Apart from the big space outside for their kids to play at, the units here are also relatively large. Their units run between 1,300 sf to over 5,000 sf in built-up sizes. The multiple-bedroom units are large enough to accommodate a growing family.
On top of that, another thing that makes Duta Ria a very ideal prospect to live in and raise a family is the fact that it is close to many different schools. The French International School, Sekolah Kebangsaan Segambut, and the Sekolah Kebangsaan Hartamas are only a few of the schools that are within the vicinity of this freehold property.
Location-wise, Duta Ria occupies the quiet end of Jalan Dutamas Raya next to Anggun Puri. Verdana, the “upper-middle tier” condominium by BRDB (under construction during the publication of this review) is opposite.
Duta Ria – What To Expect
There are about 250 units at the Duta Ria, four of which are penthouses. The prices here are generally lower than the price of the neighboring Changkat View, with rates running between Rm 350 and RM 400. Duta Ria homes are only much, much larger than Changkat View units, and that’s why a big unit can go well up to more than RM 1.5 million. (We are not too enthusiastic about Changkat View – read why here).
A quick search at the local property portals during the research for this review returns a multitude of listings with a rather huge spread of asking prices – ranging from RM250 up till RM 450 per square feet. Its most comparable neighbour, Anggun Puri is at RM550 PSF on average. Duta Ria seems to be a viable alternative to Anggun Puri given its rather “competitive” pricing, but as seasoned investors and buyers will know, “cheap” has certainly no bearing on whether an investment would turn out to be profitable. To check what’s the fair market value for Duta Ria use this GoodPlace.my guide on valuing property (click here).
Again, for a growing family with growing expenses, the price of a unit at the Duta Ria may seem to be reasonable. Sure it may not compete with the high end resort-living amenities of homes in the “central” Mont Kiara area but it has its own facilities that are well worth the price:
- Tennis and squash courts
- Swimming pool
- Club house
- Badminton court
- Barbeque area
- Covered parking
- Club house
And this cheaper home alternative in the picturesque and hilly side of the KL suburbs does not fall short of accessibility. Like its more expensive neighbours, they all share major highways that make travel to KL easier. Duta Ria is accessible through Jalan Duta, Penchala Link, and even Mont Kiara interchange.
Dutamas Raya area has been given the spotlight due to the launches of Mont Kiara-level condominiums in the form of Concerto North Kiara and Verdana. The area is being rebranded into “North Kiara”, and this may differentiate some of its newer and more upmarket properties against the older apartments (notably Menara Duta and the medium and low cost apartments along Jalan Dutamas Seroja). This will have some spillover effect onto the existing middle tier condominiums such as Duta Ria and Anggun Puri.