Premier developers Mammoth Empire Group is surely living up to its name by developing Empire Damansara, a mixed residential-commercial property set to be completed by this year (estimate). The Empire Damansara is situated in Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya near the LHDN office. This leasehold mixed development is set to become a great addition to the growing number of residential and commercial properties in Damansara Perdana, which is nearby popular commercial complexes such as malls and restaurants, as well as business and corporate offices.
Mammoth Empire is somewhat buoyed by its previous success in the form of Empire Subang (in Subang Jaya) which rebounded after a gas explosion in September 2011 which led it to be closed for two months. Empire Subang remains a weekend crowd puller with a pleasant mini mall with some interesting eateries. We used to rent a unit at the Empire SoHo wing and we liked the place very much. The rental was also decent at RM1,800 (for a 730+ sq ft unit) but we doubt that anybody will be able to get that rate anymore. If you’re on the lookout for a SoHo unit to rent then go ask for Alice Ng who owned a unit – she was our landlord and she rocked. 🙂
Empire Damansara: The Plan
The Mammoth Empire Group seems to have rather big plans for its recent development. The mixed development will include five clusters or blocks: Empire Soho 1, Empire Soho 2, Empire Residence, Empire Studio, and Empire Detached Office. The property will be comprised of seven buildings or towers. Furthermore, the Empire Residences would be made up of 24 storeys, housing 277 units. Empire Studios will be made up of 39 storeys which will house 641 units. Soho 1 will be made up of 389 units on its 24 storeys, while Soho 2 would come with 328 units on its 27-storeyed building. In addition, there will be a 12-storey office building that will house one unit, while detached offices would come with six units on 7-storeyed blocks. Finally, a retail shop is slated to also rise with either two or three storeys, housing 29 units in total.
Built up areas for studio units start at an estimated 363 square feet. Soho units are sized at an estimated 725 square feet.
The Empire Damansara is also located near mixed developments such as the Neo Damansara, Ritze Perdana 2, Point 92, and the Metropolitan Square. Accessing Damansara Perdana is easy because it is closely-located to major highways and expressways that will take residents to their destinations quickly. The New Pantai Expressway, the Penchala Link, Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong, and the Kesas Highway may be used to go to and from destinations in Kuala Lumpur.
In addition, Damansara Perdana is already located near shopping complexes and popular malls. The Curve and One Utama are going to be within walking distances from the mixed development. In addition, Tesco, Ikea, Cineleisure, and the Ikano can be reached by foot from the Empire Damansara.
Neighbouring towns within the property include Bandar Utama, TTDI, Mutiara Damansara, and Bandar Sri Damansara. Being in Petaling Jaya makes the property the centre of everything happening and hip—it would only take five minutes to reach affluent Mont Kiara, Bangsar, and TTDI. KLCC is a 20 to 30 minute trip via car from the property.
What You Can Expect for Your Buck
With Mammoth’s big plans come big expectations, but surely, the developers will deliver given its track record. The Empire Damansara is slated to teem with shopping complexes and business offices to make living convenient and easy for its residents. There is a planned private club that will house lounges to make its facilities and amenities conveniently accessed in one place by residents. There would also be an infinity pool, as well as a gymnasium.
We like Empire Damansara primarily for its location – being close to Mutiara Damansara where most of the (better) shopping malls are in Petaling Jaya is a real advantage. Additionally, with experience from Empire Subang we can expect Mammoth to replicate its success for Empire Damansara as well. We are pretty bullish about mixed developments like these (which seem to be the trend of the latest properties in the Klang Valley) where everything can be found under one roof (residential suites, offices, SoHo and retail); Empire Damansara fits the bill.
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As of the moment, for average sale prices for the Empire Damansara start at an estimated RM700 per square feet, charting a slow but steady upward trend. To find out if this is a fair price to pay, use this free real estate valuation guide (about 20+ pages) which you can download for free –