Subang Jaya’s Empire Subang is a freehold mixed development that consists of residential units, office spaces, and a retail mall. Located in Jalan SS16/1 and highly visible on the Federal Highway, Empire Subang is made up of four blocks, which are divided into:-
- Empire Suites for residential suites
- Empire Tower for the office spaces
- Empire SOHO for smaller offices, and
- Empire Shopping Gallery, the property’s shopping mall.
Fun fact: PropertyReviews.my was started here at Empire SOHO before moving here to Setiawalk; There are 240 SoHo units, and the Empire SOHO comprises of eight storeys. In addition, the Empire SOHO has 30 units on every floor; this brings up some rather inconvenient problems… read on for more on this.
Built-up areas for Empire SOHO units start at 793 square feet. Potential residents can also choose a unit with a built-up area of 797 square feet. The largest unit Empire SOHO unit is measured at 1,193 square feet. SoHo units’ duplex loft has a dining area, a kitchen, and a living room area measuring 538 square feet. The upper deck which measures 255 square feet can easily be turned into a bedroom. Empire Hotel suites/units measure from 368 square feet.
With Empire Subang, its developers Mammoth prioritised luxury and convenience, but never compromised quality and credibility. Empire Subang also a Jacuzzi, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a business centre. A barbecue area is also made available, as well as a salon, a playground, a sauna, and a wading pool. For security, the mixed property has a round-the-clock security system. Valet parking is also available. Fitness First is also here, and features a rather nice swimming pool.
Prime, Subang Jaya Location
Empire Subang’s location is affluent and prominent. SS16 in Subang Jaya is home to a lot of similar developments, which include residential developments such as Subang Olives, Subang Avenue, Isola, e-Tiara, Casa Tiara, and the Saujana Residency. Residents may access other destinations in Kuala Lumpur by utilising nearby highways. The mixed development can be accessed via the Damansara Puchong Highway, the North Klang Valley Expressway and the Federal Highway.
Right across the road from Empire Subang is the venerable Wisma Consplant and Subang Parade – one of the oldest shopping malls in the Klang Valley, nay Malaysia.
Mammoth Empire Group has long been living up to its name by developing quality and topnotch residential and integrated properties. Its list of stellar developments includes The Loft and The Ara in Bangsar. Now, the property giants have expanded its empire (pardon the pun) with Empire Subang, and the newer Empire Damansara.
The concept of mixed developments is nothing new in the Malaysian real estate industry, and its emergence has long been acknowledged. With more and more people hunting for condominiums to call home or investors lining up to get the next sweet deal off a commercial space, developers are seizing every opportunity to create and construct the next big development that will let residents play, work, and live, all in one place.
Empire Subang’s “4 in 1” concept of having a hotel/residential suites, shopping mall, office spaces, and SoHo units all in one place is very effective. This could be an attractive opportunity for investors. One point to note, though, would be the Kelana Jaya LRT’s close proximity to Empire Subang. It has its pro and con—the pro is of course the added convenience for commuters who take the public transportation on a daily basis. On the other hand, it might pose as a problem for Empire Subang’s residents as the noise of the trains might get a little loud sometimes.
On the minus side, there are some teething problems which do not seem to go away; for example, the lift to the SoHo units is known to be notoriously slow; there are just two lifts servicing the full block comprising the SoHo and the Shopping Gallery. Note that each SoHo level has got some 30 units, and multiple this with the total number of floors and you’ll see why two lifts are hardly sufficient. To compound further onto the problem, Fitness First is in the SoHo block as well, and this obviously add to the woes as gym goers throng the place after work and during weekends.
Also, the explosion which completely wiped the Lower Ground off (back in September 2011) may have affected the crowd pull, but by mid 2012 everything seems to be back at full swing. Malaysians do have short memories. 🙂
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Depending on how you take it, Empire Subang is worth taking a look at—selling prices for units this August is listed at an estimated RM690 to RM720 per square feet. To check if this is a fair price, use this free property valuation guide which you can download (courtesy of GoodPlace.my) – enter your name and email address below for your copy –