The Ken Rimba has been positioned as “the residence of choice for the eco-friendly home buyers”. Not only did the developers of Ken Rimba make the homes in this mixed development ‘green’; it is green by the international standards of green building and has since been awarded the Green Building Index Award, as well as the BCA Green Mark Gold (Provisional). If you’re one of those people who are looking for a genuine eco-friendliness in a home, this makes for the perfect choice of home for you.
Now Ken Holdings has carved a niche in the green development fetish (hah) with a respectable portfolio in the form of Ken Bangsar, Ken Damansara, Ken TTDI and numerous other Kens that we have lost count. Occupying the top of mind when it comes to green brand equity, it is perhaps well positioned to exploit the fact that green homes may well be the next big thing in Malaysia property.
Going by its portfolio, Ken Holdings’ projects are hardly for the middle class; its pricing schemes are predominantly upper middle. However, Ken Rimba seems to be competitively priced at around RM300 PSF (during the time of this review) – which is “cheap” compared to its nearest peers Setia Alam and Kota Kemuning (around RM400 PSF). Now it’s difficult to generalize the pricing since all three developments consist of a variety of properties and configurations; it’s best to estimate the specific property’s fair market value using the “GoodPlace.my” methodology which can be found here (download for free).
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Green Like The… Hulk?
But as we lazed around in the cozy offices of PropertyReviews.my drinking Ah Huat White Coffee with Trivium’s new album playing soothingly in the background, we were pondering: what exactly makes the homes here green? “The rain harvesting system is a good place to start,” offered Paulo. “Well, that’s what this Ken Rimba brochure says anyways”.
Indeed, rain harvesting system is a very useful feature come the long and hot Malaysian summer months where water shortage is a common problem. When you have your own rain collector at home, you and your entire household are more likely to live without water ration when all your other posh neighbors in other townships have to.
Also, this makes for lower water bill making your house less costly to maintain than elsewhere. The developers of the homes at Ken Rimba have also installed larger glass windows to get the most of natural sunlight. That means you wouldn’t need to turn on your lights during the day, saving you up on electricity. The windows and the breathable roofing mechanics also ensure a good indoor ventilation cutting your need for air conditioning to about half on average. 🙂
That sounds like a pretty decent, low maintenance house huh? And if you think a huge number on the price tag is the big catch, you are wrong. Surprisingly, despite all its attractive eco-friendly, money-saving merits, the homes at Ken Rimba are far from expensive…
Make Teh Moniez
For instance, a two-storey terraced house with a built up size 1,840 sf could only cost you about RM550,000. It can only get more expensive if you get a corner unit, sized 2200 sf and comes with a regular sized home pool. That’s not so bad! These are the digits that come from the Legian phase, one of the two phases dedicated to terrace link homes and the only one that’s currently on the market.
Two other phases in this freehold development will house condominium towers and another block is set to house the commercial spaces for lease and sale in the area. Considering the prices that the big townships in Shah Alam (i.e. Cahaya SPK, Setia Eco Park, etc) come in, the prices of Ken Rimba homes are not bad at all. Ken Rimba homes will make the perfect choice for growing families; with the easy costs and low maintenance, parents could never ask for anything more convenient yet luxurious.
The Further End Of The World
Now some may be turned off by the fact that it’s in the “other end” of Klang Valley (namely Shah Alam), but its connectivity is not bad at all. It also is great to know that Ken Rimba is easily accessible via major highways like the KESAS, the NKVE, the Federal Highway, and even LKSA. Many public facilities are also easily within close distance.
If you can stomach the fact that you won’t be in the middle of KL (if that’s what you want to be, go check out Midfields which is a great alternative, in our opinion) and you don’t mind living in Shah Alam, then Ken Rimba seems to be a good choice. Top notch developer aside, we also like the middle class friendly pricing. To check if you’re spotting a bargain, use this property valuation guide which we will email you once you entered your details below. Why do we need your email address? Simple, really. So that we can spam you with “e-brochures” the developers pay us to send out.
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