Off all the luxurious Mont Kiara condominiums, one stand out like a sore thumb with its aesthetically pleasing French theme – the La Grande Kiara. Situated in the heart of the famous Mont Kiara cluster of high end condominiums (in fact, it is just right opposite Tiffani Kiara, another one-of-a-kind luxury condominium in its own right), La Grande Kiara is a freehold development with unique architecture and top-of-the-range facilities.
Housing nearly 300 luxury apartments spreading out in two blocks (called Aramis and Beaufort Towers) of 20 storeys each, La Grande Kiara occupies some five-and-a-half acres of premium Mont Kiara land. Each unit is a corner lot since there are only eight units per floor, which makes La Grande Kiara one of the developments with low density factor in terms of units-per-acre. The biggest units (penthouses) at La Grande Kiara measure up to 7,355 sq ft – sufficient space by anyone’s standards surely. The smallest units are nearly 2,000 sq ft – enough space to raise a small family… and then some.
La Grande also shares the same compound as Wedgewood Residences – a serviced apartment which has an expatriate clientele for short stays. It’s quite easy to mistakenly “wander” into Wedgewood because of the shared compound, and the bellboys at Wedgewood are not too friendly to “trespassers”. I know. 🙂
La Grande Kiara’s faux French design may well be one of those “love it or hate it” things (Dr Pepper, Axl Rose, black metal); if you haven’t seen it, then go for a view to see if you really like it or not. Problem with this kind of design is that it does not withstand the test of time at all – in fact, it ages rather quickly.
La Grande’s (biggest?) selling point is quite obvious – facilities are top-notch even by the standards of Mont Kiara condominiums. With a tastefully designed Koi pond, a unique landscaped garden and a sky terrace, residents of La Grande Kiara definitely live the good life. Add all these to that list: tennis and squash courts, swimming pool, basketball, basketball courts, a superbly racked gym, a pool side cafe, putting green (for golf fans) and a barbeque pit. It’s quite comprehensive.
Security is also given special attention with some top-of-the-line features such as externally-controlled alarm system, smart card access and ample surveillance cameras connected to the guard house.
There are some Mont Kiara condominiums which have fallen into slow states of disrepair (read our other reviews…), but La Grande Kiara seems to be very well maintained fortunately.
The table below shows all of La Grande Kiara’s most important statistics for your consideration –
|Name||La Grande Kiara|
|GoodPlace Walkability Score||74|
|Rental||RM3,500 - RM9,800|
|Subsale||RM473 PSF (Transacted)|
Moolah Talk: La Grande Kiara Prices
During launch, these condominiums were priced from as low as RM700,000 to as high as RM3,000,000. No spare change by anyone’s means, surely… 🙂 As late as last year the asking price went up to as high as RM500 per sq ft – which is rather reasonable even by Mont Kiara (or even by KLCC) standards. For a guide on how to know how much a La Grande Kiara unit is worth, use this handy guide from GoodPlace.my (it’s free – click here).
We here at PropertyReviews.my have got the technology to track the asking prices of properties as posted in public places; below is the chart depicting the asking prices for La Grande Kiara for the past few months –
As at the time of writing, the rental rate is hovering around the RM3 per sq ft. There are some units for sale for at least a cool million, and these are semi- and fully furnished units at about 2,000 sq ft – if you need more information about these units then just get in touch – leave me a message below.
(Quite) Central Location
Situated just right next to Solaris Mont Kiara, La Grande Kiara’s residents have convenient access to restaurants, supermarkets and retail outlets. To many buyers this is a major plus point, especially when compared to other Mont Kiara developments which are slightly off-center as far as their location is concerned. This is an advantaged shared with developments like Lumina Kiara and Tiffani Kiara – which is up the road on Jalan Kiara.
Our Final Analysis
The developer seemed to be bent on making La Grande look different from the cookie cutter Sunrise condominiums, and it worked to some extent. However, these kind of “neoclassical” designs do not age kindly (see the Corinthian at KLCC), and at its worst it could be seen as pretentious. But as people say, taste is largely personal, and La Grande seemed to have carved a niche of its own in Mont Kiara.
We are neutral about La Grande’s location which is further “up” Jalan Kiara and nearer to Solaris Mont Kiara, but is rather unfortunate to face the highway which means that tenants will have to bear with the smoke and noise (the same problem as the Meridin). However, at the asking price of RM450-600 PSF, there could be bargains to be had when prices of the newer launches are now pushing against the RM1,000+ PSF point. Caution must be taken though; even though the prices may seem “cheap” they may not reflect the true market value.