One of the lowest density condominiums in the affluent neighbourhood of Bangsar is Merak Kayangan (which consists of only ten (ten!) units). This freehold apartment is situated atop Bukit Bandaraya, the highest point in Bangsar. As you would expect from a condo on top of Bukit Bandaraya (specifically on Jalan Kapas), the place is rather quiet and boasts of breathtaking views of the city centre, the mountains and the neighbouring communities. Close by Merak Kayangan Court are Araville (just right next door), Casa Vista (the Bangsar version obviously, not Mont Kiara’s), Ken Bangsar, Sri Kasturina, Park Rose and Bayu Angkasa.
We like its location on top of the hill – the non-disrupted view and the lush greens surrounding it are perfect for busy families who want to spend quiet family time after work and school and during the weekends.
Given the low density of Merak Kayangan, units for sale are usually few (or none) at any one time. In fact, at the time of writing this review, no “for sale” listing was found for Merak Kayangan at all the major property portals – iProperty, Propwall and Property Guru.
As for rentals, rate for standard units is pegged at RM6,000 (or RM2.92) psf, while rates for penthouse units start from RM11,000 (or RM2.89) psf. These rates are relatively cheap compared to its neighbors such as Araville (which rents out from RM3.06 to RM5.20 psf) and Casa Vista (from RM3.50 psf).
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Unit Specifications and Facilities
There are only ten units in Merak Kayangan spread on a single block of eight-storey building, making it one of the lowest density condominiums on Bukit Bandaraya, nay Bangsar! Built-up size of a standard unit is 2,050 sqf. Each unit has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Penthouse units have a built-up size of 3,800 sqf and has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
Besides the 24-hour security, other facilities provided to residents include a swimming pool, sauna and covered carpark. The amenities are admittedly limited, but should be sufficient especially for an aging condominium. If you’re looking to pamper yourself with a place with the “full works” of infinity pools, steam baths, reflexology paths and two acre parks then you might want to look elsewhere. 😉
Worth Your Consideration?
Overall, Bangsar is a great place to live in despite the annoying traffic going to and from the enclave. Further, Bukit Bandaraya is one of the best spots in Bangsar. It gives its residents an air of exclusivity and luxury – something that is almost impossible when you live in the city centre.
Merak Kayangan’s location therefore is a top selling point – Bukit Bandaraya remains to be a sanctuary in the heart of the city, and since there’s no more land available for future development, we see demand far outstripping supply (which means escalating prices…). Additionally, if you’re into low density condominiums then Merak Kayangan is hard to beat.
If you do not mind having little facilities, and are more concerned about bigger spaces, then Merak Kayangan is perfect for you, especially if you are working with a budget. This doesn’t mean that the property is cheap, but given its age, it’s bound to be cheaper than, say, Ken Bangsar.
However, if you are up to more facilities than space (say you only have a small but active family), then you better be looking at Araville or Casa Vista. But be ready to spend extra bucks, as these properties are more expensive. For an estimation on how much the property should cost, use this property valuation guide (it’s free to download) –