Mont Kiara Meridin seems to be attracting its fair share of detractors ever since it was completed in 2009. Among its criticisms were that it was too close to the highway (only about a hundred meters away from the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza), too cookie cutter, and out of whack pricing. We’ll see whether these will hold water… keep on reading.
Located in what’s known as the central Mont Kiara area, the Meridin benefits from its location; its “walkability” factor is superb with a majority of amenities being reachable by foot. It is located almost at an equi-distance from One Mont Kiara / Plaza Mont Kiara and Solaris Mont Kiara, bringing the best of both worlds to (nearly) its doorstep.
A good location aside, we do like the Meridin’s configuration and facilities…. read on.
Spaces & Facilities
Units at Mont Kiara Meridin have built-up sizes from 1,787 to 4,487 sqf. All units are provided with water heaters, kitchen cupboards, air conditioning, shower screens an LCD TV in the master bedroom.
Residents of Mont Kiara Meridin are provided a 50-meter lap pool, kids’ pool, children’s playground, a tennis court, barbecue area, multi-purpose hall, a recreational observation deck and a “floating” gym, which is built on the swimming pool as if it was floating. Besides these, round-the-clock security as well as parking slots are provided.
The Mont Kiara enclave itself may be accessed through major highways in Kuala Lumpur. It is networked with the Penchala Link, Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Sprint Highway and North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).
Mont Kiara Meridin is easiest accessed via DUKE, as it is situated at the far end of Jalan Kiara and near the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza. There is scarcity in public transport, however, as the enclave is not yet serviced by buses or trains. You may always opt to use public transport to KL Sentral or Bangsar and take a cab from there.
The entire Mont Kiara enclave is often seen as “self contained”, which means that everything can be found literally within a three kilometer radius; indeed, for some families there might not have a need for a car at all. If you’re one of these people, then, lucky you. 🙂
Recreation, Education, Food
Convenience and Mont Kiara seem to be synonymous. Everything you will need, you will find within the enclave or its neighboring areas. Schools, restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, hospitals and recreational amenities may be found close by.
In the case of the Meridin, residents have the advantage of having a small row of retail outlets and restaurants on the ground floor where the fabulous Patisserie RUI Bakery and Hiestand Swiss Gourmet Bakery shop are located.
If you have school children, there are a number of international schools within reach. Mont Kiara Meridin is actually in walking distance from the Mont Kiara International School. Also nearby is the Garden International School. There’s also a preschool/elementary Montessori school called Children’s Discovery House. Other schools nearby are Summerfields Preschool, Sri Rafflesia Learning Support & Homeschool Coordination, Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas, MAHSA University College and Sekolah Sri Cempaka. There are also schools for extra curricular activities such as Peony’s Music, MJ Language Centre, Skylace Language Centre, Style Craft, and Da Vinci Solaris Mont Kiara.
One favorite pastime of Malaysia’s residents (both locals and foreigners) is shopping. That probably explains why there are a lot of shopping centres everywhere. Mont Kiara is home to two of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular shopping centres – Plaza Mont Kiara and 1 Mont Kiara Mall. If these are not enough, you may opt to go to Solaris Mont Kiara, Mid Valley Megamall, The Gardens Mall, Bangsar Shopping Centre or even Suria KLCC. In addition, the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club and the Equestrian and the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club are within a short drive.
Mont Kiara Meridin Prices
At the time of this review, asking price of units at Mont Kiara Meridin is at an average of RM600 psf. This is comparable to the asking prices of other properties in the enclave such as Mont Kiara Banyan at around RM700, Mont Kiara Bayu at RM600 psf and Mont Kiara Damai at RM650 psf. Is this fair price to pay? You can do a quick valuation exercise using our handy guide here.
Below is a bar chart depicting the asking prices (as we have collected from various publicly available sources) for Mont Kiara Meridin for the past couple of months –
As Mont Kiara Meridin is located at the far end of Jalan Kiara very near the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza, residents might get exposed to excessive noise from the highway traffic. Also, some may have reservations about the views – since the launch of MK28 right opposite the Mont Kiara view has been blocked. The other side of the condominium faces the highway.
The take up rate pre-launch was reported to be 90%, although there are some property portals which disputed this. This is not important now of course, but we do see a proliferation of available listings for sale in the property classifieds sites. More on this later.
Sunrise Berhad, a multi-awarded property developer, is behind a number of luxurious projects in the Mont Kiara enclave. Among its notable projects are Mont Kiara Sophia, Mont Kiara Aman, 10 Mont Kiara, 11 Mont Kiara and the highly-acclaimed soon-to-rise Arcoris Mont Kiara. Note that Sunrise has merged with UEM back in 2010 (covered by the media here).
Mont Kiara Meridin is a 31-storey, low-density freehold property sitting on 2.3 acres of land, housing some 216 condominium units and 22 cabana units in a separate wing. Some of its residential neighbors include MK 28, Mont Kiara Bayu, Everest Tower Condominium and Mont Kiara Banyan. It is within walking distance to Mont Kiara International School – less than 100m away, in fact. Mont Kiara Meridin was completed in 2009.
Our Final Analysis
We like the Meridin for its location where everything seems to be accessible by foot. It is also a short stroll to Solaris where most of the action is in Mont Kiara nowadays. Additionally, the Sunrise reputation is stellar, and remains a major selling point amongst home buyers who are looking for a condominium unit in upscale Mont Kiara. Additionally, the chic restaurants and bakeries on the ground floor is a nice touch.
The asking prices seem to be on par with its neighbours (MK28 especially), and this is understandable because condominiums in Mont Kiara are looking more “similar” to one another nowadays. The Meridin might have a slight perception issue being situated next to the highway, and the obstruction of the Mont Kiara view with the construction of MK28 which was completed in 2012. Still worthy of consideration given its location and accessibility, but only at the right price.