The city’s ‘outskirts’ does not exactly conjure up images of luxury or convenience. If anything, or at the very least, the outskirts get the ‘remnants’ and the scraps of whatever goodies the city holds. But such is not the case of Selayang, especially not in the area where One Selayang is – which is at the intersection of the Selayang-Kepong highway and Jalan Ipoh.
If you’re looking for a good but inexpensive place to live in the Selayang area, One Selayang apartments might just be the perfect place to suit your need. It is only roughly half the price of a unit in what could be Selayang’s cheapest condo complex, Symphony Heights. But of course it comes with possibly half the in-house facilities. We’ll investigate this further in this review. 🙂
Unlike regular condos, all the units in this leasehold property come in the same built-up size from the second up to the fourth floors at 817 sq. ft. each; the shop apartments are bigger at 1,538 sq. ft. and are sold more expensively at about more than RM 500,000. Is this fair price to pay? The answer lies in this guide (download for free).
You Get What You Pay For
One Selayang’s facilities is at the same standard of One KL in KLCC and One Residency on Ceylon Hill. Alright, I kid. 😉 No pools, no gyms, no cafeterias, no playgrounds, not even a lift – but quite a lot of shops. In fact, the whole ground floor of the four-storey walk-up apartment complex. There are actually 64 shops in total; the next three floors of the building are divided among the building’s 448 apartment units.
One Selayang may be very ideal and friendly to the budget, but it may not just be the best place to raise a family if you’re after convenience and comfort. If you can afford a few hundred thousand ringgits more, you’re better off with the space, comfort, security and amenities of an inexpensive condo. There is hardly any space to move around and play and One Selayang’s units are not of ideal family size. Furthermore, the units are very close to the highway and the shops are open for such long hours, making noise a very constant presence especially for second-floor unit-dwellers.
One Selayang enjoys easy access to the major highways that lead to and from the KLCC; it is also in close proximity to the important public amenities of Selayang like the Selayang Mall, Hospital Selayang, Selayang Capitol Shopping Center, Batu Caves and prime schools like University Institut Teknologi Mara and the Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Prima Selayang among others. In some units, even, some residents can actually enjoy a great view of the magnificent KL skyline. But at its unit price – that is only between RM 175,000 to RM 180,000 per unit – you cannot expect anything more than a 24-hour security and the complimentary secure and covered parking space.
What We Think
Surely you do not expect the luxuries of KLCC or Mont Kiara condominiums at this price, so let’s get real. We are not saying that One Selayang is not at all a good investment. In fact, that’s what it is best for: as a rental investment. The units, the easy access to major thoroughfares and close proximity to important amenities, not to mention the great number of shops within the building is very convenient for renting students. And that is exactly what most unit owners of the One Selayang are doing; they rent their units out to students of the nearby schools.
As always, developer reputation is an important factor, and we are unfamiliar with “S. E. Bina Sdn Bhd” which sounds as cookie cutter as they come, unfortunately. We have no clue who they are. Not even a website. None.
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If you’re looking for something posh, grand, elite and high end, One Selayang is not the one for you. But if you are after something inexpensive in a convenient location to use or to rent out, One Selayang might just be the place that you’re looking for. I mean, come on, not everyone can afford a place like Verticas Residensi at RM1,300 PSF. 😉
While One Selayang is “cheap”, it might not mean “worthwhile” because you can still end up paying too much if you don’t know the property’s fair market value. If you need some guidance on how to valuate a property, read this short story (yes, it’s a story) inside this ebook – just enter your name and email address for a free copy.