The “Seni” is one of the “top of mind” condominiums which is associated with the upmarket residential enclave of Mont Kiara. It’s also one of the very few that could claim to be quite “differentiated” against the crop of Mont Kiara condominiums which is often criticized as mundane and too cookie-cutter.
According to this property agent friend who is heavily into Mont Kiara, Bangsar and KLCC condominiums, “With its luxury standards and world-class design, the condominium is, by itself a work of art, like its name suggests.” As it’s rather common for agents, developers and some shysters who make a buck selling vapor-laden hype, we tend to take this kind of marketing talk with a huge pinch of Mediterranean salt. So we did what a good PropertyReviews.my editor would – to go to the damn place and look for ourselves. This is what we found…
Is There Substance Behind The Artsy Fartsy Facade?
Seni sits on over nearly nine acres of freehold land which is pretty generous by Mont Kiara standards (bearing in mind that most condominiums here are being maxed out in terms of space); in fact, the garden alone occupies whopping five acre of space. However, this may not be apparent from the outside from Changkat Duta Kiara; indeed, it looks a little claustrophobic right next to Kiaraville, its immediate neighbour. Villa Aseana, one of the handful landed properties in Mont Kiara, is located opposite.
Seni comprises of two towers, each having 40 levels, as well as two low-rise blocks with twelve levels each. More than half of the condominium’s 600 odd units offer the coveted view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline (read: the awesome KLCC Petronas Twin Towers). Other units get the view of the condominium’s gardens and pool.
The high-rise units enjoy units that have spaces ranging from 2,411 to 3,714 square feet. Penthouses are sized from 4,219 to 6,706 square feet. For its low-rise units, the built-up area is sized from 2,336 to 3,401 square feet. Penthouses, on the other hand, measure from 4,047 to 5,479 square feet.
All units have access to a private lift lobby (a major selling point!), and each unit comes with fully-functional furnishings, such as kitchen cabinets, air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, wardrobe drawers, water heaters, and fully-fitted toilet and bath.
The condominium’s main attractions are a 2,500 square feet art gallery, its lush landscaping as crafted by well-renowned landscape artist and designer Karl Princic, and celebrity chef-owned restaurant Chef Wan’s Cafe.
It has been reported that the developers invested an estimated RM8 mil for the construction of the condominium’s multipurpose hall, as well as its guest suites and tennis courts. Other facilities include two Olympic-sized pools, two children’s pools, five (count ’em!) jacuzzi pools, and a gymnasium with a Tai Chi station. Additionally, each unit comes with three covered parking bays. Penthouses are given four to five parking bays.
Below is a table summarizing Seni Mont Kiara’s most salient features and specifications –
|Name||Seni Mont Kiara|
|GoodPlace Walkability Score||67|
|Area||Nearly 9 acres|
|Rental||RM6,200 - RM17,500|
Seni Mont Kiara Prices Analysis
The chart below shows the “for sale” prices as tracked from numerous public sources for the last few months –
A quick scan at the property sites shown that the starting price for a unit is roughly RM1.8 million. Not spare change by anyone’s standards… 🙂 However, given the current glut (in the Mont Kiara area in general) there are many available units to choose from for those with a generous budget.
Back in early 2013, there were at least three units at Seni which got auctioned with no takers (priced at RM680 to RM730 PSF). These were 2,096 and 3,714 sq ft units. When pricing a unit here at Seni, remember to look at auctioned and actual transaction data – don’t just rely on trended asking prices. For a simple method on how to value a Seni Mont Kiara (or any other property), click here for an easy, downloadable guide.
Major roads connect the luxurious condominiums to many locations in the Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley district. A major area such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is accessible via The Sprint Highway, Penchala Link, and New Klang Valley Expressway. Public transport also makes commuting convenient for the condominium’s residents and visitors, as taxis and Rapid KL buses frequent the area.
Being inside the Mont Kiara enclave means thatthe condominium within reach of major entertainment spots and dining places. Banks, clinics, and retail shops are also within walking distance or a ten minute drive away. The fact that Solaris Mont Kiara is just a short stroll down Changkat Duta Kiara means that the “walkability factor” is high. Solaris Dutamas (where Publika shopping centre is) is about five minutes drive away.
International and local schools surround the condominium, with Mont Kiara International School just within a short driving distance down to the central Mont Kiara area. Other schools that are located nearby are SK Sri Hartamas, The French International School (the Lycee Francais) in the Dutamas area, and Garden International School in the west of Mont Kiara. Other places of interest near Seni Mont Kiara would be the Bukit Kiara public park, National Science Centre, and equestrian clubs.
Amatir Resources is a member of Aseana Properties, which has been a major player in the Malaysia property development industry for almost six years. After being listed in the London Stock Exchange, the developer has enjoyed a lot of success in the property market, particularly in Malaysia and Vietnam. Seni is managed by Ireka.
Its properties in the Mont Kiara enclave include serviced residences and landed properties such as its neighbours Villa Aseana, Kiaraville, and the twin i-Zen condominiums. Its latest offering is The RuMa – a high-end KLCC condominium that is located on Jalan Kia Peng near the famed Petronas Twin Towers.
We quite like the Seni because it represents a rather fresh take on the jaded Mont Kiara condominium. The offering is decidedly upper class, and it boasts of extra trimmings (e.g. an art gallery!) that you just won’t get anywhere else in the upmarket condominium niche (going beyond Mont Kiara and extending to the likes of Bangsar and KLCC).
When we made a visit to the property, we found that the mix of tenants is also more cosmopolitan and international than usual; we didn’t spot many Malaysians in the lounge at all. Of course, this is neither a good nor a bad thing to most people, but is useful to take note of. 😉
In 2012, Seni Mont Kiara was recognised by the Asia Pacific Property Awards as the winner of its prestigious Residential High Rise Development award (read more about it in this Yahoo! article by clicking here.) The criteria for winning this award would be based on a development’s overall location, security, development concept and design, take on innovation and sustainability, and property marketing. While we are no fans of most awards (let’s face it – many of these award givers are businesses which sell off trophies to the highest bidder), we have done our due diligence and it seemed that this award was legit.