Situated in the prestigious enclave of Ampang Hilir is the SuCasa (or more formally, The Nomad SuCasa), a freehold condominium that sits strategically along expatriate-have Embassy Row in Jalan Ampang. The hotel wing of the property is known as the Nomad SuCasa All-Suite Hotel.
Does SuCasa, which is “home” in Spanish, lives up to its name? With its exclusive and private units that all offer different choices and options to suit everyone’s lifestyle and needs, SuCasa has been one of Embassy Row’s more prominent residences – although there are not a lot of people who’d want to live inside a “hotel”. It’s all a matter of preference, really.
Mi Casa Es SuCasa?
If you want to make SuCasa your future home, then these are the details you would have to know:
- Built-up areas – At the SuCasa, unit built-up areas start at 925 square feet. The largest unit is sized at 1,100 square feet. Residents may choose from a one, two, and a three bedroom unit. A panoramic KLCC view can be seen from selected SuCasa’s balconies – and these are bound to command higher prices (see the next point below).
- Prices – Previous sales prices have increased starting from the middle of the year, when average sales prices were listed at around RM700 per square feet. There seems to be a range of asking prices now if one looks at the listings at the local property portals – from as low as RM600 PSF to as high as RM850 PSF. The asking prices depend on a coiple of factors – floor, view, condition and state of furnishing. To check if these are fair prices to pay, check out PropertyReviews.my’s price valuation guide which you can download free here.
- Facilities and Amenities – The SuCasa doesn’t disappoint in providing luxurious facilities and amenities that would make its residents comfortable and live in convenience. There is a covered parking lot exclusive for its residents, for starters. Gymheads can get their fill in the condominium’s fitness centre. There is also a swimming pool, a wading pool, a cafeteria, and a barbecue area perfect for a weekend spontaneous barbecue party. A jogging track is also provided, as well as a Jacuzzi, a mini market, a nursery for busy and active toddlers, and a sauna. In addition, the SuCasa also has a salon, a tennis court, a squash court, and a children’s playground. The condominium is also protected and kept secure by a 24-hour security system.
The facilities are shared with the hotel, and so you can expect a higher level of maintenance than, say, the off-the-mill joint management board of a condominium. We have, however, received some rather mixed reviews on the facilities, so proceed with care (and importantly, get your agent to bring you around!).
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The Highlights: Living in Embassy Row
Ampang Hilir has been getting a lot of attention lately, as more and more residential properties are expected to rise in the area in the future. One reason behind this is the high demand from both locals and expatriates for high-class living and convenience in an area that is both exclusive yet happening. Ampang Walk is just opposite, and as our regular PropertyReviews.my readers know, we are suckers for the killer breakfast that gets served at Jarrod and Rawlins. 😉
SuCasa is merely a stone’s throw away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. This allows the condominium’s residents to enjoy all the perks of living nearby to a place that never really sleeps. Restaurants, five-star shopping malls, cafes, pubs, and bars can easily be reached via foot.
Schools and hospitals can also be reached within a few minutes from the condominium. Educational institutions such as the Fairview International School, Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur International School, and SMK Sri Ampang can be reached via car within minutes. One would not need to go far to get to entertainment spots, as KLCC (a short drive away) is teeming with pubs, clubs, and bars. Restaurants that are near SuCasa include Roadhouse Grill, Bombay Place, Café Ceylon, Nasi Kandar Pelita, and Bangles Restaurant. It is also conveniently located in an area that is home to a lot of embassies—a luxury by itself for the many expatriates living in Malaysia.
We here at PropertyReviews.my are rather impartial to serviced residences in the city, but we do note that there seems to be a glut with the high profile launches of branded residences like the fabulous RuMa on Jalan Kia Peng (KLCC), the revamping of Fraser Place near the clubbing area of Jalan P Ramlee as well as a score of other serviced residences in the city (notably Bintang Fairlane in the shopping district of Bintang Walk as well as the Pavilion Residences on top of the Pavilion Mall).
Despite its four-star hotel status, we have received allegations that the facilities have been rather poorly maintained (at least for a hotel), so if you’re interested in purchasing a unit here, be sure to have a first-hand inspection of the amenities and surroundings.
There are a niche of investors who are out there to buy up properties like SuCasa for the short let market (think AirBnB). The current rates at the hotel is at about MYR230 per night, which seems to be below the typical market rate for upmarket hotels are concerned. At this rate, we may not able to justify the RM800 PSF asking price. Do your own analysis using this rather simple valuation method which gets sent to you (it’s a free download) once you filled in your particulars below.