The Mont Kiara Sophia is another upscale condominium project by renowned Malaysian property developer, Sunrise (now known as UEM Sunrise after the merger with UEM). The “Sophia” is among the older condominiums in the Mont Kiara enclave having been completed in 1997. As with the “original” cluster of Sunrise condominiums in Mont Kiara, it occupies a rather premium spot on Jalan Kiara 1, neighboring Mont Kiara Astana, Almaspuri, Mont Kiara Pelangi and Angkupuri.
The Sophia does seem to look a little dated especially when compared to the latest generation of UEM Sunrise condominiums (the likes of MK11 etc), but it does seem to hold its own with some nifty unique features of its own. We’ll investigate more in this review…
It’s also interesting to note that the Pelangi was first conceived to be Malaysia’s first “retirement home”, and as such, facilities are designed with easy accessibility in mind. However, the retirement home concept was not popularly adopted, and the concept was scrapped although the facilities remain as they were. This remains one of the Pelangi’s strongest selling point in the upmarket condominiums segment; I mean, where can you find a “retirement condo” in KLCC? 😉
Mont Kiara Sophia Prices (Sub Sale & Rental)
At the time of this review, going subsale prices for Mont Kiara Sophia ranges from RM570 to RM760 psf, depending on unit level and condition. This is comparable to (or perhaps even slightly higher than) its opposite neighbor, Mont Kiara Astana, which goes from RM500 to RM600 psf.
As with many Mont Kiara condominiums, rental rates dipped from 2010 to sub RM2 psf levels, and up until 2012 it remained at around RM1.80 psf. However, since the beginning of this year rentals have hiked up, with some asking for as much as RM3 psf.
The chart below shows the “for sale” prices for the Sophia for the past couple of months –
Mont Kiara Sophia – Up Close
The Sophia, a low-density freehold property, is made up of two blocks and occupies some 6.6 acres of land. Despite its age, Mont Kiara Sophia is very well-maintained. In fact, it has received three citations from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the Federal Territory National Day Landscape Competition and the Malaysian chapter of FIABCI.
The Sophia also offers some rather unique facilities which other newer condominiums do not have. Residents of Mont Kiara Sophia have their own jogging track, so they do not have to drive somewhere else to do their jogging routine. The condominium also offers a heated swimming pool. Other standard facilities include a billiards room, BBQ area, tennis court, function room, parking, snack bar, kids’ play area, gym and 24-hour security.
Units at Mont Kiara Sophia have built-up sizes from 750 to 2,777 sqf. Unit choices are 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 2+1 bedroom. The two blocks of the property have 14 storeys each and house a total of 238 units.
Accessibility-wise, the property is strategically located in such a way that it is near establishments yet far enough from the hustle and bustle of major roads. It’s like getting the best of both worlds when you live in the Sophia. Mont Kiara Plaza and 1 Mont Kiara will take care of your shopping and dining needs, and these are both a few minutes away. For even greater options, the Hartamas Shopping Centre is also nearby, as well as Solaris Dutamas and Publika.
For a property more than a decade old, Mont Kiara Sophia sure does somewhat look its age. However, from its facade to the compound’s landscaping, to its interior, you can tell that it has been well taken care of over the years. We absolutely adore the facade and outlook – its compound has a resort-like ambiance which sets it apart from other newer condominiums which often look “too polished” (MK10?). Its landscaping is also one of the best amongst Mont Kiara condominiums.
It is no doubt that Mont Kiara Sophia, judging by its current state, can still command for a higher premium. Sunrise projects are not popular for nothing after all; over the years, Sunrise has made for itself a name that is trusted by many. And this has got some spillover effect on older Sunrise developments such as the Sophia. There is a perception that Sunrise condominiums would command good sub-sale value protection – although this has yet to be validated. Also, we like the wide range of sizes available.
Also, we like the accessibility factor, and given its “retirement home” concept (which has since been retired – pardon the pun) it is indeed ideal for families with senior citizens which can be a huge driver in the sub sale market.
All in all, the Sophia may be good investment especially if you have a growing family and need ample outdoor space for your family activities. Age may be a factor, but the condominium is rather well maintained as it is. The location is one of the best in Mont Kiara which makes it one of the top rental choices for expatriates.
Finally, with good rental yield, the Sophia may turn out to be a sleeper hit even among the most savvy of investors, but the more astute ones would insist on paying for fair market value (FMV) in order to maximize the return on investment.
The Sophia is one of the “original” Mont Kiara condominiums, and it should be compared to the other properties in the area with the same configuration and around the same price range.