Located right beside the Hartamas Shopping Centre, within the mixed development Plaza Damas, is the 28-storey serviced apartment development dubbed the Windsor Tower. Sitting on freehold land on Jalan Sri Hartamas, the Windsor Tower houses a total of 446 units.
Completed in middle of 2007 by Mayland Properties, “the Windsor” has the advantage of occupying one of the best locations in Sri Hartamas. It sits right beside the Hartamas Shopping Centre and a short distance away from Desa Sri Hartamas, giving its residents countless options for shopping, dining and other leisurely activities. It is also merely 15 minutes away from the city centre. Additionally, the Hartamas area is widely serviced by public transportation. Besides these, a lot of government offices are also close by.
Mayland seems to attract more than its fair share of negative buyer feedback via the social media; for example, its Facebook page is rather inundated with complaints and hostilities (see this). Points to ponder. 😉
There are four kinds of layouts at the Windsor Tower. Type A units have a built-up size of 1,210 sqf. Type B units are sized 500 sqf. Type C has a built-up size of 1,230 sqf while Type D units are at 1,120 sqf. Refer to the table below for Windsor’s vital statistics –
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Residents of Windsor Tower are in for a lot of amenities:
- 24 hours security with smart card access
- Swimming and wading pools
- Broadband internet
- Jacuzzi/Sauna/Spa pool
- Squash court, snooker room
- i-Zone school
- Movie, music and karaoke rooms
- Aerobics room
- Snack bar
- Kids’ play area
- Barbecue area
- Aquatic garden
Pretty standard stuff with nothing to shout about.
Windsor Tower Pricing Analysis
At the time of writing, units at Windsor Tower sell from RM620 to RM780 psf, depending on the unit condition, level, and the state of furnishing. This is a little pricier compared to its neighbor Puncak Prima which sells at RM560 psf on the average (note that the Windsor is a newer development). The Windsor is also at the same price level as its sister developments Mayfair and Waldorf Towers – really there are not much differentiation between these Mayland projects.
Rent is also steeper at Windsor Tower compared to Puncak. The former rents out from RM2.40 to RM4.40 psf while the latter ranges from RM2.00 to RM2.40 psf only. It’s also interesting to note that the units at the Windsor are smaller than that of Puncak Prima.
For a guide on how to determine what’s the “best price” to pay for a unit at the Windsor Tower, click here for a free valuation guide.
What We Think
We like Windsor Tower mainly because of its location; it provides a good alternative to the (seemingly) oversold Mont Kiara area, and it’s rather self contained with Plaza Damas offices and Hartamas Shopping Centre retail shops. Taylors College also has a campus in the same area.
Remember this formula, folks – homes + offices + retail + college = ONE GIANT FURBALL OF TRAFFIC. 🙂 If you’re repelled by the sight of crowds and traffic jams then you’d be advised to stay clear. But then again, nobody could ever really avoid traffic jams unless one lives in the countryside. 😉
Also, it seems that some people really (and I mean, REALLY) dislike Mayland. In the social media and the blogosphere, Mayland has suffered major criticism on its workmanship, the alleged low quality materials it uses for its projects and the slow turnover of the properties to its buyers. Are these genuine grievances or just a negative PR exercise by a scheming competitor? I have no idea (Mayland, Blayland, Playland, who cares?), but if I’m investing, I’d be more concerned about two things:-
- The condition of the units. It is still best to see the actual units and get a feel of the surroundings to be able to determine which property would yield the best value for your money.
- The price. To put it simply, this is probably the biggest factor which will make or break your investment. Is RM700+ PSF a fair price to pay? There’s only one way to find out… look at transacted pricing data. 🙂