I remember back then, when I was in Standard 2, dad and mom used to bring us to strange places to look for our new house. One place I still remember is that we went to Sunway (as told by them) and yet to see nothing interesting around – only few housing areas and factories. Yes, my parents decided not to purchase any property in Sunway… and they still regret on that.
Since then I wonder, what are the ingredients for a successful township? What should we be looking for to identify the potential of a township? Is the brand name of the developer enough?
Most of successful townships these days must contain their own recreational parks. Some developers are even very generous by offering large green areas to blend with the entire development. The parks must also contain sports and recreational facilities. Our market trend has proved that buyers are willing to pay extra for the greens.
My current favourites for recreational park are Desa ParkCity’s Central Park and Kota Kemuning Central Park comprising 22 acre lake and 25 acre park.
2. Retail mall
Unlike those yesteryears whereby we were comfortable with convenience stores and groceries being located just a stone’s throw away from our residence, supermarket and shopping malls have already become part of our lives.
People nowadays wish to have a neighbourhood mall that is just sufficient enough for their daily needs rather than a gigantic one located within the neighbourhood. All we need are just a supermarket, wide range of eateries, a few fashion outlets and a launderette under one roof.
Do you think Bandar Utama residents love One Utama? They prefer Centrepoint instead, believe me.
3. Basic facilities
A township is meaningless without basic facilities. The township must contain schools (both primary and secondary schools), a kindergarten and playground. I also believe a good township must contain mosque and temple (depending on the size) and a community hall for the residents to gather.
Let’s admit this one; we are scared and paranoid! We need the security guards to feel safe. However, with aplenty of burglaries and break-ins reported in neighbourhood areas, we shall be forgiven for being paranoid.
All these 4 are the main ingredients of a successful township. The township can be spiced up with a clubhouse with facilities – but I prefer not to include it into the main ingredients as having a clubhouse will also mean hefty maintenance charge per house.
Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Author: Azril Arif | Filed under: For The Noob, Personal Thoughts | Tags: Personal Thoughts | No Comments »