More clearing of our hill-side land for luxury property development – while we are experiencing a prolonged dry spell.
This report says that about 300 mature trees will have to be “transplanted”. In the end, a total of 58 acres will be affected, with 26 acres (69 bungalows) under phase one. By the way, what is the gradient of those slopes?
The photo below was taken near the Turf Club after bulldozers razed the area. Is this part of the site?
We got rid of the Penang Global City Centre project – only for creeping high-end development to gobble up the area around the Turf Club, courtesy of Berjaya Properties, which has returned to Penang.
What a mouthful: “Kensington Gardens, Parcel 1 of Jesselton Villas @ Penang”. (Must have the “most sought after” Jesselton name to add value, you know.) See the artist’s impression below:
They say the British colonial rulers tried to create reminders of their homeland in Malaya, eg Downing Street in George Town. But here we are in the 21st Century with developers coming up with all kinds of pretentious names to market their ‘exclusive’ homes in a “prestigious” location amidst “nature-inspired facilities” – which unfortunately have to clear away the “pristine hillside” in the first place.
This is the sales pitch:
Located in the pulsating heart of Penang Island, Kensington Gardens, Parcel 1 of Jesselton Villas @ Penang consists of freehold bungalow lots are guarded and surrounded by nature-inspired facilities and features for wholesome living.
Living at Kensington Gardens, Parcel 1 of Jesselton Villas @ Penang places you in fine company. Right next door is the prestigious Penang Turf Club and nearby is the affluent neighbourhoods of Western Gardens, Jesselton Heights and Pulau Tikus which are among the most sought after locations on Penang Island. On top of this, your home will be surrounded by lush vistas, an evergreen turf, a golf course and a pristine hillside as a backdrop.
Under phase one, 69 bungalows will be built with each covering an area ranging from 5,995 sq ft to 9,634 sq ft. Property websites say they are likely to be sold at RM675psf, which means each home will easily cost several million ringgit.
Who are the targeted buyers? Ordinary Penangites?
Maybe they are forgetting the “softening” property market? Is this the kind of housing that most Penangites need?