Amber Residence takes centrestage in twentyfive.7
Joseph Wong 
An artist’s impression of Amber Residence’s playground

THE RM313 mil Amber Residence is slated to be the first property that residents and visitors will see when they approach Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd’s latest development, twentyfive.7 in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam.

The two-tower mixed development project will reach a height of 30 storeys and is intended to be the only high-rise to grace the township for now, says Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd project director Aw Sei Cheh.

Selected units are move-in ready, says Aw

Spread across 1.9ha, Amber Residence houses 596 units of serviced apartments above a two-storey podium with 32 retail shops, he tells FocusM.

Tower A will house 275 units with the remaining 321 units in Tower B. The built-ups range from 552 sq ft to 1,000 sq ft with prices starting from RM415,000.

Type A1, with a built-up of 1,000 sq ft, are dual-key units with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a studio, while Type A2 (949 sq ft) and B (857 sq ft) are units with three bedrooms and two baths.

Type C, with a 657 sq ft built-up, are the two-bedroom and one bathroom units while Type D, at 552 sq ft, are studios targeted at the affordable market group.

As for the commercial segment, the retail shops are two-storey units with sizes ranging from 2,900 sq ft.

Every serviced apartment unit is furnished with air-conditioning in all bedrooms and living room as well as water heaters in very bathroom, says Aw. “Selected units are move-in ready with a fully fitted kitchen and refrigerator, wardrobe and a washing machine with dryer,” he says.

Facilities include a swimming and wading pool, gymnasium, multi-purpose court and hall, barbecue deck, children’s playground, reading area, steam room, gazebo and sky garden.

Residents can hold health-related activities on the yoga deck and jog or cycle on proper tracks. Alternatively, they can use the foot reflexology path or herb garden to help them relax.

Like most condominiums and serviced apartments, the property offers 24-hour security.

During the soft launch on Jan 27, the property saw a relatively encouraging take-up of 40%, given the current lull in the property market.

Analysts are confident that the number would pick up once buyers are able to visualise the entire concept of twentyfive.7.

Moreover, the surrounding areas are mature and have a population of 100,000, says an analyst from a research house.

“The area has had sufficient exposure from other big developers like Eco World Development Group Bhd, Tropicana Corp Bhd and IJM Group,” he says.

JF Apex Securities Bhd analyst Low Zy Jing agrees. Gamuda Land’s property sales have more than doubled to RM903 mil in Q1FY18 compared to RM430 mil a year earlier.

“We understand that presales achieved in Q1FY18 was underpinned by overseas property sales in Vietnam and the newly-launched townships for Kundang Estates and Gamuda Gardens [both in Rawang] and twentyfive.7,” he says. 

Amber Residence’s contribution to parent company Gamuda Bhd’s property sales target of RM3.5bil is about 9% if it is 100% snapped up.

Being one of the highest buildings in the vicinity, Amber Residence is to complement the 104ha township’s phase 1 plans, especially the Quayside, which houses a waterfront promenade with over 100 retail and food and beverage outlets, he says.

Designed along the 3ha lake, the Quayside is a marketplace with artisanal cafes, bakeries, a grocer, cinema and wellness establishment. The commercial hub has a net lettable area of 300,000 sq ft.

“Currently, 50% is already taken up. The Quayside has attracted the interest of various reputable brands and retailers such as MBO cinemas and Jaya Grocer.

“Negotiations are underway with more interested retailers who have begun to approach us after seeing the vibrancy of twentyfive.7,” says Aw.

“We undertake leasing of the retail units so that we can ensure a balanced mix of quality retailers to fulfil the needs of our community.”

The planning and design of twentyfive.7 not only take into consideration the home place but also the work place, the play place, park place, shopping place and eating place, he says.

These components are organised around Quayside to create a nice setting for the community, he says.

Amber Residence has facilities like the multipurpose court for recreational activities

Play on the name

According to Gamuda Land chief operating officer Ngan Chee Meng, the township’s name twentyfive.7 was derived off the size of the township – 257 acres (104ha).

On top of that, it is also a play on the phrase “24/7” which implies 24 hours, seven days a week.

“Tewntyfive.7 includes an extra hour portraying the vibrancy of the development, a destination that is energetic, robust and lively throughout day and night – living beyond 24/7 figuratively speaking,” he says.

Phase 1, which was launched in the middle of last year, comprises 181 units of superlink homes and 98 units of semi-detached homes.

The built-ups range from 2,120 sq ft to 3,653 sq ft with the price tag from RM925,000. The houses are targeted for completion at end-2019 with the Quayside expected to be completed in early 2020.


Community building

The developer has taken an avant garde design in twentyfive.7’s lifestyle development with its vibrant Quayside as well as a variety of beautifully-crafted social spaces for community activities.

This theme permeates throughout the masterplan, landscaping, new-to-market home typologies, down to the tenant mix, says Aw.

There is a cycling and running track, a boardwalk and an elevated viewing deck where the community can come together, he says.

“At Gamuda Land, good town-making is achieved through strong master-planning, innovative placemaking and community building, and these development philosophies can be found in all our towns,” he says.

“What makes us different is our approach to master-planning. We think through the architecture where the parks sit within the neighbourhood, how the streets are laid out to allow residents to walk or cycle from their homes to the town square, and how the waterfront anchors the entire development.

“When all of these elements come together, the development takes on its own personality so when residents live here, they feel a strong sense of belonging and want to be a part of it,” Aw says.

Rolling out more projects

TWO more phases are planned for the undeveloped portions of Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd’s twentyfive.7 township in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam.

In the plans are superlink houses, an extension of the Quayside Mall, commercial areas and affordable homes, says Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd project director Aw Sei Cheh. “About 55% of the land is still undeveloped,” he tells FocusM.

Besides having to complete phase 1’s superlink houses, semi-detached units and Quayside as well as Amber Residence, the developer has several other launches this year, including at the 607ha Gamuda Cove.

According to Gamuda Bhd’s 2017 annual report, the new township, located opposite the Cyberjaya/Putrajaya interchange along the North South Expressway Central Link (Elite Highway) has an estimated gross development value of RM19.3 bil.

The developer also has ample undeveloped portions in the new townships of Kundang Estates  and Gamuda Gardens in Rawang.

These two growth areas will leverage on the increasing connectivity provided by the mass rapid transit  project.

This article first appeared in Focus Malaysia Issue 271.