BY Kent Tan
With its strong appeal among Singaporeans, Iskandar Malaysia has become a premium spot for property hunters. Spurred by positive government policies, robust developments have mushroomed throughout the sourthen economic region and buyers are now spoilt for choice.
The competition has led developers to step up their game to gain an edge over each other, and one of the obvious advantages is good location.
Boasting one such strategic position, ARC @ Austin Hills by Casa Andaman Sdn Bhd sprawls across 5.11 acres of freehold land in Mount Austin.
The serviced apartment carries price tags starting from RM286,000 to RM500,000 with three types of layouts available. The three blocks in ARC @ Austin Hills house 1,395 units of type A that features two rooms at 650sq ft; 280 units of Type B with three rooms at 850sq ft; and 168 units of Type C with three rooms at 900sq ft.
At RM500psf, ARC @ Austin Hills is relatively lower-priced than existing high-rises in the area, priced above RM550psf, providing more head-room for future capital gain.
Mount Austin has earned a reputation as an upmarket residential area in Johor Bahru City Centre. While being a mere stone’s throw away from CIQ Complex (approximately 18km), it is also easily accessible via Bandar Dato’Onn/Adda Heights interchange after Kempas Toll from the Kuala Lumpur direction.
Apart from its accessibility, the address is also the one of the most popular among younger generations as it offers contemporary products with facilities and security that fit the modern lifestyle.
To fit into the radar of this category of home seekers, ARC @ Austin Hills comes complete with full condominium facilities, which include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, wading pool/kids’ splash pool, Jacuzzi, barbecue pits, squash courts, outdoor sky garden/wellness garden and a Japanese garden with koi pond in a million-dollar landscape. It is also supported by a total of 3,336 car park bays, multi-tiered security, CCTV at perimeter fencing and other strategic locations and card access. Residents can also access Singapore TV channels via satellite Master Antenna Television (SMATV) points.
Another major factor that could catalyse the project will be its proximity to several educational institutions such as Austin Heights International School (primary and secondary) and Sunway College, which is located right in the middle of a commercial centre. Other schools close by include KFCH International School, Foon Yew 5 Primary Chinese School and Fairview International School.
The township also comes with numerous facilities and amenities serving the area, earning it much popularity among lifestyle seekers. The prestigious Austin Hill Golf & Country Club is right in the middle and nearby stands the newly-opened Austin Heights Water Park.
Other amenities in the area are Hospital Sultan Ismail, AEON Tebrau City, Tesco Tebrau City and Econsave Taman Daya.
With its increased population and demand, the township is bustling with business activities such as shops and eateries, paving the way for the self-contained township to become a major residential and commercial hub.