Caught unawares by one of the most devastating pandemic of the century, homebuyers are now adopting a wait-and-see approach towards uncertainties in the market.
But there is a silver lining in this situation.
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had announced a cut on the overnight policy rate (OPR) by a total of 125bps year-to-date to an all-time low of 1.75%.
That means the gap between financing and owning a property has been reduced significantly.
Homebuyers who are looking to purchase their first property since the movement control order (MCO) will be keeping a keen eye on the market for not only the best deals but also properties that will satisfy their requirements for a more holistic lifestyle.
Having experienced being home-bound for weeks with no knowledge on when life will return to normal, these buyers now seek a specific laundry list of features that had inspired them when saving up for their dream home during the MCO.
A space for everyone
The desire for more space is currently high on most homebuyers’ wish list.
After being cooped up indoors with other family members most of the time in the first half of the year, people now long for more space – especially ones outdoors.
And this need doesn’t just apply for families with children as pet owners also look forward to spaciousness so their pets can run around.
Pet-friendly parks and grooming stations have become standard amenities in multi-family communities and yards have become must-haves for many homebuyers.
A good town that is mindfully planned with well thought-through design solutions will be able to support this new norm, be it the growing needs of working from home, the support for multi-generational living, a lush pet-friendly Central Park with lakes, or a community mall that houses necessities a short stroll away from home.
Well-known for its vibrancy, twentyfive.7 is a 104-hectare (257-acre) township by Gamuda Land touted as the next town centre of Kota Kemuning.
Gamuda Land believes that “getting the places right makes the town work”, so the township is designed to enhance community interaction and enable active lifestyle through mindful placemaking that shape the township’s vibrant personality.
Every aspect of twentyfive.7, from the home to the play area, work and learning spaces, pet-friendly park, eating and shopping spots, has been carefully laid out by the quayside so lifestyle and convenience is within easy access.
It will feature a Central Park with lakes, The Buzz.ar, a quayside mall that houses Jaya Grocer, MBO cinemas, abundant F&B selections, a Harvey Norman outlet, pharmacies, a school and more, making twentyfive.7 a self-sustained town.
General manager of twentyfive.7 Lam Sew Chee describes it as a vibrant boutique township with its best features easily reachable through a seven-kilometre network of pedestrian and a bike friendly walkway known as The Loop.
“We lined the walkway with rows of trees to shade the community from our tropical sun, ” Lam says.
“Since the MCO, people appreciate having both nature and conveniences such as grocery shopping and food services nearby, ” he adds, explaining that residents can have their much-needed daily fresh air, as well as respite and relaxation among lush greenery.
The wide array of public spaces also help spread out occupants of twentyfive.7, affording them outdoor activities in a less-crowded setting.
Flexible layouts with more privacy
Families – especially multi-generational ones living under one roof – found it challenging to manage their personal lives during the MCO.
With activities ranging from remote working or schooling to cooking, resting, watching the television or reading a book going on simultaneously, interruptions are bound to arise, as well as feelings of being stifled.
So homebuyers now look for options that allow them to enjoy quality family time while being able to retain their own privacy.
Although twentyfive.7 offers a plethora of homes, the Luxura designer link villas befit the changing market needs.
These homes take into consideration that the occupants will spend many hours at home, conducting different functions at once.
Hence the two- to-three storey open-plan home layout features flexible living spaces, double-volume dining spaces and private family areas, complemented with wheelchair friendly features on the ground floor.
Not surprisingly, one of the features on the wish list is to have a kitchen that is maximised for meal preparations as people cook more at home during the pandemic.
Luxura features a double-loading kitchen with both sides that fit cabinets for more storage.
Having an airy and naturally lit kitchen is also a desirable feature for homebuyers, as much as sufficient space to fit an island for preparing meals.
Flowing in the outdoors
Gamuda Land explored methods to blend the indoors with outdoor living spaces, so that residents can both step out onto a rooftop deck to enjoy breathtaking lake views or withdraw into the comfort of their private sanctuary within their homes.
Homebuyers have the luxury of choice to select units with a patio on the ground floor, a roof terrace on the second and third floor, or a lakefront unit where they can enjoy being outdoors that is away from the crowd.
“At Gamuda Land, we design homes that can maximise natural lighting of up to 70% with floor-to-ceiling windows and skylight, ” Lam explains.
“Beamless and open space layouts ensure our homes will be able to fit a kitchen island and a dining table comfortably.”
One of the positive aspects of pandemic that has left a lasting impression on everyone is the acculturation of healthier habits at home.
This includes sanitisation of the home foyer as well as an increased need for storage spaces for supplies and fresh groceries.
In response, Luxura also features ample foyer spaces as well as ones for storage and utility on the ground floor.
Gamuda Land invests upfront to have infrastructures – such as power, connectivity, smart appliances and mindful design that integrate various aspects of the community’s lifestyle – all ready prior to vacant possession.
When residents move in, they can immediately enjoy a fuss-free lifestyle.
A two-year complimentary high-speed broadband access enhances the overall living and working experience.
RFID touchless access into the township and a built-in Google smart home system allow hands-free contact, for today’s heightened hygienic concerns.
To find out more, visit the twentyfive.7 Experience Gallery or call 03-2787 7917.