Ken Bangsar is a freehold and exclusive serviced residence located along Jalan Kapas. It is located right next to Araville, and nearby Casa Vista, The Luxe and Desa Bangsar Ria. The condo is nestled on the top of Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar. It was developed by Ken Holdings and completed in June 2009.
Ken Bangsar comprises of a 15-storey block housing 80 apartment units with built-up from 2,000 to 8,500 sf. There are 76 standard units of 2,000 to 2,700 sf, and 4 triplex penthouses of 6,800 to 8,500 sf. Each of these triplex penthouses comes with a private pool. Facilities provided at Ken Bangsar include a clubhouse, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, multipurpose hall, gymnasium, concierge service and a basement car park. Each unit comes with two parking bays.
Besides Ken Bangsar, the group also developed another high-end bungalow project in Batu Ferringhi, Penang that comprises of 13 bungalows priced from RM5 million to RM6 million with built-up from 6,000 to 10,000 sf. Besides that, the company is also planning to develop a new headquarters at Taman Tun Dr Ismail that comprises of a 12-storey block, which construction work will start in 2010.
Previously, Ken Holdings only developed low end apartments to medium end condominiums, such as Ken Damansara I. It also has bad record for the Ken Damansara I and Kantan Court. In Damansara Intan enclave, Dijaya’s Casa Damansara 1 is preferred and priced slightly higher compared to Ken Damansara I. Comparing Ken Holdings to other developers in Bangsar vicinity, most will opt for BRDB and Benetton over the former, as the latter developers are well known to deliver good workmanship and have more experience in high-end residential development.
Views enjoyed by residents of Ken Bangsar are great. The residents get to enjoy spectacular view of Bangsar hills and Damansara Heights, or undisrupted view of Kuala Lumpur city. Some also claimed that they are able to see Genting Highlands view when the weather is good. Meters away from Ken Bangsar, there is another low rise and exclusive residential project named D’9 Bangsar. It is expected to be completed in mid-2010.
Therefore, residents of Ken Bangsar will have to bear the noise and air pollutions coming from the on-going construction works. Some years ago, residents of Araville complained about Ken Bangsar development causing structural damage on Araville. The development caused soil stress in the area by blasting the old hospice site and then renovating it. Since then, people have started to worry about the risk of living on Bukit Bandaraya.
There are some other new high end residential developments near to Ken Bangsar, such as Zehn Bukit Pantai, Bangsar Peak and One Menerung. Zehn Bukit Pantai was sold at an average of RM650 psf (for its second phase), about half of Ken Bangsar. It comprises of 184 units, thus more dense than Ken Bangsar. But it is better than Ken Bangsar in terms of location, as it is located at the quieter and less congested part of Bangsar, right next to the Pantai Hospital. In addition, Bangsar Peak was just completed and it comprises of just 39 units and currently tagged at almost RM1,000 psf from its RM650 psf launch price.
This indicates that this development is not a preferred choice by potential buyers and investors. Plus, at the same price, one can purchase BRDB’s One Menerung and Benetton’s Bangsar Peak which are more appealing. Not only that, the price is somewhat similar to the price range in KLCC and Ampang Hilir areas.
Ken Bangsar, Bangsar
Ken Bangsar, Bangsar