Soaring house prices in Kuala Lumpur, densely populated cities during a pandemic, and prolonged lockdowns have many considering moving away from the city in search of a better quality of life.
Thankfully, with remote working being a global norm, anyone with the right skill sets can tap into employment opportunities from anywhere in the world, without having to worry about relocating.
However, during such uncertain times, it might still be prudent to reduce expenses by opting for affordable housing, without sacrificing connectivity in anticipation of our return to pre-pandemic life.
To help you navigate affordable housing along the wonderful KTM Malaysia rail of connectivity, we list down 10 properties near the main KTM stations along the Butterworth-JB line.
The Butterworth-JB KTM Line
The Butterworth-JB KTM line takes you through some key and historic cities which offer some fantastic places to live alongside some amazing local culture.
If you want to travel from Butterworth to Johor Bahru by train, you will first have to take an ETS train to Gemas, then transfer to an Intercity train from Gemas to JB.
Even though the trains might be running on a limited schedule now due to the on-again-off-again MCO, that doesn't mean you can't begin looking for potential developments that fit your future needs!
Exploring Properties Near Major Butterworth-JB KTM Stations
Our first stop is the Butterworth train station. This station connects passengers to Johor Bahru via Gemas, and also serves northern routes to Padang Besar, Perlis, along the Malaysia-Thai border.
Butterworth is the main transportation hub for the state of Penang, with Penang Sentral being a one-stop hub connecting passengers to the rest of the country via rail, sea, and road.
Penang is a state that is rich in culture and filled with exciting experiences. Property hunters looking for affordable homes, and who love a bit of history, art, and culture will find that Butterworth has some interesting prospects to offer.
Location: Jln Bunga Tanjung 7, Off Jalan Raja Uda
Developer: Tambun Indah Land Berhad
Selling Price: RM400,000 onwards
Villa Tanjung is a leasehold, 13-storey condominium block that offers a good range of facilities including a BBQ area, gym, swimming pool, sauna, wading pool, clubhouse, business centre, and a landscaped garden.
This development is located 5km away from the Butterworth KTM train station and is also close to primary and secondary schools, shops, offices, supermarkets, banks, clinics, and shopping centres.
Location: Jalan Pantai Bersih
Developer: Tah Wah Group
Selling Price: RM455,000 onwards
Completed in 2016, Orange 3 Condo in Bagan Ajam is a 15-storey development located less than 10km away from the Butterworth KTM train station.
This development boasts an excellent location with all the amenities a young family needs nearby. These include schools, banks, shopping malls, clinics, and parks.
The property offers homeowners facilities such as a BBQ area, covered car park, gymnasium, landscaped garden, a multi-purpose hall, a swimming pool, and wading pool, as well as 24-hour security for peace of mind.
2) Ipoh, Perak
Affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh, the next stop is the Ipoh railway station. This beautiful colonial building was officially opened in 1917 and has seen some upgrades over the years.
One such example is KTM's double-tracking and electrification project between Ipoh and Rawang, which also saw the total rebuilding of the platform area.
Over the last few years, many have flocked to retire in Ipoh because of the slower pace the city offers.
Being highly connected to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, and the rest of Malaysia via the KTM Ipoh train station, it’s just a matter of hopping aboard if one wants some bigger city excitement.
2a) ZEN88 HOMES
Location: Taman Lapangan Bayu
Developer: Eadepro Residences Sdn Bhd
Selling Price: RM568,000 onwards
ZEN88 Homes @ Taman Lapangan Bayu, Ipoh is a multiple leasehold housing development with a total of 88 two-storey units available.
This is a great development for those looking for space, with the option to choose individually designed units that cater to your needs.
Located less than 10km away from the KTM Ipoh railway station, this development is close to lots of amenities like schools, eateries, mini markets, and clinics.
2b) Camellia Ipoh
Location: Laluan Hulu Bercham 1
Developer: YTL Land & Development Bhd
Selling Price: RM320,000 onwards
Camellia is a collection of two-storey homes that feature spacious, well-designed living spaces for growing families.
A park in the vicinity offers a dose of healthy outdoor activity, while amenities like schools, shops, and supermarkets are located nearby for the convenience of residents.
Pakatan Jaya Ipoh is strategically located in Bercham, with excellent connectivity to Ipoh and surrounding townships via the North-South Expressway. This development is also located 15km from the iconic Ipoh railway station.
Back during the British occupation of Malaya, Taiping was the administrative capital, and this led to the commissioning of the nation’s very first railway station, magistrate’s court, and prison.
Today, nature lovers will find it hard not to love this historic town with attractions like Maxwell Hill, Kamunting Lake Gardens, Matang Mangrove, and the Burmese pools making wonderful and refreshing weekend getaways.
A good tip to remember is that Taiping is known to be one of the wettest places in Malaysia with an average rainfall of 4,000mm. It might be best to keep an umbrella handy at all times.
Location: Lorong Aman 31
Developer: Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia
Selling Price: RM268,000 onwards
Residensi Kamunting is a two-storey leasehold terrace house located at Kamunting, Taiping, Perak. It is an affordable terrace house development by PR1MA Corporation Malaysia targeting the middle-income demographic.
This development is located close to several local and international schools, eateries, clinics, police stations, petrol stations, and mini markets.
The KTM Taiping station is located less than 10km away, and the Taiping Utara toll plaza is a mere 5 minutes away from the development.
3b) Crystal Creek
Location: Jalan Lembah Tupai 5
Developer: Crystal Prestige Sdn Bhd
Selling Price: RM265,000 onwards
Crystal Creek Condominium comprises two 25-storey towers, making it the highest and first freehold condo in Taiping.
The development is close to the foothills of Maxwell Forest Reserve, giving residents cool, crisp air all year round.
Situated less than 5km away from the Taiping KTM station and close to a host of amenities, this development also comes with facilities such as a swimming pool, natural waterfall, gymnasium, mini market, covered parking, playground, and gated and guarded 24-hour security.
Although KL Sentral is very close to Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this massive transportation hub offers homeowners a chance to quickly escape the city.
It’ll be easy to just hop on a train to any number of amazing places in Malaysia once domestic travel resumes.
This will help spur economic recovery especially in the tourism sector which has been badly affected by the lockdowns.
4a) Avara Seputeh
Location: Jalan Seputeh
Developer: Ba Sheng Sdn Bhd
Selling Price: RM520,000 onwards
Avara Seputeh is a freehold serviced residence development located along Jalan Seputeh in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
With a focus on nature, lots and greenery were added to offer residents some tranquillity amid the hectic city life.
There is a sky garden with great views of the city skyline, and an infinity pool decked out in greenery as well as water features, cabanas, and sunbeds for a relaxing time with the whole family.
The central location of this development means residents are just 5-7km away from the KTM station in KL Sentral, and surrounded by various shops, malls, eateries, banks, petrol stations, and healthcare facilities.
Location: Jalan Tun Sambanthan
Developer: MRCB Land
Selling Price: RM700,000 onwards
Sentral Suites is a leasehold residential and commercial development dubbed the 'Garden in the City' for its 15 themed and pocket gardens located in various nooks of the development.
Residents who crave greenery amid the concrete jungle can look forward to a hammock garden, Balinese-themed garden, and a Japanese garden, alongside facilities like a dance studio, billiard room, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and more.
It's a mere six-minute walk away from the KL Sentral KTM station, and can be assured of vibrant offerings available at their doorstep including basic necessities like food, medical care, and education.
Unlike the fast-paced life in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, Johor Bahru is much more relaxed, and a great place to own a home, whether you are planning to start a family, or retire in comfort.
Like any big city, Johor Bahru is home to a host of administrative offices, local and international schools, tertiary institutions, financial and healthcare facilities, as well as malls and lots of eateries.
Johor Bahru Sentral is the main transportation hub in the state, connecting passengers to the north, and east coast of the Peninsular, as well as south to Singapore by rail or road.
Those with the travel bug will find this to be a great location with many transportation options for local and international travel.
Location: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai
Developer: Country Garden Danga Bay Sdn. Bhd.
Selling Price: RM263,000 onwards
Set right by the main highway leading into the state and overlooking the straits of Johor, this development offers nature lovers gorgeous and peaceful sunset views
On the other hand, bird watchers can delight in observing the wildlife that extends beyond the straits to Singapore's Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.
This strategically located development is just 6km away from the KTM JB railway station, and less than a five-minute drive to shops, malls, eateries, night markets, schools and healthcare facilities.
Location: Residensi Citrine, Sunway Citrine
Developer: Sunway Iskandar Sdn Bhd
Selling Price: RM453,000 onwards
Citrine Residences is a leasehold residential and commercial development located within Citrine at The Lakeview in Nusajaya. Offices, residences, and retail spaces come together to offer residents convenience and comfort while they work or play.
Located approximately 25km away from the KTM JB railway station, this quiet area is slowly but surely developing into a self-sustaining location with more planned commercial areas in the future.
Residents can expect a fantastic range of facilities such as an infinity swimming pool and children's pool, a BBQ deck, gym, a chill-out lounge, games room, tai chi deck, and a yoga park to help keep everyone refreshed and rejuvenated.