Here Are The 5 Hotspots In Johor To Look Out For In 2021!

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Johor is a state with a little bit of everything, offering property opportunities that appeal to young adults, families, and expats looking to live, work and play in the state.

So, whether you’re looking for a house for sale in the Johor Bahru city centre, or the wider Johor area, you’re in the right place!

Johor boasts an important position across from neighbouring Singapore, making it a popular location for those who frequently commute across the border. It also has a range of other wonderful local amenities to enjoy.

Families with small children can enjoy a fun-filled day at the Legoland theme park, visit the Johor Zoo, or relax on one of the many beaches or islands in the state.

Fashion enthusiasts have Johor Premium Outlet to look for some of the best deals from top brands, while a visit to the Pasar Karat night market will delight those on the hunt for fun, quirky, and vintage ornaments.

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Like the rest of Malaysia, food is a focal point in Johor, and you can find everything from upbeat hipster cafes to more traditional fare such as the popular Laksa Johor.

So if you’ve been exploring listings for a suitable property for sale in Johor or just beginning your hunt, these top five hotspots (based on the ones with the highest average number of enquirers in 2020, by looking at PropertyGuru’s “For Sale” listings) should definitely be on your radar!

1) Johor Bahru

In contrast to the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Johor Bahru is more relaxed, and the perfect place to own a home.

With barely any tolls and minimal congestion on the roads (apart from the Johor-Singapore causeway, of course!) living here can save you time when commuting to work or running errands.

Here you will find a host of government and international schools, tertiary institutions, financial and medical facilities, as well as malls for your convenience.

Developments of interest in the area:

a) ARC @ Austin Hills Johor Bahru

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Situated in the mature neighbourhood of Austin Heights, ARC is a three-block serviced apartment built on 5.11 acres of freehold land.

The development overlooks an 18-hole golf course and is surrounded by a full suite of amenities such as an international school, colleges, banks, malls, and a number of good cafes.

With a full range of condo facilities including a gym and an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as an outdoor sky garden, owning a home here is ideal and convenient for young families.

b) R&F Princess Cove

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Set in the central business district of Johor Bahru, R&F Princess Cove Phase 1 Residences occupies over 12 acres of prime freehold land.

The development includes 15 individual buildings, each offering 35-storey residences, providing breathtaking views of the Johor Straits to one side or the CIQ Complex and City Square to the other side.

Transportation is extremely convenient with the CIQ Complex located just a five-minute walk away, and getting all your daily necessities is easy in this prime hotspot.

Needless to say, being in the heart of the city means you’ll be close to all the amenities you need, from healthcare and financial services, to food and entertainment.

There are more than 20 different in-house amenities and facilities you can enjoy as a resident here including an infinity pool, sauna, childcare centre, squash courts, table tennis room, billiard room, recreation deck, jogging track, and more.

2) Iskandar Puteri

Iskandar Puteri has a wide variety of amenities from educational institutions and medical facilities, to tourist attractions like Malaysia's first international theme park, Legoland (the first in Asia!).

Nature lovers will be treated to 46 parks in the area including one of the largest public parks in Malaysia – Sireh Park – spanning 343 acres.

Developments of interest in the area:

a) AVIRA Medini Iskandar

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Avira Medini Iskandar is a leasehold residential development located along Persiaran Medini, Bandar Medini Iskandar.

It is adjacent to Lebuh Kota Iskandar and Jalan Legoland, connecting Malaysia to Singapore via the Second Link Highway.

Developed with growing families in mind, these luxurious double-storey houses have a built-up area of 2,210 or 2,290 sq ft with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, front and back gardens, as well as a courtyard.

Here, you will be located close to an international school, supermarkets, X Park Sunway Iskandar, and the Poresia Golf Club & Resort.

Within the development, health-conscious families can look forward to spending their days at the children’s playground and park, and the clubhouse which houses a gym, swimming pool, and an Aeroyoga room.

b) Sunway Citrine Residences

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Citrine Residences is a mixed development (also known as an 'integrated development') that sits within Citrine at The Lakeview in Nusajaya.

This project brings offices, residences, and retail spaces together in one location, making it a great place to live, work, and play.

Located approximately 25km away from Johor Bahru, and 15km away from the Second Link Bridge, this area is developing into a self-sustaining location with planned commercial areas providing a host of conveniences to residents.

Among the amenities you can expect to help keep you in good shape and great health are an infinity swimming pool and children's pool, BBQ deck, gym, a chill-out lounge, games room, tai chi deck, and a yoga park.

3) Pasir Gudang

Pasir Gudang is traditionally an industrial town, with the main industries being transportation, logistics, shipbuilding, and agriculture.

This created natural demand for housing, and soon amenities such as hospitals, schools, parks, and a stadium were built to cater to the needs and lifestyle of residents.

Developments of interest in the area:

a) Lagoon Residences @ Senibong Cove

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Located in Masai, Pasir Gudang, Lagoon Residences @ Senibong Cove is a freehold double-storey terraced house development, overlooking Singapore across the Straights of Johor.

This development is accessible via the coastal highway, Pasir Gudang Highway, Tebrau Highway, North-South Expressway, and the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL).

Residents enjoy easy access to a number of government and international schools, a higher learning institution, malls, golf clubs, a yacht club, a hospital, and lots of F&B options to choose from.

b) Meridin East

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Meridin East is a terraced housing development that comes with freehold status. Located along Jalan Kong Kong in Pasir Gudang, this gated community has a total of 363 units.

Homeowners here will be treated to a spacious and comfortable layout, which is perfect for families looking to enjoy more space in the home.

A multi-purpose hall, nursery, and playgrounds make this a fantastic choice for those looking to start a family in a quiet area.

Just a short drive away you will find shops, malls, banks, a number of primary schools, three hospitals, as well as lots of local food.

4) Kulai

Located approximately 30km from Johor Bahru, Kulai is primarily an agricultural town and remains one of the main producers of palm oil in the country.

Senai International Airport makes travel easy for residents, and with all the amenities like hospitals, malls, and schools nearby, Kulai is a great place for families or retirees.

Developments of interest in the area:

a) Merpati Indah Apartment @ Bandar Putra Kulai

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This high-rise development in Johor is located in the mature township of Bandar Putra Kulai, and is close to IOI Mall Kulai, hospitals, secondary and primary schools, as well as the Senai International airport.

The freehold 12-storey Johor apartment building comes with a choice of two, three, or four bedrooms, with a built-up area between 818 to 1,249 sq ft, catering to the needs of young couples and families looking to buy their first affordable home.

Nature lovers living here will be happy to explore Hutan Bandar Putra and the Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, which at 654 metres, is one of the tallest mountains in Johor!

b) Bougain Villa – Golf View Bungalow

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Nestled within one of the most popular golfing destinations in southern Johor is IOI Palm Villa Golf & Country Resort. Living at Bougain Villa is a treat for golf and nature lovers who will be surrounded by fantastic views and manicured fairways.

The Bougain Villa luxury bungalows come in two designs that offer five spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and large living and dining areas. It’s the perfect place for big families to call home.

Shopping enthusiasts will be pleased that they're only 15 minutes away from Johor Premium Outlet, while business travellers will be able to get to Senai International Airport in just 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, a short drive will take you to malls, shops, medical and financial facilities, as well as schools.

5) Batu Pahat

Batu Pahat is made up mainly of freehold properties, with a variety of schools and tertiary institutions that make it a great place for young families.

Those who love the outdoors can hike Mount Banang and Hutan Lipur Soga Perdana, and be treated to majestic views of the Straits of Malacca.

Developments of interest in the area:

a) Taman Bukit Perdana 2

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Taman Bukit Perdana 2 is a terraced housing development ideally located in a secluded part of Batu Pahat, offering a great opportunity for individuals looking for a Johor house for sale with an added element of privacy.

That seclusion doesn’t come at the cost of connectivity, with the development just a 10 to 15-minute drive to Batu Pahat city centre, where you can find an array of facilities and amenities.

The location of this development also makes it easy to travel to Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru via the North-South Expressway.

Built with families in mind, here you will have easy access to a variety of amenities such as schools, malls, eateries, clinics, and convenience stores.

b) Hillview Loft Condominium

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Hillview Loft Condominium is a residential project located along Kampung Istana, and caters to families and professional individuals looking to buy affordable homes.

This moderately priced project offers residents 24-hour security, a landscaped garden, and a large swimming pool to help you cool off – especially welcome during a heatwave!

Living here gives you easy access to malls for your daily necessities as well as banks, hospitals, and schools. You will also be close to Hutan Lipur Bukit Perdana, offering a local slice of nature for residents to indulge in.

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