House in a quiet subdivision (Bandar Baru Air Putih) in Air Putih, Balik Pulau, Penang
Penang is the only Malaysian state where the majority of the population is not Malay (Chinese and Indians make up more than 50 percent of the residents), and where less than 50 percent of the population are Muslims. It is also by far the most liberal state of Malaysia.
With some 1700 people per square kilometer, it is the most densely populated state in Malaysia. The rate of urbanisation of the island as a whole is well above 90 percent. Because Penang has run out of land, three artificial islands (BioDiverCity) are currently being built to house some 45,000 residents. For good reason, property in Penang is among the most prized in all of Malaysia.
Apart from junk property (overhung, overpriced, unsellable to locals) foreigners can own landed property in Penang, if it is traded at more than 3 million ringgit (roughly 750,000 US dollars.
The property offered here for 800.000 US dollars is special for a number of reasons.
It is a silent location in an up-market residential subdivision, Bandar Baru Air Putih, nestled at the end of a dead-end road at the foot of a small mountain.
At 468 squaremeters (5038 squarefeet), it is the largest property in the subdivision.
It is definietly the quietest parcel of land in the subdivison, and it features a large terraced corner of the mountauin which overlooks the subdivison and affords views of the surroundings.
The higher grounds of this property have not yet been developed, but they are secured by a massive wall (marked red in the above plan). Because this parcel of land has already received a building permit, any additional structure on the so-far undeveloped higher area of this parcel will only need a modification permit which is easy to obtain.
The value of this property is in the parcel size and in the unique feature of elevated ground which invites for a truly artistic architectural design, not in the existing house which is just half of a duplex.
8-2, Jalan Sungai Air Putih 1
Bandar Baru Air Putih
11000 Balik Pulau
The property is fully covered by Google Streetview.
The southern extension of the Bandar Baru Air Putih subdivision is called Botanica CT. This extension has a number of convenient infrastructure features, which, in spite of the very secluded location of the property for sale, are all within easy walking distance. The largest hypermarket on the Western side of Penang, a new branch of TF Value-Mart is, amazingly enough, just 450 meters away.
Just a few steps further are a KFC drive-through and a Starbucks drive-through (both opened in 2020).
The Prince of Wales Island International School is also still just a walking distance of 750 meters away.