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Bangsar is an upscale area, neighbouring equally affluent areas such as Damansara Heights, Mont Kiara and Sri Hartamas. Located just on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, it is the unofficial border between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. The township’s strategic location and excellent accessibility is unique. Thus, it is main reason why Bangsar’s residential as well as commercial properties are well sought after.
Since its first development as a rubber estate in 1906, Bangsar has become one of the most desired residential suburb. The area is not only popular among Malaysians but with expatriates as well. Before it was developed as a residential area, the area (previously known as Bungsar Estate) was owned by plantation firm, Socfin. After capitalising on the booming rubber prices, Socfin started selling land to property developers. Thus, the area slowly started to develop as a residential area, starting with Bangsar Park in 1969.
The township now houses a variety of properties. These include high-rise condominiums, to luxurious hillside bungalows, as wells as terrace houses. Although new land for development in the area is scarce, the township is still expanding. Recent developments include Bangsar South, previously known as Kampung Kerinchi.
There are several neighbourhoods in Bangsar. These include Bangsar Baru, Bangsar Park, Lucky Garden, Taman SA, Bukit Bandaraya, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar Utama, Pantai Hills and Off Jalan Bangsar. The township can be divided into two main areas – east and west. The main road, Jalan Maarof, runs between east and west of Bangsar. Bangsar’s east side houses Bangsar Park, Bukit Bangsar, Bangsar Utama, Bukit Bandaraya and Taman SA; the west side comprises of Bangsar Baru, Lucky Garden and Pantai Hills.
Since the area of Bangsar is vast, its landscape changes from one area to another. For example, the southern neighbourhoods of Bangsar Utama, Bangsar Park and the Off Jalan Bangsar are mostly flat areas. In contrast, Bangsar Baru and Pantai Hills are located on higher grounds. These areas offer scenic views of the KL city skyline. This includes a view of the nearby KL Sentral station and Mid Valley Megamall.
The demographic of Bangsar consists of a good mix of ethnicities. The majority population are made out of Malays, Chinese, Indians as well as non- Malaysian, mostly expatriates. Although the popular property trend is high rise condominiums, Bangsar uniquely offers a variety of properties catering to a range of market.
Examples of high-rise condominiums:
- The Loft
- Tivoli Apartments
- One Merenung
- Bayu Angkasa
Examples of landed properties:
- The Ara
- Bukit Bandaraya
- Taman SA
As mentioned above, the great location and accessibility is pivotal in making Bangsar properties highly sought after. Bangsar is located in between Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, providing its residents great accessibility to the best of both areas.
– By Car
Located just about 4km from Kuala Lumpur city centre, it takes less than 30 minutes to reach the heart of Kuala Lumpur by car. Jalan Bangsar, which runs across Bangsar offers easy accessibility from both ends of the road. On one side, Jalan Bangsar links to the Federal Highway and city centre. On the other side, it links to Jalan Damansara, connecting Bangsar to Jalan Duta and the North-South Highway. It is not suprising that Bangsar acts as a hub that connects major roads and highways.
As mentioned above, the Federal Highway which passes by Bangsar, connects Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. Other than that, the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) connects Subang Jaya to Bangsar directly.
– By Public Transport
One of the significant selling points of Bangsar is its accessibility by public transport. The main LRT station located in Bangsar is the Bangsar LRT station, on Jalan Bangsar. This LRT station operates on the Putra LRT line which runs from Putra Heights to Gombak. Additionally at Bangsar LRT station, there is a free shuttle bus service available to and fro Mid Valley Megamall. The shuttle bus operates on a regular basis.
Furthermore, KL Sentral is just one stop away from Bangsar LRT station. This is very convenient as it allows commuters to switch modes of transportation between the City Air Terminal, KLIA Express, Monorail, Putra LRT (Light Rail Transit) or KTM (train) – depending on their destinations.
There are also Rapidkl bus stops located in various parts Bangsar area. One may also choose to use taxi or ride-hailing services for a more hassle free option. Taxi stands and services are readily available in Bangsar.
As Bangsar stretches across a big area, it is no surprise that this township is self sustaining. Therefore, residents are readily provided with various and ample amenities without having to travel out of the area.
There is a variety of schools and education centres in and nearby Bangsar, from public to private to international schools. However, the more common schools among residents of Bangsar is the Bukit Bandaraya school and Bangsar school, which offers primary and secondary education.
As for private and international schools, there are a few international pre-schools and early education centres. For example, there is the White Lodge Bangsar South International Pre-School and Beaconhouse Newlands Early Years Bangsar. Alternatively for primary and secondary education, Cempaka Private and International School as well as Garden International school are just a stone’s throw away.
The big hospitals located within Bangsar are Pantai Hospital and Bangsar Medical Centre. There is also the recent addition of Life Care Diagnostic Medical Centre located in Bangsar South. Besides that, there are various clinics and healthcare services located throughout Bangsar.
– Shopping Malls
Bangsar houses a variety of shopping malls. This includes the high end shopping mall Bangsar Shopping Centre. The shopping mall houses various up market dining options, a grocer as well as specialty stores. Alternatively, there is also Bangsar Village I and Bangsar Village II. These malls offer a more casual shopping and dining experience.
In addition, Midvalley Megamall and The Gardens Mall are just minutes away. Being one of Malaysia’s largest malls, these two malls are bound to provide an array of eateries, retail therapy and entertainment.
THINGS TO DO
Bangsar has gone through many development phases throughout the years. The township has been known for many things – from the buzzing nightlife, artisanal coffee and hipster cafes to designer boutiques. One of the more popular areas of Bangsar is Telawi, which is home to over 50 pubs, cafes and restaurants. Tucked among the pubs and restaurants are bookstores, art galleries and quaint cafes. Whether it is retail therapy, a gastronomic affair or sports, there is bound to be something for everyone in Bangsar.
One is spoiled for choice when it comes to dining in Bangsar. From local delights to international cuisines, the long list of eateries in Bangsar satisfies the palettes of both locals and expatriates. It is true that one can satisfy any food craving in Bangsar.
Ruyi & Lyn – Modern Chinese cuisine
W.I.P. Cafe and Restaurant – Western, Asian and Northern Indian cuisine
La Bodega – Spanish and tapas bar
Sri Nirwana Maju – Banana leaf rice
The Ming Room – upscale Chinese dining
Dancing Fish – Indonesian cuisine
Botanica + Co
– Recreational Activities
To burn off some calories and for sporting activities, there is the Bangsar Sports Complex. The complex houses badminton, tennis, basketball and squash courts. There is also a swimming pool and children’s playground within the compound. On top of that, Bangsar also has several parks and playgrounds, such as those located along Jalan Terasek 7, Jalan Bangkung, Jalan Rumpai, Jalan Tempinis 5 and Jalan Kurau.
There is also the Sekeping Tenggiri retreat villa, which is located within Bangsar itself. The retreat place offers a unique and quiet escape from the hustling and bustling of the city without having to travel out of the area.
In conclusion, the best words to describe Bangsar are “location”, “location” and “location”. It is clear that the prime location draws people to the township. Although it is one of the earliest established residential area in Kuala Lumpur, property prices in Bangsar are steadily on the rise. With excellent location, accessibility and amenities, it is very likely that Bangsar will continue to stand as one of the most sought after areas in Kuala Lumpur.
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