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Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) is an affluent and upscale major township in Kuala Lumpur. TTDI got its name from Malaysia’s second deputy prime minister (DPM) Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman. Located at the border of both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor; it is situated within the suburbs of Bandar Utama, Damansara Utama, Mutiara Damansara and a few others in Petaling Jaya. It also neighbours Bukit Kiara and Sri Hartamas and has easy access to Bangsar and Damansara Heights. TTDI is a township that is under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as its local authority. There are some commercial development in the area. With the access to the MRTs in the area, it is known to be an upper middle class residential area. In 1994, the township was awarded with the FIABCI Award of Distinction for Residential Property.
The neighbourhood of TTDI
The original housing is mainly single and double-storey terraced houses, with a built-up area between 1200 sq. ft to 2000 sq. ft. But in the past few years, there are increasing apartments and condos being built in the area.
Another plus point is that TTDI sits on freehold land. Record on the ownership of TTDI residential homes show that most homeowners are professionals. They are consultants, entrepreneurs, expatriates, senior executives of public listed companies and non-listed companies, as well as senior government servants. The population may change in the future as the original property owners may want to cash out. Many of the younger generation and expatriates want to reside in this affluent neighbourhood. Many of the housing areas have also set-up their own security systems, and some are also set up by the folks living there on a voluntary basis. The older folks of the housing areas, make regular walks and act as watchdogs to their beloved neighbourhood.
Research shows that this place has quite a multi-racial group of people living there and have a good diversity.The majority of them being the Malays and Chinese, which are almost equal-amount. The rest being Indians, other races, and about 8% of non-Malaysians. The people in the neighbourhood seem to get along well, as they are well-known for taking walks and chatting over fences with their neighbourhood folks.
There are a whole range of new and not-so-new condos and apartments, also in the area. Amongst them are:
- Glomac Damansara Residences
- Sinaran TTDI
- The Greens Condo
- The Residence Condominium
- Pinggiran Kiara
- Villa Flora Condominium
- Kiara Park
- Sri TTDI Condominium
- TTDI Ascencia
- MasKiara Residence TTDI
- Kiara View
- Villa Flora Condominium
- Menara Ken
Accessibility at TTDI
Easily accessible, it has wide roads within the township which leads to the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Penchala Link and Jalan Damansara. The launch of the operation of the new MRT station among the 31 stations on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line in December 2017, has made it even more accessible, with a multi-story carpark, at the station. Besides the MRT Line, the new underpass towards Bandar Utama at the TTDI interchange which was completed mid-2012 has also improved the traffic flow into the township tremendously.
Amenities in TTDI
It is also a stone’s throw to commercial malls 1Utama, the Curve, Tesco, IKEA and even Tropicana City Mall in PJ.
In the township itself, it offers and array of conveniences. For instance, the modern chic cafes and restaurants, banks, fast food outlets, 24-hour mamaks, bars, clinic and so on. Among some of the popular food joints are Antonio’s Trattoria Calabria, Frisky Goat, Quartet, Santai, Pickle & Fig, The Gallery, Meat Point, D’Cengkih, Torii, the Grumpy Cyclist, Bowery Petit, Artisan Roast Coffee, Mukha Café, and many many more. You will be spoilt for choice, once you are in the area. Sometimes, you can spot a number of local celebrities in these cafes taking selfies with their fans.
– Places of worship
The area also has a few places of worship, for people of different faiths. Churches, mosques, temples and so on.
There are also a number of private clinics, and the KPJ Damansara Specialist Centre, which is also a 10 to 15 minutes’ drive from the area.
Almost all the major banks have a branch setup in the main town area, and this also makes life even more convenient for the residences.
– Community Centre
The TTDI community centre offers facilities for basic sports like badminton, sepak takraw and it’s like. It can convert into a community hall for school fairs, community events, weddings, kenduris, and so on.
If you are a fitness-person, and would need access to a gym, there a quite a number too in the area. Both small and big ones and Anytime Fitness in Plaza Vads opens for 24-hours.
The popular Taman Tun Wet Market is open most days and is and is a cleaner and cooler alternative to many wet markets around the area. The bonus is it’s open until after midday so there’s no need to get up too early or only on weekends. There’s undercover or open air parking for a minimal fee – free on Sundays – and easy to get to too.
In terms of education, there are a few public schools (both primary and secondary ones), and an array of private pre-school centre, private schools and private tuition centres too.
The public library, is also a popular studying spot and can be seen more packed with students, when it’s nearing the examination period.
– Gas stations
The four major Petrol (Gas) Stations, are also located off the major roads in the area namely Shell, BHP, Mobil and Petronas. There are also convenience shops in these stations.
Though traffic may be a problem sometimes in the town area, with UBER and Grab becoming more and more popular, there may be a lessening of traffic, and even more easy access to these places, at an affordable price and also convenient too.
Things to Do at TTDI
The well-used TTDI park is also well-known from folks all over the Klang Valley. The park offers a variety of activities, an open air basic gym facility, playground, jogging and mountain bike trail. There are also insects and birds that give life to the park. You would have to open your eyes and ears to be able to see and hear them, surrounding you. The suspension bridge offers a nice sunset view over Petaling Jaya. There are ample jogging tracks – both around the lake/streams. They are around its fringes crossing the suspension bridge (over a stream) and cutting through a monkey’s habitat symbiotically. There have been controversies of the park being paved for new housing projects. However, the residence has stood to their ground to make sure this will not happen.
Also, there are a number of smaller playgrounds in the housing areas, where you will also see older folks using the place for an evening walk or jog.
– Food Joints
Besides that, the food joints at the town-centre would be a good place to chill and hangout. You would get the whole set of all the Malaysian types of food to Western to Asian to Fusion, food. Coffee bars and also pubs, are popular during late evenings, as a hangout place too.
– Skating Ring
The Empire Skating Ring at Empire City, that opened in August 2017, is also a stone throw away, and has been seen as a growing trend, especially to the younger Malaysian crowd.
– National Science Centre
The National Science Centre that is in Mont Kiara, is also within 10 to 15 minutes drive from the town-centre.
And if all the above does not work for you, the malls are the most popular hang-out places. There is shopping, cinemas, rock-climbing activities, gyms, bowling, and much more that each mall has to offer.
The neighbourhood has come a long way, from starting of as a housing area for the common folk, to what it is today. Both young and old, from near and far, have chosen to not just hangout in the area, but has been buying property (not just as an investment) to stay and build a family there. There are ample facilities, activities, amenities and much more that TTDI has to offer for the individual who lives there, and families who choose to plant themselves there for a long-term period too. So if you have not been to TTDI yet, why not take a drive there, or get on an MRT. You will discover quite a unique neighbourhood, that is not only named after a famous Malaysian man, but also with streets named after other famous Malaysian heroes too.
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