It has been some time coming for LBS Bina Bhd's Bandar Saujana Putra, first developed in 2003.
This new township's location is enviable. It is accessible through the exit just south of Putra Heights from Shah Alam on the Elite highway. It also benefits from being bordered by hilly portions of Kuala Langat forest reserve and Boh's Bukit Cheeding plantation, comprising tea bushes sheltered underneath palm oil trees.
The township hasn't been helped by being very similarly named to another project just next to it however. Saujana Putra, just north of Bandar Saujana Putra, was abandoned in the mid-'00s by blemished property developer Talam Corporation Bhd.
And given that it's still pretty new, the open skies and flat lands of Bandar Saujana Putra still seem remote. The 5,800 homes and low-cost shops so far making up 60% of the township give off a provincial sensibility with basic designs and construction.
Moving further into Bandar Saujana Putra brings visitors to the township's more upmarket portion called BSP Avenue, however. These double-storey and single-storey semi-detached homes as well as double-storey cluster link semi-detached and single-storey terrace houses feature contemporary designs with glass windows and balconies. Pretty landscaped islands genteelly separate the homes from a wide avenue. Although leasehold, all available phases have sold out since sales opened in 2010.
This has been helped by the opening of the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE)'s new portion connecting Bandar Saujana Putra to Puchong and Putrajaya via Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP), as well as to the KL-Seremban highway at Kajang.
IJM Corporation Bhd, in the meantime, has bought a large stake in the failed Saujana Putra land and will, with partners, rehabilitate it into a waterway-themed township dubbed Canal City. The GDV for this project has been quoted to range between RM4.5 billion and RM10 billion.
Express courier services company City-Link Express Sdn Bhd will later this year complete a RM65 million sorting facility in Bandar Saujana Putra. Starting from 2014, Mahsa University College, which offers medicine-related education, will build a new campus here. Residents will also soon have their own Mydin hypermarket close to the SKVE interchange here.
Sales for the latest phase of BSP Avenue have gone off to a brisk start. Called Royal Ivory, it is modeled on the earlier phase of 'Ivory' double storey cluster link semi-detached houses (linked at one side and also at the back). These 32' x 55' homes offer gross built-up area of 1,722 sq ft, and feature 3+1 bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The first and second rows of Royal Ivory homes have already sold out at RM420,000 and RM440,000 respectively.
Currently, the third row is being marketed for RM450,000 (or RM427,000 with 5% early bird rebate). The rest of the rows (about seven in total) are expected to go up in price per release, adds a sales assistant.
Royal Ivory won't be the last BSP Avenue phase either. A large tract of land in the middle will in future hold more of the previously released Indigo semi-detached homes.
Promised neighbourhood facilities include a playground, football field and surau. A primary school has been approved, while a site has also been allocated for a secondary school, according to sales personnel.
With the completion of the Kelana Jaya LRT line extension to Putra Heights due in 2014, things look set to go up a notch for this blossoming township.