Jimmy Choo buys Ken Yeang’s Penang townhouse

Choo (right) looking at a model of Y Cantonments while The Yeangs Sdn Bhd chairman datuk Ken Yeang looks on.

RM4.4mil townhouse in Pulau Tikus offers private rooftop garden, private glass elevator and master bedroom which takes up entire third floor.

By ARNOLD LOH | north@thestar.com.my

GEORGE TOWN: Penang-born international fashion icon Datuk Jimmy Choo has bought his first property in his home-state – a townhouse in the palatial Y Cantonments in Canton­ment Road.

“This is the first property I have purchased here since I left for Britain as a child. I’m buying a townhouse as my Penang residence.

“Now that I will have a home in Penang again, I intend to invite all my superstar friends to visit my hometown,” he quipped.

Choo’s six-bedroom, four-storey townhouse, located about 400m from the Pulau Tikus market, will be ready by 2015 and is one of 20 exclusive units to be built by The Yeangs Sdn Bhd. Piling for the project has already started.

The units, to measure almost 2,000sq m, are priced up to RM4.4mil. Half have already been snapped up in the neighbourhood made up of Penang’s rich and famous.

Choo’s residence will have a private rooftop garden, private elevator made of glass and the master bedroom will take up the entire third floor.

It will also have a private plunge pool and an open-air shower and deck. Choo, who made his fortune designing exclusive shoes for Britain’s royalty and superstars, said he was also eyeing several other properties in Penang.

“Penang has the potential to grow into a world-class economic and education centre. I have been away for decades and seen so much around the world.

“I see a lot of possibilities for Penang,” said Choo, who has been an Officer of the Order of the British Empire since 2003.

He said he chose Y Cantonments as he was impressed with its “sustainability design”.

“I am attracted to the eco-friendly elements in the architecture such as the rainwater harvesting system and low energy design,” he explained.

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