Golf-course living in Ion Forte Green City blends heritage and modernism.
IN the world of golf, a hole-in-one is used to describe a perfect shot when one drives the ball from the tee into the hole within a single stroke. The expression is also used to denote an ace achievement, which is befitting in this instance because nestled within the pristine green plains of Ayer Keroh’s golf courses may be one of Melaka’s most enterprising developments.
The development, named Ion Forte Green City, is NCT Group’s next foray in the historical state. Having started in 1985 as a humble tiling contractor, the group evolved into a leading contractor in the late ’90s before morphing into a full-fledged property developer nearly a decade later. Besides boasting a robust development and construction portfolio, NCT Group has been touted as a “white knight” in the industry for its noble efforts in revitalizing abandoned projects for the benefit of the community.
Ion Forte Green City, however, will be built from the ground up on 23 acres of land with a gross development value (GDV) of RM1.5 bil. The development is a small yet significant part of the larger 479-acre Ayer Keroh Country Club (AKCC), which has a 27-hole golf course.
The core concept behind the Ion Forte Green City aims to infuse heritage elements into the modern interior space. These heritage elements pay deference to Melaka’s rich history.
On the exterior, an undulating facade is complemented by lush landscape treatments and water elements. A roof cantilever sits gracefully atop the building.
Inside, gold-lined highlights contrast off-white colour mixes for an elegantly minimalist approach that mimics classical beauty. Interior spaces are also dotted with greenery to invite nature inside and match natural surroundings that encompass the development.
In a first for the state of Melaka, the commercial-titled mixed development will also host a wellness & health spa in its master plan. Slated for launch in December, the first phase will consist of three blocks comprising of a condotel, branded residences and retail components.
For strangers to the term, a condotel is a fusion of a condominium and hotel. Its best described as condominiums that are individually owned but are managed by hotel operators. The condotel offers various layouts from a studio to threebedroom and two bathrooms at a builtup range 422 to 1,024 sq ft.
The 250 condotel units are expected to serve tourists as well as guests from the private and public sectors given the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) is five minutes away.
The 437-unit branded residences will further lend to the desirability and value of the development. Where the condotel is ideal as an investment property, the branded residences cater to own-stay purposes.
These branded residences will have a built-up of 569 sq ft to 1,974 sq ft, with layouts ranging from studio to four-bedroom and three bathrooms. Despite drawing inspiration from the past, the best of modern conveniences such as a smart home system are available for residents. Fully-furnished units are also available for those who prefer to move-in immediately without much hassle.
Moreover, some condotel and branded residences units offer a dual-key design for added functionality. The magnum opus of the branded residences, however, will be the lavish Duplex units spread across the highest floors.
The dual-key and Duplex units will provide good alternatives for the privileged few. Besides the spa and wellness facilities, condo facilities for residents also include a wading pool, swimming pool, gym, meditation terrace and a sky deck just to name a few.
A day in the spa isn’t the only form of therapy here. Residents may indulge in retail therapy at any of the 50 retail lots in the lower floors. These lots ranging from 583 sq ft to 1997 sq ft are suitable for alfresco dining restaurants, specialty shops as well as new retail experiences.
Besides MITC, Ayer Keroh is also laden with government institutions and industrial hubs that lend to the potential growth of the development. Residents may spend the day at Zoo Melaka in the vicinity or drive further down to the attractions in Melaka City or Jonker Street. A huge boost to the development is also the upcoming High-Speed Railway (HSR) station in Melaka which will be located near Ion Forte Green City.
The allure of resort living steeped in heritage and imbued with modern conveniences, serenaded by lush greenery and wellness facilities is sure to be everyone’s cup of ‘tee’. One can almost imagine dropping by the holiday home here on the weekends before heading off to the spa and ending the evening with a round of golf.
Where such a lifestyle and living experience would typically only be within means of the most affluent of individuals, the reasonable prices of Ion Forte Green City make it more attainable for the masses to live or invest in a premium experience.