SHAH Alam is the capital of Selangor and is a vibrant city located between Port Klang and Subang Jaya. The area in between these two locations is now commonly known as Klang Valley West. This area is highly populated where the population of both Klang and Shah Alam alone is estimated to be around 1.45 million people. In comparison, Kuala Lumpur has 1.7 million people. However due to size of the areas, it may appear that Klang Valley West is less dense.
Before we can fully appreciate Klang Valley West, we must first take into consideration the population and commerce spill over effects from Kuala Lumpur.
Due to the tremendous appreciation of land cost in the Klang Valley over the years, many people started looking for alternate and less costly places to live in. Below is an estimated timeline and the breakdown of the development of Klang Valley:-
- 1950s KL – The formation of Kuala Lumpur and its development. The capital city formation created new job and business opportunities and people from all over Malaya flocked to Kuala Lumpur due to positive job prospects;
- 1970s Petaling Jaya – Expansion into and development of Petaling Jaya due to the rise of land prices in Kuala Lumpur led to many corporations setting up their operations base in Petaling Jaya
- 1990s Subang Jaya – Expansion to Subang Jaya due to proximity to the airport and sought after amenities such as hospitals and schools.
- 2010s Shah Alam & Klang area – Further expansion into Shah Alam due to land limitation in Subang Jaya.
Since the late 1990’s Klang Valley West has undergone much development and improvements in infrastructure such as: -
Parents prefer to live close to where their children study. There is wide array of government and vernacular schools, private schools and universities in and surrounding Klang Valley West area. International schools such as the Australian based International School, Peninsula, Maz International School, Tenby International School and Regent International School also provide various excellent study options for family households.
Whenever there is a new highway connecting to Kuala Lumpur, there will be new townships being developed in the vicinity. Klang Valley West is well connected to other parts of the Klang Valley and to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport through the New Klang Valley Expressway (“NKVE”), the Federal Highway and the Shah Alam Expressway. The Guthrie Highway is also connected to the NKVE which provides easy access to Rawang.
There are many remarkable hospitals in Klang Valley West such as the renowned Columbia Asia Hospital in Klang and Kota Kemuning, multiple hypermarkets such as Giant, Tesco and Aeon Big, as well as shopping malls, such as Setia City Mall, Aeon Bukit Raja and Aeon Shah Alam. Additionally, an upcoming gigantic shopping mall with its operator from Thailand located close to the Federal Highway is expected to open by August 2018. This will be another commercial catalyst providing another exciting venue for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Upcoming LRT stations in Klang
The LRT Bandar Utama- Klang line (also known as Klang Valley LRT Line 3) will upon completion conveniently connect the towns in Klang to Kuala Lumpur and provide an alternative mode of transportation for workers commuting to and from work to avoid the traffic jam. The upcoming LRT stations are expected to ease congestion in and around Klang and Shah Alam which will indirectly boost the value of the surrounding properties.
Townships linked to Klang West
There are many successful townships next to the highways leading to Klang and Shah Alam such as Setia Alam, Kota Kemuning and Bukit Jelutong. Selangor is the preferred place for local and foreign students, local and foreign workers, migrants and expatriates. The exponential increase in prices for accommodation in and around surrounding Kuala Lumpur over the past decades have resulted in many house-buyers and tenants looking for value in adjacent areas leading to Klang and in Klang itself.
Port Klang which is located next to Klang is the one of the busiest transhipment and container ports in the world. It is the regional distribution hub and major creator of businesses and jobs for the population of Klang. Our government is spending up to RM1.13 billion for current logistic projects to improve transportation in Port Klang which in turn will benefit the city of Klang itself.
Selangor saw an average increase of 6.2% in property capital appreciation between 2015 to 2016. Shah Alam and Klang on the other hand saw an increase of 8.5% and 9.6% respectively during the same period. We foresee that Klang Valley West has growth potential in terms of capital appreciation since the property prices are still lower compared to other areas and there are many ongoing infrastructure and development projects in the pipeline
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