Tranquillity amid construction boom
COMPANIES and small-scale business owners in Bandar Sentul expect to rake in better margins than before because of the forthcoming population growth and advancement in the area.
Bestotel City Centre, a boutique hotel along Jalan Ipoh and within walking distance of the Sentul Komuter train station, expects business to double because of the growing popularity of Sentul among local and foreign travellers.
Minutes away from the hotel are local and international banks, major shopping alls, PetalingStreet, Jalan TAR, Chinatown, Central Market and government buildings as well as many local and national buses plying the area with ample services to and from Genting Highlands.
A restaurant owner in Jalan Ipoh, who declined to be named, said that since he moved to Sentul, profits have tripled despite tough competition in the vicinity.
"I do expect more business in the near future because of the ongoing developments in Sentul, and also because more and more companies are moving here," he added.
Residents expect better times ahead for the area.
"The once tough neighbourhood in Sentul is now a place of convenience with easy accessibility to near and far destinations," said Andy Tan, a 50-year-old businessman who has just moved from Gasing Hill in Petaling Jaya to a double-storey house in Bandar Sentul.
Tan said Sentul has much to offer and the amenities include the popular Sentul Curry House, three- to five-star hotels for meetings and discussions, plenty of restaurants, local and international banks, and top-class shopping malls that are just minutes away in the vicinity of Bukit Bintang, Ampang and Bangsar.
"I am also a fan of koi (carp) culture, and the best thing about my moving to Sentul is the fact that the Sentul Park Koi Centre is nearby," said Tan.
Dedicated to the art of koi breeding, the centre is the only one of its kind outside of Japan. The facility aims to go beyond selling koi to imparting the very essence of koi culture.
The centre is beautifully landscaped and boasts a main 700,000-litre display pond and a smaller 200,000-litre pond, a resource centre and a Japanese restaurant.
Tan noted that Sentul has progressed, with millions of ringgit invested from the time he first visited the area in the early 1990s.
"Back then it was a place most of us would avoid because of the high crime rates and also because it was so undeveloped and old-fashioned.
"Today, I can't say the same. There is a lot of changes now with many connecting roads and highways better security and improved landscapes. Population has also doubled," said Tan.
Fifty-year-old Ong Boon Hock and wife Siow Yuen Lan, 39, from Ampang have another reason to move to SentuI in the near future.
Ong and Siow are proud owners of a condominium unit they have just bought at Sentul West. They invested close to RM500,000 for a single unit, hoping to spend quality time with their family in a place which offers lush greenery, tranquility and added security.
"We were going through the brochures and looking at some of the units on display, and since it was my wife's birthday, I decided to surprise her by booking a unit.
"I must admit I didn't take the location into consideration as what mattered most was the beautifully-landscaped park and lush greenery surrounding the unit which you can't possibly get elsewhere," said Ong.
Siow added that Sentul West has a good balance of property, park and commercial area strategically located within the development. When buying a property, these criteria matter the most on top of convenience and security.