Taman Seraya, Ampang
Taman Seraya is a housing development located in the much allured township of Ampang within the state of Selangor. Located at just 20 minutes away from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, it is a leasehold development. Travelling to both Petaling Jaya and Bangsar requires a 25 minutes drive, while the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is approximately 50 minutes away.
The majority of the houses in Taman Seraya consists of double storey terrace houses which carry built-ups starting from 700 sf which ranges up to 2,500 sf. The bare minimum of rooms available in these houses are 3 bedrooms, although the majority of them carry at least 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. These homes start selling from RM260,000.
As one of the oldest housing developments in Ampang, these homes are generally sold partially or fully furnished. The partially furnished homes mostly come with built-in kitchen cabinets and sanitary ware in the bathrooms, while light and fan fixings are a given. Although some of the homes have been renovated upon, many of them remain unfurbished.
Some of the advantages of living in an established neighbourhood such as Taman Seraya include being able to enjoy local night markets every Friday and Sunday. There is also a local surau, which beside it is an UMNO multipurpose hall at the northern end of the neighbourhood, while on the southern end is a large football field as well as a mini mart.
Children of secondary school age in Taman Seraya will be able to walk to the local school in the area, while within the vicinity are also many other primary and secondary schools. Being located in the heart of the city, residents will have many shopping options with the closest being the Bukit Bintang Plaza 20 minutes away. There is a Shell petrol station within the neighbourhood, while the closest healthcare centre is the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital only 5 minutes away.
Taman Seraya is well connected via a number of interconnecting routes through various housing areas and main roads. Access to the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) is fairly convenient at a 7-minute drive away, while Jalan Ampang is less than 10 minutes away. Public transportation is fairly easily found in the vicinity as well with the Ampang LRT Station only 10 minutes away.
Being located in the centre of the city gives residents of Taman Seraya many benefits such as access to the best amenities in the city. There are however also many drawbacks to the location, as residents will have to contend with traffic congestion at almost all times of the day. Peak hour traffic congestion is the worst, where all roads leading to and from the neighbourhood are at crawls at best.
The neighbourhood of Taman Seraya is one that is generally hustling and bustling, busy throughout the day with the many amenities available in the surrounding area. Common break-ins and thievery are uncommon; although there have been car theft gangs rumored to have their hideout homes in the area.
Although located in the middle of the city, property in Taman Seraya is not increasing in value much; most probably due to its leasehold status and the age of the homes. It is not deemed to be a good investment either due to these reasons, although those who work within the city limits will probably find it to be extremely convenient living in this area.