BU1, Bandar Utama
BU1 (also known as Bandar Utama 1) is a residential enclave located within Bandar Utama township and neighbors the areas of BU2, BU7 and BU10. Accessibility to BU1 is provided by two key highways within Petaling Jaya namely the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), and the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).
The BU1 area is also conveniently located within close proximity to some of the top shopping and leisure centres within Petaling Jaya such as 1 Utama (which includes the One World Hotel), The Curve (includes Royale Bintang Hotel), IKANO Power Centre, IKEA and Tropicana City Mall which are all located within a quick 5-minute drive. Persiaran Utama located across from the BU1 area provides residents accessibility to Persiaran Surian which heads onwards to the upcoming township of Kota Damansara. This provides residents with easy accessibility into and out of the Bandar Utama township.
Also located on the border of BU1 is Centrepoint a retail / office development skewed mainly around F&B with key tenants such as Starbucks, Secret Recipe, Champ's, KFC, Baskin Robbins and also includes a grocery shop, hardware store and more. There are even banking facilities provided by a CIMB Bank branch at the newly opened BU8 and a standalone 24-hour McDonalds drive-thru adjacent to Centrepoint. With key office space located in the surrounding areas, Bandar Utama is home to some well known companies with the likes of MediaPrima the operator of TV3, 8TV, NTV7 and Fly FM located conveniently down the street from BU1. Also located within a stones throw away are the offices of KPMG consulting, IBM Malaysia.
Educational facilities are also readily available within close vicinity catering to students of all ages. Closely located around the BU1 area are Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Utama Damansara 2, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Utama and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Angsana 2. Bandar Utama also is home to Kolej Bandar Utama (KBU) an international college which is located close to Centrepoint. With growing and affluent townships of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Damansara Jaya, Damansara Utama and Damansara Uptown surrounding the Bandar Utama township, residents in Bandar Utama are never short of convenience.
Bandar Utama and its respective areas such as BU1 has seen tremendous interest in properties located within this township with prices of homes growing from an average of RM500,000 in 2008 to an average of RM700,000 in 2011.
Convenience for residents has been a key driver within this township with the proximity and availability of international outlets at one of Klang Valley's more prominent shopping centres, 1 Utama. With major companies calling such as MediaPrima, KPMG consulting and IBM calling the Bandar Utama area home, more and more people are now viewing the Bandar Utama area not just as a township but a fledgling business center.
With the proposed MRT line skirting past the Bandar Utama township along the LDP in future, residents in BU1 and surrounding areas will have greater accessibility to convenient and quick public transportation in future and will see the BU1 area increase more in perceived value in the not too distant future.