Sea View Tower, Butterworth
Sea View Tower is the second phase condominium project by PJD Eastern Land, which is a subsidiary of PJ Development Holdings Group. The developer's first phase project is known as the Park View Tower. Nestled in a large piece of land called Harbour Place at Butterworth, it is a newly built high rise luxury condominium which was completed in 2008.
The Harbor Place was claimed to be Butterworth's largest integrated condominium development. Sea View Tower consists of a 19-storey and a 23-storey condominium blocks with a total of 354 units. The built-up areas of the condo units are between 670 and 1,800 sf. This high rise project is located at Jalan Assumption / Jalan Harbour Place which is approximately 400 metres away from the Butterworth Ferry Terminal and 5 km from Penang Bridge.
Sea View Tower has a 3-stage security system. The first stage would be at the condo entrance where the guard would perform the usual checks. Next stage is the lobby area. To enter the lobby, one needs to use his or her resident access card. The third stage of security would be the lift. When one enters the lift, he or she needs to insert the resident access card in order to select the level they are going to. With this tight security system, the safety and security of the property owners’ houses as well as their families are safeguarded.
As for the layouts of Sea View Tower, it was a pleasant discovery that all the units (as shown in the show units) come with two kitchens – a dry and wet kitchen. This concept is certainly very practical as compared to many other condos where their kitchen area is too small to separate into two (in Penang Island as well as other areas). Sea View Tower has a big kitchen area that comes with a large yard area. When a property has a separated section for wet kitchen, the property owner certainly need not worry about issues like oily floor in the living room when he or she cooks.
Apart from that, Sea View Tower also has the Sky Lounge concept. If compared with many other condos in Penang, there are not many with such concept. Other than that, the condo units are also quite spacious. However, when compared the empty units with the show units, one might need to spend some money to renovate, particularly the kitchen area.
Sea View Tower offers full condo facilities such as 24-hour security, a childcare center, a launderette, jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool, squash courts and gymnasium. The condo is also close to public amenities such as banks, schools (Convent Butterworth), shopping malls (Sunway Carnival, Econsave, Carrefour, Tesco Extra), Komuter and bus station.
As there are not many high rise residential buildings around Penang mainland areas (including Butterworth), Sea View Tower appears top in this point. However, due to its close proximity to the Butterworth Ferry Terminal, Bus and Komuter station as well as the contenna terminal, the whole area is exposed to dust and noise pollution.
For most high rise condos, property owners could enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding areas. However, for Sea View Tower, as its name suggests, it does have a sea view but the view also includes contennas parked at the Contenna Terminal, buses, big lorries and trucks, which could be an eyesore to certain people. Apart from that, the condo is also located next to a small plot of land which consists of small kampung houses.
During the recent show unit visit, the developer of Sea View Tower greeted potential property buyers with lots of goodies. As there were not many vacant units left (as at February), the property developer had offered special packages including rebates of up to RM25,000, free five units of air-cond, low down payment of only RM1,000 onwards and many others. The offers were certainly attractive, but potential buyers did not have many choices when it comes to which units to purchase as most of the units of Sea View Tower were already sold out.
Overall, the show unit visit was however an exciting one as it was obvious that the property developer of Sea View Tower had adopted a different concept for the condo as compared to many other developments. This brand new condo was claimed to be popular among MNC's as they could rent the units for their employees. Thus, this could possibly be a positive factor to property investment in terms of rental returns. However, genuine property buyers who intend to buy and stay with the family, one should seriously consider the location issue as it may be too near to the ferry, bus, Komuter and contenna terminals, as mentioned above.