Gurney Park, Gurney Drive
Gurney Park (also known as Gurney Park Condominium) is a 2-block condominium which are part of Gurney Park development comprising of a total of an office tower and 3 residential towers. It is well located at the renowned Gurney Drive.
Gurney Park consists of a total of 588 units in its two 39-storey condominium blocks which are namely Maple Tower and Pine Tower. Each unit has a built-up area of approximately 970 sf and each floor houses 8 units. There are a total of 6 lifts provided which 3 lifts for each block.
Amenities and facilities around at Gurney Park are more than enough for everyday needs. For groceries, leisure and shopping, Gurney Plaza is just in front of the doorstep. Gurney Plaza is a huge shopping center housing numerous cafes, restaurants, cinema, supermarket and clothing brands stores. With Gurney Paragon project to be completed soon, surely there will be another shopping heaven option, also in-front of the doorstep.
In addition, there is an international school located within walking distance from Gurney Park. At the end of the road, there is Gurney Drive Hawker Center that caters various and colorful Penang dishes such as Char Kuey Teow and Pasembur. Plus, Pulau Tikus wet market is located just nearby the vicinity. Among the neighborhood condominium blocks are The Regency, Gurney Paragon, and Silverton.
The location of Gurney Park is just within a stone's throw away from Gurney Plaza. Due to this matter, the residents have to bear with unpleasant noise from the shopping center activities and bustling crowd in the area. The noise from the mall is sometimes intolerable which normally occurs during festive seasons, weekends and school holidays due to events held in the mall. Besides that, these crowds also prefer to park their cars on the roadside in front of Gurney Park to escape from paying parking fee.
For the time being, residents of Gurney Park can still enjoy to the mesmerizing view of seaside and Penang Bridge even though some view has been blocked by The Regency, which located between Gurney Park and the beach side. But as Gurney Paragon development is currently under construction, it is without doubts that the view will be blocked by unpleasant look of another condominium wall. Moreover, the residents will also getting fewer sea breezes into the house as the building will be standing in-front of the condominium.
Higher units which facing north-west would have better unblocked view of the sea even in the near future. But they will also suffering unpleasant view of Christian graveyard on the west side of Gurney Park which situated opposite of Gurney Plaza.
Not only that, Gurney Drive is also part of the development plan of the Penang Outer Ring Road. The construction project includes reclamation on the Gurney Drive beachfront and which will be traded with a public park and a promenade on the seafront. The project will be developed by MRCB and will commence anytime soon. The project is said to disperse heavy traffic from Jalan Air Itam, Jalan Tanjung Tokong and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah as well as ease the congestion in town.
As numerous projects commenced in the area, the residents of Gurney Park will be exposed to pollution hazards due to the construction works. Moreover, these construction works also emits noise which might be intolerable. With the construction of Gurney Paragon just beside the condo, the residents have to bear with all the noise pollution from the construction works until its completion which is scheduled in 2010.
Once Gurney Paragon is completed, the noise problem will not solved entirely, as residents will suffer noise from the new shopping center next door which is part of the development. This Hunza's project comprises of a shopping mall and 2 phases of super 270-units condominiums and Hunza's corporate headquarters.
The traffic in the area is badly congested as well. The crowds get into the area for leisure at Gurney Plaza, sight-seeing along Gurney Drive and take a bite at the hawker center which make Gurney Drive is always congested at most of times. The situation is worsened during public and school holidays as more tourists from outer Penang visiting the area.