Taman Molek, Johor Bahru
Taman Molek is a freehold housing development located in the city centre of Johor Bahru. It is a relatively new development, as this township was only just completed in the 1990s by the Pelangi Group. The city centre of Johor Bahru is approximately 20 minutes away as is the checkpoint to Singapore, while the Senai International Airport is approximately half an hour away.
Taman Molek is a mixture of housing area, shops and a few condominiums, with the majority of the houses consisting of single storey terrace houses while the shops are mainly 3-storey walk up shop lots. Built-ups of the houses range between 1,128 sf and 2,100 sf with typically 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2 to 4 bathrooms while the condominiums are between 1,075 sf and 2,410 sf and have between 2 + 1 bedrooms to 3 + 1 bedrooms with 2 to 3 bathrooms. The shops on sale are at least 1,920 sf.
Prices of the houses in Taman Molek range between RM330,000 to RM688,000 while the prices of the houses for auction starts from RM135,000. Prices of the shops are anywhere between RM900,000 to RM3,100,000 while the condominiums are extremely pricey with the lowest price being RM560,000 ranging up to RM1,150,0000.
Being a matured development, Taman Molek is a fully occupied development with many properties for sale. All of the said properties on sale already come partially furnished, with built-in kitchen cabinets being the norm. Most of the houses are also fully renovated, boasting covered car porches and fully tiled floors with built-in wardrobes in the master bedrooms.
As part of a commercial hub that is gradually growing in business opportunities, residents of Taman Molek are surrounded by a wide variety of convenience shops, eateries and restaurants, while close by is the Taman Molek Wet Market. The condominiums in the area have many fancy facilities that are not shared with landed properties, such as a Japanese onsen and gardens. While some of the areas in Taman Molek are gated and guarded, the condominiums have added security with CCTV surveillance.
Taman Molek is located just next to the Ponderosa Golf & Country Club which some of the condominiums overlook, while the closest shopping mall is the KSL City Mall. Both local and international banks such as AmBank and HSBC are available within the neighbourhood, as are petrol stations. There is a secondary school within the housing development as well, along with a number of national primary and secondary schools in the vicinity.
Taman Molek is a very well connected neighbourhood as it sits just off the North - South Highway and the Pasir Gudang Highway. Public transportation may, however, be an issue for residents who rely on it, as the closest bus stop is an 8-minute drive away on Jalan Tebrau, while there are no train stations nearby at all.
Taman Molek is a highly established development with a high density of residents, although as the development is well planned, residents do not feel the density of it. However, traffic is an issue during peak hours, especially on the main trunk road of Jalan Pandan where traffic can be at a complete stand still.
The neighbourhood of Taman Molek used to be a non-assuming area, which slowly began veering toward the upper market as the newer developments came in with luxury high rises. As such, there is a good mix of residents, with many of the newer ones coming in being foreigners who work in Singapore but wish to live in Malaysia.
Johor Bahru is the new hub of property investment in the market nowadays, and Taman Molek is no different as it is suitably close to the borders of Malaysia and Singapore. Prices are expected to rise over time, as deduced by many property speculators. Homes here are not just an excellent investment, they are also an excellent home due to its excellent connectivity and amenities within the area.