Tropicana City Tropics (also known as The Tropics) is a brand new 29-storey serviced apartment constructed above the Tropicana City Mall in Petaling Jaya. This freehold new development was completed in early 2010 with many of the units being sought after after due to its appreciation value.
Tropicana City Tropics consists of two blocks that is linked together, forming a symmetrical “V” shape with a total 601 units. Each tower has a max of 14 units per floor, giving a total of 28 units. In terms of view, buyers get to choose either the Damansara view or pool view. Some thrill seeking residents can also opt for the ones with a cemetery view. There are four standard unit types and three loft unit types to choose from, with built-up areas ranging from 625 sf to 1,176 sf.
The adjacent Tropicana City Mall is an added convenience to Tropicana City Tropics residents. The mall is home to GSC Cinema, Pos Malaysia, ATMs, Carrefour, telco booths, printing stores and pharmacies. The mall management also offers a free shuttle service from Kelana Jaya LRT Station at allocated times, from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm. The service is highly appreciated by frequent LRT travellers who visit the area.
This new serviced apartment is located at the important junction between Sprint Highway and Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP). It is a centralized location for the affluent areas of Damansara Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), SS 17 and SS2.
Tropicana City Tropics is easily accessible via Sprint Highway, LDP, New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and other major road networks. It is close to amenities such as cafe and restaurants, schools and academic institutions (SK Taman Sea, SJKC Puay Chai, UTAR and The Otomotif College), corporate offices, shopping malls (Tropicana City Mall, 1Utama) and among others.
A developer’s reputation is often one of the most essential considerations when a potential property buyer scouts for a suitable property. This property was built by one of Klang Valley’s reputable developers, Dijaya Land (a subsidiary of Dijaya Corporation) who has more than ten years of proven track record in property development. Since its acquisition activities in 1995, the company has expanded its portfolio into the property development industry. Therefore, in this sense, potential property buyers should have the assurance that Tropicana City Tropics was built by a reputable developer.
When one travels along the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong either from Bandar Utama, Kepong, TTDI and Puchong, it is almost impossible to miss Tropicana City Tropics. This newly built serviced apartment, which is strategically located near Damansara Intan, Damansara Uptown, SS2, Section 17 and many other major areas within Petaling Jaya, is claimed to be the latest landmark in the heart of PJ.
Even though Tropicana City Tropics is situated at a strategic location, potential property buyers should take note that this high rise serviced apartment is actually located at a densely populated area. As the building is located along the ever busy Sprint Highway, property owners are expected to endure daily traffic congestion particularly during peak hours, on weekends and public holidays. However, as there are not many land areas left within the PJ area, this new development would still be appealing to property buyers, particularly those who prefer to stay at an established township.
Apart from being located at a densely populated location, Tropicana City Tropics itself is considered to be a high density property. With a maximum of 14 units per floor for the standard units on each block, many regard this serviced apartment to be similar to that of a low-medium cost apartment. Even though Tropicana City Tropics offers modern lifestyle facilities which are equivalent to those offered by many other luxury condos, the overall density issue still does not change the fact that this serviced apartment is too crowded. The density issue would certainly have an impact on the residents’ privacy as well as the exclusivity of the units.
The facade of Tropicana City Tropics may look pleasant from the outside, but when one zooms in on the condo’s layout design, it is found to be quite awkward. With lots of sharp corners and weird angles, it would be difficult to arrange the furniture. Further to that, as many buyers are more aware of feng shui beliefs these days, the sharp corners are also believed to bring negative fortune to residents. So, the awkward layout designs could deter potential buyers from purchasing a unit at Tropicana City Tropics. The breakout story of a woman jumping off the 14th floor in May 2011 is not good for marketing either.
The standard units, which are typical single floor units ranging between 625 sf and 730 sf, are small with only two bedrooms. As for the loft units, which have larger built-up areas of between 1,040 sf and 1,176 sf, are basically the same as the typical units but with the additional of half a floor of open room looking down onto the lower floor.
Even though this open master bedroom concept appeals to the younger generations, many question the practicality of this concept due to privacy issue. With the modern open bedroom concept, this type of units might not be suitable for families. The units at this serviced apartment would be appropriate for singles or the most couples to stay in.
In view of the pricing of Tropicana City Tropics, a standard unit which starts from RM190,000 is said to fall under the affordable range. However, when compared the amount per square foot, many believe that the units at this serviced apartment are overpriced. With the same amount per square foot, one could easily buy yet another condo unit which could even have a larger built-up area.
Nevertheless, as Tropicana City Tropics is located at a prime location, some investors believe that this property is certainly a good investment, provided if one could accept the daily traffic congestion, layout designs and density status.