[Sponsored Article] For Hong Kong buyers, the safest bet of buying a Malaysia home is to buy a turnkey, well served condominium in a convenient location, surrounded by all necessary amenities such as international schools, transport links, healthcare facilities, shopping and dining. One prime example is D’Rapport Residences, which is especially ideal for those looking for a second home or buy-to-let property in the friendly tropical country. “From our experience in serving Hong Kong homebuyers, they are concerned about public infrastructure connectivity, convenience of daily living, whether there are international schools, clinics and hospitals nearby, and how long it takes to walk to the nearest shopping mall and restaurants. Unlike local Malaysians, because the majority of Hong Kong buyers are buying as a second home away from Hong Kong as their future retirement home, they want every imaginable convenience at doorstep,” said Nathan Yeng, sales manager for the developer Perspektif Masa Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of ACMAR Group. An expat-friendly haven Immersed in natural beauty, D’Rapport Residences is quietly tucked away on a verdant plot of land in the residential enclave of Ampang, which is very close to the heart of Kuala Lumpur, literally just 3 km from KLCC and 8 km from the KL Sentral station. Located in the city’s embassy district, Ampang is a safe and secure neighbourhood and is home to a large community of ambassadors, international trade delegates and expat families, who work at the embassies and multinational companies in and around the city centre. The affluence of this established community has prompted the provision of international retail, healthcare and education facilities, with a choice of groceries, private hospitals and international schools. For example, popular supermarkets such as Cold Storage, Ben’s Independent Grocer, Village Grocer and Jaya Grocer are located within 2 km radius of D’Rapport Residences. Kuala Lumpur International School and a wide selection of clinics and healthcare service providers, including Gleneagles Hospital and Prince Court Medical Centre, are all nearby. After all, the country’s slower pace of life, abundance of natural outdoor space, cultural and language similarities, a high quality of life and comparatively more reasonable home prices are among the prime reasons attracting Hongkongers to reside or retire in Malaysia through the increasingly popular MM2H visa programme. Yeng added that they would provide complimentary MM2H visa application for D’Rapport Residences buyer’s application with hassle-free and other interesting packages. Master-planned community with resort-style facilities Spread across 9.12 acres of land, D’Rapport Residences is a thoughtfully planned community in a low-density setting designed to allow residents a relaxing, resort-like and convenient lifestyle. The 1,099 homes are spread over five towers, each standing at 38 storeys. Each floor has six “detached villa” units while each tower is served by five plus one high-speed lifts, so that residents enjoy a higher level of privacy and convenience. Truly rare for a city-centre residential development, D’Rapport Residences is a place embraced by over 50 different types of sports, recreational and entertainment facilities spread over 288,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces. On the podium, there is a 76m-long swimming pool and lap pools, dipping pools and jacuzzies, two tennis courts, a basketball court, children’s playgrounds, just to name a few, not to mention the beautiful landscaping, lush gardens with gazebo and shady trees all over the complex; this is a plot of city living that is, at the same time, resort and residence, holiday home and private oasis. The Sky Garden atop The Winston (Tower E) provides a protruding glass encased sky bar, two sky pools and BBQ areas, which are perfect for neighbours to get together while overlooking the city’s skyline. D’Rapport Residences brings not only the privilege of extensive outdoor living but also a luxury lifestyle similar to when you are inside a five-star hotel or a prestigious club. Residents will enjoy a wide array of exquisite indoor amenities including golf driving ranges, putting greens, golf simulators, café, alongside a state-of-the-art gymnasium with sauna. The retail podium will consist of new, exciting retail shops, groceries, restaurants, childcare service centres, and family-oriented entertainment options. With as many as 45 shops downstairs to meet your daily needs along with a wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities, D’Rapport Residences presents the perfect blend of convenience, contemporary lifestyle and refined domestic tranquillity. It is this holistic approach to overall planning and landscape design that has won D’Rapport Residences multiple awards, including Best Family Friendly Development and Best Resort Home Development in Japan International Property Awards. ASEAN Mater Class Award in City Lifestyle Development Excellence in ASEAN Outstanding Business Awards; Best Partner Award in ETOUCE Top Elites of Industry Awards; The Best Urban Condo Development in Des Prix Infinitus ASEAN Property Awards. Strategic location underpins real estate value Ampang is a well-established district of Kuala Lumpur. As such, available prime sites for future development is scarce. Also, due to the high concentration of embassies in the vicinity, the city planning code is restrictive when it comes to building density. This means that there will not be many high-rise buildings in the foreseeable future and that housing supply will be limited. Another advantage lies in its strategic location that has great connectivity to Bandar Malaysia, where a multi-billion Ringgit development scheme is now underway. Government agencies are now partnering with developers to build a massive 486-acre mixed-use development, which will include a transport hub that connects the area to the long-awaited high-speed railway to Singapore. For Hongkongers to understand its significance, let’s compare it to the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. Excellent connectivity D’Rapport Residences is also strategically located with direct and easy access to highways that lead all the way to major satellite towns neighbouring Kuala Lumpur. For example, the entry onto Ampang Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) that connects to KLCC’s carpark in five minutes is just 500 metres away from the entrance lobby. Meanwhile, MRR2 and DUKE highways are just about eight minutes’ drive away. Light-rail transport and bus stops are also close by. Down the line, owners will benefit from substantially improved vehicular accessibility when upgrading works on Jalan Ampang are completed, not forgetting, DUKE 3 highway made available to access, international elite and expat shall able to reach TRX International Finance District & Bandar Malaysia in next 1 and 2 interchanges within minutes.