Similar to the history of Kuala Lumpur itself, the 473-acre Desa ParkCity (DPC) emerged out of a barren mine to becoming the city’s first-ever new and popular urbanist township.
First unveiled in 2002, the township first made its mark through its innovative placemaking, housing concepts and designs. Now almost two decades later, award-winning developer ParkCity Group shows no signs of stopping from strengthening DPC’s legacy as one of the most sought-after places for Malaysians to call home. Currently home to a population of 16,500 residents, DPC has sold more than 4,000 homes which
include landed and high-rise residential properties, and also 520 commercial parcels in Plaza Arkadia, a hybrid mixed-use development. As a bustling and ever-growing community hub, the township continues to be a prime attraction to modern homebuyers and neighbouring communities. This is mainly due to the successful application of 5 pillars within their township development - family, community, convenience, neighbourhood and connectivity.
1. Once a barren quarry land
Not many know this, but the beautiful Desa ParkCity (DPC) facade was once an active quarry mine. When ParkCity Group began developing the area in 1999, the planning, design and construction of this popular township were challenging mainly due to poor soil condition and the presence of granite.
However, as proven by its success today, it has become one of the most connected townships in Kuala Lumpur. Evidently, through The Waterfront and Plaza Arkadia, connectivity is hardly a barrier for the well-planned township that provides easy access between homes, shops and park.
Above all, DPC also fulfils the connectivity factor as it is strategically located between Petaling Jaya and Mont Kiara, with Kuala Lumpur City Centre just 15 km away. Those from other towns can easily access DPC through several major highways including Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway, Damansara-Puchong Highway and the New Klang Valley Expressway.
With the nearby Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 expected to be operational in 2021, accessibility in and out for residents will be further enhanced.
2. A thriving environment for families to grow
One of the most defining DPC features is none other than the lively and pet-friendly Central Park. At any day of the week upon sunrise or sunset, the park is greeted with a frenzy of activities by family members of all ages.
In their effort to redefine spaces to accommodate to ever-changing lifestyles, ParkCity Group envisioned Central Park to be an ideal respite from the adversities of city life, and for it to be a place for families to come together and bond over picnics, peaceful walks, children’s playtime or even workouts.
The idyllic Central Lake at the core brings every aspect of the park together in offering a green and nature-centric haven spanning 40 football fields for residents and communities. Available park amenities for the use of every visitor include tree-lined wide jogging paths, walking pathways, childproof children’s playground and iconic park benches.
Central Park’s uniqueness also stems from the wide array of plant species incorporated throughout its environment. These include over 125 tree species, 15 palm species, 54 shrub species and 10 aquatic species spread across the park.
3. Cultivating a close-knit community
In ensuring that residents have an avenue for escape at the end of a stressful day, while also offering the opportunity to connect with other community members, The ParkCity Club is built with a wide selection of first-class facilities for relationship-building sports and relaxation activities.
Sports enthusiasts will find solace and bonding opportunities at the facilities that feature synthetic grass tennis courts and a multi-purpose hall with multiple badminton courts. Members who are into performative sports are free to utilize the multifunctional dance studio, aerobic and even yoga classes. At the end of a productive workout, the Olympic-length swimming pool becomes a perfect spot to cool down, unwind and relax.
4. Redefining convenience
Convenience is an undeniable factor to consider when it comes to property investment. In providing a life of convenience to residents with a variety of amenities and facilities readily available, DPC has The Waterfront, an iconic retail entertainment centre and Plaza Arkadia, a British colonial-style architecture “lifestyle destination” offering offices, SOHOs, and shops like restaurants, coffee bars and a supermarket.
With these two family-friendly lifestyle hubs, DPC residents have their basic daily necessities covered, enhancing its title of being a sustainable and self-contained township. Moreover, both these hubs also act as event spaces, hosting community events such as the farmers market at The Waterfront and weekend bazaars in both The Waterfront and Plaza Arkadia.
Speaking of a township surrounding that provides easy access and short distances to life’s necessities, DPC residents have the option to enroll their children at The International School @ ParkCity, an international school that caters to pupils of age 3-18, offering both primary and secondary education. In addition, homebuyers can also look to the ParkCity Medical Centre, which is part of the Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare, for reliable state-of-the-art medical services or emergency-care.
5. What an exceptional township design looks like
Desa ParkCity’s township design has successfully positioned the developer as an innovator that cultivated a model lifestyle. For ParkCity Group, to develop a lively neighbourhood is to provide seamless opportunities to enjoy moments, inspiring togetherness and friendship among residents.
To fuel a vibrant neighbourhood, DPC has provided numerous property types that cater to different needs. They range from park homes, apartments, condominiums and bungalow lots, to park front condos, semi-detached homes, garden condos and regal park homes. These neighbourhoods are enhanced with meandering walkways, invigorating landscapes, waterparks and wonderful gathering spots - all to encourage interaction within the communities.
As witnessed, every single parcel of development in DPC is well-designed due to the effort of designers to work in tandem with architects in bringing great ideas to life while never forgetting the fundamentals of a home - to bring value for those who live in it. Truly understanding homebuyers’ needs
As one of the most liveable townships in Kuala Lumpur, DPC will continue to dive into the needs of contemporary homebuyers’ lifestyle, especially after the Movement Control Order (MCO). Moving forward, ParkCity will be launching an exciting development, Park Place, in Q3 of 2020. It will be the first-of-its-kind condo development set within ParkCity TownCenter.
Spanning over 4.55 acres, Park Place project will stand at 53 storeys high with a total of 537 units. Aiming to incorporate a fresh concept that includes public working space with each home without infringing on one’s home privacy, Park Place integrates post-MCO home features that accommodate a conducive stay-at-home experience. They are the high speed internet, gated and guarded security, good ventilation, substantial green areas and natural lighting.
With these features, Park Place is set to become an exciting high-rise living space offering a balanced and holistic lifestyle incorporating working, social and private spaces to the home. The architect behind this master-space is the multi-award winner Erik L’Heureux hailing from Pencil Office, in collaboration with PIA Interior, Thailand’s leading design studio with over 20 years of diverse experience.
“Desa ParkCity is well-known for its master-planned township and community, and we must maintain it so especially during these trying times. By following closely to our 5-pillar philosophy, we will continue to provide developments that can uplift the lives of our homebuyers and help them embrace the new normal,” said Datuk Joseph Lau, ParkCity Group CEO.
For more information on Desa ParkCity, visit www.desaparkcity.com.