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Old 8th January 2013, 09:14 AM
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We will be moving from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur by end of February.

We are interested in views on best locations for expat living.

We're a couple without children, so have no need to be close to schools.

My husband will be working in KL and will travel quite a bit internationally for work. So something reasonably central but does not have to be in the CBD.

We're not night clubbers so no need to be on top of the best nightclubs in the city.

We do enjoy dining out at nice restaurants occasionally. Would like to have easy access to public transport/taxi's.

Paramount is safety and a nice modern or recently refurbished apartment, with nice views.

We both enjoy walking also.

We haven't yet settled on a budget, but need a minimum of 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a Western style kitchen (stove and oven), storage room/utilities/laundry room, living, dining room. 1500 square foot minimum. From what I understand this will be easy to find or bigger.

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Many expats are living in either Mont Kiara or Bangsar.
Groceries store, restaurants, shopping malls can be found in these areas so you don't have to go far to get anything.

Depending on your budget, getting a 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms with all the requirements above is not that hard. Around RM5000 can get you a 2200sf fully furnished condominium.

Will you be getting a car? Or solely dependent on public transport?
Most apartments requires an access card to get in and you may only get to your own floor with your card.

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I would also appreciate any thoughts on this with respect to a single man with collie dog, approaching 60, retired, fit with a love of culture, museums and travel..
Would KL be more suitable than Penang?

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Thanks fredcheong. We're hoping not to need a car.

We're also used to the access cards so that won't be a problem.

We're not sure on budget yet, but estimating we'll have around 10,000 to 15,000 to play with a month for rent.

From some of the research I've done, we're leaning towards Mont Kiara, Bangsar and KLCC.

If anyone could help with the pros and cons of those areas I'd be grateful.

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Torontotimmy,

If you love culture, museum and travel KL would be a better choice.
Penang is more on the relaxing side of things with beaches within walking distance and varieties of foods in Gurney Drive.
You can always take a flight from KL to Penang or the other way round if you decided to stay in Penang


Kate,

Mont Kiara has more choices of food and restaurant. As for choices of accomodation Mont Kiara is packed with many condominiums and serviced residences from new to old. Not to mention bungalow or semi-detached houses.
Cons is there are no LRT train station in Mont Kiara. Nearest being Bangsar or Kerinchi station.

Bangsar has limited choices of condominiums and they are not as new as Mont Kiara. One advantage I can think of is that there's a LRT (train) station in Bangsar and there are 2 shopping malls there. Mid Valley is also few minutes drive from Bangsar.

KLCC is situated in the city centre and LRT station is within walking distances and taxis are everywhere. But you gotta bear with the polluted air and noise in KL during the day as traffic is heavy during peak hours.
Oh and staying next to KLCC has its perks. Everything you need can be found in KLCC

Hope it helps.

Btw, with the budget of 10-15k, you can get either semi-detached or maybe even bungalow in Mont Kiara or Bangsar where as KLCC is only limited to serviced residences or condo as there are no landed properties there. Only high rise buildings


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Thanks fredcheong.

I'd probably prefer the condo at this stage.

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[QUOTE=fredcheong;1011612]Torontotimmy,

If you love culture, museum and travel KL would be a better choice.
Penang is more on the relaxing side of things with beaches within walking distance and varieties of foods in Gurney Drive.
You can always take a flight from KL to Penang or the other way round if you decided to stay in Penang


Thanks Great advice and so useful
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We will be moving from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur by end of February.

We are interested in views on best locations for expat living.

We're a couple without children, so have no need to be close to schools.

My husband will be working in KL and will travel quite a bit internationally for work. So something reasonably central but does not have to be in the CBD.

We're not night clubbers so no need to be on top of the best nightclubs in the city.

We do enjoy dining out at nice restaurants occasionally. Would like to have easy access to public transport/taxi's.

Paramount is safety and a nice modern or recently refurbished apartment, with nice views.

We both enjoy walking also.

We haven't yet settled on a budget, but need a minimum of 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a Western style kitchen (stove and oven), storage room/utilities/laundry room, living, dining room. 1500 square foot minimum. From what I understand this will be easy to find or bigger.
Shouldn't be too hard at all. I would opt for Bangsar if your spouse travels often. It's very near KL Sentral where you can check in and take the train to the airport. There's plenty of restaurants, malls and pubs for your convenience.

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I would also appreciate any thoughts on this with respect to a single man with collie dog, approaching 60, retired, fit with a love of culture, museums and travel..
Would KL be more suitable than Penang?
Hard to say both cities are so different. Penang is a quieter place to live in whereas KL is more bustling so it really depends on what you want eventually.
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Hi there- am I able to ask a question relating to this one?

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