The birth of the Malaysian Ideal Home


An ideal home may mean different things to different people. Some may like a big garden, while others may subscribe to a minimalist lifestyle. But what do most Malaysians have in mind as the ideal home that they want to live in? To find out, and Lafarge Malaysia initiated the Lafarge-EdgeProp MYHOME survey, which was conducted for almost two months from Feb 28 to April 15 this year.

A few months later, Malaysia’s top property developer S P Setia Bhd unveiled a show house that depicts a phase of homes known as the Baccas Collection that is designed based on the survey findings. The show unit was unveiled on Nov 28 by Housing and Local Government Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin at Setia EcoHill 2, Semenyih, Selangor (read more about the home on the next page).

The survey garnered almost 14,000 participants, where more than half of those surveyed were below the age of 35. Most respondents reside within the Klang Valley – with the majority from Selangor (42%), followed by Kuala Lumpur (17.5%), Johor (about 7.1%) and Perak (6.8%). 

Questions were asked to ascertain their budget, the ideal size of the house, property type and the kind of amenities they prioritise where they live.

So what did Malaysians say they wanted in their ideal home, and were their requirements realistic?

This story first appeared in the pullout on Nov 30, 2018. You can access back issues here.

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