No 1. Shah Alam
Estimated land area: 290.3 sq km
Estimated population: 740,750

Source: Shah Alam City Council

The state capital of Selangor has topped the list again as the most-searched area in the Klang Valley in 2020. Since it became the capital city of the state of Selangor in 1963, its boundaries have expanded from 41.69 sq km to 290.3 sq km consisting of 56 Sections.

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From oil palm and rubber plantations into a modern industrial city, Shah Alam today is also a top choice for young families and professionals to live in, especially those who work in the western corridors of the Klang Valley.

Shah Alam can be accessed by major highways including the Federal Highway, Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE) and Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA). These highways connect Shah Alam to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

For rail public transportation, Shah Alam is served by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) that stops in Shah Alam Station in Section 19, and Batu Tiga Station in Section 13.

The state capital was once perceived as a Malay area due to large tracts of Malay reserve land here, but it has become more multi-racial over the years. Coupled with new housing projects that target young homebuyers, commercial activities have grown and Shah Alam is becoming more vibrant and diverse.

Terraced houses are the most transacted residential properties in Shah Alam between 2012 and 2018. The area has seen over 1,000 terraced houses changing hands every year.

Although the transaction volume shrank to three digits from four digits previously, Shah Alam has remained one of the most sought-after locations by property buyers.

In 3Q20, some 148 terraced houses and 59 condominiums were sold. A total of eight semidees and three bungalows also changed hands during the same period.

Terraced houses in Shah Alam transacted at an average price of RM365 psf while condominiums averaged RM352 psf. Transaction prices for semidees and bungalows averaged RM374 and RM219 psf respectively.

This story first appeared in the e-weekly on Feb 12, 2020. You can access back issues here.

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