Best and worst apartments/condominiums of year 2008 in Johor Bahru

Year 2008 is coming to its end. We have voted 9 of the best and worst apartments/condominiums in Johor Bahru from over 20 candidates for their “must-know specialties”.

The most strategic location
Surrounded by 3 highways – Tebrau Highway, Skudai Highway and JB inner ring road, Wadihana is located in kampong Wadihana – centre of the triangle of the 3 highways. “Perfect location”, surrounded by kampong, you will even get “rooster” giving you a wake up call every morning. That will be an extra you will not get in city living!!!!

The most “unbelievable” location
So near yet so far!!!! You could see Pulai View from Skudai Highway, yet it is impossible to get in directly (from City or Skudai). You would need to make an U-turn 2km away (which is about another 10 mins) from every direction in order to enter into it. Otherwise, you have to take small roads from Angsana Plaza or Tampoi Indah. Thanks to the designer of the “head-spinning” Perling Flyover – “Another Project by BN”.

“Too-well-planned” Club House location
Larkin Residence’s Club House is at least 200m away from the nearest resident unit, o.5km away from the farthest unit. Thanks to the on-hold phase 2 which is supposed to be constructed in between the club house and the existing phase 1. The developer should not have “planned” so far…

The best of the worst
Besides its large compound and good management, every 8 units in each floor of Sri Wangi are served by 2 spacious lifts with security gate at the entrance of ground floor (small point, it makes you feel like you are a jailbird getting out of the lift), making its residents the most fortunate apartment residents – although surrounded by several pretty run-down apartments like Lily & Jasmine, Sri Kenari and Park Avenue. Truly a rose among the thorns!

The worst of the best
Sri Kurnia is situated in one of the high class estate in Taman Pelangi. Although it has less than 60 units only, the management seems to have difficulty in managing this apartment with its super-small compound. Imagine, how would you feel if you see a main gate that still requires human power to open for residents and visitors?

The largest swimming pool
Straits Views has more than 3 pools as shown in the pictures. We found its compound for common facilities to be the biggest among all condominiums we have seen in JB.

The most pathetic swimming pool
If you are wondering how small a swimming pool can be for a condominium, you should visit Embassy Suite. Allegedly its swimming pool can only accommodate a family with 3-5 kids! Can you imagine the residents still have to share this pool with a budget hotel operating inside the condominium! Take a look at the picture and you can understand our sentiment. Sigh….

The most “environmental-friendly”
With broken light bulbs in most common areas (corridor of several floors and lifts) for the whole year, Larkin Utama is considered the most energy-saving apartment in Town! They even have a water conservation policy – “they DON’T change water of swimming pool at all”. They are really going “Green”…

The most children-friendly
Bistari Impian is the only apartment we found to be equipped with childcare centre just at the door step. Also, there are 2 primary schools (one Kebangsaan and one Chinese) within walking distance.

The too-lenient security
To top the list of leniency, we have to hand it to Bistari Impian. Anyone can get in and out without being checked. In fact, anyone can just enter into the apartment by waving hand to the guards in guardhouse – no ID is required from visitor. So, don’t expect you will be given a permit. Just drive straight through! Also don’t expect you can find out who has just moved in recently because the guard house has no record!

The most secured security
Prima Regency is the only condominium with so-called “3-tier security” – main entrance, building entrance and lift. If you happen to drop by in the evening, you will even see more than 10 security guards assemble in neat form in front of the management office for their daily briefing.

About The Author


Coming from a humble little town named Tangkak in north Johor state of Malaysia, I am so lucky to have chances to learn and work both in Johor Bahru and Singapore - a conurbation with 6.49 million still fast growing population - since year 1996. Hope now I can have a chance to contribute back to the community by sharing what I see, what I know and what I learn in this wonderful place.


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  • leon yap

    Reply Reply February 24, 2013

    how about senai garden?slightly far from city but look like a good project

  • Matt

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    Hi ,
    Can anyone tell me about investing in Larkin Residence?

  • Mag

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    Can anyone advice how Aloha Tower charge monthly management fees? How many units are there in each floor?

  • Lin

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    Am considering buying a Molek Pines unit. May I ask what is likelihood that it can be rented out fast and what is rental yield? Also do the newer phases command beter rental?

  • mini

    Reply Reply April 5, 2013

    hi planning to buy a condo near CIQ.have any idea ………..

  • Serene

    Reply Reply May 13, 2013

    Hi, I’m thinking to buy D’Carlton seaview residence in JB. Ready in 2.5years time.
    Anyone got any feedback or comments about this??

    • lee

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      Hi serene,
      I am also interest in D’carlton but not sure is it worth it? Do you mind email me for disscusion?

    • Kacey

      Reply Reply April 28, 2015

      Hi Serene, I would like to know if you have bought D’Carlton seaview residence in JB. Now im thinking to buy. is it worth?

  • david chow

    Reply Reply November 30, 2013

    Hi all,
    a very good morning a few question to ask is mewah view a good buy.Any commercial shop to recommend like shop house and shop front that is near to Johor or further down for investment.

  • YKWong

    Reply Reply September 4, 2018

    We lived in a rented unit at Stulang View Condo in Taman Pelangi and boy, this is the worst place to live. It has very efficient property manager, but it still isn’t good enough to handle the old apartment. Water leakage is a common occurence, it is a matter of time before your unit will get it. Sudden breaking and cracking of floor ceramic tiles is another common happening, so both problems will be emotional headache to the tenant, landlord and property manager.

    Delusional owners will demand rental upwards of RM2,000 per month but my advice is to stay away. Some crackpots think their units worth upwards of RM500k but remember, JB has plentiful of new apartment so let them rot with their thinking and their units. This is the old part of JB that deserves to be bombed and flatten out in-lieu of new development that enables JB to be a future metropolis of international standard. Otherwise, it will remain an old place with old people waiting to turn the whole Taman Pelangi into one big graveyard for themselves.

  • Dani

    Reply Reply January 21, 2019

    Any anyone interested in purchasing a unit at Adamai Condo. Good location.

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