THE award-winning Horizon Hills township continues to be the most sought after address and a choice location for high-end residential property buyers in Iskandar Malaysia.
Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd general manager Jim Woon said the project had been steadily attracting both local and foreign buyers since it kicked off in 2007.
He said prior to the launch of the country’s first economic growth corridor Iskandar Malaysia on Nov 4, 2006, there were not many choices when it came to high-end residential properties in south Johor.
“The company is fortunate as it was one of the first developers to cater to the needs of buyers looking for high-end residential properties in Iskandar Malaysia,” said Woon.
He said the company was banking on the strategic partnership of two of Malaysia’s well-known property developers with proven track records on the project.
Horizon Hills is a 50:50 joint venture between Gamuda Land Bhd and UEM Sunrise Bhd with both partners undertaking the development of the township spreading over 485.62ha (1,200 acres).
About 60% of the area has been developed comprising 4,500 units double-storey link houses, cluster houses, semi-detached, bungalows, condominiums and commercial units – all of which have been delivered to owners.
Woon said prices of residential properties at Horizon Hills were higher than the average selling prices way back in 2007 but the take-up rate was good and the trend continues to date.
“Our buyers are willing to pay more as they are not only buying houses but also lifestyle,” he said, adding 40% of 485.62ha would be set aside for homes and 60% for green areas.
The company had invested RM200mil on infrastructure and was the first developer in Iskandar Malaysia to offer golf club memberships to house owners for the 18-hole, 80.93ha golf course within the development.
All Horizon Hills residents are entitled to complimentary membership at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club with facilities including swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts, gymnasium,
restaurants, cafes, spa and beauty centre, and a ballroom.
He said the township’s strategic location was its strong selling point as the project was easily accessible, being just 18km from the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah, and close to Lebuh Iskandar, North-South Expressway, Perling-Pasir Gudang Highway and Skudai Expressway.
“Iskandar Malaysia will continue to attract new investors and residents will help to push demand
for residential properties in the economic growth corridor,” said Woon.
On that note, the company is launching The Woodlands Precinct Phase 4 tomorrow, featuring 24’ x 75’ double-storey link houses priced from RM1mil, 35’ x 80’ cluster houses from RM1.61mil and two- and three-storey bungalows with land area from 5,400 sq ft with a price tag starting from RM3.33mil.
The company has high hopes for the new phase, as The Woodlands Phase 1 and Phase 2 (2 Storey Link 20’ & 22’ x 70’) have been sold out, while The Woodlands Phase 3 (launched in April 2019, featuring 2 Storey Super Link 24’ x 75’) is 65% sold.
For more details, check out horizonhills.com.my, contact 07-232 3433 or visit Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd sales gallery at No: 1, Jalan Eka, Horizon Hills, Iskandar Puteri from 10am to 5pm except on public holidays.
Inspired by nature, at the heart of the ambitious, 1200-acre Horizon Hills township is creating quality of life; a sense of community, safety and convenience; and facilities for a balanced lifestyle. Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd is bringing the Malaysian golf-course residential project to life within one of the largest and most impressive integrated townships in Johor.
By Nadia Willan
Low-rise, with 11 precincts, the integrated project is being developed over a 15-year span rather than an initial 25-year timeframe, attracting a win for Best Township Development (Iskandar) at the 6th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in April 2019 for Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd. The development company is a joint venture between high-profile Gamuda Land and UEM Sunrise and represents a landmark project for both the developers and the region.
Multiple partners are collaborating on the project, which on the architectural front comprises Paradigm Architects; Arc Partnership; KCYS Architects; KSKA Arkitek; K SEE K architect; RDC Arkitek; and Arkitek Rekacipta. Interiors are being styled by Creative Touch Design & Project Management along with Signature Interior Design and Work Homlux Interior Furnishing. Meanwhile, the well-devised outdoors is in the capable hands of YKK Nursery & Landscaping, EDC Landscape Consultants, and Escape Landscape Consultants.
Acting as a link between Malaysia and Singapore, Iskandar is set to become an increasingly vibrant and sought-after metropolis, with the township project playing a significant role in redefining its legacy.
A standout feature of Horizon Hills is the incredible 18-hole, par 72 golf course created by renowned designers Ross Watson, with homes looking out onto the fairways. The sweeping terrain, with landscaping based on the natural topography of the land, affords panoramic views and a splendidly green and lush environment.
Preserving the landscape dictates the residential elements of the development, with homes ‘sculpted’ around the land’s natural contours which rise to 90 metres with narrow valleys of up to six metres. Babbling brooks and pretty streams complete the picture of a township that exudes a love of the outdoors from its core. Certainly, the five-units-per-acre plans put the low-density development into a class of its own as a resort-style township, with 40% of the land allocated to blue and green features, far higher than the required 7%.
The gated-and-guarded township includes cluster homes, bungalows and condos as well as shops and offices. Homes are designed to face a north-south direction to guard against the full glare of the sun. The secure neighbourhood is designed with two swimming pools, including one that is Olympic-sized, a gym, and kids’ playroom. Along with a clubhouse, there is a restaurant and café, plus conference and seminar rooms.
The Cove Bungalow Homes are award-winning, with the 25 two- and three-storey, six-bedroom abodes set close to the golf course: boasting dual-frontage to take in the impressive surrounding views.
Horizon Hills is being maintained by the developers to create long-term sustainability for multi-generational living, with the mission being to appreciate the township’s assets over time.
We all need a fresh start at some point in our lives. So, why not start over by swapping that city bustle with suburban bliss?
The Malaysian state that is known for its thriving economy (thanks to its proximity to our neighbour Singapore), great food and the royal family who are admired in their own rights. With a massive land area of 220 km² and a thriving population of 1,638,219 people, Johor Bahru is the perfect location to build large scale townships with sizeable landed properties.
If you are currently seeking to upgrade your life, either by upgrading your home, or swapping that buzzing urban life for a calmer and simpler landscape, a township like Horizon Hills may be the change that you need.
1. You can get everything that the city can offer here
A township at the fringes of the city may seem a little too suburban for a city dweller. However, you won’t feel the difference in an ideally located township such as Horizon Hills.
Horizon Hills is easily the most strategic location in Iskandar Puteri. It is accessible via four major highways such as the North-South Highway, Coastal Highway, Malaysia-Tuas Second Link Highway and Perling-Pasir Gudang Highway.
On days that you feel like venturing out of your comfort zone, take a 15 minutes’ drive to the Second Link Expressway and pop into Singapore for a weekend shopping trip.
On days that you don’t, there are plenty of conveniences and amenities accessible within the township and its surroundings, including shopping malls and a myriad of F&B outlets such as Coppola, Italian restaurants & bar; Pan Kobo, a Japanese bakery; Rose Garden, a Western restaurant; Zhou Xing Xing, a Chinese restaurant, and many more.
If you’re planning to relocate your family here, you’d be please to know that Educity sits merely 8 minutes away, there are plenty of schools, international schools and universities within a short drive.
2. You can finally get the six-pack you’ve been dreaming of
The township is cleverly designed for sustainability, promoting a healthy and wholesome living. Getting active is a breeze at Horizon Hills with the abundance of facilities available to the residents.
For the outdoor enthusiast, you can choose from a 30km walking/jogging path, 1z3km bicycle lane, playgrounds, basketball court, and an impressive spread of 147 acres of parks and gardens.
Those who prefer more shaded recreational activities can opt for the myriad of indoor/clubhouse facilities that are available such as the badminton hall, gymnasium, dance/yoga room (yoga and zumba classes available), table tennis, tennis court, Olympic-size swimming pool, kids pool, reading room as well as a spa/wellness centre.
Those with a knack for golfing will be happy to know that the gated, low-density development is equipped with a private 18-hole Par 72 designer golf course with waterways, theme parks and forest reserve. These are all the features that ensure a good quality of life and make the area attractive to foreign buyers as well as locals working in Singapore.
If you’re not looking to feed your vanity, but looking for a chance want to bond with your family instead, there are plenty of opportunities to engage in exciting activities. You can participate in fitness programmes/classes with your children and spouse for that precious family time. Some of the classes available that can be enjoyed by both adult and children such as Taekwondo, Badminton, Tennis, and Swimming.
3. You get to live in one of the cleanest, healthiest and greenest townships around
55,000 trees, comprising 30 different species of jungle/forest trees was planted throughout the development.
With the rise of public awareness about green living and increasing environment conservation by large corporations, it’s refreshing to find a developer that puts the health of mother nature first and foremost.
Horizon Hills is, without a doubt, the greenest township in Iskandar Puteri. Although it is designed as a comprehensive 1200-acre master-planned township, only 40% of the land was used for development. The remaining 60% was dedicated to maintaining its greeneries and facilities.
Some of these efforts include planting 55,000 trees, comprising 30 different species of jungle/forest trees throughout the development. Your lungs will definitely thank you! If that’s not enough, the developer has also made the effort to preserve a secondary forest by relocating and replanting the greeneries to a more sustainable location.
Horizon Hills has also successfully cultivated richer ecological and natural biodiversity by paying equal attention to waterways for cooler environments. To make it more exciting, each neighbourhood precinct is carefully maintained and enhanced with planted landscapes, comprising a careful mix of hardscape and softscape for sustainability.
4. You get the chance to broaden your horizon and learn about other cultures
The homes in Horizon Hills are quite popular among foreign buyers and investors alike. While the general public has the perception that Johor’s real estate market is driven by foreign investments from China and Singapore, Horizon Hills has proven that a well-planned development is more than capable of attracting a wide range of nationalities.
There are currently over 40 nationalities such as Indonesians, Indians, Japanese, South Koreans, Australians, Middle Easterners, Danish, Norwegians, Britons and Germans residing here. Living within a culturally diverse community gives you the chance to enhance your worldview and improve your understanding of cultures that are different to yours.
5.You will be surrounded by Feng Shui elements for improved quality of life
Whether or not you’re a big believer in Feng Shui, it comes down to one simple objective: To benefit from environments which are in harmony, stimulate positive emotions and cognition, bringing clarity, peace, and eventually, happiness.
Feng Shui literally translates to “wind and water.” Not coincidentally, these elements are associated with health and well-being, creating a positive impact.
There are five natural waterways running through Horizon Hills that keep the ground nourished. It is enhanced by a windy and cooling environment, thanks to the thousands of trees planted there. The township is definitely planned to shape a happy and thriving community by stimulating its residents’ health and well-being.
To find out more about Horizon Hills, get in touch with our Sales Galleria at +607-2323433
A unique low-density project, The Cove Bungalow Homes is an exclusive Johor enclave within the impressive 11-precinct Horizon Hills development. The homes are set on a 1,200-acre site around a golf course, with panoramic views exuding a dramatic sense of green space.
Written by Nadia Willan
Residences are located in the southern development corridor of Iskandar, which is an ambitious multi-billion-US-dollar initiative set to link Malaysia and Singapore. To stand out in Iskandar is to create a strong identity in Malaysia’s next powerful metropolis.
Each of the 25 homes, whether two or three storeys, covers a land area of 5,400 square foot, with six bedrooms and an average unit size of close to 6,400 sq. ft. With other residential estates within the whole site, the bungalow development scooped Best Landed Development (Iskandar) at the 6th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in April 2019 for Horizon Hills Development Sdn. Bhd.
The Nusajaya developers are a joint residential real-estate venture between Gamuda Bhd. and UEM Land Holdings Berhad. With work already completed, architectural creativity came from Arkitek Rekacipta, with interior design and outdoor spaces from collaborators Signature Interior Design & Work and Nature Landscape respectively.
Combining nature and modernity, Horizon Hills incorporates Sireh Park, a recreational open space, whilst the residences border the site’s award-winning, 18-hole, par-72 golf course. Affording green vistas and creating a relaxed neighbourhood ambiance, the trees, streams and lakes making up this landscape impacted the judging panel.
“Indoor-outdoor living is best exemplified at the Horizon Hills (The Cove Bungalow Homes) project, which offers its customers an exclusive membership to Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club. The developers made sure that the forest within the property is preserved to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle for residents and visitors,” the judges said.
This outdoor focal point blends with the contemporary architecture and interior design within three bungalow designs intended to maximise space. Double-volume spaces, outdoor decks and slit window placements, along with big panel windows, accentuate the views. This also allows for natural light to illuminate the interiors and to capture the links from different aspects and vantage points.
Meanwhile, the open-plan layout creates spaciousness, whilst a simple, clean design aesthetic with strong lines contrasts yet complement the undulating terrain. Gardens are social and fit with the informal, yet classy feel of the homes, giving residents scope to easily create their own personalised spaces with minimum renovation costs. The importance of greenery is further highlighted by effective soft-scaping with indigenous species, and preservation of forest trees.
Aside from the connection to nature, the concept behind The Cove Bungalow Homes is to enhance better multi-generational living with universal design principles. There is also a strong focus on community spirit with a whole host of facilities from an Olympic-sized swimming pool to a gym, tennis court and badminton. With plenty of shops and a restaurant, there is also a childcare centre, playgrounds, pre-school and space for primary and secondary schools too.
PETALING JAYA (April 21): Gamuda Land won three awards at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards 2019 for the quality and sustainable property management of its projects — Jade Hills, D’Suites @ Horizon Hills and Valencia.
Jade Hills in Kajang and D’Suites @ Horizon Hills in Johor achieved Gold in the 10 years and above non-strata residential category and the below 10 years multi-owned strata residential category, respectively.
Meanwhile, Valencia’s idyllic landscapes won a Silver in the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2019, which is part the EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards.
Gamuda Land club, townships and property management director Tang Meng Loon said that the team is honoured and excited to receive the three awards, which is a testament to Gamuda Land’s town-making principles to incorporate sustainability designs into its projects from the beginning.
“We are ecstatic about winning three awards tonight. This is our third year running that we had won at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards.
“It is really testament to Gamuda Land’s town-making principles where we mindfully think through every detail to ensure the planning to our developments are done right from the beginning so that they can sustain for the years to come,” he told EdgeProp.my at the awards gala night held at a Petaling Jaya hotel tonight.
He added that seeing Gamuda Land’s developments rewarded with such esteemed awards that went through rigorous judging process is a very good motivation for the team to keep pushing the boundaries to do better while learning from previous experience and continue to raise the bar in the property industry not only in Malaysia but also the projects overseas.
“At the same time, we would also like to congratulate EdgeProp for taking this initiative to organise such acclaim for the property industry to set higher benchmark for good property and township management that benefits the community,” he concluded.
CLOSE on the heels of very successful runs in 2016 and 2017, Horizon Hills in Johor Baru is once again holding a cycling event for the whole family, but with a lot more on offer.
Known as the Cycle of Life, the core of the event is a sundown bicycle ride on April 20, with the flag-off time set at 5pm.
The starting line is at the Horizon Avenue Commercial Centre in Iskandar Puteri, and covers an 8km route where cyclists can enjoy Horizon Hills’ picturesque landscape along the way.
Participants can either bring their own bicycles or rent one from Horizon Hills for the Cycle of Life.
Bond with family members as you ride for a good cause.
The charity cycling event is open to all participants aged seven years and above. A fee of RM35 will be collected from each participant, with all proceeds going to charity. Those who are keen to take part can collect their entry forms from the Horizon Hills office on or before April 7.
While the evening kicks off with the cycling event, there is much more to see and do, so the developer urges cyclists and event-goers alike to stick around to enjoy the various festivities organised for the event.
In a sundown party following the cycling event, music lovers are invited to groove to the beat with the deejay of the evening, DJ Amber Na, who will spin familiar favourites.
Those who enjoy live music will also not be disappointed, as Horizon Hills has lined up a performance by a local rock band.
For the energetic dance lovers, there is also a zumba party to look forward to.
The entrance to Horizon Avenue
Swing on over to the market street for a bite to eat after working up an appetite from all the high-energy entertainment. Horizon Hills will be setting up a street market with food trucks, as well as a bazaar where clothes, accessories and other knick-knacks will be sold.
Adding to the boisterous atmosphere will be carnival game stalls, an art corner and appearances from popular Marvel comic heroes.
Special chill-out areas will also beset up for families and friends to mingle and soak in the fun and festivities.
Those who prefer to dine in will be heartened to note that several popular F&B outlets have opened their doors in the Horizon Avenue Commercial Centre, with among the most notable being Xiao
Xin Xin by Kang Bee Hong and Western restaurant Rose Garden and fresh organic seafood grocery shop Seeatobag.
Apart from eateries, Horizon Avenue also boasts other popular retail offerings and commercial entities such as pet shops, tuition centres, laundrettes and grocery shops that event-goers can choose to explore.
Residents shopping for seafood and grocery at Seeatobag.
With more interesting tenants set to commence business at the location in the following months, Horizon Avenue is poised to be the next preferred commercial hub of Iskandar Puteri.
Closest to Horizon Avenue is The Woodlands, which is touted as the most green precinct thanks to its lush foliage and the environmentally friendly concepts of its super link, cluster and bungalow homes. All residential properties in The Woodlands are freehold.
Horizon Hills is the winner of Starproperty.my 2019 Luxury Series Award for the Best Luxury Development (Bungalow Residence) as well as Starproperty.my Awards Jewels of Johor 2018’s
Excellence in the Best Sustainable Development and Best Safety Feature Development.
Party the night away with live performances and more.
Aside from landed properties, Horizon Hills also offers different options such as high-rise living, with its D’Suites condominium being a superb choice for young executives and first-time homebuyers who aspire to own their first home. This target group can take advantage of the current stay-then-pay programme offered by the developer.
The Cycle of Life cycling event is one of Horizon Hills’ many corporate social responsibility programmes. As a responsible and people-centric town maker, Horizon Hills cares about its community, and thus meets more than just housing needs by also providing places for playing, learning and shopping.
Food trucks and interesting stalls await participants at Cycle of Life.
The developer hopes that this event will be a community platform that will bring together its cosmopolitan residents and those from its surrounding areas.
Besides doing their bit for charity, participants of Cycle of Life can also enjoy the lively activities and enchanting township environment – all under the stars!
KUALA LUMPUR: In light of current property market conditions, Gamuda Land wants to help facilitate home ownership with a new campaign called GL HOME, a campaign that offers one-stop tailored solutions to assist buyers purchase their dream property with ease.
“Be it a first-time homebuyer, upgrader, investor or empty-nester, prospective property purchasers are often caught up in difficulties of addressing their differential sum, which commonly arises from scenarios such as failing to get 90% loan, insufficient funds for down payment, fixed deposit that is yet to mature to be encashed, and more,” Gamuda Land said in a statement yesterday.
As such, the group launched GL HOME — which stands for Gamuda Land’s Home Ownership Made Easy — to help potential buyers navigate through various financing options to bridge the differential sum between price and purchaser’s end-financing loan amount.
GL HOME will provide services like an immediate financial health check by Gamuda Land’s relationship personnel on purchasers’ Credit Tip Off Service and Central Credit Reference Information System to help them understand their financial health, as well as their debt service ratio and borrowing ability.
Gamuda Land chief executive officer Ngan Chee Meng said Gamuda Land’s sales staff have also undergone training to equip them with knowledge of various banks’ products.
“The ever-changing landscape of the property development industry has driven Gamuda Land to be more creative in fulfilling our vision of ‘creating places that people will call home, want to be a part of, grow up and grow old in’.
“While we have built a strong brand over the past 23 years, we are constantly evolving with the times, continuosly rolling out waves of transformation initiatives to remain competitive in this challenging market,” said Ngan.
GL HOME will run until Dec 31 and will cover the following projects: Gamuda Cove, twentyfive.7, Gamuda Gardens, Kundang Estates, Bukit Bantayan Residences, HighPark Suites, The Robertson, Madge Mansions, Jade Hills, Horizon Hills, Valencia and Kota Kemuning.
Jewel of Iskandar Puteri sets the benchmark for good town-making and green community living
To make a good town, mindful planning and attention – be it access roads or how the parks and community gathering places are laid out – are key considerations. These can be found at Johor’s Horizon Hills.
Located in Iskandar Puteri, the development is part of the Iskandar Malaysia master plan that was identified by the federal government as the catalyst of growth under the 9th Malaysian Plan.
As the “Jewel of Iskandar Puteri”, the 1,200- acre township is a carefully planned residential development that has set a new benchmark for green community living in the southern region.
Themed “one with nature”, Horizon Hills draws inspiration from its undulating terrain to deliver a truly symbiotic place where nature and modernity reside in harmony, each accentuating the other to create an enriching living experience.
The charm of Horizon Hills is centred on its overall unique value proposition. The brand name itself is a proven and well-respected marque among affluent buyers, hence the enticement for target buyers is the opportunity to join the community in this exclusive “resort lifestyle” town.
Horizon Hills remains the only township in Johor that has its own international standard 18- hole, par-72 golf course designed by Ross Watson and a sprawling clubhouse.
Value For Generations
Horizon Hills is designed and planned to stand the test of time. It has provisions for three primary schools and two secondary schools as well as one Chinese national school, an international school and four kindergartens.
The township can be conveniently accessed at five different entry-exit points which are planned as part of the road network. Horizon Hills is also accessible through major arteries such as the Iskandar Coastal Highway and the Second Link Highway.
This low-density integrated township comprises 10 residential precincts set within an award-winning golf course surrounded by lush greenery and rejuvenating waterways. The development boasts a healthy occupancy rate throughout all its precincts.
With an emphasis on creating towns that centre around community interaction, Horizon Hills is designed with ample community gathering places such as parks, pocket gardens, a comprehensive clubhouse that encourages neighbours to spend time outdoors and getting to know their neighbours. “Horizon Hills is blessed with rolling landscape, so we are able to work with nature,” said Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd general manager Jim Woon.
“We retained some 70% of the original landform and built this town on a naturally undulating terrain.
“Environmental sustainability remains a key aspect in our master plan. The creation of greenscapes is very much evident across Horizon Hills, including specially-crafted signature entry statements, landscaped boulevards and various parks and gardens with carefully selected botanical species.
“A good town is a community where people know each other, live and play together and look out for one another,” said Woon.
With these town-making principles incorporated into Horizon Hills, the town garnered numerous awards in the past decade, most notably the recognition for being the highest in value creation nationwide for creating up to 230% in capital appreciation within 5 years.
“Guided by Gamuda Land’s development principles, from master planning to architectural design that always allows people to interact and connect with one another, homes in Horizon Hills are surrounded by parks and lakes, and paved with trees and flowers to give residents a beautiful space outside their home to interact with neighbours. ”
Wonder Of The Woodlands
Adding to the already stellar collection of homes in Horizon Hills, plans are in place to launch the Woodlands Precinct for families and upgraders.
Designed as linked homes with a built-up area of 2,209 sq ft, houses in Woodlands Precinct will each be fitted with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Starting price is RM919,800.
Homes in Horizon Hills are built around the natural contours of the land and many of them offer panoramic views of the golf course, which creates an aspirational impact for buyers – to be part of this exclusive and prestigious community.
Residents will be able to enjoy a host of sporting facilities at the 150,000 resort clubhouse which features two swimming pools, conference and seminar rooms, a ballroom, gymnasium, children’s playroom, a Chinese restaurant, Cross-over cafe and an international standard golf course.