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Thursday January 18th 2018

Fed up with the high living cost in Singapore? A Singaporean’s bold plan to live in JB (Alfresco forum)

Horizon Hills (Picture): Unique gated township with a private golf course

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Post 1

Living in JB

Fellow countrymen, I am fed up with the system and uprooting my family to JB. My friends are doing the same.

This is my plan:

Get a couple of higher end properties for around 200k, example near to golf course, etc. Get properties with at least 3 layers of security. Secure your place with additional CCTV cameras etc. Live there and continue working in SG. Take morning express bus to Jurong East and take MRT or park your car there beforehand so you can continue from Jurong East by car:

Places like Mont Calista, Horizon hills and others are just good examples. Especially Horizon Hills as it is a very integrated place. A Chinese primary school, international school and retail  shops are all located inside the secured compound.

It also has a full 18 hole golf course and my parents and siblings were amazed.

It took us a total of 15 minutes to walk round the place. It is very nice and close to all amenities. I am taking my keys to my 2nd unit there and I must say, its really nice with a pleasant resort feel. The golf course and Olympic sized pool help too.

Mont Calista is great too with lots of space and very relaxing.

Post 2
The¬†second link is a bit different from the normal part of JB. We have been there about 30 times these 2 months and didn’t encounter any request for kopi money.

3 layers of security means there are basically 3 groups of security guards stationed at different points with 3 different barriers. Of course, security alarms plus own cctv is still a must. It just makes its a little more safer especially when there are different groups of security guards who MUST all collude in order to rob/steal from you. The place  is  very integrated with everything located inside the compund.

The average¬†initial investment a person needs to start this plan may be as low as 20k SGD for the downpayment. Financing is pretty low given today’s low interest rate and you only pay less than 1k SGD a month to finance a large freehold place. My plan is that even if¬†I don’t live there,¬†I will rent it out. 10 years, 20 years even 50 years from now(according to some people)¬†I will still have the land although the culture and the people may have vastly change by then. Look long term.

To answer some of the private queries, I financed it with the banks, 85-90%(90 is pretty hard but achievable) Added to that, the properties are very low priced because all of us (Singaporeans) have this perception:

1. Dangerous
2. Corrupted
3. Dangerous and corrupted

If you avoid the dangerous areas, ¬†don’t be flashy and keep to yourself, you should be safe. I know of robberies and beheading happening even in Jurong area recently. Does that mean we all stay away from Jurong or does that imply the whole of Singapore is dangerous?

Just take the necessary precaution, be humble and you should be fine.

The prices are still low now because most Singaporeans are too timid to venture out.  Once enough people do so, they will prick up the courage and take action.

Young people should start making plans, don’t have to be JB. It can be any city and in any country. Just make sure you lay your plans now, as¬†I read comments from other websites,¬†I remember this:

“Even your parents/siblings may dissuade you from leaving as they may have their own plans and agenda. Do what is right for you, especially if you have kids!”

In this case,¬†I am lucky that my spouse,¬† parents and siblings have given their “buy in” after looking at the place. We intend to rent a¬†JB registered car and to slowly get into their 2nd home plan which allows us to buy¬†JB cars.

Koreans/Japanese/South Africans/US/UK/Italians have all bought properties there. We are the closest to that area yet we invest the least there. Well, I am taking the plunge, always there is a need for someone to take the lead or die trying.

Maybe I will die trying but at least I have led my life and followed my dreams. Its much better than complaining and dying a slow death compared to most people here.

Consider this, if you must die tomorrow, have you truly lived today?
(original quote)

Information Taken From Developer ‘s Website:
Horizon Hills

Unique gated township with a private golf course

Spread over a massive 1,200 acres of strategic freehold land in Nusajaya is Horizon Hills, the first gated township in Johor that has a private golf course and clubhouse within the development.

Built on Gamuda Land’s steadfast philosophy on delivering design quality, safety and security, healthy lifestyle in addition to community and amenities, Horizon Hills won the Best Golf Development 2009 Malaysia and Best Golf Development 2009 Asia Pacific in the recent Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009 sponsored by CNBC Arabia.

Managing director of Gamuda Land, Chow Chee Wah says, ‚ÄúWinning this award attests to the commitment and creativity in our design and master planning for Horizon Hills which sets us apart from the rest. It has always been our philosophy to continuously improve the quality of life with superior design by paying special attention to the living environment where residents can enjoy the comfort of a home within green tranquil setting, complete with excellent resort facilities.‚ÄĚ

Horizon Hills is an integrated township that is built within Iskandar Malaysia in the south of Johor. Its proximity to major highways like the North-South Highway, Tuas Second Link, Skudai Expressway and JB Parkway puts the development within easy reach to Johor Bahru City Centre, Senai International Airport and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas.

This brings the Groups portfolio up to seven lifestyle developments with Kota Kemuning, Bandar Botanic, Valencia, Horizon Hills, Jade Hills and Madge Mansions in Malaysia as well as Yen So Park in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kota Kemuning and Bandar Botanic are multiple award winning projects.

Horizon Hills lifestyle

Built on undulating hills and rolling greens, Horizon Hills is carefully developed to complement the existing landscape, preserving its rich flora and fauna. It has a low density of about five units per acre embellished with lots of greenery to encourage a healthy balanced lifestyle.

An integrated living environment, Horizon Hills comprises thematic residences, an exclusive resident’s only country clubhouse and an award-winning 18-hole golf course, a commercial district and schools. In promoting healthy lifestyles, recreational facilities like parks, lakes, thematic gardens, wetlands and a 30km cycling path network dots Horizon Hills. Sports and leisure activities are well provided for at the clubhouse and golf course.

The development is spread into 13 precincts, each of them meticulously planned to illustrate its own identity. Every precinct has an aptly named theme like The Golf which boasts of luxury homes within the fairways of the golf course, The Peak with homes perched on high ground with a natural forest backdrop or The Expat Village, a precinct made for expatriates, and many more.

A gated and guarded community, the wellbeing of residents are taken care of by multiple security features which include security systems, guard tours, smart road design and cul-de-sac neighbourhoods.

Unlimited potential

Launched since 2007 with a blueprint for continued development, Horizon Hills have seen tremendous interests from homeowners as well as investors. Today, 85 percent of the total 850 units launched have been sold.

Upcoming launches within the project comprise of bungalow lands and apartments in addition to the existing link, cluster, semi-detached and bungalow homes. For more information about Horizon Hills, log on to


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