Bayou Water Village, Leisure Farm Resort Leads The Charge In Eco Living


Award winning Mulpha International’s latest completed resort homes

If you live around the Klang Valley area you’ll notice one thing common throughout the designated residential areas, mainly a repetitious mass of concrete blocks jutting out sporadically or rows upon rows of semi-detached housing units cramped next to each other. Sure, you also have the labeled ‘exclusive areas’ where beautiful squares of bungalow lots over lots proudly lay.

If there’s anything lacking in this real estate scene, it’s the originality and creativity in designing residential abodes. Most designs, as much as they claim to be original or worse ‘pioneering”, are often found to be copies, in part if not cut and paste, from other developers abroad and within the country itself.

This is where Mulpha International comes to save the day. They’ve been around for over a decade now, and if you’ve not heard about them, maybe it’s time you do.

Mulpha International Bhd is a diversified conglomerate and a component stock on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, with a shareholders’ fund in excess of RM2.6 billion. The Group’s focus lies in property development and investment, infrastructure and civil construction with operations and investments in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

Over the years, Mulpha has leveraged on its expertise abroad to become Malaysia’s largest real estate investor and developer in Australia with world-class assets such as Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, Norwest Business Park in Sydney, world-renowned and award-winning Hayman Great Barrier Reef and FKP, one of the largest retirement home owners operator in Australia and New Zealand.

The Group’s real estate investments in Malaysia are located in several strategic development areas, which includes Leisure Farm Resort, a prestigious gated resort in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, Bukit Punchor Industrial Park in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Prai and Enclave Bangsar along Jalan Medang Tanduk in Bangsar.

The Leisure Farm – prove that sustainable living works

Crowned the winner of the prestigious international FIABCI Prix d’Excellence for Master Plan Development ’05, which is the 1st in this region, Leisure Farm is based on the Mind, Body & Soul Master Plan Concept. An exclusive residential and gated resort development, this impressive master development lavishes over 1,765 acres of freehold land in Gelang Patah, the southern gateway of Johor from Singapore. It’s within Nusajaya, the pulse of the Iskandar Malaysia, which has been earmarked for rapid growth as a regional economic hub.

A mere 10 minutes drive from the world class Port of Tanjung Pelepas, this prime freehold property offers accessibility to metropolitan Singapore, Johor Bharu city and Sultan Ismail International Airport via the Second Link Highway, JB Parkway and North-South Expressway.

Leisure Farm comes with all the specs you can think of and nothing short; a 36-hole golf course, clubhouse, polo and equestrian facilities, health farm village, leisure square, commercial and amusement centres, retail shops, international school, among a long list of others.

According to Ronn Yong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mulpha International Bhd, Leisure Farm’s opulent landscape, golf course and natural mangroves are all intended to create and promote a carefree sustainable living and working atmosphere.

Ronn, who’s been with Mulpha for more than a decade, spent considerable time studying and working in the US, where he was conditioned to the idea and necessity of sustainable living, long before Malaysia’s Green Building Index came about.

“We’ve been on the sustainable green path of property development as far back as eleven years ago looking at LEEDS Green Building 1999 1.0 Pilot Program, long before it became a ‘popular trend’. We put a lot of thought in sustainable planning and implementing our ‘S.E.E.D.S’ eco home development philosophy, which stands for Sustainability, Energy, Environment, Design & Security. This is to ensure long-term efficiency and sustainable nature even back then,” Ronn says.

Now, gracing Leisure Farm are elements not just of architectural beauty, it resounds the sustainable green path it long practiced. Ronn points to the D’Rimbunan one-stop centre’s high double roof system and Bale Club’s largest cluster of conical grass thatched roof with cross ventilation gap. While such passive design features allow for maximum natural lighting and cross ventilation, the grass thatched roof makes an excellent insulator from heat.

Its feature koi fish ponds act as rainwater catchment ponds where recycled rainwater is used for evaporative cooling purposes, all part of the energy conservation, atmosphere and water efficiency.

Covering over six estate and bungalow precincts with density of four units per acre, the bungalow lots come with sizes measuring from ¼ acre to more than one acre. Prices of homes range from RM42 to RM70 per sq ft for bungalow lots and RM380,000 to RM1.2 million for strata chalets. Its 15 themed show villas were sold at between RM1.8 million and RM6.0 million. We believed recent sub sales are sold higher than the quoted value. “Leisure Farm has been the market leader and has benchmarked the pricing level within this green field region. We are continuously evolving and striving to maintain the high standard and exclusive lifestyle in Leisure Farm Resort,” Ronn exclaims.

Bayou Water Village – Where water flows, life unfolds

Bayou Water Village is the latest and last waterfront homes at Leisure Farm; 22 acres of natural contours and 1.2 kilometres of meandering canal waterways, all designed for an exclusive sustainable community lifestyle. The low-rise tropical style homes are tucked conforming to the hill contour in a village cluster, linked with connecting walkways, bridges and pocket parks sculpted to the call of rolling greens and gentle slopes minimizing earth work excavation.

Ronn says the inspiration came from the ‘ kampung ku ‘ houses that were built along the Marang River in Terengganu. “These traditional homes of the olden days were converted and upgraded by expatriates while retaining the village feel,” he tells.

“The houses, which are built on stilts fronting the waterway or in small clusters in certain sections, lay within nine acres of pocket parks, 1.2 kilometres of canal waterways which have been organically treated to improve water quality and plenished with local fishes and ducks.

Ronn adds that the Bayou Water Village offers an eco-friendly and natural environment where living space is not just confined to their dwellings but extended to the greater 380 acres of green spaces beyond, within Leisure Farm Resort with canal parkways, orchard, linear parks, polo field and golf course where residents can also utilize these extended green facilities.

The Bayou Water Village homes here exude a Malaysian tropical feel and are designed with deep extended overhangs, courtyard, skylight, large windows and lanai, and balconies which one can fish over the canal.

Bayou Water Village’s low density of nine units per acre sets it apart from its competitors. There is a cluster of 213 low-rise double stories residential units that make up this enchanting water village. In all, there are five bungalows, 46 semi-detached homes and 162 courtyard-terraced homes.

All units have three bedrooms with built-ups ranging from 1,630 to 2,234 sq ft and are priced from RM595,200, which includes full interior décor with designer kitchen cabinets with synthetic counter top and electric appliances, bedroom wardrobes, air-conditioners, ceiling fans, water heaters, pump, alarm systems, light sensors, and with SMATV and HSBB (High Speed Broad Band ready). It’s the first residential development in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor with HSBB.

“Early planting of landscaping and transplanting existing trees have been carefully clustered to provide maximum screening, privacy and shade,” Ronn says. A residents’ clubhouse, located at the edge of a island, features a cantilevered lap pool, wading pool, BBQ deck, terrace gardens, Foley, children’s play area, multipurpose hall and an administration office.

Bayou Water Village was completed last year and has an estimated gross development value of RM130 million. According to Ronn, at the moment only limited units of courtyard terrace homes remain. Currently a melting pot of 35 nationalities reside here, coming from across the continents to make Bayou Water Village their second or third home.

Coming next year, Mulpha will be launching the new Green Mark assessed semi-detached and bungalow homes in Canal Precinct 7 which will be priced from RM1.3 million onwards.

If what you’re after is originality and a developer that boasts not of its awards but of its genuine passion for real estate creativity, then owning a home in this leisurely paradise will do no less to unfold your life like a beautiful poem.

Over the years, Mulpha has leveraged on its expertise abroad to become Malaysia’s largest real estate investor and developer in Australia…

Bayou Water Village

Freehold, Completed October 2009

Type C – Strata Courtyard

Main Parcel, 1,477sf (137.2 sqm)

Garden Area, 8 – 314sf

(0.7 – 29.2sqm)

Accessory Parcel, 300sf

(27.9 sqm)

Price, RM595,200 – RM661,200

Awards Adorned on

Leisure Farm Resort

Cityscape Asia Green Development Award 2009

CNBC World Property Award 2008

Winner Prix d’Excellence 2008, Winner FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2007 – Best Residential

Winner Prix d’Excellence 2006, Winner FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2005

– Master Plan Development

Winner PAM Architectural Award 2003, 2005 & 2008

ILAM Award 2007 – Institute Landscape Architect Malaysia

Leisure Farm Resort

The buildings comply with the American Disability Act (ADA) with the providence of barrier free ramps giving access to baby strollers and bicycles. The village homes are designed with children’s safety in mind. Textured driveways, meandering roadways and pinched points reduce vehicular traffic and gaive priority to the pedestrians.

Leisure Farm’s Kayu Manis Orchard and Nursery won an award from the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia for its resort landscape design. The 22-acre Kayu Manis Orchard and Nursery allows residents to appreciate various types of fruits including grapes, spices, herbs and vegetables that are organically grown. It is part and parcel of the 380 acres of green space within the master-planned residential community of Leisure Farm above and beyond the authorized requirements. All these are accredited to our loyal team of colleagues, contractors and consultants who had tirelessly continued to drive this green approach set forth by my CEO, Mr Lai Meng and Chairman, Mr Lee Seng Huang.” Ronn informs.

Mulpha’s Deputy CEO Ronn says the Iskandar Malaysia (IM) has generated a lot of interest in Leisure Farm Resort, as it’s one of the pioneer double gated developments with Nepalese army guards in the area and closest to the core of IM’s administrative centre.

“Leisure Farm is positioned as a mature development within the IM with established infrastructure, fibre optics backbone and facilities which give a good perspective of what to expect from future developments here,” he continues.

Mulpha International Bhd

Mulpha International Bhd is a diversified conglomerate and a component stock of the Bursa Malaysia Composite Index since 1983 and listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd since 3 August 2009, it has shareholders’ funds in excess of
RM2.6 billion.

The Group’s focus is on property development and investment, infrastructure and civil construction with operations and investments in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. It is Malaysia’s largest real estate investor and developer in Australia.

Mulpha owns world-class assets that include Sanctuary Cove and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, InterContinental Sydney, Hilton Melbourne Airport, Norwest Business Park Sydney, The Hotel School Sydney, Bimbadgen Estate in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley and the world-renowned, award-winning Hayman Great Barrier Reef and FKP, one of the largest retirement property group in Australia and New Zealand.

The company publishes a bi-annual magazine called ‘Lifestyle by Mulpha Land Bhd.’ in an effort to keep their privileged guests abreast with the latest lifestyle news and the Group’s upcoming developments.

The Group’s real estate investments in Malaysia are located in Leisure Farm Resort in Gelang Patah within the South Johor Economic Region (SJER) and Iskandar Malaysia (IM) and Bukit Punchor Industrial Park in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Prai.

To sample a taste of paradise found in Leisure Farm, visit Johor Sales Office at D’Rimbunan Sales & Information Centre, No. 8, Jalan Peranginan, Leisure Farm, 81560, Gelang Patah, Johor. For more information, please call +3 or visit www.leisurefarm.com.my