10 best rental properties in Malaysia near top international schools

A warm, temperate climate, friendly locals and a vibrant culture make Malaysia a popular place to visit or live in. And we have the figures to attest to this claim – In a 2017 study examining expat experiences around the world by InterNations; Kuala Lumpur was ranked the fourth best global expat city, thanks to its quality of urban living and little language barriers whereas Malaysia ranked fifth on the ‘Ease of Settling In‘ Index, which covers various “soft” factors that can be vital to making a stay abroad a success.

Source: www.internations.org

In view of this amazing international support, we compiled a house hunt guide for our expat brothers and sisters, in particular for those who are planning to enroll their children in international schools.

Of course, this cheat sheet is also suitable for locals who are researching quality residential options nearby these 4 popular international schools:

Garden International School, Mont Kiara, KL

  • Year: Pre-School to Secondary School
  • Access: The school is 15 minutes away from the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station (Sungai Buloh – Kajang line), and 20 minutes from the Segambut Komuter Station (Port Klang line). The RapidKL bus service covers this area.
  • Recommended areas of residence: Another nearby expat-friendly township is Sri Hartamas.

One of the most affluent townships in Kuala Lumpur, Mont Kiara used to be a thriving rubber estate. In the 1980s, ‘Condo King’ Datuk Alan Tong started developing the area upon seeing its huge potential.

1. Casa Kiara 1, Mont Kiara (Monthly Rental: From RM2,200)

Casa Kiara. Source: iProperty.com

Located 1 minute (150 m) away from Garden International School, Casa Kiara is a luxurious condominium developed by Sunway City and Dijaya Corporation. Facilities include tennis courts, swimming pool, playground, jogging track, and gym.

2. Vista Kiara, Mont Kiara (Monthly Rental: From RM2,000)

Vista Kiara. Source: iProperty.com

Vista Kiara is a condominium by Asia Quest. The property is 2 minutes (450 m) away from Garden International School. Facilities include tennis, squash, basketball and badminton courts, swimming and wading pools, sauna and gym, clubhouse, recreation lake, salon, nursery, minimart, 24 hours security and multi-purpose hall.

3. Mont Kiara Pines, Mont Kiara (Monthly Rental: From RM2,300)

Mont Kiara Pines. Source: iProperty.com

Located 9 minutes (2.6 km) away from Garden International School, Mont Kiara Pines is a condominium by UEM Sunrise Berhad. Facilities include Tennis, squash & badminton courts, Swimming pool, Playground, Jogging track, Sauna & Gym, Multi-purpose hall, Barbeque area & Minimart,  recreation lake and lounge.

Marlborough College Malaysia, Iskandar Puteri, Johor

  • Year: Pre-School to Secondary School
  • Access: There’s an Iskandar Puteri Free Shuttle Service IPI operated by Handal Indah (Causeway Link), connecting Larkin Bus Terminal (in Johor Bahru) with Iskandar Puteri.
  • Recommended areas of residence : Townships such as Gerbang Nusajaya, Casa Almyra, Nusa Sentral, Taman Universiti, Nusa Indah, Taman Nusa Bestari Jaya, Bestari Heights, East Ledang, Estuari, Ledang Heights, Nusa Idaman, Nusa Bayu, Nusa Bestari, Nusa Bestari 2, Nusa Duta, Bukit Indah, Horizon Hills and Sunway Iskandar.

Iskandar Puteri is a city in Johor Bahru, a district located in the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia. It’s well known because of EduCity (where many international universities like the University of Reading are located) and tourist attractions like Legoland Malaysia.

1. Setia Eco Village, Eco Garden, IP (Monthly Rental: From RM1,300)

Source: www.facebook.com/setiaecovillage

Setia Eco Village is a green township featuring 2-storey terrace/link houses developed by SP Setia. The property is 15 minutes (14.3 km) away from Marlborough College Malaysia. Facilities include fitness corner, Jogging track, Badminton hall, Basketball court & Playground, Adventure park & Barbeque area, nursery, Covered car park & 24 hours security.

2. One Sentral Serviced Residence, Iskandar Puteri (Monthly Rental: From RM1,100)

One Sentral. Source: iProperty.com

Located 7 minutes (6.2 km) away from Marlborough College Malaysia, One Sentral is a serviced apartment by Country View Resources Sdn. Bhd. Facilities include wading and swimming pools, Pool deck, Gym & Sauna, Sky Lounge & Landscaped garden, Restaurant, Minimart & Laundrette, Covered car park & 24 hours security.

Fairview International School, Bayan Lepas, Penang

  • Year: Pre-School to Secondary School
  • Access: Most students enrolled in the school are expected to have their own transportation arranged by their parents (carpooling or chartered van).
  • Recommended areas of residence: Batu Maung, Bayan Baru, and Sungai Ara.

A town in Penang, Bayan Lepas was once an agriculture area until its rapid development in the 1970s. It’s home to the assembly plants and factories of multinational firms such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Dell, Motorola, and Bosch.

1. Skycube Residence (Monthly Rental: From RM1,000)

Skycube Residence. Source: iProperty.com

Skycube Residence is a mix of luxurious condominium and landed residence (3-storey semi-detached) by GSD Land. The property is 6 minutes (2.3 km) away from Fairview International School. Facilities include swimming pool and deck, Playground, Jogging track, Gym & Sauna, 24 hours security, Reflexology path & Barbeque area.

2. Solaria Residences (Monthly Rental: RM1,600)

Located 12 minutes (6.9 km) away from Fairview International School, Solaria Residences is a serviced condominium by Ideal Property. Facilities include swimming pool, Playground, Gym & Basketball court, Barbeque area, Multi-purpose hall & Function room, Basement car park, 24 hours security & Perimeter fencing.

3. Dua Villas (Monthly Rental: From RM1,500)

Source: www.facebook.com/duavillas.residence

Dua Villas is a housing development featuring 2-storey terraces by Ideal Property. The property is 13 minutes (7.1 km) away from Fairview International School. Facilities include covered car park, swimming pool.

Sayfol International School, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • Year: Pre-School to Secondary School
  • Access: The school is 14 minutes away from the Bandaran Berjaya Terminal.
  • Recommended areas of residence: Kepayan Ridge, Tanjung Aru, Petagas, Kepayan, Lido, Lintas, Nosoob, Bukit Padang, Luyang, Damai, Lok Kawi, Bukit Bendera, Kasigui, Bundusan, Likas and Kolombong

Formerly known as Jesselton, Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah in North Borneo. Once controlled by the British North Borneo Company, Jesselton was taken over by the British Crown after World War II in 1946.

1. Alam Damai Condominium, Jalan Bukit Padang (Monthly Rental: From RM1,800)

Source: www.wahmie.com

Located 14 minutes (5.9 km) away from Sayfol International School, Alam Damai is a condominium by WMG Holdings Bhd. Facilities include swimming pool, playground, gym, clubhouse and a multi-purpose hall.

2. Jesselton Condominium, Taman Kim Leng (Monthly Rental: From RM3,000)

Jesselton Residences. Source: iProperty.com

Jesselton Residences is a high-end condominium developed by BinaPuri Properties. Located 12 minutes away (5.9km) from Sayfol International School, it is also the tallest waterfront building in the central business district of Kota Kinabalu. Facilities include gym, playground, squash court, swimming pool, car park and 24 hours security.

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Article repurposed from 10 Best rental properties near top international schools by Reena Kaur Bhatt/Dayana Sobri. An author at iProperty Malaysia.