Federal Hill is situated just 15 minutes away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. It is gazetted as the last “green belt” of Kuala Lumpur due to the controlled development and preservation of its natural surroundings. This has certainly made it one of the most sought-after, private and exclusive areas for property seekers.
Situated on an estate of about 18 acres, Federal Hill is historically significant especially during the British colonial era in the 1950s. The earliest bungalows, amounting to about 113 in total, were first built on the hill to serve as government quarters. One of the oldest existing bungalows is now the headquarters of the Malaysian Nature Society and this building can be found a map dating as far back as 1929.
Today, Federal Hill is a popular neighbourhood for Kuala Lumpur’s most elite. A total of three state palaces from Kedah, Perak and Negeri Sembilan royal lineage have been built within the vicinity. Over the years, the surrounding forest has been closely monitored and preserved, thus maintaining a very low density.
Contemporary buildings now comprise of select townhouses, condominiums, semi-detached houses and bungalows. The tenure within the area is freehold and boasts a subsale price of about RM3.5 million (about RM430 per square feet). A semi-detached home can be rented for up to RM14,500 while bungalows are as high as RM35,000. For its price, Federal Hill properties is still comparable to its more developed and modern neighbouring areas such as Bangsar, Damansara Heights and Sri Hartamas.
With no imminent development projects being planned in the near future, Federal Hill is set to maintain its status as a protected area and one of Kuala Lumpur’s green lungs. It is a choice respite from the towering skyscrapers of a modern city.
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