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Moving 5 train MRT stops away from a KL Sentral train station can strip more than RM500K off property prices

It is not hard to see why residential property located near to train stops is highly demanded. Among the benefits living near to MRT stops are convenience, cutting short travelling time and, saving money from paying tolls and car parking fee. However, like many other great things in life, it cost money.

As per our previous analysis suggests the closer the property to train station, the higher the price is (click here). Nevertheless, what is more important to home price is the distance of the nearest train stations to the city center. The closer the stations to the transportation hub of KL Sentral, much higher the price is. It carries far greater influence to home price. In these article we will focus on distance of the stations to the city center rather than the property distance to nearest train stations.

What we cover in this analysis is how property price within one kilometer to train station changes according to distance and time taken to travel to KL Sentral. For this purpose, we have divided MRT SBK lines into two parts- Muzium Negara to Kajang and, Muzium Negara to Sungai Buloh. As for now, we only cover property price near the stations of south-east bound MRT SBK line from Muzium Negara station to Kajang station.

*Note: Muzium Negara station is connected to KL Sentral station by short walking distance. First, let’s look at the overview of MRT SBK line.

MRT SBK (Sungai Buloh – Kajang)

MRT SBK line started its operation on the first alignment from Sungai Buloh to Semantan on Dec 2016. The entire alignment was completed and started its full operation from Sungai Buloh to Kajang on Jul 2017.

Source : https://www.mymrt.com.my

Highrise residential property price near MRT stops.

We have gathered the current asking price of residential properties within 1 kilometer radius from MRT stations for this analysis. In order to make comparison easier, we put all property units into a common denominator of 1,000 square feet unit and we calculated the median price. Why we use 1,000 square feet is because it is a reasonable size of a decent sized dwelling of 3 bedrooms.

Unlike Singapore or Hong Kong, Malaysia is not land-scarce nation, where options for housing aren’t that many. In Malaysia, we have many land banks and increased in transportation connectivity has given us many more options to choose from.

The analysis

As depicted by the chart below, it is clear that the price of property near MRT SBK stations is strongly correlated to the distance of nearest station to Muzium Negara.

Click chart to enlarge

Total travel time from Muzium Negara to Kajang is around 51 minutes and cost you less than RM4 for one way. Along the the train line, the prices reduce relative to the distance to Muzium Negara. You can rarely find 1,000 feet homes with price below RM800K around city center stops ( Muzium Negara, Merdeka, Bukit Bintang and Tun Razak Exchange ). As you travel further down south to Cochrane station the price drops to below RM700K. If you go further to another stop to Maluri, the price starts to drop around RM500K. All it takes is 19 minutes from Muzium Negara and cost you RM2.60 before discount for one way. If you don’t mind adding more time to your commuting, you can see 1,000 square feet homes price at below RM300K at some of the stops at the end of the MRT SBK line.

Everyone wants a better life. Being closer to work place is convenient and give you more personal time. The question is, how much additional premium would you pay to have that? Or, should I put it the other way around, how much additional time you can spend commuting in order to save a lot of money? We leave it to you to ponder. Good financial management or live the most convenient life or anything in between?

The map

Map below illustrates MRT SBK stops in the analysis. Click on the link for interactive map.

Map of property near train station. Click her to view dashboard

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