Monday, March 22, 2010

Picking the right home for your family

Here is one good article from the Jakarta Post. It's talking about the gathering place for meeting or even for wedding in Raffless Hills Cibubur.


Picking the right home for your family

Andrea Tejokusumo , THE JAKARTA POST , JAKARTA | Thu, 02/25/2010 12:09 PM | Supplement

Whether you're a first-time buyer, a migrant professional or an investor seeking to climb up the property ladder, the same principles apply when looking for a dream home for every member of the family. The golden rule is simple: find a house you know you can turn into a home.

Many people would agree that in the search of the perfect abode, the three key factors to consider are location, location, location. Since the lack of ample housing around Central Jakarta may pose a problem, families with a penchant for modern urban life are continuously seeking solace at the city's abundant offerings of apartments and residences.

"Ideally, apartments and serviced residences should offer prime location, the utmost convenience and a thorough security system," said Herlina Tamblin, GM sales and marketing for The Peak at Sudirman.

According to Herlina, around-the-clock security and the use of private lifts and access cards at top-rated apartment buildings have become a sort of customary rule for the comfort and privacy of tenants.

Furthermore, facilities from fitness center and first-class sports facilities (like The Peak's Olympic-size swimming pool), together with spa and sauna, coffee shop, mini market and laundry service, can give much added value for residents.

Herlina reckons that The Peak's flexible lease terms - starting from one-month lease periods and with the choice of either unfurnished, semi-furnished or fully-furnished unit - should make moving in and out all the more hassle-free and convenient for migrant professionals and expatriates.

"Especially for families with children, The Peak has a playground and kids' room as well as an all-purpose function room. There are special rates available for corporate tenants, and a limited time sales offer is currently running until the end of the month," she said.

Apartment life may be getting more common in an urban jungle like Jakarta, but how about families still craving the feel of a traditional home, gardens and all?

One of the most important things to consider when buying a house on the outskirts of Jakarta is notably accessibility: not only do transportation links allow you easier access to and from the city, having additional routes can have a big effect on property values in the area.

There are also considerations for the surrounding area's potential and new developments such as restaurants, shops, schools and other entertainment offerings.

For this purpose, residential complexes like Raffles Hills Cibubur serve as a marriage of both worlds. Situated 900 meters from the Cibubur toll gate, the cozy complex is literally minutes away from the city with all the mod cons of modern life.

Raffles' Hills residents can now look forward to more gatherings and social events as its developer unveils Tirta Raffles Hills, a new facility for holding outdoor events with a total capacity of 1,000 persons.

Wherever you choose to stay and however large your home, keep in mind that the right house will become your sanctuary, a safe place for your children and their friends, and a place where you will make many lasting, happy memories for years to come.

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