Popular with locals and expatriates alike, Johor has done well in attracting property buyers from the higher end of the spectrum with record transactions being brokered, particularly before the COVID-19 pandemic. As both Malaysia and Singapore start opening up again, we speak to Debbie Choy, director of Knight Frank Johor, to give us an insider's look on the most exclusive and expensive streets and districts in Johor.
Why is property in Johor a good investment?
First, its close proximity to Singapore. Being connected to Singapore via Malaysia-Singapore Causeway and Second Link Expressway, is an opportunity to live in larger premises at a fraction of what one has to pay for in Singapore. This is appealing to be located within a short distance yet to still be able to enter into Singapore freely.
Also, there's good accessibility. Johor Bahru is located within driving distance to Singapore and this is complemented with an international airport in Senai. This airport hosts direct flights to Incheon, Haikou, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Surabaya, Jakarta and several cities in Malaysia.
Finally, the presence of luxury and premium brands. There are several well-renowned brands setting up shops and facilities in Johor Bahru, for example, Porsche, Harley-Davidson, Hersheys, Johor Premium Outlets, Hard Rock Hotel and Hard Rock Café, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, One & Only Desaru Coast and The Westin Desaru Coast Resort.