Are you looking forward to settle in Ipoh? Here is some useful information on its accommodation market.
Ipoh is a developing city, just like other Malaysian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baharu, etc. However, the cost of living of its inhabitants is quite low. Hence, it has been attracting more and more foreigners over the last few years. Ipoh is also deemed to be a quiet and peaceful tourist city with a harmonious balance between nature, cultures and traditions. Note that the city is equipped with all required structures and amenities. You are also likely to find a range of accommodation options if you intend to settle there.
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Being one of the country's biggest cities, Ipoh is close to Kuala Lumpur and linked to the capital city by the public transport network.
Ipoh's streets configuration follows a grid plan. In fact, all its streets meet at different intersections. Moreover, Ipoh is deemed to be a green city due to the preservation of natural spots such as gardens and parks, etc. This is what attracts tourists and expatriates looking for a change in lifestyle between nature and urbanization.
Known as the city of bougainvillea, Ipoh is mostly ideal for retired foreigners. Most of them are occupying condominiums and apartments. Note that there is an important contrast between the city center and its outskirts. In fact, Ipoh is surrounded by a large industrial suburb and is divided into two zones which are separated by the Kinta River. These are the Old Town and the New Town.
The Old Town looks like Chinatown as most shops are run by Chinese. You can have a pleasant time walking around and shopping there. As regards the New Town, it is more modern with many hotels and three huge parallel avenues, namely Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz and Jalan Raja Ekram.
In general, rent prices in Ipoh are very affordable with few variations. In fact, you can rent a studio for some 475 ringgits per month, regardless of the neighborhood you have chosen. Of course, rent prices will vary according to the type of housing unit, furniture provided, bills and services attached, etc. To rent a three-bedroom apartment, you will need some 1,000 to 1,200 ringgits per month.
As a foreigner, one of the best search tools in terms of accommodation will be the Internet thanks to numerous general and specialized websites. But you are advised to register with a real estate agency to have more chances of finding a suitable apartment or condominium according to your criteria and budget. Note that you are not likely to find big housing complexes in Ipoh although it is a developed city.