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Seremban offers the best of both worlds. Expats living in Seremban can enjoy being close enough to Kuala Lumpur to make the most of the attractions of the bustling capital, while also being far enough away to enjoy nature and a calmer pace of living.

However, as a prime area of Negeri Sembilan, there are also plenty of leisure facilities in Seremban itself and the surrounding state, so you don't need to always travel to KL for entertainment. As well as shopping malls, there is no shortage of cinemas and places to eat in Seremban; and outdoor activities, such as jogging in the 10-acre Seremban Lake Garden, can be relished by residents.

It is well linked by road and rail to other popular destinations in Malaysia, and the country's main airports, KLIA and KLIA2, are actually closer to Seremban than they are to Kuala Lumpur. This makes it a great hub for those who need to travel for their job or wish to explore neighbouring countries on weekends.

Some people choose to live in Seremban and commute to work in Kuala Lumpur via the KTM Komuter from Seremban train station, or drive for just over an hour on the highway.

The High Speed Rail, which is expected to be completed in 2022, aims to reduce travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 1.5 hours, and this is set to pass through Labu, which is 17km from Seremban. This high-speed alternative will thus significantly cut down on the journey from Seremban to Kuala Lumpur as well, and further increase the town's appeal.

Where to live in Seramban

There aren't as many expatriates living in Seremban as in other parts of Malaysia, such as Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur. However, don't let that deter you as this will give you the opportunity to integrate into local life.

The core areas of Seremban are expanding, and Seremban 2 is a recently developed area, about four kilometres from the centre of Seremban, which was constructed with the aim of relocating the administrative and business district from the town centre to a more organised area. There is comparably less traffic in Seremban 2 than in the centre, and it has many facilities, such as the Lake Gardens, the City Park and the AEON Seremban 2 Shopping Centre. The goal of this development was also to sustain a large part of the Seremban population on various housing estates.

If you are an expatriate who prioritises security and comfort, it is worth considering living in a residential community, such as Chemara Hills or Bandar Ainsdale.

Bandar Ainsdale is a 562-acre freehold development with parks and lakes, which is well located at just 5km from Seremban, 35km from KLIA and 70km from Kuala Lumpur. Double-storey link homes and apartments with great facilities attract people to live here. Chemara Hills, on the other hand, offers exclusive landed property and even an amphitheatre set beside a natural lake on a beautifully landscaped elevated plateau.

Cost of buying and renting property in Seremban

As property prices have increased significantly in the Klang Valley over recent years, there has been more investment in Negeri Sembilan, which has significantly improved the quality and options of attractively priced properties for expatriates and locals alike.

Seremban is experiencing ongoing investment in its infrastructure, which makes it an appealing destination for investors. Property is currently cheap and more capital growth seems likely.

If you are looking to buy a property in Seremban, then you'll be pleased to know that it is 30% to 60% cheaper than comparable places in the Klang Valley. Landed property appears to be the best value for homebuyers in Seremban, where bungalows and semi-detached houses tend to be priced between RM500,000 and RM1 million, and terrace houses are less than RM500,000. While some of these may be older properties in need of renovation, or located in less popular areas, they are still much more affordable than similar real estate opportunities in places like Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

If you'd rather rent a property in Seremban, then rental prices are usually very affordable. A spacious, fully furnished house may set you back about RM3,000, or you can find a three-bedroom apartment from as little as RM500 to RM2,000, depending on its location.

Find accommodation in Seremban

It is advisable to contact a real estate agent if you are looking for accommodation in Seremban, as they will be able to best assist you with your needs. Agency fees are the owner's responsibility, so there is no extra cost to you for taking this route.

You could also search for rental options on accommodation websites, as this will give you a better idea as to what's available and the current rental prices. Alternatively, if you are already in Seremban, it's worth looking in local newspapers or driving around town, keeping an eye out for 'For Rent' signs.

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