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The PEOPLE that make a place

Be it from the joy of owning a starter home, happily nestled in a forever abode or relishing in the precious bonds of multi-generational living, complete with convenient access to thoughtful amenities – members of our diverse communities share snippets of the rich tapestry of life that weaves through the wholesome lifestyle advocated by the ParkCity Group townships.

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The more the merrier

Tran Thi Loan, homeowner
The Mansions @ ParkCity Hanoi (PCH)

“In Hanoi, the prevailing household model comprises three generations living together: grandparents, parents and children. However, my family consists of a less common grouping as we have four generations co-existing under one roof. There are nine of us in total, comprising my 97-year old father, my husband and me, our two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. 

I have chosen to live in PCH primarily because it is the embodiment of a modern and affluent community and the residences have remarkably expansive living spaces in beautiful natural surroundings. The developer too, has a strong reputation for its commitment to sustainable development, good maintenance and attentive customer care. 

My family has thrived here, making the most of the comprehensive range of amenities and communal activity spaces within the township, in particular, The ParkCity Club Hanoi. We moved into PCH in 2015, stayed in Nadyne Gardens until our house in The Mansions was completed, and since then have acquired another residence in Le Jardin – I guess that sums up just how much we like PCH!”

I have chosen to live in PCH primarily because it is the embodiment of a modern and affluent community and the residences have remarkably expansive living spaces in beautiful natural surroundings."

Winning the starter home jackpot!

Elaine Hoo, young homeowner
South Brooks @ Desa ParkCity (DPC)

“Leading a busy life as a social media manager, convenience is extremely important to me. As this was my first home purchase, a lot of thought was put into selecting the option that best suited my needs. 

DPC is such a well-organised township that almost everything is a stone’s throw away – I don’t even have to go out of this place to get things. Furthermore, the pet-friendly community means I can take my dog on daily walks to the lakeside and around the township. A win-win environment for the both of us!”

DPC is such a well-organised township that almost everything is a stone’s throw away – I don’t even have to go out of this place to get things. Furthermore, the pet-friendly community means I can take my dog on daily walks to the lakeside and around the township. A win-win environment for the both of us!”

Opening the door to new opportunities

Cathy Cheng Pui Ling, retiree
Northshore Gardens @ Desa ParkCity (DPC)

“Having led a full professional life as a lawyer, I’m enjoying my retirement. I’m only in my mid-50s, so keeping busy isn’t a challenge as there’s plenty to keep me occupied. I believe that the secret to a happy retiree is having a hobby or two. With DPC’s stellar reputation in mind, I knew that this would be the place to live out my retirement years – in a high-quality residence with the convenience of all the amenities I need, including a reputable hospital. 

I’m currently staying at Northshore Gardens just until I move into my new place at Park Regent @ DPC, where I’m looking forward to enjoying my golden years to the fullest!”

I’m currently staying at Northshore Gardens just until I move into my new place at Park Regent @ DPC, where I’m looking forward to enjoying my golden years to the fullest!”

Dream big, live bigger

Nguyen Manh Cuong, homeowner
Park Kiara @ ParkCity Hanoi (PCH)

“For young buyers like me, the journey towards acquiring property in Hanoi presents a formidable challenge. Year after year, property prices continue to rise, necessitating reliance on bank loans to cover a significant portion, typically ranging from 50% to 70% of the purchase price. 

I stumbled upon PCH in 2012 when I was only in my late teens. I saw two newly completed neighbourhoods – Nadyne Gardens and Evelyne Gardens – as I passed by the township, and the lush greenery alone left a lasting impression on me! 

From then on, I researched everything about PCH and all the projects by ParkCity Group. I noticed that the developer placed a strong emphasis on the living environment in its products. It was very different from some other local developers who often prioritised profit by increasing building density to a very high level. And notably, the ParkCity Group’s initial selling prices were affordable. If the surrounding infrastructure continues to develop quickly, property values of PCH are likely to appreciate significantly, making it a good investment opportunity. 

Furthermore, the desirability of PCH’s property products means that young individuals seeking to develop both socially and professionally are likely to thrive in a progressive
community like PCH. 

For us, moving into our home here in September 2022 was truly the realisation of a long-held dream.”

The desirability of PCH’s property products means that young individuals seeking to develop both socially and professionally are likely to thrive in a progressive community like PCH."

On the learning curve

Pham Ho Nhat Minh, student
The International School @ ParkCity Hanoi (ISPH)

“I think an important characteristic of a good school is to prioritise a friendly and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, happy and comfortable. I am now 16 years old – in Year 12 – and have experienced this first-hand from the start of my time as a student at ISPH. When I first enrolled, everyone welcomed me with a smile and was very willing to help me settle into the school. 

My parents and I opted for ISPH because of its holistic approach towards the methodology of teaching and learning for students. The learning process at ISPH targets the improvement of individual students by ensuring an education focused on our well-being, mental health and study habits. We are also taught to connect and apply studied knowledge at school to real world situations via discussion sessions and workshops. 

Furthermore, even though I don’t reside in ParkCity Hanoi, as a student at ISPH, I still have the opportunity to experience many positive features within the township, such as the use of the Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, multi-purpose hall and ParkCity Club. In fact, my friends outside of school are rather envious of the array of facilities to which I have access in ParkCity Hanoi!”

One big family

Alexander Findlay, teacher
The International School @ ParkCity Kuala Lumpur (ISP KL)

“Our school is very much at the heart of Desa ParkCity (DPC), and just like me, a large number of our school family live within the township, meaning many teachers, students and families walk or cycle to school together. I see my students in and around DPC, in the evenings and at the weekends, making use of the great facilities here. This makes for a special relationship between the teachers, our students and our families, amplifying our sense of community.

A symphony of business and pleasure

Chung Jun Thian, business tenant & event organiser
Octo Gastrobar, Marina ParkCity (MPC)

“MPC has always been my preferred location to establish a business, for several reasons. Firstly, it is a popular place for families and friends to gather, especially the youngsters. Next, ParkCity Group is a responsible developer. The township is clean and safe, with well-maintained landscaping. Furthermore, it has good road infrastructure planning that provides easy accessibility around the vicinity. The developments in MPC also feature modern facades, creating a unique ambience that is different from Miri’s old town. I love the feel of this place – it reminds me of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore! 

Given MPC’s popularity, there are a variety of F&B choices within the township. We introduced Octo Gastrobar as a partially-hidden concept gastrobar in Marina Square 2 – the first Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in Miri!

As another first in Miri, I co-founded and organised the recent Borderland Music Festival that was hosted, naturally, in the atmospheric MPC at the Coco Cabana on Sept 15 and 16, 2023. Collaborating with my West Malaysian friends and the supportive local authorities, we saw the potential for Miri to have its own music festival. Performers and thousands of revellers came from all over the world, and such was the support and success of the inaugural festival that we have already started planning for Borderland 2024!”

Basking in manmade bounty and nature’s goodness

Eexin, visitor
Miri Central Park @ Marina ParkCity (MPC)

“I’m a regular at Miri Central Park as I usually visit on the weekends either with family or friends. In truth, I relish my outings to the park for many reasons. The first is that Central Park is basically converted into a pet park on the weekends. The place comes alive and it brings me so much joy just to watch and interact with all the fluffy ‘pupperinos’! 

Secondly, I love that Central Park is right by the sea, so, in my opinion, it has one of the best sunset views in all of Miri. The park, amenities and general surroundings are always well maintained and clean with public facilities like washrooms, dustbins and even pet-poo waste bags for pet owners readily available. I also like that there is a cement ‘platform’ lengthwise along the walking/jogging path by the sea, which allows us to just sit, relax and take in the stunning views while enjoying the sea breeze. 

When I have out-of-town guests visiting Miri, I will always bring them to sightsee in MPC, where a stroll at Miri Central Park and a visit to Coco Cabana is a must!”

Advocating green exercise

Raymond Martin, fitness instructor
Hybrid Combative Academy & Gym

“Goodness, my association with Desa ParkCity (DPC) goes back many years. My mother-in-law used to live here, and as an ex national boxer, I used to train my young daughters in boxing and Thai boxing at The Central Park years ago. Other parents who saw us asked me to teach their children too and that was how I became a fitness instructor. 

As a fitness coach, I advocate a tailored exercise programme that is designed according to my client’s goals, age, body shape and injuries (if any). Occasionally, I conduct my coaching sessions in DPC because there are plenty of benefits from training outdoors and many opportunities to do so in DPC. For instance, the walking/ jogging pathways in The Central Park are wide and well maintained, which reduce the risk of injuries, and there are ample grassy knolls and open spaces to work out in. Moreover, there are some roads that rise on an incline that are good for certain training exercises. 

I think DPC is a fantastic township. My one regret is not buying a property here all those years ago!”

When art imitates life

K. C. Lee, artist & initiator
Kuala Lumpur Urban Sketchers (KLUSk)

“We draw on location, documenting ‘life in the moment’ and not by memory or by copying a photograph. Over the course of the years, we have visited DPC a number of times to capture images from direct observation. There are many interesting scenes to sketch in this township: the architecture, urban landscape, nature and the people. And there are plenty of choice eateries to gather and celebrate in after a session of sketching!”

Curating nature’s playground

Paw Seng Kiat, Senior Landscape Manager
Landscape Parks & Public Works Department @ Desa ParkCity (DPC)

“There are many hands working hard to ensure that things run smoothly in our township. And the Landscape Parks & Public Works Department plays a very important role towards achieving this goal. 

The department is made up of four sub-divisions, namely the landscape project and planning division, landscape division, infrastructure division and lastly, the mechanical and electrical division. Staffed by a total of 43 dedicated troopers, the divisions work hand in hand to oversee the overall health, aesthetics and maintenance of landscape and infrastructure elements within DPC. 

We are committed towards cultivating, nourishing, improving and promoting a flourishing green environment within the township, and have a clear vision for the long-term maintenance and upkeep of our green spaces. 

As such, we implement multi-pronged sustainable landscaping practices. For example, planting native vegetation and minimising the use of pesticides and other chemicals, designing green spaces to serve multiple purposes such as integrating spaces for recreation, community gatherings and connectivity within a park, plus ensuring that the green spaces are accessible to all the users of our diverse community, including those who are physically challenged. Furthermore, we engage in education and outreach programmes to raise awareness among residents and visitors alike, on the importance of respecting and protecting our green environment.”