The first phase of the RM100 million (gross development value) GreenAcres, Malaysia’s premier retirement village, was unveiled during its official opening ceremony on Saturday, October 7 by Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

The first phase of the project comprises of a RM10 million clubhouse and 26 units of resident-ready single-storey landed villas with lush linear gardens that comes with walking paths, gazebos, water features and flourishing greens.

Meanwhile, the clubhouse spans 30,000 sq ft and anchors the residents’ community activities. Fronting a pristine landscape and back-dropped by emerald green hills in the distance, the clubhouse is the largest within a residential development in Ipoh.

“For their vision, I would like to applaud Total Investment for taking a leap of faith towards transforming the retirement landscape in our country. The launch of GreenAcres is the start of retirement services that prioritises the needs and sustainable lifestyles of the silver set within the country, and effectively relinquishes the stigma of ‘old age’ and ‘old folks home’,” Mah stated.

John Chong, the executive director of Total Investment Sdn Bhd said, “The first phase villas include new residents from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Canada. The official opening of GreenAcres marks the culmination of over seven years of hard work. This in itself was a learning experience for us, as this development is a pioneering initiative and there were no local reference points for us.”

Also present was Siew Yin Leng, co-founder of Total Investment Sdn Bhd and founder of GreenAcres.

Each home is specially designed with age-friendly features such as wider doors, lower and larger switches, wider and longer handles on furnishings, bathroom grab rails, taps with lever handles, seats in the shower, ramped entryways at the main entrance, step-less bathrooms, emergency call buttons, and lever handles on all doors. Plus, the units come equipped with lights, fans, air-conditioning, grilles, mosquito netting, built-in cabinets and alarm systems.

The community management team, who will be situated in the clubhouse are first-aid trained.

In terms of facilities at the community-centric clubhouse, there is a lounge area, gym, games room, pool table room, 24-seater mini-cinema, karaoke room, TV lounge, reading room, private function rooms and community planting boxes. A cafe and dining area are in the works.

The homes are taken up using a novel lease deposit structure with amounts starting from RM300,000. This means that the lease deposits are fully-refundable once a resident leaves the village.

The 13-acre retirement village with integrated aged care facility is open to residents above the age of 55 and will be built in phases. The entire project is expected to complete by 2021.

For more information on GreenAcres or to schedule a visit, please go to http://greenacres.com.my. Interested readers can also call 012 521 8330 or 05 253 6555.

Mei Kuan