Birch The Plaza


Birch The Plaza (Penang Times Square) perfectly located in the heart of Georgetown, along Jalan Dato Keramat. Birch The Plaza consists of 395 typical units and 22 units of duplexes. The built-up area range from 1,010 to 1,180 sq.ft. for typical units. It is scheduled to complete end of 2008.

Property Project : Birch The Plaza
Property Address : Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 George Town, Penang
Location : Georgetown, Penang
Property Type : Condominium
Tenure : Freehold
Total Units : 395
Units per Floor : 22
Built-up Area : 1,010 - 1,180
Developer : Ivory Properties Group


54 comments

June 27, 2008 at 4:17 PMAnonymous

Birch Plaza section!!! Finally here!!!

 
June 28, 2008 at 9:50 AMAnonymous

Hi am interested on the 3 bedroom..any units left?

 
June 28, 2008 at 11:57 AMAnonymous

3 bedroom units, tht would be the corner one. Those were already sold out when I bought mine in June.

But u can always partition off another room in any of the 1020sqft or 1050sqft units... I mean the area just beside the entrance.

In fact the last time I went Ivory about 2 months back there's only a few units left. Those are units on lower floors and facing either the Phase 2 or Phase 3. All pool view units are sold out (I think)

 
July 13, 2008 at 10:03 AMAnonymous

heard the unsold units from Ivory has been revised to about RM500k now!!! wah wah!!!

 
July 14, 2008 at 12:55 AMAnonymous

to be exact RM500 persft

 
July 24, 2008 at 10:15 AMAnonymous

Where can I get the details of this condo?

 
July 27, 2008 at 6:03 PMAnonymous

This project is on hold now..

 
July 27, 2008 at 8:00 PMAnonymous

rm500 per sq ft at this traffic jam area? not worth to invest. i better buy another project because the unit only came with 1 carpark
and 2nd carpark have to rent from commercial area. not so sure lah this is what i heard from my freind

 
August 22, 2008 at 8:50 PMAnonymous

Not worth it.I bought "The Uban Residence" condo for RM460K for a 1,946 sq ft (RM236 per sq ft) with 2 covered car parks & it's on a low density unit(58 only).Its located near where "The Sanctuary" project is.Quiet & upper class lookign area.Worthwhile.Check it out.

 
August 22, 2008 at 11:32 PMAnonymous

The Uban Residence... anymore details or website... That's really a bargain.

New doesn't mean better.

 
August 23, 2008 at 4:44 PMAnonymous

did you know the story behind this luxury condo? last time it also a block of apartment before. but already demolish and now became the luxury uban residence. ha ha

 
September 7, 2008 at 12:48 AMLeprechaungal

hi there

I wud like to know more abt Uban residence..pref the owner can give some insight on it

thx

 
December 13, 2008 at 5:04 PMAnonymous

VP/keys obtained for residential units. OC expected lastest in Feb

 
December 21, 2008 at 11:31 AMAnonymous

is there anyone intend to sell his/her unit? what is the selling price?

 
December 23, 2008 at 8:46 PMAnonymous

Ivory only hav 8 units left... and all of them are priced at RM500k and above.

Newspapers got advertise between 380K-420K. I've called up most of them, it's all NON-pool view.

What's ur budget?

 
April 7, 2009 at 9:24 PMBK

So many people want to sell their unit. More sellers than buyers, price will drop.

 
May 23, 2009 at 12:40 PMTulip

Location of Birch Plaza is good,Town centre, i checked out that the rental is 2,500 per month.quite good le...No harm invest here.Price i don't will drop.my friend just bought for 400k.

 
December 12, 2009 at 11:28 PManythingpenang

Sharing from other forum about PTS.

http://cforum5.cari.com.my/viewthread.php?tid=1798822&extra=page%3D1

 
April 13, 2010 at 8:55 AMSAM

Hi all,

There is seminar '"How to INSTANTLY Save more than RM100,000 for your Existing Housing Loans?" to be held in Penang, i am Birch Plaza resident and i will be going for this seminar, is there anyone interest? Please kindly email me in wetdressguy@gmail.com if you are keen to know how to save the loan. Thanks.

 
April 14, 2010 at 9:38 PMBezbuy

Anyone know what is the assessment fee for the 1050sf unit, since this is considered a service apartment (commercial property)?

Also, any of the buyer here manage to get the utility companies (Tenaga, Telekom and PBA) and to convert the charges to residential rate instead of commercial rate?

Thanks

 
May 20, 2010 at 4:07 PMJasonwong2010

Can anyone staying in Birch Plaza honestly tell us what happen there?
Yesterday newspaper, a unit of 1020sq feet, auction RM300K !! I thought the purchaser should have no problem selling the unit if unable to service the mortgage?
Is it true the car park design is really problematic? Is it true that if you drive to the car park, you have to corner many many times?

 
May 27, 2010 at 1:13 PMAnglo Wax

Do you all know that this Ivory project is a lousy project ?
1. Air-con points without piping. How much you have to pay to your contractor for hacking the wall and plastering back ? Its RM500.00 for each air-con installation.

2. They are hiring total 7 security guards. Is it worth for the residents to pay to so many security guards ? From what I see, 4 guards is already enough. Why must we pay high maintenence fees ? RM0.20 per sf.

3. Extra access card is RM80.00 per card. The cost of the card is only RM10.00 so plus the admin fees, why we have to pay so much. The fair price is RM35.00 per card.

4. For a small unit of 1050 sq ft, each floor Ivory charges Rm2k per floor. Is it worth that much ?

5. Deposit of RM3k for renovation and RM350 is not refundable if you hack your unit wall. No air con piping, where are we going to hide our air con pipes. Unreasonable.

6. There are also too many staff work in management office. Who pay for their salary ? Its taken from our maintenance fees. At the end when JMB is formed, you will never see any money left behind. We have to get away extra staff and security guards in order to secure management funds.

7. A property is worth because of the visitor carparks. This condo has 42 visitor carparks but the management refuse residents' visitors to use. Do you know why ? Its because they want to earn little money from carparking at 4a and 4b. A good developer does not look at this small money. Once they completed their project, they earn more than RM 100k for each unit.

8. Investers will never buy again from Ivory because they will understand how the reputation is this developer.

9. Do anyone know when is the AGM - JMC date ? Residents, wake up, ask Ivory to give us proper account how much they spend during the first year they manage this property. Do allow them to cheat us !

 
May 31, 2010 at 1:25 PMJames Lau

Anglo, are you one of the resident in Birch Plaza? Sounds interesting on your facts.

 
May 31, 2010 at 2:45 PMAnglo Wax

Hi James, I am really regret that I owned this Birch Plaza units. I bought as investment and this is the most lousiest project I owned. Good developers like Mah Sin, SP Setia, IJM projects are worth to invest.

I tell to my friends that Ivory projects are not worth to invest and they told me the same answer.

 
May 31, 2010 at 4:45 PMJames Lau

OMG Am so sorry to hear that. Any wat to contact you? thank

 
June 1, 2010 at 9:48 AMJames Lau

anyone knows good id for birch?

 
June 1, 2010 at 5:21 PMAnglo Wax

Hi James, let me have your contact, I will call you.

There are many ID in Penang. Its not difficult to get one. Where are you from ?

 
June 2, 2010 at 11:42 AMjolin

Anglo,

write to MPPP to assist for AGM. Make sure 25% house owner to attend the AGM. Then you can ask to review the mainteenance fees to RM0.10 or even RM0.05 per sf if everything can cover.

J

 
June 2, 2010 at 2:02 PMJames Lau

Jolin,

Thank you for the information. Anglo, this is a good move. Why not consider? Who knows it will worked. :) cheers...

 
June 3, 2010 at 2:51 PMkoktiong

James, Jolin,
I met COB yesterday at 12th Floor Komtar. Developer has to call for AGM-JMB after one year OC had issued. Residents are advised to get full details account from developer and make sure that this Ivory does not cheat our residents. Any amendment for house rules can go later in EGM.

 
June 3, 2010 at 7:35 PMjolin

can someone ask COB to push for AGM as soon as possible ??

 
June 4, 2010 at 1:01 PMkoktiong

Jolin,
According to the Building of Common Property Act (BOC), developer must call for AGM - JMB within 12 months after OC issued. If this Ivory did not does it, he will be fine for few thousand ringgit. You can get this law book at Popular.

 
July 25, 2010 at 10:40 PMkoktiong

Why is that no expenditure account by this Ivory Developer since Oc had been issued in Feb 2009 ? I am afraid our management funds had gone without proper detail account.

 
July 28, 2010 at 9:39 PMethan

Well, I'd been to Times Square, and it's not that bad after all from all the reviews that I'd read. Think those are just minor issues compare to the overall picture.

Why do i say that are based of these facts:

1) Convenience - you can get all under one roof. Restaurant, cafe, night market, hyperstore..etc

2) Unesco site - where can you find a place to live in that is right in the middle of a Unesco site ? Think Times Square would be the last apartment/condo that will be built within the vicinity of the heritage site.

3) True Penang living - You can go to kopitiam, mamak, komtar, prangin mall (and soon 1st avenue) all in a walking distance. With the current effort by state government to revive Georgetown, it would be soon a vibrant city and it would be definitely fun and lively place to stay in.

Any thoughts?

 
August 8, 2010 at 4:10 PMCaresa Julian aka LilM4n90

Kok Ting, Anglo, James,....

pl e-mail hols4ev@hotmail.com

regarding .... JMB ..v need to move fw

thanks

 
August 20, 2010 at 9:06 PMK E

Time Square Penang is definitely a very ideal place to live at,especailly with Maybank and sunshine supermarket within the building,and more to come as it matures with time. You find all the things you need within walking distance. This means you don't need a car if you don't mind walking no more than 1km to get the normal daily necessities such as food, banking, shopping, healthcare etc,etc. Just to walk around and explore the heritage sites in George Town is an endless past time.

 
August 21, 2010 at 10:37 AMCaresa Julian aka LilM4n90

Good News JMB formation 5th Sep 2010 (Sunday), : 10:30 am. (Registration 9:30 am)

 
August 23, 2010 at 2:28 PMK E

About the JMB meeting which is in less than 2 weeks time,i.e.5th Sept, how come I still have not received any notice? Just wonder how many residence know about it!

 
September 6, 2010 at 2:26 PMtedd

DONT BUY FROM AGENT. YOU CAN ACTUALLY BUY THROUGH AUCTION . FAR BELOW THE MARKET PRICE .

 
September 18, 2010 at 10:26 AMjkboey

Where to get the auction unit in penang!
Many thanks.

 
September 19, 2010 at 5:58 PMMy Secret Inspiration

JMB formed - convenient lots on residential common area are open for rental. Rentals will go into JMB account. This will be a big plus to suppliment the maintenances cost.

 
September 21, 2010 at 6:49 AMtan

Is Birch Plaza under residential title or commercial title?

How much is the maint fee per month?

Can anyone help to clarify? TQ.

 
September 21, 2010 at 4:27 PMMy Secret Inspiration

is under residential title.

current rate is 0.20/sqft. The JMB is given the task to reduce the cost.

 
September 22, 2010 at 9:26 PMK E

Now we already have 2 banks and a supermarket, a post office will further enhance the popularity and value Penang Time Square!

 
October 4, 2010 at 11:09 PMtan

It is freehold or leasehold? Anyone can help?

 
October 5, 2010 at 7:18 PMowner

Tan, it's freehold

 
October 5, 2010 at 7:56 PMtan

I visited Birch Plaza.

Unlike the negative comments here, it is not bad after all.

Everything is within walking distance.
Almost all the facilites are available.
Very easy to access to Jelutong Expressway to go to FTZ.

Much better than The Spring.

The only worry I have is whether the commercial lots (Times Square) will be successful.

 
May 14, 2011 at 7:40 AMKS_rev

Last time is The Spring condo, now is TimeSquare Condo, penthouse summore....what's next? :-)

http://cnews.cari.com.my/news.php?id=66433


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November 27, 2011 at 2:35 AMUnknown

hi all,can i seek some advice from all senior?
birch plaza phase 1 ,10th floor unit 3 ,
can i know this unit facing which area?
or anyone can provide the level unit location?
thank you for your all help

 
October 17, 2013 at 8:50 PMvince law

no more $450 k la.

 
November 19, 2014 at 3:09 AMAnonymous

FOR ONLY 550K

 
June 13, 2015 at 5:23 PMAnonymous

Birch the plaza now full of homestay/ service apartments units. Look like hotel now. Guests carry bags checking in and out. Management must do something about this

 
June 29, 2015 at 5:26 PMAnonymous

I've been visited to this apartment and I found really many of the homestay there. It seems less permanent residence over this apartment, maybe is time to convert to commercial.

 
July 23, 2015 at 9:37 PMandrew chong

Any owner want to let go or rent out your unit?
Do contact me at 011-12481132 Andrew.
Thanks