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Malaysia | 9 Best Places to live in Johor

As the second most populous state in Malaysia, Johor has attracted a large inflow of foreign investment, driven by the Iskandar Malaysia Special Economic Zone. Johor promises education and employment prospects, as well as historic monuments and large shopping malls, which are considered by locals to be amongst the best in Malaysia.

Best places for young people to live in Johor, Malaysia 

1) Taman Mount Austin

Taman Hill Austin, also known as Austin Heights, is located in Johor Bahru. Charming Mount Austin is one of Johor’s best places to visit, with trendy entertainment venues and a wide variety of food and beverage outlets. This is because nearby Mount Austin is Johor Bahru Sunway College (Sunway College) and the nationally famous Austin Heights International School, forming a concentration of fashionable and student-oriented dining. At the same time, young people and families who settle here can enjoy a full range of living facilities in this mature community. From shopping malls to Sultan Ismail Hospital, everything here is convenient.

2) Muar

As the most proud and world-famous historical city in Johor, Muar has many well-known features, such as historical sites, local cuisines and specialty coffee. Museums, art galleries and many other locations also attract tourists from all over the world. Local monuments include Kubu Bentayan, which is a fort built by Sultan Mahmud Shah, the last Sultan of the Malacca dynasty, during the Portuguese invasion in the 15th century. In terms of food, there are Otak-otak, prawn noodles and countless snacks that you may be familiar with.

3) Medini City

Medini City is a still-developing town that, when completed, will become the central business district of Iskandar Puteri. Medini is not only the largest single city development project in Malaysia, it has also won a number of green and smart city awards for its sustainable and environmentally friendly design features. If you want to live in close proximity to excellent educational resources, Medini City is definitely a must-see location because it is so close to the University City. Johor has a university town covering an area of ​​305 acres, which gathers many universities, higher education institutions, R&D centers and the most advanced gymnasiums. It is one of the best educational destinations in the country.

Best places for family to live in Johor, Malaysia

1) Skudai

Skudai, located in Iskandar Puteri, is a well-developed suburban area and one of the best choices for people with families. As an established township that is primarily family-centred, Skudai has all the facilities a family needs. In terms of shopping malls, there is the popular Paradigm Mall, as well as other options such as Skudai Parade, AEON Taman Universiti, Tasek Sentral, Sutera Mall and U Mall.

In terms of education, Skudai has higher education institutions such as Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the private Southern University College.

2) Batu Pahat

Batu Pahat is one of the most popular shopping paradises in Johor. Expanding business activity here has fueled a boom in local development, propelling Batu Pahat to become the largest city in Johor after Johor Bahru. Batu Pahat has a huge Chinese population, which has also prompted the establishment of local Chinese temples. It is estimated that there are more than 350 temples, and many of them are well-known domestic and foreign Johor attractions. Batu Pahat is a good place to live in peace and quiet, so families who want to settle in a mature suburb can consider settling here.

3) Kluang

Kluang, located in central Johor, is said to be named after “Keluang”, a now-extinct fruit bat. There are also various organic farms here, which are the testimony of Kluang’s agricultural economy and one of the best places for leisure in Johor. Many people think of Kluang as a suburban retreat or a Johor attraction away from the hustle and bustle, but don’t be fooled by its resort-tourism charm, as it is otherwise well-equipped. It is even home to the International Medical University (IMU), the first and best-known private medical and health sciences university in Malaysia.

Best places for foreigners to live in Johor, Malaysia

1) East Ledang

East Ledang is an upscale residential town located in Iskandar Puteri. There are well-designed parks, lakes and wetlands, allowing residents to enjoy the experience of living in a nature-filled setting. In fact, with these characteristics, East Lirang also won the honor of the best development project in Malaysia in the 2010 Bloomberg Asia Pacific Property Awards! It is also only a 5-minute drive from the university town. If you have the budget to buy a house, East Regency is one of the locations you must consider.

2) Horizon Hills

Horizon Hills is another upscale town popular with expats, retirees and investors. As another luxury gated community very close to the Sing Joo Causeway, this is the best choice for expats to move to Malaysia. Horizon Hills has lifestyle facilities such as healthcare, education, leisure and retail. These include a university town, 3 shopping malls, Johor Premium Outlets (JPO), the famous Johor attraction Legoland, and 3 private hospitals with advanced medical technology.

3) Bukit Indah

Bukit Indah is another established community in Iskandar Puteri. This community enjoys a quaint and laid-back living atmosphere. Even if you don’t live here, you can consider it a good place to relax in Johor.


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