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An Expat Home with Breathtaking views at The View in Serai Saujana

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SOME OF THE MOST STUNNING HOMES IN MALAYSIA ARE OWNED AND OCCUPIED BY EXPATS SEEKING TO CREATE AN OASIS FOR THEMSELVES IN THEIR NEW COUNTRY. HERE, SARAH REES TAKES US ON A TOUR OF ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL HABITATS

Locating an apartment with an uninterrupted view of lush greenery is nigh on impossible in the Klang Valley, or so I assumed. That was until I stepped into the home of Barbara Ford and her husband Roger F. Poulin and was stopped in my tracks by what has to be one of the best balcony views I had ever seen. This top-floor apartment, located within the aptly named The View at Serai Saujana, is dominated by an incredible, unit-wide view that starts with a sweeping golf course and disappears into thick forest and rolling hills.

Barbara’s welcome into their duplex apartment is as charming as the vista, and she guides us around an apartment that is, quite literally, like no other, thanks to her architect husband purchasing the unit before the building was even completed, thus allowing the creative couple to get their home built to their own specific design.

“Most of the apartments in the block are divided into small spaces,” explains Canadian-born Barbara, “but we wanted it to be more open.” This has certainly been achieved, as the large living area melds into the kitchen and dining spaces, all of which have been styled to a level that would not look out of place in the pages of a magazine. “Thankfully, Roger and I have similar tastes with design,” admits Barbara, “and we have really enjoyed making it our own.”

From the rich burgundy wall (“It’s my favourite colour!”), the sleek sofas, and a made-to-order rug crafted from New Zealand wool, the eye is drawn to the dining area where ornate wooden artworks adorn the walls. One such mural proves to be an antique engraved bedhead from China, while picture frames nestle around a pair of batik printing tools that Barbara rescued from a shop in Terengganu. “They would have just thrown them away,” she says sadly, looking up at the pair on the wall “and they are so ornate.”

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Source: The Expat September 2012

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