I Understand Why Many Forest City Condos are Empty After Spending a Night in One

The Empty P promise of Malaysia’s Luxury Estate: A Reveal into the Reality of Forest City

In southern Malaysia, the sprawling estate of Forest City stands tall and empty despite its branding as luxurious properties. Built by China’s largest developer, Country Garden, at a cost of $100 billion, the estate covers four square miles and boasts towering apartment buildings with views of the Johor Strait and neighboring Singapore. However, during a recent visit in 2022, the area was deserted with many unoccupied units and few residents visible.

While Forest City predicts a population of 700,000 in the coming years, current figures show only 9,000 residents. During a stay at one of the apartments, it was revealed that even in a complex with 20 units, only a small number of people were actually living there. This has raised concerns about the estate’s ability to attract residents and fulfill its vision for the future.

In March 2022, the writer booked a night at a Forest City apartment through an Airbnb property manager for $52. Similar units can be found on Airbnb for as little as $38 per night. The owner of the unit declined to comment for privacy reasons while Country Garden remained silent when contacted by the media.

Despite its ambitions to become a bustling metropolis, Forest City currently remains largely empty and underutilized. With thousands of apartments sitting vacant, the estate faces challenges in attracting residents and fulfilling its vision for the future.

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