Petaling Jaya, more commonly known as PJ, is a city in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. Situated in the Klang Valley, the city is surrounded by the metropolitan capital of the country, Kuala Lumpur, on the eastern side, Shah Alam on the western side, the district of Gombak on the northern side, and Puchong on the southern side. One of Malaysia’s oldest cities, Petaling Jaya served as the nation’s first ever satellite city. Over time the city expanded and gave way to commercial, residential, and recreational development.
The city is divided into two sections, Old Town Petaling Jaya and New Town Petaling Jaya. The old town has maintained its charm and picturesque perfection of that of an old city. It was, at a time, a hub of industrial development and played a major role in the advancement of the state of Selangor. It houses multiple residential developments and offers plenty of living space for budget conscious potential home owners. The residential blocks of the city are spread over four sectors. Each of the sectors is widely made up of single storeyed, detached houses and bungalows. The olden part of the city is a preferred location for new homeowners who are looking for budget friendly homes because of the low prices offered on big houses in an established region of the state of Selangor. The low prices coupled with the amenities provided has made old Petaling Jaya a place that refuses to fade into oblivion.
The new town of Petaling Jaya houses multiple government buildings including, but not limited to, Menara MBPJ, Bangunan (Persekutuan Petaling Jaya) the Federal Building of PJ and a branch of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs. Due to its established presence and proximity to multiple cities, Petaling Jaya is a preferred location for many offices and businesses. Commercial towers such as CP Tower (a 22 storey corporate office), PJ 33 (an MSC status integrated commercial building), and Menara H (an 18 storey Grade A corporate office) offer affordable offices for rent in Petaling Jaya. The proximity of the towers to the PUTRA LRT station also allows the towers to offer office spaces for leasing near the LRT. The towers also offer fitted offices for lease in PJ.
Petaling Jaya is home to multiple malls. From Atria Shopping Gallery, Paradigm Mall, and Starling Mall to 1 Utama Shopping Centre and IKEA Damansara, Petaling Jaya boasts a strong mall culture where patrons can experience a variety of cultural imports in the form of food and other amenities.
Petaling Jaya also offers a wide array of activities for the more active population of Malaysia with escape rooms, camp 5 climbing gym, trampoline parks, canyon paintballs, batting cages, ice skating rinks, scuba diving, and the Curve’s Kidzania.
Another reason why Petaling Jaya is still on new and old homeowners’ wish list is because of the quality education that can be attained in the city, basic and higher. The city is home to some of the most prestigious universities in Malaysia including, KDU University, University of Malaya, International Islamic University Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak University (UNITAR) and Mara University of Technology.
Petaling Jaya is one of the most prominent locations in Malaysia for residence and trade. It is a well developed and well established area that is home to multiple malls and offers a wide variety of activities. What used to be a discontinued rubber estate is now a hub of trade and commerce, one that will continue to grow and gentrify in the coming years.