Pondok Indah Residences is a luxury apartment complex of 3 towers for a total of 784 units. It was completed in 2018 on 2,8 hectares of land by PT. Metropolitan Kentjana (Pondok Indah Group), the owner of Pondok Indah Mall.
The towers are the following:
Maya: 24 floors with 1 and 2-bedroom units (common lift) for a total of 336 apartments
Kartika: 32 floors with 3-bedroom units and 4-bedroom penthouses (2 private lifts) for a total of 232 apartments
Amala: 31 floors with 3-bedroom units (2 private lifts) for a total of 216 units
I stayed about a week in Pondok Indah Residences, and this is my complete review of it:
Neighborhood and Transportation
In which neighborhood of Jakarta is Pondok Indah Residences located?
Pondok Indah Residences is located in the sub-district of Pondok Pinang, which is in the Kebayoran Lama district. More precisely, it is in the neighborhood of Pondok Indah, which is one of the richest residential areas in the city (along with Menteng and Senopati).
This neighborhood is mostly low-rise, except for a few apartment complexes. The houses in Pondok Indah are known to be massive and extravagant, especially in the smaller streets near the Pondok Indah golf course. It is not uncommon for rents to reach USD7,000 or USD8,000 per month for the nicest properties.
Even though this location is far from the business district, it is popular with families for several reasons: Less traffic, better air quality, reputed schools and hospitals nearby, a large expat community, and the convenience of the mall Pondok Indah.
How does it look like around the apartment?
Pondok Indah Residences is within 5 minutes, walking distance, to Pondok Indah Mall 2.
The immediate surroundings of the property are currently a bit messy as Pondok Indah Mall 3 is under construction just across the street.
Public transportation and access to highways:
– Transjakarta: Pondok Indah 2 (500 meters away)
– Train: None nearby
– MRT: Lebak Bulus (6 kilometers away)
– Toll road: Jakarta Outer Ring Road (4 kilometers away)
By car, with normal traffic conditions, how far is it from:
– Jakarta Airport (CGK): 50 minutes
– Grand Indonesia Mall: 60 minutes
– Sudirman Business District: 40 minutes
– Kota Tua: 80 minutes
– Kemang: 30 minutes
These are the important landmarks nearby:
Pondok Indah Mall is just 5 minutes from the complex. It actually consists of several malls that are interconnected: Pondok Indah Mall 1 (PIM1), Pondok Indah Mall 2 (PIM2) and Street Gallery. It is the largest in Jakarta and extremely popular with mid-to-upper class Jakartans. You can find anything there: Fashion shops, supermarkets, cinemas, restaurants, bars, etc.
A new extension, Pondok Indah Mall 3, is currently under construction just across the street from Pondok Indah Residences. When completed, a tunnel or a bridge should connect the two entities.
Another nearby mall is Gandaria City (3 kilometers), which is smaller and targets a younger crowd. I often go there because it has an IMAX theater.
There are two supermarkets in Pondok Indah Mall, Hero in PIM1 and FoodHall in PIM2. Both are similarly expensive and they have plenty of imported products. Another option is Ranch Market (1 km away).
There are many restaurants in Pondok Indah Mall, especially in Street Gallery.
Bars and Nightlife:
Pondok Indah is not the most happening location in Jakarta for nightlife, but you still have a few decent options. In Street Gallery, you can go to Union, to Monolog or to Havana Café. A bit further, in Pondok Indah Plaza, De Hooi is a popular expat bar which has live bands on weekends.
For better bars and clubs, you will have to go to Senopati (25 minutes) or Kemang (30 minutes).
Access to quality education facilities is one of the main reasons Pondok Indah is popular with expats. In particular, it is near the JIS (Jakarta Intercultural School), the most prestigious international school in Jakarta.
For preschools, Tutor Time is recommended.
TB Simatupang is about 10-20 minutes by car. It is considered the second business district of Jakarta and it is growing rapidly. However, it is still small compared with the Sudirman/Rasuna Said business district (40 minutes away).
Building and Architecture
Who is the developer?
Pondok Indah Residences was developed by PT. Metropolitan Kentjana (Pondok Indah Group), the owner of Pondok Indah Mall 1 and 2, Puri Indah Mall, Windsor Apartments and Pondok Indah Golf Apartments. They are also currently building Pondok Indah Mall 3 and Puri Indah Mall 2.
The most important (47%) shareholders of this group are Siti Hartati Murdaya and her husband Murdaya Poo (owner of JI Expo and the World Trade Center in Sudirman).
Who is the architect?
Pondok Indah Residences was designed by DP Architects, a firm from Singapore whose portfolio also includes Senayan City, Central Park Jakarta, Kemang Village, LaVie Kuningan and The Peak.
They were assisted by a local consultant, Anggara Architeam (LaVie, Casablanca Mansion, Casa Domaine, etc).
Who is the contractor?
The contractor was Total Bangun Persada, a reputed Indonesian company that has undertaken hundreds of large projects such as Kemang Village, The Peak Sudirman, Verde One, the Pakubuwono Residence, Mediterania Garden Residences, etc.
What is the situation with the land certificate?
The developer has a Hak Guna Bangunan Murni, which means the property was built on its own land. As an apartment owner, you get a “Strata Title di atas HGB Murni”.
Design and Appearance
How does the building look like?
From Outside (Facade):
The towers are not particularly pretty and they look average:
Landscaping and Public Areas:
I really liked the spacious public areas and the garden in Pondok Indah Residences. It feels relaxing walking around surrounded by plants and trees, especially after spending a day in the madness of Jakarta.
Corridors and lifts:
These photos are from Maya tower, the only one with a common lift. I don’t have pictures of the private lifts in Kartika and Amala towers.
Size and Types of Apartments
The apartments’ size is approximately the following:
1-bedroom units (1 bathroom): Semi gross = 80m2, Net = 64m2
2-bedroom units (2 bathrooms, maid room): Semi gross = 110m2, Net = 88m2
3-bedroom units (3 bathrooms, maid room): Net = 132m2 -147m2
3-bedroom units (3 bathrooms, maid room): Net = 132m2 – 147m2
4-bedroom units Penthouse (5 bathrooms, maid room): Net = 280m2
Here are some photos that I took from a 1-bedroom unit:
Materials and Equipment
What is the quality of the materials, furniture, and equipment used in the construction?
This is an evaluation of the quality I observed (ranked from 1 – worst – to 10 – best):
In common areas:
Tiles lobby: 8
Tiles corridors: 7
Painting (wall, ceiling): 8
Lighting fixtures: 7
Gym equipment: 7
Pool equipment: 7.5
In the apartments:
Bathroom equipment: 8
Kitchen equipment: 8
Overall Quality: 7.5/10
Facilities and Services
What are the facilities provided in the property?
– There are 3 pools: The main one is Olympic-sized and a dream for swimmers. There is also a kids pool and a covered pool.
– The gym is fine, but I was a little bit disappointed as it only has few weightlifting machines. This is a problem if you train at 7 PM as there will be many users at this time.
– Other facilities:
– Facilities not pictured here: Kids playroom, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam.
What are the services available within the property?
ATM, laundry, minimarket.
Are there issues with the electricity supply?
None that I know about.
Are their issues with parking?
None that I know about. Residents get 2 parking spaces per unit.
Are there enough lifts?
Is the property busy?
It is still quiet but I’m pretty sure the occupancy will reach nearly 100% within a couple of years.
Is it noisy?
My apartment had a view on the Pondok Indah Mall 3 project, which was quite noisy. Fortunately, the windows were soundproof so it didn’t bother me that much. If you are sensitive to sounds, I recommend choosing an apartment facing the swimming pool as they are quieter.
Note that there is also a large mosque that can be heard from the units facing north.
What is the background (ethnicity, social status) of residents?
The residents are a mix of expats and Indonesians.
How old is the property?
The property was completed in 2018.
Are there visible damages?
No. It is still new.
Overall maintenance rating: 9/10
I found the property to be very clean.
Overall cleanliness rating: 9/10
The garden is well-maintained.
Overall gardening rating: 8/10
– Guards: On duty at the entrance and lobby 24/7
– CCTV cameras: In the lobby, public areas and lift
– Access: You need a card to reach your floor
Overall security rating: 9/10
The staff is friendly and professional.
Overall hospitality rating: 9/10
Rooms and Prices
Prices at Pondok Indah Residences may vary depending on many factors such as the floor, the unit type, the room condition and the furnishings.
Be aware that you may also need to pay for additional fees: Service charge, parking fee, electricity and water bills, etc. Here are a few examples of prices and ratios for this property:
1 Bedrooms (80m2) – Well-furnished:
- Rental 1 Year: Approximately IDR 288 million (or 24 million per month)
- Buy: Approximately IDR 4,300,000,000
- Break Even Point (Buying Price/Gross Annual Rental): 14.9 years
- Average buying price/m2: IDR 53 million/m2
Reasons to buy:
A popular location for expats
Soon to be connected to Pondok Indah Mall 3
Near Jakarta International School
Luxurious facilities and spacious public areas
Near TB Simatupang’s business district
Reasons NOT to buy:
There is still some empty land in this area, meaning more towers can be built (thus putting pressure on the price of Pondok Indah Residences)
Would I buy this property? (On a scale from 0 = “not at all” to 10 = “yes absolutely” ): 8/10
Pondok Indah Residences
Jalan Kartika Utama No.47, Pondok Pinang,
Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta 12310, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 (0) 812 89 26 17 19
Website: Pondok Indah Residences
I do my best to write honest and detailed reviews of the apartments I visit. If you disagree with my rating, please let me know why and leave your own rating at the end of this page.
- New property, luxurious, clean and modern
- Olympic-size swimming pool within a spacious garden
- Near Jakarta Intercultural School
- The gym is too small
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