Kusuma Candra Apartments
Apartemen Kusuma Candra (also spelled Kusuma Chandra) is an upscale residential complex that consists of 3 towers (25 floors, 16 floors and 8 floors) for a total of 178 units. Completed in 1998, it was the first apartment building on SCBD, before SCBD Suites and The Capital Residence.
I slept two nights in this property, and this is my full review of it.
- 1 Location:
- 2 Building Quality
- 3 Comfort
- 4 Management
- 5 Rooms and Prices
- 6 Investment Potential
- 7 Address
- 8 More Photos
- 9 My Ratings
Note: Since Kusuma Candra is located near The Capital Residence, the following section is partly copied from my review of the latter.
Neighborhood and Transportation
In which neighborhood of Jakarta is Kusuma Candra located?
Apartemen Kusuma Candra is part of a prestigious mixed-used development area called SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District). Occupying 47 hectares of premium land, it is privately-owned by various shareholders, mainly the Artha Graha Group of Tomy Winata. It includes famous buildings like Pacific Place Mall, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Alila Hotel, District 8, the Equity Tower, the Energy Building, the Jakarta Stock Exchange, The Capital Residence, etc.
It is one of the most modern parts of Jakarta, together with Mega Kuningan. The streets, drawn according to a master plan, are spacious and they have a proper sidewalk. You can walk around without bumping into a street vendor, and you won’t see much garbage. Almost all the buildings are new and high-rise, except for a few blocks that are still waiting to be developed.
To summarize, while SCBD is in Jakarta, it isn’t really Jakarta: It just looks like the business district of any large metropolises.
How does it look like around the apartment?
This is what you can see near the apartment:
In just 5 minutes, you can walk to the Mall Pacific Place:
By car, with normal traffic conditions, how far is it from:
– Jakarta Airport (CGK): 50 minutes
– Grand Indonesia Mall: 20 minutes
– Sudirman Business District: 0 minutes
– Kota Tua: 70 minutes
– Kemang: 35 minutes
Public transportation and access to highways:
– Nearest Transjakarta halt: Gatot Subroto LIPI (1 km away) or Polda Metro Jaya (1.5 km away)
– Nearest MRT station: Istora Mandiri (1 km away)
– Nearest train station: Sudirman Station (3 km away)
– Nearest toll road: Jakarta Inner Ring Road (400 meters away).
The strategic Semanggi Interexchange is just 5 minutes away by car. It allows you to go faster to any directions in Jakarta (including to the airport).
The traffic is generally reasonable within SCBD, except during peak hours (8-10 AM and 5-7 PM).
What are the important landmarks nearby?
Nearby, there are a few landmarks you can go to:
There is a Kem Chicks supermarket in Pacific Place that has many imported products. A cheaper and larger option is Grand Lucky Supermarket, about 500 meters away (less than 10 minutes by foot).
Restaurants and Nightlife:
SCBD is one of the best locations in Jakarta for eating out and partying. You will have plenty of options, such as Potato Head, Lucy in the Sky, Cork & Screw, Hard Rock Café, Hakkasan, etc.
Two expensive private universities have a campus nearby: Binus and Pelita Harapan.
There are no international schools but Al Alzhar and SMA 82 are reputed among Indonesians.
For preschool, you can check Apple Tree on Jalan Senopati.
Siloam Semanggi, just 10 minutes away by car, is recommended.
You can reach Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in about 10-15 minutes by foot. It is suitable for running or walking.
Building and Architecture
Who is the developer?
Kusuma Candra was developed by PT Primagraha Majumakmur, a subsidiary of PT Danayasa Arthatama, the company that owns and manages SCBD. It is itself part of the Artha Graha Group, a large conglomerate that belongs to Tomy Winata.
Who is the architect?
I didn’t find this information.
Who is the contractor?
I didn’t find this information.
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 style of Kusuma Candra Apartment is Mediteranean. It was a popular design in Jakarta in the 90s and early 2000s. Now, it looks a bit old-fashioned in my opinion.
Entrance and Lobby:
There is a rather large public area on the ground floor of the property:
Corridors and lifts:
Size and Types of Apartments
The apartments’ size is approximately the following:
2-bedroom units (2 bathrooms + 1 maid room): 125m2
3-bedroom units (2 bathrooms + 1 maid room): 145-160m2
4-bedroom units (3 bathrooms + 1 maid room): 262m2
Penthouse 3-bedroom (3 bathrooms + 2 maid rooms): 512m2
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
Painting (wall, ceiling): 7
Lighting fixtures: 7
Gym equipment: 6.5
Pool equipment: 7
In the apartments:
Bathroom equipment: 7.5
Kitchen equipment: 6.5
Overall Quality: 7.2/10
Facilities and Services
What are the facilities provided in the property?
These are the facilities available within Kusuma Candra Apartments:
– Swimming pool:
– Gym: The equipment is a bit old and some machines were not working properly
I thought the bathrooms in the gym did not look so luxurious:
– Kids playground:
– Tennis court and basketball court:
– Facilities not pictures here: Sauna and spa, Squash court
What are the services available within the property?
Several services are available, including a mini market, and a laundry.
Are there issues with the electricity supply?
None that I know about.
Are their issues with parking?
None that I know about.
Are there enough lifts?
Is the property busy?
It is rather quiet as you only have around 170 units.
Is it noisy?
Some owners have reported that they can hear the sound of nearby nightclubs at night (Lucy in the Sky/Empirica). For this reason, it is better to choose the units that are facing the northeast.
What is the background of the residents?
The residents I saw were mostly Indonesian and Indonesian Chinese.
Are there visible damages?
There are no major damages, but the building is not maintained up to the standards of an upscale residence. In particular, several areas would need to be repainted. For instance:
Overall maintenance rating: 6.5/10
The cleanliness was ok.
Overall cleanliness rating: 7.5/10
The garden was properly maintained.
Overall gardening rating: 8/10
– Guards: There are 24/7 guards at the main gate of the property.
– CCTV cameras: In the lobby.
– Access: You need an access card to reach your unit.
Overall security rating: 8.5/10
The staff is friendly and professional.
Overall hospitality rating: 8.5/10
Rooms and Prices
Prices at Kusuma Candra 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:
3-Bedroom (145m2) – Well-furnished:
- Rental 1 Year: Approximately IDR 300 million (or IDR 25 million per month)
- Buy: Approximately IDR 5,200,000,000
- Break Even Point (Buying Price/Gross Annual Rental): 17.3 years
- Average buying price/m2: IDR 35.8 million/m2
Reasons to buy:
Location in Central Business District
More affordable than competitors
Reasons NOT to buy:
Most apartments need to be refurbished
Would I buy this property? (On a scale from 0 = “not at all” to 10 = “yes absolutely” ):
Kusuma Candra Apartemen
SCBD Lot 20
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No. 52-53
Senayan, Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta 12190
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- Good neighborhood for eating out, shopping, partying, and working.
- Limited number of units.
- Large public area with pool, tennis court, kids games, etc.
- Many apartments have not been refurbished and they have old furniture.
- You can hear the noise from bars and nightclubs in some units.
- Some of the equipment at the gym was not working.
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