Mont Kiara Buyer’s Guide

Mont Kiara Damai

First of all, let me share some great news. The GoodPlace network is now on track to reach 50,000 unique visits per month, having passed the pivotal 4,000th subscriber to the GoodPlace Digest (GPD) list early last week.

(To put things in perspective, even the best selling property magazine in Malaysia reaches less than 3,000 people a month, and the most trafficked local property blogs (outside of classifieds sites like iProperty and PropertyGuru) register less than 1,000 uniques per day.)

This has made us feel pretty good, and to celebrate, we are going to release a series of Premium Buyer Guides to our dear readers for free. Yes, free. Percuma. 免费. இலவச.

To paraphrase a young GoodPlace.my reader who emailed me over the weekend, “Why are you so moronic that you’re doing things for free?” Well, the answers to that question are (1) because I feel like it, and (2) see reason (1). Not everyone has got an agenda, my young grasshopper. Besides, I get my bills paid – just not by pimping out this site.

Now without further ado, I present to you…

mont-kiara-buyer-guide

Inside this concise, all-killer-no-filler, 35-page Mont Kiara Buyer’s Guide, you’ll find the answers to three big questions –

  1. Is there a glut in Mont Kiara?
  2. Where are the best investment opportunities within Mont Kiara?
  3. What is the fair price to pay for <property name here>?

Additionally, you’ll also get a Comparison Sheet (in Excel) which maps out every Mont Kiara property across these important aspects:-

  • Transacted price (a sample of the most recent transacted prices in PSF)
  • Trend of asking prices for the past three months
  • GoodPlace Walkability Scores (GWS) – more on this later
  • Pros & cons of each property (we pull no punches here)

Below is a screenshot of the Comparison Sheet –

Use our "Comp Sheet" to compare between Mont Kiara properties, side by side

Use our “Comp Sheet” to compare between Mont Kiara properties, side by side

Even if Mont Kiara is not in your focus area currently, you’ll still find plenty of examples on how to analyze a property for fair price and investment potential. Also, you’ll be able to request for Premium Buyer Guides to be developed for the area of your choice. 🙂

I read through the MK guide and its awesomesauce man! The good, the bad and the ugly… just what everyone needs to know without the sugar-coated BS.”
Amanda Andrew, Savills Rahim & Co

These buyer guides are eventually going to be in the soon-to-be-launched GoodPlace Store where we will sell our proprietary guides, but for now you can get it for free. Right click on the links in the download box below, and choose “save as”.

And that’s not all… here’s more free stuff!

Free: Mont Kiara Walkability Maps

Especially true for Mont Kiara condominiums, being able to walk to nearby amenities and transportation choices is becoming more important by the day (and especially so with the horrendous KL traffic which doesn’t seem to get better). So for the past couple months, our small R&D team here at GoodPlace.my have been experimenting with a new feature that computes the walkability of a neighbourhood by pulling together a couple of data points to compute what we call the GoodPlace Walkability Scores (GWS).

The GWS is built on top of Google Maps API and is scored using the walking distances to:-

  • Basic amenities such as restaurants, clinics and schools.
  • Secondary amenities such as drinking spots, entertainment outlets, laundrettes, shopping centres and police stations.
  • Transportation points (taxis, train stations).

We apply a “dampening factor” on the overall score which increases logarithmically with distance. The maximum GWS score is 100.

We have since rolled out this feature for KLCC condominiums (more details at our sister website on KLCC properties here), and at the time of writing we are doing the same thing for Mont Kiara. Apart from computing the scores, we are putting them on a beautifully drawn Mont Kiara map which you can download and print if you like.

Get this set of Mont Kiara walkability maps for free - just leave me a message below!

Get this set of Mont Kiara walkability maps for free – should be ready in a couple days’ time.

And as you should know by now I’m a real stickler for details and perfection, but we are already putting the final touches to the maps which should be ready sometime in the week. When it’s done, I’ll send you a copy via email. 🙂

Now scroll all the way down to the “Speak Your Mind, and leave me some feedback. Also, let me know if you want a Premium Guide for any area you like (Bangsar? PJ? Ampang? Cyberjaya? Iskandar? Kampung Timbuktu!?)

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About Khai Yin

When I am not writing for GoodPlace.my and helping my readers find properties though the DealMatcher service, I spend time doting on my three kids: Wenyi, Qinyi and Eian. My personal stuff, some published essays and contact details can be found at khaiyin.com

Comments

  1. Stephanie Song I-Tin says:

    Thanks Khai Yin. Very generous of you! Do you also have guides for PJ area and also USJ?

  2. Surintharan M. says:

    CONGRATULATIONS KHAI YIN AND GOODPLACE! I like the no holds barred reviews and articles which are very refreshing, different from the usual BS you read from magazines and from the developer websites! Keep it up!

    Surin.

  3. Please send me the maps, thank you Khai Yin. And congrats on the 50k

  4. Very useful, thank you. I like the impartial-ness of the review – very refreshing.

    I would like to request for the maps also please!

  5. i’d like the mont kiara maps also please when they are ready, thanks so much

  6. Andy Tay says:

    Thanks Khai Yin. It is very generous of you! I would like to take the opportunity here to ask the status of the coming episode of Goldie & Patrick “simple methods to maximize cash flow from a property purchase”? Can’t wait to read it. Thanks again, good day.

    • Andy: we have actually got up to five new episodes of Goldie & Patrick stories already done up. Just need to edit them and dress them up a little. So much to do, so little time…

  7. Thanks Khai Yin, Awesome review…sometime down the pipeline, if possible, something on Puchong please…which part of Puchong is your choice…but Puchong is definitely heating up..
    Thank you

  8. Can you send me a guide on cyberjaya please. Thanks

  9. Thanks Khai Yin. Wonderful of you doing all these research. Do appreciate what you have done and do count me in for those Maps.

    Thanks with regards,
    See

  10. Jerry Lim says:

    May I have the Mont Kiara Map? Are you doing for KLCC too? Is it the same as Goodplace sister website KLCC Condominiums?

  11. Awesome stuff Khai Yin! Looking forward to the maps when they’re ready.

  12. Alex Low says:

    Great job on the detailed survey done….looking forward for Premium Guide for new growth area such as Iskandar, etc

  13. Very generous of you to share out such detail analysis, great job and keep it up. Not forgetting to congratulate you on the 4k subscriber milestone 🙂

  14. Among of all the property blogs and website, I find that GoodPlace.my is the BEST! Besides the graphic illustration and nice website layout, the most compelling would be the content and the information given. It is easy to comprehend and straight to the point, and I’d really enjoy reading your blog. DOUBLE THUMBS UP for you Khai Yin!!

  15. jason chui says:

    Great stuff!!

    High resolution map? Yes please.

    Guide for Bangsar, pj, damansara perdana, shah alam, puchong, subang, usj, bukit jalil ….. YES PLEASE !!!!

  16. Angela Leong says:

    Thank you so much for the Mont Kiara Buyer’s Guide. Looking forward to receiving the Mont Kiara maps. Would be great if you can also do a Buyer’s Guide for PJ area. Happy Investing

  17. Great Info and thanks.
    May I know the details of how to calculate the GWS?

    • The algo’s like this: 100 – sum of (walking distance score to Xn), where Xn is the amenity, which is in turn scored by order of importance (schools and police stations score higher than, say, the mamak shop). It’s lots of math, and we have built the algo on top of Google Maps (it makes calculating distances a breeze). I can share the formula with you if you like – just email me.

  18. Yoon Fei says:

    Dear Khai Yin, love your blog and your style! Stay awesome!

  19. Your report is great! Pse strive on. You have all our support!

  20. Nice stuff you have shared! Please share the map with me once it’s ready, thanks.

  21. Ahmad Aminullah Roslam says:

    Hi Khai, really appreciate for all the info that u provide. I did use it in choose my first home. Can I request the guide for ara Damansara area. Thanks.

  22. Great job. Would appreciate the MK map when available. Was told about the new TWY project. Being a newbie to buying property and being used to PJ-living all my life, would appreciate it you could offer some advice as to whether this TWY project is worth buying for own-stay for a retiring old couple. (via email if possible)

  23. Josephine Chee says:

    Thanks Khai Yin, for everything, the info and the education, etc.. etc.
    I look forward to your KLCC guide and map..
    Keep up the good work.. many silent readers like me are very appreciative of your work.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks, Josephine. Please don’t be “silent” – I don’t fancy talking to walls much. 🙂 By the way, the KLCC map is available, and can be downloaded here.

  24. Anderson says:

    Wow, totally impressed! Great work. I can even take this as reference to boost my property value (optimistic) when I decide to sell mine at Laman Suria. Although not sure why it isn’t reflected in the pricing tiers nor was it in the excel file. I see fair bit of renovation notices through-out the year within the premise which i suppose reflects some percentage of transactions.

  25. Excellent insight on MK properties! I would appreciate if you could email me a set of Mont Kiara walkability maps. Thanks!

  26. Hi Khai Yin,

    Thanks so much for all the great stuff. You are really generous. Oh yes, I would love to have the high resolution Mont Kiara map please.

  27. Hi Khai Yin..you made stuffs easier for us by doing all the researches and analyse it. Keep up the good generous work.

  28. Thanks man for the insightful information !!!

  29. Mark Tan says:

    Hi Khai Yin,

    I read your post every week. Your buyer’s guide is excellent. Coupled with the walkability scores, it really adds to estimating the valuation of the property. Just one thing, I don’t have any units in Mont Kiara. Perhaps you could send me the KLCC buyer’s guide, that would really be helpful.

    Thanks,
    Mark

  30. Great work! Please email me the monylt kiara maps thanks

    • Hi Khai Yin,
      I Can’t seems to open the MK comparison excel file , anyway to email me.Pls email me the MK map also.

      Thks

  31. Hi Khai Yin.. Congrats on the 50k unique users… I can’t wait for KLCC Guide… May I have the MK map too once it is ready? A job well done…

  32. Hi khai yin,

    I’ve been reading your blog silently since a few months ago, firstly because I am living far from kl, (also far away from Timbuktu), and secondly I do not read out loud any thing I read.. 🙂
    Since you have asked nicely to leave a feedback, I just wanna say, great job man! You’re awesome!

  33. Thanks for the great guide with map provided, appreciate you could provide more guide for Wangsa Maju area?

  34. Good info..even kiara is not my target area at the moment..appreciate if you could post the guide on puchong area especially before & after effects for MRT development

  35. Dude/dudettes, good work on the MK premium guide! entertaining read. how about one for bangsar.?

  36. Hi, Khai Yin

    Pls furnish me the map once it’s ready. Could you please do the same for Cyberjaya & PJ & Tropicana ?

    Thank you very much for all the great stuff.

    Ivy

  37. ooops. one question about your MK comparison spreadsheet. the trend 3PM column. How is the number calculated? -10%, means? based on average actual transacted values over the past 3 months, compared against the same figure in the preceding 3 months? tks.

  38. Kenny Lim says:

    Thanks a lot Khai Yin. Great job. For those who have Mt Kiara in mind you have saved tons
    of hours. Something which it is hard to quantify in terms of $$$.

  39. Innovative Malaysia real estate research effort by the Good Place team.
    Pls continue the good work! Like to have access to the MK map too. Thanks.

  40. Khai Yin

    I’ve just gone through yr Excel Sheet, it’s indeed a great job. I am not sure how long you spent to complete the whole thing, one thing for sure is you have done an excellent job. Keep up your good work & all the best.

    Ivy

    • Thank you, Ivy. Much of the time was spent chasing JPPH for data, but then again we requested for literally hundreds of transactions (inclusive of both Mont Kiara and KLCC).

  41. Thumbs up Khai Yin and the team! 😀
    Understand that your next target will be KLCC and Bangsar, but I think you may want to consider Sungai Besi and Old Klang Road for your next sharing. I believe both places will become the next rising star in the near future.
    Thank you very much for your sharing! 🙂

  42. Hi Khai Yin,

    Great job, appreciate the frankness, objectivity and commitment to info sharing. As an MK resident I’d say you’re pretty spot on.

    I’d also like a high res copy of the Mont Kiara map please.

  43. Accumulated enough bullet and ready to fire but still unsure. Hopefully your guides will help me decide.

    I don’t normally kiss arse, but you deserve all the accolades for your hard work. You are definitely doing better that the old BBB forum. Thank you and may you be rewarded accordingly.

  44. Lawrence says:

    Dear Khai Yin,

    Thanks for your information and hard work Really appreciate it. Can you also include me into your mailing list for the mont kiara GWS map?

    Meanwhile, I would also wish if you could have a premium study guide on Cheras or Melawati area.

    Thanks

    Regards
    Lawrence

  45. Hi Khai Yin,

    Thanks very much for the write up and guide on Mon’t Kiara properties. I appreciate your hard work and information sharing with everyone – best of all, it’s FREE! I’ve been to several blogs and web sites and Good Place is interesting, easy to read, frank and importantly, provides valuable insights into property buying. 🙂 Kudos and please keep up the great job in helping newbies like me to find our dream home. These reviews and information will definitely help to supplement my decision makings.

    Could I request for the Mon’t Kiara GWS map as well?

    Thanks.

  46. Charles T says:

    Hi, Great write-up of Mont Kiara Buyer’s guide. Glad to have come across your website when researching for a place for me to consider my first home. I would like a high-res map of the GWS once it’s available too. Many thanks!

  47. Hi, thanks for the Mont Kiara guides. Appreciated it a lot !! May I have the GWS map as well.
    Thanks again!

  48. Thanks!!

  49. Hi Khai Yin and folks. What can I say, you guys are fabulous. What you guys are doing is beyond words to describe. I believe that you had heard this many times, but the way you write, the content that makes sense (no bs so far) really matter to newbies like me.
    Keep up the good job and congrats on all the achievements you obtained and gonna get.
    Recently, I started to explore on Bangsar South area. What do you think bro?
    Regards, Tony

  50. Raymond says:

    Great article 🙂
    Appreciate if you can share me the GWS map. Can u add Old Klang Road to your list?

  51. Please send me the map for Mont Kiara one. BTW, do you have the map for PJ? Thanks.

  52. Nice work man, keep it going… some reviews on the forgotten, ex-happening place Bangsar would be nice, minus Bangsar South!

  53. Hi Khai Yin,

    Thanks again for all these insightful info. Do keep me in the list for all you have to offer, though I am rather focused on KLCC and Mont Kiara.

  54. Hi Khai yin,

    Another silent reader which would appreciate you n your team hard work!.. Initially Don’t fancy MK in my lookout but after reading your insight sharing I found it to be attractive and fit into the budget. I would guess more of me out there. Thanks for your sharing on education, research and consistent updates ..
    Will wait for the Bangsar n Subang edition..

    Dave

  55. Ken Chow says:

    Congratulation to Goodplace.my for geting such a good record. =D
    And also thanks to Khai Yin and team for very helpful guide/info in this blog, I’m really appreciate it (and i guess there’re planty of silent readers would appreciate too).
    Anyway, i’m looking forward if there is any about Cheras to Kajang and futher areas.

    Good day.

    Ken

  56. Wendy oo says:

    KY n team, congrats n keep up the good work. Will appreciate MK guide. All the best. Tks

  57. Paul Leow says:

    Good job, especially the excel file.
    Please do one for the area surrounded by NPE, Federal Highway, Jalan Gasing.

  58. Hi Khai Yin,

    Awesome stuff here !! Really selfless work from you and your team. Appreciated it lots.

    Would be great to get the High resolution map, as well as the guide for PJ, Ara Damansara, Bukit Jalil… once it’s available..

    Thumbs up for the great work!

    Thanks again.

  59. Nicholas says:

    Geat jobs Khai Yin, reading yr articles become the must during my weekend! Well done & keep it up!

    Just wonder did yr previous articles highlighted on Cheras area especially the upcoming Sunway Velocity cheras project? Just 3.8km from KLCC? Is there any articles on cheras-pudu-klcc will this area boom? Booming or aldy boomed? Coz of the up coming mrt/lrt infrastructure for TRX & Ikea cheras?

    Mind to share with me if there is any reseach study report on these areas.

    Cheers & thank you. Nick

  60. Patrick Teow says:

    Hi Khai Yin!

    Great work and thanks for your effort! Have been following goodplace for few months time and this is definitely a good place to learn and obtain so many information!

    Appreciate if you could send me a Mont Kiara Map.

    Thanks again & keep it up!

    Regards,
    Patrick Teow

  61. Ryan Lim says:

    Dear Khai Yin, great work on the blog. will follow up closely. Can you please forward me a copy of your mont kiara map as i plan to buy a unit there and if you are able to help out to find a unit that would be great as well. my email is **removed**

    • Hi Ryan – I’ll email you separately. I’ve also removed your email address to keep you from getting spammed by, well, hustlers. 🙂

  62. Hi Khai Yin,

    Thanks for writing this great guide for Mont Kiara properties! As always, your articles are useful and informative. I would surely like to receive a copy of the Mont Kiara map as well. Please email me. Thanks again!

  63. Kenneth says:

    Thanks Khai Yin. Very generous of you! Do you also have guides for cheras area?

  64. Hi Khai Yin,

    Great articles on Mont Kiara Buyer’s Guide.

    Thanks

    Wilson

  65. Benjamin Chua says:

    Thanks for sharing your information. Do you have guide on Bangsar or bukit jalil?

  66. Foo Mun Hon says:

    Thats pretty awesome.

  67. Unbelievable useful.
    Thanks!!

  68. RESPECT! Thanks for sharing.

  69. Ronnie says:

    Hi Kai Yin, good review on mont kiara. Would like to have the templates and maps..thanks.
    Rgds,
    Ronnie

  70. Derek Tan says:

    Really valuable site for property newbies and investors. Hats off to your efforts!

  71. Hi, great stuff as always.

    Not to sound pedantic but I think you are too forgiving on Aston Kiara 3 on its walkability 🙂

  72. A great help. thanks

  73. Irene Yee says:

    Hi Khai Yin, thank you so much for your research and detailed analyze of the Mont Kiara enclave. It is very useful for home buyers as well as investors. Very glad to see the membership of your blog increasing by leaps and bounds, keep up the good work!:)

  74. Anand Mohan says:

    Hi Khai Yin,
    Respect for your indepth work which is completely transparent
    Please Keep your good work and thanks once again.:-)

  75. I find your work refreshing, and best of all, it’s written with good grammar with the right touch of humour and sarcasm. Looking forward to more of your reports.

  76. Hi, I would like to get the map too. Please share with me. Thanks

  77. Thanks Khai Yin for your pro-active attitude in supplying me with all these valuable information. I learned a lot these few days from you.

    Many thanks!

  78. Great insight on property market in Mt.Kiara and detailed explanation and information on the area.
    Khai and team, thanks for taking time to come up with this to supply valuable info to the readers. Hope you expose more areas with information to both buyers and investors. Cheers!

  79. Hi, Can I have a copy of the map. Please share with me. Thanks

  80. Thanks Khan Yin for this excellent guide on Mont Kiara. I am looking forward to your guide in Bangsat which I hope include Bangsar South.

  81. Good overview of Mont Kiara and very informative. You did a great job pulling all the relevant bits into one document. Well done.

  82. Thumbs up Khai Yin! Great review and keep up with the quality. Looking forward to walkability review on PJ area.

  83. Is it worth to buy twy

  84. Well done Khai Yin, yout have made our lives as a home buyers, investors and agents much much easier..

  85. Recommended website for house buyers in Klang Valley. Informative, user-friendly and responsive. Two thumbs up 🙂

  86. Hi Khai Yin,

    Splendid insight to Mont Kiara – great effort! Pardon my ignorance as I have a few questions:
    1. Referring to table under the column “price”
    a) Is that cost per square feet?
    b) If so, shouldn’t you factor in the size of the unit used for the computation as generally the bigger units would have lower cost per square foot?
    c) When was the research done – prices vary quite substantially especially on hot spots especially in recent years?
    d) Since I am an investor, I get pretty excited when I see property price of what I assume as <RM500psf. To aid investor further (if I am not pushing my luck too far :-)), may I suggest that in the tabulation you include research on rental market.
    2. Btw, I believe it is more or less cast in stone that there shall be MRT Line 3 station in the Mont Kiara/Dutamas area. How would that impact on the prices of the properties listed? For example it is quite widely publicized that there would be a Matrade stop which is near Icon, Hartamas Regency 1 & 2 etc.., how would these condos benefit from it?
    3. Lastly I believe you mentioned that the Mont Kiara map (GWS) is available. However when I click the link which reference to the map, I could not access the map. Please help.

    Thank you very much and best regards.

  87. Hi Khai Yin

    Tks a lot for your generosity of sharing. i have downloaded your Buyer’s Guide and will give my comment after having gone through it. Cheers!

  88. Hi Khai Yin,
    Thank you so much for sharing the nitty gritty details with all of us! Job well done!

  89. Hi Khai Yin,

    Mind to email me the MK map.

    TQ in advanced.

    Lim

  90. Dave Chan says:

    Hi Khai Yin,

    Thanks for all the brilliant & unselfishness sharing, btw I was hoping if I can get the MK map and the KLCC buyer’s guide as well. Thanks & keep up the good work buddy.

    Thank you

  91. Thanks a lot Khai Yin. This certainly is a useful guide. You are the man !!

  92. Hi,Khai Yin, very good research and information ya. Very details and helpful ya. Good work bro. Keep up the good job ya. Btw, it would be great if you can provide to me KLCC guide and map ya. Thanks

  93. Hi Khai Yin, thank you so much for the great sharing, this really a comprehensive analysis for first time home buyer. Currently am looking at Casa Kiara I and Casa Kiara II and would you mind to share your personal opinion on this 2 condo?

    Thank you 🙂

  94. Iqbal I. Patel says:

    Dear Khai Yin, congratulations on a great work you have performed. Thank you so much for this comprehensive analysis for the first time in the home buyer guide. Currently I am interested at Casa Kiara I and Casa Kiara II, could you please share your expert thoughts on these two assets at me email Iqbal.Patel@sadara.com

    Best regards,

  95. Iqbal I. Patel says:

    Dear Khai Yin, congratulations on a great work you have performed. Thank you so much for this comprehensive analysis for the first time in the home buyer guide. Currently I am interested at Casa Kiara I and Casa Kiara II, could you please share your expert thoughts on these two assets at my email Iqbal.Patel@sadara.com

    Best regards,

  96. Dear Khai Yin, Thanks for the good summary on Mt Kiara Buyer’s Guide especially for those who are from outstation looking to buy in Mt Kiara.

    Do you have any buyer’s guide on other areas in KL?

    Keep it up!

  97. Simply Awesome love your page. Would you ever throw in a donation box?

  98. Good Sir, I almost never write in comment section, but out of sheer appreciation for what you do, I must say ‘thank you’. I am grateful for the work you’ve put into the buyer guide, and forever earned yourself a fan for your refreshingly frank assessments. Keep it up, and if you ever need donations to fund operational costs, let me know, more than happy to help.

  99. Found treasure! (guides!)

    If you have time to look into guides for Puchong, Taman Desa and Iskandar (Puteri Harbour), that would wonderful!

    Going thru the treasure now!

    Thanks.

  100. Hey KY,

    It is really helpful for me as a person who just came back to live in KL after a long time being overseas. I really appreciate it.

    Thank you so much and have a wonderful 2015 ahead!

  101. Dear Khai Yin, The report delivered was high quality, definitely bringing new insights and ways to look at Mont Kiara investment opportunity. It was also clear at the presentation that you had a deep understanding of the area. Very good job!.

  102. I am new to real estate. Doing my research now and found your website. Very educational and its free! Amazing!

    Thank you Khai Yin

  103. Hi Khai Yin

    Thanks for the information which is really useful. When was the last update on review and prices for Mont Kiara? It says 2014 but was it Dec or mid year? We are now in 2015 so am wondering if you have another update coming

  104. ting sheng says:

    Hi Khai Yin

    Thanks for the information. But appreciate if you can reply the email sent to Dealmatcher

  105. Alan Foong says:

    Hi Khai Yin,

    I am really impressed on what have I read on goodplace.my and your no BS approach. Would appreciate if you could take a look at Iskandar area and share more with us. I am a Johorian and has been in real estate industry for some times. I will be very happy to assist you on the Iskandar guide in case you need any helps in any forms. Looking forward to get in touch with you soon. Keep your good work up!

    Thanks

  106. Vivien Tong says:

    Really appreciate your hard work to share with us .
    Will you being doing one for Kota Damansara area

  107. Khee Kuan says:

    Hi Khai Yin! Are you looking into producing the similar ones for Bangsar?

  108. Really enjoy reading your post, very educational and informative!
    Would love to have the map. Hope to have a premium guide for Cyberjaya as well.

    Thanks Khai Yin

  109. Hi khaiyin,

    many thanks for your usefull guide.

    Can you prepare more details guide for PJ and Bangsar South area?

    thank you

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