The Sanctuary in Batu Uban is a gated hillside community that offers prestige, security, and panoramic views of Penang Bridge and the sea. This estate consists of bungalows, semi-detached houses, and also town villas. Formerly a military quarters for high ranking officials, it has now been transformed by an Australian architect who specializes in contemporary and minimalist design.
Phase 1 of The Sanctuary was completed in April 2008, and comprises of 21 detached bungalows and 11 semi-detached houses. Phase 2 has 35 units of 3-storey bungalows called Vogue, Glamourette, and Magnifique. Whilst the guest room can be turned into a SOHO, all homes come with a car porch that can accommodate up to 5 cars. All houses also have built-in security systems with CCTV, as well as electronic gates for residents’ peace of mind.
Bungalows have a built-up area of 3,500 – 6,000 sf. The key to these bungalows are the finishing touches. While Burmese teak flooring was chosen for the bedrooms and living rooms, imported granite tiles are at the entrance portico. Tiles are used in the dry kitchen, guest room, and also the bathrooms. While the master bedroom en-suite has double wash basins, granite vanity tops are used in the bathrooms. The tap fittings and sanitary wares are imported from Japan and Europe, and brands used include TOTO, Kaldewei, Remer, and also Grohe.
Semi-detached houses at The Sanctuary have a built up area of 4,200 sf. They have 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. The town villas are slightly smaller, with a built-up area of 2,500 sf. The town villas cost RM700,000 onwards. The Sanctuary is strategically sited in the Batu Uban Growth Triangle, and is close to an international school, Universiti Sains Malaysia, shopping centres, and golf courses. It is accessible through Lebuhraya Bayan Lepas.