Kayu Ara is a small community in Petaling Jaya with a land area of about 400 acres. Kayu Ara used to be known as Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara back then. It was called for the fig trees that grew along the river in this area when it was founded in the 1960s. It is an up-and-coming residential neighbourhood that is rapidly developing. Damansara Utama, to the east and close to PJU6, has the same postcode as it. In terms of population, the village is inhabited by about 20,000 people, comprising 10,000 Malays, Indians (5,000), Chinese (2,000) and foreigners (3,000). This number shows the rapid concentration of the villagers. Kayu Ara offers a variety of rental options for youngsters and is an excellent spot to start your adult life.
The area is located on the periphery of large towns and is approximately 9 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. Bandar Utama and Kampung Sungai Penchala constitute the northern border; SS2, Taman Mayang, and Kelana Jaya form the southern border; Damansara Jaya, Uptown Damansara, and Damansara Utama form the eastern border; Tropicana Golf Club and Subang form the western border.
Types of Properties
It is predominantly a residential area; nonetheless, it was once a slum that hampered the area’s development. It is now surrounded by 2-3 storey units. Pangsapuri Pelangi Ara and Puncak Damansara Condominiums are two apartments and condos situated within Kayu Ara. It is primarily developed around the sprint highway that runs through Kayu Ara and towards the boundaries, particularly towards Bandar Utama, with condominiums such as Pelangi Utama and high-end property development projects.
Facilities and Amenities
The only school in Kayu Ara is SK Bandar Utama. Nevertheless, since it is a small region surrounded by well-developed places, the majority of schools, particularly in the Bandar Utama area like SMK Bandar Utama Damansara, SJK Puay Chai, and other schools, are quite close to each other. First City University College, previously known as KBU International College, is a private higher education institution in Bandar Utama, about 5 minutes from Kayu Ara.
Other than that, shops and leisure can be found in Damansara Jaya and Uptown Damansara. They are both near Kayu Ara. The only athletic activities offered in Ara Damansara are Champion Badminton Court and Ara Court Badminton Hall. The Curve and One Utama are the closest malls to Kayu Ara, with One Utama being just 5 minutes away.
For all emergency situations, it would be handled by a public hospital in the area, which is University Malaya Medical Center. As for the nearest private hospital, it would be KPJ Damansara Specialist Center in Damansara Utama.
Transportation and Accessibility
The Federal Highway, the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), the Leburaya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), and the Leburaya Sprint all link to Kayu Ara. Nowadays, LRT lines are being built to extend the Kelana Jaya Line via Bandar Utama, with the station located 5 minutes from Kayu Ara’s northern end.