Best Living Places for Expatriates in KL

October 15, 2016
best living spaces in KL for expatriates

Being the capital city, the inhabitants of Kuala Lumpur is made up of literally a melting pot of language, culture, and even nationalities. The bustling city life that teems with fresh opportunities does not only accommodate locals but also expatriates – and just like everybody else, they too are in need of a home sweet home – comfortable living spaces and neighbourhoods to rest their heads after a long day of frequenting to and fro from their workplaces.

Are you an expat new to the city? Cool! Do treat yourself to a cup of Teh Tarik (Malaysia famous tea) for a job well done, because you have definitely chosen one of the best and most vibrant places in the world to live in (according to us locals, of course) – and as you slowly savor this sweet condensed milk-laden beverage at a nearby Mamak shop, do take the time to scroll down this article to discover what everyone, other expats included, think are the best living areas for expats in Kuala Lumpur.

Mont Kiara            

This prosperous area currently houses one of the fastest-growing expat neighbourhoods in the whole capital, mainly due to its proximity to many prominent international schools, the availability of commercial districts, as well as the abundance of residence options within its vicinity. These factors make it the ideal location for expat families to settle down and form a substantial community.

Mont Kiara is also located quite close to the downtown district of Kuala Lumpur. With the help of the capital’s highway system, it is also possible to travel to other parts of the city such as Bangsar and Damansara without much hassle as well.


Apart from being famous for Bangsar Village and Bangsar Shopping Centre, this lifestyle hub is also located next to Pantai, where the well-known private hospital, Pantai Medical Centre, is located – offering good access to a quality healthcare facility. Shopping, cafes and night markets are among the many thriving attractions in this wealthy suburban location.

Bangsar’s trendy neighborhood is home to many expats, thanks to its proximity to areas such as Mont Kiara, Damansara and even the Kuala Lumpur Sentral where the city’s public transportation system is centered on.


Damansara is more densely packed and residential-oriented – expats who are looking for more reasonably priced homes would most likely settle in this area. Despite being slightly further away from the city centre and other areas, they are still relatively accessible (within 15-30 minutes of driving) thanks to the city’s infrastructure.

Several private institutions and international schools are located within this area; those who want to shop can either do so in one of the multiple commercial areas within this location or proceed to the more vibrant Bangsar.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre   

Simply put, it’s a haven for shopaholics. Located within the famed Golden Triangle, the best shopping malls in town – Suria KLCC, Pavilion, Fahrenheit and many more – are all just a stone’s throw away, along with a variety of eateries and other entertainment outlets. The apartments and condominiums located in this area are strategic for those working in the downtown areas.


At the same time, Bukit Bintang is also just a short distance away from this location, making it the perfect spot for young expatriates who believe in the work hard, play hard motto to live and mingle with one another after a long day in the office.