I Understand Why Forest City Condos Are Often Vacant After a Night’s Stay

In southern Malaysia, a luxury development known as Forest City stands tall, built by China’s largest developer, Country Garden. Spanning over four square miles, the estate boasts towering apartment buildings and a stunning white-sand beach that overlooks the Johor Strait, with views of industrial plants in Singapore.

My first visit to Forest City in May 2022 left me in awe of the grandeur of the development but also concerned about its lack of inhabitants. Despite plans to house 700,000 residents in the next six years, only 9,000 people currently call it home.

During my second visit to Forest City in March 2023, I decided to take a closer look at what it would be like to stay overnight in one of the vacant apartments. I booked a homestay at a condominium unit for 70 Singapore dollars ($52) through a property manager. Similar units are available on Airbnb for as little as $38 a night.

The owner of the unit declined to comment on my stay due to privacy concerns. However, during my stay, I noticed that while there were still dark windows in many apartments and few people on the roads or at the beach, there was more activity than during my first visit. I saw groups of families having barbecues at the beach and children playing on swings at nearby parks.

Despite its grand plans, Forest City remains largely unpopulated, raising questions about its future development and appeal to potential residents. As I pondered this question while walking along the beach at sunset, I couldn’t help but wonder if this luxurious estate would ever find its place among Malaysia’s bustling cities or if it would remain an empty monument to ambition and investment gone awry.

By Riley Johnson

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