Johor is an ideal location to live in for good food, entertainment and work opportunities.

Johor boasts some amazing townships that provide plenty for its people. Its proximity to the Singapore border allows residents to cross borders for work, leading to various job opportunities. Along with great infrastructure, there are plenty of amenities all around. Ensuring that residents here are well-cared for.

Whether you’re thinking about investing or settling down in Johor, you can surely find an area that suits your needs. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Check out these 5 neighbourhoods in Johor to buy a house in.

Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya)

Located close to Singapore, Iskandar Puteri is one of Johor Bahru’s top promising areas. It is the flagship development of Iskandar Malaysia, which aims to be an economic corridor for Johor.

Investors are eyeing Iskandar Puteri due to its potential. Many expatriates are drawn to stay here because it is just minutes away from the Singapore checkpoint. Therefore, you can expect excellent rental investments in this area. Moreover, Iskandar Puteri received a FIABCI PRIX d’EXCELLENCE Award for the category of Best Master Plan.

Iskandar Puteri is also a hotspot for local and international tourists. Parents will be thrilled to bring their children to international attractions such as the LEGOLAND theme park or Hello Kitty Town.

Properties for Sale in Iskandar Puteri:

1. Taman Perling
2. East Ledang
3. Grand Medini
4. See all properties for sale in Iskandar Puteri.


Skudai is an established town in Johor Bahru that offers everything a family needs, just 16km away from Johor Bahru city centre. It was built with a vision of transforming into an all-in-one hub covering finance, education, entertainment, healthcare and more.

Home to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai is popular among local and international students. Thus, the rental market here enjoys great advantage thanks to a healthy demand from students. In addition, high-rise developments here keep increasing in number due to interest from locals and foreigners.

For your shopping needs, the supermarkets and malls here include AEON, Econsave, Paradigm mall and Sutera mall.

Skudai is highly accessible via public transport as well as major highways including the North-South Expressway (NSE), which links to Second Link Expressway, connecting to the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link Causeway.

Properties for Sale in Skudai:

1. The Seed @ Sutera Utama
2. Taman Skudai Baru
3. Taman Mutiara Rini
4. See all properties for sale in Skudai.

Batu Pahat

Well-established and full of convenience, Batu Pahat provides a serene lifestyle for residents. It is one of the largest urban areas in Johor with a sizable population. Families who love visiting beaches will enjoy living in this coastal area.

The town has almost every amenity available. You name it; malls, shop lots, supermarkets, eateries, hospitals, and more. Residents can never run out of things to do within this shopping paradise. We have the Batu Pahat Mall, the Square One Mall, and The Summit Batu Pahat.

Among the biggest attractions here include the Wet World Village Resort. For outdoor enthusiasts, Mount Banang and Hutan Lipur Soga Perdana offer hiking trails with incredible views.

As for education, there are many Chinese schools (国民型华文中学) here catering to the large Malaysian-Chinese population.

Batu Pahat is accessible via the Federal Route 50 (Jalan Batu Pahat-Kluang-Mersing), which connects to the North-South Expressway (NSE) that leads to Skudai and Johor Bahru.

Properties for Sale in Batu Pahat:

1. Taman Banang Ria
2. Taman Perserai Jaya
3. Ivory Garden
4. See all properties for sale in Batu Pahat.


If you dream about living far from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Kulai is the town for you. It is 8km from Skudai and about 29km from Johor Bahru. The town is situated on an old trunk road that connects Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru. Mainly as an agricultural area, it is surrounded by palm oil and rubber plantations.

If you crave outdoor activities, the Star Fish Leisure Farm and Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest should be enough to satisfy your love for nature. As for your shopping and grocery needs: Kulai Centrepoint (Super Cowboy), IOI Mall Shopping Complex (Giant), Mydin Mall Kulai Utama and Aeon Mall Kulaijaya. The Johor Premium Outlet caters to the luxury shoppers who seek big brands like Jimmy Choo and Prada.

Kulai has good connectivity and can be accessed via the North-South Expressway, Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, and Senai Highway. It is also connected by the KTM or the Senai International Airport.

Properties for Sale in Kulai:

1. Bandar Putra Kulai
2. Taman Putri Kulai
3. Iris Park
4. See properties for sale in Kulai.


Muar is a mature town that is filled with rustic charm. It’s a quiet place known for its local delicacies, coffee and rich history. Tourists drop by to admire the heritage architecture and museums in this Royal Town. While residents here settle down for a peaceful lifestyle surrounded by delicious food.

From authentic Otak-Otak to a warm Mee Bandung, foodies can gladly sample a variety of offerings at Muar’s “Glutton Street” along Jalan Haji Abu. The lucky residents in this town will never run out of good food to eat.

Being a long-established neighbourhood would mean that many amenities surround Muar. This includes shopping malls (Wetex Parade, Nafas Mall and Astaka Shopping Centre), hypermarkets (Giant, Econsave, Fresco), and healthcare (Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital and KPJ Muar Specialist Hospital).

Muar is a great place for individuals, families, and retirees to settle down in if you enjoy waking up in a relaxing town every day.

Properties for Sale in Muar:

1. Harmoni Vista
2. Taman Tanjung Gading
3. Taman Sungai Abong
4. See all properties for sale in Muar.

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(Written by Michelle Yoon, 15 October 2022)