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

Forest City, a luxury development located in southern Malaysia, was built by China’s largest developer, Country Garden, at a cost of $100 billion. Spread across four square miles, the estate boasts towering apartment buildings and a white-sand beach overlooking the Johor Strait, with views of industrial plants in Singapore. Despite plans to have 700,000 residents in the next six years, only 9,000 people currently reside in the estate.

During my first visit to Forest City in May 2022, the development appeared deserted, with dark windows in hundreds of apartments and few people on the roads or at the beach. Returning to Forest City eight years into its development in March 2023, I booked a homestay at a condominium unit for 70 Singapore dollars, or $52, through a property manager. The owner of the unit declined to comment on the story due to privacy concerns.

Despite multiple requests for information from Business Insider regarding the status of Forest City and its future development plans, Country Garden did not respond. The estate remains largely unpopulated and raises questions about its appeal to potential residents. Similar units are available on Airbnb for as little as $38 a night.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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