Balikpapan Expats    

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Below is information about specific Balikpapan compound communities:

There are a number of private company compounds, such as PMC and KBCIII for Schlumberger employees, Pasir Ridge for Chevron, and the Total Compound for Total Employees.  If you are employed by one of these companies, it is best to get information directly from your employer before relocating.  PMC and KBC III are located in Batakan and are smaller compounds on the beachfront.  They have their own pools, gyms, and community facilities along with spacious stand alone housing.  Pasir Ridge located past the commercial downtown district and has the Pasir Ridge International (American) school on their large compound.  It also boasts a library, convention hall, fire department, restaurant, large pool with water slides, tennis courts, among other features in this large and highly secure compound.  Total is located near the Pertamina refinery across from the Total Hospital.  This secure compound also boasts a library, pool, tennis courts, and the French international school.  Although these are closed compounds, you'll often find yourself invited to a community event inside the gates.  

Below is information on compounds that are non-company owned/contracted that are available for rent:

Villa Damai.   Strategically located in Pupuk, Villa Damai Hisll Residence comprises 20 houses.  The compound is designed around unique country style character, following land contours and enjoys fresh air and open space in this exclusive neighborhood.  Renowned for its security and architectural building design and environmental layout, this compound is a complete facility offering the following:  3 or 4 bedroom houses, fully furnished; generator back up; fully air conditioned with ceiling fans, refrigerator gas oven/stove, water heater, washing machine & dryer; water supply from water treatment plant; direct telephone lines, Indovision, swimming pool with playground and BBQ area;  Sports Centre; Housing maintenance; 24 hour security; fire & safety system; garbage collection, swimming pool maintenance, general cleaning of complex areas, and garden and landscape maintenance.  Contact David Yong at [email protected] or Hadi Sukanto at [email protected].  

KBC - Kuala Batakan Cottages. PT. Danaloka Internusa. JL. Mulawarman KM16, RT. 001. Batakan, Balikpapan. Contact: Eka Yunianti;  08115414188, Email: [email protected] Office: 0542 76257  This three hectare beachfront property offers private and secure housing with a variety of living arrangements. The Seafront Cottages are prime realty, while the Garden Cottages are serene and green, and the minimalist Poolside Cabanas are fully serviced with daily housekeeping, laundry and free Wi-Fi service. All homes are fully furnished and come with a full range of furniture and accessories. In addition to regular compound amenities it also has a tennis court, Pendopo Seafront Clubhouse, playground, outdoor futsol, and golf putting green. For more information visit  website:

Palm Court. In Batakan near many company headquarters, Palm Court offers units in a securely gated compound.  It has plentiful amenities including an on-site restaurant, tennis courts, and gym.  Some units have their own private pool, but the compound also offers a spacious community pool.  This compound tends to be more FIFO, singles, and couples, however families are welcome as well.

The Hills.  Located in Balikpapan Baru with 21 houses, The Hills is a small compound with modern designed homes, each with their own pool.  Owned by Blue Sky Hotel, The Hills is known for their modern, multi-level architecture with stairs connecting various rooms and levels.  It is a secure, gated community with lovely compound amenities.   Contact email [email protected]

Batakan Housing Complex (BHC) - Located in Batakan with the Australian International School onsite, this compound is fully gated and secure.  It boasts a large community pool with social club/BBQ area. Houses are on a grid pattern, with a barrack feel. The landscaping is mature and offers much shade. Houses in the back have yards which face the ocean and are gated to a clean beach area.  The beach is also accessible from the community social club/BBQ area.  This compound offers amenities associated with an expatriate compound in a family friendly environment.  

Villa Beta.  This is large, yet quiet compound in a park setting with good security.  Houses are well-spaced apart and family sized with garage and decks.  The compound has many amenities such as gym, pool, tennis court, bowling alley, bar, and an international school onsite.  Though it is slightly dated and the facilities and homes are less modern compared to other compounds, the setting can be ideal for large families. 

Batakan Beach Housing.  Located just before the Batakan Bridge at the Batakan Beach Cafe, most of the houses in this small compound look directly out to sea.  The houses/townhouses are attached, but there is ample parking.  Contact name is Hendy 081347405559. Email. [email protected] 

The City Hill.  The newest housing compound strategically midtown in Pupuk (across The Star Hill Boutique Hotel) available in 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms with service area. The City Hill is well-designed with high ceiling, practical lay-outs and furnished with hotel-style interior. It is equipped with modern technology such as 3-in-1 Fiber Optic network ready (Telephone, TV Cable and Internet) and Reverse Osmosis for water treatment system as well as Generator directly to the houses.Housekeeping service and transportation to your office and school is available upon request as a tag-along facility with the hotel. The location is a 15-minute walk to the BSB Mal and the architectural look is modern minimalist, suitable for those who require comfortable home with open plan area for hassle-free in-house maintenance. Contact: [email protected] or marketing: 0542-7650000/8820988/7000092.