Housing experiences describe the livability of a place in a manner that synthesizes economic and social considerations that make up the decision of purchasing a housing and settling down in a place. The perceived values of house and place can change either positively or negatively once the individuals experience living in a neighbourhood. This paper discusses such an experience in a rapidly urbanising context of Malaysia. It highlights the findings of a research at the local municipality level, using the Seremban Municipality area as a case in point. The study links place perception during the time the individuals in the neighbourhoods made the decision to purchase or rent with the post-occupancy perception of the housing areas after a certain period of stay. While the first perception was based on post experiences of others, the perception was later modified by personal experiences. Both types of experiences contribute to the perceived livability of the place and the subsequent decision of continuing to live in the area or move elsewhere. This approach differs from the classical view of housing that relegates housing to just another service for basic economic activities. The view infers that the spatial pattern of housing growth is largely due to the location of economic activities. While this was the case of urban growth that was highly dependent on spatial proximity, current development trends, especially that of transportation technologies and a post-fordist de-clustering of economic activities, have extended the potential interaction distance between land uses, and resulted in a different basis for housing expansion patterns. Housing projects are currently built spatially farther from economic hubs and draw the dwellers from all over the place, even outside the region. Housing construction projects at times even precede basic economic activities for the area. While there are many land economics variables that potentially contribute to the location of these housing projects the paper argues that the pattern of housing proliferation is also due to earlier local settlements that serve as seeds for the growth of the housing sector. Using in-depth interviews and a questionnaire survey of residents in several housing areas, the study analysed the perceptions and decisions made based on several parameters. Considerations that structure the study include a need to understand how people at the neighbourhood level perceive their surrounding environment and the problems that work against the neighbourhood to become livable. The paper also looks into the steps that should be taken to deal with the problems and the spaces of hope that resulted from both expectation and experienced reality. The implications for housing education and planning also will be discussed in an attempt to link housing experiences with sustainability.