The popularity of Cyberabad (as western Hyderabad is referred to) continues to grow among major multinational companies, particularly in the IT and pharma space, which in turn attracts hordes of the brightest talent from across the country. An inevitable boom in real estate saw prices heading northwards and people looking for more affordable homes, which at the same time are loaded with facilities for a comfortable life. Nallagandla is one such area that has been a major beneficiary of this boom and Aparna Constructions and Estates Pvt. Ltd. (Aparna, in short), one of Hyderabad’s leading developers, has come up with many projects here, one of which is Aparna CyberZon.
Aparna CyberZon is one of Aparna’s five projects in Nallagandla, which also include the completed Aparna Cyber Commune and Aparna Sarovar, the nearly-complete Aparna Sarovar Grande and the under-construction Aparna Cyber Life. The fact that they have so many projects in the same area and all have attracted plenty of interest is proof of the heavy housing demand here. I recently visited the project site and provide my impressions below.
Aparna CyberZon: Location & Connectivity
To get to Aparna CyberZon, if approaching from the old Mumbai Highway, one needs to get on to the Kanchi-Gachibowli road and take the first left towards Aparna Cyber Commune. Aparna CyberZon comes just after the former. In general, the roads to the project are quite good, if approaching from this direction, but not so good if coming directly from Gachibowli or Tellapur. That said, for techies working in the major districts of Hitec City and Gachibowli, this project is a decent option. Major IT hubs such as DLF Cyber City (9 km), Financial District (10 km), DivyaSree Omega (10 km) and Cyber Towers (11 km) are not too far from here. Whether it is the project name or their sales pitch, Aparna makes no bones about who their target segment is.
Public transportation connectivity to this area offers a mixed picture. Buses are rather few and infrequent, as of now. However, Lingampally MMTS Station is barely 2 km from here and offers good rail connectivity to the entire city, particularly the major railway hubs of Secunderabad and Nampally. The Hyderabad Metro service, due to launch in June 2017, won’t help residents of this project much as the nearest station, Shilparamam, is around 11 km away. What is of greater utility to residents, however, is its proximity to the Outer Ring Road, which gets them to other parts of the city as well as the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (40 km), which can be reached in around an hour from here.
Aparna CyberZon : Social Conveniences
Residents of Aparna CyberZon have a number of good options to choose from, when it comes to their kids’ education. Some of the good schools in the area include Sancta Maria International School (3 km), Manthan International School (3 km), St. Ann’s High School (4 km) and Chirec International School (5 km). Arguably, Hyderabad’s best-rated higher educational institutions are close by as well, such as University of Hyderabad (3 km), Indian School of Business (10 km) and ICFAI University (11 km).
The picture changes, when one looks at healthcare options. The best options nearby are Citizens Hospital (0.8 km) and Mythri Hospital (4 km), with others such as Continental Hospital (10 km) slightly further away. Shopping options in the immediate vicinity of the project too are rather limited, though Aparna are planning to build a mall nearby to address the same. However, as of now, residents will need to travel to Kukatpally, Gachibowli or Madhapur for the mall experience.
Aparna CyberZon : Site Overview
Aparna CyberZon sits on a 21 acres land parcel. It is a large project, comprising 20 apartment towers having 10 residential levels, above a cellar for parking. The project has a good network of internal roads, while the amenities are spread out across the complex, particularly its outer periphery. The clubhouse lies near the entrance and is surrounded by beautiful lawns. One side of the complex overlooks the Nallagandla Lake, which provides a good backdrop. Aparna is planning to construct a lakeside road, connecting all of its projects.
When I visited the project site, I could see that all buildings were complete and many apartments were already occupied. The clubhouse too is up and running. For someone looking for a ready to move in apartment, this is an interesting option.
Aparna CyberZon : Apartment Overview
Aparna CyberZon offers residents a choice of 2 BHK and 3 BHK apartments, with a total of 1530 units in all. While the 2 BHK apartments are of size 1245 and 1265 sq. ft., the sizes for 3 BHK are more varied ranging from 1430 – 1855 sq. ft. All apartments are either east-facing or west-facing. Residents of each apartment will be provided 2 parking spaces.
Structurally, there are more similarities between the 2 BHK and smaller 3 BHK apartments (for instance, both have 2 toilets: 1 common and 1 attached), with the only point of difference being the additional bedroom. The larger 3 BHK apartments come with a dressing area attached to the master bedroom and 3 toilets, all of which are attached ones as well as a store, next to the kitchen.
The living and dining room, kitchen and all bedrooms have vitrified tile flooring, with the tiles developed in-house by Aparna themselves. The developer promises continuous water supply and has an onsite water softening plant to handle water drawn from bore wells before supplying to residents’ homes. Power backup of up to 6 points will be provided for residents of 2 BHK apartments and for 7 points to those of 3 BHK units. All apartments will have provision for Internet connectivity and for cable TV and telephone in the living room and master bedroom.
The base price of a west-facing apartment is Rs. 4299/sq. ft., while that for an east-facing apartment is Rs. 4399/sq. ft. The all-inclusive price for a 2 BHK apartment is ~Rs. 54 lakh, while that for a 3 BHK one ranges from ~Rs. 62 – 81 lakh, depending on the apartment’s size. Compared to the neighbouring Aparna Cyber Life and Aparna Sarovar Grande projects, apartments in this project are more affordable.
As far as monthly rents are concerned, 2 BHK apartments are available from Rs. 21,000/-, 3 BHK for 25,000/- and above, and 4 BHK for Rs. 32,000/- or more. Resale price for a 2 BHK typically is upwards of Rs. 65 Lacs, which is higher than the new booking price and may vary according to interiors and finishes.
Aparna CyberZon : Amenities Overview
Aparna CyberZon is one of the most amenity-rich projects in this part of the city. The centerpiece is the clubhouse, Club@CyberZon, which is a whopping 74,000 sq. ft. four level fully air-conditioned structure. It contains a multi-cuisine restaurant, which I saw many residents ordering from during my visit, a supermarket for groceries, guest rooms, and a pharmacy for medicines. Among the facilities available for relaxation/recreation include a lounge, multipurpose hall, massage parlour, mini theatre and meditation hall. For the more athletic types, there is a gymnasium, badminton court and a large swimming pool.
Elsewhere in the complex are lawn tennis courts, basketball court, jogging track and children’s play area. Another standout feature are the tree house like elevated seating areas, overlooking the Nallagandla Lake. For a resident looking to just relax or spend some quality time with friends and family, this is a great place to be in, providing a beautiful view as well as a peaceful environment.
For a home buyer looking for a ready to move apartment in an established complex by a reputed builder, Aparna CyberZon does appear as a decent option. It boasts of a good community and a plethora of amenities of all kinds as well as overlooks a natural water body. As more people settle in Nallagandla, one can expect better connectivity to one’s workplace as well as better social conveniences, which should make living here an even more pleasurable experience.