Top 6 Reasons To Make Andheri Your Home

Over the last two decades, Andheri, one of Mumbai’s western suburbs, has witnessed the most widespread development in terms of residential and commercial real estate complemented by reliable roadways and highways and expansion of railway services. Andheri’s growth began in the early 2000’s when many companies started outsourcing operations to Mumbai which also brought it with the Mall and multiplex culture, restaurant chains and pubs, making it a vibrant, cultural hub.

This also coincided with the development of the Link Road – an arterial route on the western side, parallel to the S.V. Road. It connects Juhu and Andheri to the west side of Jogeshwari, Goregaon and Malad up to Dahisar. PropStory takes an overall view of the suburb of Andheri and notes the top 6 reasons to make it your home.

Central Location

Andheri is suitably located in the heart of the suburbs from where one can easily traverse to the northern suburbs of Malad, Borivali, Mira Road and beyond and just as easily south to Bandra, Dadar and south Mumbai. One can even travel towards the central suburbs quite easily from Andheri via the arterial Andheri-Ghatkopar road as well as the newly constructed Metro. Residents of Andheri have an easier access to the commercial hubs of Bandra-Kurla Complex, as well as the commercial offices in Jogeshwari, Goregaon and Malad. To top it Andheri East is home to the International Airport and is also connected by the new elevated road to the domestic airport in Santa Cruz, just a few kilometres away.

Metro passing over the Western Express Highway
Metro passing over the Western Express Highway

Top Infrastructure

In the not so distant past, Andheri East had rolling hills, the remnants of which one can still see from the famous Mahakali caves and the residential enclaves of Vijay Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Marol and Saki Naka. These hills were slowly eroded to provide space for real estate developments, both residential and commercial. As both sides of Andheri were developed, the GK Gokhale Bridge was built connecting the east and west for easier commute. This bridge in fact provided impetus for further developments as bigger names in real estate swooped down on available plots to develop them.

NIght and Day time view of Skywalk at Andheri station
NIght and Day time view of Skywalk at Andheri station

The immediate neighbourhood around the Andheri East station also has a well connected network of skywalks, removing the foot traffic from the road below and thus allowing better passage of traffic, especially during peak office hours. An enviable frequency of bus, train and metro services makes commuting easy and Andheri a coveted location among the ‘burbs.

Commercial Hub

Times Square Business Park
Times Square Business Park

Andheri is home to a wide variety of commercial activity. The Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) was set up as a special economic zone in Andheri East in 1973 and today houses companies from various industrial sectors. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) also set up its IT Park in Andheri East. In addition to these are various private office complexes, branches, corporate headquarters and industrial complexes spread all over the east side.

The western area of Andheri is also home to similar commercial developments like the Veera Desai Industrial Estate and other office complexes as well as Motor showrooms like Mercedes and Audi.

Cultural Melting Pot

View of J.B. Nagar from the Metro station
View of J.B. Nagar from the Metro station

Various parts of Andheri have been home to singular Indian cultures and sects. For eg: Andheri West’s Lokhandwala, Seven and Four Bungalows and Versova localities are well known for their Sindhi residents. Whereas Amboli and Four Bungalows are heavily populated with Christian communities due to the proximity of churches just as Chakala and Marol are in Andheri East. Similarly, J.B. Nagar and Sher-e-Punjab in Andheri East has a predominance of Sikhs. Over the last few years however, these invisible boundaries have blurred and these localities have become more cosmopolitan and less exclusive. This can also be seen in the varieties of cuisines on offer in restaurants across the entire suburb.

Entertainment Nerve Centre

Residents of Andheri have slowly but steadily embraced the evolving city culture as can be seen at the many pubs, malls and night spots teeming with activity as people exit offices and enter more relaxed environs. The suburb has many prominent hot spots like Bar Stock Exchange, Harry’s Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Fun Republic, Infiniti Mall, PVR, various restaurant chains like Barbeque Nation, Mahesh Lunch Home, Oh! Calcutta, Red Box and many others. Since Andheri is home to many television and film actors, you never know who you might run into in these hot spots!

Malls on Andheri Link Road
Malls on Andheri Link Road

Proximity to the domestic and international airports also means that many hotels call Andheri home like The Leela, Hyatt, ITC, The Courtyard and more. Being a coastal suburb, Andheri also has it own beach in Versova and is close to the more popular Juhu beach.

Inclusive

Andheri enjoys a very inclusive culture and ambience not just with a mix of religions and cultures but also in the options and opportunities available. There are a plethora of options for parents trying to choose schools for their children, from government, semi-private, private, convent to even international schools. Higher education institutes too are numerous with Bhavan’s College and S.P. Jain Institute in Andheri West and Tolani in the East being the more prominent ones.

Mumbai Metro

Given these broad features one can only understand the rush of builders to develop property and buyers to occupy the property. This has, however, also resulted in rising real estate prices making housing in this bustling suburb less affordable to low and middle income groups. Andheri has become more crowded and congested with traffic despite more amenities like the metro and better connectivity. It, has also, over the years developed a party-town feel due to its quickly evolving nightlife making it a challenge for families to raise young, impressionable children who are easily lured by the glamourous aspects of corporate life and luxury residences.

Don’t let these cons deter you though, from experiencing a Mumbai suburb that is well connected and has some of the better amenities and nightlife in the city even as it still evolves.

Kanakia Sevens, Andheri East – Location Benefits

Real Estate preferences are largely driven by connectivity. While choosing a home we factor in the proximity of schools, hospitals, grocery and convenience stores, religious places, nearest railway or metro stations as well as expressways and highways. The whole idea about living in a maximum city like Mumbai is to spend as little time as possible on commuting between destinations so that we have time to savour the little things in life. This is the very idea behind the Kanakia Sevens project.

Times Square Business Park
Times Square Business Park

Kanakia Sevens: Location Benefits

Located a mere two minutes from Marol Metro station in the Andheri (East) suburb of Mumbai, Kanakia Sevens is the quintessential residential apartment complex that is nestled in the hub of business and social activity. Surrounded by commercial and corporate centers such as Times Square Business Parks, Marol Industrial Estate; the best eateries and fine dining outlets such as Barbeque Nation, Bar Stock Exchange, Cafe Coffee Day, Burger King, Subway, Mahesh Lunch Home and many more; connected to the Western and Eastern Express Highways and a mere 3 kms from the International Airport, Kanakia Sevens leaves you with very little to be desired as far as connectivity is concerned. Major banks, schools, hospitals and multiplexes are within a 10 minute radius. Infact the one of the project’s tagline – “Close to your heart, central to everything else” claims it as the USP.

Amenities

Road to Kanakia Sevens from Marol Metro station
Road to Kanakia Sevens from Marol Metro station

The project consists of ‘seven’ 18 storey towers, hence eponymously titled ‘Sevens’. It has 3 levels of parking and a podium level swimming pool while the rest of the premium amenities are located on the rooftop. Residents can access rooftop sky and butterfly gardens, kids’ play park, indoor games arena, meditation zone and celebration area, and mini golf course where one can practice their swing while watching the sun come up or set. An interesting aspect of this project is that the rooftops of all seven towers are connected which allows the developer to provide a jogging track which goes all across the circumference of the complex. Can you imagine the marvellous views one can get from a rooftop jogging track which affords views of the airport, nearby hills and the swanky new metro?

Kanakia Sevens site office below one of the towers
Kanakia Sevens site office below one of the towers

 Apartment Details

So what is the configuration of the apartments on offer at Kanakia Sevens? One BHK apartments range from 476 to 487 sq. ft carpet area, beginning at Rs. 1.30 crores. Kanakia claims their 1 BHK apartments are more spacious compared to the standard 440 sq. ft carpet area offered by other developers. The two BHK apartments range from 778 to 815 sq. ft carpet area and begin at Rs. 2.2 crores. The base selling price of apartments at Kanakia Sevens is Rs. 13,900/sq ft with additional Rs. 99 on floor rise (on sale area). Each of the towers boasts of different views – airport, hills, city or podium depending on the location of the chosen apartment.

All apartments come with high quality bath fittings from Jaquar, vitrified tiles in all rooms, french windows (read about Kanakia Rainforest) in the living room and bedrooms and security camera with a view of the area outside the door – this is an upgrade from the humble peep-hole! The living rooms in all apartments are spaciously designed with an L-shaped plan allowing residents to further accommodate dining areas or a mini library. Apartments with two bedrooms come with two bathrooms including an attached master bath. All the seven towers come with 2 high speed elevators and one service elevator. While booking, customers were also allowed to book ‘jodi flats’ or adjacent flats with the common wall removed to afford a larger apartment for larger or joint families.

Under construction towers
Under construction towers

The project is currently under construction and the status is as follows:

Tower Construction status Possession by
Towers A, B, C & D 12th floor Dec ‘17
Towers E & F Plinth Jun ‘18
Tower G Basement Jun ‘18

The Kanakia Sevens project has garnered heavy interest with 80% inventory booked and almost 18% by NRIs. We were told that Kanakia’s repute in Mumbai (developer website) and location benefits were big drivers for such high number of sales at the project.

Emerald Isle Powai By L& T Realty – At City’s Edge

Emerald Isle Powai by L & T Realty

Once upon a time Powai was only known for IIT Bombay and the picturesque lakes bordering the IIT campus. Today, real estate development by various groups has made Powai one of the more coveted localities for one to own a luxury home. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) through its real estate wing L&T Realty is establishing its brand in a big way with its project named Emerald Isle Powai. L&T owns a large land bank at Powai since a long long and is monetising it gradually. Already an office complex exists here and it was a matter of time that erstwhile industrial land will see residential development as well, since Powai is getting better connectivity to rest of Mumbai. L&T Realty’s Emerald Isle is a premium development that compliments the appeal of Powai amongst the uber rich. 

Emerald Isle Powai: Phase 1 Details

Phase 1 of Emerald Isle, an apt name given the green surroundings, is almost ready with five of the eight towers reaching handover stage by Aug 2016 and the remaining three will be delivered six months later. The initial five towers which will be ready within the next three months include an exclusive tower called Signature which will have lake facing apartments. This tower has only 4 BHK flats. Furthermore, apartments in the Signature tower have certain exclusive features which include 12 feet high ceilings amongst others. These units are priced between Rs. 9 and 10 crores.

The remaining towers have been designed with 24 floors, a podium, 3 levels of parking and a mix of 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 BHK flats. These 4 BHKs are considered standard compared to the premium lake-facing ones and are priced from Rs. 6 to 8 crores. The prices of the rest of the flats range between Rs. 4 to 5 crores. I was informed that all but 15-20 flats have been sold which indicates the overwhelming demand for such luxury accommodations as well as the brand name of L&T associated with their renowned engineering and sturdy structures.

Model of Phase I of Emerald Isle Powai
Model of Phase I of Emerald Isle Powai

Below are the specs of the units (Area in saleable sq ft):

2 BHK 1000 – 1356 sq.ft Rs. 1.7 to 2.5 cr
3 BHK 1540 – 2175 sq.ft Rs. 3 to 4 cr
4 BHK 3120 – 4235 sq.ft Rs. 5.5 to 10 cr

L&T’s Emerald Isle Phase 1 is spread over a sprawling 10 acres of lush greenery which will also include landscaped gardens, jogging track, children’s play area, skating rink, yoga and meditation centre, multi-purpose hall, reading lounge and a lavish clubhouse of 30,000 sq. ft.

All flats come with vitrified tiles for bathrooms and imported tiling for other rooms, modular kitchen, split air conditioners in living-area and bedrooms, french windows in living area, double glazed windows and additionally video door phone, FTTH (Fibre-to-the-Home) connectivity, smoke/gas detector in the kitchen, intercom facility through chosen service provider and much more.

Towers under construction at Emerald Isle Powai Phase I
Towers under construction at Emerald Isle Powai Phase I

L&T’s Emerald Isle is centrally located on the Saki Vihar road which leads into Powai and is close to the junction where the Saki Vihar road meets the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR). It is within close proximity to the business hubs of both Powai and Andheri (East). One can access this luxury property from Andheri (E) via the Saki Vihar road which begins from the Saki Naka Metro station or from either Jogeshwari on the western side or Vikhroli on the central side via the JVLR.

The unprecedented success of Phase I of L&T Emerald Isle (developer website) has prompted L&T Realty to conceptualise Phase II which will come up right next door.

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Kanakia Rainforest – Luxury Accomodations In the Lap of Greenery

Approach road to the project : Kanakia Rainforest
Approach road to the project

It is a known fact that Mumbai lacks open, green spaces; it is the greatest lament of a Mumbaikar. So every little square metre of greenery we get, we cherish like life itself. Many builders and developers are now focusing on providing more open and greener spaces within their projects. This can take the shape of more landscaped gardens and walkways, butterfly gardens and mini golf courses. Kanakia Spaces at their project named Kanakia Rainforest project has taken this obsession with greenery to a whole new level by designing it around the theme of the Amazon Rainforest.

Essentials Nearby Kanakia Rainforest
Essentials Nearby Kanakia Rainforest

Kanakia Rainforest: Location

Spread over 4.5 acres of land which is near the protected Aarey forests and Powai, Kanakia Rainforest is being developed jointly by Kanakia Spaces and Guru Prerna on freehold land purchased from TATA’s. The project is located in the Vijay Nagar locality of suburban Andheri (East) which is in close proximity to the Western Express Highway, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) and is about ten minutes from the Marol Metro station and Andheri-Kurla Road. Major conveniences like Seven Hills Hospital, schools, hotels and restaurants, international airport, Powai’s commercial hub are not too far off from here. Check out approximate distances in the image alongside.

Marketing and Sales Office at the project site: Kanakia Rainforest
Marketing and Sales Office at the project site: Kanakia Rainforest

Designing

The main draw of Kanakia Rainforest is the fact that the project has been envisioned to give residents a luxurious home nestled within a lush landscape inspired by the dense Amazon Rainforests with an abundance of freshness, greenery and openness. It has been projected as celebration of luxury and greenery. Kanakia Spaces have even roped in the famous Brazilian designer Laura Branco, who uses Indian influences like Osho, yogic art and meditation in her work, to consult on interior and landscape designing. A visit to the project site and sales office brings this grand feature into stark focus with the surrounding trees, the walk along an inclined road as this is also a hilly area and the office which is designed to resemble a log cabin nestled in a lush forest.

Project Details

The Kanakia Rainforest project consists of 10 towers and a total of 550 flats spread across the four and a half acres of hilly forest area. Two of the towers will have 16 storeys and the remaining 8 will consist of 15 floors. 280 of the 550 flats have already been booked even though the project is still at least 2 years away from possession. The project has one premium tower named Amazona which will have only 3 and 4 BHK fully air conditioned flats. All the flats in this tower will come with viewing decks to take in the panoramic views of lakes and forests, modular kitchen, vitrified tiles, luxury bath fittings and an art gallery within the tower.

Construction status of various towers: Kanakia Rainforest
Construction status of various towers

All the remaining 9 towers will have a variety of flats to suit every budget – 1, 2, 2.5, and 3 BHK flats with carpet areas ranging from 420 to 1400 sq ft. They have all the usual trappings of a luxury accommodation inside as well as outside. All residents of Kanakia Rainforest can enjoy the verdant landscape from the kids’ play park, landscaped gardens, tennis, basketball and hammock courts, cabanas, clubhouse, yoga centre, jogging track, rock climbing wall and senior citizens’ sit out area. Additional facilities like childrens’ creche, Machan, barbeque area, golf simulator and convenience store have been planned.

Excavation at the site: Kanakia Rainforest
Excavation at the site

The site is fully mobilised with construction underway at good pace. Excavation is completed for some towers while others have progressed to the construction of basement. Kanakia Rainforest’s possession is scheduled for June 2018. Yet, given the breadth and grand design scheme of the project it is unsurprising that just after the soft launch, it was awarded the Best Themed Project of the Year at the Estate Awards, 2014. Further it is backed by Kanakia Group which has a track record of delivering 13 million sq ft across over 200 buildings in 30 years.