Talegaon near Pune – An upcoming urban housing destination

Rio Vista project in Talegaon (Image Credit: Parmar Construction Company)

Among the upcoming satellite towns near Pune, Talegaon is one that particularly stands out as a real estate destination. This town has far outgrown its humble beginnings and is today, attracting a number of developers to come up with top quality projects and home buyers aplenty in equal measure.

This emergence of Talegaon as a promising real estate hub is not by accident, but is due to a coming together of a number of factors such as great connectivity, a pleasant climate and plenty of industrial growth nearby. We look at each of these factors which make this town so attractive to various categories of home buyers in the area.

Talegaon: Top-notch Connectivity

Mumbai-Pune NH4 at Talegaon
Mumbai-Pune NH4 at Talegaon

In today’s age, one can say that good connectivity is the harbinger of progress and Talegaon is doubly blessed in this regard, being well-connected by road and rail. Talegaon lies on the major national highway NH4, connecting Mumbai to Pune and onwards to Satara and Kolhapur. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway too is only 4-5 km away. One can reach here within 2.5 hours from Mumbai, 30 minutes from Pimpri-Chinchwad and 1 hour from Pune.

In addition, the town is connected by a well-tarred road to the neighbouring industrial area of MIDC Talegaon, as well as other major industrial areas of Chakan and Shikrapur. These industrial zones house major MNCs such as L&T, General Motors, Volkswagen, POSCO, JCB etc., with more (such as Foxconn) in the pipeline. A 200 hectare floriculture park for growing and storing flowers for domestic consumption and export has also come up here, as an initiative of the MIDC. Another major benefit, connectivity wise, is a link road from here to Hinjewadi & Talawade, the main IT hub of Pune.

Talegaon is well-served by PMPML buses from Pune as well as State Transport buses from Mumbai and other cities. Also, it lies on the Mumbai-Pune railway line. All local trains to and from Pune have a stop here and some even originate and terminate here. It’s not surprising to see how this connectivity attracts people of all hues.

Talegaon: Well-developed social infrastructure

Talegaon also can boast of good social infrastructure present in and around the town. A number of educational and healthcare options abound here, with large hotels and shopping centers within close proximity at Hinjewadi as well. Among the schools present here are the High Vision English Medium School, Heritage School by Pearson and BK Birla Centre for Education. The notable colleges around here include the Tolani Maritime Institute, MIMER Medical College and DY Patil College of Engineering. Medical care facilities are available at Lifeline Multispecialty Hospital, Pawana Hospital and Pioneer Hospital.

Talegaon: Lush green surroundings with a pleasant climate

Talegaon is at a nice elevation, which is actually higher than the popular twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala. This aspect ensures this town has a very pleasant climate all year round. In addition, it is surrounded by hills on all sides. Particularly during and just after the monsoon season, these hills abound with waterfalls and plenty of greenery, offering a soothing site to one’s eyes.

A view of the green surroundings of Talegaon from Rio Vista project (Image Credit: Parmar Construction Company)
A view of the green surroundings of Talegaon from Rio Vista project (Image Credit: Parmar Construction Company)

The Indrayani and Pavana Rivers flow by near here and their pristine waters add to the charm of living in this place. The town also boasts of large open spaces and offers great views of the surroundings for as far as one can see. With popular tourist attractions such as the Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, Lohagad and Visapur Forts in close proximity to the town, it serves a good base camp for a nice short holiday.

Talegaon: Affordable homes

Adding more fuel to the demand of homes in Talegaon is the affordability of properties here. In comparison to Hinjewadi, Wakad or even Ravet nearby, Talegaon emerges as a far more economical option for home buyers. The average base price of a multistorey apartment in Talegaon comes to approx. Rs. 3,000/sq. ft. One can easily get a 1 BHK home for around Rs. 22 lakh and a 2 BHK apartment for Rs. 33 lakh, which is a lot lesser than elsewhere in Pune or Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Talegaon: Attractive to a wide variety of home buyers

A combination of all the above mentioned factors has meant that Talegaon is a much in demand housing destination. A significant portion of the demand for a home comes from people looking for a second or vacation home, particularly from Mumbai and to a lesser extent, from Pune. Demand has also come in from NRIs looking to settle in India and from senior citizens, who are attracted by the sylvan surroundings.

Another group of interested home buyers here is that of real estate investors, looking for good returns on their investment. Their optimism in this town’s growth prospects is justified by the fact that property prices here have doubled since the end of the year 2009. The town also attracts people working in the industrial hubs of MIDC Talegaon, Pimpri-Chinchwad and MIDC Chakan, as well as some spillover demand from the IT crowd working for various companies in Hinjewadi & Talawade IT Park.

Talegaon: Important projects

Aayush Park II is an upcoming project next door to the already completed Commander’ Aayush Park, being developed by the Earnest Group. This project comprises of 337 residential units of 1 and 2 BHK configuration spread across three towers. The amenities provided to residents include a children’s play area, gymnasium, jogging track, study room and a multipurpose court.

Goyal Properties, one of the emerging developers in Pune, have their upcoming project My Home Talegaon located just off the Talegaon – Chakan Road. Offering quality 1 and 2 BHK apartments spread across 3 wings on a 2.5 acre land parcel, it boasts of amenities such as a landscaped garden, jogging track, amphitheater, multipurpose hall and a children’s play area.

Indicative image of My Home Talegaon (Image Credit: Goyal Properties)
Indicative image of My Home Talegaon (Image Credit: Goyal Properties)

Located almost next to the Indrayani River is Parmar Construction Company’s project, Rio Vista. Offering 1 and 2 BHK apartments at an affordable starting price of Rs. 21 lakhs onwards, it’s unsurprisingly attracting plenty of interest. Among the amenities on offer are a river view deck, a river view meditation zone, a Spanish themed clubhouse, party lawn and a central plaza.

Conclusion

When one hears the name ‘Talegaon’, it is understandable that one would consider it to be a village, owing to the ‘Gaon’ in its name. However, one visit to this ‘village’ is all it will take to dispel any such notion. Talegaon’s easy approachability, the affordability of apartments here, the pleasant climate and lovely surroundings put together make it a great place for someone to consider purchasing a home in. One can see why this hitherto nondescript village has seen such a rapid rise in real estate and is now, poised to become a new satellite city of Pune. A host of prominent developers have taken note of this town’s promise and have come up with projects, perfectly suited to the profile of interested home buyers here.

Gagan Nulife, Kamshet – Resort living for the elderly

Gagan Nulife project in Kamshet near Pune

If one looks at the ever-expanding skylines of our cities, one sees a number of residential projects of all kinds coming up (apartments/villas/row houses), all catering to various categories of home buyers. However, a glaring miss in the Indian real estate sector has been homes for the senior citizens and elderly among us. The needs and requirements of this class of home buyers are quite different from a regular customer, but until recently, there was little or no attention paid to it. This picture is now changing with projects coming up catering exclusively to the elderly, one of which is Gagan Nulife in Kamshet near Pune.

Abundance of green, open spaces at Gagan NuLife
Abundance of green, open spaces at Gagan NuLife

Gagan Nulife is a project, developed by Gagan Properties, a major player in the Pune market, with a large portfolio of residential and commercial projects to their name. The developers claim to have done plenty of research into senior living before coming up with this project. The project has been designed by globally renowned architect Perkins Eastman of USA. I visited the project to see whether it delivers on its promise.

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Indoor activity for Senior Citizens at NuLife

Gagan Nulife: Special Facilities for Senior Residents

Gagan NuLife is designed with a special focus on senior citizens and their needs. The state-of-the-art Dr. Bade’s Geriatric Center and Nulife Hospital with ICU facility focuses on the well-being and health of the residents. It includes a fully-equipped, fully-functional hospital with ICU, Operation Theater and day care. Periodic medical check-ups of residents are conducted and a nurse is available on call for any emergency. Facilities such as preventive medical check-up and routine physiotherapy are available and provided by a professional team of experts across various fields.

Geriatric center at Gagan NuLife
Geriatric center at Gagan NuLife
Medical facility at Gagan NuLife
Medical facility at Gagan NuLife

The complex has an ATM and a fully functional pharmacy for residents to purchase any medication they need. Guest rooms are provided in the clubhouse, where family members and relatives of the residents can stay. The corridors are wide enough to allow for wheelchair access. The NuLife package includes facilities such as daily housekeeping, weekly laundry, maintenance of common areas and weekly activity programmes to keep residents active and have them interact with each other. Events such as Music Night, celebration of festivals of Ganesh, Kite Flying, Independence Days, etc are celebrated in a way that engages all resident seniors as well as their families and friends.

Amenities building at Gagan NuLife
Amenities building at Gagan NuLife

Gagan Nulife: Site Overview

Gagan Nulife occupies an area of 14 acres. This project is coming up in phases. The first phase comprises of apartment blocks D and E, which have 3 wings each namely D1, D2, D3 and E1, E2, E3.

Located in the center of the complex is an amphitheater, while the other amenities are spread across the project. Next to the entrance of the project is the amenities facility called Nucampus which houses recreational facilities as well as the aforementioned hospital. The area in the center will be vehicle free to ensure safety of residents. The project comes with generator backup for common areas as well as a stretcher lift in each building. The project has also been provided the Silver certification by IGBC (Indian Green Building Council).

Celebration_of_Ganesh festival celebrations at Gagan NuLife
Celebration_of_Ganesh festival celebrations at Gagan NuLife
Music Night celebration at Gagan NuLife
Music Night celebration at Gagan NuLife

Gagan Nulife: Apartment Overview

Gagan Nulife offers homes of 1 BHK and 2 BHK configurations, each of which are in two categories: Compact and Spacious. Block D3 has 4 apartments per residential level, all of which are 2 BHK Spacious apartments. In block E, wings E1 and E2 have 6 apartments per residential level, of which 3 are 1 BHK and 3 are 2 BHK Compact apartments. Wing E3 has apartments of the same configuration as block D3.

Living cum dining room at Gagan NuLife (Representative image)
Living cum dining room at Gagan NuLife (Representative image)

Not just the apartments, but the entire complex has been designed to provide ‘no step entry’ to residents and wider doorways. Hence, the senior citizens, who will reside here, need not ascend any steps, which may be inconvenient for them. The apartments too have been designed with special care keeping in mind their needs. The bedrooms and kitchen are quite spacious. Anti-skid tiles have been used in the flooring for all rooms and the bathroom, the latter of which will also have grab bars for resident to be able to comfortably seat themselves and easily stand-up.

Specially designed bathrooms and toilets at Gagan NuLife
Specially designed bathrooms and toilets at Gagan NuLife (Representative image)

Further adding to the convenience of residents is the facility of keyless entry to their apartments. All apartments are provided with an inverter for power backup. Video door phones are provided for security purposes, while an easily accessible panic switch in each apartment allows residents to communicate directly and speedily with the onsite staff, in case of any emergency. All these features clearly indicate the thought that has gone behind designing this project.

The following table mentions the apartment configurations, sizes and prices (the price includes a maintenance fund) for the first phase of Gagan Nulife:

Flat Type  RERA AREA Sq.ft. Price (Rs. Lakhs)
1 BHK 477.9 – 712.98 50-70
2 BHK 824.81 – 920.73 80-90
Community dining at NuLife
Gagan NuLife outdoor gym
Gagan NuLife outdoor gym

Gagan Nulife: Other Amenities

The sheer number of amenities provided to residents at Gagan Nulife is mind-boggling. In fact, the complex has a total of 1 lakh sq. ft. of amenity space. The clubhouse is at the heart of the amenities. Apart from the guest rooms, pharmacy and ATM, it has a multi cuisine restaurant as well as a fully operational community dining hall, which offers residents a variety of dining options. The clubhouse contains a temperature controlled swimming pool, library, coffee shop, salon, spa, common TV room and an internet café. In addition, a geriatric fitness club has equipment for the senior citizens to use comfortably to keep themselves fighting fit.

Amphitheatre at Gagan NuLife
Amphitheatre at Gagan NuLife

The central amphitheater has a party lawn, providing a common space for community celebrations or for watching performances. Among the sports facilities provided are a badminton court, chess and an outdoor gym area. Also provided in the complex are a temple, Pooja garden, meditation zone, vegetable garden and a Nakshatra garden.

View of Sahyadri Hills from Gagan Nulife project in Kamshet near Pune
View of Sahyadri Hills from Gagan Nulife

Gagan Nulife: Location & Connectivity

Gagan Nulife is located in the town of Kamshet, Lonavla just off the Mumbai-Pune NH4. A left turn at Kamshet and a short 2 minute drive from the highway bring you to the project. The highway location conveniently connects it to the cities of Pune (48 km) and Mumbai (105 km), which account for most of the interest in the project. Also, the popular hill station of Lonavala is 18 km away from here. However, the hills are not too far away from here. In fact, one gets an amazing view of the lovely Sahyadri Hills from the project, an amazing sight for residents to wake up to.

Activities for Senior Citizens at NuLife

The project is 1.5 km from Kamshet Railway Station, while Lonavala station (18 km) is a convenient stopover for most passing trains. The developers have looked to assist residents in commuting by providing a complimentary shuttle bus service to nearby Talegaon and Lonavla. The nearest airport to the project is Pune Airport (50 km).

Gagan NuLife
Gagan NuLife

Conclusion

A look at the plans for Gagan Nulife and the way the project has shaped up is a clear indicator of the developer’s focus on the needs of their elderly customers and the sheer attention to detail, which has gone into this project. This well-connected project with top class facilities ensures that the residents need not leave the complex for any of their needs, however big or small they may be. One can say that this project paves the way for other similar projects catering to the needs of the often overlooked segment of home buyers i.e. the elderly.

Pisoli – What Makes This South Pune Locality A Residential Hotspot?

Gagan Renaissance project in Pisoli Pune

If one looks at the way most cities in India have come up, one would see a trend. Most cities began as 2-3 areas getting merged to form its center, following which the influx of population saw the city expand in all directions, bringing more and more land and erstwhile villages in its fold. The city of Pune is no exception to this rule and among these villages, which is now an important part of the city’s ever-expanding skyline, is Pisoli in the South.

Pisoli has seen rapid development particularly in the last 5 years, as it and its popular neighbour Undri saw a heavy inflow of new residential projects and home buyers ready to snap up apartments in these projects. Today, Pisoli and Undri boast of projects by some of the country’s leading developers, apart from social infrastructure that would make more established areas in the city feel envious. In this article, we focus on the rise of Pisoli and what makes it such an attractive real estate destination.

Pisoli: Location & Connectivity

Pisoli is located in south Pune, along the Katraj-Hadapsar bypass road and comes between the areas of Kondhwa and Undri. This proximity to Kondhwa (4 km) and also Hadapsar (10 km), which are both industrial hubs, attracts spillover demand for homes from people working in these areas. However, the main customer segment for properties here are the techies working in the IT hubs of Magarpatta City (11 km), SP Infocity (10 km) and even Kharadi (15 km), who find this area to be affordable and not too far from their workplace either.

Pisoli has also attracted interest from people residing in the saturated areas of Wanowrie, Salunkhe Vihar and NIBM Road, who can get a larger apartment here at a cheaper rate. What also works in its favour is its proximity to the popular shopping destination of MG Road (10 km). Since Pisoli was made part of the Pune Municipal Corporation, the area has seen improved connectivity by PMPML buses, though the frequency needs to improve a bit more.

The roads here are currently being developed and expanded to boost last mile connectivity. While the nearest railway station is Sasvad Road (6.5 km), Pune railway station (12 km) is a far more convenient railhead for residents. Pune Airport is 18.5 km from here. However, the upcoming new airport in Purandar promises to be a game-changer for Pisoli, being one of the nearest areas to it and housing demand is likely to get a major boost as a result.

Pisoli: Social Conveniences

While Pisoli may be an upcoming real estate destination, residents of this area benefit from numerous social amenities present in its developed neighbourhood, which includes Undri, NIBM Road, Kondhwa and Wanowrie. Some of the best schools in Pune are within a very short distance of Pisoli, the most notable among them being Bishop School (1.5 km), Euro School (1.5 km), Sanskriti School (2.5 km) and Delhi Public School (4 km). Among the colleges near here are Sinhgad College of Commerce (2.5 km), Sinhgad Academy of Engineering (2.5 km) and Trinity Academy of Engineering (5.5 km).

Medical care facilities around this area too are plenty and include Sofia Hospital (4 km), Satyanand Hospital (5.5 km), Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie (6.5 km) and Inamdar Multispecialty Hospital (8 km). Some of the city’s best malls such as Kumar Pacific Mall (9.5 km), Seasons Mall (12 km) and Amanora Town Centre Mall (12 km) are also easily reachable from here.

Pisoli: Affordable Apartments

Probably the biggest factor, which drives interest in properties in Pisoli is the vast number of projects coming up and the affordable rates that apartments in these projects have. The property rates in Pisoli are much lower than the saturated areas of Wanowrie, Kondhwa and NIBM Road and are also lower than Undri next door. Most of the projects here are apartment projects of 1, 2 and lately of 3 BHK configuration. The average price for a multistorey apartment here is approx. Rs. 4300/sq. ft.

One can get a 1 BHK apartment here for a starting price of approx. Rs. 22 lakh, while the starting price for a 2 BHK and 3 BHK apartment here is Rs. 32 lakh and Rs. 55 lakh respectively. Very few areas in and around Pune offer apartments at such low rates and unsurprisingly, the demand for housing is quite high. This high demand, in turn, is likely to lead to sharp price appreciation in the near future, which is beneficial if one is an investor.

Pisoli: In Nature’s Lap

View of the Sahyadri Hills in Pisoli, Pune
View of the Sahyadri Hills in Pisoli

Another plus point of living in Pisoli is the natural beauty which surrounds it. The lovely Sahyadri Hills overlook this area and are a sight not to be missed, particularly during the monsoon season, when they contain waterfalls. In addition, the traffic around this area is much lesser than other parts of the inner city. Hence, residents can lead a quiet and relatively pollution free life in the lap of nature.

Pisoli Pune: Upcoming Residential Projects

Gagan Properties are among the leading developers in the city of Pune, with a number of residential and commercial projects in their portfolio. Specializing in providing luxurious yet value for money homes, Gagan Properties have invested heavily in Pisoli, with many of their projects coming up here.

Gagan Renaissance is a premium project with ready to move in homes, which include 1 BHK (carpet area: 510 sq. ft.), 1.5 BHK (652 sq. ft.) and 2 BHK (770 – 865 sq. ft.) apartments. This project offers amenities such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, party lawn and an amphitheater. One can get an apartment in this project, in a price range from approx. Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh.

Gagan LaWish project in Pisoli, Pune
Gagan LaWish project in Pisoli (Image credit: Gagan Properties)

Gagan LaWish is another project in Pisoli by Gagan Properties. This project includes 3 residential blocks, of which 2 blocks are ready to move in and 1 is under construction. It offers large and spacious homes of 1 BHK (carpet area: 528 – 538 sq. ft.), 2 BHK (744 – 874 sq. ft.) and 2.5 BHK (1024 – 1072 sq. ft.). The complex boasts of large entrance lobbies, a well-equipped clubhouse, an amphitheater, children’s play area and a party lawn. An apartment here is available in the range of approx. Rs. 32.5 lakh to Rs. 62.5 lakh.

Entrance to Gagan LaWish project in Pisoli, Pune
Entrance to Gagan LaWish project in Pisoli (Image credit: Gagan Properties)

Move a bit further and one comes to Gagan Cascades. This project, located right next to the surrounding hills, promises to offer a comfortable living environment. The apartments here are of 1 BHK (carpet area: 426 – 470 sq. ft.) and 2 BHK (614 – 769 sq. ft.) configuration. This project is currently under construction, with possession expected to be handed over by June 2018. The price range of an apartment here is approx. Rs. 28.9 lakh to Rs. 48.3 lakh.

Conclusion: Pisoli Pune

One can say that Pisoli Pune clearly has a lot to offer to prospective home buyers in southern Pune. Be it its location next to the hills, its connectivity to important shopping and transportation hubs, the good network of social infrastructure around it combined with the affordable property prices and it’s not hard to see why developers and home buyers alike have been making a beeline to this fast emerging area. Looking forward, one can see plenty of further developments coming up, which will further position Pisoli as an area of choice.

Akshardham, Market Yard – A peaceful and comfortable residential abode

Apartment buildings at Akshardham project in Market Yard, Pune

When one hears the word ‘Akshardham’, one’s mind is immediately drawn to the grand temples of the Swaminarayan sect, particularly the ones in Delhi and London. These temples are known not only for their architectural beauty, but also for the sense of peace and calm they exude and the positive vibes that come from there. I recently visited a well-designed project in the city of Pune, which gave me a similar feeling of spirituality and calmness amid the chaos. This project is rather appropriately, named Akshardham.

The Akshardham society is being developed by Goyal Properties and Mittal Brothers, who are important players in the Pune real estate market with many completed residential and commercial projects forming part of their portfolio. I took a tour of the project to see what it has to offer to customers. In this article, I try to lay out the key features of this project for anyone interested in buying a home here.

Akshardham: Location & Connectivity

In order to get to Akshardham, one needs to take the Lullanagar-Bibvewadi road till Gangadham chowk and then, turn on to Aai Mata Mandir Road. Take this road till Shreeji Lawns, following which a left turn will bring one to the project site. While PMPML buses ply near to the project site, last mile connectivity is best via an auto or using one’s personal vehicle.

Akshardham is located near the commercial districts of Bibvewadi, Satara Road and Market Yard, all of which are within 5 km from here. On the other side of the project is the industrial hub of Kondhwa. Pune railway station is 10 km away from the project site, while the Pune Airport is 15.5 km from here and either place can be reached within 30-45 minutes.

Akshardham: Social Conveniences

The Akshardham complex is in an important area of the city of Pune and hence, benefits from good social infrastructure in its vicinity. A number of shopping centers and departmental stores such as D-Mart are nearby as are numerous shops for residents’ groceries. Pune’s main shopping districts of Laxmi Road (6.5 km) and MG Road (8 km) are also within easy reach from this project site.

Among the good schools in the vicinity of this project are Rosary School (4.5 km), City International School (5 km), Hume McHenry Memorial School (6 km), Bishop’s School and St. Mary’s School (both 7 km). The higher educational institutions nearby include VIIT College (1.5 km), Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (2 km), Bharati Vidyapeeth University (4.5 km) and PICT College (6 km). Medical care centres too abound nearby, the most prominent being Kale Hospital (4 km), Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie (4.5 km), Bharati Hospital (5 km) and Ramkrishna Hospital (7.5 km).

Akshardham: Site Overview

The Akshardham project comprises of 4 residential towers (A1, A2, B1, B2), each having 11 residential levels. Between these towers is a central structure, which offers a connection between the buildings A1 and A2 on one side and B1 and B2 on the other. There are 4 residential units per floor in each of the buildings, making for a total of 176 units. Each of the wings has a double-heighted entrance lobby, giving a grand appearance.

Under-construction apartment tower at Akshardham project in Market Yard, Pune
Under-construction apartment tower at Akshardham

At the time of my visit, I could see that the buildings A1 and A2 were complete (the Occupation Certificate too has been received for them), while B1 and B2 were under-construction. The project is laid out, such that the buildings lie in the center of the complex, with the various amenities strategically placed along the four corners of the complex for residents to use. The purpose of this layout is to develop a greater sense of community living among residents and build stronger bonds among them, which is also the project’s theme: pray together, play together and stay together.

Akshardham also stands out as an eco-friendly project, with many initiatives taken by the developers to reduce its carbon footprint. The project has a Sewage treatment plant (STP) and Organic Waste Converter (OWC) to handle sewage and biodegradable wastes. Also, LED lighting has been used in all common areas and rain water harvesting will also be carried out. 100% paving blocks have been used in the driveways, which percolate down and in turn, recharge the ground water in the area, thus maintaining the water table.

Akshardham: Apartment Overview

Living room in a sample apartment in Akshardham project in Market Yard, Pune
Living room in a sample apartment in Akshardham

All apartments in the Akshardham complex are of 2 BHK configuration. The entrance door of an apartment opens into a small foyer, followed by the living cum dining room, which comes with an attached terrace. The kitchen is placed next to the dining room, with the 2 bedrooms coming after it. While the master bedroom comes with another terrace and an attached toilet, the second toilet in the apartment is a common one.

Bedroom in a sample apartment in Akshardham project in Market Yard, Pune
Bedroom in a sample apartment in Akshardham

The attention to quality is what stands out in the apartments at Akshardham. The living cum dining room as well as both bedrooms uses large 800X800 mm vitrified tile flooring, which adds to the elegance of the apartment. The electrical switches are of Schneider brand while the sanitaryware fittings are of Jaquar brand. Doors and door frames are laminated and will have smooth curved edges, instead of the usual sharp ones to prevent chipping of borders when closed and also to reduce sound on impact. The premium UPVC material has been used for windows and terrace doors. A telephone point and a set top box for satellite television will be provided in the living room of the apartments.

The base price of an apartment at Akshardham is Rs. 5,850/sq. ft. The following table gives an overview of the various apartment sizes and their prices:

Apartment Type Carpet Area Saleable Area Price (All-inclusive)
2 BHK 630 sq. ft. 967 sq. ft. Rs. 66.3 lakh
2 BHK 645 sq. ft. 986 sq. ft. Rs. 67.5 lakh
2 BHK 634 sq. ft. 1038 sq. ft. Rs. 70.7 lakh
2 BHK 649 sq. ft. 1050 sq. ft. Rs. 71.5 lakh
2 BHK 649 sq. ft. 1073 sq. ft. Rs. 73 lakh

 

As compared to other projects in the same area, where a 2 BHK apartment in general costs up to Rs. 85 – 95 lakhs, Akshardham does seem to offer a much better deal for customers in terms of quality and price.

Akshardham: Amenities Overview

As mentioned earlier, Akshardham does not lack in providing amenities to its residents, to enable them to live a comfortable life. A Ganesh temple is located just after the entrance to allow residents to pray together. Along one side of the complex is the two-storeyed clubhouse, which is planned to contain a gymnasium, a multipurpose hall and indoor game facilities. Next to the clubhouse will be a landscaped garden and a swimming pool with an adjacent kids’ pool.

Sales office at Akshardham project in Market Yard Pune
Sales office at Akshardham

Along another side of the complex are an amphitheatre and a gazebo for seating residents and conducting any community celebrations. The third side contains a children’s play area and a basketball court. The most notable one, however, is the open air sky garden located on the 8th floor of the complex and accessible from each of the buildings, which provides additional place for kids to play and for residents to meet up and interact.

Conclusion

Akshardham comes across as a well-designed housing complex, which caters to the needs of its residents and provides them quality homes at a good price. It is a project, which though not the largest, still offers residents the refuge and comfort they require from their homes. One can conclude that Akshardham is among the most promising residential options in its side of Pune and one worth considering.

Sobha’s Freedom Sale – Important occasion for Bangalore home buyers

Freedom Sale of Sobha Limited for their projects in Bangalore

Sobha Limited is among the names that first come to anyone’s mind when considering or discussing about real estate in India. Sobha has, over the years, built an enviable reputation in this sector, owing to a number of factors such as the diversity of its offerings, the quality of its construction and the amazing reach it has across not just India, but also the Middle East.

Sobha boasts of some of the most impressive residential and commercial properties one can see such as Sobha City in Bangalore and the Infosys Global Training Centre in Mysore to name just a couple. Their construction quality is unparalleled, which arises from their being a backward integrated developer, hence having control over their material as well, their attention to detail and from their whole-hearted embrace of modern technologies such as Precast construction, which greatly reduces construction and hence, possession time. Sobha has, over the years, won numerous awards in various prestigious real estate ceremonies.

Sobha has always kept its customers at the forefront of its offerings. With the major developments of GST and RERA now a reality, the real estate sector is bouncing back, with reputed developers such as Sobha (who have taken a lead in registering under Karnataka RERA) in heavy demand. Following the success of their ‘Now or Never Sale’, Sobha is now coming up with the Freedom Sale on the 19th and 20th of August 2017 in Bangalore. Whether one is looking for 2, 3 or 4 BHK apartment or a villa or plot, one can simply walk-in to any of Sobha’s projects and get the information they seek and make bookings at the same time.

The following table is a listing of Sobha’s various projects with their names as under Karnataka RERA’s websites and their reference numbers:

S. No. Name in RERA Website Project Registered (Ref. No.)
1 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 1 Wing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 PR/KN/170726/000032
2 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 2 Wing 7 PR/KN/170728/000120
3 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 3 Wing 8 PR/KN/170728/000118
4 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 4 Wing 9 PR/KN/170728/000119
5 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 5 Wing 10 and 11 PR/KN/170728/000121
6 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 7 Block 2 and 3 (Row house No. 1 to 8 & 11 to 17) PR/KN/170728/000153
7 Sobha Silicon Oasis Phase 6 Block 2 and 3 (Row house No. 9, 10) PR/KN/170728/000212
8 Sobha Avenue PR/KN/170730/000231
9 Sobha City – Casa Paradiso Block 4 PR/KN/170730/000429
10 Sobha Indraprastha PR/KN/170729/000234
11 Sobha Palm Court PR/KN/170729/000164
12 Sobha Valley View – Heritage PR/KN/170730/000117
13 Sobha Clovelly PR/KN/170730/000201
14 Sobha 25 Richmond PR/KN/170730/000257
15 Sobha Arena – The Park (Block 2) PR/KN/170730/000411
16 Sobha Arena – The Plaza (Block 3) PR/KN/170729/000384
17 Sobha Morzaria Grandeur 2 (W1) PR/KN/170730/000412

For a discerning home buyer looking for their dream home by Sobha, this is as good a time as any to make a purchase. As part of the offer, Sobha is offering the best deals for properties ranging from Rs. 73 lakhs to Rs. 9 crores. It’s truly an opportunity one should look to take advantage of!

Sobha Dream Acres, Balagere – Project Report & Current Status

Sales Office of Sobha Dream Acres project in Balagere in East Bangalore

Purchasing one’s dream home is among the biggest aspirations of a person, once he/she starts working. However, this often proves to be an onerous task. A home buyer often ends up compromising on one or more of comfort, quality, convenience, cost and location, and hence, doesn’t exactly get the home envisioned. One of India’s leading developers, Sobha Limited, is aware of this major gap in the residential real estate market and has sought to address it with its new banner, called as Sobha Dream Series. The first project under this banner is Sobha Dream Acres in the garden city of Bangalore.

Projects under Sobha Dream Series aim to provide home buyers a combination of a good location, quality construction, and top-class amenities to ensure a comfortable life and at a good price point as well. Considering all this, interest in Sobha Dream Acres has been quite high in the city. I recently visited the project site to check for myself whether the hype around this project is justified.

Sobha Dream Acres: Location & Connectivity

Sobha Dream Acres is located in Balagere in East Bangalore, in close proximity to the Varthur Lake. To get here from Whitefield, one needs to get on to the Varthur Main Road and take a right turn from the direction board of the project on to the Balagere Road. The road is rather narrow and has a couple of rough patches, but should improve and be widened in due course, as the project comes up.

The project is primarily targeted at employees of the Information Technology, Engineering and R&D companies, which have their offices nearby. Some of Bangalore’s biggest technology parks such as Embassy Tech Square, Embassy Tech Village and Prestige Tech Park are within 5-6 km from here and can be reached directly through Balagere Road, without needing to travel much on the crowded Sarjapur-Marathahalli Outer Ring Road (ORR), which saves plenty of time daily for residents of this complex. Other major hubs such as ITPL in Whitefield (7.5 km) and Bagmane World Technology Center (11.5 km) are not too far away either, though travel time here could be greater.

While the project offers good connectivity to the Sarjapur ORR, Sarjapur Main Road and Whitefield, the public transportation to the site is not too good at present. One needs to get to the Varthur Main Road (1.5 km) for a bus. The Namma Metro is too far away to be a viable option for residents. The nearest railway station, Bellandur Road, is only 3.5 km away, but the more convenient railheads are Whitefield (9.5 km) and Krishnarajapuram (17 km). The Kempegowda International Airport is 51 km from here.

Sobha Dream Acres: Social Conveniences

Prospective residents of Sobha Dream Acres can benefit from a good selection of social amenities in the neighbourhood of the project. Schools such as Chrysalis High School (3 km), Greenwood High International School (7 km) and The International School Bangalore (TISB, 7.5 km) are within close proximity and the same can be said of higher educational institutions such as New Horizon College of Engineering (5.5 km), Vydehi Institute of Medical Science (8 km) and CMR Institute of Technology (9 km).

Among healthcare options, the most notable ones nearby include Columbia Asia Hospital (4 km), Sakra World Hospital (6.5 km) and Vydehi Hospital (8 km). Shopping and entertainment options too are aplenty in the area. Major malls such as Virginia Mall and Forum Value Mall (both 4 km), Bangalore Central (10 km) and Phoenix Market City (12 km) are close by and so are big shopping centers such as D-Mart (5 km) and Star Extra (7 km).

Sobha Dream Acres: Site Overview

Sobha Dream Acres is one of the larger township projects in Bangalore, occupying a total area of 81 acres, of which 75% will be open space, offering plenty of avenues for residents to exercise, walk/jog, interact with each other and enjoy a clean and pollution-free environment. The entire complex is planned to sport a green cover, with landscaped lawns surrounding the residential areas and vehicular movement restricted to well-defined paths around the periphery of the complex.

Under-construction building of Phase 2 of Sobha Dream Acres
Under-construction building of Phase 2 of Sobha Dream Acres, with Phase 1 buildings in the background

This vast project is planned to come up in 5 phases. I could see that construction was at an advanced stage for the Phase 1 buildings, with many apartments already occupied and was in the initial stages for the launched buildings of Phase 2. Construction of buildings is being carried out onsite, using advanced Precast technology, which I shall cover later. Sobha targets to hand over possession of apartments in Phase 2 from the middle of 2018 to the end of 2019 (depending on the building launch date). Phase 3 is due to be handed over by the end of 2020, while Phase 4 could be by 2022. Plans for Phase 5 are still to be finalized, but it is likely to come up where the Precast plant is currently situated.

Sobha Dream Acres: Apartment Overview, Sizes & Prices

Living cum dining room in sample apartment of Sobha Dream Acres project in Balagere, East Bangalore
Living cum dining room in sample apartment of Sobha Dream Acres

Sobha Dream Acres is a large project, offering a whopping 6500 residential apartments of 1 and 2 BHK configuration. These apartments will lie in 29 blocks with 57 wings in all (for Phase 1-4), though the number of wings per block varies and hence, so does the number of apartments per residential level in each block. All blocks will have either 14 or 15 residential levels, built above 2 levels of parking, of which 1 parking space will be allotted to each apartment owner. Phase 5 tentatively is planned to have 3 BHK apartments, but details of the same shall only be finalized in due course.

Kitchen in sample apartment of Sobha Dream Acres project in Balagere, East Bangalore
Kitchen in sample apartment of Sobha Dream Acres

The 1 BHK apartments in the project occupy a saleable area of ~645 – 661 sq. ft. 2 BHK apartments can be either regular or large, the former being of ~745 – 1012 sq. ft. and the latter of ~937 – 1210 sq. ft. The base price of an apartment here is Rs. 5,250/sq. ft., which comes at a premium owing to the developer’s reputation and brand name. One can get a 1 BHK apartment for a total package of Rs. 39 – 45 lakhs, a 2 BHK regular apartment for Rs. 61.7 lakhs and a 2 BHK large apartment for Rs. 74.5 lakhs, with registration charges to be paid additionally.

Bedroom in sample apartment of Sobha Dream Acres project in Balagere, East Bangalore
Bedroom in sample apartment of Sobha Dream Acres

Sobha has a reputation for being quality oriented and major adopters of technology and a visit to Sobha Dream Acres reinforces the same. Sobha is a backward integrated developer, which means that all construction materials, tiles and almost all fittings are their own. For an end user, this ensures timeliness of construction owing to low dependency on external suppliers and at the same time, provides assurance of consistency in construction quality. In this project, Sobha has taken its customer focus a step further by adopting the new Precast technology, wherein at an onsite Precast plant, roofs, walls and floors of apartments are fabricated and concrete is then poured into these casts (or moulds). This brings down the construction cost by 10-15% and construction time by nearly two-thirds (the cycle time for a residential level is 3-5 days using Precast, compared to 10-15 days under normal Brick & Mortar construction).

For a home buyer, this means faster possession, better quality, lower maintenance costs and a lower overall apartment cost. Sobha’s attention to detail in construction lends itself to other features: from usage of skirting in walls to the high quality vitrified tile flooring in rooms and sanitary ware & electrical fittings by top brands allowing for longer life and less maintenance headaches for residents.

Sobha Dream Acres: Amenities Overview

Layout model of the Sobha Dream Acres project in Balagere, East Bangalore
Layout model of the Sobha Dream Acres project

In many large townships, it’s often been seen that the amenities provided are often grossly insufficient for the large number of residents and the quality of some of these is not quite up to the mark either. This is not the case in Sobha Dream Acres, however, as the developer has taken care to address these pain points. Each of the 5 phases will have a separate clubhouse and a swimming pool each to prevent overcrowding. In addition, multiple courts will be provided across the complex for outdoor sports such as tennis, basketball and volleyball and so will kids play areas. The vast open spaces and gardens in the complex serve as good places for exercising or social/community celebrations.

Phase 1, as an example, will boast of a 50,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, which will be equipped with numerous amenities for residents’ daily needs and recreation alike. For the former, it will contain an ATM, convenience store, clinic and crèche, while for the latter; options include a music/dance room, library, coffee shop, yoga room and gymnasium. Facilities for indoor sports such as badminton courts, squash courts and table tennis, carom and cue sports (pool & billiards) will also be provided. In addition, guest rooms will be available for residents to keep their visitors. In brief, care has been taken to ensure that almost all needs of residents are addressed without them needing to step out of the complex.

Conclusion

Sobha Dream Acres is a project, which has clearly been planned on a big scale and promises to offer residents the things that matter to them the most: a good location, quality construction, a good clean environment, options for leisure and exercise, and timely delivery. With regulations such as RERA coming in, it’s prudent for a home buyer to associate with only reputable developers and Sobha fall in this category. For someone looking for a value for money home in this location, this project indeed deserves serious consideration.