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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.