Gera Developments have had a long association with the city of Pune. Since their formation in the city in 1970, Gera has gone from strength to strength coming up with a number of residential and commercial complexes across the city (and subsequently in Goa as well). Gera’s projects have over the years, mirrored the city’s evolution from a Pensioner’s Paradise to among the most in demand places in India. Their latest project, Gera Isle Royale, is a luxury project located among the green hills, which are a characteristic of the city. In this article, we analyze various key aspects of this project.
Location & Connectivity
Gera Isle Royale is located in the hilly portion of Bavdhan. To arrive here, one needs to take Pirangut Road from Chandani Chowk and after covering around 1.5 km, take a left and follow the signboards to arrive at the project. The project is next to the sprawling National Defence Academy (NDA) campus and due to security reasons, no construction is allowed on the land beyond this project, so residents need not worry about the surrounding green cover disappearing under a concrete jungle.
PMPML buses ply on Pirangut Road, around 1.5 km from Gera Isle Royale, but are few and far between and residents need to rely on private vehicles alone to commute to and from their homes. The major transportation hubs of Shivajinagar and Pune Railway Station are 11.5 and 13.5 km away respectively. Pune Airport is 21 km from the site of Gera Isle Royale and getting there can be a time-consuming affair, considering the city traffic. Introduction of the Pune Metro from Vanaz (4.5 km) should ease commuting issues, but this is only scheduled to be complete around 2021.
The proximity of Gera Isle Royale to NH4, connecting Mumbai to Bangalore, attracts a number of vacation home or second home buyers from Mumbai, Satara and Kolhapur to the project, apart from those from Pune itself. Also, the major IT hub of Hinjewadi (17 km) and the industrial/business hubs of Kothrud (5 km), Pirangut (12 km) and Pimpri-Chinchwad (23 km) can be easily reached from the site, making it an appealing option for owners or senior executives working in companies there.
For the benefit of residents, there are a number of social amenities in and around the area. Oxford International Public School and Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Institute of Technology are barely 1 km from Isle Royale. Other appealing higher education options for children of residents include Savitribai Phule Pune University (12 km), Flame University (16 km) and Symbiosis International University (18 km).
Residents can opt for Lodha Hospital and Om Hospital in Bavdhan or Sahyadri Hospital and Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Kothrud for their healthcare needs, all within an 8 km radius. Malls such as Aditya Shagun Mall and Abhiruchi Mall are located within 10 km of the project.
Gera Isle Royale is spread over a 10 acre land parcel and comprises luxurious 3.5 BHK and 5.5 BHK villas as well as three tall apartment buildings. Phase 1 of the project, which began in 2013 and is nearing completion, has seen the construction of many of the villas apart from the 1st apartment tower. Phase 2, which has now been launched, involves the construction of the remaining 9 villas as well as the second residential tower. The clubhouse and other amenities are by and large already complete.
The complex has separate entrances for residents and guests. Two internal roads lead to the villas, followed by the towers, all of which are at different elevations. Between two sets of villas is a large pool with water cascades surrounded by a landscaped garden. The clubhouse is nearer the entrance, facing this garden. There is also a children’s play area, next to one of the internal roads.
The villas at Gera Isle Royale are of two kinds: 3.5 BHK in G+1 configuration and 5.5 BHK in G+2 configuration, both having a basement (lower ground) level as well. We saw a sample 5.5 BHK villa as part of our visit. The basement has parking for 2 vehicles and has a home theatre room, a grandparents’ suite with attached bathroom and a servant’s room, along with an attached private garden at the rear. The ground floor can be described as the living area, with the main door leading up to the living room, kitchen and dining room.
The first floor has the master suite and kids’ suite, which both come with an attached bathroom and a walk-in closet. The second (top) floor is the main attraction; it has a guest suite, a gym room which can be used as a supplementary bedroom, a sundeck for parties and a private plunge pool. Internal mobility in the home is through a private lift and a staircase. These villas come with a carpet area of 4255 sq. ft. onwards. The 9 villas to be constructed in Phase 2 come at a starting all-inclusive amount of ~Rs. 4.5 crore.
For a 3.5 BHK villa, the carpet area starts from 2707 sq. ft. onwards. Here, the lower basement contains the parking, garden and maid’s room; the ground floor has the living and dining room, kitchen, guest suite and a garden deck, while the first floor has the master and kids’ suite and a sundeck.
Of the 3 apartment towers planned as part of Gera Isle Royale, tower 1 was nearly complete at the time of our visit. This tower has 15 residential levels, above a multi-level vehicle parking. Each level has 2 apartments of 4.5 BHK configuration, making it 30 apartments in total. The homes come with 2 large terrace decks and a servant’s room and each of the bedrooms has an attached bathroom. The apartments’ carpet area is 2355 sq. ft. and is available at ~Rs. 2.8 crore, at a base rate of Rs. 7450/sq. ft.
Tower 2, to come up as part of Phase 2, will have 15 residential levels with four apartments of 3.5 BHK configuration per level. The saleable area of these apartments begins from ~2050 sq. ft. and at a base price of Rs. 6800/sq. ft., the total cost of a unit is Rs. 1.8 crore all inclusive. Tower 3, which will come up later, is tentatively planned to have the same configuration as tower 1 i.e. two apartments of 4.5 BHK configuration per level, over a total of 15 levels.
Key features and Amenities
The podium level located above the parking in the apartment complex will contain a landscaped garden and sit-out area, along with a full-size tennis court and basketball court.
The large clubhouse contains a squash court, a fitness studio, a well-stocked library, a party hall and a beautiful vertical (wall) garden.
The center of the complex has a multilevel, 8500 sq. ft. swimming pool with cascades between successive levels and surrounded by stepped gardens for walking. This pool is fed from the complex’s water treatment plant and also boasts of underwater lighting.
All homes in Gera Isle Royale come with individual power backup, apart from the usual power backup for common areas of the complex.
Coming under PMC limits, residents can get water both from the Corporation as well as the underground water tanks constructed by Gera.
Gera has internalized the ‘smart home’ concept, by providing an autonomous home control system, allowing one to control the lighting, electrical appliances and locking and unlocking of their home remotely, using their smartphone.
All homes in Gera Isle Royale are Wi-Fi enabled. All bedrooms come with wooden flooring, while the kitchen and bathrooms come with top class imported fittings. As mentioned earlier, the 5.5 BHK villas come with an internal plunge pool, home theatre, gymnasium and lift.
Security is taken very seriously in Gera Isle Royale, with separate entrances for residents and guests, a Guard Monitoring System and provision of a video door phone, intrusion sensors, gas- leak sensors and a panic switch within homes, providing residents much needed assurance.
Gera Isle Royale is truly a high end residential destination, offering the best of amenities and highly modern homes to its residents. Most of the facilities desired by high-end residents have been taken into account and so has the ease of movement both within the homes and within the complex. Though the road infrastructure just outside the complex is currently narrow and a bit patchy, work is on to widen the approach to one befitting this premium enclave. With the promise of luxurious living surrounded by nature’s beauty, Gera Isle Royale is among the standout properties of its kind in the city.