Godrej Palm Grove – Finer details of the Master Plan

Godrej Palm Grove is the first completed project by the Godrej Properties at Chennai, and is quite self sufficient, providing for the area in which it is situated. Choosing the developing stretch of the Chennai-Bangalore highway, Godrej Palm Grove is a high-rise, modern complex with stunning views overlooking the Chembarambakkam lake.

The construction of the complex has been carried out by L&T, starting in 2012 and being handed over in May 2016. There are 14 towers, with 5 towers in the first phase. The towers have flats of 2 and 3bhk, with the 2bhk towers having 8 apartments a floor and the 3bhk towers having 4 apartments a floor.

The unique feature design-wise, is that the whole complex has been raised onto a podium, with the parking on the ground level instead of a basement. This provides the additional height that only enhances the views around the complex, which is definitely one of the major selling points.

There are two types of views that are provided in Palmgrove. For the outer facing apartments, it is the view of the vistas around. The inner apartments have views of the swimming pool and landscape. The swimming pool here feels like  one out of a lavish resort. With a wooden deck and lovely landscaping around, one can sit and look at it for hours. Residents can get a closer look from the cafe in the clubhouse, where one can enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking the pool. I got a chance to visit when it was raining, which just made everything more beautiful.

Conceptual view of the Chembarambakkam lake, also showing the parking below
Conceptual view of the Chembarambakkam lake, also showing the parking below

The amenities provided for the residents of the complex make for an extremely comfortable life with all the conveniences of the modern life at residents’ fingertips. A 22,500 square foot clubhouse has all the amenities for one to lead a healthy life with a fully equipped gym, yoga room, squash court amongst others. Tennis courts are located outside for those who want to pick up the sport. A skating rink provides an alternate and fun hobby for children growing up here. The multipurpose hall with a deck overlooking the pool provides the perfect setting for celebrating festivals as a community, or for residents looking to entertain their friends. The conveniences of groceries delivered to the house, and concierge services, along with provisions for chauffeurs are available.

An opportunity to live in this complex is not difficult to come by, with reasonable rates that fall into budgets of several Chennai-ites. Two bedroom apartments start at Rs. 4100 per square foot and three bedroom apartments start at Rs. 4200 per square foot. Extra charges apply per floor rise per square foot. Parking spots are charged extra as well.

The rental income of Palmgrove is the highest in the area. While the norm is around Rs. 10,000 per month for 2bhk, the rentals in Palmgrove start from Rs. 16,000 for 2bhk and Rs. 22- 30,000 for 3bhk apartments.

The apartments come in the following sizes:
2 BHK apartments-1194 sq. ft

1220 sq. ft

3 BHK apartments- 1426 sq. ft

1489 sq. ft

The design of each house is done so as to optimise the use of the views around the complex, with one balcony in the hall and one in the master bedroom in select modules. The advantage of the complex is that the amenities are provided in phase 1, and are already functional. Around a hundred families have already moved into Palm Grove, and more are expected to move in the coming year. Out of the 484 units in the complex, a healthy number has already been sold.

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