Every major city in the world is home to ambitious and grand scale real estate projects. They may be commercial, residential, mixed-use or even hotel-cum-retail. In Mumbai, we are seeing some mega real estate projects coming up across the premium and mind-bogglingly expensive South Mumbai. These include World One and The Park by Lodha, Sky by Indiabulls, One Avighna Park as well as Island City Center and Wadia International Center by the Wadia Group’s Bombay Realty. These are sprawling or towering developments which are grand in scale and luxurious in conception. We focus today on Island City Center in Dadar East by Bombay Realty.
Island City Center is a flagship real estate project by Bombay Realty and just their second project. It comprises of two massive, glass facade towers called One ICC and Two ICC and is built on 23.7 acres of land. It is right next to ICC Springs the first residential development by this young company. Bombay Realty is part of the 281 year old conglomeration known as Wadia Group which has global brands such as Bombay Dyeing, Go Air, Britannia, Bombay Burmah and NPL among others, under its umbrella. It’s no surprise that with such pedigree and experience, the Wadia Group ventured into real estate development and construction with Bombay Realty.
Location and Connectivity
One ICC and Two ICC are two of the most luxuriously created towers in South Mumbai and perhaps even in the whole of Mumbai and MMR. Located in Dadar East, the towers couldn’t be more central and enjoy unparalleled connectivity. It is a five minute walk away from the arterial Babasaheb Ambedkar Road which connects the eastern towns of South Mumbai from CST station in the south to Sion Circle in the north, where it emerges as the Eastern Express Highway. ICC is also 15 minutes driving distance from the elevated, high speed Eastern Freeway while the monorail’s Naigaon station is right outside the gates of ICC; though one hardly imagines the residents of ICC would have need of it!
The business hubs of Nariman Point (17 mins), Worli (12 mins), Lower Parel (10 mins) and BKC (16 mins) are accessible via these routes. The Bandra Worli Sea Link is 15 mins away and provides access to the progressive northern suburbs as well as the international and domestic airports. ICC is also less than 15 minutes from the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) which will provide connectivity to Navi Mumbai as well as the new airport set to come up there. If one needs, the railway stations of Dadar, Parel, Wadala and Sewri are all within a radius of 1 km from One ICC and Two ICC.
One ICC is 60 storeys tall with 53 habitable floors and also includes 1 podium, 3 service floors and 2 fire check floors. One ICC offers 3 and 4 BHK grand, fully furnished apartments. There are 4 apartments and 2 lifts per floor.
Two ICC is 68 storeys tall with 60 habitable floors. This tower has 1 podium, 3 service floors, 3 fire check floors and 1 common terrace. There are 6 apartments per floor owing to the smaller configurations. Deluxe 3 and 4 BHK apartments occupy Two ICC and the design ensures 3 apartments per lift.
Currently there is a well maintained internal leading to ICC Springs which will also service the residents of the new ICC towers.
The Grand 3 BHK in One ICC starts from 1981 sq. ft. whereas the Grand 4 BHK is from 2514 sq. ft. onwards. Two ICC’s Deluxe 3 BHK starts from 1627 sq. ft. while the Deluxe 4 BHK starts from 2096 sq. ft. The bathrooms are all en-suite and even the staff quarters has an attached bathroom and separate entrance except in the 3 BHK Deluxe apartments. Additionally there are service lifts which ensures privacy from the service staff. Prices start at Rs. 9 Cr for the 3 BHK Deluxe and go upto Rs. 19 Cr. for the 4 BHK Grand.
All the apartments enjoy panoramic views of the city as well as harbour and can be chosen based on the views which include west or east facing as well as harbour or mountain views. As mentioned before, the apartments come fully, yet optimally and tastefully furnished and air conditioned. The furnishings include white goods as well as international standard modular kitchen, sanitary and CP fittings in addition to marble and wooden flooring. The apartments have also been designed to be wi-fi capable and ready to receive Home Automation System.
In addition, the safety and security of the two towers has been given paramount importance with a state-of-the-art sprinkler system, fire-rated walls and doors, fire-isolated pressurised stairs and lobby on each floor, fireman’s lift as well as double glazed exterior glass. There is a security command center and 24×7 CCTV surveillance, smart cards and RFID for convenient entry of people and cars.
Features and Amenities
Island City Center is a bespoke development which has been specifically designed to cater to those with refined and luxurious tastes. This essentially means grand scale amenities and facilities starting with an abundant 7.3 acres of open and green spaces thus creating an oasis in the center of the city. Indoor amenities that residents of One and Two ICC can enjoy include mini theatre, squash court, gym, party rooms, billiards or pool room, games room, library and spa-steam room.
For the outdoorsy types there are facilities such as an outdoor party area, barbecue pits, swimming pool, tennis court, kids’ play area, half basketball court, golf putting green, jogging track, skate path and cricket net. All the green spaces will be meticulously landscaped and there will be three water bodies. Residents can also avail of the in-house creche.
The ICC towers are also built for eco-friendliness with facilities for rainwater harvesting, STP and organic waste converter, CFC-free air conditioning and an efficient waste disposal system. Additionally, there will be electrical charging facilities for cars, water efficient fixtures and high performance glass for energy efficiency.
While the oasis of Island City Center enjoys an abundance of facilities and one hardly needs to step out, the mini-city is also surrounded by a plethora of options outside. These include Phoenix Mall which houses PVR Cinemas, five star hotels such as ITC Grand Central, Four Seasons and St. Regis as well as pubs, cafes and eateries such as Cafe Zoe, Bar Stock Exchange, Bombay Canteen, Hard Rock Cafe, Blue Frog and Todi Mill Social among others. Hospitals such as Wadia for children, King Edward Memorial, KEM, Tata Memorial and Global Hospital are all nearby. Popular schools in the vicinity include St. Paul’s, Don Bosco and IES among others.
Island City Center’s One and Two towers are both RERA approved with registration number P51900008726 and possession is expected in August 2019. Most of the apartments are already sold out underlining the demand for well designed, furnished, luxury residences. No doubt, One and Two ICC will be the cynosure of its residents’ as well as visitor’s eyes and neighbour’s envy.