Real Estate in Bavdhan, Pune

Bavdhan in western Pune is one such area, which has come into its own as a major residential area in the last 7-8 years in particular. The major drivers of this growth, in addition to the lovely green surroundings, are the rise of nearby Hinjewadi as a major IT hub, the Commonwealth Youth Games, held in neighbouring Balewadi in 2008 and more recently, the Smart Cities project.

Bavdhan Property Market – Living Among The Hills

Last updated on September 4, 2016 by Manish Kumar

The city of Pune in Maharashtra is renowned for being one of India’s biggest Information Technology (IT) bastions. Prior to the IT revolution, however, the city’s main claim to fame was its salubrious, pleasant climate and its greenery, which gave residents the feel of living in a hill station and attracted many people to settle here, hence its nickname of being a ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’. Unfortunately, many of these positives have either disappeared or greatly reduced with increasing urbanization and population pressure. However, Pune still has some sizeable residential pockets which retain the old greenery and charm. Bavdhan in western Pune is one such area, which has come into its own as a major residential area in the last 7-8 years in particular. The major drivers of this growth, in addition to the lovely green surroundings, are the rise of nearby Hinjewadi as a major IT hub, the Commonwealth Youth Games, …

Bavdhan Property Market – Living Among The Hills

The city of Pune in Maharashtra is renowned for being one of India’s biggest Information Technology (IT) bastions. Prior to the IT revolution, however, the city’s main claim to fame was its salubrious, pleasant climate and its greenery, which gave residents the feel of living in a hill station and attracted many people to settle here, hence its nickname of being a ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’. Unfortunately, many of these positives have either disappeared or greatly reduced with increasing urbanization and population pressure.

However, Pune still has some sizeable residential pockets which retain the old greenery and charm. Bavdhan in western Pune is one such area, which has come into its own as a major residential area in the last 7-8 years in particular. The major drivers of this growth, in addition to the lovely green surroundings, are the rise of nearby Hinjewadi as a major IT hub, the Commonwealth Youth Games, held in neighbouring Balewadi in 2008 and more recently, the Smart Cities project. Let’s analyze all the factors that make Bavdhan a much sought-after destination.

Location

Pune’s Chandani Chowk may not be as well-known as its Delhi namesake, but is nonetheless a major city landmark, located at the junction of four major roads, NH4, Pashan Road, Paud Road and NDA Road. Bavdhan is located right next to Chandani Chowk, with most residential developments in the area coming up along NH4 and Paud Road. With NH4 providing direct connectivity to Mumbai, Satara and Kolhapur, many people from these cities have chosen to invest in a second home in Bavdhan.

The major IT hub of Hinjewadi (13 km away), along with the smaller hub of Baner (9 km away) are home to some of the world’s leading IT product and service companies such as TCS, Cisco, Infosys etc. and techies working in these hubs form the bulk of housing demand in Bavdhan. In fact, Oracle Financial Services has its software center in Bavdhan itself. Another advantage that Bavdhan has is its proximity to the industrial and manufacturing hubs of Kothrud (3 km) and Pirangut (13 km), which makes it a preferred location for executives working in companies in these areas.

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Connectivity

The Commonwealth Youth Games of 2008 saw a flurry of road building activity and investments in infrastructure in Bavdhan and surrounding areas, for which it has continued to reap the rewards ever since. All three major roads NH4, Paud Road and Pashan Road have been widened and large sections have been concretized as well. Internal roads too have improved, particularly in the city facing side of Bavdhan from NH4. However, last mile connectivity to housing complexes remains a problem in this area, particularly in the hilly portion of Bavdhan. Here, the roads are often narrow and have major potholes and bumps, which unfortunately, has been a bane in most areas in Pune city.

Public transport buses connect Bavdhan to Kothrud, Pashan and Pune Railway Station (13.5 km away), but the frequency is slightly less and with the last mile connectivity issues in the area, most residents prefer to use private vehicles. Shivajinagar, a major bus and railway hub, is 12 km away, while Pune Airport is 19 km from Bavdhan at the opposite end of the city.

Social Amenities and Conveniences

Bavdhan has attracted many people to settle here, which in turn, has also brought in numerous noted service providers. Schools such as Periwinkle English Medium School (Maharashtra State Board), Suryadatta School (CBSE) and Ryan International School (ICSE) are all noted educational educations located in Bavdhan itself. Additionally, in the neighbouring areas of Kothrud and Pashan are other good options such as MIT School, St. Joseph’s School and Sahyadri International School (all affiliated to Maharashtra State Board). When it comes to higher education, big names such as University of Pune (8 km), Flame University (8 km) and Symbiosis International University (11 km) are all within close proximity of Bavdhan.

Flame University near Bavdhan
Flame University near Bavdhan

When it comes to medical care, residents can choose from Lodha Hospital, Om Hospital or Chellaram Diabetes Institute in Bavdhan or even Sahyadri Hospital in Kothrud (3 km away). Bavdhan, particularly, the Chandani Chowk area, is home to many good restaurants and resorts such as Ambrosia, Banjara Hills and Garden Court. Bavdhan is home to the Aditya Shagun Mall, while there are plenty of shopping centers in Bavdhan and nearby Kothrud, Pashan and Baner areas to meet residents’ daily needs.

Resident Profile

As one drives down NH4, Bavdhan comes between the areas of Baner and Kothrud and the general residential profile of Bavdhan also lies between the higher end Baner and the predominantly middle class Kothrud. Bavdhan largely attracts the upper middle class segment of home buyers. The sheer variety of accommodation options available in Bavdhan is staggering, ranging from 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK apartments to luxury 5 BHK villas.

A major category of home buyers in Bavdhan are outstation investors, who look at this area as a vacation home or a good investment opportunity. This is proven by the doubling in base rates of apartment complexes, from an average of around Rs. 3400 / sq. ft.  in 2009 to around Rs. 6800 / sq. ft. today. The same, however, cannot be said of rental values, which have shown a smaller increase from an average of Rs. 11 / sq. ft. in 2008 to Rs. 15 / sq. ft. today.

Green surroundings

The USP of Bavdhan is unquestionably its location among green hills, which gives residents the feeling of being on a vacation while they are at home. Not only do they get great views of the city and surrounding hills, they also can live in a cleaner and pollution free environment as compared to inner city areas. For nature lovers or photographers, Bavdhan has a lot to offer.

Unfortunately, too much development is probably more a curse than a blessing. A major reason for loss of green cover in Pune is that the town planning approach followed here has been horizontal, rather than vertical. With a number of projects coming up on the Bavdhan hills, the green cover is gradually coming down and is robbing the place of its beauty and charm. In this regard, Bavdhan may, in years to come, suffer the same fate as many other green lungs of the city, such as Parvati, Pashan etc. It will be the responsibility of both residents and developers to maintain the greenery by taking appropriate proactive measures.

Base camp for a holiday getaway

If one is bitten by the travel bug, a home in Bavdhan serves as a perfect base camp. For a nearby picnic, one can choose from among Pashan Lake or Manas Lake in Bhugaon. For a day long getaway, one is spoiled for choice with options ranging from Lavasa, Tamhini Shat, Panshet Lake to Lonavala and Khandala. The prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) is also next door. The best part is that all these places are directly connected by road to Bavdhan and one need not pass the heavy city traffic enroute.

Pashan Lake near Bavdhan
Pashan Lake near Bavdhan

Upcoming residential projects in Bavdhan

Moving in the hilly area of Bavdhan towards Pirangut and off Paud Road, one comes across Kolte Patil’s Stargaze project. A large, 18 acre project, providing excellent views of the city and the hills, Stargaze has 2 and 3 BHK apartments, with 4 BHK apartments planned in the near future. With planned amenities including terraced gardens, skating rink, miniature golf course and even a rock climbing wall, Stargaze aims to truly ‘activate’ residents’ life.

Site photograph of Kolte Patil's Stargaze project in Bavdhan
Site photograph of Kolte Patil’s Stargaze project in Bavdhan

Moving towards Chandani Chowk and after taking a short detour from Paud Road, one reaches the stunning Gera Builders’ Isle Royale project. From the massive entrance gates to the large clubhouse and the lovely multilevel swimming pool area, the ambition behind the project is clear. Catering to the upper crest, Isle Royale will have 3.5 and 5.5 BHK villas (largely complete) and three residential towers (coming up), comprising of 3.5 and 4.5 BHK apartments, with amenities such as wooden flooring in all bedrooms, private Jacuzzi and top quality bathroom fittings and walk-in closets, among others.

Site photograph of Gera Isle Royale project in Bavdhan

Cross Chandani Chowk and NH4 and one reaches Rohan Builders’ Rohan Ishan project. Consisting of 2 and 3 BHK apartments, the homes here are built according to Rohan’s PLUS homes concept, allowing for effective lighting and ventilation, while maintaining residents’ privacy. Residents will be provided piped LPG connection and generator backup in common areas, apart from amenities such as a clubhouse, gymnasium and home security system.

Located close by is Goel Ganga Group’s Ganga Legend project. This project has 1, 2 and 3 BHK homes, with features such as laminated wooden flooring in master bedrooms, glass railings in terraces and usage of Dado tiles in kitchens and bathrooms. Amenities provided to residents include a skywalk for walkers and joggers, a party lounge, amphitheatre and multipurpose court for outdoor sports.

Conclusion

Bavdhan can be said to have emerged as a key residential destination in the western side of Pune, offering an excellent work-life balance to residents and providing them a clean and green living environment. With apartments catering to all categories of home buyers and all budgets, Bavdhan offers a truly cosmopolitan living experience. With better infrastructure and connectivity, things are likely to improve further. However, the impact of excessive development on the environment is and will remain a concern going forward.

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FAQs

1. What are the advantages of living in Bavdhan?
Bavdhan’s USP is its location among green hills. It’s close to the major IT hub of Hinjewadi (13 km away), along with the hub of Baner (9 km away). Oracle Financial Services has its software center in Bavdhan itself. It is close to the industrial and manufacturing hubs of Kothrud (3 km) and Pirangut (13 km). All three major roads NH4, Paud Road and Pashan Road have been widened and large sections have been concretized as well. Internal roads too have improved, particularly in the city facing side of Bavdhan from NH4. Schools such as Periwinkle English Medium School (Maharashtra State Board), Suryadatta School (CBSE) and Ryan International School (ICSE) are all noted educational educations located in Bavdhan itself. University of Pune (8 km), Flame University (8 km) and Symbiosis International University (11 km) are all within close proximity of Bavdhan. Medical Facilities include Lodha Hospital, Om Hospital or Chellaram Diabetes Institute in Bavdhan or even Sahyadri Hospital in Kothrud (3 km away). Bavdhan largely attracts the upper middle class segment of home buyers. Bavdhan is home to the Aditya Shagun Mall.

2. What are the things in Bavdhan which need improvement?
Last mile connectivity to housing complexes remains a problem in this area, particularly in the hilly portion of Bavdhan. Here, the roads are often narrow and have major potholes and bumps, which unfortunately, has been a bane in most areas in Pune city. Shivajinagar, a major bus and railway hub, is 12 km away, while Pune Airport is 19 km from Bavdhan at the opposite end of the city.

3. What are the real estate projects in Bavdhan?
The real estate projects in Bavdhan are Kolte Patil’s Stargaze, Gera Builders’ Isle Royale, Rohan Builders’ Rohan Ishan, Goel Ganga Group’s Ganga Legend.




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