Real Estate in Virar, Mumbai

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Ever since the establishment of Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation in May 2009, the city has seen a lot of infrastructural developments. Many skywalks for pedestrians have been constructed in recent times. The region has a well grown network of VVMT bus service for local commute. Though metered autos aren’t available, shared autos are in plenty. Train transportation is very convenient with local trains plying between Virar and Churchgate every 10-15 minutes.

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Virar: The Promising, Yet Underappreciated Mumbai Suburb

August 29, 2017

Until a few years ago, Virar was the northern terminus for the suburban trains from Mumbai. Being about 60 kilometres by rail from Churchgate, you might expect Virar to be a desolate locality but the reality is far from that presumption. In recent years, Virar has experienced a massive boost in residential development owing to …

Virar: The Promising, Yet Underappreciated Mumbai Suburb

Until a few years ago, Virar was the northern terminus for the suburban trains from Mumbai. Being about 60 kilometres by rail from Churchgate, you might expect Virar to be a desolate locality but the reality is far from that presumption. In recent years, Virar has experienced a massive boost in residential development owing to the continual rise of real estate prices in Mumbai. People who may be disappointed due to their prospects of a home in Mumbai seeming bleak, view Virar as the next best thing. And, why not? Virar may still be considered an outpost of the city, but it boasts some of the best beaches, resorts, historical culture and opportunities for paragliding in Mumbai!

Virar is situated south of the Vaitarna River. The suburb gets its name from the Goddess Ekavira. There is a huge temple of Ekavira Devi on the banks of Vaitarna River at the foot hills of Tunga Parvat. Over time, vira became Virar and the suburb that it is today. Many developers have sought to uplift the town and now the reputed, global construction player Shapoorji Pallonji is bringing premium residences to Virar with a sprawling residential project.

Virar: For representation purposes only
For representation purposes only

Connectivity

Though not exactly in Mumbai, Virar does come under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and is well connected to Mumbai by means of the Mumbai local trains operated by Western Railway, that run on the recently quadrupled tracks to manage the burgeoning growth of passengers. The national highway on the outskirts of Virar in the east, connects to the Western Express Highway, and provides seamless connectivity to the city. Even some of the industrialised cities in the state of Gujarat such as Surat, Vapi etc., are no more than three hours from Virar. There are plans for a corridor to connect Virar to Panvel and further to Alibaug. It is expected to further aid the connectivity to rest of Mumbai.

The western part of Virar is more developed. The Agashi Road connects the railway station to the beaches such as Arnala apart from all parts of the locale. The skywalk in Virar west was among the first to be built in Mumbai and sees a footfall of 58,038 commuters during peak hours, the most in the city. The Vasai-Virar region also have their own municipal corporation which operates the VVMT buses to connect various parts of these suburbs.

Emergence of Virar, the ‘Suburb’

For home buyers, Virar became an enticing option especially at the turn of the millennium. As the costs rose in Mumbai, more people chose the expansive ‘suburb’ of Virar over the cramped city and preferred to commute to workplaces across Mumbai. The boom in real estate attracted the attention of the big players in the industry who pumped resources to develop projects of well over 1000 apartments. Over the past two decades, there has been a mushrooming of townships, residential complexes and the supplementary social amenities like department stores, malls and parks. Today, Virar has primarily become a residential hub with vast and varied options for home buyers.

The ‘suburbanisation’ of Virar started around the area that surrounds the railway station, so that the new residents were able to commute conveniently. Slowly development spread further inland towards the villages and fields. As real estate development became lucrative, some of the native landholders began selling their land to developers for a windfall and homes in towers.

Culture and activities in Virar
Clockwise from top right: Vajreshwari Temple, Aksa Beach, St. James’ Church and Vasai-Virar Marathon.

Shapoorji in Virar

Shapoorji Pallonji is an international real estate brand and the oldest construction company in India. It has built a legacy of trust and credibility among its customers with quality developments and use of latest technology. Over 150 years, it has built brilliant architectural marvels such as – The Imperial Tower (Mumbai), ITPL (Bangalore), Shukhobristhi in Kolkata, the Palace of the Sultan of Oman, The Presidential Villa at Ghana, The Park Towers in Dubai and more. Capitalising on this rich experience and expertise Shapoorji Pallonji has entered the booming real estate market in Virar with their premium residential project – Joyville Virar.

While Virar does have many good residential options, for those looking to buy homes with style, premium amenities and lush views, that too from a globally renowned construction brand, there are hardly any options. So Joyville Virar, with 7 towers and 1256 homes, will cater to the customer on the lookout for premium homes as a lifestyle choice. It is located in close proximity to the popular area of Bolinj, which is a cultural melting pot. The Bolinj lake is close by as also numerous temples as well as a church and mosque. Joyville Virar can be reached via the Stephen Menezes Road.

History and Culture

Virar, today, enjoys almost all the privileges that Mumbai has to offer and more. There are ample open spaces between Bolinj and Agashi apart from parks, playing grounds, multi-cuisine restaurants, hospitals, a movie theatre, HSC and CBSE schools, colleges that offer courses till the doctoral level, resorts and places of worship. Virar’s unprecedented growth has seen people from various backgrounds flock to this suburb. This has made it a cosmopolitan and vibrant town, a literal melting pot of cultures.

Virar has also been cited as a tourist destination due to the pristine beaches, historical places of worship and annual events held in the region presided over by eminent personalities. Places to visit include the Jivdani temple which overlooks the entire suburb just like Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. There are other temples such as the Vajreshwari temple and Baronda Devi Mandir, churches such as St. Peter’s Church, St. James’ Church and beaches such as Arnala, Rajodi and Navapur. Other places of interest include the incomplete Arnala Fort and the Bassein Fort, which were under Portuguese control.

Conclusion

In the last two decades Virar has grown exponentially in terms of infrastructure, civic amenities as well population. What is more pleasing is that the development in Virar shows no signs of slowing down. The burgeoning population and increased infrastructure development in the neighbourhood make a compelling case to purchase a residential or commercial property. The returns on investment are magnificent to say the least and for residential purposes, Virar offers all the provisions for a comfortable life without the congestion in major metropolitan cities. Now, with Shapoorji Pallonji’s entry, there is a reason to consider Virar while looking for luxury homes as well!

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5 Reasons Why One Can Dream Of Their Own Home At Virar

January 30, 2016

Many people move to Mumbai in search for livelihoods and better lives. However it is no secret that Mumbai’s property markets defy gravity. With the Mumbai city and its popular suburbs becoming very expensive to own an apartment for the average middle class, the property buyers are finding attractive options in a once ignored market …

Virar Railway station

5 Reasons Why One Can Dream Of Their Own Home At Virar

Many people move to Mumbai in search for livelihoods and better lives. However it is no secret that Mumbai’s property markets defy gravity. With the Mumbai city and its popular suburbs becoming very expensive to own an apartment for the average middle class, the property buyers are finding attractive options in a once ignored market of Virar. Virar for many years was popular to be the hometown of the erstwhile heartthrob of Bollywood, Govinda. With leading builders now present and building townships in this area, the skyline of Virar is going through a rapid change. Virar attracts people for its affordability and connectivity to workplaces. Ranked as the 5th largest city of Maharashtra and located 50 km North of Mumbai in Palghar district, Vasai-Virar has a population of 1.2 million according to the 2011 census, this number is twice of what was recorded in the census of 2001. Well, it is an easy guess that people find it easy to own properties here which can still be bought for Rs 25 to 50 lacs, in stark contrast to other Southern regions of Mumbai. Since its inception in the year 2010, the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation has been at the forefront in changing the perception of this former picnic destination to a much bigger residential market  by boosting available infrastructure.

We list down 5 reasons why we believe Vasai-Virar is attracting hordes of Mumbaikars to call it home –

Connectivity:

Located in outskirts of Mumbai, there exists a very good connectivity to and from Mumbai to this region. Over a 100 local trains ply between Virar and Churchgate daily. There are shuttle trains which leave for Diva Railway station- thereby connecting Virar  to the Central Railway. Via high end rail and road connectivity, Virar can be reached within 90 minutes  from most important places like – Tarapore MIDC , Thane Corporation, Mumbai Corporation, even the Mumbai airport-both domestic and international. State bus services extend till Thane in the East. Further Virar-Alibaug Corridor which will connect Virar to new airport at Ulwe, Nava Sheva Port and then Alibaug will augment connectivity to the region. This project will connect 4 crucial national highways; NH-8 (Mumbai-Ahmedabad), NH-3 (Mumbai-Agra-Delhi), NH-4(Mumbai-Chennai) and NH-17(Goa-Mangalore-Kerala); thereby making Virar more central.  An easier commute is always an added attraction and an important consideration while picking up a destination for a new house.

virar railway station
Virar railway station

Affordability:

In a city where owning even one room apartment is a challenge for majority of the population, Vasai-Virar belt can provide ample avenues to not only dream about your home in Mumbai but also own it. Affordability drives the demand for residential real estate market here. A 60-70 minutes  commute away from Mumbai’s office hubs – prices here drop to about 10% of those in Bandra, an upmarket suburb . The property rates here are anywhere between Rs. 4,000-6,000 per square ft. Commercial spaces are available between Rs. 6,000 to 7,000 per square ft. here. Major realty firms such as HDIL, Ekta World, Rustomjee, VIVA and Swastik group have flocked to Virar and are focusing on residential complexes. A 1 BHK with an average area of 550 sq. ft. will cost about Rs. 25 to 30 lakhs while a 2 BHK with a 1,000 sq. ft. area costs about Rs. 40 to 45 lakh. Luxurious 3 BHKs and larger 1, 2 BHKs are also available in some of these complexes.

upcoming residential complexes
Upcoming residential complexes

Infrastructure:

Ever since the establishment of Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation in May 2009, the city has seen a lot of infrastructural developments. Many skywalks for pedestrians have been constructed in recent times. The region has a well grown network of VVMT bus service for local commute. Though metered autos aren’t available, shared autos are in plenty. Train transportation is very convenient with local trains plying between Virar and Churchgate every 10-15 minutes. The projects which are currently in progress on the three rivers flowing around Virar -Tansa, Vaitarna and Surya -will solve all the water woes of this city. Issues regarding piped gas line and zero load shedding are a matter of prime focus for VVMC and are expected to be sorted soon. There are 7 junior colleges and 20 senior colleges- offering all sorts of courses from graduation to post graduation. There are 6 government run hospitals and several private hospitals. Many schools of state board as well as central board alongwith a few international schools are currently operating in this area. Several brands like Adidas have set up their outlets here and apart from the existing small scale malls and shopping complexes, 3 large scale malls have been proposed by the VIVA Group. There are about 8 multiplex theatres in existence currently.

Employment:

In the near future, it is expected that many corporate houses might make a move to Vasai-Virar areas in search of larger office spaces. In the eastern part of Virar, the huge industrial land of about 500 hectares provides several employment opportunities.  Vasai–Virar region offers a lot of scope for retail business. Moreover there are many small scale manufacturing industries currently operating around Vasai East. Also, there have been news of the 1500 acres salt pan in this area being handed over to the MMRDA for the development of a business hub on the lines of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) here. KPOs, BPOs, IT and ITES hubs will be encouraged-thereby boosting employment opportunities.

Local attractions:

Tourism has been good here. The city boasts of two famous forts – the Vasai Fort and the Arnala sea fort. Vjareshwari temple-famous for the hot water springs, the Buddhist stupa, Jivdani temple, Jain temple, the Holy spirit church and St James church which date back to Portugese times (about 500 years ago) are some of the major attractions. Also the famous Arnala, Rajodi, Suruchi beaches with over a dozen resorts are within a 6 km radius of the Vasai-Virar sub region. The annual Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon witnesses the presence of famous celebrities such as Sachin Tendulkar. Besides, by the virtue of its large open areas and it being a coastal area as well as a hilly terrain, it has become a famous destination for aviation sports like paragliding training, hill flying etc.

All these factors seem to be working for property market at Vasai-Virar which offers affordability in Mumbai.

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