The locality of Gachibowli in Cyberabad (western Hyderabad) is among the most happening and sought after places to study, work or live in. A major reason for the same is the immense development this hitherto distant location from the heart of the city has seen couple of decades. Whether it be major global IT giants who are based here, top rated educational institutions who have their campus here, or sports stadia and academies which attract national level athletes, this place has something for everyone. Many reputed developers too have invested in this area, with Mantri Developers coming up with their project Mantri Celestia.
Mantri Developers has built an enviable reputation with a number of residential projects to their name in the cities of Bangalore, Pune and Chennai, in addition to Hyderabad. Mantri are coming up with a luxury villa project, Mantri Euphoria, near APPA Junction as well. I recently visited Mantri Celestia and am providing my impressions of the same here.
Mantri Celestia: Location & Connectivity
Mantri Celestia is located in the Financial District at Gachibowli and is surrounded by top software, consulting and banking companies such as Microsoft, TCS, Wipro, Accenture, ICICI Bank etc., which are a short walk away. Within close proximity of the project are other major IT parks such as WaveRock SEZ (1.3 km), DLF Cyber City (5 km), DivyaSree NSL Orion (8 km), Raheja Mindspace (8.5 km) and Cyber Gateway (9 km). While residents may have to deal with traffic during peak hours, this is among the most convenient locations from them to reside in this area.
With so many reputed companies present near the project, it benefits from good connectivity, whether by buses or by taxis. Road condition near the complex is by and large quite good, although there are some rough patches as well. Another big advantage of its location is its proximity to the arterial Outer Ring Road (2 km away), which ensures good connectivity to other parts of Hyderabad as well as the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (30.5 km), which can be reached within 30-40 km from here.
The nearest railway station is Hitec City MMTS Station, which being 11.5 km, is not exactly a convenient mode of travel for residents of Mantri Celestia. A somewhat better option may be the soon to begin Hyderabad Metro, which will have Shilparamam (8.5 km) as the nearest station.
Mantri Celestia: Social Conveniences
A major benefit of being located in a well-established area such as Gachibowli is that social conveniences are numerous and of good quality as well. Residents need not venture far from their homes to avail of their needs and desires. This is particularly true if one speaks about educational institutions, medical care centers, shopping centers and restaurants. Some of the closest and highly rated schools such as Oakridge International School (4 km) and Delhi Public School (4.5 km) in Manikonda, and Phoenix Greens International School, Kokapet (4.5 km) are within close proximity of Mantri Celestia, and the same can be said of reputed higher educational institutions such as Indian School of Business (3.5 km), International Institute of Information Technology (4 km), University of Hyderabad (5.5 km) and NIFT (8.5 km).
Options for medical care include Continental Hospital (1 km), Himagiri Hospital (4 km), Care Hospital (7 km) and Max Cure Hospital (9 km). For shopping or dining, there are a host of restaurants, shopping centers and malls such as Inorbit Mall within a short distance from the project for residents to indulge in. There is also a fully-functioning grocery store in the clubhouse of the project.
Mantri Celestia: Site Overview
Mantri Celestia occupies an 8 acre land parcel and comprises of 6 towers, each having 24 residential levels, a clubhouse and lawns and a sports arena. While entering the complex, after registering with security, one needs to take a ramp up to the podium level. I could see that most apartments were occupied, with the remaining 1-2 towers undergoing work on the interiors. While the lifts etc. still needed some work (it was not working in the under-construction building when I visited), the clubhouse and both the children’s play area was complete.
The central pavilion still needed some work. However, the sports arena, which is across the road from the complex and is connected to it via an overhead bridge, was completed. Located next door to Mantri Celestia is a commercial complex by the same developer, called as Mantri Cosmos, which houses reputed occupants such as Accenture and is accessible by a separate entrance and exit.
Mantri Celestia: Apartment Overview
Mantri Celestia offers 2 and 3 BHK apartments. Each of the six residential towers in the complex has 8 apartments per floor, making a total of around 1200 units. If one considers 2 BHK apartments, these are available in sizes of 850, 970, 980, 1020 and 1025 sq. ft. Of these, the ones measuring 850, 1020 and 1025 sq. ft. come with a single balcony, which can also be used as a utility area, while the others come with a separate balcony and utility area. All 2 BHK units come with 1 attached and 1 common toilet.
The 3 BHK apartments are available in a single size of 1198 sq. ft. These have a separate balcony and utility area, but similar to the 2 BHK apartments, have 1 attached and 1 common toilet. All apartments, whether 2 or 3 BHK, will have vitrified tile flooring in the living and dining area and ceramic tile flooring in the bedrooms. Each apartment will be provided 750 W power backup, piped gas and a provision for a geyser in every toilet, telephone points in the living room and master bedroom and internet connectivity via a dedicated line.
Being located in the heart of the Financial District and with the developer’s brand name, an apartment here does not come cheap. The base price of an apartment here is Rs. 5,990/sq. ft. The all-inclusive package price for a 2 BHK apartment of size 850 sq. ft. is ~Rs. 59 lakhs, while on the other end of the spectrum, the corresponding price for a 3 BHK apartment of size 1198 sq. ft. is ~Rs. 81 lakhs. All other units will be priced between these amounts. Monthly rent for a 2 BHK starts at Rs. 22,000/- while that for a 3 BHK begins at Rs. 26,000.
Mantri Celestia: Amenities Overview
The amenities in Mantri Celestia can be said to be divided into two sections: the outdoor sports arena and the podium level. As mentioned earlier, the outdoor sports arena consists of two badminton courts, a basketball court and a tennis court and is linked to the residential complex by an overhead bridge.
The podium level is the main hub of activity in the complex, comprising of landscaped gardens, pavilions and sit-outs for residents to interact with each other as well as kids’ play areas at regular intervals. The large clubhouse will be the main hub of activity, containing a swimming pool, supermarket, Squash court, party hall, ladies and gents’ parlour and facilities for indoor games such as table tennis, billiards, pool and chess/carom.
With Mantri Celestia, Mantri Developers aim to establish a large and long-lasting footprint in the Hyderabad real estate market, similar to their profile elsewhere. Located in a prime location, with most amenities completed and with all social conveniences within easy reach of residents, this complex does have many positives. While not the most affordable of projects, it offers plenty of convenience to residents, which is a critical aspect that pays off in the middle to long run.