For the increasingly global Indian, the island paradise of Bali in Indonesia has emerged as one of the most preferred holiday destinations. Bali, with its beautiful beaches, rich heritage and peaceful surroundings, allows visitors to relax or let their hair down and party, as per their preference. Balinese homes are known for their architecture and design, along with the distinctive vegetation that surround them. But why mention about Bali in an article on Indian real estate? The reason is that one of the prominent developers in south India, Mantri Developers, are bringing a bit of Bali to the thriving metropolis of Hyderabad in the form of their luxury villa project, Mantri Euphoria.
Mantri Euphoria is one of the upcoming projects by the developer in the western part of Hyderabad, along with their apartment project Mantri Celestia in Gachibowli. This project aims to address the growing demand of private villas from the aspirational community of home buyers in the city. I got the opportunity to visit the site of this project recently and present here my impressions of the same.
Mantri Euphoria: Location & Connectivity
Mantri Euphoria is located next to the arterial Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad between Narsingi Junction and APPA Junction and can be reached from each of these places via the service road. A short detour from the service road brings one to the project site, which is next to a small lake. This project aims to target senior management and member of the C-suite of the major IT, pharma and financial companies present in the commercial corridors of Hitec City and Gachibowli and also business people and professionals such as doctors, lawyers etc., based in western Hyderabad.
Being next to the Outer Ring Road is a major advantage for residents, as it connects them to their workplaces, other parts of the city as well as the airport, which can all be reached within a short time duration. The airport is 23 km from here, but can be reached in around 30 minutes. The IT corridors of Financial District, DLF Cyber City, Raheja Mindspace and DivyaSree NSL Orion are all within 10-12 km from here. The best modes of transportation to and from the project site are either using one’s one vehicle or using a cab. The reason for this is that the public transportation network around here is not too good. While there are no buses operating here, the nearest railway station is also quite far away (more than 15 km).
Mantri Euphoria: Social Conveniences
While there are some social amenities (schools, hospitals etc.) near the site of Mantri Euphoria, the quality ones are at a slight distance from here. Among the most highly regarded schools nearby are Phoenix Greens International School (Kokapet, 5 km), Rockwell International School (5.5 km), Oakridge International School (9 km) and Delhi Public School (9.5 km). Among higher educational institutions, Lord’s Institute of Engineering & Technology and Shadan College are within 5 km from here, while the prestigious institutions such as University of Hyderabad, ICFAI University and Indian School of Business are 12-15 km away.
Among medical care options, Shadan Hospital (5 km) is the nearest, though the preferred options for residents would include Care Hospital (9 km), Continental Hospitals (9 km) and Max Cure Hospital (14.5 km). For residents to indulge in brand shopping, they will need to travel to Madhapur, Gachibowli or Kukatpally, where the malls and big shopping centers are located.
Mantri Euphoria: Site Overview
Mantri Euphoria occupies a total land area of 18 acres and comprises of 151 triplex luxury villas. This project is to come up in two phases. The first phase will contain 72 villas and the developer has set a handover date of December 2017 for the same. The second phase will comprise of the remaining 79 villas and will take another couple of years. Between the villas of either phase will be the common area comprising of the clubhouse, Balinese-themed gardens and sports courts. A collection of 12 m and 9 m wide internal roads will be used for vehicular movement in the complex.
When I visited the site, I could see that construction on both Phase 1 and Phase 2 villas was on at full swing. The exterior of the clubhouse building was getting completed as well and work was on in the common areas too.
Mantri Euphoria: Villa Overview
Each of the villas in Mantri Euphoria is either a 3 or 4 bedroom east-facing or west-facing villa. The saleable area of the villas varies in the range of 3135 – 3770 sq. ft. and their design incorporates various elements of Balinese architecture such as the use of wooden carvings and the Bali-themed roof. Being a project by a reputed brand, it comes with a premium pricing. The base price of a villa is Rs. 7,790/sq. ft. The all-inclusive price of a villa of size 3135 sq. ft. comes to ~Rs. 2.89 crore, while for a villa of size 3770 sq. ft., the price is ~Rs. 3.47 crore.
During my visit, I was provided a tour of a 4 bedroom villa. The villa comes with ample parking space for two cars. On the ground floor, as one enters from the parking, one comes across a foyer, next to which is a room to be used as a home office or a study. Ahead is a passage, next to which is a private swimming pool. The ground floor also contains the living and dining area, a kitchen with utility area, powder room, guest bedroom with attached toilet and two sit-out decks.
The first floor contains the master bedroom and another bedroom, both of which come with an attached dressing area and toilet. Also, present on this floor is an additional living area, puja room and the servant’s room and toilet, for whom there is a separate entrance and staircase at the side of the villa. There is also a terrace on this floor. Finally, on the second floor lies one more bedroom, which can also be used as a private home theatre, of required, with an attached toilet. This floor has a larger terrace than on the first floor. One can move between the floors using a private internal lift or a staircase.
While the living and dining areas in the villa will have vitrified tile flooring, all bedrooms will have laminated wooden flooring, providing a premium feel. Bathroom fittings will be of premium brands such as Villeroy and Bosche. Each villa will be provided piped gas connection, 24X7 power backup for all appliances and solar water heating system. The complex will also have an onsite water softening plant and sewage treatment plant, making it self-sufficient in terms of providing utilities to its residents.
Mantri Euphoria: Amenities Overview
The central area of the project is where all the amenities will be present for residents to make use of. The complex will have a number of gardens and lawns for relaxation such as a meditation court, palm grove and a recreation lawn. The lawns will also contain an amphitheater, a children’s play area, a reflective pool and a badminton court. A jogging track will circumvent the lawns.
The clubhouse will be at the heart of the project to the left of the main entrance. This will be well-equipped with a steam and sauna room, massage room, gymnasium, convenience store for groceries, a launderette, a café, business centre, ATM and a mini theatre. It will also have a table tennis table, pool table, cards room. Yoga hall and a swimming pool, which is separate from the private one present in each villa. Clearly, most, if not all, of the residents’ major needs are planned to be addressed within the complex itself.
Mantri Euphoria has an interesting concept of Balinese themed villas, offering residents comfort, luxury and plenty of conveniences. The brand name of the developer and its proximity to the Outer Ring Road are additional positives. While the public transportation connectivity and relatively fewer social amenities in the immediate vicinity are minor concerns, with the increasing housing demand in this area, these too can be expected to improve. For people looking for a dream home, affording them privacy and freedom to do what they like, away from the crowded city, it is an option worth considering.