With the IT revolution having taken firm root in western Hyderabad in the last couple of decades, the image of the city has changed from being a historical and cultural center to being an ultra-modern city, providing the best of living conditions to its residents. The real estate sector in this city has been quick to respond to this trend and a number of developers have tried to match up to their customers’ expectations of providing quality living standards, comparable to the best in the world. One such developer is Rajapushpa Properties Pvt. Ltd., which is coming up with a new project Rajapushpa Atria in the locality of Kokapet.
Rajapushpa were among the first developers to see the potential of Kokapet, which was a small village till very recently, as a housing destination and has invested heavily in this area. Their portfolio here includes the completed Rajapushpa Open Skies, Rajapushpa Cannon Dale and Rajapushpa The Retreat projects as well as the upcoming Rajapushpa Atria and Rajapushpa Regalia projects. I recently visited the site of Rajapushpa Atria and analyze the project in this article.
Rajapushpa Atria : Location & Connectivity
The primary reason for the attractiveness of Kokapet as a housing destination is its proximity to the Outer Ring Road expressway and the IT Hubs of Gachibowli and Hitec City, which are the areas where most residents work. The Outer Ring Road has greatly improved connectivity to all parts of Hyderabad city and its surrounding areas, as well as its airport, which though 26 km away from Rajapushpa Atria, can be reached within 30-40 minutes. If one considers distance to their workplace as an important criterion, here too this project does well. The biggest IT corridors such as Financial District (5 km), DLF Cyber City (9 km), DivyaSree NSL Orion (10 km) and Raheja Mindspace (13 km) are a short drive away.
The approach road to the project, at present, was rather bumpy and narrow, but road widening and tarring was on at full swing at the time of my visit, so prospective residents need not worry much on this count. Buses operate from near the project site to Gandipet and the main city, but they are not too many. Rail transportation is not too good, the nearest station, Hitec City MMTS station, is 16 km away and the soon to begin Hyderabad Metro won’t help much either, with Shilparamam, the nearest metro station, being 12.5 km from here. Residents will need to primarily rely on cabs or their own vehicles for transportation.
Rajapushpa Atria: Social Conveniences
Rajapushpa Atria is surrounded by some decent schools and higher educational institutions. Some of the nearby schools include Phoenix Greens International School (0.5 km) and Rockwell International School (2 km), while higher educational institutions such as Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Chaitanya Bharati Institute of Technology (CBIT) are within 3 km from here. The neighbourhood offers more options, with popular schools such as Oakridge International School (7.5 km), Delhi Public School (8 km) and colleges/universities such as Indian School of Business (8 km), University of Hyderabad (9.5 km) and ICFAI University (13.5 km) being the most notable ones.
For medical care, residents have the options of Continental Hospital (4.5 km), Himagiri Hospital (8 km), Care Hospital (10.5 km) and Citizens Hospital (12.5 km) in the neighbourhood. Shopping options are relatively fewer, although residents can purchase their groceries at the supermarket within the project’s clubhouse or at Kokapet or Gandipet. The nearest malls and large shopping centers are at Hitec City, Gachibowli and Kukatpally. Popular outing destinations such as the Osman Sagar Lake, Ocean Park and Treasure Island amusement parks are within 5 km from here.
Rajapushpa Atria: Site Overview
Rajapushpa Atria occupies an area of 14.3 acres, of which around 4 acres is the built-up area and the remaining is open space, a much desired feature for home buyers. The complex contains 10 residential towers. Each tower will have 15 residential levels, above 2 levels of parking. The project is coming up in 2 phases. Phase 1, due to be handed over in May 2017, comprises of 6 apartment towers (named as Etna, Flora, Lara, Omega, Sierra and Terra) as well as the clubhouse. Phase 2, for which the developer has set a handover target of March 2018, comprises the remaining 4 towers (Aqua, Aura, Clara and Delta).
At the time of my visit, I could see that while the exterior of most towers of Phase 1 were complete, work was still on for the exterior of Terra tower as well as the clubhouse. The Phase 2 buildings were coming up at a good pace as well. More work also needed to be done on the internal road, connecting the entire complex. In fact, vehicle movement will be restricted to this road, which will go along the periphery of the complex, with ramps leading down to the parking in all buildings. The clubhouse lies in the center of the complex, between 2 sets of five towers each.
Rajapushpa Atria: Apartment Overview
Rajapushpa Atria offers a number of options to prospective residents, which includes 2, 3 and 4 BHK apartments, with 1103 units in total. The sizes for each configuration are quiet varied as well. 2 BHK apartments are available for an area of 1350 and 1455 sq. ft., 3 BHK come in 6 different sizes spanning a range from 1685 – 2660 sq. ft., while 4 BHK apartments come in 4 sizes from 3345 – 3725 sq. ft. Of the 6 towers coming up in Phase 1, two (Lara and Flora) have exclusively 4 BHK apartments, with 4 units per level, while the remaining four towers have both 2 and 3 BHK homes, with 8 to 10 units per level.
Structurally, there are similarities between the 2 BHK and smaller 3 BHK apartments: both have 1 terrace and a drawing cum dining room. The larger 3 BHK apartments have an additional terrace, a living, drawing and dining room as well as a dressing area in the master bedroom. The 4 BHK apartments have a maid’s room and toilet, a store as well as an additional bedroom, which can be also used as a private home theater room, with its lobby serving as a mini-bar.
There will be no common walls between apartments and all apartments will be open from 3 sides, protecting residents’ privacy and allowing from smooth flow of natural light and air through the apartment. The master bedroom and home theatre room (in 4 BHK apartments) will have laminated wooden flooring, while the other bedrooms and the living room will use large and elegant 800X800 mm vitrified tile flooring. The developer will provide 100% power backup, piped gas facility and fully treated water via an onsite water treatment plant to residents.
Provision for a cable TV connection will be made in the living room and all bedrooms, while provision for telephone and internet connectivity will be provided in the living room and master bedroom. All home owners will be provided 2 back to back car parking spaces.
The base price of an apartment in Rajapushpa Atria is Rs. 4,350/sq. ft. The all-inclusive price for an apartment includes charges for car parking, amenities, floor rise charges, corpus and maintenance. For a 2 BHK apartment of size 1350 sq. ft., it comes to approx. Rs. 59 lakhs, while at the other end of the spectrum, a 4 BHK apartment of size 3725 sq. ft. will cost approx. Rs. 1.6 crore.
Rajapushpa Atria : Amenities Overview
The clubhouse in the center of the complex will be a 3-level building, with a built up area of 42,000 sq. ft. Apart from a supermarket, pharmacy and ATM to meet residents’ everyday needs, it will offer multiple avenues for recreation and sports. On the one hand, there will be a senior citizens lounge, library, multipurpose hall, guest suites and a spa, on the other, it will also contain a couple of squash courts, 2 badminton courts, a gymnasium, yoga hall and an indoor games room.
The swimming pool will be at the rear of the clubhouse on the ground level. The highlight of the clubhouse, however, would be two rooftop tennis courts. Elsewhere in the complex too are a number of landscaped lawns, which will contain children play area, a basketball court and a cricket net as well.
Rajapushpa Atria is among the landmark projects coming up in Kokapet, with its towers noticeable from quite a distance away. The developer has a good track record of delivering projects in this area, which is a major positive. With good connectivity to and from the project assured due to its proximity to the Outer Ring Road and the numerous amenities on offer within the complex, it promises to offer a comfortable premium lifestyle to its residents.