My Home Vihanga | Gachibowli

My Home Vihanga

My Home Vihanga is one of the projects developed by My Home Constructions, which is at Gachibowli, Hyderabad. The project is developed by My Home Constructions spanned over a land parcel of 21 acres. The project will have 198 units in 2 & 3 BHK configuration with sizes varying from 1,115 – 2,160 sq ft. Possessions for the project are ready to acquire since July’17. The developers have provided a wide array of amenities like the area has all required necessities like school, hospital, park, restaurant, bank, petrol pump, atm, bus station and many more.
Read our below article on My Home Vihanga to know more about its key features, pricing details, amenities, and benefits for residents, proximity, possession dates, supplemented with actual site photographs.

Pacifica Hillcrest, Nanakramguda – Project Overview, Analysis & Status Review

Advertising hoarding of Pacifica Hillcrest project in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad

It has been well-documented as to how the Information Technology (IT) boom has changed the face of many Indian cities, Hyderabad being a good example of the same. The city, known for its culture, history and pearls, became a mainstay of the IT industry, which established itself in Cyberabad in the west of the city. With some of the world’s biggest and most renowned companies setting up campuses here, a large number of people were drawn to work in this city. This gave a boost to housing demand and a number of developers stepped in to fill this need. Interestingly, in a market dominated by local and some national players, a global real estate firm has also entered here. This firm is Pacifica Companies and the project in question is Pacifica Hillcrest.

Pacifica Companies is a USA-based conglomerate, which has to its name, several projects in USA and Mexico. They entered India in 2005-06 and have a presence in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR and Vadodara. Pacifica Hillcrest is their first foray into Hyderabad. I visited the project site to get to know more about it and have mentioned my observations below.

Pacifica Hillcrest: Location & Connectivity

Pacifica Hillcrest is located in Nanakramguda, in close proximity to the Financial District, which is barely 1-2 km from the site. The project is at a slight elevation compared to its surroundings and is accessible by an untarred road at present, which was being widened when I visited. The project primarily targets people working in the IT hubs of Hitec City and Gachibowli nearby. Apart from Financial District, other IT corridors such as WaveRock SEZ (1.5 km), DLF Cyber City (6.5 km), Raheja Mindspace (9 km) and Cyber Gateway (10.5 km) are all a short distance from here.

Approach road to Pacifica Hillcrest project in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Approach road to Pacifica Hillcrest

A number of buses ply till Financial District and ISB Road nearby, but the nearest bus stand is around 1.5 km from the site. The nearest railway station is Hitec City MMTS Station, which is 12.5 km from here. The Hyderabad Metro, which launches shortly, won’t greatly enhance connectivity to the project site, with Shilparamam, the nearest Metro station, being 10 km away. What does greatly enhance connectivity, however, is the Outer Ring Road, which is barely 3 km by road and is visible from the site. This expressway connects the project to other parts of Hyderabad city and the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (32 km away), the latter being reachable within 45 minutes from here. The best transportation options for residents would be to use their private vehicle or a cab.

Pacifica Hillcrest:  Social Conveniences

The proximity of Pacifica Hillcrest to the major IT hubs also translates into availability of more and better social amenities for residents, with the neighbourhood boasting of some of the best service providers in the city. Prominent schools such as Oakridge International School (5.5 km) and Delhi Public School (6 km) in Manikonda, Phoenix Greens International School (5.5 km) in Kokapet and Future Kids School (6.5 km) in Puppalaguda are among the best educational options in the project’s vicinity. Renowned higher educational institutions such as Indian School of Business (4.5 km), University of Hyderabad (7 km), NIFT Hyderabad (10.5 km) and ICFAI University (11 km) are also close by.

Among healthcare providers, the most prominent ones near Pacifica Hillcrest are Continental Hospitals (1.2 km), Himagiri Hospital (6 km), Care Hospital (8.5 km) and MaxCure Hospitals (11 km). For shopping, residents can patronize malls such as the South Indian Shopping Mall in Gachibowli, Inorbit Mall in Hitec City or Forum Sujana Mall in Kukatpally, all of which lie within a 10-14 km radius of the project.

Pacifica Hillcrest: Site Overview

Pacifica Hillcrest will be among the largest and the tallest residential projects in the area. The total project area is 40 acres, with the project coming up in 4-5 phases. As of now, Phase 1 (which I shall focus on in this article) has been opened for bookings, with possession to be handed over by December 2018. Phase 1 occupies an area of 6 acres and comprises 5 residential towers A, B, C, D and E. Each of these towers will have 18 residential levels, built above 3 levels of parking and considering that the project is at an elevation, will offer picturesque views of the surroundings.

At the time of my visit, I could see that excavation work was on at the project site for Phase 1 as well as the clubhouse, which will come up simultaneously at the other end of the complex. Wide driveways and ramps will be provided for vehicular movement from the entrance to the parking.

Excavation work at site of Pacifica Hillcrest in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Excavation work at site of Pacifica Hillcrest

Pacifica Hillcrest: Apartment Overview

Of the 5 apartment towers in Phase 1 of Pacifica Hillcrest, towers A and E have a similar layout, while towers B, C and D are similar to one another. In the former group, there are 4 apartments per level, with two each of 3 BHK (2000 and 2008 sq. ft.) and 4 BHK (2635 and 2644 sq. ft.). In contrast, the latter group has 10 apartments per level, of which 8 units are 2 BHK (size range of 1282 – 1400 sq. ft.) and the remaining 2 units are 3 BHK (1881 and 1886 sq. ft.). Put together, Phase 1 has 684 residential units. Blocks A and E have 2 elevators, while blocks B, C and D have 4.

The design and layout of the apartments deserves a mention. All apartments are open from three sides and sufficient distance is maintained between each tower. This safeguards the privacy of residents, as well as allows natural lighting and ventilation to enter and leave the apartment, reducing residents’ need for using electrical appliances during the day. Also, all apartments are not just quite spacious (as indicated by their sizes), but are designed to maximize the living space available to residents, with no internal passageways etc. forming part of the apartment. At the same time, all apartments, whether 2, 3 or 4 BHK have only one terrace, which may not suit all categories of home buyers.

Marketing office of Pacifica Hillcrest project in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Marketing office of Pacifica Hillcrest

While all 3 and 4 BHK apartments have attached toilets to each bedroom, in 2 BHK residences, some configurations offer only attached toilets, while others have 1 common and 1 attached toilet. Similarly, some apartments offer a store room, others may not, hence, residents need to check the same as per their preference. The specifications of the apartments indicate their premium nature. While the master bedroom will have laminated wooden flooring, the living and dining room, other bedrooms and kitchen will use elegant 600X600 mm vitrified tile flooring. 100% power backup and a pre-installed gas connection will be provided to all homes. The master bedroom toilet will have fittings by Kohler or an equivalent brand, with the other bathrooms having Jaquar fittings.

The base price of an apartment in Pacifica Hillcrest is Rs. 3,700/sq. ft. In addition, charges will be payable for car parking, amenities, legal charges, registration, maintenance etc. 1 car parking will be provided to a 2 BHK home owner and 2 parking spaces to a 3 and 4 BHK home owner. East-facing or road-facing apartments too come with a slight view premium.

Pacifica Hillcrest: Amenities Overview

As of now, not too many details are available about the amenities contained in this project. However, considering the developer’s brand and the profile of people likely to reside her, one can expect high quality amenities. As per indications, the clubhouse, once complete, will contain a banquet hall, bar, card room, mini theatre, bowling alley and multipurpose hall for recreation. Sports or fitness enthusiasts are likely to have the options of a badminton court, squash court, yoga area and a swimming pool. The clubhouse is also likely to contain a cafeteria, library and restaurant for residents and their guests.

Conclusion

Pacifica Hillcrest is an ambitious project by a developer with a global footprint, who aims to provide a similar experience to the discerning home buyer in western Hyderabad. With a convenient location, good road connectivity, premium specifications and well-designed apartments with plenty of choice among available configurations, this project might become a landmark one in the area in the years to come.

Aparna Elixir, Puppalaguda – Project Overview, Analysis & Status Review

Advertising hoarding of Aparna Elixir next to the project site in Puppalaguda, Hyderabad

Aparna Constructions and Estates Pvt. Ltd. (Aparna, in short) are among the most prominent developers in the flourishing real estate market of Hyderabad. Aparna has, over the years, built a solid reputation, for quality constructions and timely delivery of amenity-rich projects. They have a host of completed projects spread across the city, as well as numerous upcoming ones in Cyberabad, the IT and commercial hub in the western part of the city. Aparna has, in its portfolio, apartment complexes and villa projects and the sheer variety of their offerings ensures that they are sought after by numerous classes of home buyers, be they the high-end or the middle class. One of the most premium of their projects is Aparna Elixir, which is a villa project targeting the elite of the city.

Aparna Elixir is not the developer’s only ongoing project in this part of town: their apartment project, Aparna WestSide in Manikonda is nearby and projects such as Aparna Cyber Life, Aparna CyberZon and Aparna Sarovar Grande in Nallagandla are not too far either. I visited Aparna Elixir recently to get a feel of the project and have analyzed the same in this article.

Aparna Elixir: Location & Connectivity

Aparna Elixir is located in Puppalaguda and is in close proximity to the Nanakramguda Junction on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) expressway. It is accessible via the Narsingi-Nanakramguda service road of the ORR. The ORR connects the project to the commercial and IT hubs of Hitec City and Gachibowli, to the interiors of Hyderabad city as well as to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad (28 km away), which can be reached within 30-40 minutes from here. The Khajaguda Lake and Khajaguda Heritage Rock Formation lie near the rear of the complex, offering a good backdrop.

A view of the Outer Ring Road and its service road in Hyderabad
A view of the Outer Ring Road and its service road in Hyderabad

Public transportation connectivity to the project is not too good, though residents are likely to prefer using their own vehicles or take a cab. Buses to near here are rather few. The nearest railway station, Hitec City MMTS station, is 9.5 km away. The Hyderabad Metro, to begin operations around June 2017, however, is expected to significantly improve connectivity to other parts of the city and the nearest metro station, Shilparamam, is 7.5 km from here.

Aparna Elixir: Social Conveniences

Aparna Elixir is surrounded by a number of social amenities, which is a great benefit for prospective residents of this complex. Some of the best schools in the city such as Oakridge International School (2 km), Delhi Public School (2.5 km), Delhi School of Excellence (6.5 km) and Phoenix Greens International School (5.5 km) are in close proximity to the project site. Prestigious higher educational institutions such as Indian School of Business (6 km), University of Hyderabad (8 km), NIFT (8 km) and ICFAI University (8 km) are at a short distance from here.

Medical care options too are plenty, the most prominent being Continental Hospitals (4.5 km), Care Hospitals (5 km) and MaxCure Hospital (8 km). Malls such as Inorbit Mall (7.5 km) and South Indian Shopping Mall (4.5 km) are a short drive away, with Forum Sujana Mall and Manjeera Mall in Kukatpally also within the project’s neighbourhood. In short, residents have plenty of avenues to satisfy their needs.

Aparna Elixir: Site Overview

Aparna Elixir is coming up on a 12 acre land parcel. The project comprises 73 high-end triplex villas in clusters, divided by a good network of internal roads. The planned greenery in the complex should be taken note of, each villa will have a private garden while there will be landscaped lawns next to the clubhouse and trees along the roads.

Under-construction entrance gate to Aparna Elixir project in Puppalaguda, Hyderabad
Under-construction entrance gate to Aparna Elixir

When I visited the site, I could see that many villas were complete, with work on for the remaining ones. Along one side of the complex is the clubhouse and many other amenities for residents. The developer plans to hand over possession of the villas by August 2017. As photo-taking was not allowed within the complex or the villas, the site photographs attached are taken from the outside.

Aparna Elixir: Villa Overview

Each of the villas in Aparna Elixir is either east-facing or west-facing, with the former coming at an additional premium. The villas are either 4 BHK or 5 BHK, with the built-up area of a villa beginning from 4,693 sq. ft. The all-inclusive price (including utility and amenity charges, documentation and maintenance etc.) for a west-facing villa of this size is approx. Rs. 5 crore while for an east-facing villa is Rs. 5.1 crore. Should one wish to get an internal lift or air-conditioners installed by the developer (optional), additional charges will be payable. Also, any additional built-up area will be charged at a rate of Rs. 5000/sq. ft.

Apart from the brand value of Aparna, a major reason for the high-end prices of the villas here is their design, offering residents plenty of conveniences and personal space as well as its high-end specifications, befitting the resident profile of the complex. Each villa comes with parking for 2 vehicles. One enters the villa through a grand double-heighted foyer, which leads to the drawing room and powder room on one side and the dining room on the other. Next to the dining room is a bedroom with a walk-in closet and an attached toilet, as well as both dry and wet kitchens. Apart from all this, there is also a store and a maid’s room with a toilet, accessible through a separate entrance, two decks and private lawns at both the front and rear of the villa.

Site photograph of villas in Aparna Elixir project in Puppalaguda, Hyderabad
Site photograph of villas in Aparna Elixir

Moving to the first floor, one comes across a large lobby and the living room for the family to congregate and spend quality time together. This floor contains two bedrooms with an attached closet and toilet and another room, which can be used either as an additional bedroom or study. The pooja room and a linen closet for residents to keep their beddings, towels etc. are also on this floor. The second floor has 1 more bedroom and the home theatre room, as well as a large terrace. Not only does this design ensure all residents can maintain their privacy, it shows how the developer has provided plentiful space for all residents’ day-to-day activities. A staircase has been provided for internal movement and a private lift can be installed at an additional cost. Selected villas come with a private swimming pool.

The premium nature of the villas is evident, if one looks at their specifications. Imported aluminum sections have been used for all doors and windows. The entrance foyer has imported marble flooring, while the dining room, master bedroom, pooja room and first floor lobby have amalgamated marble flooring. The living room and home theatre room have laminated wooden flooring, while the other bedrooms use large and glossy 800X1200 mm vitrified tiles. Bathrooms will have fittings by reputed global brands and a glass partition in the shower area. Provision of telephone, cable television and internet connectivity will be made in the living room and all bedrooms. All villas will be provided 100% power backup, softened water from an onsite water treatment plant (WTP) and piped gas facility.

Aparna Elixir: Amenities Overview

Aparna Elixir will have a 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, offering a number of facilities for residents and their families. Among the more notable ones are a crèche, pre-school, guest rooms for visitors, Hobby room and a coffee shop. A separate room will be provided for yoga or meditation, while the clubhouse will also have a library, a gymnasium and a swimming pool. Indoor facilities for sports include two mini soccer courts and two billiards/pool tables.

Next to the clubhouse will be landscaped lawns, a children play area, amphitheatre and facilities for outdoor games such as a tennis court, a half basketball court and a multipurpose court.

Conclusion

Every aspect of Aparna Elixir, whether its design, specifications, amenities both within the complex and within residents’ homes, indicates the attention paid by developers to the needs and preferences of its discerning target segment, which represents the top honchos, successful professionals and business people, who have far greater expectations regarding their dream home. Quality always comes at a premium and this, combined with the developer’s reputation and track record, which is critical for a home buyer particularly in these times, warrant the project’s high-end positioning.

Prestige High Fields, Nanakramguda – Project Overview, Analysis & Status Review

Marketing office of Prestige High Fields

Over the years, the Prestige Group has managed to firmly establish itself in the real estate market of south India as a major player. With a number of landmark residential and commercial properties to their name in the cities of Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai and Kochi, they are a well-known brand looking to expand its footprint. Along the same time, the city of Hyderabad, particularly Cyberabad, its western side, has become one of India’s go-to destinations for major multinational companies operating in the IT space. Unsurprisingly, Prestige has sought to enter this booming market by setting up residential projects in Cyberabad. One such project is Prestige High Fields in Nanakramguda.

Prestige High Fields is an apartment project, similar to the under-construction Prestige Ivy League project in Hitec City, though at a larger scale than the latter. Prestige’s third upcoming project, Prestige Royal Woods, is a villa project near APPA Junction. I recently visited the site of Prestige High Fields and have put down my impressions of the project below.

Prestige High Fields: Location & Connectivity

Approach road to Prestige High Fields project in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Approach road to Prestige High Fields

Prestige High Fields is located right next to the Financial District in Nanakramguda and can be reached from Gachibowli as well as the Outer Ring Road via the ISB road. From the ISB road, one needs to turn left (if coming from Gachibowli) on to an under-construction road to which the project’s signboards lead to arrive at the site. Being located next to Financial District means that offices of major employers such as Microsoft, Capgemini, Polaris, ICICI Bank, Wipro and Accenture are within walking distance or a 2-3 km drive away. Other IT hubs such as DLF Cyber City (7.5 km), Cyber Gateway (11 km), Raheja Mindspace (9.5 km) and DivyaSree NSL Orion (9 km) are all within close proximity of the project.

The project site is well-connected by buses as well as taxis. Proximity to the Outer Ring Road ensures one can get to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad (32 km) in around 40 minutes. Rail connectivity is a slight issue, as the nearest suburban MMTS station, Hitec City is 12.5 km away. The Hyderabad Metro, due to begin operations in June 2017, will help connectivity to other parts of the city, though one will need to travel 11 km to Shilparamam, which will be the nearest metro station.

Prestige High Fields: Social Conveniences

For residents desiring social amenities such as education, healthcare, shopping and entertainment close to their home, this project is in a good location. Some of the best schools in western Hyderabad such as Phoenix Greens International School (6 km), Delhi Public School (8.5 km), Oakridge International School (8 km) and Rockwell International School (7.5 km) are within close proximity to the complex. The same can be said of higher educational institutions such as Indian School of Business (5.5 km), University of Hyderabad (8 km), ICFAI University (11 km) and NIFT Hyderabad (10.5 km).

Among medical care options, the nearest and best is Continental Hospitals (1.5 km), with other options including Care Hospitals (8.5 km), Citizens Hospital (10 km) and MaxCure Hospitals (11.5 km). Gachibowli and its adjoining areas of Madhapur and Kukatpally boast of numerous malls, restaurants and shopping centers to cater to residents’ shopping and dining needs.

Prestige High Fields: Site Overview

Prestige High Fields occupies an area of 21.85 acres. It consists of 10 tall residential towers, of which 7 have 33 levels, 1 has 32 levels, 1 has 34 and the remaining tower has 28 levels. Work has just started on the project; excavation work was on at the site when I visited and the approach road was being widened and improved. This project is to come up in a single phase, with possession of apartments to be handed over around 2019 – 2020. Hence, this project appeals to those with a longer time-frame for moving into their home or to investors.

The project has separate entrance and exit gates and drop-off points at the entrance of each tower. Located in the center of the complex between the towers will be a landscaped lawn, swimming pool and the clubhouse. In addition, beautiful lawns will be present all along the outer periphery of the complex, providing it a green look. The developer, interestingly, plans to model the landscaping on Disney’s popular cartoon characters and motifs, which is something to watch out for.

Prestige High Fields: Apartment Overview

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when one peruses the apartment configurations on offer at Prestige High Fields is the massive variety of those on offer. This project offers 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 BHK apartments (the 0.5 refers to an additional study room), as well as larger 3 BHK apartments with a separate home theatre room. This project has a whopping 2240 units, in all. The options are even more if one considers apartment sizes: 2 BHK units are of 1283 sq. ft., 2.5 BHK come in 1410 and 1492 sq. ft., 3 BHK of 1742 sq. ft., 3.5 BHK of 1919 and 1993 sq. ft., while 4 BHK are of 2713, 2729 and 2848 sq. ft. The biggest are the 3 BHK with home theatre apartments with a size of 4070 sq. ft.

Prestige High Fields, Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Living room in sample apartment of Prestige High Fields

In all apartments (except 4 BHK and 3 BHK with home theatre), constructional features and layouts are quite similar. These apartments will have a single terrace, one common toilet (the remaining are attached ones) and a living cum dining room. The 4 BHK and 3 BHK home theatre apartments, in contrast, will have a living, family and dining room along with an additional puja room, powder room, servant’s room and toilet and three terraces. These apartments also will have only attached toilets.

Bedroom in sample apartment of Prestige High Fields project in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Bedroom in sample apartment of Prestige High Fields

All towers will have a grand triple height entrance lobby. All apartments in Prestige High Fields, irrespective of configuration, are open from 3 sides and have no common walls between them. This allows for plentiful natural light and air to enter the apartment without obstructions. Not only does this reduce residents’ electricity bills, it also protects their privacy. The living, drawing and dining room, all bedrooms and the kitchen will have 600X600 mm vitrified tile flooring. Power backup will be provided for all common areas and for the individual apartments at an additional cost.

Study room in sample apartment of Prestige High Fields project in Nanakramguda, Hyderabad
Study room in sample apartment of Prestige High Fields

One car parking space will be provided to residents of 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK apartments, and two spaces for residents of 3.5, 4 and 3 BHK with home theatre apartments. As this project is located in a premium area, the same reflects in its pricing. The base price of an apartment in the project is Rs. 4,850/sq. ft., with additional premiums for east-facing apartments and corner apartments as well as charges for car parking, piped gas, electricity, water etc. The all-inclusive price for a 2 BHK apartment here is approx. Rs. 68 lakh, while the cost of larger apartments will be a function of their area and associated charges.

Prestige High Fields: Amenities Overview

The clubhouse of Prestige High Fields will have something for all kinds of residents. It is planned to contain a supermarket, pharmacy and ATM to meet residents’ daily needs. For the action-oriented, it will offer a gymnasium, badminton and squash courts, while for those looking for relaxation, the facilities to be provided include a spa, boutique, library, salon and a restaurant. In addition, it will also contain a crèche to take care of residents’ children while they are away and guest rooms to accommodate residents’ visitors.

The complex’s swimming pool is next to the clubhouse. The landscaped gardens along the periphery too boast of many amenities such as fitness corners, basketball court, pet garden, giant chess board, a barbeque corner and in a unique twist, even a miniature car racing track!

Conclusion

Prestige High Fields is indeed at a slightly higher elevation in an area, which many years earlier, indeed consisted of fields. The project does not take its name literally, instead promising to provide a high class lifestyle to its residents, ensuring all their needs are met and then, some more. With its premium location, excellent connectivity and being developed by one of the biggest names in the business, it has plenty to recommend, though prospective residents will need to wait for 2-3 years before moving in.

Prestige Royal Woods, APPA Junction – Project Overview, Analysis & Status Review

Site photograph of Prestige Royal Woods project near APPA Junction, Hyderabad

The amazing rise of Cyberabad (western Hyderabad) over the last couple of decades is an excellent example of how attracting industry and service providers with friendly policies has a snowball effect, leading to all-round development of the area in question and increased prosperity of its residents. With a plethora of opportunities in both education and employment alike, it is not surprising that people have settled here in droves. The expectations of these people have justifiably increased particularly when it comes to looking for their dream home, as nothing but the best would suffice. To address this segment, one of the most reputed real estate names in southern India, the Prestige Group, are coming up with their project Prestige Royal Woods near APPA Junction in Hyderabad.

Prestige has, over the 3 decades since its formation, built a reputation for providing top class residential and commercial projects in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore, Mangalore and Kochi. In Hyderabad, Prestige has 3 upcoming projects: Prestige Ivy League in Hitec City and Prestige High Fields near Gachibowli (both apartment projects) are the other ones, apart from Prestige Royal Woods, which is a villa project. I recently visited the site of the project to try and understand what it offers its residents and have listed my key takeaways below.

Prestige Royal Woods: Location & Connectivity

Prestige Royal Woods is a short distance from APPA Junction on the Outer Ring Road expressway. To get here, one needs to turn on to the Kalimandir road towards Hyderabad city and after travelling for around 1.5 km till the Kali Mata temple, take a right turn and cover another 1.5 km to reach the project’s entrance. The approach road to the project passes through military area and is a bit narrow, but with a military camp next door, constructions nearby are fewer and hence, the greenery in and around the project is aplenty.

The project’s proximity to the Outer Ring Road is a major positive: on one side are the major business districts of Hitec City and Gachibowli (both 16-17 km) and on the other side, lies the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad (22 km), all of which are reachable in around 30 minutes from here by one’s own vehicle or by cab. For business people and professionals such as doctors etc. working in the aforementioned areas as well as near APPA Junction too, this project is at a convenient location.

Public transportation from here offers a mixed bag: while a fair number of buses ply from the Kali Mata temple (1.5 km away) to other parts of the city, rail connectivity is quite poor. The nearest railway station at Shivarampally (12 km) is not conveniently reachable and the soon to begin Hyderabad Metro won’t be of much help either to residents of this project as the nearest metro station, Shilparamam, is 18 km from here.

Prestige Royal Woods: Social Conveniences

When one discusses about the social conveniences available in the neighbourhood of Prestige Royal Woods, one gets a feeling that while there are some good options nearby, the quality ones are at a little more distance. Though there are quite a few options for the education of residents’ wards, the most preferred are Oakridge International School (13.5 km) and Delhi Public School (14 km), although there are nearer options such as Glendale Academy (5.5 km), Srinidhi International School (7 km) and Phoenix Greens International School (Kokapet, 9.5 km). Shadan College of Engineering and Shadan Medical College, which are 2 km from the project site, are the nearest higher education institutions, with more prestigious ones such as Indian School of Business (17 km), NIFT (18 km) and University of Hyderabad (18.5 km) a 30 minute drive away.

Among the medical care options in the vicinity of the project are Shadan Hospital (2 km), with other preferred options including Continental Hospitals (13.5 km), Care Hospital (16 km) and MaxCure Hospital (18.5 km) further away. For the brand-conscious, malls and large shopping centers are relatively fewer nearby, with residents needing to drive down to Kukatpally, Gachibowli or Hitec City for the same.

Prestige Royal Woods: Site Overview

Prestige Royal Woods is a premium villa project, comprising of 152 duplex villas built on a land area of 24 acres. The complex has a large and pleasing entrance gate, from which as one enters, one can see the clubhouse to the left and the villas to the right. As one proceeds further, one comes across a crossroad, with a beautiful fountain in the center, surrounded by other villas and a large central green lawn.

The project, built in green surroundings, has plenty of greenery itself, with the central green lawn complemented by individual gardens surrounding each villa as well as numerous trees along the driveways and the outer boundary of the complex. This greenery and the relatively peaceful surroundings, due to the aforementioned military area adjacent to the project, are a big boon to residents, who can enjoy a healthy, pollution-free lifestyle.

At the time of my visit, I could see that most of the villas were completed, with finishing work going on in the remaining ones. The clubhouse too was up and running, with most amenities in place, though some like a proposed supermarket are still to come up. The developer aims to hand over possession by around May 2017.

Prestige Royal Woods: Villa Overview

It is easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed when one looks at the sheer variety of villas on offer at Prestige Royal Woods. All villas are duplex ones (G+1) and come with parking space for 2 vehicles. The developer has divided the villas into 5 categories: A, B, C, D and E, in decreasing order of villa sizes. The variation is quite large: while the largest A-category villa is about 5,995 sq. ft. in total built area, the smallest E-category villa has an area of 2,575 sq. ft.

Sample villa in Prestige Royal Woods project near APPA Junction, Hyderabad
Sample villa in Prestige Royal Woods

Villas of categories A, B and C are 4 bedroom villas, while those of categories D and E are 3 bedroom ones. Even within these categories, there are several sub-categories, with each sub-category villa offering something different to a prospective resident. Prestige appears to have followed an approach of mass-customization in construction; developing villas of different sizes and varied features with residents getting to choose which suits them best and is most feasible financially. As an example, a few villas have a private swimming pool, while some other come with additional decks or a larger private garden.

Living room in sample villa of Prestige Royal Woods project near APPA Junction, Hyderabad
Living room in sample villa of Prestige Royal Woods

In general, villas in this project contain the living and dining room, kitchen, utility area, one bedroom (with attached toilet) and pooja room on the ground floor, with most villas also having a servant’s room and servant’s toilet. The first floor contains an additional living room (called a family room), along with the master bedroom, any additional bedrooms and 2-3 terraces. Some villas have space for a study/home office/library, while others provide a dressing area attached to 1 or more of the bedrooms. Internal mobility of residents is by a staircase (there are no internal lifts).

The living and dining room, family room, all bedrooms and the attached toilets will have imported marble flooring while the kitchen will have vitrified flooring. All villas will be provided 24X7 power backup, while telephone and television points will be provided in the living room, family room and all bedrooms. The price of a villa begins from ~Rs. 1.8 crore and can go up to more than Rs. 4 crore, depending on its size and configuration.

Prestige Royal Woods: Amenities Overview

Clubhouse of Prestige Royal Woods project near APPA Junction, Hyderabad
Clubhouse of Prestige Royal Woods

The beautiful clubhouse, located between the entrance and the central fountain, is the hub of amenities within Prestige Royal Woods. The clubhouse is also a duplex structure, similar to the villas. The ground floor contains a large swimming pool (with a children’s pool alongside) as well as two party halls (with space for a pantry), a badminton court, a squash court and a billiards/pool room. The first floor has a cards room, multipurpose hall, Yoga room, gymnasium and separate massage parlours for men and women. A supermarket is due to come up on the ground floor, which currently holds the project’s sales office.

Swimming pool in clubhouse of Prestige Royal Woods project near APPA Junction, Hyderabad
Swimming pool in clubhouse of Prestige Royal Woods

An outdoor tennis court lies next to the clubhouse. In addition, the central green lawn contains a children’s play area and a multipurpose open lawn for residents to interact with each other or hold any social gatherings or community celebrations.

Conclusion

By providing a wide variety of villas with varied features and at different price points, Prestige has aimed to cast its net wide, when it comes to its target customer base. This project has plenty to recommend it: its green environment, premium features and fittings, top class amenities and importantly, a builder with a good delivery track record. For someone looking for a nearly ready to move in villa, this appears to be an appealing option indeed. Owing to the variety on offer, prospective home buyers here need to first go through all available configurations before finalizing on their dream home.

Rajapushpa Regalia, Kokapet – Project Overview, Analysis & Status Review

The area of Kokapet in western Hyderabad is a shining example of the ‘rags to riches’ story that holds true of most emerging real estate destinations across the country. Till very recently, it was a small village on the outskirts, which residents passed on their way to Osman Sagar Lake or Ocean Park, without giving it a second look. The first stirrings of development came in the IT boom in the nearby areas of Gachibowli and Hitec City, but the real game-changer was the construction of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) expressway, which passes right next door. A casual visitor to this area will see numerous high-rise projects coming up, changing the skyline dramatically. One of the developers that have played a major role in this transformation is Rajapushpa Properties Pvt. Ltd., who aim to further cement their presence with their latest project, Rajapushpa Regalia.

Rajapushpa Regalia is the developer’s fifth project in Kokapet, a clear indication of the heavy demand from home buyers. Their earlier projects include the completed Rajapushpa Open Skies, Rajapushpa Cannon Dale and Rajapushpa Retreat, as well as the under-construction Rajapushpa Atria project. I visited the site of Rajapushpa Regalia in February 2017 and describe what this project will offer, once completed.

Rajapushpa Regalia: Location & Connectivity

Rajapushpa Regalia is coming up right next to the Shankarpalli-Hyderabad Road, which is the main road leading to Gandipet. It is 1 km from this road’s junction with the ORR, which is the biggest locational advantage of the project. The ORR connects it to the workplaces of most target customers, which are executives of the IT and financial firms based in western Hyderabad as well as the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad (25 km), which can be reached in around 30 minutes. The major IT parks such as Financial District (7 km), DivyaSree NSL Orion (9 km), DLF Cybercity (10 km) and Raheja Mindspace (10.5 km) are all easily reachable from here.

Approach road to Rajapushpa Regalia project in Kokapet, Hyderabad
Approach road to Rajapushpa Regalia

The road condition to and from the project is quite good. Public transportation connectivity by bus is not too frequent, but likely to improve with more people settling in the area. Rail connectivity is not very good either; the nearest MMTS station, Hitec City, is 14 km and for somebody looking to get to the major stations of Secunderabad or Nampally, taking a cab will probably be a better option. The upcoming Hyderabad Metro may not help much, as the nearest metro station at Shilparamam is 11.5 km away from here.

Rajapushpa Regalia: Social Conveniences

The area around Rajapushpa Regalia is a developing area. While educational institutions are coming up in plenty, there are relatively fewer options for shopping or medical care in the immediate vicinity. However, good options for the same are present in neighbouring Gachibowli and Manikonda, so residents need not worry much on that front.

TIFR Hyderabad, across the road from the site of Rajapushpa Regalia project in Kokapet, Hyderabad
TIFR Hyderabad, across the road from the site of Rajapushpa Regalia

Schools such as Phoenix Greens International School (1.3 km) and Rockwell International School (0.7 km) are within walking distance, while Delhi School of Excellence (5 km), Delhi Public School (7.5 km) and Oakridge International School (7 km) are all close by. Among higher educational institutions, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is across the road from Rajapushpa Regalia, while Chaitanya Bharathi and Mahatma Gandhi Institutes of Technology are 2.5 km away. Indian School of Business is 10 km, while University of Hyderabad is 12 km from here.

The best medical care options in the project’s neighbourhood include Continental Hospitals (7 km), Himagiri Hospital (9 km), Care Hospitals (10 km) and MaxCure Hospitals (12 km). The nearest malls and major shopping centers are at Gachibowli, Hitec City and Kukatpally. The clubhouse in the project will hold a grocery store, pharmacy and ATM to meet residents’ daily needs. For residents looking for a picnic, a number of options such as Treasure Island and Ocean Park resorts and Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar lakes are within 6 km from here.

Rajapushpa Regalia: Site Overview

Rajapushpa Regalia is a compact project, which will occupy 4.23 acres of total land area. Construction of this project is in its initial stages; when I visited, I could see that excavation work was going on. This project is scheduled to be handed over by April 2020, so it works well for home buyers who have a longer timeframe in mind or for real estate investors.

The project will have 3 blocks A, B and C, each of which have 20 residential levels, built above 3 levels of parking. The clubhouse, swimming pool and a lawn will be at the center of the site next to the road, while lawns will also be present behind the blocks.

Rajapushpa Regalia: Apartment Overview

Rajapushpa Regalia contains exclusively 3 BHK apartments. While blocks A and C will have 8 units per level, block B will have 10 units per level. The variation between units is in their area: the apartment sizes available are 1610, 1650, 1945, 1960, 2170, 2572 and 2600 sq. ft. In all the blocks, the four corner apartments on each level will be larger than the central apartments. While pricing details of the units were not available at the time of my visit, it won’t be long before they are mentioned by the developer.

Rajapushpa envisage Regalia as a premium project and a look at the project’s specifications indicates the same. The living and dining room will have large and elegant 800X800 mm vitrified tile flooring, the master bedroom will have laminated wooden flooring and the other bedrooms and kitchen will use 600X600 mm vitrified tiles. All apartments will be provided 100% power backup, centralized piped gas and softened, fully treated water for domestic use via an onsite water softening plant.

Osman Sagar Lake, near Rajapushpa Regalia project in Kokapet, Hyderabad
Osman Sagar Lake, near Rajapushpa Regalia

The living room and master bedroom will have provision for internet, telephone and cable television connectivity, with the latter extending to other bedrooms as well. Bathrooms will use premium quality fittings by reputed brands while modular switches will be provided for electrical appliances. All apartments will be open from 3 sides, with no common walls between them, allowing natural light and ventilation to enter residents’ homes unhindered, while maintaining residents’ privacy.

Rajapushpa Regalia: Amenities Overview

The highlight of the complex will be the large 37,500 sq. ft. clubhouse, located in front of black B. Called Club@Regalia, this clubhouse will house numerous amenities befitting the premium nature of the complex. Apart from the aforementioned grocery store, ATM and pharmacy, it would contain a café, senior citizens lounge and a library for people to interact or spend some quality time with their loved ones. A multipurpose hall will be provided for private functions or community gatherings, while the rooftop will have the swimming pool and an adjacent party lawn.

Apart from this, the clubhouse will contain a yoga/meditation hall and a spa for residents to de-stress. For the sports junkies and the health conscious, the options in the clubhouse include a gymnasium, billiards/pool table, table tennis court, squash court and 2 badminton courts. The clubhouse will be surrounded by beautiful landscaped lawns. In addition, a children play area will be provided in the lawns next to block C.

Conclusion

Rajapushpa Regalia aims to form a community of like-minded people, with a taste for a good lifestyle. This project has just gotten underway and considering the 3 year timeframe for completion, it will suit those homebuyers who are looking for their dream home, with a similar timeframe in mind. Investing in an apartment here also makes sense for investors, who are likely to get good returns as the project comes up and with improvements in the surrounding infrastructure and connectivity. While it’s too early to predict how the project will finally look like, the plans indicate the developer’s commitment to providing quality apartments to the discerning segment of home buyers.