What To Expect In Smart Homes By Indian Developers?

Home Automation

In the late 90’s The Jetsons was the most futuristic cartoon. I remember watching stupefied as various members of the Jetson family walked in rooms where doors opened automatically, temperatures and humidity were auto-modified, lights seemed to magically come on and go off and a robot followed them around to fulfill their every need. Back then the futuristic amenities featured in the Jetsons’ home seemed unattainable and inconceivable. Today however, we can enjoy all the high tech features the Jetsons enjoyed in our own smart homes through high quality home automation systems.

Inman reports that by 2020, experts estimate that the smart home industry will be worth over $21 billion. Homebuyers are increasingly favouring smart homes or homes featuring the latest in smart home technology. A 2016 study found that nearly half of Americans either already own or plan on installing smart home technology. Interestingly its the millennial brigade – 18 to 34 years – of homeowners who are willing to pay thousands more for home with smart home technology. In India too the smart home fever has caught on. It may not be the rage it is in the West, however, developers have taken notice and are including such features in their development plans.

Home Automation
Home Automation

The smart cities initiative launched by the government of India has in a big way created awareness about and demand for smart home technology. People no longer want only solar powered street lights, wi-fi networks, citizen feedback management, integrated traffic management and renewable energy powered electricals. They also want their homes to mirror the smart cities they live in. So let’s look at some of the leading smart home technologies you as a home buyer can look forward to in the current real estate market.

Home Automation

Being able to control temperature, humidity and light remotely is just the tip of the iceberg. Devices such as dishwashers, smart refrigerators and televisions, microwaves and air conditioners which can be controlled by voice or pre-programmed are coveted by home owners and in demand. Professionals are constantly on the move and have devices they can control and manage remotely makes life easier, digital and in control. Developers like Ruparel Realty have their pulse on homeowners’ needs and have incorporated a digital footprint for their latest offering in Chembur called Orion. Orion is a residential project offering techno-luxury homes. Home automation is a key USP of the project and a major selling point too.

Video Door Phone

Security in the big cities is of paramount importance. Beyond the common security amenities provided at most residential complexes and gated communities such as 24×7 security guards, CCTV cameras and sensors, residents also want agency of their own security. This is where video door phones take center stage. One might say they are an upgrade of the humble intercom that allowed one to know who their visitor was. The video door phone allows the residents to see the visitor. Most major developers are providing video door phones with their residential offerings. Ruparel Orion, Kalpataru Crest, Runwal Greens and Sheth Beaumonte are some of the contemporary examples of upcoming residential developments including video door phones as amenities in their smart homes.

Automated car parking
Automated car parking (Youtube)

Automated Car Parking

In a city like Mumbai or Delhi parking comes at a huge premium. On most roads in residential suburbs one can pass car after car parked on the road outside homes and buildings. This is a reflection of the lack of planning in providing space for parking vehicles. Upcoming residential projects include multi-levels of parking and in some cases automated car parking. Ruparel’s Orion in Chembur and Puraniks Grand Central in Thane both have multi-storey automated car parking as a major amenity for homebuyers.

Rooftop Solar Panels

This is the age of solar power. There is a visible rush among researchers, scientists and companies working at the cutting edge of science to find the cheapest way to utilise solar energy. This has resulted in numerous rooftops even in urban centres sporting solar panels to augment their electricity supply. Residential complexes in major Indian metros are using solar panels to store power to run common facilities such as elevators, internal street lights and lighting in podiums and car parks. Raunak Group are a big proponent of this technology and have provided in their projects in Thane and Kalyan. JP Infra are also doing so with North, their sprawling residential complex in Mira Road.

Rooftop solar panels
Rooftop solar panels

Digital Keys

Regular keys are prone to be lost or stolen putting your household in danger of crimes. However with digital keys this imminent danger is largely mitigated. Digital keys include using biometrics, face recognition and voice recognition. In some cases the design replicates the key cards one gets at hotels. These keys can also be remotely disabled or activated thus improving home security. Gagan Properties have introduced digital keys at their upcoming project NuLife in Kamshet, Pune which caters exclusively to senior citizens who are prone to forgetfulness.

Life in a smart home is certainly of a higher standard and affords better control, management and security. Developers today ensuring they keep abreast of the latest technology and provide these in their newer developments. Mantri Group has incorporated a host of technologies at their WebCity in Bangalore. The project features social parks, web room, digital library to have a fun reading experience and social water clock with greetings. As technology races ahead the scope for more enabling and experiential digital amenities will only widen and homebuyers’ appetites for digital or smart homes will grow.

5 Reasons Why Kalyan Should Be Your Next Home

Kalyan Junction

Mumbai’s entry gateway from North and South India, Kalyan, has been amongst the most sought after real estate markets in Mumbai’s Easter suburbs. The stretch of Kalyan and Dombivali comes under the compass of Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation [KDMC], thus forming a part of Mumbai Metropolitan Region [MMR]. Being one of the most densely populated regions of India, finding a home in MMR remains one of the biggest challenges for Mumbaikars. Kalyan as a destination therefore, comes as a relief to those looking for affordable and mid segment budget category homes and investment options in a fast developing metropolis.

1. Location and Connectivity

Kalyan city is located in the Thane district of Maharashtra. It is traditionally divided into Kalyan East and West with the railway network separating the two.  Like most areas in Mumbai, west developed earlier than east.  The well connected network of roads and railways offers smooth connectivity between this suburb and several parts of Mumbai and adjoining areas.

Rail– Kalyan station is an important junction on the Central Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. Also it holds a great significance as a Mumbai suburban local station. The trains running from CST to Karjat and CST to Kasara halt at this station, before the routes diverge. Work on the proposed Central-Harbour and Central-Western railway line is expected to be completed soon, which will certainly make travel more convenient for daily commuters. This would make Kalyan an even more important railway station. [Read more here].

Kalyan Junction Railway Station
Kalyan Junction Railway Station | Source: India Rail Info

Road– The prominent roads which run through Kalyan are the Kalyan-Murbad Road, Agra Road and Kalyan-Badlapur Road. Bus services operated by the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Transport (KDMT) are accessible to the residents and commuters from this suburb. The buses ply between places such as Dombivali, Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Titwala, Ambivali and CBD. Thereby roads too are a good surface transport option in and around this city.

KDMT bus
KDMT bus | Source: indiastransportation.blogspot.in

Air– The domestic and international airport is about an hour and a half away from Kalyan. The new proposed international airport at Navi Mumbai, near Panvel will approximately be 1 hour away from here.

2. Social Infrastructure

An area cannot be called an ideal location to stay if the social infrastructure is not well developed. Kalyan has good medical and educational facilities which are the primary requirements for all residents.  Hospitals such as Fortis Hospital, Kalyan Multi-Specialty Hospital and Dr Arbat Gurudeo Maternity Hospital; Schools such as Arya Gurukul School, St. Jude’s High School and St. Mary’s High School, Holy Cross Convent School, St. Thomas High School and Lourdes High School make up Kalyan’s social infrastructure. Places for recreation such as Junction Mall, Rani Laxmibai Garden, Kala Talao, Sarvoday Mall and Eternity Mall are also available for people residing here. Such vast social infrastructure ensures one doesn’t have to travel too far out to access the basic requirements.

Kala Talao, Kalyan
Kala Talao, Kalyan | Souce: flickr.com/sunilbendkoli/

3. Growth of employment opportunities nearby

A huge industrial belt to the south-east, which stretches from Kalyan to Badlapur and presence of several small scale and large scale industries create a demand for affordable and mid segment housing in this suburb. The new economic growth drivers- the Central Business Districts (CBDs) in Mumbai’s suburbs will also generate a huge demand for housing- both affordable and middle income groups in locations such as Kalyan, Dombivali, Shilphata, and Titwala. There has also been a shift of economic activities from old CBDs to Thane, Navi Mumbai and its periphery; which has led to significant growth of neighboring locations such as Kalyan and Dombivali. The SEZs and MIDC estates have also led to higher business activity in Kalyan.

4. Kalyan’s real estate market

Kalyan caters to the demands of people from all segments. There are apartments ranging from budget range to luxury. Since the prime areas of Mumbai have now become very expensive for majority of Mumbaikars to afford, Kalyan takes a lions share of purchase of residences in the eastern suburbs. It is also because several organized players are operating in this market in comparison areas beyond Kalyan. Consistent return on investment in apartments has also attracted investors to own a share in Kalyan’s property offerings.

Various builders have undertaken projects at Kalyan, including the Raunak Group, which is a prominent name in the Mumbai real estate market. They have been very active in the budget and mid-income housing segment. What sets them apart from others is the impeccable delivery record and customer satisfaction. At Kalyan West, Raunak Group has already created residences across budget range on their huge 35 acre parcel of land, Raunak City.

Raunak City, Kalyan
Raunak City | Source: raunakgroup.com

5. Proposed future development

Construction on two monorail lines at Kalyan has been undertaken by the MMRDA. One of them is the 26 km long line linking Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Dombivli and the other is Kalyan to Mahape, which is 30 km long. A four-lane expressway is also under construction that will connect Kalyan to Virar-Vasai-Diva-Bhiwandi-Panvel and Alibag. The place, which has a history of over 700 years, will walk into the future along with Dombivali, as a part of the government’s Smart City Project. All the above reasons make this the perfect time to invest in Kalyan’s real estate market.

Raunak Group – Building Homes That Offer Value

The First Mover Advantage (FMA) in marketing gives a company a significant lead in developing brand loyalty and recognition before other companies can enter the same space or segment. Off late noteworthy marketers also recognise the benefits of being a Late Mover. Raunak Group first started developing real estate in Thane in the late 90’s and more recently in 2010 at Kalyan, and in short span of time has established deep connections and a recognition in these markets for quality, affordability and value in their developments.

The Raunak Group has been in the real estate business since the mid-80’s. They first ventured in the upmarket Bandra-Khar-Santa Cruz area of Mumbai and then slowly diversified away from the city as prices of real estate started to steadily rise and go out of the reach of the common man. Raunak Park was the first layout project they developed in Thane and Unnathi Woods (Phase 1, 2, 4 and 5) on Ghodbunder Road was the first project in the affordable mass housing segment.

Unnathi Woods(PC:Raunak Group)
Unnathi Woods(PC:Raunak Group)

The goal was to build quality budget housing in locations that were upcoming. Identify locations away from the city and develop property which will appreciate in value as the infrastructure is developed and more people move to suburbs. For example, apartments in Unnathi Woods – Phase 7 are currently being sold for close to Rs. 50 lakhs whereas the earliest apartments developed in 2006-2007 were sold for Rs.12 lakhs. So these earliest residents have seen an appreciation of 4x or so in their property value as the area where they live has seen unprecedented development and infrastructural improvements.

Two of the Raunak Group’s biggest ongoing projects are Unnathi Woods in Thane (40 acres) and Raunak City in Kalyan (35 acres). While they continue to develop various properties across the city in varying budget sizes, we focus on what has resulted in them becoming a valuable and easily recognisable brand name in the budget housing category. It is no mean feat that the Group has sold over 2,000 homes in the latter category and 5,300 homes overall since its inception.

Focus on Affordable and Budget Housing

It is easy for real estate developers these days to focus on developing premium residential projects. As people acquire higher qualifications, incomes rise and aspirations soar, there is a constant demand for homes in gated residential communities and luxurious highrises in cities like Mumbai. Bucking the trend, the Raunak Group has chosen to focus on the rising numbers in the middle class and first home buyers and their aspirations to be home owners. By developing large gated communities in new suburban areas with good connectivity and providing quality amenities at affordable prices, Raunak is fulfilling these aspirations.

Occupied Phase 1 above the sales office

Quality and Planned Construction

Even though Raunak Group promises budget homes, they deliver more than that. The use of quality brands for tiles, paints, fixtures and lifts ensures a beautiful house to walk into. Each home is ergonomically planned to ensure maximum utility and minimal wastage of space. The layout of flats takes into account how families will plan their furniture settings and utilise available space. This affords homeowners a sense of pride to walk into a house that they can call home.

Amenities provided by Raunak Group

Transforming Houses into Homes

Part of the appeal of owning a Raunak home lies in the wide, open spaces surrounding the property. This includes landscaped gardens, kids’ play area, jogging and walking paths, ample parking as well as swimming pool, gym and clubhouse. The newer phases of Unnathi Woods even boast the latest puzzle parking system. To ensure residents do not have to rely only on public transport, a private shuttle bus service is also provided. All of these facilities improve the quality of life and provide a relaxing atmosphere to the residents.

Jogger’s Park that Raunak is developing with TMC

Eco-Friendly Residences

Raunak Group prides itself in designing environmentally friendly homes. It is one of the few developers to comply with requirements to install solar panels on the building rooftops to power common lighting, generators and water heating. Facilities for rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment (STP) are provided. The signature of a Raunak Group residential space is the greenery and open spaces. In a city starved of open spaces where children and senior citizens can relax, residential spaces with parks and gardens are an oasis. Raunak Group plan their developments with more than sufficient open, green spaces.

Raunak City Sector 2 Children’s play area

Over the last 35 odd years, Raunak Group has delivered 48 lakh sq. ft. of homes and offices and is currently developing 65 lakh sq. ft. of real estate across the city in various budget categories. Raunak Group’s brand loyalty is at its peak – proof is the fact that most of their ongoing development residential homes are sold out.

Raunak Group was recently awarded the – ‘Brand of the year Emerging No.1’ for the year 2016-17, through consumers’ votes. Perhaps this extinguishes any doubt about the demand for Raunak Group properties and their brand recognition.

Unnathi Woods – Phase 7 – Project Master Plan, Layout & Unique Points

Unnathi woods, Ghodbunder road thane

Ghodbunder Road in Thane is very quickly developing into one of the most coveted residential neighbourhoods in the central suburbs of Mumbai. Many of the major players in real estate development have delivered or announced prime gated communities and luxury towers in this area. Conspicuous among these is the Raunak Group which is developing homes that appeal to wider audience in the middle class, especially the first home buyer. The Group has been part of the real estate landscape in Thane for some time now. One of their biggest projects in Thane is – Unnathi Woods, a sprawling 40 acre township started in 2009 off the Ghodbunder Road.

The first phase of Unnathi Woods was completed in 2012 and over the last seven years Phases 2, 3, 4, 5 and Park View have been completed and a whopping 1,106 homes delivered. In Phase 3 one building is delivered and the other one will be delivered in the next 6 months. Phase 6 is 75% completed. Phase 7 of Unnathi Woods is one of the more sprawling ones in this project. We reviewed some of the salient aspects of this Phase and how it compares vis-a-vis the other Unnathi Woods phases.

Location benefits

Like the other ones, Phase 7 also enjoys the location benefits of being situated five minutes off Ghodbunder Road. By itself this arterial road is home to every possible amenity a potential home buyer could look for. This includes connectivity to other suburbs and main roads in Mumbai. Connecting to the Eastern and Western Expressway is a prime convenience in addition to the proximity to suburban railways, and a reliable bus and public transport system. Malls, convenience stores, hospitals, schools and colleges are all within driving distance and can be quickly and easily accessed.

Unnathi Woods Phase 7, Ghodbunder road thane
Unnathi Woods Phase 7

Unnathi Woods Master plan & Layout

Phase 7 consists of four towers of exclusive one bedroom apartments. Two of the towers – G1 (Stilt + 13 floors) and G2 (Stilt + 17 floors) have been launched and construction of the 1st slab has been completed. Possession of these two towers is expected in December 2020. Prices start at Rs. 47 lakhs. G3 and G4 on the other hand are yet to be launched. All four towers surround the clubhouse and swimming pool, and are bordered by landscaped gardens. Additionally, three of the towers – G1, G2 and G4 directly overlook the Jogger’s Park being developed by Raunak Group and the Thane Municipal Corporation. Most apartments in these towers will enjoy the calming green scenery.

Unit configurations

G1 consists of a standard configuration of 575 sq. ft. units while G2 has 2 configurations, 575 and 660 sq. ft. The larger unit in G2 is designed with an ensuite bathroom cum toilet as well as an additional common one. The floor layout of both the towers is similar to a plus sign with almost equidistant arms. At the end of each arm are two apartments, making it eight apartments per floor. The design ensures a sufficiently wide and private passage to each of the two flats at the end of each of the arms. There are two high speed elevators to service each of these towers.

Unnathi Woods Phase 7-G1 and G2, Ghodbunder road thane
Unnathi Woods Phase 7-G1 and G2

Internal Amenities

The spacious living cum dining room in all apartments of Unnathi Woods Phase 7 boast a sundeck. Additionally, the bedroom has also been designed to ensure space for a wardrobe. All the apartments have been fitted with modern amenities which include high-end electrical and bath fittings, vitrified tiles, granite kitchen platform, superior quality windows and glass fittings and video door phone.

External Amenities

Phase 7 is the only one in the Unnathi Woods project to boast of its own clubhouse and gym with all modern equipment and amenities as well as swimming pool in addition to landscaped gardens and kids play area. Besides these, residents will also enjoy spacious lobby, and 24 hours security, in addition to the usual spacious parking in the stilt area, solar panels and generator back-ups for lifts water pumps and staircase. Phase 7 is easily accessible via spacious and well maintained internal roads which are part of the Unnathi Woods complex.

Unnathi Woods Inner roads, Ghodbunder road thane
Unnathi Woods Inner roads

While Phase 7 may only be 30% completed till date, it has also seen rapid bookings which stands as a testament to the high demand for quality budget housing in Mumbai suburbs. Unnathi Woods is already home to 1,106 families and many of these families are from typical middle class background, first home buyers who have benefited from Raunak Group’s quality residential developments.

Raunak Group was established in the year 1980 and came to prominence for building residences in Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan. Over the years they have developed and delivered gated communities of over 4.8 million sq. ft. Currently they are developing 6.2 million sq. ft. across various parts of the city and state.

‘Walk to Home’ at Raunak Heights

Raunak Group's Raunak Heights is an example of affordable housing

It is no surprise if I tell you that most Mumbaikars spend an average of four hours daily, commuting to work and back, which is almost a quarter of their lives. The need to change this pattern has led to the development of sister cities like Thane, which has begun to see a lot of IT parks and MNCs coming up in certain areas. With the objective of providing budget residences for the professionals working here, Raunak Group has launched the project Raunak Heights. The concept behind this project, ‘Walk to Home’, is simply to reduce commute time between a person’s workplace and house.

Location

The Raunak Heights project is located at Ghodbunder Road, an area that is presently undergoing rapid infrastructural development. A D-mart, located right on the service road off Ghodbunder road, serves as a major landmark. The road next to D-Mart is the access road to the site, which is further internally located at an approximate 15-20 minutes walking distance. The blaring noise of the busy Ghodbunder road died down as I reached closer to the site.

D- Mart beside which approach road starts, Raunak Heights, Thane
D- Mart beside which approach road starts
Approach road, Raunak Heights, Thane
Approach road

Social Infrastructure

The livability score at Ghodbunder road is always good, owing to the upsurge of residential projects as well as social infrastructure, which goes hand in hand. Located nearby are schools such as New Horizon Scholar School [2.4 km], Saraswati Vidyalaya High School [2.1 km], Dnyan Ganga Education Trust [300 metres], D. G Internatinal High School [300 metres], Hiranandani Foundation School [4.5 km]; Hospitals such as Titan Hospital [4.6 km], Shree Sai Hospital [4.3 km], Jupiter Hospital [7.6 km]; Malls and hypermarkets such as D-Mart [1.4 km], Hypercity [1.4 km], R Mall [6.6 km].

Titan Hospital, Raunak Heights, Thane
Titan Hospital
Dnyan Ganga College, Raunak Heights, Thane
Dnyan Ganga College

Site Layout

Raunak Group has bought a 30 acre land parcel at Ghodbunder Road, where they are developing various projects according to user need. The project Raunak Heights stands on a 1.5 acre linearly shaped site. It will compromise of 3 buildings- H1, H2 and H3. With the entrance at the east end, the west end of the site will allow for a scenic hill view from the upper floors. While more than 50 percent of the land is open space, there are various landscaped pockets with dedicated functions. To mention some; a gathering lawn, a sculpture plaza, a meditation and yoga lawn, a senior citizen area, swing court, palm court, play area for children, parent seating area, exercise deck and a play court.

Hill View , Raunak Heights, Thane
Hill View
Raunak Heights as seen from a distance, Raunak Heights, Thane
Raunak Heights as seen from a distance

Building and Apartment Layout

The target segment for project Raunak Heights, mainly being working professionals, the configuration on offer is 1 BHK apartments with areas of 645 sq. ft. and 651 sq. ft. Each building will be 20 storeyed, having 8 apartments per floor. Each floor will also have 2 staircases and 2 lifts, one of them being a stretcher lift. All the apartments have a buffer passage from the lobby to the main entrance door. These passages also have windows, which facilitate natural light and ventilation in the lobby.

The apartments are suitably planned, without the wastage of space. Each apartment has two toilets, one common and one attached to the bedroom. The bedroom has a separate wardrobe niche, which gives a clear rectangular usable space. The linear shape of the site has allowed every building to have its own space and all the buildings have been placed at a certain distance from each other. Due to this there is no visibility between the apartments of any two buildings, thus ensuring privacy.

Price

The price of these apartments range from INR 47 lakhs to INR 51 lakhs.

H1 building at Raunak Heights, Thane
H1 building at Raunak Heights
Entrance to building, Raunak Heights, Thane
Entrance to building

About the Builder

Raunak Group has delivered over 5,200 homes across Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan, since its inception in 1980. Within Thane itself Raunak Group has delivered major residential complexes like – Raunak Park, Unnathi Gardens Phase I and II, Laxmi Narayan Residency, Raunak Residency, Park View and Unnathi Woods. Therefore those interested in Raunak Heights have enough to validate about the Group’s performance as a developer in this micro market. Raunak Group has been extremely careful in planning aptly sized homes for those price sensitive Mumbaikars who were finding it tough to own a property in this budget even in Mumbai’s suburbs. Recently Raunak Group also got awarded the “Emerging Brand of the Year” in Real Estate for the year 2016-2017 by WCRC.

Download further information on Raunak Heights from builders portal

Unnathi Woods – Site Assessment & Construction Progress

There was a time when Thane was considered a world away from Mumbai; it was literally another district. It has slowly but surely metamorphosed into a suburb and now it occupies the status as one of the most happening centres of Greater Mumbai! Its ideal location, specifically along the arterial Ghodbunder Road, allows it to straddle both the western as well as central suburbs and offers itself as a popular social get-away with its numerous malls, restaurants, high street stores and recreational spots.

This has led to increasing demand for housing and commercial space which has in turn led to spiralling costs, thus putting a once affordable suburb, nearly out of reach of the middle class, salaried home buyer. The influx of major names in real estate development also means more luxurious residential and gated accommodations have mushroomed, further increasing prices. In such a scenario, the Raunak Group occupy a unique position in Thane’s housing market with their budget residential township – Unnathi Woods – which allows the middle class home buyer to own a residential property in a coveted location.

Occupied Phase 1 above the sales office
Occupied Phase 1 above the sales office

Raunak Group started development of the Unnathi Woods township in 2009 and delivered the first few residences in 2012. Over the last 7 years it has completed phases 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and delivered a whopping 1,061 homes at one location itself. It owns a huge parcel of land, 45 acres, just 5 minutes off the Ghodbunder Road and has been gradually developing pockets of it and handing over to the buyers. Currently phase 3 – consisting of two towers: C1 and C2 – is being completed. C2 has been delivered with OC and handed over to owners, while finishing touches are being applied to C1 with possession expected imminently. Phase 6 and 7 are the other two sub-projects currently being developed within Unnathi Woods.

The Raunak Group was established in the year 1980 and came to prominence for building residences in Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Kalyan. Over the years they have developed and delivered gated communities of over 4.8 million sq. ft. Currently they are developing 6.2 million sq. ft. across various parts of the city and state and one of these is Unnathi Woods in Thane. The Unnathi Woods township is being developed in a phased manner over a 40 acre parcel of land and spacious inner roads separate the various phases from each other, providing residents a homely, safe and desirable residence.

Unnathi Woods Phase 3 - completed and under-construction tower
Unnathi Woods Phase 3 – completed and under-construction tower

Unnathi Woods Phase 3 is almost completed and comprises of two towers: C1 – Stilt+17 floors and C2 – Stilt +16 floors, consisting of 1 bhk as well as 2 bhk apartments with configurations ranging from 625 sq. ft. to 1035 sq. ft. The prices of 2bhk units range from Rs.81 to Rs.84 lakhs while the 1 bhk units are sold out. C2 received the Occupancy Certificate in October 2016 and is now occupied while possession of C1 is expected by December 2017. Parts of Phase 3 enjoy wide, green views as it overlooks the reserved land as well as the soon-to-be developed jogger’s park on the north while the eastern side looks onto the grounds of New Horizon Scholars’ School and the greenery beyond.

Unnathi Woods Phase 6
Unnathi Woods Phase 6

Unnathi Woods Phase 6 consists of two towers similar to Phase 3. F1 is Stilt + 16 floors and F2 is Stilt + 14. Possession of F2 is expected by December 2017 and comprises of 1 bhk and 2 bhk apartments. The 1 bhk units which are completely sold out range from 596 to 646 sq. ft. priced at Rs.52 lakhs onwards. The 2 bhk apartments start from Rs. 75 lakh onwards for a standard 875 sq. ft. Phase 6 will be surrounded by landscaped gardens and includes puzzle parking facility. Parts of it overlook the reserved ground and the jogger’s park beyond. Construction of F2 is 65% completed while F1 will soon be launched.

Unnathi Woods Phase 7
Unnathi Woods Phase 7

Unlike Phase 3 and 6, Unnathi Woods Phase 7 is a larger one and consists of four towers, exclusively comprising of 1 bhk apartments starting at Rs. 47 lakhs. G1 (Stilt + 13 floors) and G2 (Stilt + 17 floors) have been launched and construction has reached the plinth stage with possession expected in December 2020. G3 and G4 are yet to be launched. G1 consists of a standard configuration of 575 sq. ft. units while G2 has 2 configurations of 575 and 660 sq. ft. Phase 7 will consist of its own exclusive clubhouse with gym and swimming pool.

All three of the phases come with the signature amenities that Raunak Group provides. These include earthquake resistant buildings with back-up generators for lifts, water pumps and staircase. All the towers also come with solar panels to power the common electric facilities as well as to provide hot water. Puzzle parking is a unique feature of these latest phases of Unnathi Woods which is in addition to the parking available in the stilt area.

Unnathi Woods Inner roads
Unnathi Woods Inner roads

The Unnathi Woods project is located 5 minutes off Ghodbunder and thus enjoys proximity to an arterial route as well as the many facilities along it, including hospitals, restaurants, shopping malls and other essential amenities. There are many good schools in the vicinity like New Horizon School which is next door and others like Hiranandani Foundation School, Holy Trinity English School which are close by. The impact  of the locational benefits can be easily understood from the fact that Unnathi Woods is already home to 902 families who enjoy all of these. More important is the fact that many of these families are middle class, first home buyers who have benefited from Raunak Group’s quality, budget residential developments.

Recently Raunak Group also got awarded the “Emerging Brand of the Year” in Real Estate for the year 2016-2017 by WCRC