The Value Proposition Of Large Vs. Small Flats In Pune

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande

Over the last couple of years, I have been observing with concern the decreasing size of flats on the Pune real estate market. Of course, it is the demand for smaller flats that is driving this kind of supply.

With housing prices in the Pune Municipal Corporation rising relentlessly, the ‘biggest’ opportunity that developers perceive is in smaller flats that get sold in the shortest possible time. This kind of supply is aimed at first-time home buyers who either have limited budgets or low financial confidence.

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Smaller Flats – Pricing Trap

Though these are supposed to be ‘affordable homes’, the pricing of these units is actually on the higher side. They sell because the prices are still lower than those of larger flats, but the buyers are actually paying an excessive unit cost.

The reason for this disparity is that the ‘pigeon holes’ housing model itself has some inherent flaws built into it. To begin with, the share of common area that needs to allocated in a project that consists of only of small-sized homes means that the project loses in terms of overall efficiency and sale-able area. This results in lower revenue potential, so developers bump up their prices to compensate.

Secondly, the cost of construction depends on the quantity of raw materials being used. When a developer is building a project which comprises exclusively of small units, his development costs actually go up because every unit needs to be provided with separate fittings, appliances and finishes.

As a result, he will increase his prices to make up for the loss in profitability.

Home buyers should be aware that the converse is equally true. In a project with larger units, developers save on costs because of more efficient common space utilization and lower consumption of fittings, appliances and finishes for individual units.

Better Common Amenities

This is why a 1 BHK is often only 30-35% less expensive than a 2 BHK. The bottom line is that by opting for larger flats, property buyers are getting more value for their money.

Also, projects comprising of larger flats tend to have better common amenities, which the developer can maximize the overall livability and therefore attractiveness of the project rather than needing to focus on making as many units as possible within the available space.

The obvious question that follows is – where can middle class home buyers from Pune find larger flats that fall within their budgets? The answer is – in the developing (rather than expensive over-developed) parts of the city.

For example, West Pune is a corridor where hundreds of property buyers are still able to find true value for their money.

Property rates in many of the the areas of PCMC are lower than the inner localitions of the Pune Municipal Corporation, which means that buyers can get the benefits of larger flats with better amenities there.

With the vastly improved road connectivity, the newer areas of West Pune close to Hinjewadi and the MIDC are now becoming the destinations most favoured by home buyers working in these employment catchments.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a mixed bag of products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. Puneville in West Pune’s Punawale is the latest integrated township project by Pharande Spaces

 

West Pune’s Golden Location Matrix Widens Into Punawale

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

While real estate is a constantly changing and evolving concept, some parameters remain constant – the three success mantras are still Location, Location and Location. In this respect, Western Pune is an important new chapter in the annals of Pune real estate’s success story. One of the most exciting new locations in this corridor is Punawale.

Thanks to massive demand for residential and commercial properties, Western Pune has delivered some of Pune’s hottest real estate locations over the past decade. Punawale is the latest addition to the region’s lineup of strategic real estate development and investment hotspots.

Located advantageously close to Hinjewadi and its burgeoning IT Park and the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, Punawale has now emerged as the location of choice for home buyers from the Information Technology as well as manufacturing segments. Punawale is also in close proximity to Wakad and benefits from convenient access to various hospitals, schools and shopping malls.

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This combination of factors has had a big impact on demand for properties in Punawale, and has led to the launch of many new residential projects. Puneville, a luxury township recently launched by leading developers Pharande Spaces, is one of the most notable examples of Punawale’s massive image makeover on the Pune real estate map.

Like Moshi, Ravet, Spine Road, Wakad and many other highly successful real estate locations, Punawale has the added advantage of being located at the fulcrum of various mega road development projects by this region’s infrastructure-focused town planning authorities. Backed by the unlimited cash reserves at the disposal of Asia’s wealthiest Municipal Corporation.

Backed by a diverse and vibrant economy which provides a convincing complement to that of Pune, real estate growth in Western Pune is backed by a prolific manufacturing sector represented by a number of national and global industry giants. This region is seeing a steady and growing pipeline of employment opportunities generated by its manufacturing and Information Technology industries.

This factor has ensured that areas like Punawale see instant absorption of housing projects across budget brackets. It goes without saying that an employment-driven real estate location like Punawale also receives significant attention from property investors.

In Punawale, Western Pune has received yet another iconic location to take this prosperous, infrastructure-driven region’s real estate story to the next level.

Pharande Spaces Launches Puneville, Pune’s First Futuristic Luxury Township

On the occasion of Independence Day, PCMC’s pre-eminent residential township developers Pharande Spaces launched the luxury township Puneville at Punavale today. Puneville has been designed by Aedas, the globally acclaimed, award-winning architects of ultra-luxury hotels in Las Vegas and Macau, Shanghai’s dazzling Financial Centre and Singapore’s world-renowned Marina Bay Sands.

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In all respects, Puneville is a creation of pure marvel of luxurious extravagance, offering its residents an ultra-modern lifestyle in the midst of dazzling, futuristic architectural grandeur. Puneville was conceived and created to be Pune’s ultimate showpiece of residential luxury.

A celebration of cutting-edge architecture, the project is uniquely futuristic in all aspects. From the breath-taking 22 foot-high walkway that connects all of this township’s residential towers to the central common amenities to the clean, sweeping chrome and glass façades of the main promenade and the towers themselves, Puneville leaves no stone unturned in living up to the highest standards of Futuristic Living.

A cohesive masterpiece of everything that spells ultra-modern urban living, this is in fact Pune’s first and only contemporary residential township featuring the innovative style of project design known as Futuristic Architecture.

First seen in Italy in the early parts of the 20th Century, Futuristic Architecture’s primary characteristics are a strong accent on sweeping, dynamic lines, generous use of steel and chrome and overall style suggesting speed, flow, motion and rhythm. In Puneville, Pharande Spaces has given the city a township that embodies a glamorous Space Age lifestyle.

Puneville is not just ‘future ready’ – it IS the future,” states Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces at the launch of this avant-garde luxury township for Pune’s elite home buyers. “We have partnered with Aedas to give Pune more than just another luxury project – we have given the city a masterpiece of modern residential lifestyle. The distinctly futuristic design and specifications are not just a fashion statement for today, but a standard of living that speaks of what is to come over the coming decades.”

A fully integrated and self-sufficient luxury township, Puneville features a state-of-the-art hospital, first-class international school and high-end commercial office complexes for corporate occupiers. Also included in the dazzling array of luxury offerings are an Olympic-size lagoon shape swimming pool, a clubhouse with the latest features and equipment, a fine dining restaurant, spectacularly landscaped gardens, a tennis court, verdant lawns, a jogger’s track, a fully-facilitated play area for children and serene, spacious water bodies.

As the ultimate statement in modern living, the master design of this amazing luxury township is also Pune’s definitive destination for the Green Life. Conceived to comply with international specifications of sustainable real estate, Puneville is not only 100% environmental sustainable but also in complete environmental harmony with its surroundings. The township has been given a 4-Star pre-certification from GRIHA – one of the leading sustainability rating agencies in the country.

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Pradhikaran: Pune Real Estate’s Hottest Growth Corridor

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Sector 14 in Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township properties like Woodsville

Anil Pharande

The Pune residential real estate boom, initially kick-started by the IT/ITeS industry, has brought about a lot of unregulated development. While property prices in Pune rose unrealistically, the city’s traditional ease of living and pleasant climate, which were previously its USPs, suffered.

Hills and trees have been razed to accommodate the rapidly expanding concrete jungle that all but defines central Pune today. The town planning commission found itself impotent in the face of the development mania, which soon transcended all reasonable, sustainable boundaries.

Real Estate Issues In Pune

In Pune, infrastructure challenges have been increasing because of the ever-increasing population. This has also put escalating pressure on available land, resulting in the forced extension of the city limits.

The pattern of development has been decidedly mercenary and unplanned, with the only criteria being accessibility to existing and upcoming IT hubs. While the rise of Hinjewadi created increasing demand for homes in its immediate vicinity, places like Aundh soon witnessed a slew of projects by property developers. Similarly, property prices in Baner and Wakad rose so steeply that they finally corrected.

Focus On Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)

As things stand now, central Pune no longer has an iota of its previous quality and ambience in residential property offerings. It is therefore not surprising that homebuyers are beginning to focus on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area has, in fact, emerged as the last outpost Pune’s previous residential property comfort levels.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation first came into the limelight as an industrial area. However, it also has an advantage that central Pune does not – planned development. The growth of the real estate sector in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is closely regulated by the PCNTDA, which works together with the PCMC to ensure planned and realistic growth.

Central Pune continues to suffer from pollution, depleting greenery, traffic jams, water and power scarcity, lack of proper infrastructure and unrealistic residential property rates. Meanwhile, Pradhikaran (the location that defines the PCNTDA) has been benefiting from sensible real estate development.

If one studies the demographic development of Pune real estate growth, it is evident that Pradhikaran is precisely where the city’s growth is headed in the North/North-Western direction. This is extremely significant in terms of long-term residential property investment.

The Rise Of Pradhikaran

In years gone by, the PCNTDA began to acquire land in the PCMC area so that planned development could take place in the future. This planning included the allocation of specific areas for industrial activity, residential property development, public parks, unobstructed spaces, shopping centres, office buildings, roads and utilities.

Water supply to all sectors was ensured by the construction of several mammoth water tanks, each with capacities of several million litres, before development was permitted in each sector. Once this was done, the PCNTDA made the developed land parcels available to property developers.

The PCMC master plan also provides for generous road widths, the likes of which are impossible elsewhere in Pune. This goes a long way in preserving one of Pradhikaran’s natural splendour and hygiene.

Because of these factors, and also because of the growth in the PCMC industrial belt, the last two years have witnessed a huge increase in demand for residential property in the Pradhikaran area.

The fact that a number of large international companies are operating in nearby Chakan has, in fact, been a primary criterion for the area’s development profile. These companies regularly deliver thousands of jobs at all levels, which has had a telling effect on Pradhikaran’s general economic status. Specifically, there has been a huge surge in demand for residential property there.

Pradhikaran’s expansion, which has been inspired by the Chandigarh model of controlled development, began with a few hundred acres. Today, the area speaks for about 7000 acres. Pradhikaran is continually seeing infrastructural enhancements on all fronts – including roads, water and electricity supply and digital connectivity.

Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township projects that offer all the hallmarks of ambient, sustainable living. Apart from the high lifestyle quotient, the investment potential of these townships benefits from a magic mix of real estate market drivers.

The presence of Tata Motors, Talawade, Hinjewadi, Chakan and the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt add to the value of these townships, while the Mumbai-Pune highway and Expressway make it advantageously accessible to the financial capital of Mumbai.

No wonder that Pradhikaran is now being seen as both, the best option for first home buyers, and as the new residential property investment hotspot in Pune’s real estate market.

About The Author

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

PCNTDA Turned PCMC Into The Hottest Real Estate Destination In Maharashtra

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that Pimpri Chinchwad is now Pune’s new hotbed for affordable residential property. In fact, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is one’s of India’s most resounding real estate success stories. PCMC is a planned city, and its development profile has nothing in common with what is happening in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits.

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Thanks to the unflagging efforts of the Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA), PCMC is now a showcase of outstanding residential areas. The PCNTDA has been vigilant in defending this showcase sister city of Pune from the central city’s unregulated real estate development pattern. One of the hallmarks of this careful town planning is the availability of affordable township properties, which are the best examples of the masterfully planned social, economic and real estate development in Maharashtra.

Those who have never seen PCMC before are amazed at the futuristic look of this progressive city. When it comes to urban planning, the PCNTDA has gone several steps further than CIDCO of Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai was Maharashtra’s first planned city, and it certainly began on a good note. However, lack of vigilance by the town planning authorities there soon caused it to fall prey to commercialization. Charles Courier’s initial blueprint was son abandoned, and today Navi Mumbai has become just another extended suburb of unregulated Mumbai.

In Pimpri Chinchwad, however, the PCNTDA was determined to avoid the mistakes which caused the real estate market in Navi Mumbai to degenerate. The blueprint which was adopted was one of uncompromisingly regulated real estate growth, and organized urban planning was the constant watchword. Keeping its focus firmly on the long-term objectives of rational real estate development, the PCNTDA has managed to turn PCMC into a genuine city of the future.

Residents of township properties in PCMC have the unique advantage of owning homes which are near to their workplaces, yet affordable and blessed with green natural surroundings. They live high quality lifestyles and do not have to sacrifice their family’s health to the pollution which defines the inner city. On an average, township property owners is the PCMC spend upto 35% more time with their families than Pune residents, and have up to 40% more living space at the same cost.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is truly a prime example of social-minded real estate development. Only here will one find spacious properties at affordable prices, coupled with a modern and efficient transportation system. Only here can one find a multitude of employment opportunities, superior infrastructure and modern, yet very affordable homes close to one’s place of work. And only in the PCMC can one enjoy the benefits of carefully preserved natural splendour.

Thanks to the approach taken by the PCNTDA, the PCMC property market is today seen as the smartest option for residential property buyers from Pune and beyond. Yearly inward migration figures clearly indicate that this city is indeed growing rapidly. The year-on-year appreciation rates of residential property in the PCMC range between 15-20%, and this has also attracted property investors from all over Maharashtra.

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pune Real Estate: From Kothrud To Wakad – And Beyond

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

In Pune, property and quality of life were once synonymous, but that can no longer be taken as a given. In earlier years, it did not really matter much where one chose to buy property in Pune – all locations were more or less supportive of peaceful family life in their own right.

Today, while considering flats for sale in Pune, one has to consider a number of variables – among them the levels of traffic congestion and pollution, the availability of basic facilities such as water and, of course, quality of the neighborhood.

Let us take Kothrud, for example. This once charming area was one of the first suburbs to be developed after the old city. Even today, it is considered a desirable core area due to its strong connection with the city centre via Karve Road. However, for better or for worse, Kothrud is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the suburb with the fastest urban growth in the world.

Kothrud started developing in late 90s. Back then, Pune City was truly a Pensioner’s Paradise, with little economic activity. People from Mumbai looking to buy property in Pune preferred Kothrud, naturally leading to an accelerated rate of development.

By the time the IT/ITES boom began in 2000-02, Kothrud was a full-fledged residential destination. Because of this, it fortunately did not go the way of suburbs like Aundh and Baner in the West or Viman Nagar in the East as they joined the IT/ITES bandwagon.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Kothrud has evolved as one of the most densely populated residential destination in Pune. Residential projects are very scarce and the demand is enormous. However, because of the manner in which it grew, Kothrud was not developed holistically in terms of social infrastructure.

Many other areas in Pune developed on similar lines, and the old Pensioner’s Paradise charm soon gave way to massive, relentless development. This began the hunt for less cluttered and more lifestyle-supportive residential locations.

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Fortunately, Pune is not a sea-locked city like Mumbai, and there was scope for looking further ahead. One of the first areas to emerge as a preferred area to settle down was Wakad – a once-nondescript village with 5000 locals who farmed sugarcane, onion and groundnut in its rich, black, fertile soil.

In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired 50% of this virgin location. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas. Today, Wakad has emerged as the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking to upgrade their lifestyle by moving to larger, more nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of Pune City.

With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, neighboring Wakad was seen as the perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Super Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex.  Thanks to the Expressway, Wakad is only about 80 to 90 minutes away from Mumbai, and Mumbaikars looking to buy property in Pune saw it as an excellent value proposition.

Of course, Wakad is just one of the chapters that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has in its book of Pune real estate successes. Today, Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran in the PCMC have become the new residential real estate watchwords in Pune. These areas are developing fast and are even now venues of extremely modern integrated residential projects.

However, the development of Wakad marked the beginning of a new residential real estate trend in Pune – the quest for better environments to settle down in and recapture some of Pune’s erstwhile glory as Queen of the Deccan.

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pune Real Estate: The Price Of Rapid Urbanization

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By the most recent reckoning, India’s population currently hovers around the 1.15 billion mark. It is estimated that by 2030, this figure will have grown to around 1.53 billion. India’s urban areas are just about ready to burst at the seams, on the heels of an accelerating population explosion.

The population growth in India’s rural areas in the present decade is around 18%, and over 30% in the urban areas. This pattern of urbanisation is seen as encouraging, since it seems to indicate that India will attain the global urbanization standard average in the course of the next decade.

However, it is also true that this upsurge in our cities’ population is putting available civic structures like public transport, water supply, drainage, sewerage and obviously the supply of housing under severe pressure.

This raises the question – how are India’s real estate developers addressing the problem of insufficient infrastructure in and around their projects in the main cities? The fact is, they can’t do much.

In cities like Pune, property buyers have no choice but to turn a blind eye to the absence of sufficient infrastructure. They are aware of the fact that they will face numerous inconveniences, but what can they do?

Many opt to buy into projects that boast of compensatory measures to overcome the infrastructure deficit. These would include independent water supply if a reliable municipal pipeline doesn’t exist, electricity backup to make up for unreliable power supply and sump pits if the area does not have adequate sewage.

However, such projects in Pune City are few and far between, and homes in them come at extremely high prices. Also, no matter in how many ways Pune developers compensate for lack of civic infrastructure, they cannot add more than a token patch of landscaped lawn by ways of natural ambience.

The high property rates are a real problem. Many of those who buy flats in Pune have saved all their lives for buying their Pune dream home. They have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen; having finally managed to save enough, they buy their homes and immediately regret it.

The maintenance costs for their flats are far too high for them to bear – a lot of them can’t afford petrol for their cars anymore. They travel to and from work by bus.

We have all looked at the parking lots of highly-priced residential projects and seen dusty cars with handmade posters on the rear windows saying things like ‘Homemade Detergent Soap Available at Flat 12A’ and ‘Tuition For Stds. V to IX – Contact Mr. XYZ at Flat 26C.

It simply makes no sense to invest everything in a home and then live in financial stress afterward. The solution obviously lies in finding a home where the same investment buys you more.

The choice is between paying a certain amount on a small, under-equipped flat in the crowded central city or on a spacious home in a location blessed with natural beauty and and sound infrastructure.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which planned its residential areas decades ago, offers such options. The integrated residential projects in Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran close to the upcoming International Convention Centre offer the kind of homes that Puneites have always dreamed of, but never been able to own.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also has an extremely vibrant economy, offering more and more job opportunities across all business sectors with every passing year.

Finally, because of the regulated nature of the PCMC real estate market and the high emphasis on civic facilities and amenities, there is no question of an eventual infrastructure deadlock. The real estate prices are way below those see in Pune, too. For that reason, these are the kind of homes that will be sources of joy for several generations.

Anil Pharande is Chaiman – Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Township Property Mania Hits Pune

In Pune, something very new and exciting is happening on the residential real estate market. Where ordinary flats were once the most sought-after type of residential property, the trend is slowly but surely changing to a demand for township properties. The more discerning Punekars of today says that nothing less than the convenience and ambience of a township property will do.

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Who are these people? Mostly representatives of the IT and manufacturing sectors. These, along with some other discerning professionals, have apparently become fed up with the congestion of the inner city, and the lack of amenities in the projects there. They are setting their sights on the spacious, green environment of areas beyond Aundh. Pimpri Chinchwad, with a special focus on the booming market in Pradhikaran properties, is especially in demand.

What is it about these township properties in the PCMC area that makes them so different from other available ones on the Pune property market? Well, one reason is that nothing within the suburbs of Pune can match the bliss of living in a township property. The mantra in these avant-garde resindetial projects in Pimpri Chinchwad is still ‘respect and enjoy Nature’. In the township properties in areas like Moshi and Ravet, green environment is carefully maintained and traffic congestion is unheard-of, despite the proximity of the Express Highway.

The environment is absolutely perfect for families to live in. There is so much demand for these properties that many prominent developers have snapped up prime land exclusively for the building of township properties. Other factors also add to the popularity of these townships – the Expressway, of course, is a vital one. The Expressway is the umbilical cord between Pune other major cities, beginning with Mumbai. In many ways, the Expressway is the lifeblood of Pune’s commercial progress. In addition, the nearby Mumbai-Bangalore Highway brings in further commercial growth and intercity connectivity.

With the kind of investment value that localities along these two major highways get, their popularity comes as no surprise. However, the Expressway has also brought about the existence of the Hinjewadi Infotech Park. The professionals that work there need homes close to their offices, and also privacy and peace in their time away from work. This has been another driving factor behind the township properties mania in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area. Obviously, another contributing factor is the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt.

In the not-so-distant past, township properties were a residential genre reserved exclusively for the ultra rich. This has changed drastically with their rising popularity. The fact is, owning a township property in Pimpri Chinchwad has now become a feasible option for Mr. Everyman.

Anil-PharandeAnil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

 

 

The Real Estate Evolution Of Nagar Road

Nagar Road is a lot more than just a stretch of highway. In fact, it has become symbolic of industrial and commercial progress in Pune. Some of the most economically thriving areas in the city are situated along Nagar Road. Kalyani Nagar, Vadgaon Sheri, Chandan Nagar, Viman Nagar and Kharadi are the ones that come immediately to mind.

Pune PropertyThe development taking place in these has given Nagar Road an entirely different image, and the name is gaining national and even international prominence. Let us examine Nagar Road’s real estate hot-spots according to the intensity of development as well as physical and social infrastructure.

KALYANI NAGAR

Kalyani Nagar is named after Dr. Neelkanth  Kalyani – owner of various notable companies like Bharat Forge and Optronica. It has emerged one of the most prominent and established commercial real estate destinations on the Eastern Corridor of Pune. Its strategic location between Koregaon Park and Viman Nagar and its close proximity to the airport, railway station and other commercial areas like Kharadi and Hadapsar makes it an ideal destination for IT/ITES companies.

Kharadi has also emerged as one of the most upmarket residential destinations in Pune. It is home to many luxury hotels and boasts of a golf course as well as prestigious social establishments such as the Connoisseur’s Club, Ganga Retreat and the Royal Connaught Club.

The IT and ITES-BPO segment have completely reinvented Kharadi’s landscape. High grade residential options have sprung up all over. Amongst all the above-mentioned localities, Kalyani Nagar’s rate of development is by far the fastest. The Pune-Mumbai Expressway has been a major contributing factor.

The Government responded to this potential by constructing the Kalyani Nagar-Koregaon Park connecting bridge, thereby linking these two progressive and vibrant localities. The ease of transport and commuting has resulted in even higher industrial and retail activity and boosted the residential sector, as well.

VIMAN NAGAR

Named for its proximity to the Lohegaon Airport, Viman Nagar is located approximately 10 km from Pune City. It is still relatively affordable and offers excellent connectivity by virtue of regular bus routes and a much-improved road network. Since it is the first major locality one reaches from the vibrant Dhole-Patil Road, it is far from isolated in spite of the distance from the central city. It can be easily reached from the airport as well as the railway station, and this is one of its most powerful selling points. Also, with the Air Force and Army camps hemming it in from three different sides, Viman Nagar is one of the safest residential and commercial localities in Pune.

Viman Nagar owes importance on the real estate market to its proximity to Kalyani Nagar. However, it does boast of a better residential infrastructure, and is still the preferred area of residence for immigrant software professionals.

KHARADI

Situated along the Kharadi- Hadapsar Bypass, Kharadi has the unique distinction of being accessible from three focal points of commercial importance, namely Nagar Road, Sholapur Road and Mundhwa/Koregaon Park. In addition, it is bookended by the industrial zones of Sanaswadi, Ranjangaon, Hadapsar and Parner. Since it also houses a telephone exchange building, it definitely had all the makings of significant commercial and industrial presence.

Today, Kharadi has been earmarked for a lot of IT development because of its excellent road network, the MIDC-promoted Info Tech Park as well as EON SEZ and other IT Parks in the neighbouring Kalyani Nagar. Though it is now a prominent IT/ITES destination, it has yet to evolve as a significant force on the residential property market.

WAGHOLI

Wagholi has emerged as a preferred residential destination primarily due to the competitive price that the area offers compared to other residential catchments along Nagar Road, such as Kharadi, Viman Nagar and Kalyani Nagar. Apart from being affordable, Wagholi is the most convenient location for people working in the Ranjangaon and Sanaswadi industrial areas as well as in the Kharadi-Magarpatta belt. Today, Wagholi is well-connected by the completed six-lane Nagar Road – making commuting to and from this area, which was once considered an obscure outlying location, very convenient.

MUNDHWA

Another distinct beneficiary of the Kalyani Nagar-Koregaon Park bridge, Mundhwa began as an Armed Forces area and has enjoyed a disciplined approach to overall development for this reason. It is located squarely on the Nagar-Sholapur Highway. Since it is immediately adjacent to Koregaon Park, it has earned itself the rather enviable label of Koregaon Park Extension. Considering KP’s rate of development and general upper-crust aura, this is extremely significant. The area is poised for rapid development because of its close proximity to extremely successful Magarpatta township that transformed the real estate landscape of the Eastern Corridor of Pune.

VADGAON SHERI

Vadgaon Sheri has still not completely risen from obscurity, but nevertheless has the same potential as all other localities along Nagar Road. At the present time, Vadgaon Sheri awaits coming into its own as the neighbouring Kalyani Nagar and Viman Nagar eventually share their glamour and development fallout. One of the most attractive features of this area today is its cheap land rates.

RANJANGAON

This is another area of intense industrial activity along Nagar Road. It is mainly known as an MIDC entity, but is now seeing the entry of residential projects that cater to the workforce of this industrial catchment. It has also been earmarked as the venue for the new International Airport.

Despite the great potential it offers, Nagar Road itself is surprisingly under-developed as a road conduit for all the real estate goldmines along it. Connectivity remains a significant issue, and it is hard to understand why the authorities have not taken greater interest in it. Lack of planning has always been the bane of real estate development in Pune, and Nagar Road is a good – if sad – example of this fact.

Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Tips On Buying A Home In Pune

Every Indian dreams of having their very own home, and most people work all their lives to save up enough money to purchase it. In fact, this is the primary driver of the Pune property market, since this city holds to the traditional concept of homeownership as a gauges of security and success. And, of course, a new home is the best gift you can give yourself and your family.

Because of the recent economic crisis, a lot of Pune property buyers have begun thinking twice about purchasing a new home. The major reasons are increased interest rates and the rather unfriendly Pune property rates. While a number of banks are offering to help out families in Pune who want to buy their own home, there are still clouds of doubt that hover above the decision makers.

It is true that buying a home is a huge investment, and that you need to maintain it for a lifetime. For a middle class homebuyer in Pune, buying a residence is literally putting all the chips on the table. Here are some tips that are worth considering before you proceed with buying a property in Pune:

  • Location

Location is perhaps the most important factor to consider, because it will say a lot about your purchase. Do not forget that its location dictates the price of your new home in Pune. For example, a 3 BHK flat in the middle of nowhere will cost you a lot less than a 1 BHK in the middle of the city’s commercial district. Some areas are called prime because of their central location. They are close to the places that we need access to, such as schools, healthcare facilities and shopping centres. These places cost a lot more because they offer all of these.

However, the new concept of township properties has created an entirely new paradigm. The new townships in Pune allows property buyers to avail of all these facilities even if the location is not in the centre of the main city. Some of the best townships in Pune are coming up in the Pimpri Chinchwad area – for instance, Woodsville in Moshi and Celestial City in Ravet, both being developed by Pharande Spaces. These are integrated townships that offer every convenience of modern living in Pune’s flourishing sister city.

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  • Price

The cost of your flat in Pune is obviously one of the most important considerations. As already stated, certain properties in Pune cost more simply because they are centrally located within the city. It is significant to note that despite the higher pricing, the homebuyer has to put up with traffic congestion, air pollution, lack of greenery and inadequate parking facilities.

Those who are looking for a reasonably priced flat in Pune will only find it in the further locations. Many of these new areas do still have some greenery and less traffic congestion and pollution. However, in time these areas will also succumb to the hammer of indiscriminate development which has been the hallmark of the Pune real estate market.

Again, Pimpri-Chinchwad township properties offer the perfect alternative. The real estate development in the PCMC area is strictly controlled. This means that infrastructure keeps pace with property development at all times. In other words, these Pune township properties will never be strangled by over-development and traffic snarls. They are the perfect alternative for Pune property buyers who are looking for a clean, green environment to live in – not only for the current generation, but for all generations to come.

  • Security

Security is a major concern in a fast-developing city like Pune. Your choice of location for your new home also reflects on the safety of your family as well as your property. Security is definitely a very important consideration when you purchase a new home. It makes more sense to buy a property in a township project which offers round-the-clock security than in a urban city centre with a high crime rate.

  • Appreciation

While central location is a big driver for property prices, central locations are also the most volatile in terms of price fluctuations. This is because the property market in city centres is more often than not driven by investors rather than genuine end users. On the other hand, there are no other price drivers in a congested, overdeveloped city. Very little can be done to enhance the infrastructure and therefore the lifestyle quotient of property owners.

Though prices stagnate in the city centre for these reasons, property valuations for township properties in developing areas such as Pimpri Chinchwad increase because of the better infrastructure, more wholesome environment and the steady – yet controlled – addition of value-adding projects such as office complexes, malls, schools and hospitals.

While buying a flat in Pune, it makes a whole lot of sense to consider the purchase from all angles. In short, keep in mind what kind of standard of living you wish to enjoy in your lifetime and also pass on to your children.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar