Monday, 9 July 2018

Why One Should Invest in Devanahalli - Bangalore's Emerging Industrial and IT Hub

Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, is home to a large number of IT companies and startups, and is one of the leading employment hubs in the country. This aspect of the city draws professionals from all over the country and abroad. To accommodate this influx of people, the city’s borders are gradually but steadily expanding, and newer suburbs are emerging. North Bangalore is one of the recent areas to experience a growth spurt.

Devanahalli, a suburb located in North Bangalore is one of the emerging real estate destinations of choice. Popularly known as the birthplace of Tipu Sultan, it is now better known as the location of the newly built Kempegowda International Airport. Devanahalli is also developing as an industrial and technology hotspot. Let’s look at why homebuyers are attracted to Devanahalli.

Location & Connectivity
Devanahalli enjoys excellent connectivity to the main city centres via the NH-7 or the Bellary Road which has been widened to a 6 lane highway, thus ensuring better and efficient flow of traffic. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation [BMTC] buses operate a regular service, catering to the ever-increasing demand of public transport. It has major transport nodes located at easily accessible distances. The international standard airport located here is the second busiest airport in the country, with flights to various cities all across the country and the world. Devanahalli is also well-connected to the nearby suburb of Yelahanka, and Bangalore City by railway.

Upcoming Transport Infrastructure
Devanahalli’s multi-modal transport connectivity is set to receive a boost with future infrastructure developments. The suburb has been included in the construction of Phase 2 of the Namma Metro network which will connect the Airport to central Bangalore and thus Devanahalli as well. The proposed Peripheral Ring Road (PRR), which will complement the existing routes of NICE and ORR, will connect the outer suburbs of Bangalore and major roads like OMR and Bellary Road. This will enhance connectivity between Devanahalli and the rest of Bangalore.

Social Infrastructure
Devanahalli benefits from a well-established social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and recreational spaces. Some notable schools in this area are NPS School, Delhi Public School, Akash International School and Canadian International School. The healthcare options available to residents include Leena Multispecialty Hospital, Akash Hospital and Cyte Care Cancer Hospital. This suburb also has a D-Mart outlet as well as numerous convenience stores to meet residents’ daily needs. Devanahalli is also a popular tourist destination due to the many temples and the Devanahalli fort.

Industrial and IT Hub
The relative affordability of land in Devanahalli, as compared to many other suburbs in Bangalore, has made it a focus area for real estate and infrastructure development. This includes some of the biggest projects already operational here such as IT Investment Region [ITIR] and the Aerospace SEZ, making them employment attractions. Some big companies which have been set up in the Aerospace SEZ are Thyssenkrupp Aviation, BEML, Dynamatic and Centum Electronics.

Popular IT companies such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro are expected to set up base in the Devanahalli ITIR. Companies such as Shell already have a significant presence in this area. Also, an upcoming Science Park as well as a Financial City, is expected to compete with India’s financial capital Mumbai and the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City in Gandhinagar. This, proximity to industrial clusters and IT Hubs, is another key attraction of Devanahalli.

To Conclude...
As highlighted above, this north Bangalore suburb is experiencing a growth surge and is developing economically, demographically and infrastructurally. As the connectivity improves, and more companies set up base here, more residents will also follow. This will enhance the investment value of homes in Devanahalli. Hence, there is no better time than now to invest here.

House of Hiranandani understands the growth opportunity Devanahalli presents. We are developing an integrated township here which brings together elements of luxury living within green expanses. We offer 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 BHK apartments as well as 3 & 4 BHK villas and cottages. The project boasts contemporary designs, neo-classical architecture and lavish lifestyle amenities. Irrespective of the reason you choose to invest in Devanahalli, you can be assured of higher yields in the future.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

What Millennials Want - Homes Not Houses

‘Micro-blogging’, ‘photo-sharing’, ‘online shopping’, ‘sharing economy’, ‘digital-savviness’ are the various characteristics that define the lifestyle of millennials. ‘Millennials’ refers to the demographic group generally comprising those born in the years between early 1980s and early 2000s. They are also regarded as Gen Y, whose parents were part of Generation X or the Baby Boomers. India’s population today consists of more than 400 million millennials.

According to a report titled ‘Trend-setting millennials: Redefining the consumer story’ by consulting firm Deloitte India and Retailers Association of India, with a stunning 47% share of the working age population, millennials are the chief wage earners in India. They are also known as digital natives since they have grown up in the technology age.

Governments, corporates, brands and marketers have started closely tracking the consumption, decision-making and lifestyle patterns of millennials. These young people make conscious choices and many are influencers among their demographic. Though many in this age group still live with parents or share accomodation with friends and partners, a huge chunk of them- who are in their early to mid 30s today, are making home buying choices. These choices take a number of factors into consideration and chief among them are:

Convenient Location
It is always about the location. Millennials believe in living life to the fullest. This means work hard but party harder. Home should be easily accessible from work as well as play. Residences located close to offices as well as malls and entertainment are always attractive. Transport conveniences also play a big part, so homes close to modes of transport are equally important. TIme saved in commuting is spent in networking and nurturing relationships.

Integrated Communities
Developers today are designing integrated communities which offer various lifestyle amenities within the residential complex such as trendy cafes and restaurants, wellness spas and gyms, and recreational facilities. Another characteristic of integrated townships is proximity to social conveniences like educational institutions, medical facilities and employment centers. These features appeal to millennials who appreciate and desire good work-life balance.

Our 120 acres integrated community at OMR, Chennai is an example of thoughtfully designed integrated lifespaces that offer convenience and comfort packaged in elegant luxury which appeals to this jet-set generation.

Smart Homes
Known as the ‘plugged-in’ generation, millennials are always hooked to their gadgets. This love for technology extends to the space they live in as well. Generation Y is big on home automation systems, sensors, video door phones, keycards and automated car parking. In addition to comfort and convenience, these tech-enabled amenities also provide a sense of safety and style to apartments, transforming them into a comfortable home.

Green Homes
Among the many adjectives used to describe millennials and their lifestyle choices, is green generation. Millennials are very conscious about the environment and make green choices. These include reducing their carbon footprint, choosing sustainable travel options such as trains, bicycles and sharing cabs, and they also champion numerous green causes. Their love for the planet also extends to their homes which should adhere to green building norms, have more green and open spaces, as well as follow sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment, waste recycling and solar panels among other such solutions.

Contrary to their ‘live-for-the-moment’ image, millennials care about their families, friends, society, wellness and the world they live in. This is clearly visible in the choices they make which are sustainable and altruistic. Millennials have grown up in an age of technology, globalisation and economic disruption. This gives them a unique perspective and personality which differentiates from the generations before them. Millennials are the future of the country and will determine the direction we collectively take. Designing, developing and marketing homes to this cohort of young people is an intrinsic part of the House of Hiranandani.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mumbai Development Plan 2034: All set to make Mumbai a world-class city

The much-awaited Development Plan (DP) 2034 by the Maharashtra government is finally here, paving the way for the space-starved city to have more land available to build homes and commercial spaces. The Mumbai DP 2034 has increased the FSI (Floor Space Index) which means developers can now build more on the given plot. More supply of homes coupled with Govt focus on infrastructure is going to be instrumental in changing the city’s skyline for a better tomorrow.

All you need to know about the DP Plan Mumbai 2034:

  • The new Mumbai DP 2034 offers promising FSIs for commercial and residential properties. For commercial, it is raised up to 5 & for residential properties, the revised FSI is 3. Earlier it was 1.33 for both residential and commercial developments. For suburbs, new FSI will be up to 2.5 and 5 for residential and commercial properties, respectively. The existing FSI for the two categories is 2 and 2.5, respectively. 
  • The Mumbai Development Plan for 2034 intends to utilise salt pan lands for affordable housing. According to the plan, out of the 3,355 hectares in no-development zone, BMC has earmarked 2,100 hectares as well as 330 hectares of salt pan land for affordable housing.  
  • A provision has been made to add 42 hectares of open space. The DP plan Mumbai has also designated 12,859 hectares to natural spaces, a new category where no new construction will be allowed.  
  • The Mumbai Development Plan is all set to create approx. 1 million affordable houses and 8 million jobs in the city. 
  • The new plan encourages the growth to create parks, theatres, playgrounds, theme gardens and museums- something that the city desperately needs. 
  • For the first time, Mumbai’s Development Plan has placed the focus equally on commercial real estate with double benefits– firstly decongesting existing CBD areas and secondly, extending the ‘walk to work’ aspect in newer locations.

Post independence, this is the first time wherein a serious effort has been put up for the holistic development of the city.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Real Estate Industry Redefined

Real Estate Industry Redefined

The last two years have proven to be immensely eventful for the real estate industry of the country. So far the Government of India has enforced significant implementations like Demonetization, Benami Transaction Act, the Real Estate Regulations and Development Act (RERA), and Goods and Services Tax (GST).  These initiatives, when combined together, will magnify the growth of real estate sector in the long run.

Here are a few factors that consolidate towards redefining the real estate industry:

1. Investments of the future:
This ongoing transformation has given rise to investment inflow from both foreign and domestic institutional investors. As per syndicated reports, the Indian property market has received $3.15 billion from various investors in the first half of the current year. The expected launch of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is supposed to act as a transparent process designed to generate funds from a lot of investors. REITs are predicted to act as a catalyst for increase in future real estate investments.

2. Infrastructure development :
India’s booming economy has attracted not only domestic but a manifold of foreign investors too. Since the Government of India liberalized the norms on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the construction sector has seen a massive growth in investments from around the world. This has doubled the funding in infrastructure development from ₹9,850 crore per annum. Also, the World Investment Report of 2016 claims an FDI investment of $ 5.7 billion in real estate.

3. Housing sector boom:
The Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana initiative by the Prime Minister raised its rural fund allocation from ₹15,000 crore to ₹23,000 crore, to ensure the completion of 10 million home projects by 2017-18. We are now looking at $1.3 trillion housing boom and with the timely implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), there is uniformity in taxation on housing. Implementation if carried out well will ensure that various federal tax barriers are removed and a common market is created helping improve supply chain. To summarize, 60 million new houses and 2 million job opportunities are predicted by only 2018, thus boosting the nation’s overall GDP.

Given the future road map it is pertinent to say that the Indian real estate sector will only emerge stronger, healthier and is poised for sustained growth. These initiatives are stepping stones for the overall development which will redefine the real estate sector.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Blueprint to Success

“Success is about liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou.

Here are a few habits which I have followed throughout my professional career and I believe they might help you too:

1. Organize Yourself -

Getting organized is one of the most underrated skills in any form of work. Due to my architectural background, I deem it necessary for things to have a particular structure. An organised structure in life lets you focus on the most important plans. You could start with something as basic as organising your weekly calendar, and see how it helps you organise your career.

2. Stay Connected -

Stay connected to your employees and always be approachable for a healthy functioning of the organisation. It is essential to delegate the day to day running of your organisation to your trusted employees. Focusing on the bigger things is necessary, but at the same time, while focusing on the bigger picture it is a prerequisite that you stay updated on the day to day functioning of your company. 

3. Gain Knowledge by Reading -

Reading is vital, but not just to keep you on track with regards to constant innovations, the new laws, and other recent developments in the field. Reading goes a long way in cultivating a commendable intellect. Advancement through learning is the most important habit required to achieve growth.

4. Do Not Limit Yourself  -

Most people are shackled by restrictive beliefs and self-imposed limitations. Growth can be limitless. But belief in your own ability and cultivating discipline in your work is what gets the job done. It is what helps to reach new milestones.

5.   Make Wise Decisions -

Success is all about making the right choices. You have to be confident in the decisions you take and ask all the right questions to avoid roadblocks to your success. With experience, it will become all about making the choice that will yield the best result.

In conclusion I would like to say that there is no substitute to hard work & perseverance. It’s important to work hard daily if you want to see these habits make a positive impact. Do not let the vast landscape of the future scare you. Only habitual and tireless efforts will propel you to the summit of success.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Cities of Focus: Bengaluru

An interesting fact about Bengaluru: It is currently ranked among the 25 most high-tech cities in the entire world.

There are many other such records which the city boasts, credited to its unique approach towards development. It’s interesting to note how the city once specializing in the production of silk & cotton, machine tools and telephone accessories has now transformed into a booming IT hub. The glorious history of the city coupled with its futuristic approach has been the key drivers for us to undertake real estate developments here. The best reason for us to establish our developments in the city was its glorious past and its futuristic approach.

Let’s see why this city is our top pick for real estate developments:

●        Hub for IT companies 
Bengaluru is dubbed as the ‘Silicon Valley of India.’ The city has a GDP of $110 billion and contributes to more than 35% of India’s IT exports. Big multi-national corporations have their headquarters situated in Bengaluru. All these factors have transformed Bengaluru into a hub for IT companies across the world. This growth in the IT sector has given rise to a strong demand in the real estate.

●        World's Most Dynamic City –
Bengaluru has emerged as the most dynamic city in JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI) of cities around the world. The groundbreaking achievement was determined based on the city’s economy and commercial real estate market. The abilities to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity lays down the foundation of this dynamic city.

●        Bengaluru Metro –
Bengaluru is a densely populated city. The newly launched Phase-1 of Namma has given an indication of what to anticipate from the metro network. With Phase - 2 in construction, a total length of 72 kilometers will be added to the current metro lines. It will create a more interconnected mode of transport to reach every corner of the city making commuting within the city a completely hassle free experience.

●        Features of a Smart City –
The Smart Cities Mission by the government of India is an initiative aimed towards urban development. According to the plan, Rs. 1,700 crores will be spent to improve infrastructure in the city. The establishment of Bengaluru as a smart city will create a modern commercial network.

These are some of the reasons as to why Bengaluru is one of the best cities in India. We at House of Hiranandani are developing three projects in Bengaluru.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cities of Focus: Hyderabad

India is a country that is booming with development from every corner. The country has a total of 4000 cities & towns. However for us, choosing the next city for our real estate project wasn’t very difficult. Rooted in a deep ethnic heritage and captivating historical significance, we zeroed down on ‘Hyderabad’.

Hyderabad during its initial stages had been sparking signs of a global city. Nobody would have imagined the unprecedented growth & development this city was capable of achieving.

     An influx in the IT sector –Since 1990, Hyderabad had seen a number of foreign IT companies entering the city. At that point, there were over 1000 IT and ITeS companies that included major firms such as Google, Dell, Facebook and more. The city boasts of an employment growth rate of 10%. The IT industry has inculcated a high standard of living for the city which has resulted in an increase in world class real estate projects in the city.

     Hyderabad’s Infrastructure– One of the high points of Hyderabad’s infrastructure is its metro. The metro, which is already under construction, will have three phases to create unparalleled connectivity across the city. The metro is scheduled to begin operations by November 2018.Plans to decongest the city’s roadways by projects such as the Outer Ring Road are already underway. It’s a city that foresees the future and is already planning to upgrade the existing roads, adding skywalks and more.

     High Standard of Living– As per the Mercer Survey, Hyderabad is known to have the highest standards of living in India. The survey is based on factors such as crime rate, air pollution and improved options for international and English-speaking educational institutes.

     Emerging Startup Hub– Asa city that encourages enthusiastic entrepreneurs, Hyderabad is witnessing a support system to encourage startups. India’s biggest incubator for startups is in Hyderabad. On the overall the city is promising because of its stable environment and cooperation between the investors, startups and the government.

These are some of the reasons as to why Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It offers the perfect combination of a city immersed in history, and one that embraces development and modernization.