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Indian realty in superfast lane

High-end realty rates are among the fastest growing in the world, reports G Singh.

business Updated: May 09, 2007 03:14 IST

London may top the global property rates chart, but it’s high-end Indian real estate prices that are growing the fastest in the world.

A new study — ‘Wealth Report 2007’ — by real estate consultancy Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank shows that prime real estate rates in India, along with those in Russia and China, soared 40 to 50 per cent over the last year. The British capital, in comparison, recorded a price growth of 30 per cent in the high-end segment.

Pranay Vakil, chairman of Knight Frank India, told HT: “India’s most expensive residential properties, at an average of Rs 50,000 per sq ft, would be in Mumbai. This includes properties like the Chattan Bungalow on Malabar Hill or Sunita Apartments on Napean Sea Road.”

Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank, said upcoming prime locations included St Petersburg and Moscow in Russia, Delhi and Mumbai in India, as well as Guangzhou and Beijing in China.

The report points to the growing influence of high net worth individuals — defined as those with $10 million (Rs 40 crore) in investable assets — on the global property market. This is indicated by the fact that prices for the most expensive properties rose on average by more than 14 per cent in 2006 compared to a 9 per cent rise in the mainstream market.

Rapid economic development, together with the creation of new wealthy sections of society, led to intense competition for the best apartments and villas in prime neighbourhoods — and boosted prices, the report said.

Bailey said prime property would continue to outperform mainstream markets. “Over the next five years, we believe the trend of growing wealth and greater wealth concentration will continue,” he said. “There will be a significant demand and supply imbalance in the best prime market locations. Price growth this year will be lower than in 2006, although prime markets will outperform mainstream markets by quite a margin.”

Incidentally, London is home to the most expensive residential property in the world. Prime property in the British capital costs $4,590 (Rs 1.87 lakh) per sq ft, just ahead of Monaco at $4,370 (Rs 1.79 lakh).

Hyde Park is among the most expensive in London, commanding a price of $8,000-$10,000 (Rs 3.26 lakh to Rs 4 lakh) per sq ft, said Vakil.