India’s Technology capital, will soon boast a 47-floor highrise on Residency Road targeted at India’s uber-rich, with each condominium priced at anywhere between Rs 23 crore and Rs 40 crore.
The residential tower, called Bangalore 47, is being developed by a consortium comprising Bangalore-based realty marketer Asipac Projects Ltd, project management and architecture design firm Synergy Property Development Services Pvt Ltd (35% owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP) and property developer SS Kumar at an estimated cost of Rs 559.75 crore.
The project will have a built-up area of around 287,000 sq. ft and is expected to be ready by 2011. Once ready, it will be the tallest residential building in India outside of Mumbai, with a height of 165m, Asipac Projects says.
India’s tallest building, the 100-floor, 450m APIIC Trade Tower, is being constructed by Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corp Ltd in Hyderabad.
Brigade Gateway, a project in Yeshwantpur, has a 30-storeyed commercial building named North Star. Bangalore-based developer Brigade Group said that once completed by 2009, it would be the city’s tallest commercial building. Mumbai-based developer Tata Housing Development Co. Ltd recently announced that it was developing a 105m residential building in Bangalore.
The Bangalore 47 project will have only 19 luxury condos for sale, a number deliberately kept low to build exclusivity. The consortium would also include an international architect while a builder of luxury properties in the US will provide technical know-how. Asipac declined to name the architect and builder.
The project will have 16 seven-room condos of 7,002 sq. ft each and three eight-room duplex penthouses of 9,333 sq. ft each for sale. An additional eight seven-room condos will be given out on lease. The duplex penthouses will have a 4,185 sq. ft private terrace garden and each residence will have parking space for seven cars. Price will start at Rs 30,000 per sq. ft.
“We want to build a property where an (Wipro Ltd chairman) Azim Premji or a (Reliance Industries Ltd chairman) Mukesh Ambani will be proud to live in,” said Amit Bagaria, chairman of Asipac. “We are targeting corporate customers who want the same luxury lifestyle that they are used to in a farm house, in the heart of the city.”
The apartments will start from the 17th floor, following a trend mostly seen in Mumbai where developers build flats from the 15th floor onwards to ensure a view of the sea. “This is to protect residents from traffic noises,” says Bagaria. “
"Views are always good only from the 17th and 18th floors onwards. Also, when somebody is living in an expensive condominium, they don’t want to see autorickshaws on the road.” The first 11 floors will be reserved for parking. Other floors would include facilities such as health club, spa, and a fine dining restaurant. It would also have a 20-ft high so-called sports floor.