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High rises in high demand

Since time immemorial, land has been the symbol of security and wealth. But with new times come new trends. Chetna Dua reports.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2011 00:40 IST
Chetna Dua

Since time immemorial, land has been the symbol of security and wealth. But with new times come new trends. The globetrotting lifestyle of Gurgaon residents, coupled with never-ending water and electricity woes, have people scrambling to high-rise apartments instead of the traditional bungalow.

“People definitely prefer an apartment over an independent house in Gurgaon. At least eight out of 10 deals are for a high-rise apartment," said a property dealer. The security and safety offered by gated communities, along with facilities such as 24-hour power and water backup, swimming pool, skating and tennis courts, gymnasium and well-maintained gardens, are some of the reasons why people are choosing to live in an apartment rather than an independent house of the same cost.

Many are even selling their bungalows or giving them on rent. For example, Ujjwal Bedi and fashion designer Monisha Bajaj have rented out their bungalows in Gurgaon to move into a gated community, or condominium, as they are fashionably called. “My husband travels for work almost every month, and my children are settled abroad. That leaves me alone at home. When thieves broke into our house not once but twice, we thought it was time to take action,” said Ujjwal Bedi, who moved to Trinity Towers in DLF Phase 5.

“Our bungalow is in DLF Phase 1. Now me and my daughter stay at home. Along with safety, these communities offer a whole new lifestyle,” she said.

“We have given our bungalow in Sushant Lok on rent and are staying at Aralias in DLF Golf Club. It is much more comfortable here," said fashion designer Monisha Bajaj.

“The children have access to facilities like swimming pool, gymnasium, horse-riding and tennis inside the campus, which keeps them creatively occupied,” said Bajaj.

“All major festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Holi or new year are celebrated at the community hall and garden. It is like one big family, with music, games and food. We don’t need to go out in the traffic to celebrate,” she said.

Residents say the apartments in most housing societies are not crammed. They are spacious with four to five bedrooms, fitted with all kinds of modern facilities.

Three-tier security is also proving to be a boon for single women and senior citizens.

“I moved to Gurgaon from Delhi, and now live on my own, thanks to the facilities and security arrangements. I feel completely safe, even I go for a stroll at night,” said Gauri Sarin, resident of Oakwood in DLF Phase 2. She is now convincing her parents in Delhi to move to Gurgaon.