Ask the cabbie for MacIver Town or its latest tag, Shantala Nagar, in this tech hub, and you’d elicit a knotted brow. But drop the name of Vijay Mallya and the city’s latest landmark, UB City, next door to his mansion and it’s a different story. The cabbie might also know where Captain GR Gopinath of the erstwhile Deccan Airlines lives — opposite the liquor czar’s place on Vittal Mallya Road. While Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw grew up next door to Mallya’s home (her father was a master brewer at United Breweries).
Lavelle Road, also part of MacIver town, is the other swish stretch of the area. “As a schoolboy, I have seen horses being led off to the Turf Club from Tiller Stables on Lavelle Road. It was a district known for the best schools and colleges, but has now turned into a commercial hub,” reminisces Amarnath Krishnaswamy, visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Bangalore), a resident in Bangalore.
Rs 15,000 a square feet is not a patch on Mumbai’s Altamount Road. The snag is that none of the sprawling bungalows here are up for sale. A few have given way to luxury apartments though. “It is without doubt the hottest spot both for residential and commercial spaces. I am sure it’s the dream of every CEO to pick up an apartment in this place because the best schools, colleges and medical centres are less than a kilometre away and you can stroll across to MG Road and Brigade Road on one side or stretch your feet at Cubbon Park,” says Feroz Abdullah, Managing Director, Feroz Estates, a well-known real estate firm. The elite Bangalore Club, Sunny’s, a restaurant favoured by expats, fashion and lifestyle stores Folio and Cinnamon and young hangouts like Mocca and Java City complete the picture.