Power-packed Poes Garden is streets ahead of the rest in Chennai. Just one landmark tells the story: Veda Nilayam, the imposing bungalow of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Sharing space with ‘Amma’ is superstar Rajnikanth, while recently, Pepsico’s CEO, Chennai girl Indira Nooyi is said to have booked a sprawling 4,000 sq ft apartment here for a whopping Rs 7 crore.
Popular Tamil actor Karthik is another star resident, and Kanimozhi, poetess, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, often drops in at the quaint restaurant, Ente Keralam. Top industrialists and lawyers also live in Chennai.
What makes Poes Garden special is that it lies in the heart of the city and is yet secluded. No state-owned transport buses or trucks dare enter this high security area. An added factor is easy access to the up-market Cathedral Road and the serene campus of Chennai’s top women’s college, Stella Maris College, where Amma’s polling booth is housed whenever elections take place.
The going rate here is said to be Rs 15,000 to Rs 17,550 per sq ft.