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DLF Magnolias: A condominium of security, fantasy in Gurugram

The Magnolias is home to around 2,000 crème la crème of Gurugram, who occupy its 19 towers.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 12, 2018 10:04 IST
Sonali Verma
Sonali Verma
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
DLF Magnolias,condominium,Gurugram
For a membership fee of Rs 59,000 per apartment, residents can enjoy various club services and facilities such as a swimming pool, gymnasium and an in-house bakery.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

From the Golf Course Road in Sector 42, DLF Magnolias looks like an impenetrable ivory tower with almost no sign of life. But upon entering the high-end luxury condominium, the most desirable address for many – after going through a tight security routine – the feeling is that of being in an oasis in the middle of the busy, noisy, dusty city.

The Magnolias is home to around 2,000 crème la crème of Gurugram, who occupy its 19 towers. No two of the 589 super luxury apartments here, ranging between 6,360 square feet (sft) to 12,230 sft, look alike from the inside.

Construction of the condominium began in 2009 and was handed over in 2012 as a ‘bare shell structure’, which left the internal configuration to the buyer. The main balcony of each apartment offers a view like no other — greenery as far as the eyes can see, as there are 5,000-odd trees in the condominium, the linear park, the golf course and the vast stretches of the Aravallis.

“You don’t need to step out of this place if you don’t want to,” a staff member of The Magnolias Club said.

With an annual membership of Rs 59,000 per apartment, one can avail of services that range from a gymnasium to a gold class cinema hall. The cinema hall screens movies for children from 3 to 5pm every day. A calendar for events in the month is curated by the staff and sent to the residents.

The club has a fine-dining multicuisine restaurant, which, according to the restaurant staff, serves more than 30 types of wine. The club has a kids’ swimming pool, an Olympic sized swimming pool and a heated pool. It also boasts of a spa and salon, an in-house bakery, a bar, a squash court, pool tables and other amenities.

CONDO CARD
26.3 acres Area of the condominium
2,000 Residents in the condominium
589 flats in total, including 38 duplex and 25 penthouses, ranging from 6,300 sft to 10,600 sft
Rs 15 crore Starting flat cost
Rs 3,50,000 Monthly rental charge
Rs 5.25 per sqft Maintenance charge
FAMOUS RESIDENTS
Sanjiv Kapoor, chief strategy and commercial officer, Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture, Vistara; JJ Valaya, fashion designer; Kunwer Sachdev, founder Su-Kam; Suhel Seth, author and managing partner of Counselage India, a consultancy firm; Rajesh Aggarwal, co-founder, Micromax

The security in the apartments is airtight too — there is a biometric system to enter the main door of the apartments.

Residents use an in-house app called MyGate, which allows them access to other areas of the condominium. Visitors are given a one-time password by their hosts, which needs to be authenticated at the gate for entry.

The condominium club also accommodates the wishes of residents, by procuring goods and providing services besides its functions. “This one time, a man wanted to propose his girlfriend on an iceberg, as if they were in some other part of the world and we arranged it for him,” said a staffer.

Another time, a resident wanted a bottle of wine that can be found only in Australia. “It took us almost a week, but we managed to get it for him,” he said.

The condominium has a Laundromat service, with two giant washer extractors, two dryers and a separate dry cleaning unit.

Magnolias is also making efforts towards achieving self sustainability. The sewage treatment plant on the premises takes care of the water requirement for horticulture and the recycled water is used in the flushing lines. The composting plant also generates sufficient manure for the parks. Hundreds of trees have also been transplanted in the condominium over the past few years.

The residents have also taken charge of spreading awareness about sustainability among themselves.

Sandhya Mohan, a resident who represents a 15-member group ‘Planeteers’ from Tower 6, initiated the elimination of plastic bottles in the spa and the gym. She also holds awareness meetings among residents frequently.

“We’re soon holding a training session for all the house helps and staff on how they can reduce the use of plastic,” she said. Mohan is also working on a list of environmental goals for the residents.

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 09:54 IST