Bangalore resident Priya Kumar had always planned to build a house. The thought of being able to build a house in line with her fantasies and requirement, being able to sit with an architect and give inputs or decide on the interiors always excited her.
Anand Apartments in Versova, Mumbai, is a 40-year-old residential building. The residents plan to redevelop it, which means pulling down the existing structure and constructing a bigger one in its place.
Wakad was a nondescript village with 5,000 locals, who farmed sugarcane, onion and groundnut in its rich, black, fertile soil. In 1983, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired 50 per cent of Wakad.
Possibly the biggest buying decision of your lifetime - purchasing your own house - has become a lot more difficult than before, with prices rising in the big cities of Mumbai and Delhi and several other parts.
With the development potential of Mumbai's western suburbs almost fully exploited, we are witnessing increased momentum in new developments in the eastern suburbs where land parcels are still available and prices more affordable.