When it comes to housing, there’s no right or wrong choice, as home-ownership is in itself a dream for most of the city’s inhabitants. Mumbai comprises numerous neighborhoods and each region has its own distinctive character. Real estate prices can also vary greatly, depending on the neighborhood, infrastructure, and amenities in the area. Over the years, certain pockets have emerged as ‘most-desirable’ and ‘happening’, sending property prices soaring. Here are our picks for the most inviting neighborhoods of Mumbai.
1. Bandra Bandstand
Bandra is one of the most happening suburbs in the city and the bandstand area is home to the rich and famous. The stretch has important landmarks and city attractions like the Bandra Fort and Mount Mary Church. Perched on a hillock, around the church, are buildings that offer stunning vistas of the Arabian Sea. The locality enjoys cool sea breeze and is literally above it all – noise and pollution-free. Residents living here also enjoy access to one of the city’s best-maintained seaside promenades.
2. Malabar Hill
Malabar Hill is another gem, located in South Mumbai. The neighborhood is spread out across a hill that slopes upwards from Chowpatty, providing great views of Marine Drive. Home to the Bangaga Tank, the gulmohar-lined pathways of Malabar Hill offer solace in this fast-paced city. Stroll through the Hanging Gardens, say a quick prayer at The All Saints Church or indulge in a game of tennis at the Malabar Hill Club; it has all the makings of a fine upscale neighborhood.
3. Altamount Road
If you like living next to rich and eminent personalities, Altamount Road is the right choice for you. Situated in town, it is the location of one of the most expensive homes in India, Mr. Mukesh Ambani’s Antilla. The area is atop a small hill and lining its slopes are trees that provide shade and quiet. Adding to its charm is the fact that it’s a detour from the always-bustling Peddar Road. With many consulates located here, it is also home of several dignitaries and expats.
4. Hiranandani, Powai
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In the northern suburb of Powai is the plush Hiranandani Complex. The township is a classic example of how a neighborhood can change the face of a fading suburb. Comprising upscale residential complexes, shopping gallerias, sprawling gardens, a reputed school and hip restaurants, this neighborhood truly has it all. If that’s not enough, Powai Lake is just a stone’s throw away.
5. JVPD Scheme
Close to Juhu Beach is the JVPD Scheme, a neighborhood that many Bollywood stars call home. The iconic Prithvi Theatre is also located in this region. JVPD comprises luxe residential bungalows and buildings, along with the refreshingly green Kaifi Azmi Park. The locality is also filled with trendy restaurants, clubs and cafes. However, with all the celebrities and popular hangouts, traffic can be quite a snarl!
6. Pali Hill, Bandra
Named after the indigenous Pali village of Bandra, this upscale neighborhood is set a notch above the rest of the suburbs, literally. A walk down its winding slopes and you’d be sure to catch a celebrity jogging or cycling up the sometimes-treacherous ascents. Modern buildings, classic bungalows and some of Mumbai’s best-known restaurants dot this neighborhood, making it an extremely popular locality.
7. Worli Sea Face
Worli Sea Face has some of the most expensive real estate prices in Mumbai city. Located right next to the Worli entrance of the Rajiv Gandhi Sealink, it is well-connected to Bandra and the adjoining suburbs. It is also conveniently near to the commercial neighborhood of Lower Parel. In addition to the great connectivity it enjoys, residents of the region can also enjoy the spectacular sea view. This makes Worli Sea Face one of the most sought-after neighborhoods to live in!
8. Seven Bungalows, Versova
Versova is a quieter residential suburb compared the rest of Andheri and is home to several sitcom stars and other celebrities. It is located close to Juhu and is conveniently connected to the central suburb of Ghatkopar by the Mumbai Metro. The neighborhood is attached to Versova beach which is a great place for an evening workout. Residences along the beach road enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and a tranquility that is hard to find in most parts of the city. The buzzing Yari Road is an off-shoot of the locality and has a number of restaurants, cafes and pubs for every taste possible!
9. Breach Candy
The seaside neighborhood of Breach Candy is one of South Mumbai’s most expensive locations. It is home to the prestigious Breach Candy Club, the only club in Mumbai that has a salt-water pool. Breach Candy Hospital, a landmark in the area, is one of the most respected institutions in India. Scandal point, located by the sea, offers rides to little kids and has a variety of vendors selling famous street-side snacks. Breach Candy also houses some of the most reputed schools and colleges of Mumbai.
10. Cuffe Parade
Cuffe Parade is located at the southern end of Mumbai. Situated next to Navy Nagar and adjacent to the shopping district of Colaba, this seaside neighborhood is another region with soaring real estate prices. It houses Mumbai’s World Trade Centre and Maker Towers, both of which are prominent landmarks in the city’strade and commerce. The iconic Taj President Hotel is located in the region, which is also home to several dignitaries.
While most of us would be happy to have a home in almost any part of the city, few can deny that they’d die to live in one of these 10 neighborhoods.