Opinions on Palm Meadow v Ozone, Bangalore?

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#1 Mar 13th, 2010, 18:05
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Hello,

My husband and I (both Brits) will be moving to Bangalore in a few weeks. He will be working near Whitefield so we're thinking of living in places like Palm Meadow and Ozone..

We want to live somewhere safe, but also somewhere where we can still have a social life.. Especially as we've just found out that I'm pregnant and will be on my own in the day, but would love to meet people and maybe do gym classes etc..

Any advise would be greatly appreciated

Many Kind Regards
Lucie


Moderator note: Hi Lucie - I've merged your identical threads together, so we don't all get confused over which has been answered how and by whom saying what ...
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#2 Mar 13th, 2010, 19:51
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Hello there..
I used to live in Palm Meadows & Prestige Ozone, Palm meadows were good before, but these days its congested beyond repair, & there is too much of traffic and noise pollution, Prestige Ozone for that matter is too expensive and isolated and over rated...
the better option is Chaithanya's Samarphan, which is again gated community with full of greens and tranquility..if you need a lead, please feel free..thanks and cheers...
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Join the Overseas Womens Club (OWC) it has a web site. They have a huge number of resourses to help you settle.

Bangalore is a pretty safe place. Whitefield and Palm Meadows are a very long way from bangalore in travel time. Epsilon is closer to the city and offers similar facilities as Whitefield

If you like all the places being the same then thats fine. You will have huge houses and maids and driver(s)

We live in Koramangala. Very safe, rich (for India) and lots of restaurants and the best supermarket in Bangalore.

Quick to the city.

Get the books LOVE BANGALORE, In and Out of Bangalore. Magazine Time Out Bangalore.

DO not worry about the traffic. Its safe here unless you walk or bicycle near government busses
#4 Mar 13th, 2010, 21:09
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There's a huge puruvankara "colony" near marathalli, check that out too..

that in itself looks like a small city from outside.
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Smile Thank you!!

Thank you for all this info.. It's given us lots to look into:-)

Especially a big thank you for the advise on Palm Meadow/Prestige Ozone areas as we were just looking into them before, but definitely don't want anything that is too congested or isolated (think I'd go insane)..

I guess the trouble is we still want somewhere close(ish) to hubbys work (Centennial Building, Kundanahalli Main Road) and want a fairly large 3/4 br villa, ideally with a garden (having kids and would love a dog) but don't want to be stuck somewhere where every house looks the same which I find quite Eerie and not have a social life (something that scares me the most)..

It's a tough call to make

..and the ONLY pic we can find on the internet of inside any villas is one of a bathroom sink(??)
Are there any websites anyone can recommend to see more than just a computer generated image of what the front wall may look like?.. I really think I'm looking in the wrong places

Thanks again!!
Sorry to be a pain

Lucie
#7 Mar 14th, 2010, 18:19
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Palm Meadows/Ozone vs downtown

Hi there,

As a resident of Palm Meadows, I have to disagree with the idea that it is either polluted, congested OR isolated...
We have been here for 3 years now, and it has been a very pleasant experience all around. The kids enjoy the freedom to roam here, that they would have nowhere else, and there are loads of friends from all over the world for them to mix with.
And the clubhouse is large and well maintained.
Maybe downtown is far, but with road conditions getting better, it's not that bad. I go into town often and it's always a pleasure to come back to a quiet and friendly community, where I can walk in the fresh air without being afraid of being run over or chased by some overly territorial dogs.
Some houses may look the same from the outside, but they are all reasonably different inside, so you should be able to find something that suits you.
There are other gated communities, such as Adarsh Vista that are popular, and yes, Espilon has got some gorgeous houses, but the plus point of PM is that it has some shops, and when you're missing that vital ingredient, this goes a long way towards improving your way of life!
Good luck with the move!
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Smile Thank you very much!!

Thank you for that.. Also very interesting and now Palm Meadow may well be looked into again..

Choices, choices!!

Could you tell me if it easy there to rent a Villa with a private garden, that are ok with us getting a nice a dog (not a loud barking or an annoying yappy one )?.. We have around R180,000 pm to use on rent

Thanks again, Lucie
#9 Mar 14th, 2010, 22:07
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Both are worth a look.

Funny thread. I too have lived in both Ozone and Palm Meadows. When we moved here my wife was also pregnant and the convenience of walking (safely) to a grocery store was high value for us, so we moved into Palm Meadows.

After 2 years there, prices were skyrocketing and the community had soured into one of resident-owners vs. tenants.

We then moved to Ozone which from a community standpoint was a huge improvement. At the time it was somewhat less expensive than Palm Meadows. It's 10x quieter, and has a lovely green area in the middle to play ball and just relax. They have evening volleyball, regular cricket tournaments and lots of kids play football (soccer) every day.

The infrastructure in Ozone is hit or miss. Some houses have terrible electricity. Unlike PM, the houses are wired so that when you're on back up, everything is on backup, which means that if you leave something high-amperage on, and the backup kicks in you will blow the main circuit breaker and everything goes out until you reset it. Not good if you're away for the day and left the coffee maker on, since your fridge will be off.

There is no open space whatsoever in Palm Meadows. You have the clubhouse, but that's it. No football, cricket or volleyball.

Now we have moved back to Palm Meadows. I could summarize the reason is one simple statement: the clubhouse drew us back. Or rather, the clubhouse in Ozone drove us away. The Ozone pool is dirty, and the membership fees are very high. At Palm Meadows, it's a world class club (seriously) for a decent fee.

The shops in Palm Meadows used to be a big draw for PM, but now you can walk to Namdhari's in the new mall next to Ozone, so it's not that big of a deal. And the shops in Palm Meadows are really hit and miss now, very frequently out of stock on basic items like bread, milk, curd, and vegetables. The big Namdhari's in the mall next to Ozone is far better stocked. Food Zone near the ITPL stoplight is also well-stocked and clean but it's 10 mins away by car. The ATM in PM is broken or empty about 25% of the time.

Pluses of Ozone: quiet, bigger houses for the money, lovely greenspace, relatively calm and friendly community. There is no hotel in Ozone, so no hotel taxi traffic. The security guards at Ozone are better (meaning more strict). The cars in Ozone drive slower and so its a lot safer to ride your bike around there. The sidewalks are wider and not slippery like in Palm Meadows, so people actually use them. Most people in PM walk in the street.

Pluses of Palm Meadows: the clubhouse. If you have kids and/or like to swim, this will be nearly paradise. How they keep the club so clean when the rest of Bangalore gets so grubby is just amazing.

Prices are dropping like a stone in both communities. Many more expats are leaving than arriving. Many houses lie empty in both communities. We had a choice of 5 good houses when we last moved, and people were begging us to take one.

In both locations (in fact all such communities) my rules would be:
  • Avoid a house near the generator.
  • Avoid a house near the wastewater treatment facility (especially Ozone's which is loud).
  • Avoid a house on the outside wall unless you like the smell of burning garbage on some evenings.
  • Be aware of where the mosques and temples are. They are incredibly noisy, and there is one inside Palm Meadows.
  • Avoid the houses near any construction, like the west side of Ozone now. It looks like construction is about to start on the east side of Ozone too.
  • Avoid a house on the main road if you have kids.
  • Avoid a house near the shops in Palm Meadows cause you have these terribly useless traffic guards there who blow their whistles all day and night (to no avail).
  • Pay attention to how the quality of the interiors are done. There is a HUGE difference between houses in both Ozone and Palm Meadows.
  • Avoid agents if at all possible. Remember, they serve no one's interests but their own. Their job is to get you into the most expensive house they can find. If you tell them 1.8, they'll find lots of houses magically for 1.8 to 2.0, and usually they're also offered to someone else for 1.5 or 3.0, depending on their "budget".
  • Get to know your owner and if possible the previous tenants. Ask around and you'll possibly be able to find who lived in a house before.

Someone recommended Chaitanya. It could be a great place, but I would be wary until the bridge over the railroad tracks is finished and they've been working on it for 4 years, so I'm not holding my breath. The occasional inopportune 30 minute wait for the train would drive me crazy getting to work.

All said and done, though, if I didn't have kids, I'd live in town. There is NOTHING to do in Whitefield. Everything cultural and all the best restaurants are in town, which means a long trip in the car.
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Smile Palm Meadows

Hi Lucie,

Haviang lived in US, UK and middle east I settled down in India being a citizen of India.

Frankly speaking I am a owner of a villa in Palm Medows (PM) and quite happy about it. It has been rated one of the best gated communities in the world.

I do not want to throw comparative staistics but PM is still a sought after place by expats.

Hope you have a pleasant stay in India

Vip
#11 Mar 15th, 2010, 18:37
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Nothing to beat Downtown

Frankly, I dont understand the hoopla around flocking to Whitefield while your job is elsewhere. Whitefield was the boondocks just a decade back. Still is an hour away from all action. Palm Meadows and a few other villa projects has made it attractive to live there.

As an old Bangalorean, I would rather live in the city anyday. In the heart of the city, there are a bunch of high end apartment projects, so quiet and so green, that you would not believe this is downtown Bangalore. And you can walk across to most restaurants, or at worst, a 5 minute drive.

Most of these are highly sought after - populated by several expats whose jobs are obviously in the city as well. These communities feature green gardens, club houses, swimming pools, gyms and the like.

There is a Sobha project close to Commercial St. There is a Mangalya project also close by with a fantastic garden and play ground and all facilities inside. There is a (I think Prestige) project on Cunningham road. Dont know exact names, but have seen tons of expats live there.

Whoever said Palm Meadows vs Ozone?
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Hi Lucie,

My husband and I are supposed to be moving to bangalore in a few weeks and (assuming we can get our visas sorted out *fingers crossed*) will both be working in the same area as your husband.

We've also just started researching where to live - looking for a quiet, safe location without an excessive commute to work but with opportunities for having a social life too. We don't have kids or dogs but after being apartment dwellers in Europe for some time, are quite keen on having a bit of garden.

We have some friends who settled in Koramangala a couple of years ago and seem very positive about it.

We haven't had much luck with virtual househunting either and would love to hear from other members with their suggestions for websites that would help us to get a feel for the local market.

cheers,

Claire.
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Purva Fountain Square

Hi Lucie,

We moved from Canada in the 3rd week of December. My husband works in Whitefield and we reside in Purva Fountain Square. It is very close to work for my husband and at the same time Purva Fountain Square has all the facilities like swimming pool and club house. The supermarkets are close too. The security too is very good. The rent is quite cheap compared to Palm Meadows. We had never been to India and were quite concerned with the place we had to live in. Purva Fountain Square has 1300 apartments. Most Supermarkets will deliver your groceries just by a simple phone call.

Most companies give a few weeks accommodation with a full-time driver prior to moving into your own place. It doesn't take very long to find a place here once you have couple of brokers working for you. The brokers charge you a fee which is a month's rent. Also remember you have to pay 10 month deposit for any place you rent here in India.

Try and explore different areas for couple days before you decide where you want to reside depending on your priorities.

Please let me know if your require anything else.

Rukie
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I just posted nearly exactly the same question and then I found your thread.

Hi Lucy,

I am too moving to Bangalore with my family (from Sweden). My husband has a short term assignment until Christmas 2010 and I am looking for accomodation for our family of four. The children will be close to 4 years and 6 months when we arrive.

I want to thank mudpuppy for your detailed answer. After reading it I am more convinced that PM is what we are looking for. As I understand from your answer the Club House it top class but even if you live in PM you have to pay to be a member at the Club - if this is right, how much is the membership?

Best of luck with baby and move!

Anna
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#9 Mudpuppy

As well as StoraA_73 (Hej!) I'm about to relocate from Sweden to B'lore and I found your comments very helpful!
Can you recommend any good agents to find rental propery in Palm Meadow?

Cheers Eric
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