Moving to Mumbai - working in Lower Parel

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Hi, to all. First let me thank everyone for all the information on such a complex city.

My husband is close to accepting a job which is located in Lower Parel. Hours would be normal office hrs (8-5 if that's what is usual there)--although would expect some later nights.

I am looking for advice on housing. I have searched the site multiple times and haven't seen too much about working in Parel so apologies if I missed a thread. Also, I see that one major factor to consider is distance from the office to house. This makes me nervous that I'll end up in a concrete jungle trapped inside since Parel appears to have been old factories and now transformed.

Worli? Parel?

Factors to include and ranked as most important:

1) Have 2 small children (2 and 4). Where can I find things to do with them? Are we going to be stuck inside during the week?

2) Apartment or house? Is a house even realistic? Should I prepare myself for apt living?

3) Nearby shopping/malls? Movie theatres? Restaurants? As an ex-pat wife, I am looking to get out and do my own things too outside of husband and kids.

I guess these are the most important issues for now. The company will give us a generous housing allowance plus other perks, but even being fortunate for these items, I'm still worried about my kids spending the next 3 contract yrs mostly indoors. Perhaps that's just the way it is, but that's how we've been living now in our current location. Am a bit tired of that, but will give it an honest and positive "go" should he decide this is the next stop on our life journey.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Well, it looks like we're headed to Mumbai come April. Hope someone can suggest something before we get there. Heard there is an American school in Parel so I guess that's where we'll be looking for the sake of the kids. Everyone keeps using the word "challenging" when describing India. I'm more worried about life with the kids. As "just" a couple, Mumbai sounds like a really interesting place to be. As a young family, I'm very nervous--but the DH just can't turn down this job......

Also, even with decent budgets (but certainly no CEO level), any idea on size of a typical apartment? 100sqm? 75sqm?
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Hi,

I think a good education for your kids will be the easiest of things.

I think there is an American school which is in Bandra Kurla Complex. There is also the Reliance school & many many more schools of superb international standards. Would suggest that you search online for this. Try international school, mumbai or something like that.

There are also a few excellent schools just outside mumbai which offer semi-boarding facilities. ie. the kids are at school through the week & they return home on the weekends.

Housing - well .. you will get lots & lots of varied opinions on this. It all depends on what sort of a budget you have.

Worli is close by & will have some fantastic apartments. But very expensive. Further south - napean sea road, altermount road, colaba, cuff parade, etc are other places you can look at too.

Going towards the north - I think Bandra (West)is ideal. Is lovely if you can get an apartment by the sea. Numerous posh buildings .. & very close to parel. Bandra has quite an expat population & also home to a lot of film personalities.

Good luck.
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Exclamation Expensive!!

Mumbai is prohibitively expensive ! Even by Western Standards !!!

Your house rent budget will determine where you can live in Mumbai.

Houses are out of question. An apartment [two bedroom] in Worli will cost at least Rs 100,000 per month plus a very heavy deposit.
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Originally Posted by AvidTrekker View Post Mumbai is prohibitively expensive ! Even by Western Standards !!!

Your house rent budget will determine where you can live in Mumbai.

Houses are out of question. An apartment [two bedroom] in Worli will cost at least Rs 100,000 per month plus a very heavy deposit.
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Hi, thanks for the reply. We are expecting somewhere between 120,000-138,000/month for housing from the company. They pay deposit so not our worry (thankfully). They are realistic to the area in which the office is located and know that people aren't going to travel across the city to get to work if they expect anyone to live in India at all (ex-pats). Therefore, they've adjusted their "perks" package.

I'm just trying to get a grip on locations close to the office so my husband---or my kids---don't suffer any more than necessary with the traffic.

I figured houses were out, but thought I'd ask anyway. ;-)

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Originally Posted by Oyar View Post Hi,

I think a good education for your kids will be the easiest of things.

I think there is an American school which is in Bandra Kurla Complex. There is also the Reliance school & many many more schools of superb international standards. Would suggest that you search online for this. Try international school, mumbai or something like that.

There are also a few excellent schools just outside mumbai which offer semi-boarding facilities. ie. the kids are at school through the week & they return home on the weekends.

Housing - well .. you will get lots & lots of varied opinions on this. It all depends on what sort of a budget you have.

Worli is close by & will have some fantastic apartments. But very expensive. Further south - napean sea road, altermount road, colaba, cuff parade, etc are other places you can look at too.

Going towards the north - I think Bandra (West)is ideal. Is lovely if you can get an apartment by the sea. Numerous posh buildings .. & very close to parel. Bandra has quite an expat population & also home to a lot of film personalities.

Good luck.
Hi, Oyar! Appreciate the information. Actually, I've not been able to find anything really on the schools available other than just names. No links. However, I didn't realize Bandra was close enough to the Lower Parel/Parel area as an option and did see the American school site so will pull up my maps again and check it out.

The "boss" told my husband he saw/heard about a good American school in Parel (??) itself, but can't find anything on it via the web. As for sending my 4 yr old to school out of the city for the week is not a consideration at this age.

Really appreciate you giving me street names. Saw on the "Better Homes" site (www.bhomes.com) a building called the Om Sahil Tower in Lower Parel. They gave a nice description (no size) but it was a bit comforting to see. If all works out, I plan to come alone to Mumbai sometime in March to start scouting apartments so when we get there with the kids, I'll already have a "jump" on what's what.

Will just have to take in every moment of the 3500sqft house we're in now....*sigh*
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Lower Parel

Some new buildings have come up in Lower Parel as well.

But Worli has a lovely sea face and the commute is quite manageable.

Go for Worli... and try for a sea view apartment
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Originally Posted by AvidTrekker View Post Some new buildings have come up in Lower Parel as well.

But Worli has a lovely sea face and the commute is quite manageable.

Go for Worli... and try for a sea view apartment
Worli sounds lovely. Will start scouring real estate sites on-line!
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Another thought: In the apartments, are the following included?

1) Appliances or "white goods" i.e. refrigerators, freezers, diswashers ??

2) Are there typically closets in the apartments?

I ask because in many places in Europe, you need wardrobes, and hearing from friends in Sao Paulo, finding appliances is a rarity.

Not that I can buy anything here in Central America where I am now in regards to appliances, but we could get dressers before coming over.

Thanks in advance to any replies.
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HI,
MUMBAI IS COSMOPOLITAN CITY AND YOU WILL LOVE IT. ITS BIT EXPENSIVE RELATIVELY. I MEAN BASED ON WHERE YOU STAY. WORLI AND PAREL ARE EXPENSIVE BUT OTHER SUBURBS ARE CHEAP. BUT IN THAT CASE YOU WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL A LOT. BUT ITS MANAGEABLE.
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Couple of points:
- Prpoerty is expensive so houses are absolute no-no
- Go for an apartment complex which has club house ad swimming pool, try Chaitanya Towers at Prabhadevi as an example - 3 kms from Parel and around 10 from BKC (American School)
-Worli sea face is good but not too many building which have large playing spaces so not ideal for children
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Hi.

Welcome to Mumbai (Bombay),

Accomodation: You can scout for fine apartments at Hiranandani Gardens at Powari (Andheri East) and Thakur Complex areas in Kandivali, Quite good options of bigger, cheaper apartments, Travel to and from your office location is manageable.
If interested to build a house or hire a cottage/bungalow for an year you can opt for Gorai (Borivali) near Esselworld (Entertainment park) which houses Asia's biggest ice skating rink besides a water kingdom, this place is about 50 kms away from Bandra, this place is beside the Arabian sea with no pollution and all greenery and quietness with 95% Christian population.

If interested you can contact me...
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Originally Posted by SHAILESH View Post HI,
MUMBAI IS COSMOPOLITAN CITY AND YOU WILL LOVE IT. ITS BIT EXPENSIVE RELATIVELY. I MEAN BASED ON WHERE YOU STAY. WORLI AND PAREL ARE EXPENSIVE BUT OTHER SUBURBS ARE CHEAP. BUT IN THAT CASE YOU WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL A LOT. BUT ITS MANAGEABLE.
I AM BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN MUMBAI. FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN CONTACT ME.
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Hi, Shailesh: Your offer of help is very generous. I may take you up on that when the time gets closer to arrival.
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Originally Posted by spicetrekker View Post Couple of points:
- Prpoerty is expensive so houses are absolute no-no
- Go for an apartment complex which has club house ad swimming pool, try Chaitanya Towers at Prabhadevi as an example - 3 kms from Parel and around 10 from BKC (American School)
-Worli sea face is good but not too many building which have large playing spaces so not ideal for children
The kids are the most important. Super thanks for the specifics on buildings because I will most likely be coming on my own soon and would like to have something specific to give to the realtor. The thing I am most afraid of is for my 2yr old to be inside all day. He's too young for the BKC and since I've been reading about how a stroller is not really doable outside, that we'll be trapped behind 4 walls. I know people obviously live in Mumbai with kids, but until I get there and see, of course, the fear of the unknown has cost me almost 5kgs in two weeks! Although, maybe that's a good thing for my waistline...hehe
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Originally Posted by chris123 View Post Hi.

Welcome to Mumbai (Bombay),

Accomodation: You can scout for fine apartments at Hiranandani Gardens at Powari (Andheri East) and Thakur Complex areas in Kandivali, Quite good options of bigger, cheaper apartments, Travel to and from your office location is manageable.
If interested to build a house or hire a cottage/bungalow for an year you can opt for Gorai (Borivali) near Esselworld (Entertainment park) which houses Asia's biggest ice skating rink besides a water kingdom, this place is about 50 kms away from Bandra, this place is beside the Arabian sea with no pollution and all greenery and quietness with 95% Christian population.

If interested you can contact me...
Hi, Chris; Thanks for the info. The house sounds great, but not realistic for commute everyday for my husband since there's no budget for helicopter transport in our package! ;-)

However, if this place is available for rent for get-away weekends or a week rentals, I would be very interested. Let me know.
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Hi Renwaa,

Greetings from John again!!
Yes some of these bungalows, resorts, holiday home can also be given out for weekends and holidays and are much in demand as it is within Mumbai city limits and and easily accessible. in case you would like to be amidst greenery, non-crowded sea beach, Portuguese churches and fisher folks, you may contact me on johnsircar@gmail.com

Thanks in advance.
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