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Modern Apartments in Kolkata

Hello everyone, very excited to see this forum with lots of information on Kolkata! We are a family of four (2 kids, one of whom is a newborn) looking to move to Kolkata from Florida, USA. I am wondering if there are any western style apartment complexes in Kolkata (large bedrooms, master bathroom etc) with space for kids to play. Would appreciate names of any such apartment complexes (if they exist!)

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http://www.unitechgroup.com/resident...x.asp?links=p1

http://www.shrachi.com/bengalshrachi...l_projects.php

http://www.bengalambuja.com/projects.../completed.asp

There are many others.

They are mostly in the EM bypass and rajarhat/newtown area.

Even in very pricy complexes the bedrooms and bathrooms are not going to be very big.

The master bedroom is going to be aroung 14X16 max.
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i would suggest areas like saltlake, ballygaunge, southern avenue, sarat bose road, minto park, laudon street, elgin road,alipore, new alipore areas, where you will get such huge appartments. but those will be in standalone buildings or house, not in big complexes. rentals may be rupees 20000 to 35000 for these places. all are posh localities in kolkata. should not be a problem for you. if you are a foreigner, better to stay in big complexes in such areas.
and these areas do have hospital & health centres nearby, best schools for kids, usis, british library etc are accessible.
avoid e.m.bypass, raharhat areas as they have problems related to water supply, power supply, dirty surroundings.
avoid public swimming pools of kolkata, only a few like anderson club, calcutta swimming club, beliaghata swimming pool (state run),princeton club are good.others would definitely give you skin diseases, atleast eye infections.
you can visit to spencers shops for daily consumables. there are many others. but always check manufacturing dates, import dates whatever packed items you buy.
all good doctors stay in south kolkata or saltlake, and health services is a big issue here. so decide accordingly.
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Thank you Nayan and Rajatchakraborty! I did some research online and it appears South Kolkata or Salt lake may be the best options so we are not too far away from the city. I am reading that traffic is pretty heavy on the EM Bypass road - is that true?

I also found a complex by the name of South City - would that be a good option? Are there any other specific apartments that someone is aware of? Thanks
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Originally posted by: rajatchakraborty View Post


all good doctors stay in south kolkata or saltlake, and health services is a big issue here. so decide accordingly.


Doctors are definitely important - especially with a newborn, I expect that we will want to stay near an area with good doctors. Thank you for the tip!
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South City is infact the tallest structure in Kolkata and among the best places to live. But the area is congested outside. There are many plush apartments mostly along EM Bypass & New Town(Rajarhat). Silver Springs is another one along EM bypass but metro construction work is going on in front of the complex, so it can cause annoyance. Overall, if you are working in one of the companies in Salt Lake or New Town it is better to stay nearby or at least along the bypass. If you are working in somewhere else then South Kolkata is more suitable. There are numerous real estate brokers and they can find a suitable home for expats. Anyways, welcome to city of joy. Initially you will feel the shock from relocating to India from US with crowds , traffic snarls, not so wide roads and many more things. But sooner you are settled a bit , you will find it is not that difficult. People are friendly , easygoing and there are many malls/multiplexes , restaurants, good medical facilities and doctors and most important it is safest among other metros. Please go through these portals , it can help you finding some suitable deal

http://www.magicbricks.com/property-...estate-Kolkata

http://www.99acres.com
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I agree with winrider.
Live in southcity if you can tolerate traffice snarls from 10 in the morning to 10 in the night. Most places in central and south kolkata will be on roads which are not very wide so the areas will appear very congested.

EM bypass has heavy traffic during rush hour but that is nothing compared to traffic snarls in south and central kolkata.

If you are working in the IT sector(saltlake sector V or Newtown) then commuting from south or central kolkata will be a pain. In that case stay in salt lake, EM bypass or new town. They do have good medical facility and shopping - and its much easier to reach those because you wont be stuck in traffic. But you will definitely need a car(which I assume you will have.)

A friend of mine stays very near south city. She curses the place everyday. It takes about 20 to 30 mins to drive the last 500 mts to her place.
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Another advantage for an expat to stay in South City that it has a large mall just outside the residential towers. All major international brands are available under one roof and it will be nice place to spend time for an expat. Highland Park or West Wind is also quite good. Only problem is narrow roads and traffic congestion. It can also offer Dhakuria Lake as a place for walks in proximity. It has enough green parks along a lake , rowing club , sporting facilities and it is one of the favourite spot for lovers of the city. Offcourse, better to check local cultural acceptance before choosing the mode of love making.cool:

As soon as you get settled spend some time in Dakshinapan Shopping Complex -- a nice place if you want to try some Indian handicrafts and outfits. Gariahat is also not far away which offcourse you cannot ignore for long if you stay in Kolkata. Nearest Metro Station Rabindra Sarobar is couple of kms away can take you to Maidan-Park Street-Esplanade Area avoiding traffic snarls in small time.
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@windrider24584; sorry, i differ from your opinion about safety in kolkata.
it is actually one of the unsafest city in india, probably in wasseypur you would feel safe if you have a gun.
two weeks back, i have witnessed such a criminal act by bus driver, i have the snaps of the killer bus driver also.
probably you travel by some car, just step out of your vehicle & walk for 100 meters, you would feel hiw much safe you are in kolkata.
i love my city kolkata, but we shouldnt give any wrong picture to anyone. i can challenge anyone to dare a walk in lake gardens area or from abhishikta to jadavpur police station after 10pm without any unpleasant incident.
the gentleman needed a big sized room appt, i doubt about room sizes of southcity appts. and you know the traffic conditions on weekends.
beware of rats in hiland park shopping complex. they have many in foodcourts and movie halls.
and visit any shopping malls of southcity,hiland park,city centre 1&2, forum or any other on weekdays, toilets are so dirty, foodcourts are full of small cockroach & insects, moviehalls stink, rats & bugs everywhere inside, sply the goldclass seats have most of the bugs under the thick paddings.
the whole city has become a construction yard nowadays, noisy, polluted, madenning crowd, traffic jams, power cuts, worst healthcare facilities,skyrocketting prices and worst public services and amenities.
we indians and bengalis in particular have become very much adjustable to everything.
my opinions may seem to be a bit pessimistic, but these are hardcore realities.
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Rajat, I would agree that often a too rosy picture is presented about kolkata's safety(I have always argued that point on Indiamike) but in most cities in the world there would be no-go areas after 10pm in the night. Its just a sad fact of life. Kolkata is no exception.

I donot agree with the glum picture you paint of the cleanliness of the malls. My own experience is very different. I have always found southcity and citycenter 1and 2 very clean and enjoyble.

Kolkata is not really much worse than what one would expect of a city in a developing country :)
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Well, as a non-resident of Kolkata I probably do not qualify to comment here.

However, my experiences of South City Mall and of Hiland Park have been very positive. Sparkling clean. Very pleasant and modern.

I don't know, Rajat, how familiar you are with living in other cities. Athens these days is extremely dangerous, for example.
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Rajat, I would say only one thing probably you have very less idea about the world both Kolkata and outside. Well, I would neither comment positively or negatively on safety because it often depends on personal experience. So I leave the judgement on the new comer on basis of statistics and experience.

And for your information , I have dared numerous walks around many parts of the city sometimes even with family or friends ,including women but never faced any trouble. May be few people are too attractive to criminals, pests, wrongdoers as they often end up in some mess.;)

and South City is the best place to live in Kolkata for an expat.If one cannot accept South City ,unfortunately he has no other or better choice.Either he has to stay there or leave Kolkata.
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:)
well, i think it's an endless debate. and we all are speaking from our own experiences.
personally, i never stepped out of india. but from globetrotter friends (thanks to IT&ITES) & colleagues visiting various EU or american countries, what i hear that every country & cities have their own problems.a very highly placed indian in egypt was also describing situations in egypt & iraq. so we all have problems.
but being an indian, and a bengali, i love my city & my country very much. and the present state of kolkata really gives me pain.

i am not sure how would people react, i have a strange hobby of roaming arround differnt places, crowded streets, central kolkata office & bank areas, bank of river ganges, shopping malls, electronics & gadgets shops, bookfair, movies, academy of fine arts, libraries, painting & photography exhibitions, old kolkata streets etc etc. i watch people, their activities, products, films, enjoy street foods to topclass restaurants.
i visited most of the big cities of india, and always try to have some flavour of local lifestyle and specialities.
probably, these may sound crazyness to all.
anyway, the recent deteriorations in every aspects really hurt me, since i love my city very much.
anyway, lets end this debate and help out this person.
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Rajat, any specific time period of the decay you are noticing?:confused:
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Originally posted by: rajatchakraborty View Post

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i am not sure how would people react, i have a strange hobby of roaming arround differnt places, crowded streets, central kolkata office & bank areas, bank of river ganges, shopping malls, electronics & gadgets shops, bookfair, movies, academy of fine arts, libraries, painting & photography exhibitions, old kolkata streets etc etc. i watch people, their activities, products, films, enjoy street foods to topclass restaurants.
i visited most of the big cities of india, and always try to have some flavour of local lifestyle and specialities.
probably, these may sound crazyness to all.
anyway, the recent deteriorations in every aspects really hurt


Most Indiamikers are great travelbuffs so share with you this "strange" hobby :) You need to know IM a bit better :D

My experience of kolkata is that the deterioration is not recent. I have not really seen much change in civic amenities over the last 20 yrs. Infact the traffic and garbage situation has actually improved a bit over the last 5 yrs or so.