Adyar Apartment and budget?

#1 Apr 16th, 2011, 20:47
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I will be traveling to Chennai for an extended stay the Aug - Dec. I am searching for comfortable accommodations during my visit. I will be teaching at the Bala Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School near the Adyar area and do not have plans to get a car (so my accommodations will need to be close to the school or close to public transportation).

I found a possible apartment in the Adyar area looking at the apartments on the "search property" tab on a Chennai Expat community search webpage.

While the apartment does appear small, modular kitchen and nothing fancy, the price is about 600USD per month which is close to my budgeted amount for accommodations. It also seems to also have a parking space which I will not need. I would be most concerned about ensuring any location is safe and a livable space.

Is 500-600USD an appropriate amount to budget for a safe and modest apartment for one person in the Adyar, Chennai area?

Are there areas other then Adyar the IndiaMike Chennai community would recommend that is close to a train station so I can commute to my school?

I appreciate your time, wisdom and assistance.
#2 Apr 17th, 2011, 00:32
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If you really want to travel by train, then you had better see Google Maps and follow the route of the MRTS line. That will answer your question.

Your ideal location would be Ghandi Nagar itself, or Kotturpuram, although parts of Adyar might still be within walking distance.

Google Maps is your best possible guide!
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Thank you Nick.

I have also found Google Maps to be a very useful tool. It is very good at learning new areas and locations. I also found many maps here at IndiaMike.com and purchased several maps online. One of my favorites was the Google maps of Chennai places that is a collection of shared places. While informative, these maps do not do a good job at indicating where popular, friendly, local communities or where high crime, high construction, places to avoid are located. That information has to come from a knowledgeable local "on the ground."

There are many places in my current city that look convenient and nice on Google Maps/Earth but are areas I would not suggest some rent an apartment in.
#4 Apr 17th, 2011, 18:20
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Yes, you are right, of course: Google Maps can tell only part of the story, and that mainly the physical layout part --- although the satellite imagery (better in Google Earth) helps to give a bit more "feel" to it.

A lot of people don't realise that Google has India so well covered, so I'm used to suggesting it to people who may not have tried it yet.

I've been out of the rental market for a few years now. Sad to say, rents have multiplied in that time, so I am hesitant to even guess at today's rates for any particular locality. Other members are better experienced: I hope someone will post.

Chennai is a very mixed city. You can say that somewhere is a posh area, and someone will point to a slum area next to, or even in the middle of it! This is part of the nature of the place. No doubt land development will do away with it in the end. I don't think the exclusion of the poorer housing and people will be an advantage!

Anyway, my amateur sociology is not of any help to you in finding a home. Mostly, the Ghandi Nagar/Kotturpuram/Adyar area is pretty upmarket: some of it very much so, I hope you can find somewhere within walking distance of your school.

The MRTS railway is a mixed blessing. It is wonderful if you do happen to live near one of the stations, but it is also a bit of a planning disaster, with huge concrete monstrosities for stations, that are largely unattended, and often attract lowlife in the evenings and nights. Whether you use it for commuting, or not, do take a trip up to Beach, for a great trip through (and over some of) the city. Come back in daylight, though.

Good luck with the housing! Do let us know how you get on.
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Adyar is a posh area, and the rents are high, I would suggest take a hotel first for a week or so the search in the near by areas such as adyar, besant nagar, madaveli, mylapore, taramani, all are closer to adyar, and you will find a better place, did you try sulekha.com or 99acres, magicbrick.com for rent. All the best.
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Originally Posted by Iluvblr View Post I would suggest take a hotel first for a week or so
"week or so" is overoptimistic estimation... one easily can expect at least four-six weeks for apartment hunting...
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Thanks for all the advice. We are consulting a broker as many of the apts I am finding via the internet have a one year min requirement. I will only be in Chennai for 4 months so rental options will be limited.
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Just to follow up on the conclusion of my search:

I decided on a service apartment in Adyar and as Iluvblr mentioned, the rent is high. The advantages are I will be in walking distance to my teaching assignment and I will have fewer monthly costs because of the provided services. While I did have to adjust my original monthly budget of $500-600USD, I will have more time and opportunities to enjoy my brief stay in India.
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Sounds good. Thanks for letting us know.

Do let us know again, when you move in and start the job, etc, how you get on.
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Welcome to IM and Chennai PetersonJ. Hope you have a good visit to Chennai and India. I am a Hoosier too. PM me when you have ten posts on here. I will try to help you as best as i can to get settled in.
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Could you please tell me the name of the serviced apartments you have found in Adyar and the price? I am looking for some accommodation for 2 months later this year (Nov - Jan). I will be there with my teenage daughter so safety & security are important to me.

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