Moving to Chennai

#1 Jan 9th, 2011, 16:59
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My husband is considering to join a company in Thuraipakkam, Chennai. He is a bit worried about re-settling there as we have not visited India (though, my husband was there for a couple of days to visit the potential employer). Would appreciate advise on best/safest place to rent a villa (we have a dog)and the average rental per year/month. My husband is Irish and I am Malaysian - is there any Irish & Malaysian community in Chennai? Other advice on living in Chennai is appreciated too. Thanks
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would that be this place?

If so, scroll the map so that the coast, to the east, shows --- and pick a place. There are lots of posh places to live there, along, or near to, the coast. That's assuming that your husband is getting an "ex-pat" salary. If not, you may have to look a little further afield and do without the swimming pool!

Sorry, can't help on ex-pat communities.
#3 Jan 10th, 2011, 13:47
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Thanks Nick-H

Hi,
Thanks for the map, Will get my husband to check it out. He is offered an expat salary but we were informed that rental are really high in Chennai. 2 guys he spoke to mentioned about having to shift a couple of times due to unwelcomed visits by snakes. Is this common? Can you advise what's the average rental for a 2-3 bedroom individual villa in Chennai? Thanks
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I know a decent bit about chennai. Decide on your budget, how much you are wiling to shed per month on rental, if you have kids then you will have to consider about the schools. Since you are new to the city I would suggest renting out apartment for a year instead of villa in adyar or thiruvanmiyur these are some of the good locality,my take is apartments are safer than villas also it is much better to live in adyar than near ECR. The commute to thoraipakkam from above mentioned localities is not bad, or too long, after an year you will be in ease with the city decide where you want to move considering your moving for multiple year stay. Search sulekha, magic bricks and 99 acres for properties. Good luck on your move to chennai.
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#6 Jan 10th, 2011, 15:52
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Yes, search the sites that iluvbir mentions. Keep Google maps open in another window, and you'll soon start finding your way around.

Apart from cost, you have to decide on priority. Close to your husband's work with an easy commute and maybe even a view of the sea? the down side of that is that you may feel a little isolated, and that a quick trip to city shops is not so "quick". Closer into town means a much worse commute for your husband, and the poor guy has to do that twice every day!

Snakes. Yes, of course there are snakes! Leave them alone, and they will leave you alone. Again, I never, ever saw a snake when living more central, but in the outskirts, and those beach-property areas, there will be snakes. Nothing to move house over!
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Hi Iluvbr and Nich H
Thanks so much for the info. My husband has accepted the job in Chennai yesterday so the move is definite! I am quite excited about the whole thing. I guest we should be there in about a month or two.

Will definitely check out the places Iluvbr mentioned. My husband also mentioned places at the boat club....we have no kids but we have a dog so we need space for her to run around.

Will keep all posted on our progress. Thanks again.
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You can forget about Boat Club unless he is being paid a vast amount of money or or you are both independently very rich. However, there are still leafy pleasant suburbs within a km or three of there that will be available to you.

Personally, I wouldn't want the daily commute. I would suggest that you look at places South of the Adyar River. Still plenty of nice places to be and live.
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Hi it depends what you like, Thoraipakkam is in the outskirts of the city down south towards mahapallipuram, there are two parallel roads which runs from city( adyar) towards mahapallipuram, namely ECR/OMR. There has been huge buzz of development in this locality over last 10 years since IT companies decided to move in this corridor( before that it was barren land with some fishing villages). The price to purchase or rent is completely overrated in my opinion. Your husband is working in IT I guess, since your will be in ECR/OMR belt. Ok they will give you service apartment for a month for sure, enjoy the service apartment it is awesome, they gave me one when I moved back. You will cook/servant 24/7 that is the best part . Personally growing up in India I like the crowded city place like Adyar/Saidapet/Tnagar/Nandanam as opposed to the really quite beach houses anyways far away in the suburbs. Also you will have to check the pet policy, people renting the places are not pet friendly most of the time.
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Hi all,

Thanks for the google map and the location information..my husband eally aprpeciated all the information from you all.

Iluvbir, your advise on living close to city centre has a point. As I won't be driving so it would be really convenient for us but we are unsure how our dog 'will survive' in an apartment. So the intention now is eprhaps for us go go down to Chennai for a week and check out the locality before the actual move so we can get a feel.
Thought of contacting india.property.com and igeps.com to arrange some property for viewing.
#11 Jan 13th, 2011, 14:25
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Living close to the centre does not have to mean an apartment. Many people prefer apartments, some consider them more secure.

There was a whole era of house building in Chennai where people built independent houses with two separate floors: live in one, rent the other. Plenty of these still exist. Even whole houses will be available: all depends on budget!
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This is how a local would search for an apartment/house for rent, there is something called as freeads, the owners love this since the ad is free, but you will have to buy this magazine from the newspaper vendors, also depending on the area that you want to rent there are lots of real estate agent. So pick an area where you want to live, book a hotel for a week or so, fly down, check out www.justdial.com find some real estate agents who can show you properties or buy free ads but you will need to rent a car with driver of course to take you down to the houses. Learn few tamil words so you initiate the conversation in tamil and switch over to english.
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Originally Posted by consideringchennai View Post Hi Iluvbr and Nich H
Thanks so much for the info. My husband has accepted the job in Chennai yesterday so the move is definite! I am quite excited about the whole thing. I guest we should be there in about a month or two.

Will definitely check out the places Iluvbr mentioned. My husband also mentioned places at the boat club....we have no kids but we have a dog so we need space for her to run around.

Will keep all posted on our progress. Thanks again.
Hi , I am visiting this forum after a long long holiday. I am pitching here because it is my favourite Subject. There is no match for our beloved Expat Nick, but still thought i would share my two pence knowledge on this subject. As Nick rightly mentioned you would need to decide a few things upfront so that it becomes easier for your home search. If Your Husband's office is in OMR ( Old Mahabalipuram Road, Thuraipakkam ) then renting out a place in Beasant Nagar, Tiruvanmiyur or MRC Nagar would be ideal so that you are not far from the City. You can even look at MRC Nagar near Santhome where you can get high rise apartments overlooking the sea and that comes with the Club house, swimming Pool etc. Most apartments allow pets and there should not be a problem, but it would be better if the locality is calm and quiet so that you can take the dog for daily walks without any issues. if you are keen on a Villa, then ECR ( East Coast Road is the best option. But most villas in ECR are huge, some have private pools and gardens. it depends on what you prefer and what budget you are looking for. As your husband is being given an expat package, it should fit within his budget but housing limits differs from company to company. There are quite a few ways to look out for a dwelling. One is to go through agents, then the other through word of mouth and third one is to check out deals on the internet like 99acres.com or magicbricks.com I would suggest that you also check out the Saturday hindu property Plus where owners advertise directly and it is always better for direct communication. There are so many things to be done when moving and I am aware it is pretty stressful and you must consider yourself lucky becos the Chennai India Mikers are lot more helpful and would come to your aid and give a lot of settling in tips too. I shall write more on hearing from you. Please shoot your questions and I would be happy to assist. Welcome to Chennai Raghu
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Raghu, nice to see you again!

Thanks for the kind remarks, but really, all I do is combine a basic knowledge of the city with good old Google Maps!
#15 Feb 14th, 2011, 16:18
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Hi Raghu
Thanks for the information.
I guess I would have to hange my profile name from Considering Chennai to Moving to Chennai as it is definite now.
Haven't logged on to the forum for quite sometime as I was too stressed at work and home due to the move. Anyway now preparing packing list and all for the big move ...really excited.
BTW, we are thinking of buying some groceries and other stuff that can't be obtained in Chennai. My husband's staff said Chinese and Japanese food item is very rare in Chennai. Also do they sell garden BBQ sets in Chennai?
Thanks all


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