Moving to Chennai

#1 Aug 27th, 2013, 21:07
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Hi all,

Was wondering if anyone on here would be able to give me some advice about the best areas of Chennai to live in?? I am moving there from the UK next month for the foreseeable future. Just myself and my partner (no kids!) so I'm not worried about being close to schools or anything. Just want to make sure that I live in a good, safe area with some nice shops/restaurants around!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks
#2 Aug 28th, 2013, 11:39
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Adayar is No.1 posh area in Chennai second choice will be Nungambakkam Besant nagar, Anna nagar T.nagar etc.,
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You might want to specify budget ranges, and what it is you are in india for? For example, work place, tourist, etc.
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Originally Posted by Rammike View Post Adayar is No.1 posh area in Chennai second choice will be Nungambakkam Besant nagar, Anna nagar T.nagar etc.,

Boat Club is No 1 posh area, with a big lead over all others. Second would be somewhere like Poes Garden. But, if posh/convenient is what is needed, then, From Boat Club, I'd move up towards Mylapore exploring the districts on the way, rather than down towards Adyar/Besant Nagar, although, if a large house in a garden is what is required, that direction might be best.

If big sea-side house, swimming pools, etc, is the sort of posh that's needed, then go further south, starting at Thiruvanmiyur.
#5 Sep 21st, 2013, 06:27
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Hi all,

Thanks so much for the advice!! And sorry for the late reply.

Im moving to Chennai for work. Will be working in the Nungambakkam area, but will have a driver and don't mind travelling a little longer to get to work. Looking for a 2BHK, and hopefully paying no around 25,000rps.

I have been advised by people that the Alwarpet area is quite good - any thoughts on this?? Are there many bars/restaurants in this area?

Thanks,
Gem :-)
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Yes, the whole of that area is good. You could pick anywhere between Adyar and Anna Nagar.

Rents is a different matter. Visiting near Anna Nagar, the other day, a new building was pointed out to me and I was told that the flats are 1 Lakh per month. That was new: I think you should be able to get old for much, much less. Your budget would, for instance, cover my old home in Abhiramapuram (Mylapore) (which cost me 5,000/month in 2005!). It was a sweet place to live: top portion of an old house in a side street of an increasingly posh area. You just have to acclimatise to stuff like having wooden shutters instead of glass windows. That's quite easy once you fix mosquito net and realise that, most days, you need to keep the sun/heat out. The owner is an old friend and when I saw her last year she told me she was getting 12,000. Maybe now it is 15 or even 20 thou. That, in Chennai, would still represent very good value for money.

If you forget gated colonies, security guards, fancy fittings, and understand that if you want stuff like AC you have to buy and fit it yourself, you can be safe and happy in a place like that.
#7 Sep 23rd, 2013, 21:36
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Thanks Nick-H! Appreciate the advice!

My boyfriend has actually just moved down to Chennai today, so hopefully he will be able to start having a look for accomodation.

Thanks for all the help :-)
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Hi Nick-H,

Can I ask another question - the area of Nungambakkam has just been suggested to me also. Can I ask your thoughts on this area?? Is it a good area to live in??

Thanks,
Gem :-)
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Nungambakkam is one of Chennai's centres for fashion, posh shops and restaurants. It is very central. I'd expect it to be expensive.
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Thanks Nick-H!! You've been very useful with advice :-) Much appreciated!
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Apologies, Could not find an option to create a new post hence adding it as a quote to ongoing thread.

I was born and brought in mumbai.
After about 7 years of experience in management, I got an awesome opportunity to be a part of huge brand based out of Chennai.

I moved to Chennai about 10 months ago from mumbai, and currently situated around Perungudi and Kandanchavdy area. I live in PG - 2 Sharing accomodation on rent + electricity bill.

I am writing this post, so it can help others be aware of the situations and circumstances they might have to deal with and take the call accordingly. Also help me out in this situation.

This City has its own advantages and disadvantages:
Advantages -
1. Simple living
2. Growing IT Hub
3. If you are going to stay alone, you will get a lot of time which can be productive for you. Helped me complete my professional degree and courses. I say Thanks for that.
4. A person who is very introvert, doesn't like chaos, noise, night life basically very silent person will love this place.

My apologies, I am not able to identify much of advantages in living here but the kind of a person I am I find it very difficult to survive here.

1. Cost of living - You will end up paying easily btwn 9000 - 15000 for 1 BHK / 2 Sharing PG if you wanted to stay nearby the IT Park / OMR. Don't even think of staying somewhere deep inside the city which will barely have an access to main road and transport. Electricity bill will be charged extra.
2. Self Transport - 2 Wheeler is the best, preferred and only option you can choose to drive on chennai roads. The road conditions are pretty bad with lot of pot holes.
3. Public Transport - It has several AC buses which are good, but if you plan to take an autorickshaw be ready to shell out additional 20 - 30 rupees irrespective of the distance and time. Most of the time the auto driver will deny to use the meter and ask for a lumpsum amount.
4. Climate - Hot and Humid throughout the year, atleast for past 10 months I haven't observed any other climate than this.
5. Language - Anti Hindi population. Don't have to say much on this.
6. People - Very conservative, you never know how and when you would unknowingly hurt someone with a normal or casual talk. Also, the people here differentiate (not discriminates) someone who is not amongst them and treat you differently. Initially when I was looking for 1 BHK and approached several house owner, atleast 7 of 18 owners questioned me from where are you? upon answering mumbai, they reply sorry we won't give it to non south indian. Some responded nicely and some rudely.
7. High Salary - One of motivation factor which pull all of us to this city or any other city is salary. No doubt you will get high package on relocating to this city. However, you will never realise or lately realise that the package drawn by you is difficult or not possible to be offered by other employers based in your home town. Hence, Neither you can depreciate your package and move back to some other org as this will impact your career record.
8. Malls / Night life - Malls are very selected here, not too much of options. You will really have to go through a little pain of local transport to reach one of these. Night Life - atleast I haven't seen any in a radius of 50 kilometers the place I stay.
9. Accompany - Depends upon the type of person you are. Couldn't find a good company be it a friend or girl friend neither have an expectation of having one out here.
10. Office environment - No more a good place for me to work. don't want to comment on the workplace but have no more interest of being a part of it.

I am really stressed out here and have no clue what I should be doing next. Can anyone of you tell me what should I do? I really want to go back to my home town.
#12 Mar 4th, 2014, 23:03
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Welcome to IM

It seems that you have outlived the joy of moving away from your family in Mumbai. There are good opportunities in Mumbai, would you not consider moving back there. The cost of living is much higher than Chenna though, but at least you will have the moral support of loved ones near by.
#13 Mar 5th, 2014, 00:24
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4. Climate - Hot and Humid throughout the year, atleast for past 10 months ...
And the two months that are about to come are, by far, the worst! Sorry, but it is true. I am one of the few that mostly actually like the Chennai climate, but not April and May.

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I am really stressed out here and have no clue what I should be doing next. Can anyone of you tell me what should I do? I really want to go back to my home town.
When seeking advice, people often answer their own questions. They don't need to be told anything new, just have what they said told back to them. Looks like time for you to be at home.

Remember, whatever you choose to do now is not forever. There are other cities, other countries even. There is also nothing wrong with wanting to be in your home town and staying there.

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