Siruseri: A buyer’s market in OMR Chennai


Siruseri is one of the rapidly developing areas of the city, which is attracting a lot of traction due its improving connectivity and proximity to the IT hubs.

Amenities make this an ideal destination for professionals working in private companies located on the OMR;

It is home to SIPCOT IT Park, the largest IT Park in Asia, with some well-known companies having their base in the park;

The presence of basic infrastructure facilities such as separate sub-station for power supply, separate telephone exchange and high speed data connectivity have added to its popularity;

Several IT companies have already booked land in this area and some have already started building their campuses;

Siruseri boasts of housing well-known educational institutions including international schools and research institutions;

One big factor, which favours this locality is its affordability and availability of apartments, plots and villas, mostly preferred by the service class;

If you are an end user and searching for a good locality, then you can consider Siruseri.

Source: Times Property, The Times of India/Magicbricks Bureau, Chennai

Space it out – for space crunch

Intelligent planning, while building, renovation and even while making cosmetic changes to one’s home, is the best way to deal with a space crunch.

When it comes to real estate, space is a luxury. And one that not everybody can afford. Small apartments, although quite popular among buyers as well as builders, seem to be grappling with the issue of space.

Smaller apartments definitely have plenty of takers. Whether it is the increase in the floating population of Chennai, or the space crunch that is the bane of every big city; whether you picked a small house because it is your first real estate investment or simply because a small apartment fits your requirements, the bottom line is that a little more space is always welcome.

According to Vijay Rajan, an architect, making the most of the space available to all comes down to intelligent planning. Even the smallest of houses can be more spacious than they look, if planned intelligently. “Small homes are mostly part of apartment buildings where the home owner does not have much say in the basic frame of the house. But that should not deter one from making the best of the space available to them,” he says. For small houses, functionality of space is paramount and hence special attention needs to be given to various aspects of building to ensure this. Even when the overall area is not as much as one would like, there are quite a few ways the space crunch can be addressed at the time of construction itself. “For smaller houses, one needs to ensure that the flow of the house is compact and efficient. There can be absolutely no unutilised spaces in the house. One way to do this is to give functionality to all the odd spaces in the house. Also, thinner walls inside the house can add a precious few inches to the overall area,” he adds. The basic layout, the design, the reusability of space, use of lighter colours and maximising natural light, are some of the basic things to keep in mind.

Although the best way to go about increasing space efficiency is to work with the idea right from the planning stage, it might not always be possible. Today, the real estate sector is giving abundant thought to space efficiency. However, residential units constructed in the past continue to struggle with the minimal space they started out with. “In most existing homes, renovating can increase usable space to a great extent. Simple things like breaking down half the wall between the kitchen and dining area not only increases the open area but also brings into play an extra platform that can provide functional usage to both the segments,” says Nivetha B, principal architect. For a long time, the idea of renovating consisted mostly of covering up the balcony space so that it became part of the room, thereby increasing internal space. Although this does make sense, there are better ways to do it. “When you decide to cover up a balcony or verandah, you are reducing the outdoor space of the house which in turn actually reduces the feeling of space rather than increasing it. What one could do instead, is to take in the balcony but instead of c overing it up completely, install wall-to-wall windows. This ensures enough natural light and exposure to the outdoors in such a way that you don’t feel boxed in,” she adds.

Use of multi-purpose furniture is also a sure shot way to make your home accommodate more than it could. “Dual usage is a great idea for smaller homes since any space can be tweaked according to personal needs and requirements. There is a lot of variety in terms of space-saving furniture that is available these days. Intelligent use of such furniture can help the hall double up as a second bedroom and the bedroom could be used as a study or office during the day, increasing usable space,” says Arun Nagappan S, a senior designer.

Source: Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai

Metro rail to build subway at Anna Nagar


Tired of a long wait for vehicular traffic to slow down, pedestrians have taken to crossing the roundtana at Anna Nagar. They have been at the mercy of motorists, who stop at will, as there are no traffic signals in place. But this is soon set to change. Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is constructing a pedestrian subway at the roundtana to link the four corners of the intersection making crossing the road relatively easy for pedestrians. The subway will also help metro rail commuters get to the nearest station in no time.

Work is on to excavate soil at the intersection to build the subway. An entry point with glass panels similar to those constructed for underground metro stations has been built on one end of Third Avenue. “Work is happening round-the-clock. We will open the subway as early as possible,” a metro rail official said.

Once opened, the subway will make it easy for metro rail commuters to cross the road and get to the nearest station. The intersection has two underground metro stations — Anna Nagar East and Anna Nagar Tower — on either side. The subway is also expected to take a considerable number of pedestrians, who face the hassle of crossing the intersection, underground.

“Ever since the roads were opened and traffic was made two-way, there were no traffic signals in any of the junctions in Anna Nagar from roundtana to Thirumangalam. It is very difficult to cross the roads near the roundtana, as vehicles move in all directions. A subway in this junction was much needed,” said M Rajarajan of Anna Nagar.

Changes to the traffic flow was made in December 2011 to facilitate metro rail construction. Several main and adjoining roads were made one way.

When traffic was restored to two-way after the underground metro line between Nehru Park and Thirumangalam opened in May 2017, residents complained of frequent snarls and minor accidents near the intersection due to the absence of traffic signals.

CMRL has built similar pedestrian subways or has integrated station entry points to existing subways in several locations. At Central metro, CMRL is building three pedestrian subways in addition to renovating the existing one.

Source: The Times of India, Chennai

Points to consider before investing in a villa

Points to consider before investing in a villa


An independent house was what K Sathya Anand was looking for, and hence the villa at Thalambur was his best option.

There are many points to be considered before investing in a house. There is no rulebook dictating these guidelines since it will vary according to the personal choices of a person. For example, a person who loves the company of neighbours and prefers the amenities, which are provided within various apartment complexes, would choose to buy a flat that is located in a building, among other houses.

But for some, like K Sathya Anand, the Vice-President of a global financial technology company, it is essential to have some space around the house. He was not too comfortable with living in an apartment, in a building. So he opted to buy an independent home in Navalur.

He purchased a villa in Thalambur, in December 2017. “We wanted to live in a place that was not too cramped. And we wanted a good amount of space around it, and that’s why this villa perfectly fit the bill. Both, my children and parents now have enough space. Kids have the space to play. The house is well ventilated and well-lit. All these were driving factors behind the investment,” he says.

He wanted to buy a house in a place where there was no water logging. He also ensured that the roads in the particular area were wide. “Besides, this place is a serene spot. There is so much of green cover in the neighbourhood,” he adds.

The 4-BHK house costs approximately Rs 4,000 per sqft. He believes that the decision to buy a home should be well-thought and people should not rush to purchase a property. He advises, “Check and assess your finances, only then purchase a house. Have some savings left in the bank and do not put all your money in one place.”

Ranjitha G, Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai

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TIPS: To enhance positive vibes, good health and usher in prosperity

TIPS: To enhance positive vibes, good health and usher in prosperity

Decorate the southeast part of the house with colours of green or shades of orange. Place green plants like a money plant because it symbolises wealth; Keep the southeast sector of your living room well-lit to enhance your earning power; Focus on the entrance to your home to welcome good energy (Chi) and avoid clutter in this area; place a bamboo plant near your front door, as it will attract good energy and financial security; Place a purple coloured smooth crystal ball or that of amethyst at southeast part to enhance wealth and luck.

A Rose Quartz smooth ball will attract a partner or strengthen your relationship with a loved one; To improve your children’s health and well-being, place small pebbles or stones in the west corner of your living room.

Source: Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai