Our Picks for the Best Residential Areas in Chennai

The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also known as the “Detroit of India” owing to the biggest concentration of India’s automobile industry in this region. This city is the perfect example of a modern cosmopolitan setting, evident from the fact that Chennai ranks third in the percentage of expatriate population in the entire country, preceded by Mumbai and Delhi, respectively. Hence, it is but obvious to state that Chennai is one of the fastest growing cities when it comes to real estate sector. The city is an amalgamation of several Religious, Social, Economical & Educational centers, which is contributing significantly in providing good returns to the home owners, builders and investors and a safe option for the tenants.

Below, we have listed our top picks for the best residential localities in Chennai. Read on to know about the changing landscape of the city.

>> Ambattur- This is one of the most rapidly developing areas of the city. The main attractions of this area are storm-water drain network, Thangal Pond Park and TI Diamond Chain. Ambattur also has many educational institutions, banks, restaurants, malls and religious places, which makes it stand first in the queue. However, the economy of the area is predominantly industrial. The Ambattur Industrial Estate is the largest small-scale industrial estate in South Asia.

>> Oragadam- Located on the outskirts of the metro city, Oragadam is fast becoming a resident’s choice owing to its close proximity to the Grant Southern Trunk Road (GST) and NH 4. This region is the biggest automobile hub in South Asia and lies close to the industrial hub of Sri Perumbudur. Presence of educational institutions, banks, entertainment centers and religious places make the region a great choice for property investment.

>> OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road)- OMR, short for Old Mahabalipuram Road is the stretch that extends between Madhya Kailash temple in Adyar and Mamallapuram in Kanchipuram. This area saw its development owing to the emergence of IT companies, which has made it a prominent spot in the real estate market with increased residential and commercial usage demand. OMR houses some of the most noteworthy educational institutions, hospitals and entertainment centers. If you are looking forward to live in Chennai, this area must be in the top of your list.

>> Guduvancheri- Also referred to as Kooduvancheri, This area is well developed residential suburb in southwest Chennai. It lies along NH 45 and is surrounded by a plethora of lakes, making the area calm and serene. Its close proximity to IT parks like Accenture, Ford and Mahindra World City has given Guduvancheri a well developed social infrastructure. It houses a police station, a fire station, a number of good educational institutions, banks, hospitals and entertainment centers. It is definitely a great choice for residential property investment.

>> Pallikaranai- This is the fastest growing in the city and is increasingly becoming a hot place for investment real estate magnets owing to its close proximity to OMR corridor and the Chennai International Airport. Also, The northern Pallikaranai houses the Pallikaranai Marshlands, one of the biggest wetlands in South India. The investors are using this as a USP and is contributing significantly towards growth of the real estate industry in Chennai.

Let us know what you think of our list.

6 things to do in Kuala Lumpur before anything else

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia is a tourist’s paradise, thanks for the fabulous beaches, the blue sea, the food culture and also the shopping corners. Kuala Lumpur is house to citizens from all across the world, specially Indians, from various part of the country. This makes the city a beautiful milieu of cultural mixes, and thus have a lot to offer to the tourists.

The six best things that every tourist must visit in Kuala Lumpur are both man-made and natural, and must be included in every visitor’s itinerary. So, let’s check on what the city has to offer-

>> Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower- Speaking of towers in Kuala Lumpur, we automatically think of the Petronas Towers. However, another one that is equally majestic and probably more beautiful is the Menara KL Tower. Standing atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the Menara KL Tower has a height of 421 mtrs and is the world’s 5th tallest structure. The tower has glass flooring, which It gives a spectacular view of the city.

>> Sunway Lagoon Theme Park- A water theme park, a wildlife resort and a complex for adventurous sports, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park has all in one. Located in Petaling Jaya, this park offers theme park rides, interactive games, wave and surf pools, a zoo and also features dining and shopping options for those who want to grab some souvenirs.

>> Sultan Abdul Samad building- Built in 1897, this building is among one Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Moorish- style building, featuring gothic western influences in the architecture. It houses a 41.2 m high clock tower and is now used as the office of Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. It is one of the city’s most important tourist attractions and a historical landmark.

>> Jamek Mosque- Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, and like the Sultan Abdul Samad building, it also sports a Moorish architectural style. Behind the mosque, the Klang and the Gombak rivers meet, which gives the place a beautiful view.

>> Butterfly Park- Butterfly Park is home to thousands of different colors of beautiful butterflies, with over 150 species. The park is designed to resemble a forest and features walkways, footpaths, lakes, ponds and gazebos for the tourists to enjoy the view. Also, there is an abundance of local flora and fauna to enjoy as well. 

>> Istana Negara- Istana Negara is the former palace of the Malaysian king, which has been turned into a museum post 2011. Tourists can learn about the history of the royal kings of Malaysia, the artefact of which are well stored in the museum. Visitors can also the changing of the guard ceremony to witness Malaysia’s royal and official ceremonial traditions.

Kuala Lumpur doesn’t disappoint anyone and has something to everyone, irrespective of ages and budgets.

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Top trending kitchen designs of 2018

For so long, the kitchen had been just another unit of the house. A place where food was cooked, dirty utensils were washed and storage was done haphazardly. Fast forward some decades; the kitchen is now the soul of the house and no longer a hidden entity in the back of the house. today, the kitchen is the place which brings families together at the start and end of the day. Hence, it is inevitable that such an indispensable part of the house should get enough attention, if not maximum.

Modern design, trend and technology has revamped the style of the kitchen in ways that have made the room a center of attraction for all. Modern, spacious, stylish kitchens are the need of the house.

Let us look at some of the trendiest kitchen designs from 2018-

>> Smart Kitchens

As stated above, the advancement of technology has changed the face of kitchens. It has entered the kitchen, not just in the form of gadgets and appliances, but also in the faucets, the lighting, the storage and the design. Smart kitchens have sensors and gadgets that have added to the convenience of the owner. Kitchens integrated with the most advanced form of technology are becoming more popular and is one of the biggest trends of 2018.

>> Effective and Storage Cabinets

One of the most annoying things with kitchen cabinet is how inconsequential they are. But the year 2018 saw a significant change in the functionality of the kitchen storage. Homeowners have incorporated better storage solutions within the cabinetry, which include: appliances garages, separate drawers, tray dividers, roll-outs as well as wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recyclables. An organized kitchen is not only convenient, but also looks good.

>> Pet-friendly Kitchen Spaces

Kitchens in 2018 are not just limited to the ladies of the house. As stated above, they have become a space for the family to interact at the end of the day. Thus the 2018 kitchen brought along some great ideas to make the kitchen pet friendly. Be it using pet-friendly flooring, incorporating a feeding station or using special cabinets to store pet foods and toys, kitchen of 2018 is far more amiable than what they used to be a decade back.

>> Cabinet and Tile Colors

Builders and house owners pay a lot of attention to detail when it comes to the interior decoration of a kitchen. House owners want the kitchen to a reflection of their taste and personality these days. This is the reason why the color theme of the kitchen in 2018 is all about coordination, complimenting and being catchy. While many chose minimalist colors like grey, white and dark colors for the floor, wall and cabinets, some other went for bold colors like red and neon to make the kitchen livelier.

We hope that our article serve you as design idea manual for next kitchen renovation.

Tips and tricks to choose fancy flooring for different rooms

The flooring of a house have the ability to make or break the look of the space. Irrespective of the amount of money invested, flooring often consists of the biggest expenditure. Choosing floor tiles of different styles and colors for the different rooms of the house is not only trendy, but also an easy way to make the interior look chic without much effort. However, if and when a wise decision is not made, the house may end up looking, mismatched, haphazard and even cramped.

In this article, we are listing for you some tips and tricks to choose the right style of flooring designs for your house. You can also choose different patterns and styles of flooring for all of your rooms.

>> The very first thing to keep in mind while doing the flooring of your house is to color coordinate. Choose a flooring style and design that compliments the furniture of the room, the theme of the decor and even the color of your drapes. For example, a white floor with white or gray decor can give a minimalist look, while the same white floor can be given a quirky touch with colorful furniture and showpieces.

>> Theme coordination is equally important. Every nook and corner of your house serves a purpose, hence it is extremely important for the flooring to reflect the purpose. For instance, while the flooring of the office room of the house can be kept minimal, you can play with the colors of the floor while decorating the children’s room.

>> It has often been noticed that decorations done over a period of not only cost more, but they also end up looking mismatched- both quality and style wise. Hence, experts advice that when you are doing the floor of your house, do it all together. Firstly, this will help you get a better idea of the complimenting colors and patters. And secondly, the quality of all the tiling materials will be similar, hence giving the house a uniform look.

>> Also, while doing the flooring of your house, consider the climate of where you are located. Weather plays a huge role in the natural wear and tear items, and buying flooring materials which are weather appropriate will not only last long, but also will save you some serious money on repair.

>> Maintenance is a big point to consider on while buying flooring tiles. While some materials like wood need intense maintenance, some like marble can be maintained with limited efforts. Hence, go for one that one requires little or no efforts, while still complimenting your taste.

Let us know what you think.

Have a property in Malaysia? Earn from them in the following ways

When we talk of property, we usually refer to two categories- residential property and commercial property. Depending on the type of property that you own, there can be returns fixed, which can be further categorized into two- direct and indirect.

Getting returns from a property does not require any spells. If you own any form of property in Malaysia, please read on. We bring to you some tips and tricks to get better returns from your property and make the most of your investment.

>> As mentioned in our articles about Thailand, it stands true for Malaysia as well that tourism is the biggest thriving industry in the country. Thus, the best form of returns from any property can be by putting it on the market.

>> Which brings us to the second point. While commercial properties can be turned into hotels and motels, personal properties can be turned into home-stays. Both commercial and residential properties can also be turn into eateries for making profits.

>> In a country like Malaysia, which strives by tourism, property owners can also lease out their properties to a third party agent or a property management company. Some famous third party agents that have been present in the Malaysian market are Oyo and Airbnb.

>> If leasing out the property is not your cup of tea and you are in lookout to make a direct profit, you can market your property digitally. Build a website for your service, promote it on social media platforms and target the right audience to generate the maximum traffic.

>> As an owner, you will have to maintain and keep your property upgraded as per the market standards. Malaysia is a market for tourists and the demands are huge. Thus, merely owning a property is not enough to gain returns. It is vital to keep up to the market standards and provide amenities that are of utmost importance.

>> Also, a house owner must keep renovating his property to keep up with the market trends. Any outdated property which fails to provide the basic demands of the market fails to make profit altogether.

>> Location is the key of real estate, and in a country like Malaysia, prime locations like water, views and proximity to amenities always sell first. Most luxury properties in Malaysia are located near the sea, and they make the most profit. Hence, consider the location before buying a property.

>> Ultimately, the most important thing about making profit in the real estate industry is to know about the timing. The tourism industry has its own high and low seasons, and put a property in the market during the tourist season is a safe measure to assure profit.

Anyway, in the end you can consult a real estate agent for better returns, as they know the ins and outs of a property.