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Sep 20, 2013, 03.16 PM IST | Source: Jones Lang LaSalle

How Chennai real estate compares with Bangalore

Of the two, Bangalore has gradually evolved into a more matured real estate market, since the market growth there preceded that of Chennai.

In the recent past, the growth of the real estate sector in both Bangalore and Chennai has been exponential. This is largely due to the fact that they are among the most prominent cities in South India in terms of generating new business.

Of the two, Bangalore has gradually evolved into a more matured real estate market, since the market growth there preceded that of Chennai.

Residential property sales in Chennai and Bangalore have been more or less stable of late, with the Chennai market displaying marginally greater buoyancy than Bangalore. The absorption of residential property units in Chennai this year has been almost equal to that seen in 2011. In Bangalore, this year's absorption has been lower.

Capital and rental values in city-centric locations are on the higher side in Chennai when compared to those of Bangalore. This is primarily because of the limited supply of city-based residential properties and lack of social infrastructure in Chennai's suburbs. This has caused an escalation in demand for purchase and rental apartments in the city-centric locations.

Here lies an interesting variant in the demand drivers of these two cities. Residential property capital values as well as rentals in Chennai are driven by location - the specifications and amenities provided in projects do not figure significantly in the decision matrix of customers. Conversely, capital values and rentals in Bangalore are driven primarily by specifications and amenities.

In Bangalore, the residential supply is well-distributed - Bellary Road, Hosur Road and Whitefield account for over 68% of the supply for this year. Unlike Chennai, each micro-market within Bangalore competes with others. This has resulted in residential real estate development that is typified by more innovative products and has kept competition intense.

Community living as a concept has also seen greater acceptance and adoption in Bangalore than in Chennai. This is owing to the fact that Bangalore has a number of locations which are supported with good social infrastructure - an aspect wherein Chennai falls shorter.

This is one of the most important reasons why Bangalore has already seen a number of well-executed township projects with superior amenities. In contrast, Chennai has yet to see a large, fully-executed township project.

Apart from IT/ITeS and financial services, Chennai's economy is driven by the automotive, manufacturing, telecom and semi-conductor sectors. However, the residential property market is primarily driven by IT / ITeS, which is concentrated in certain locations that axiomatically see the highest demand and therefore supply. This has resulted in the city's Southern and Western suburbs accounting for more than 70% of the residential real estate supply.

Unfortunately, these suburbs still lack proper social infrastructure and land availability is limited, resulting in a paucity of schools, malls, multiplexes, restaurants and supermarkets. This factor has acted as a major deterrent for demand increase in these locations. The highest demand for homes in Chennai is still for city-based properties.

Due to limited availability of suitable plots, city centre, land prices have increased manifold in the city, where demand for residential units has always far exceeded supply. This has made city-based properties expensive for new buyers. By the same coin, investments made into this asset class have yielded rather attractive returns in terms of capital value and rental income.

That said, the Chennai' real estate market is currently at an inflection point, and the next 6-12 months will see large-scale migration to suburban locations. This will result in a lot of project completions in the suburbs, and therefore the promise of a better lifestyle for home buyers in these locations. On the heels of this, these suburban locations will start seeing investment appreciation while city-based properties will begin to stabilize.

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Mumbai
Capital Values Rate/Sq ft (INR)
Aajiwali
3000 - 5000
Ambernath
3000 - 5000
Badlapur
1000 - 3000
Bhandup (West)
11000 - 13000
Chembur (East)
15000 - 17000
Chembur (West)
11000 - 14000
Dombivali (East)
4000 - 6000
Ghatkopar
13000 - 15000
Heeranandani Gardens Estate - Powai
25000 - 30000
Hiranandani Gardens Estate - Powai
25000 - 30000
Kalyan (East)
2000 - 4000
Kalyan( West)
3000 - 5000
Karjat
1000 - 3000
Khandala
8000 - 10000
Kharegaon
5000 - 7000
King Circle
17000 - 28000
LBS Marg
12000 - 15000
Lonavala
3000 - 5000
Mulund (East)
11000 - 14000
Mulund (West)
11000 - 14000
Mumbai Nasik Highway
3000 - 6000
Powai
15000 - 17000
Senapati Bhagath Singh Road
3000 - 5000
Sion (East)
18000 - 21000
Sion (West)
17000 - 22000
Tilak Nagar
12000 - 22000
Ulhasnagar
3000 - 5000
Vikhroli
11000 - 14000
4 Bunglows
17000 - 28000
7 Bunglows
13000 - 23000
Chandivali
10000 - 15000
Malad (East)
12000 - 14000
Versova
21000 - 24000
Airoli
4000 - 8000
Belapur
6000 - 9000
Ghansoli
6000 - 8000
Kalamboli
4000 - 9000
Kamothe
4000 - 6000
Nerul
7000 - 10000
Palm Beach Road
12000 - 15000
Panvel
3000 - 6000
Sanpada
8000 - 10000
Sea Woods
8000 - 10000
Ulwe
3000 - 6000
Uran
3000 - 6000
Vashi
9000 - 12000
Altamount Road
62000 - 72000
Breach Candy
62000 - 74000
Chowpathy
48000 - 58000
Colaba
42000 - 46000
Cuffe Parade
67000 - 69000
Dadar(East)
32000 - 34000
Dadar(West)
29000 - 32000
Lower Parel
32000 - 34000
Mahalaxmi
38000 - 40000
Malabar Hills
68000 - 75000
Mumbai Central
23000 - 34000
Napean Sea Road
66000 - 74000
Parel
26000 - 34000
Prabhadevi
37000 - 39000
Tardeo
41000 - 49000
Worli
36000 - 41000
Andheri (West)
18000 - 20000
Andheri(East)
15000 - 17000
Bevarly Park
5000 - 7000
Bhayander (East)
5000 - 6000
Bhayander (West)
3000 - 5000
Boisar
1000 - 3000
Borivali (East)
11000 - 13000
Borivali (West)
10000 - 14000
Dahisar
4000 - 8000
Goregaon (East)
13000 - 17000
Goregaon (West)
12000 - 14000
Kandivali (East)
12000 - 14000
Kandiwali (West)
11000 - 12000
Malad(West)
9000 - 14000
Mira Road
5000 - 7000
Naigaon
1000 - 4000
Nala Sopara (Eastt)
3000 - 5000
Nalasopara (West)
3000 - 5000
Poonam Nagar
6000 - 8000
Shanti Nagar
7000 - 9000
Shrishti
6000 - 9000
Vasai Road
1200 - 4000
Virar
1000 - 3000
Note: Price trend are based on asking rate and not necessarily on the transaction date
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