A couple of decades ago, if one had asked a tony Mumbaikar to move to Byculla, he or she would have turned a well-bred nose at the suggestion. Byculla was often perceived as a crowded and noisy area in Mumbai, mostly inhabited by blue-collar workers who toiled in mills. Its main claim to fame was the Jijamata Udyan – Mumbai’s only 48-acre zoological park and botanical garden.
Make the same suggestion today and you are likely to get a far more enthusiastic response. The transformation of Byculla from ‘just another station on the central line’ to one of the most vibrant residential destinations is a remarkable one.
Byculla has borrowed a leaf from its cousin Parel’s book. Unused mill land has been developed and high-end retailers, luxury hotels, and swanky office towers have set up camp here – as a result, branded residences have mushroomed across this once middle-class neighborhood.
Byculla with its cosmopolitan mix of cultures and religions has something very few localities have: character. Add its history, its rich heritage, green spaces and stunning views of the city’s skyline and you have a very persuasive combination of reasons.
Proximity To South Mumbai
South Mumbai is the island city’s party zone. Some of the most happening R&R destinations are in the South and Byculla provides convenient access to these places. You can enjoy a lazy brunch at the Oberoi or other iconic hotels, watch the horses gallop at the racecourse, hang out at Palladium Mall for drinks and dinner and shop in its high-end outlets or while away the hours with pals in clubs such as Shiro at Worli.
Another compelling reason to move to Byculla is the attraction of living in a South Mumbai pin code. South Mumbai is one of the most aspirational addresses for an upwardly mobile Mumbaikar. When you say you have moved to Byculla, you are making a statement about success and status. You have arrived.
Connectivity To Business Districts
One of the most sought after features for a district is connectivity to places of work and major roads. And Byculla scores on this front. As a resident of this locality, you don’t have to spend hours commuting as Lower Parel, Parel, Nariman Point and BKC can be accessed via less than an hour’s drive. For today’s generation, where spending quality time with family is a top priority, this kind of connectivity is a boon.
What many people have realized is that Byculla is one of the best-connected areas in the city. It’s close to Dadar, Mumbai Central, Parel, Mahalakshmi and a 20-minute drive to the airport.
Potential For Contemporary Development
Byculla has the potential to undergo a massive transformation. There is plenty of land around to allow reputed developers to build luxurious living spaces. Landscaped gardens abound, unlimited parking spaces are a reality, high-rises with integrated living benefits such as separate staff entries, and recreational areas which are a distant dream in other parts of Mumbai are possible in Byculla.
Gated communities are flourishing, there are homes that face sprawling community gardens, and apartments with views of the Mumbai harbor are beckoning the well-heeled.
More and more Mumbai residents are suddenly becoming aware of Byculla as a premium living destination.
Best Of Basic Facilities
Byculla is also blessed with proximity to hospitals and schools. Premium health facilities such as Wockhardt and Global Hospital are a short drive away.
The prestigious educational institutions that are minutes away from Byculla include Cathedral & John Cannon, Campion, JB Petit, Aditya Birla World Academy and Bombay International School to name a few. Some of the city’s best colleges such as Jai Hind, K.C., St. Xaviers and more are also easily accessible from here.
Byculla also offers an advantage that very few zones in Mumbai can offer – a cost advantage. The premium properties start at Rs.3 crores to Rs.4 crores and these come with luxury amenities like clubhouses, swimming pools, landscaped gardens and much, much more. What’s more, there is no other pin code in the city that offers such connectivity and proximity to South and Central Mumbai with all the attendant lifestyle features.
The confidence builders have in Byculla as a real-estate destination is staggering. Almost every construction giant has embarked on huge projects here. In another few years from now, it is going to be South Mumbai’s new frontier.