A Complete Guide to Mumbai’s Queen of the Suburbs: Bandra West

Bandra West Mumbai

A place that makes you feel instantly cool, just by being in it is the glitzy and glamorous suburb of Mumbai, Bandra. Bombay’s trendiest town has a plethora of amazing things to offer. Home to the biggest Bollywood stars, fine dining restaurants, hip, and happening bars, and nightclubs to break into your moves till the wee hours of the morning, Bandra west has some of the best attributes one would want in well-rounded city life. Popularly known as the ‘queen of the suburbs, living in Bandra is sure to transform your lifestyle into a perfect blend of a modern lifestyle with a traditional Indian dressing on the side.

A sought-after destination by non-resident Indians (NRI‘s) as well, the suburb is home to some of the most gorgeous sea-facing bungalows, villas, and flats which are highly coveted. With great connections to the rest of the city and beyond, Bandra is centrally located and sees a staggeringly high influx of ex-pats, young couples, families, single professionals, businessmen, and this list goes on. The best part about living in this suburb is that no matter what race, age, and mindset you come from, you will fit right in. In this article, we shall have a well-rounded look at all of Bandra West‘s characteristics, offerings, and why it is one of the best places for those looking to invest in properties.

Bandra West: Connectivity & Convenience 

Right near the Western Express Highway, it is easy to get to and from Bandra West to other suburbs, or southwards towards town. From the perspective of investment, the Bandra-Kurla complex is a sparkling new development with a bevy of plush office complexes, residential multi-story apartments, and several recreational and retail facilities. Also conveniently connected to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, you can make it to South Mumbai within 30 minutes or less. All the major banks, corporate parks, the entertainment industry, and practically every important business module are setting up shop in Bandra. The director of Rare Earth Consultancy, Shammi Sethi has said “Expats and high-profile businessmen want to stay in this area, as it is close to the Bandra-Kurla Complex. As a result, the properties for rent in Bandra West are witnessing high demand”. Not only this, but people also working in other suburbs such as Khar, Vile Parle, Juhu, and further beyond still want to buy their dream homes in Bandra, only and only because of the type of extrovert and boho-chic culture it comprises of and the great connectivity due to its location.

Properties Available in Bandra West Along with Pricing 

There are all types of properties available in Bandra. Whether you are looking to rent, buy a ready-to-move-in flat, purchase a bare shell, get a redeveloped property, or just about any type of property, you will find it in Bandra. Redevelopment schemes are also rampant in which the existing community has seen an upgrade in standards of living among other benefits. Amenities such as fitness centers, pools, gyms, banquet halls, parks, and much more are added to existing buildings to enhance the overall lifestyle of residents in Bandra. Posh sub localities within the suburb include Carter Road, Pali Hill, Bandstand, Mount Mary’s, and a few others. The average pricing for properties in Bandra West is stated below.

Name of Locality Approximate Price per square foot Approximate Price for a 1BHK (1 bedroom hall kitchen) Approximate Price for a 2BH (2 bedroom hall kitchen)Approximate Price for a 3BHK ( 3 bedroom hall kitchen)
Pali HillRs. 38000 – Rs. 60000Rs. 60 lakhsRs. 1 croreRs. 2.5 crores
Carter RoadRs. 35000 – Rs. 50000Rs. 55 lakhsRs. 90 lakhsRs. 2.25 crores
BandstandRs. 40000 – Rs. 60000Rs. 55 lakhsRs. 1 croreRs. 2.75 crores
Mount Mary’sRs. 30000 – Rs. 45000Rs. 45 lakhsRs. 80 lakhsRs. 2 crores
Bandra West (general)Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 65000Rs. 40 lakhsRs. 65 lakhsRs. 1 crore

Of the above-mentioned table, these are average pricing for residential apartments in the mentioned luxury neighborhoods. Of these, there are many internal apartments, villas, houses, and many of them offer sea-facing options. The oceanfront homes are much in demand and pricing can go as high up to Rs. 10 crores or more, depending on the location, area of the property, owner’s choice.

Bandra West: Locality-Wise Pricing 

As established above, Bandra West comprises several sub-localities and cozy neighborhoods which are constantly in demand for property investments. Have a look below at some of the prominent neighborhoods and their average pricing per square foot.

Name of Sub-Locality Approximate Pricing per square foot
Pali HillRs. 38000 – Rs. 60000 / sq.ft.
RanwarRs. Rs. 25000 – Rs. 60000/ sq.ft.
Mount Mary’sRs. 30000 – Rs. 45000/ sq.ft.
Shirly Rajan RoadRs. 20000 – Rs. 60000/ sq.ft.
ChuimRs. 20000 – Rs. 40000/ sq.ft
ReclamationRs. 30000 – Rs. 55000/ sq.ft.
Santosh NagarRs. 20000 – Rs. 35000/ sq.ft.
Tata BlocksRs. 25000 – Rs. 40000/ sq.ft.
Patkar BlocksRs. 25000 – Rs. 50000/ sq.ft.
Vaidya NagarRs. 25000 – Rs. 35000/ sq.ft
Chimbai NagarRs. 15000 – Rs. 30000/ sq.ft.

Note – The above-mentioned sub-locality prices are an average to give you an idea of what neighborhood costs how much. For an in-depth analysis, you should contact the owner, realtor, broker, or builder so you get the exact pricing. Based on the view, area, and many other factors, the exact price will be negotiated for you.

Bandra West: Price Comparisons to Other Prolific Neighbourhoods of Mumbai 

Just like Bandra West, there are a few other posh localities sprinkled all over Mumbai. These range from South Mumbai up to the North. A spokesperson for Sheth Creators said that despite the presence of many plush localities in Mumbai, Bandra is still the highest in demand in comparison. However, have a look at the table below that demonstrates the price differences between Bandra West and these other localities.

Name of Locality Average Price per square foot as of 2021
Malabar HillRs. 60000 – Rs. 1.5 lakhs per square foot.
TardeoRs. 50000 – Rs. 70000 per square foot.
Altamount RoadRs. 75000 – Rs. 1.5 lakhs per square foot.
WorliRs. 45000 – Rs. 90000 per square foot.
KharRs. 25000 – Rs. 60000 per square foot.
JuhuRs. 40000 – Rs. 60000 per square foot.
Vile ParleRs. 25000 – Rs. 55000 per square foot.
AndheriRs. 20000 – Rs. 55000 per square foot.
Lokhandwala ComplexRs. 30000 – Rs. 50000 per square foot.

Bandra West: Social Infrastructure 

The suburb has an excellent social infrastructure with the presence of some of the most reputed educational institutions such as Raheja college, Petit High School, and Rizvi college to name a few. It also has high-end luxury brand boutiques as well as street market shopping culture. Waterfield Road, Pali market and Linking road are areas plush with such retail mayhem. Not to forget, some of the most exotic multi-cuisine restaurants to serve the cosmopolitan culture are present such as Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Ming Yang, Vista, and many more. The street food culture is also strong with the presence of Elco Market among others were both, locals and NRI‘s rush to fulfill their ‘chaat’ cravings. The cafe culture is also rock solid with several chains of Starbucks, Bird Song Cafe, Bagel Shop, and many more. Bandra is always buzzing, day or night, with people going in and out of the many posh bars and clubs scattered all over the pristine suburb. Bar Stock Exchange, Monkey Bar, Radio Bar, and Social are just some of the bars where you will see a vast age group ranging from new-age millennials to people hopping and bopping in their 50’s.

Post-work drinks have become a popular trend among residents and weekends attract people from all over Bombay to take a whiff of all that this bustling locality has to offer. Lastly, there are small country clubs such as Otters Club and Bandra Gymkhana in which members only can visit, eat, drink, and rejuvenate and relax. Day or night, weekend or weekday, the social infrastructure in Bandra is booming and is one of the prime reasons why people choose that neighborhood to be their permanent home.

Bandra West: Future Growth in Real Estate 

Unlike earlier, where the Catholic community was predominant in Bandra, the population is highly diverse ranging from Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, Christians, Americans, Europeans, and many more from all realms of the world due to the welcoming vibe of the suburb. Holding its nickname ‘queen of the suburbs’ to justice, the properties in Bandra are always in demand and get sold out weeks after being declared for sale. Bandra West’s future growth prospects are expected to be an expansion of the already existing multi-story apartment buildings with a variety of flat variants on offer. Of the lot, ranging from 1BHK – 3BHK being common, the 1BHK variant sees the most demand while the 2 and 3BHK flats also often get sold due to large families living together. Over the last decade, property price appreciation has been nearly 50% which is a huge leap and investors have seen their financial portfolios grow considerably. There are mainly pros when it comes to real estate development in Bandra but the few cons to consider are the illegal hawker establishments and crazy traffic, both of people and cars, polluting the environment.

In a nutshell, Bandra West has grown in leaps in bounds in its social, retail, industrial, corporate and recreational infrastructure over the years, luring people to live there like moths to a flame. Ranging from its restaurants with succulent mouth-watering cuisines, vibrant bars, luxurious buildings with amenities, and Paris-like cafes, the suburb is only expected to see an upgrade in the coming years. People of all walks have made their homes in Bandra and it is friendly for all types of families. With parks like Joggers Park and Bandstand, children also have a great place to enjoy nature while the soft breeze emanating from the sea adds to the chilled vibes of the whole suburb. Once you live and work in Bandra, you will never need to step out of there, unless you want to travel for leisure or other specific work. Just like what New York is to the rest of America, Bandra West is to the rest of Mumbai.

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FAQs 

  1. Is it easy to afford a property in Bandra? 

Considering the overall type of people living there are middle class to rich, it can be a bit on the pricey side. However, with the right location and some strong negotiations, and a good broker, you can get an affordable property on sale, especially now due to the unprecedented situation.

  1. Does Bandra have good healthcare facilities? 

Yes. There are several prolific hospitals and clinics all over Bandra. Lilavati hospital is the most popular followed by Holy family hospital and many more. You can be assured of some of the best healthcare facilities in Bandra as compared to most other localities in Mumbai.

  1. Is public transport available?

Bandra is full of a variety of public transport facilities which are abundantly available at all corners of the suburb. Rickshaws are the most popularly used mode of public transport and get you from one place to another in a jiffy by navigating the narrow bylanes. Local buses, taxis, Uber, and Ola cabs are also easily available.

  1. How far is the international airport from Bandra?

Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport is located at a distance of around 8 km from Bandra. This trip can be made in as little as 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic and the time chosen to make this journey.

  1. What is the average price of buying a 1BHK apartment in Bandra West?

Prices for 1BHK flats differ considerably depending on the area and building chosen to live in. However, if we are to base an average, the approximate cost of buying a 1BHK in Bandra ranges from Rs. 40 lakhs – Rs. 1.5 crores.