India has majorly been a patriarchal society. Believe it or not, male dominance in society still exists, but nowadays, women have broken the shackles to emerge as more independent and competent in spheres considered only for men a few decades ago.
India has an ever-growing population of working women, and with it comes women having to settle in the important metropolitan regions and even the national capital region. They need to commute to their jobs and find real estate in the safest areas for women. And, with this in consideration, we are here with the details of some top locations for women property seekers that are safe to reside in.
Factors that determine a place is liveable, especially for women
A liveable place for a woman would be made up of many factors, as women have to think about more than just one aspect of life. These are as follows: -
- Pollution-free and green environment
- Satisfactory healthcare facilities around
- Reasonably priced houses and reasonable rent/fees
- Closeness to workplace and recreational facilities such as shopping malls, etc.
- Proximity to schools and institutions
- Safe neighbourhood, and safety during commute and when at home
- Sufficient commuting options
Some places that have acted as catalysts for change
According to the National Crime Record Bureau, the safest city now in India is Kolkata. Also, Chennai falls on the 7th number in the list of IPC crimes as per the NCRB 2017. Gurgaon in the National Capital Region (NCR) and portions of Whitefield in Bengaluru are examples of places that have grown from humble beginnings to become cosmopolitan centres. Similarly, the expansion of workplaces and retail areas in Noida has created a more balanced living environment. Additionally, metro access to several important sites has made commuting more convenient, especially at random times.
Commuting is becoming easier in other cities, such as Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Pune, with app-based cab reservations becoming safer. While public transit in these places still has room for improvement, the walk-to-work approach has gained traction.
Thane, in Mumbai, has developed over time from a mostly industrial city to a place with big IT or ITes offices, a range of malls and supermarkets, fairly-priced homes within self-contained complexes, substantial green cover, and enough healthcare services. Thane's closeness to the BKC (Bandra-Kurla Complex) and CBD has increased as well, making it a desirable location for many women in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Even though most workplaces have established remote working rules in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the growth of co-living housing in key office hotspots has made it relatively easy for women to locate and manage accommodations, especially at reasonable prices. These improvements are real-life examples of how to improve the social infrastructure to help women achieve a good work-life / home-life balance. They have tried to evolve and adapt in ways that an ever-growing women's workforce in our country demands.
The best places for women looking to buy a home
Situated in different cities, these neighbourhoods can be considered by women if they are looking to buy or rent a home.
This list is curated with some level of research but is not all that our country has got. This is a fair representation and not in any way exhaustive. The information may also vary due to different circumstances. (All costs are estimated for per month and for unfurnished apartments)
Parts of South Delhi. For example, in and around Greater Kailash I and Greater Kailash II: - These places are ideal because of their proximity to prime commercial corridors of Saket and Nehru Place. The row housing options have adequate safety options, and there is also access to public transports and metro linkages to CBD. On multiple people sharing basis, 2 BHK row houses in CR Park and Kalkaji cost around Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 40,000. 2BHK apartments are priced slightly higher, ranging from Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 60,000.
Golf Course Road, in Gurgaon: - This place's proximity to workplace hubs make it a good living location for women. The multiple condominiums and housing options with safety features and closeness to shopping areas also add to its advantages. 2BHK flats and their rents come in the range of Rs. 25000-Rs. 30000 here.
Key residential sectors of Noida. For example, Sectors 14,15,40, etc.: - Its metro connectivity and proximity to shopping malls are the prime reasons that make it the ideal location for women to reside. It is also a safe neighbourhood. Costs range from Rs. 20,000-Rs. 25,000 for typical 2 BHK projects.
Areas near MG Road and DLF-Phase 1: - The availability of PG accommodation is an advantage in this area, in addition to safety measures implemented by local RWAs, metro connectivity, and accessibility to commercial corridors. For 2BHK independent floors, one can expect costs to be around Rs. 20,000-Rs. 25,000. For apartments, costs are based on the location and quality and can be from anywhere Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000.
Kestopur: - Estimated rent for this place is about Rs. 10,000, which makes it affordable as compared to others already. Apart from that, the neighbourhood, which is being built by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, contains high-quality residences as well as several shared flats in close proximity to malls, shops, and other amenities.
Garia: - Estimated rent for this place is about Rs. 12,000. Its pollution-free and green environment is the main attraction for homebuyers/renters.
Salt Lake City: - Good, peaceful atmosphere, close access to shopping centres, and a diverse range of residential alternatives. The rent here is slightly higher, about Rs. 18,000 on average.
Newtown: - Newly built neighbourhood with great social infrastructure, public transportation, and close access to local and international airports, workplace centres, malls, and schools, and costs about Rs. 12,000 per month, this place is an ideal match for those who seek luxury and security.
Thoraipakkam: - This place is wanted because most of the IT offices are located here, and a lot of PG lodgings have sprung up to accommodate the expanding staff. If your budget ranges from Rs. 12,000- Rs. 15,000, you should consider this place.
Thiruvanmiyur: - If you are thinking of finding a place to rent a 2BHK house for about Rs. 15,000-Rs. 20,0000 rupees, this one can be considered. It is a residential area in Chennai with many IT offices close by and easy access to nearby marketplaces.
Sholinganullur: - The speciality of this place is that in the affordable range of Rs. 10,000-Rs. 15,000, many different alternatives are available, such as shared flats, co-living, and independent living.
Velachery: - Velachery is the leading commercial and residential destination with a diverse selection of property possibilities. Flats here range from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month.
Gachibowli: - A broad range of co-living options is offered in this area, one of Hyderabad's major residential and office centres. On average, a 2BHK home is available for rent for Rs. 25,000-Rs. 30,000 rupees per month.
Kukatplly: - There are several gated communities in the region and easy access to Hyderabad's office centres. For affordable rates of Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000, people can easily book 2 BHK houses for rent.
Kondapur: - Kondapur is another residential centre in Hyderabad with easy access to all major malls, workplaces, and corporate buildings. Here, rent is generally Rs. 20,000 rupees to Rs. 25,000 rupees on average.
Banjara Hills: - One of Hyderabad's most affluent neighbourhoods, which implies improved security and extensive green cover, as well as closeness to entertainment hotspots. Because it is a posh area, rent can be expected around Rs. 30,000 per month here.
Navi Mumbai: - One can expect to pay rent of around Rs. 20,000- Rs. 35,000 in this area, typically for a 2BHK flat. It has a green and pollution-free environment, close access to malls, and proximity to important employment centres such as Vashi, Thane, and Belapur.
Western suburbs. For example, Andheri, Vile Parle: - Costs in Andheri are around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 45,000-Rs. 65,000 in Vile Parle, both on the higher side due to the places' solid access to the western and eastern suburbs, good social infrastructure, great public transportation, proximity to domestic and international airports, workplace centres, malls, and schools.
Eastern Suburbs. For example, Mulund: - Good accessibility to commercial areas like Thane and Airoli, a verdant and pollution-free environment, close to malls, and a diverse range of residential alternatives make Mulund a sought-after place. Costs here range from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000.
Thane: - Good, quiet atmosphere, close access to malls, a diverse range of residential alternatives, proximity to employment centres in the western and eastern suburbs, as well as Navi Mumbai, and excellent healthcare services defines Thane. It is relatively more affordable than the other two places, like Navi Mumbai. Costs here range from Rs. 20,000-Rs. 25,000.
North-west. For example, Baner (Costs ranging Rs. 16000 to Rs. 18000), Pimple Saudagar (Costs ranging from Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 16,000), Aundh (Costs ranging from Rs. 17,000- Rs. 22,000): - Some qualities of these areas which make them desirable are safety while commuting, strong public transportation availability, access to high-street commercial districts, and high-quality residential complexes.
North-east. For example, Viman Nagar (Costs ranging Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 20,000), Kharadi (Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000): - Good public transportation connection and availability, closeness to workplace centres, leisure and entertainment alternatives, and high-quality residential projects, make these areas ideal places.
South-east. For example, Hadapsar (Costs ranging from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 20,000) and Wanowrie (Cost ranging Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 21,000): - In Hadapsar, there are ample recreational choices, a well-established office corridor, safety, proximity to business centres, and access to high-street shopping. Wanowrie's proximity to the central business district, accessibility to employment hubs, and access to high-street shopping make it a liveable place.
Some parts of Whitefield: - They have good connectivity, video surveillance in some areas, streets with heavy traffic 24 hours a day due to the presence of numerous BPOs, and access to public transportation like buses. The rent is around Rs. 18,000-Rs. 23,000 rupees here.
CBD area: - The rent in the CBD area is comparatively high, ranging from Rs. 28,000-Rs. 45,000. Here, people can find facilities like good connectivity, video surveillance in some areas, significant activity on the streets 24 hours a day, and access to public transportation like metro and bus connectivity.
Koramangala: - In Koramangala for around Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40,000 rupees per month, facilities like good Internet, video surveillance in some areas, and public transportation access like buses, are available.
In Indian cities, safety is becoming more of an issue, particularly for single, working, and senior citizen women. Not all new urban areas on the outskirts of older cities can claim to be safe for women. Town planning and law enforcement authorities need to do a lot more to guarantee that women working late hours, single working, and senior citizen women are safe. Apart from that, citizens also need to be more open to ideas of social liberalism and treat everyone as equal. The idea of working women should be normalized and efforts leading to the betterment of women’s safety should be made.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
a. Why are more women looking to buy homes nowadays?
As women gain financial independence, they feel powerful and secure in their ability to realize their dream of owning a home. Indian women, from young entrepreneurs to single working women, are developing as a significant home-buying sector, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic.
b. Why is it going to be considered a great investment if I buy a house in the coming years?
In many areas, women who purchase a house are already eligible for stamp duty reductions. Furthermore, several states, including Maharashtra and Karnataka, have lately reduced stamp duty rates. With some other benefits due to the pandemic, it would be considered a good investment.
c. What benefits have the post-pandemic scenario offered in terms of real estate?
Factors such as increased tax incentives, cheaper stamp duty, and lower house loan interest rates have resulted in additional chances for women home purchasers searching for real estate investment choices in the post-pandemic environment.
d. What type of homes are preferred by people (especially women) nowadays?
With the new normal of working from home, house buyers, particularly women, are increasingly preferring ready-to-move-in properties.
e. What criteria do women look at while choosing a property?
Apart from the type of property, safety, comfort and simple access to utilities and connection are the most important considerations that women search for while getting a house.