Andheri has grown in leaps and bounds since the mid-1990s, catapulting itself to the position of a well-heeled suburb in Western Mumbai. Boasting of tremendous commercial and residential development, the suburb grew in prominence when it started attracting a lot of foreign investment in the form of outsourcing operations (like BPOs and call centres). Major restaurants and malls followed, and the suburb became an exhilarating new destination to live in.
If you are considering making the shift to Andheri, consider these 5 good reasons to do so:
1) Centrally located
Andheri is a major junction along the Western and Harbour railway lines, while the Central line is accessible up to Ghatkopar via the Metro rail. It is central to the popular suburbs of Bandra and Borivali. Andheri East is the site of the international airport, while a short connection away is the domestic airport. Besides, it is close to the Bandra Kurla Complex, the city’s commercial district.
2) Lots of office space
Those working at SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone) in Andheri East are happily placed to live in bustling Andheri. The SEEPZ area houses several multinational firms since its inception in the 1970s. MIDC is also located in Andheri East, while there are many IT hubs, private offices, premium car showrooms, and also the Veera Desai Industrial Estate in Andheri West. Living in Andheri is a good option if you work in these areas.
3) Many avenues for entertainment
Apart from sprawling malls, multiplexes and a clutch of restaurants and pubs, Andheri offers a vibrant nightlife and many party spots. Younger age groups enjoy the vibe of the suburb, while PYTs and film strugglers can hope to get ‘discovered’ at the many coffee shops here. Seeing a film or TV actor is quite common here, as many of them live in the suburb’s upper class Lokhandwala Complex. Most residents here unwind after a day of work with dinner and drinks with friends.
4) An inclusive way of life
Historically, several Indian communities migrated to Andheri and settled in different pockets. While East Indians and Christians lived in Amboli and Marol, several Sindhis settled in the Four Bungalows and Lokhandwala Complex areas. Similarly, JB Nagar had Sikh families setting up base. Versova had its fair share of Marathi-speaking kolis. Over the years, however, Andheri has homogenised into a more inclusive society where every community resides. The suburb’s cosmopolitan nature is further borne out by the many cuisines on offer in its restaurants.
5) Excellent options in housing
Its vibrancy, exciting pace of development and presence of excellent infrastructure and amenities has ensured that Andheri has a variety of housing options to offer. You can have your pick of flats in Andheri, from middle income housing to luxury apartments in swanky towers. It is recommended that you look for a luxury flat in Andheri – it is a one-time investment that is worth your while, since you are bound to live in this wonderful suburb for years to come!
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