South Mumbai or SoBo as it is popularly known has long held sway in the hearts and minds of the denizens of the city, as the destination to settle, when you’ve arrived in life. The sheer exclusivity and quote, ‘high life’ factor of the place make it an enviable destination to put down roots. Besides this is quintessential Mumbai, where the streets are paved in gold and the sun shines brightest.
Which other part of the city can boast of premier clubs, gymkhanas, age-old cultural and educational institutions and of course the finest health care and hospitality money can buy? If New York has the Upper East Side, London has Chelsea, Mumbai has SoBo.
One of SoBo’s best kept secrets is the neighbourhood of Prabhadevi. To describe this as a sylvan retreat, both in terms of connectivity and serenity wouldn’t be an overstatement. Look North of here and you have the Queen’s Necklace, South of here and the imposing Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (better known as the Bandra-Worli sea link) meets the eye. In its confines resides Mumbai most famous deity at the Siddhivinayak Temple. Does life get any sweeter? If you needed another reason to contemplate life here, we’ll give you ten, from the emotional to the rational and everything in between, here are the top 10 reasons to contemplate living in Prabhadevi.
Location in the island city doesn’t get any better than this. Nestled between the fashionable Cadell Road and Malabar Hill, is Prabhadevi. It isn’t the largest neighbourhood, but it most certainly is one of the most prestigious. Within striking distance of the bustle that is Dadar, and the uber fashionable Worli, and an important stopover en route to SoBo, Prabhadevi makes an excellent case for itself purely with its location itself.
Infrastructure is second to none, with some of the city’s best connectivity options. Prabhadevi is easily accessible from 3 of Mumbai’s most prominent railway stations in Dadar, Mahalaxmi and Mumbai Central. Road transport is also a viable option with some of Mumbai’s most arterial roads passing through this hallowed address. Even during peak hours the commute between town and Prabhadevi and SoBo is a measly 15 minutes, and to Bandra another 25 minutes, 10 if one chooses the sea link.
Life in style:
If Prabhadevi had an advertising brochure, it’s tagline would read, ‘where life resides’ and quite frankly, it wouldn’t be overstating the facts. Tranquil, peaceful and exclusive, this area is one of the few in Mumbai that maintains all the characteristics of a sylvan hideaway, while being closest to the action. The serenity is only matched by the sheer convenience in terms of being close to all that your heart desires. Culture, lifestyle, fashion, leisure and above it all, a wholesome family life. This is one place you will never be surprised by. From small scale eateries that blow you away with their complex cuisine, to upscale shops that cater to your every little whim and fancy, this place has it all.
Convent Girls School is one of the most sought after schools in the Prabhadevi area. In addition to this, Bombay Scottish, is one of Mumbai’s premier educational institutions, a few kilometres towards Shivaji Park. Prabhadevi’s locational advantage shows through as some of the city’s premier schools, colleges, and centres of higher learning aren’t more than 20 minutes away from this neighbourhood by road or rail. Some of the colleges of note including Sophia Polytechnic, St. Xavier’s, Wilson’s, KC, Sydenham and GLC, happen to be within the aforementioned distance. This makes the area a virtual hub for education.
Prabhadevi’s proximity to both the kitsch and cool of Bandra and the high streets of Lower Parel make it one of the most desirable locations for the shopaholic. About half an hour away is the cool district of Colaba, where one can kit their apartment out with the most funky knick-knacks and decor. Surplus clothes, shoes and fashion for college can be browsed and bargained for on Fashion Street and of course, the old school can always have their bespoke attire tailored at one of the high end tailors at the Taj or one of the higher end malls in Nariman Point.
To call Prabhadevi Mumbai’s healthcare hub wouldn’t be entirely wrong. From neonatal to neurology, from cold to cardiac, from migraines to metatarsal injuries and everything in between, this neighbourhood has a doctor for. A fifteen minute drive gives one access to Jaslok, Lilavati and Breach Candy, iconic names in Mumbai’s health care parlance. These hospitals are equipped to deal with virtually everything, from the everyday to the chronic. What’s even more desirable is the fact that all of them are extremely close and can be accessed by ambulance or your personal vehicles, at any time of the day or night.
When it comes to culture, few locations in Mumbai have it made like Prabhadevi. In its confines it holds one of the city’s most iconic performance spaces in Ravindra Natya Mandir. The Nehru Centre is a must visit for a plethora of performances from Verdi to Kalidasa. Iconic cultural landmarks like the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), and Jehangir Art Gallery are at drivable distances from Prabhadevi. Prabhadevi itself houses several private art galleries that hold exhibitions by some of the city’s most accomplished artists.
Religious places and festivals:
Prabhadevi plays host to Mumbai’s presiding deity Lord Ganesh at the Siddhivinayak Temple. The throng of devotees on Tuesdays is worth witnessing. Mahalaxmi Temple, Babulnath and several other important shrines are located very close to this neighbourhood. Portuguese Church is one of the most serene spots one can visit. St. Michael’s Church at Mahim isn’t too far away either. Haji Ali, one of Islam’s most important shrines is situated at Worli. You can imagine then, the way most festivals are celebrated in this very cosmopolitan place.
In a clear case of demand outstripping supply, property prices in Prabhadevi are predictably high. The recent trend puts property prices here at anywhere between Rs. 41,800 and Rs. 44,200 per square foot. What this means is that the exclusivity of the area remains uncompromised and that this trend is definitely going to continue in the upward direction. So the time to buy, is most certainly now.
Another factor that will ensure that your property investment in Prabhadevi will continue its upward march are the announcement of several new infrastructure and connectivity projects. For starters the recently commissioned Coastal Road Project, passes through this area and this means that within 4 years time, the arduous 15 minute drive from town to ‘home’ will be cut in half! The Mumbai Metro Project will soon move its focus to this part of the city and that will definitely affect the rates positively as well. We wouldn’t be surprised if in that amount of time, there will be virtually no places available for sale!
Prabhadevi is a jewel in the crown of the city. Close to all the important buzz, yet quiet and peaceful, this neighbourhood gives you access to the finest things in life. From raising your kids in a prosperous environment, to a hassle-free commute to work, from being able to entertain relatives to the finest life has to offer, to caring for your seniors with the best healthcare money can buy, this locality is definitely the mark of upscale living.