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A part of Shantinagar, Langford Town is one of Bengaluru’s earlier established localities that is well-connected to other parts of the City. A premium residential locality in the heart of Bengaluru, it has seen a steady growth over the years.
Proximity to many reputed schools and institutions, higher density of residences and good roads are a few of the major advantages that the locality offers to its residents. “The residential developments seen here are mostly independent bungalows and duplex premium apartments. The area also boasts of good roads and greenery. It is a well-planned locality despite being among the oldest in the city,” says Satish B N, executive director, South, Knight Frank India.
As a residential precinct within the central business district (CBD), Langford Town is dotted with low-rise developments largely. “It is also dotted with many colonial bungalows along with a few small to medium size apartment developments. Langford Town has seen primarily small to low-rise, medium-sized apartment projects in recent years. The location has witnessed a steady increase in pricing, with year-on-year appreciation between two and five per cent, depending on the project,” explains Trivita Roy, associate director — research & real estate intelligence service, JLL India.
Currently, the residential prices are in the range of Rs 14,000 — Rs 20,000 per sq ft. Ravindra Pai, managing director, Century Real Estate adds, “Langford Town is a luxurious residential and commercial area and has better infrastructure compared with several other areas. There is high demand of first home purchase and upgrading of the current residence. Homes that were bought for Rs 30 lakh initially are now
valued at Rs two crores. Due to space constraints, the area is seeing very few new construction and the old ones are increasing in value.”
Realty matters Considered to be one of the prime and resident-friendly areas in the city, there are great prospects in terms of real estate. “Over the years, it has witnessed high demand for residential projects due to the high presence of social infrastructure like schools, hospitals, malls, markets, etc,” says Guha Lakshmanan, managing director of Casa Grande Pvt Ltd (Bengaluru division).
It is easily accessible to the City’s major hubs like Lavelle Road, MG Road and Hombegowda Nagar. Further, Langford Town also has great connectivity to the other parts of the City.
Being one of the central areas in the City, there has always been high demand in terms of real estate. Currently, the land rate in the area is at a range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 11,500 per sq ft. “As Langford town is an upmarket area of Bengaluru, the demand for high-end homes is more,” adds Anil Bhaskaran, managing director, chief architect and urban planner, IDEA Centre Architects. “The growth in the realty sector in Langford town has been rather slow. The reason for this is that the land bank available for development is scarce. Huge parcels of land are hard to get. Also the high cost of land is also a deterrent.”
Langford Town is transforming as home to luxurious houses in Bengaluru. and is seeing good demand for well maintained buildings. “As space for new homes in VM Road and Lavelle Road is very less, Langford Town and Richmond Town are becoming options for home buyers in the area. The northern part of Langford Town along with Richmond Town will have a good demand for luxury homes in the range of rs four to six crores,” says Siva Kyasa, regional owner of RE/MAX India in Bengaluru.
Pros and cons
What works out really well for the area is that it does not have any water issue and is also close to some of the best fine-dining places in the City. Good medical facilities like Mallya Hospital and St Philomenas Hospital are in the surroundings and the famous Cash Pharmacy is close by too. It is also close to popular clubs like Bangalore Club, Bowring Institute, Catholic and Hockey Clubs.
Operating a business in Langford Town is easy as it is close to all the corporate
offices. On the flip side, however, there has been a dearth of large contiguous land parcels. This limits the area’s realty growth prospects. The main roads are seen to have very few commercial establishments. Traffic, just as any other part of Bengaluru, plagues Langford Town. “It often becomes congested as most of the bylanes are very narrow and the main roads are being converted to one ways,” says Ravindra.
Further, property prices are not very affordable, making it out of reach for a cross-section of buyers and hence, it caters only to the high-end segment of the society. Despite these factors, people are still looking to make Langford Town their home as it has much to offer. With colonial remnants and a prime spot in the City, this area is all set to grow and offer a whole lot more to its residents.
‘It has a friendly atmosphere and a lot of greenery’
Langford Town — the name only shows it is land of all forces. For me, staying in Langford Town is a blessing in disguise. When I shifted to this locality, it was new place with new people around me.
While I was still settling down in the locality, all the roads in and around Langford Town were very confusing as each lane was connected with each other. However, after taking a couple of days to survey the roads, it became easier to navigate and I was able to locate each place without anyone’s help.
Now after living here for more than 12 years, Langford town is my favourite locality. It is centrally located and the best part is that my office and my son’s college are at a walkable distance. This locality has a friendly atmosphere, with a lot of greenery in each corner. However, we still lag behind as far as roads are roads are concerned.
I feel BBMP should focus mostly on improving the connectivity, use various modern
technologies and also improve roads to have wider footpaths and roads for better living standards in the future.
Some upcoming residential projects
Ebenazer enclave - N T Patel & Builders Pvt Ltd
Kay Arr Ssan Silsila -
Kay Arr and Co Builders
Redifice Petunia - Vasathi Housing
Vaishnavi Prime –
Renata – Century Real Estate