When you’re in Mumbai, living on the city’s southern tip, South Mumbai, or SoBo as it is called, definitely comes with a certain hoity-toity feel to it. Many say that Billy Joel’s iconic, ‘Uptown Girl’ was written and performed with a beauty from this area in mind.
Of course we say that in jest, but given its proximity to the good life. The presence of both old world town and bohemian Bandra, in close proximity and of course, the area itself in question has quite an aura about it.
South Mumbai, spread out from the old British settlement of Fort in the North to Bombay Central and Lower Parel in the South has long been the bastion of the elite. One particular locality of Prabhadevi in particular is a highly sought after area in terms of residential real estate. Peaceful, well connected and a serene oasis of city life, are all adjectives rightly thrown at this area when describing it.
Locationally speaking, Prabhadevi is ideally located equidistantly, from the city’s old business district of Nariman Point and its new powerhouses of Lower Parel and Bandra-Kurla Complex. In the name of road connectivity, most of the city’s arterial roads connect and converge on Prabhadevi. The 8 lane (one way) Bandra-Worli Sealink is an architectural marvel and a sure shot way to beat the rush hour traffic. Wide tree lined avenues and immaculately maintained roads, mean than driving here is bliss. Add to that the proximity to Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi and Bombay Central stations, and you have a settlement that is never too far from any place in the city.
An affluence like no other:
Prabhadevi can easily be termed, the ‘Darling’ of South Mumbai. Given its reputation as the oasis of uptown living, its environs play host to some of the city’s most venerable institutions, including the Mahalaxmi Race Course, the Siddhivinayak temple, Worli Sea Face and of course, it has always been the favourite haunt of the city’s powerbrokers. Over the past few years, however with the emergence of a strong. well-to-do upper middle class, the ethos of this region is rapidly changing. This however doesn’t make Prabhadevi any less of an elite, upmarket place to live in.
Prabhadevi is home to one of Mumbai’s most iconic temples, the Siddhivinayak Ganesha. However this area is one of Mumbai’s most forward thinking and cosmopolitan areas with several communities as diverse as Jains, Hindus, Parsis and even Christians calling it home. What makes Prabhadevi all the more appealing as a residential locality is the definitely erudite feel that the presence some of India’s leading intellectuals like movie actors, playwrights and social scientists in this area lends to it.
Home to some of Mumbai best schools and colleges, Prabhadevi is definitely one of the best areas to live in, when it comes to education. Noteworthy institutions in this area include Lala Lajpatrai College and Dadar Catering College.
prabhadevi is an interesting mix of old world charm and modern infrastructure. A beautiful testament to the contradiction that makes the city what it is.
Uptown Living Redefined
One of the most sought after things in a city of Mumbai’s standards is a place that is tranquil, yet well connected. Far from it all, yet in the midst of all the action. Suitably secluded,yet easily accessible. On all these counts and then some Prabhadevi scores highly. Being southward oriented, any way gives it a very premium tag, but this locality lives up to the hype, by delivering a superior lifestyle experience to many others by comparison. What’s most impressive about Prabhadevi is the fact that it has managed to remain a relatively quiet, uncongested (by comparison) locality, that is safe, kid-friendly, secure and more than all, extremely serene. Access to the Southern end of the city means that educational institutions, cultural monoliths and other important avenues of lifestyle open up. Being close to Bandra and Shivaji Park, means that shopping and dining options abound. Few other localities in the city then can boast of such a well rounded and all encompassing lifestyle, little wonder then that Prabhadevi is slowly, but surely redefining uptown living.
Things To Do
Prabhadevi boasts of a few well manicured parks and gardens that are geared to soothe your frayed nerves. Prominent among these is the Sane Guruji Gardens, where locals come out to take a relaxed, leisurely stroll and tiny tots have a blast playing kiddie games galore.
Culture and Movies:
Prabhadevi plays host to one of Mumbai’s most iconic theatre, dance and drama destinations, namely, Ravindra Natya Mandir. Watch plays, dance recitals and musical extravaganzas all year round at this venue. In the name of more ‘commercial’ entertainment, you could always catch the latest film at one of the many cinema halls and multiplexes that dot the area.
Prabhadevi lies at the confluence of many great cultures, and these lend themselves to a vibrant dining scene. Think upscale dining and you will have plenty of options, the proximity to Lower Parel also means that your epicurean fancies will be taken care of. For quality street food and Mumbai fare, head down towards Dadar station and savour the snacks, savouries, sweets and several other delicacies on offer.
Prabhadevi is in a plum location for the shopaholic in you. Thinking high street, explore Phoenix Mills or Palladium at Lower Parel. In the name of malls, head down to Atria in Worli, or SoBo Central in Mumbai Central, if you’re needs are a little more budget-oriented or ‘grey market-ish’ there’s always Heera Panna to explore.
Transportation, Hospitals, Temples, Landmarks
Wide roads, access to as many as 3 prime railway stations and bus routes connecting it to all parts of the city, make commuting in Prabhadevi a relative breeze. Most of the city’s arterial roads pass through this neighbourhood and plans are afoot to widen most of these and the roadwork is at different stages of completion.
Siddhivinayak Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Mumbai’s presiding deity, is the most famous temple in the city. Prabhadevi is home to this sacred temple and the throngs of devotees this shrine attracts are for all to behold, especially for the Maha-Aarti on Tuesdays. The Portuguese church is held in great esteem by the Christian community and is quite close to the locality as well.
Prabhadevi with its unique locational advantage is rather close to some of the city’s most trusted hospitals. Lilawati in Bandra, Seven Hills in Parel, Jaslok at Pedder Road and Breach Candy Hospital are all extremely close by. For day to day ailments and paediatric necessities, a range of doctors and polyclinics dot the area, and their services can be availed of by appointment or simply walking in.
Welcome to the birthplace of Mumbai’s cricketing talent. Home to players like Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar and others, all who studied under the watchful eyes of legendary coach Ramakant Achrekar. Shivaji Park is a fitting neighbour to Prabhadevi, in fact it is the place where many Prabhadevi residents go for a long, leisurely evening. The bustling Cadell Road area of Shivaji Park is home to restaurants and bakeries that serve legendary eats. All in all a great place to entertain, dine and exercise.
What the Queen’s Necklace is to Marine Drive, Worli seaface is to Prabhadevi. Also home to a vibrant art and shopping scene, Worli is the place to be, especially late in the evenings. A few nightclubs, bistros and lounges make the area close to the sea face a popular night out spot. A day with the kids at the Nehru Science Centre and the Planetarium is highly recommended.
Prabhadevi is one of the choicest places to consider to relocate to, or for investment purposes. With an average base price, per square foot of around Rs. 43,100, (source MagicBricks.com), it sure isn’t cheap, but the locational advantage, definitely positive outlook on the future (appreciation wise) and its proximity to the charming old quarter of town, make it a worthy buy.