Decades ago, localities used to call Koramangala ‘Sollemangala’ (Solle means mosquitoes in Kannada). The area spread over 1,800 acres in eight blocks, was once petrified by mosquito menace and mangroves. It was a village and was considered not a great place to live for a Bangalorean in the 80s and 90s.
Today, it is one of the hottest real estate destinations in India’s Silicon Valley. “I would kill to get a place in Koramangala,” said MR Jagannathan jokingly. The 60-year-old retired employee stays very close to Koramangala. “It used to be in the outskirts of the city when I could afford it. Now, unfortunately I cannot buy a place there.” This is just a glimpse of how much the landscape and aspiration for Koramangala has changed over the years.
“You won’t believe it. I once had an offer to buy a plot in Koramangala for a few lakhs in the 90s. That time if I would have stretched a bit I could have actually owned something in Koramangala, but it was not so good then. This is one decision I regret to have made,” added Mr Jagannathan.
The Rahejas, real estate developers, are often credited with changing the landscape of Koramangala when they come up with mixed-use project called Raheja Arcade. Many companies those days shifted from other parts of Bangalore to Raheja Arcade. Then Forum Mall, which further increased the value of the locality. In fact Forum is one of the earliest malls in the country, which was constructed to meet international standards. Even to this day, it is one of most successful malls in the country.
At present, the rentals for mid-segment residential properties are expected to grow by 5-10 per cent in the Koramangala locality over the next few months. “This is due to good social as well as physical infrastructure, good connectivity to various business districts and availability of premium developments,” said Naveen Nadwani, director South India, for Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate consulting firm.
“Rentals for residential properties in the high-end segment are expected to remain stable while mid-segment are expected to witness further increases on account of persistent demand. While in the commercial office market space as well as in the retail segment, rentals may remain stable in the short to medium term,” added Mr Nadwani
While the rate for land parcels range between Rs 13,000-15,000 per square feet, not much of commercial space is available for sale. “At present, no major land parcels suitable for developers are available in Koramangala. Only a few scattered small plots ranging up to a size of 3,500 sq ft owned by individuals are available,” added Mr Nadwani. The residents of Koramangala are buying whatever is available. Recently, a well-known local businessman bought two adjacent plots in the vicinity.