Which is the fairest (area) of them all?

All of Mumbai is available for housing. But which areas should you look at first? We compile a handy list.

When it comes to buying a flat in Mumbai, you juggle several factors to arrive at a house that you really like. In a busy city like this one, where work commutes are long and time to unwind is scarce, location is everything! You might see scores of advertisements for houses on sale all over Mumbai, and the sheer choice in housing can baffle you. While one area is close to the office, it is too expensive to purchase property in. While a suburb may be far away, it might offer large houses.

We’re helping you clear the confusion with a handy guide of the 5 best areas to buy a flat in Mumbai:

#1 Andheri. If it’s a flat in Mumbai, it should be in Andheri. Its central location and proximity to all the important city centres makes it the Numero Uno choice in Mumbai housing. It is central to both Bandra and Borivali on the Western railway, while being connected to the Harbour stations as well as the Central ones (via the Metro line going to Ghatkopar). It is also close to shopping malls, famous places like Prithvi Theatre and Juhu Beach, and has easy access to the Eastern side, where the commercial and industrial belt lies across Chakala, Saki Naka and Chandivali.

Bandra. Old world charm, wealth and high class define this Mumbai suburb. Living in Bandra makes life really easy, since whatever you need is literally within walking distance. Most of old Bandra is green and perfectly preserved, and the best housing projects have come up here in recent times. The biggest names in hospitality and retail open their stores in Bandra before they branch out elsewhere in Mumbai. Besides, celebrity sightings (of the A-list kind) are commonplace in the suburb.

Lower Parel. This Central Mumbai destination was the abode of mills, factories and housing for mill workers. It remained an industrial zone until the Great Bombay Textile Mill Workers’ Strike of 1982, which lasted for years and resulted in the closure of most factories and mills for good. A ‘grey space’ in Mumbai’s realty even years later, Lower Parel slowly activated itself to create some of the swankiest housing projects in the district. Most of the city’s high rises (residential, office complexes, 5 star hotels) are present in Lower Parel.

Borivali. The first suburb on the Northern end of the Western Railway line, Borivali provides a good quality of life at relatively affordable prices. Many parts of the suburb are green, with dense mangrove land and Asia’s only urban national park (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) located here. It is also close to the Golden Pagoda, Essel World and the Gorai jetty.

Thane. It used to be known as Mumbai city’s little sibling, but Thane is now part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and a well-developed city in its own right. It is a vast city, and many parts of it are still being developed for housing. It is also the City of Lakes — there are 33 beautiful lakes in Thane! Besides, it has an arts and cultural vibe to rival that of Pune.

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