No doubt, having a house of your own is the dream of every Pakistani. The process of building the perfect home for your family starts from hunting for the best possible neighborhood!. To assist you in making an accurate and informed decision we have come up with a ” list of top societies of Islamabad ideal for home construction in 2021″.
This very first step of searching for an ideal housing society can be quite daunting and overwhelming. Indeed, the most important step in house construction is to choose the best society to live in because you will be putting in all of your savings, often times a lifetime of savings, to construct on this immovable piece of land.
Therefore, we have put together a list of Islamabad’s top societies or areas that we think will be suitable for constructing your own house in 2021 and start living in the next one to two years.
If you are looking for a place to build your house in Islamabad in the next one to two years, this post is just for you!
Why is it important to choose the right neighborhood?
The mesmerizing views of Margalla hills and the tree-lined streets make Islamabad a heaven-like city in Pakistan.
Although everyone desires to live and own a comfortable home in the strategically planned and beautiful city of Islamabad, selecting the right neighborhood or society can be quite daunting.
To meet the growing demand for housing in the city, a number of residential and commercial projects have emerged, each striving to be the first choice of the masses. However, all projects have positive as well as some negative aspects attached to them.
Often, people are impressed with the marketing efforts of the developers or low prices and may overlook important details that are crucial for long-term growth of the property and the living experience.
Purchasing land is the first step in the process of house construction, also the most important one!
Why is purchasing land the most crucial decision in the whole process?
The plot for your house is a piece of land which is an immovable property. Once you start construction on the plot, you are stuck with the unchangeable features of the area such as location, basic amenities, road network, etc.
For example, the plot might have been very cheap but if it’s too far from your office or has inadequate availability of water, it will bring discomfort to you everyday.
Moreover, it is crucial to make an informed decision and prevent yourself from any fraud.
Choose a good and reliable real estate agent to provide you with honest consultancy and accurate information so that you can be protected against frauds.
To help you make an informed decision in the important aspect of your home-buying process, Islamabad Projects has brought a list of Islamabad’s top societies for living.
Before going into further details of the projects, let’s discuss the criteria that we have used in the process.
Criteria: How to choose the best society to live?
If you are looking for a plot or villa for investment purpose, check out our article on Top Five Projects among The New Housing Societies in Islamabad. In that post, we discuss the criteria to choose the top projects from the viewpoint of an investor.
However, selecting a society for constructing your house with the aim to start living in it or get rental income calls for a slightly different criteria.
The suitability of a residential area is totally subjective and depends on the preferences of the person.
Nonetheless, there are some features that everyone should consider when faced with the decision of choosing a place to live!
Here is an outline of the features that make a society suitable for residence:
Location is one of the most important aspects of any real estate project.
If you plan to start living in the next two years, you should consider how far it is from your workplace or educational institutes.
Societies that are farther from the city center are usually more affordable. However, you need to evaluate the extra time and cost taken to commute from your new home against the cost saving on the land.
A good benchmark to evaluate that would be the level of development and existing or expected population by the time you move to the place.
Even if it is far, the high level of population naturally brings amenities to a locality such as healthcare, schools, banks, shopping centers, etc. that will make your living experience comfortable.
Another important aspect of location is the access road! The distance traveled on a highway is much easier as compared to the distance covered on a narrow two-way road.
As an example, compare the access roads to B-17 and Gulberg Islamabad. Details are discussed below.
We have repeatedly emphasized the importance of evaluating the developer before you invest in any real estate project, click here to read more.
In short, a good track record of the developers in the market ensures that developers deliver as per their commitments.
Since you plan to start living right away, you also need to consider the management of the society. The developer should set up a smooth system for effective management and maintenance of the society for long run.
NOC and Possession
The foremost thing is to confirm that the residential society has acquired no-objection certification (NOC) from the respective development authority such as CDA or RDA.
Furthermore, it is imperative to make sure that the plots are available for possession right away or by the time you expect to start construction. Delays in the real estate sector are not a new thing. There are a number of uncontrollable factors that might slow the development and delay possession.
If you plan to start construction of your home in the next 1 – 2 years, we highly recommend to get plot in a developed and possession-able area.
Features and Amenities
Another important aspect to consider is the features and amenities offered by a society. Some of the prominent features that are necessary for a good living standard are as follows:
- Width and quality of street roads
- Availability and size of Mosque
- Placement of commercial areas
- Availability and quality of parks
- Availability of utilities including water, electricity and gas
Furthermore, the ability of the developer or the project to attract good quality commercial projects will also immensely impact your living experience.
The level of population in a new society give a better indication of the living conditions.
Having some neighbors around has a lot of benefits, security being the most important.
Furthermore, as already mentioned, the high level of population naturally brings amenities to a locality such as healthcare, schools, banks, shopping centers, etc. that will make your living experience more comfortable.
First Mover Advantage
Important! The society might not have any population right now, which is fine! You are looking for the level of population by the time you plan to start living in your new home.
Once you start construction, many will follow. By the time your construction work is complete, which may take 1.5 to 2 years, a lot of your neighbors will follow!
This is where you have a high chance of getting First-Mover Advantage, quite literally.
As more and more people start construction and move to an area, land prices will rise very quickly, increasing the value of your property and reducing your cost of house as compared to the new comers.
Top three housing societies of Islamabad to Build your House
In this section, we finally reveal Islamabad’s top three best societies to live if you plan to construct your house in the next one to two years.
1. Park View City – Epitome of Premium Lifestyle
Park View City is an ultra-premium and luxurious housing society that offers a world-class and high-end living experience to its residents. Following categories are available:
- Residential plots
- Commercial plots
- Park View Homes – fully finished villas
- Park View Apartments
Why Park View City?
Surrounded by alluring and beautiful Bani Gala Hills, Park View City is located at the prime location in Islamabad. Situated at Malot Road, it is almost 15 minutes away from Kashmir Highway.
It enjoys a competitive edge over many other upcoming residential societies due to its ideal location that offers greater accessibility to the city center.
Furthermore, the developer of Park View City -Vision Group – is chaired by Aleem Khan who is a renowned politician and Senior Minister of Punjab. This strengthens the credibility of the developer.
Furthermore, a strong portfolio and good reputation of the developer is indicative of on-time project delivery and reflects an ability to manage their projects effectively.
Park View City holds the NOC from Capital Development Authority (CDA). Click here to see the list of approved societies that come under the jurisdiction of CDA.
The pace of development of Park View City has remained smooth. The development of blocks A, B and H has been completed and possession is available in block A and B. The construction of houses has also started, and in the upcoming recent years, society is going to develop significantly.
The population of Park View City is scarce at the moment. Nonetheless, given the development pace and the considerable population density in its neighboring society, Bahria Enclave, we believe that its population will grow decently in a year or two.
Park View City is one of the top societies in Islamabad to live in because of its luxurious and world amenities. Some of the features that distinguish it from other projects are listed below:
- 200 feet main boulevard
- Gated Community,
- 24/7 Electricity, Water and Gas
- Load Shedding Free Zone
- Underground Electricity Supply
- 24/7 surveillance
- Jamia Mosque
- Club and Community Center
- Park View Mall
- 3D Cine Star IMAX
- Green spaces.
Park View City is among one of Islamabad’s top societies to live in because of its luxurious and world amenities. Following features and amenities of Park View City distinguish it from numerous other residential societies in Islamabad.
The plot prices are relatively higher, however, given its superior amenities, ideal location and a premium landscape, the prices are quite competitive for a luxurious living standard.
In short, Park View City is a perfect candidate for your home in Islamabad. Also, you will get a first mover advantage if you plan to start construction right away!
2. Gulberg Islamabad – The Hub of Commercial Activity in Islamabad
Today, Gulberg Islamabad holds a pivotal position in Islamabad and is home to numerous mega-development, corporate and residential projects.
Gulberg Islamabad offers the following options:
- Residential plots
- Farmhouses – 5 kanal
- Residential – 7 marla to 1 kanal
- Commercial plots
The main entrance of Gulberg Islamabad is located at Islamabad Expressway, which makes it easily accessible through different parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Moreover, it is only 5 minutes away from the G.T road, making it accessible from neighboring cities and towns. Click here to read the review of the location of Gulberg Islamabad.
Moreover, the wide Gulberg roads also add further to its value, giving it a comparative advantage over other neighboring societies.
Gulberg Islamabad is a project of Intelligence Bureau Employees Cooperative Housing Society (IBECHS) that has a remarkable history of delivering high-quality projects. The project was initiated in 2005 and acquired its approval from CDA in 2009.
Development work on the project has been going on at a good pace.
Many prodigious multi-purpose projects such as The Magnus Mall, Gulberg Mall & Signature Living, Rabi Center Gulberg and Skypark One are being developed in Gulberg which also offer deluxe and lavish apartments. Furthermore, Samama Heights is offering entirely constructed apartments that are available on full payment.
So, if you are willing to start living in Gulberg Islamabad, you can also opt for living in the apartments in one of Islamabad’s top societies. Seeing developers’ devotion and strategic planning, we are certain that this residential society would live up to the expectations of high-quality lifestyle and maintenance.
Recently, some blocks of Gulberg Residencia have experienced delays in developments.
Therefore, if you are willing to purchase a plot and start your home’s construction right away, we would recommend you to go for developed and possession-able plots in Gulberg Residencia.
Although the society is not considerably populated at the moment, however, the scale and quality of commercial and multi-use projects being developed in Gulberg, we surely believe that society would be populated significantly in the upcoming years.
If you are looking for the supreme quality of living with a posh area and exclusive amenities, Gulberg Islamabad is just among Islamabad’s top residential societies for you. Following are the amenities and features offered by Gulberg Islamabad:
- Modern infra-structure
- Wide roads lit with Solar Energy Panels
- A special place is designated for renowned schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals known as “Knowledge Village
- 5-star hotels, Mosques, Sports complex, Community center, Gymnasium, Petrol pumps, and grand shopping malls
- Underground Electricity Distribution and Sewerage Network.
- Networks for Gas and Telecommunication –also laid underground
- Water filtration plant
- Gym, Theatre and Grand auditorium,
- Amusement parks,
- Jogging tracks,
- Sports and cultural complex,
- Restaurants, hotels, and resorts.
- Ensured Security: 24/7 Surveillance
With top-class amenities, ideal location, the hub of commercial activity, scenic beauty, wide roads and the radius of attraction, Gulberg Islamabad offers a complete package of high-grade and elevated living standards.
Moreover, it offers very reasonable prices for residential plots when compared with the quality of amenities and the scope of the project. Therefore, we highly recommend Gulberg as one of the best societies to live in Islamabad for construction of your house in the next few years.
3. Top City 1 and Mumtaz City – Most Economical yet Ideal Location for House Construction
The reason why we have included both societies is that they are located next to each other and share many similarities.
However, we recommend Top City more due to better quality of development and planning as well as better quality of life and amenities offered.
The housing societies offer luxury and eco-friendly living. The elegant and strategically planned residential communities offer exclusive living standard. They offer the following:
- Residential plots
- Commercial plots
Why Top City-1?
Top City Islamabad and Mumtaz City are located at the southern side of Srinagar Highway (formerly Kashmir Highway), right at the junction of M-1 and M-2 motorways.
Furthermore, the societies are only a few minutes away from the new Islamabad International Airport. The ideal location gives a boost to their value and offers greater accessibility to the city center.
Being located on the highway makes the location of Top City very favorable for someone who is looking for an affordable place to construct the house, yet not too far from the city center.
Developers of both societies have delivered high-quality residential projects which can be seen from the current development status. Furthermore, they are generously devoting resources, skills, and expenses to maintain the development and management of the housing societies.
Top City-1 and Mumtaz City have received the NOC from Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). Top City-1 has also obtained no objections from ICT, CAA, NHA, and Environment Protection Department (EPD).
Although the development work remained slow in past couple of years, the society has given possession successfully. People who own the plot or buy it can start construction right away without any delay.
In the last year, Top City has seen a huge surge in prices after possession. Click here for a pricing summary of Top City.
Therefore, now is the prime time to buy a plot and start constructing your house in one of the best societies of Islamabad.
Currently, the population is scarce in both Top-City Islamabad and Mumtaz City. Nonetheless, as the construction of residential and commercial units has begun, the population is expected to flourish in the upcoming year.
Top City-1 and Mumtaz City offer luxurious and advanced features and amenities. The residential societies provide a bountiful living experience that allows you to avail modern and luxurious lifestyle.
Following are the salient features of the housing projects :
- Parks & Green Belts along the roads and streets
- Sewage Treatment Plant
- Hub of Business Centers
- 24/7 Uninterrupted Gas Supply
- 24/7 Underground Electricity
- A complete system of Water Supply &Water Drainage
- A hub of Schools, College, and Universities
- Five Star Hotels
- Strict security
As we have explored the positive attributes of these societies, it would be safe to say that these are among Islamabad’s top societies and make a great choice for housing if you are planning to construct your house in 2021.
Specially, if you are looking for more affordable options, Top City and Mumtaz city are the best candidates. The prices of the residential plots are lower, yet they offer remarkable amenities.
So, which one is the top society to construct your house in Islamabad in 2021?
In this post, we have discussed the top three housing societies in Islamabad that offer the perfect opportunity to construct your house in the next year or two. Here is the list for your reference:
- Park View City
- Gulberg Residencia and Gulberg Greens
- Top City 1 and Mumtaz City
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