Go green or go home!

The new plastic ban across the city has given way to several new recycling practices. Environmental consciousness is at an all-time high and there is no time like the present to adopt sustainable living practices.

Here are a few easy ways to make apartments in Chennai a little greener!

Ditch the plastic

We have all seen the video of that hapless turtle struggling with a plastic straw up its’ nose. As convenient as plastic may be in our day-to-day use, it wreaks havoc on the environment. It is not biodegradable, which means it only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. However, an estimated 33% of any household plastic is used only once, and then thrown away. The first step to leading a sustainable life is being mindful about the way we use our plastic. Here is how we can do that:

Use milk bottles instead of milk packets

Get rid of disposable products

Take bags with you when you go shopping

Recycle your plastic, where possible

Use glass, steel, ceramic or terracotta utensils

Try to go straw-less

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Our city has seen several infrastructural advances which is the perfect reason to ditch your car and opt for public transport. In addition to lowering your carbon footprint, you will also find yourself saving money in the long run! When you have to use your car, try to carpool whenever you can, and use inflated tyres and drive slow.

Energy efficient appliances

Just like your mobiles and laptops, your appliances should also be replaced periodically. Using energy efficient appliances is not only good for the environment; but also your wallet! When you think of recycling, think beyond paper and plastic.

It is estimated that we discard 49.8 tonnes of electronic waste annually (old appliances, electronics, etc.) The next time you are due for an appliance upgrade, you can either give away your old ones or send them for a thorough breakdown.

Buy organic

Contrary to popular belief, organic farming is not a sham! Conventional farming is very heavy on chemicals that are in the ecosystem for decades and can sometimes pollute the surrounding water bodies and farmlands as well.

Organic farming is more sustainable in the long run for the environment and your body. Not to mention, organic fruits and vegetables are exponentially more nutritious than their regular counterparts.

Go natural

It is estimated that over 88% of women use the wrong beauty products for their skin. By making the switch to natural and chemical-free personal care products, you are reducing the damage done to your body.

You can take it up a notch and make your own self-care products from the comfort of your home. In addition to glowing skin, you will also reduce the amount of chemicals you put back into the world.

What green practice is the easiest for you to introduce into your home?

Santhome: A life of complements

There’s a dream, tucked away in the back of our minds; a hope that we can one day enjoy unmatched opulence, and call this slice of luxury our own. It’s time to breathe life into that dream.

Santhome is home to some of the iconic towering peaks of Chennai – the Santhome Basilica and the Lighthouse – and neighbor to the culturally significant Kapaleeswarar Temple and Vivekananda House. With many of the premium apartments in Chennai peppering the area, it’s not unsurprising to see opulent buildings and a combination of interesting lifestyles. As multi-cultural hubs go, Santhome is a magnet for people from all walks of life.

Sun, surf, and sand

Azure The Oceanic, Santhome

The world’s second longest beach, skirts the Indian Ocean in the Bay of Bengal, leaving a distinct mark on the neighborhood. And if an evening stroll on miles of sand isn’t your idea of relaxation, all you have to do is stop by the Tholkappiar Ecological Park to unravel the multitude of gems that Nature has to offer (beware, the park is only open on select days of the week).

Green skies and concrete floors

Roof Top at Azure The Oceanic

Exotic flora and rare bird species call the 260 acres of the nearby Theosophical Society home, making it an excellent weekend stop for the birders. The hot summers of Chennai do call for some evenings spent in the company of air-conditioned retail outlets, and the indulgence of taste buds at one of the many food courts in nearby malls. But there’s nothing quite like a relaxing dip atop a rooftop swimming pool in one of the premium apartments in Chennai.

The smart way to grow

Some of the most prestigious schools of the city, such as Chettinad Vidyashram and Sishya, are located in the immediate vicinity of Santhome, making it the best place for a child from the luxury homes of Chennai to learn, explore and grow. In addition, the business hub of the city at nearby Nungambakkam, makes Santhome a hotspot for the who’s who of the town. You never know who you might meet when out for a stroll.

Life begins and ends at Azure

For those looking to make the most of everything that Chennai has to offer in one place, Azure The Oceanic, luxury apartments at Santhome deliver an elevated lifestyle. Swathed in luxury, from the Italian marble flooring to the European designer wardrobes, the space where the once iconic Oceanic Hotel stood, is now home to another glistening landmark.

Azure the Oceanic, Santhome

With full glass facades and expansive balcony decks, reflections across the contemporary design of the property create a connector between river, sky, and ocean. Complete with world-class, in-house automation and concierge service, these 97 homes will leave you wanting for nothing.

Luxury homes in Chennai are waiting for you. Where are you at?

Appaswamy’s Luxury Homes in Chennai

If you are shopping around for luxury homes in Chennai, we have a few stunning options for you. Investing in a luxury apartment is not just a run-of-the-mill investment because you are not just choosing a home, you are choosing a lifestyle. With top-of-the-line amenities, exceptional finishing, and proximity to the heart of the city, here is a sneak peek into two of our flagship projects.

Clover By The River

The Locale

Over the last decade, South Chennai has earned its rightful place as a fashionable investment for real estate. In addition to a scenic view, the area is flocked with some of the best restaurants, colleges, schools, entertainment hubs and hospitals; making it the ideal residential destination.

Arguably one of the greenest parts of Chennai, Kotturpuram houses the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Anna University, and the Madras School of Economics. Your children can unlock the secrets of the universe and unleash their inner scientist at the Birla Planetarium and Guindy National Park. Just a stone’s throw away is the Anna Centenary Library, that contains over 5.5 lakh books ranging from research to fiction.

For a social butterfly, Kotturpuram is not very far from The Madras Club and The Boat Club. You can also enjoy a weekend tee-off at the TNGF Cosmo Golf Course, an impressive 18-hole course that spans across 36 hectares of lush green land.

The Property

When you enter Clover By The River, the first thing you notice is the sightly elevation, with double height balconies made almost entirely out of glass, and the opulent floor to ceiling bay windows, to experience the gorgeous Adyar River skyline.

The kitchen is modular and chic, and come fitted with Scavolini (Italy’s leading brand) kitchen solutions to give you not just a contemporary finish, but also comfort for everyday cooking. The bedrooms and common living areas are spacious and uncluttered, accentuated with a superior wooden finish.

The bathrooms have been thoughtfully designed, keeping both looks and safety in mind. While the marble accents add a regal touch to the space, the fitted anti-skid tiles and shower cubicles add to a wholesome experience. Like all of our premium apartments in Chennai, Clover By The River comes equipped with superior amenities like the fitness center, clubhouse, pool, yoga pavilion, and a five-star hotel-worthy grade banquet hall.

Azure The Oceanic

The Locale

Located on the South Canal Bank Road is Azure The Oceanic. Conveniently placed in the heart of the city, Azure is close to some of the most renowned heritage sites in Chennai – the Santhome church and Kapaleeshwar temple, to name a few. There is never a dearth of things to do in and around the property, with the world’s second longest beach – Marina – being a hop, skip, and jump away.

Come December, you don’t have to miss out on the bustle of Margazhi season, since the property is less than 15 minutes away from your favourite sabhas. With the best of clubs and hotels in and around the locality, you’re never too far away from the cosmopolitan life.

The property

Azure The Oceanic is the crème de la crème of our luxury homes in Chennai, and we have gone all out to give you the finest living experience. To ensure that you make the most of the Eastern horizon and a breath-taking view of the coastline, this residential sensation has been designed as two sleek buildings that interlock, to result in one L-shaped block.

We take complete advantage of the unparalleled vistas with expansive balcony decks. Each of the 97 state-of-the-art units have been meticulously planned, with the extensive use of glass to allow for natural light to penetrate every corner of the homes. Each unit comes with world class fixtures and finishing, and there are three distinct styles of homes that you can choose from.

Aptly described as the place ‘where the sea meets the sky,’ the Sky Villa is a star gazer’s delight, and offers an unfettered view of the Bay of Bengal. The Sky Mansion is spread across two impressive floors and has all the features of a bungalow. Each mansion comes complete with an elevator for easy access. The much coveted Sky Estate takes luxury living to a higher level with a private terrace and individual swimming pool.

All three styles of homes come complete with European style modular kitchens, top-of-the-line appliances, designer wardrobes, deep soaking tub, Italian marble/granite flooring and more! Every home comes with bespoke home automation technology that is comprehensive yet easy to use. From controlling the temperature of your house to 24/7 live security feed, everything is now at your fingertips.To find out more about homes in Azure and Clover, schedule a tour of our premium apartments in Chennai today!

Sunny-side up!

While it may not be the peak of summer yet, it sure feels like it, in our flats in Chennai! The soaring temperature means one thing – it is time to mix it up in the kitchen! Here are easy to make recipes to take advantage of sunny time produce like watermelon, summer squash, and forget not – mangoes!

Banana coconut smoothie

Replace your morning coffee or tea with a refreshing tender coconut smoothie. Power-packed with essential vitamins and minerals, this combination is tender-licious!  

You will need:

  • 1 cup of tender coconut flesh
  • 1½ cups of tender coconut water
  • 2 Bananas (preferably frozen)
  • ¼ Regular milk (or almond milk)
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint leaves

Steps:

  • In a blender, add the frozen banana and tender coconut flesh, and blend until it is a semi-solid paste.
  • To that, add the tender coconut and milk, and blend until you have the desired consistency.
  • Garnish with a few mint leaves and some ice-cubes.

Gazpacho

Cool off the heat with this Spanish style gazpacho (tomato soup served cold)! This slurp-worthy classic is perfect if you are in need of a little pick-me-up. You can make this recipe your own by adding any toppings you like.

You will need:

  • 6 – 7 medium tomatoes
  • 1 Italian sweet pepper (red or yellow)
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • A splash of sherry vinegar (it can be substituted with red wine or white wine vinegar)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Optional (for topping): diced cucumber, diced green apple, diced onions, diced pepper, croutons or hard-boiled eggs

Steps:

  • In the blender, add – the tomatoes with the core removed, the pepper that has been cut in half and deseeded, diced onions, and diced cucumber. Blend the vegetables at high speed, until they are completely pureed.
  • Bring the blending to a slow speed, and add olive oil, a little at a time, till you get the desired consistency. If required, you can also add cold water.
  • Add salt and vinegar to taste, and blend one last time.
  • Refrigerate and serve cold.

Garnish with your favourite toppings, right before you serve the soup.

Recipe credit: spanishsabores.com

Broccoli salad

If you are looking for a quick and light summer salad recipe, this is it! Loaded with antioxidants and folic acids, this broccoli salad is hearty, yet light. It is the perfect end to a long day when you want an easy-to-make recipe, that is high on flavor!

You will need:

  • 1-2 heads of fresh broccoli
  • ½ cup of red onion (chopped)
  • 200 grams of cooked bacon, crumbled into small pieces (can be substituted with paneer)
  • 2½ tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1½ cup of grated mozzarella

Steps:

  • Chop broccoli into small bite-size pieces.
  • In a salad bowl, add broccoli, onions, bacon (or paneer), and mozzarella.
  • In a separate bowl, mix vinegar, sugar, and mayonnaise, to make the dressing.
  • Pour this dressing over the mix of vegetables, and toss to coat.
  • Cover the salad and refrigerate it for about an hour before serving.

Recipe credit: foodnetwork.com

Summer Chili

With the mercury on the rise, you may want to spend as little time as possible, over a blazing stove. This one-pot vegetarian summer chili is quick to make and is a great way to get all those summer veggies in!

Pro tip: you can add any meat to this chili and it will taste just as good.

You will need:

  • 3 summer squash (medium size)
  • 3 zucchini (medium size)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 400 grams of diced tomatoes (with the core removed)
  • 400 ml of of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 400 grams of chickpeas (boiled)
  • ¼ cup of corn
  • 2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 3 teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh basil (optional)

Steps:

  • In a stock pot, sauté the cubed summer squash and zucchini in olive oil, over a medium-high flame, for 10 minutes or until soft.
  • To the vegetables, add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and broth, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • To this, add broccoli, chickpeas, corn, and all the spices, Let this boil for another ten minutes.
  • Cool the mixture down and garnish with basil before serving.

Recipe credit: jaroflemons.com

Mango popsicles

You can’t have a summer recipe list without featuring mangoes or lassi! We have taken it up a notch and combined the two, to make a refreshing mango popsicle. You can replace this recipe with just about any summer fruit, but mango tastes best (obvs!)

You will need:

  • 2 – 3 mangoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • Milk (as required)
  • Sugar
  • Popsicle molds (you can use an ice tray)

Steps:

  • Blend the mango and yogurt to make a thick paste. Add cold milk to get the desired consistency.
  • Add sugar as required.
  • Pour the liquid in the Popsicle tray and place it in the freezer for about two hours.
  • Serve cold with garnish.

Recipe credit: Egglesscooking.com

The best way to enjoy making this is to have a fantastic, fully fitted kitchen, that will take the heat off of cooking (if you know what we mean). Ensure that you pick from the best of properties in Chennai so that your cooking time helps you cool off! On that note, which one of these mouth-watering creations are you going to try first?

Think Luxury, Think Kotturpuram

It’s indulgent and sensuous, and it just might be your dream home!

Perhaps it’s the wind that brushes your skin as you take in the awe-inspiring view from the Eiffel Tower, or the warmth of the waves that slowly touch your feet as you walk along the shores of the Cote d’Azur. It is that once-in-a-lifetime sensation of having the world in your palm. Well, if luxury is what you need, you needn’t look any further. Why buy a ticket to Paris when you have it right here in namma Chennai? If you are looking for premium flats for sale in Adyar, consider this Kottur creation instead, a close neighbour.

At the pinnacle of extravagance, stands a brand new project, Clover By The River: luxury residences in Kotturpuram, an initiative undertaken by Appaswamy Real Estates, with its prodigious interiors, and equally lush outdoor spaces.

Surrounded by iconic landmarks like The Madras Club, Adyar Villa, and the renowned Anna Centenary Library, Clover provides a stunning panoramic view of the city. Seated across the Adyar River, the project boasts of four signature blocks named Jade Green, Sea Green, Mint Green, and Pine Green, knit in the form of a four leaf clover.

These four high-rise blocks comprise 18 floors, and consist of 300 homes that include 2, 3, 4BHKs along with 3 penthouses, each with an open terrace area. The interior is infused with teak veneer woodwork, Häfele inspired modular kitchens with a built-in chimney, microwave and oven, and Kohler enthused granite-tiled bathroom facilities with mixer and body jets, allowing one to bathe (literally and metaphorically) in ‘luxury’ itself.

Apart from the lush interiors, open spaces within these much touted apartments for sale in Adyar, include an exemplary landscaped garden, married with a fantastic futsal field, a ready-to-plunge in swimming pool, a badminton court, a children’s play area, and a fully equipped clubhouse (modern gymnasium, banquet hall, and a private theatre) with indoor games. The 20-minute proximity to the Chennai International airport is yet another captivating advantage of Clover.

Searching for apartments for sale in Adyar has never been easier. Nor is it a distant reality to kick-start your “Kottur Kingdom”, at one of Chennai’s most bustling localities. With the arrival of Clover, you just might experience luxury in the comfort of your home. Now, you can take pride in your “humble” abode. Think luxury? Think Kotturpuram!


Whether you are looking for flats for sale in Adyar, or a luxury residential in a posh locality, we have you covered. For more details on this project, click here, or contact +91 9176076333 to schedule a visit to the model apartment.