We recently spoke to one of our dear homeowners, Archana Chandhoke, of Tamil television fame. This relationship is as special to us, as it is to her. Here is what Archana, proud owner of a penthouse in Appaswamy’s Cerus in Saligramam, had to say.
Could you introduce yourself for the readers?
Hi, I’m Archana. This is my husband, Commander Vineet, and we have a beautiful daughter called Zaara.
Could you tell us about the relationship you share with Appaswamy and what it means to you?
Our relationship with Appaswamy is a decade old. Almost as old as our daughter! We bought our first home as a couple, in January 2008, the year our daughter was born. You know how they say, “your first home always holds a special place in your life”? That’s exactly the kind of home Appaswamy gave us…a very special one, at Triumph, Arumbakkam.
And as we grew, we reached a juncture in life when we were ready to take the plunge into the kind of life we had always dreamt of. We were ready for our dream home!
I wanted a spacious house in the heart of the city that was also affordable, and loan friendly. But Vineet and I were disappointed by the few homes we did check out. After all, who would even think of a penthouse in the middle of the city?
That’s when we heard of Appaswamy Cerus. We were just blown away when we visited the apartment. The moment we saw the home, my daughter looked around and said, “Can this be my birthday gift?” We didn’t even consult anyone else. My husband said yes, I approved, and the next thing you know, we were proud owners of this beautiful house.
I also have to mention Appaswamy’s attention to detail, for they went out of their way to accommodate all our requirements. In about 3 and a half months, from what was just all bricks, we had a home to call our own.
Could you tell us about some of the requirements that you had for your dream home? How was the handover process?
We bought this home on the 19th of January, 2018, and moved in on the 6th of May, which happened to coincide with our wedding anniversary. Visitors couldn’t believe that it had only been three and a half months. For a builder to be able to do the interiors, the woodwork, the tiling of the house, and false ceiling, in that time frame is commendable. We also had the entire plumbing, lighting, and electrical lines changed. Practically everything happened as we asked.
Appaswamy has become more of a family now. The handing over was like an older family member blessing you with a happy home, you know.
How do you use the space outside your apartment? How do you like the amenities at Cerus?
Good ‘community living’ requires excellent social infrastructure to thrive. We have a lovely gymnasium and squash court, which not many apartments in the city can boast, as space is always a problem. We also have a swimming pool, a small children’s park, a community hall, yoga deck, 2 party halls, and a mini theatre where we watch IPL matches. I must say we are blessed. There is also a temple here, which was here before us. Overall, I’d have to say it is a very blessed community.
Appaswamy has a knack for making nature work for them. As you can see, the apartment is well ventilated and breezy. The property is also bang on the main road, so commuting is not a problem. Everything from schools, hospitals, and shopping malls are accessible within 500 m to 1 km.
Both of us are huge party animals, and we love to host people at home. Twice a month, we have about 25 to 30 people over the weekends. Our guests always look at us and say, “You live in such a fabulous community.”
Being in the media industry, how do you feel about the privacy and security here?
The question of security is non-starter for me. In fact, security is so tight that if I had a haircut and came back, they wouldn’t let me in! The guards know all the owners, residents, and tenants, and each block has specific access cards, to double up on safety.
I think, for Zaara and I, media is just another profession. We need our privacy, regardless of what we do, and we are so lucky to be blessed with this home.
What is the one thing you would like to tell people who are considering Appaswamy?
My first and only response to people would be, “If you are considering a home, then you should be at Appaswamy.”
I have seen many flats in Chennai. And for a property to be easily accessible, cost friendly , competitive, to have all these amenities, and beyond all of that, to provide all of this on platter, isn’t all that common. Appaswamy just has it all.
They have 7 supremely prime properties just on Arcot road. Ours is the 6th. They are not the type of organization to run up prices unduly. They maintain a standard about the brand.
If you are looking for properties in Chennai, look no further. Anyone seeking a home, a dream home of any size, or budget, I think Appaswamy would definitely cater to it.
Just 2 and a half years ago, every time I crossed Cerus on my way to a shoot, I would think to myself that one day I have to own a house in a place like this. And then when it happened, I was just so grateful for it all!
Archana lives in Appswamy’s Cerus with her husband, daughter, mother and sister.