Real Estate with A Twist

Superette - AREL's Commercial Building

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in our lives. We seek lofty lifestyles in fine buildings and yet the neighborhood and community play an equally important role. At Appaswamy, we understand what homeowners are looking for, and constantly strive to get there before them. From pioneering apartment culture in Chennai to extending holistic and heartfelt hospitality across the state and now, with our first commercial building, our priority has always been to elevate our customer journeys and curate an engaging experience.

On that note, we’re super excited to announce our latest project, Superette. These days, e-commerce is unquestionably essential to our ways of life. However, an unparalleled real estate experience is just what we need to overcome the sedentary lifestyle that has become our new norm. From providing a space to enjoy the company of friends to the endorphin rush of retail therapy, here’s exactly how Appaswamy’s latest venture into commercial buildings, checks all the important boxes for Chennai’s homeowners.

Superette’s Potential as An Experiential Real Estate

In a step towards curating a pleasurable life for homeowners, most large complexes in the city offer a complete entertainment experience. However, an integrated community that meets every resident’s needs from within is far more efficient and elegant. When positioned in prime locations, some go a step further to become a self-sustaining oasis within a city.

Superette is located just 1 km away from our apartments in OMR and Pammal to bring shopping and fine dining options to our residents. It enhances the residents’ experience alongside various recreational avenues such as swimming pools, fitness centres, movie theatres and more, all available within our townships. With this new addition, we hope to make life more convenient for our homeowners. What’s more, this commercial building can also open up avenues for them to become more integrated with the vibrant and diverse community surrounding the townships!

The Future of Experiential Real Estate

Such multifaceted complexes are a win-win for both developers and buyers. When done seamlessly, they have the potential of becoming architectural marvels while simultaneously bridging the gap between different aspects of the real estate industry. For the developer, this would be a massive opportunity to combine three aspects of real estate: residential, commercial, and retail under a single umbrella complex. On the other hand, buyers can enjoy the best of all worlds when equipped with the flexibility of choosing their lifestyle mix, without the worry of time spent in travel. 

We’re thrilled that Superette, our flagship project in commercial real estate, is also the front runner in introducing experiential real estate within Chennai’s realty scene. It stands tall as an undeniable proof that our strive to giving people a better life shall never cease.

Why Do We Call Our Apartments Luxury Homes?

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Luxury, as a term, gets thrown around a lot. From face creams to sportscars, every segment offers a luxury product for the discerning buyer. In this blog we’d like to discuss luxury homes and the evolving notion in a modern context.

At Appaswamy, we aim to elevate our resident’s lifestyle at every single property. A true luxury home, in our opinion, is one that brings the world to the residents, so they can focus their attention and energy on strengthening family bonds, making friends, and exploring the world.

The Luxury of Comfort

Comfort is the most important aspect of luxury. Right from the location of the property, to the amenities included, our luxury homes in Chennai are curated based on the lifestyle we want our residents to enjoy. For instance, many of our recent projects include a private movie theatre, an enchanting banquet hall and a tree-lined walking track. At Azure The Oceanic, our project at Santhome, we kicked things up a notch (quite a few notches actually) with an olympic-sized swimming pool. 

Upping the Game

Often, the definition of luxury is fluid and subject to change. To stay on top of our game, we redefine luxury with all our properties in Chennai. At Azure, we’re creating the epitome of ocean-front living with 360º views of the city and the sea. Every apartment is fitted with frameless Alumil windows that give residents an unobtrusive view while still maintaining optimal indoor temperature. The apartments also come with an expansive private patio for residents to kick back and enjoy the view. 

Going Beyond World-Class

At Azure, we also wanted to give our residents a home akin to staycation resorts abroad. From pristine white Volakas marble flooring to top-of-the-range kitchen appliances from Miele, Azure apartments are fitted with fixtures from the best brands available in the world. The communal spaces are both functional and utterly aesthetic. While the club house is fitted with the most beautiful, olympic-sized swimming pool, the Seashell Pavilion is the place to perfect your ocean breath.

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Privacy at A Touch

All our residential projects have an access-controlled entryway with boom barriers and a security guard to ensure the privacy of our residents. We also ensure round-the-clock CCTV surveillance in the public areas of our properties. However, Azure homeowners have complete control over who visits their apartment thanks to access-controlled elevators and a personal landing corridor. Residents can also control the high-tech security system installed in the parking lane, the elevator and the front door with a few taps on their smartphone.

Now that’s what we mean by luxury homes. Do you agree with us? Let us know in the comments below?

Leak-Free Homes for a Stress-Free Life

In the central and southern states of India, where the summers are most unforgiving, the monsoon brings much needed respite. But our homes, on the other hand, may not be thrilled at the onset of the rainy season. There is a greater risk of water damage and higher levels of humidity, thereby leading to mold and mildew. Without proper ventilation, this can cause structural damage or lead to health issues. In this blog, we give you our top 3 tips for home maintenance that will ensure both you and your home are primed for the rainy days.

Watch Out for Water Damage

Blistering paint and cracks on the wall, short circuit in your plug points, damaged floor tiles and swelling plasterboards… These are casualties of the war waged by water. However, it is not enough if you just patch things up. You need to also make sure the underlying issue is also fixed. For instance, you must repaint the room, and address the humidity causing your paint to bubble up and blister. Typically properties in Chennai have small windows that improve cross ventilation and prevent paint bubbles and blisters.

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Strengthen Your First Layer of Defense

Builders in Chennai ensure water flows away from your home by installing gutters and downspouts. Clear the dirt, leaves and other debris to unclog your drain pipes. Weather-proof your exterior walls with a coat of water-resistant paint. If leaky walls and ceilings still plague your home, consider installing a waterproofing membrane to act as a barrier between rain water and your home.

Here’s another one of our top tips for home maintenance to prevent rainwater from seeping inside: Switch out your fabric-based window treatments such as curtains to waterproof alternatives like vinyl, venetian or faux wood blinds.

Clear the Weeds and Algae

Wet monsoon days encourage the growth of weed, moss and algae on your terrace. This causes moisture retention, eventually leading to mold build up. While you can easily prune the weeds, algae and moss are more hardy. You need to clean your roof thoroughly and seal all cracks with a waterproof sealant. Also add a layer of a water-repellent shield on the terrace floors for extra protection. 

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These are our top 3 tips for home maintenance during the monsoon. We’d love to know how you prepare for the season. Comment below and let us know.

Unexpectedly Simple Productivity Tips for Working from Home

As the whole world is coming to grips with the reality of working from home long term, some of us still struggle to separate work-time from the comfort and distractions our homes offer. The key challenge is in being efficient! We want to share a few key productivity tips for working at home that our team has picked up over the past few months.

Productivity Tips for Working from Home #1: Regular Working Hours

With working hours becoming more flexible, you may be tempted to get to work when you feel like, and chill when you don’t. From fresh, tasty coffee to rewatching your favourite episode of Friends for the 100th time, distractions are endless when you’re at home. Time management and a strict schedule are the first steps to being efficient and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Productivity Tips for Working from Home #2: Stay Out of Bed

When you’re working from home and the deadline looms close and closer, it’s all too easy to work right until you fall asleep. But, studies prove that the bright light from your laptop and phone hinders melatonin production, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. Therefore, keeping your work away from the bed can promote better sleep and also segregate your work hours and regular life. If you want a change of scenery, try working from the communal lounge or outdoor park in our apartments in Chennai.

Productivity Tips for Working from Home #3: Set Micro Deadlines

Seeing the progress you make is one way to keep the momentum going. However, when working on large projects, the deadlines tend to be weeks or months away. Therefore, break it down till the smallest possible task and set your to-do list accordingly. Checking them off one by one will give you a dopamine boost that can help your productivity levels skyrocket.

Productivity Tips for Working from Home #4: Water Cooler Convo

More often than not, we’re missing not really missing the office, just the few minutes of water cooler conversations with your coworkers. Try to spend 5 minutes before a meeting chatting about how your team is doing. Or, you could take out 30 minutes in a week just to have a chill, relaxed conversation with a few of your colleagues.

Productivity Tips for Working from Home #5: Workday Self-Care

From cleaning up your workspace to a weekly mani/pedi session at home, every little act of self-care can go a long way in rejuvenating our energy levels and preventing a burn out. Try putting up a vision board by your desk. Your self-care routine can be something as simple as taking your lunch away from your desk. The shaded walking tracks in our apartments in Chennai have benches nearby that allow you to work and enjoy fresh air at the same time. 

Those are our productivity tips for working from home. Have you tried out any of them? What else are you doing to keep your productivity levels high? Comment below and let us know.

Clover By The River: The Pinnacle of Urban Living

Urbanization isn’t slowing down anytime soon and our lifestyles are the perfect indication of that. According to research, Millenials and Gen Z-ers live a more sedentary life far removed from nature as compared to previous generations. We’ve reached a point where our homes have become the one, true retreat from the humdrum of life. To give our homeowners the ultimate staycation experience, our properties in Chennai come loaded with many key features and apartment amenities.

Let’s take Clover By The River as an example.

Clover By The River Apartment Amenities & Features #1: A Serene Neighbourhood

The serene Adyar river is your first welcome into Kotturpuram. The streets here are canopied by lush green trees on either side while a soft, cool breeze keeps humidity at bay. At Clover, residents can choose to lead a quiet life at a slower pace. However, the city’s busiest localities such as Guindy, Adyar, Teynampet are just around the corner. So, you are never too far from the action and excitement of life at the heart of the city.

Clover By The River Apartment Amenities & Features #2: Green Spaces

When talking about life in the city we imagine beautiful skyscapes in a concrete jungle. But, Clover reimagines city life in the midst of nature. Here, more than 75% of the land is covered in greenery, allowing our residents to better enjoy the fresh air and lush surroundings. The space also includes a host of outdoor activities suitable for all age groups such as a walk/jog track and a fully-equipped kids playground.

Clover By The River Apartment Amenities & Features #3: An Active Lifestyle

Most of us want to enjoy an active lifestyle. At Clover you have the option of spending your free hours getting pumped at the gym or playing a friendly match of badminton or futsal with your neighbourhood champions. If you have your sights set on a slower pace, you can also take a leisurely stroll on the walk track around the perimeter of the property. The expansive open space is also a great place to stretch your muscles on the yoga mat or clock in a few quiet, meditative minutes of ‘me time’. On hot summer days, you can dive into our swimming pool to escape Chennai’s heat and humidity.

Clover By The River Apartment Amenities & Features #4: A Vibrant Social Life

In our blog about life in green neighbourhoods, we discussed the impact of nature on our social life. Having a vast outdoor area encourages us to be a more active part of the community. But Clover also offers other avenues for socialising. The magnificent banquet hall is perfect to celebrate your achievements, while the private theatre is perfect for a movie with friends. Take things a step further by hosting epic, weekend carrom and chess tournaments in our sublime clubhouse.

In a sea of concrete, Clover is designed to put you back in touch with nature and help take care of your physical, mental and social health. That’s why there is a sense of peace, a quiet joy and a luxurious comfort that comes with a Clover home.

Building Value with Each Property

Most apartments sport a simple facade and have a boxy layout. At Appaswamy, we want to give our residents more than a cookie-cutter home. We build value and create distinct living spaces by incorporating a central theme for every property. The theme influences the design and adds a unique purpose to each project. It also encourages our team to go beyond the basics and stretch their creativity. It gives them the space to experiment and expand their own comfort zone as well.

Here are the distinct themes we’ve created across our properties in recent years.

Urban Living

Capella, our apartment in Vadapalani, gives our residents a quiet place to live while still reaping the benefits of life at the epicenter of the city. The property comes with a plethora of luxury amenities such as a fully-equipped gym, a bespoke banquet hall within the complex. The rooftop garden in Capella also serves city dwellers a much-needed slice of serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of life. 

Green Spaces

On the flip side, the design of Clover by the River, our luxury apartments in Kotturpuram, centers around living life amidst nature. This perfectly ties in with the serene, tree-covered segments in the neighborhood. Over 75% of the property is dedicated to the green outdoors so residents can take in the fresh air, go for long walks and just enjoy a quieter pace of life.

Sustainable community

With the growing demand for eco-conscious real estate, we wanted to take responsibility for contributing to a sustainable future. This led to the birth of Altezza, our eco-friendly apartment complex in OMR. With sky parks on every level, Altezza’s design brings nature to our residents’ doorstep. Aside from vertical garden, it’s design also includes environmentally-friendly raw materials and renewable energy sources that add to the sustainability quotient.

Ocean-front Living

It was all about that resplendent ocean view at Azure the Oceanic. Floor-to-ceiling, frameless, Alumil windows on both sides of the facade give residents an uninterrupted 360º vistas of Santhome. Each apartment also comes with a private patio to enjoy the beautiful view of the bay of Bengal.

These are just a few of the ways we ensure our properties remain distinct. The focus of each home depends on the location and provides a distinct value to the residents, far beyond those in standard apartment complexes.

Are Integrated Townships The Future of Real Estate?

As our world now begins and ends at home, we all need a place with easy access to all essentials. So far, builders in Chennai have built many micro-communities that offer residents quality urban spaces. As these properties bring not just the essentials of life, but also the comforts of the world right up to our doorstep, we foresee a significant growth in the demand for integrated townships in Chennai

Well-planned neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods within the integrated townships in Chennai are meticulously planned with a team of expert architects and civil engineers to ensure maximum stability, security, and space utility. At Appaswamy, we’ve teamed up with world renowned architects from WOW, Singapore. They are the driving force for the designs of Altezza, a sustainable township, as well as Azure The Oceanic, the first-of-its-kind, ultra-elite apartments in Chennai.

One-stop-shop for all essentials

From grocery shops and ATMs to international schools, township projects in Chennai cater to all the essential needs of life. These properties become a thriving neighbourhood of its own. Bloomingdale, our property in Pammal, includes a separate shopping centre that brings a heady fusion of retail and restaurants to apartment living.

State-of-the-art security

Aside from the standard access-controlled boom barrier and a security guard posted at the community entrance in most townships projects in Chennai, our apartments come fitted with round-the-clock CCTV surveillance, access-controlled doors and a security system that includes an intercom and door phones.

Easy connectivity

Integrated townships in Chennai are typically built around the IT corridor and other industrial areas so residents can easily walk to and from work. At Appaswamy, we ensure our properties are built in locations with good connectivity to the heart of the city. Altezza, our upcoming township in OMR, is built right by the highway. The MRTS station is also within walking distance, allowing residents to quickly travel across the city.

Luxury Amenities

Futsal at Clover By The River

One of the biggest benefits of township projects in Chennai is the variety of luxurious amenities they offer. Swimming pools, gym and banquet halls are now the norm. Some properties go so far as to have private theatres, game rooms, yoga studios, squash courts, etc. At Clover, the green cover spreads over 75% of the property area offering a sprawling outdoor retreat with a community park, a kid’s play area, a badminton court, and plenty more.

A sense of community

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Urban lifestyle often makes us disconnect with society. Perhaps the biggest benefit of townships is the feeling of being within a community. Taking part in community activities like book clubs, game tournaments, festival celebrations, residents in a township become part of a closely-knit social fabric. For example, homeowners in Bloomingdale came together on new year with a kick-ass neon party which included a light music concert, DJ dance party as well as plenty of fun and games.

These are just some of the advantages of life in an integrated township. In these times when we’re bound to stay at home, a home in a township might be the place to be.

Choose Lush Green Neighbourhoods To Live a Long and Healthy Life

Less concrete, more green – that is the right way forward. If there has ever been any doubt about it, the findings of this cohort study by David Rojas can help make up our minds. 8 million humans across 7 countries share one simple truth!

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Green spaces have always been associated with good health. Rojas’ study proves that no matter where or how we live, greenery can improve our health and wellbeing. Just a 10% increase in greenery saw an average of 4% drop in premature mortality in all the 7 countries included in the study. 

Low Pollution Levels

One of the first things we learn in biology is plants thrive on CO2 for photosynthesis. Trees also clean the air of toxic airborne particles such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulphur dioxide, leaving a serene neighbourhood with low air pollution levels.

Drone Out Noise

The stem, leaves and branches of plants absorb sound, with weathered bark and thick leaves being particularly effective. Evergreen shrubs like a canary bird bush around the perimeter of properties can provide year-round noise reduction. Plant walls can also have a similar effect on a smaller scale.

Regulates Micro Climates

Asphalt, concrete, stone and steel absorb heat and cause increased temperatures in urban areas. A thick canopy of trees can provide adequate shade as well as counter the heat. In Clover, one of our luxury apartments in Chennai, nearly 75% of the overall land is dedicated for green outdoor spaces.

Encourages social engagement and exercise

It is common knowledge that parks attract a lot of joggers and fitness enthusiasts. Traditionally, people gathered around trees in the evening to relax and catch up. Gardens, parks, greenways or any other space with grass, plants or trees encourage people to socialize. As responsible builders in Chennai, we recognise this and try to incorporate more greenery within all our properties. From landscaped gardens in Trellis to a shaded walking trail at Capella, all our apartments in Chennai have a touch of much needed greenery.

Extends Lifespan

Perhaps because of the above factors or some other connection yet to be discovered, greenspaces have proven to increase human lifespan. Even when it’s not possible to radically upend the neighbourhood, small pockets of greenery in our homes have a positive impact on our mental health. This is why builders in Chennai are getting creative with including greenery into the design. At Altezza, sky parks grace every level of the building. Its design also includes a serene green courtyard that connects the three towers.

David Rojas proved that nature is intrinsically linked to better health. So, how would you like to bring more greenery into your life? Comment and let us know.

What makes OMR Chennai’s Dream Destination?

For people looking into apartments for sale in Chennai, OMR is often the very first preference. Why? Is it because of the infrastructure, easy connectivity, the abundant growth prospects of this neighbourhood or perhaps something completely different? Let’s take a look.

Closer to Work

OMR is home to a multitude of tech parks such as Ramanujan IT City, Tidel Park and Mahindra World City which house major MNCs such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, HCL, etc. With increasing levels of traffic, a home in OMR can drastically reduce your commute time. Being closer to work comes with the added benefit of having more time for personal projects as well, leading to a balanced lifestyle.

Young, Diverse Population

Being the IT hub and a burgeoning real estate destination, the location attracts a diverse range of young people from across all over India as well as the rest of the world, looking to forward their career. Whether you speak Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, French, German or any other language, you’ll find a kindred soul on OMR. Aside from the linguistic diversity, people of varied religions coexist here in peace.

Exciting Food Scene

The food scene on OMR is just as varied as it’s population. Hole-in-the-wall eateries and lavish fine-dining brands thrive alongside each other in the same neighbourhood. While a samosa at the street corner chat stall is a great pick-me-up snack after a long day of work, OMR also has options for a large team lunch at a fancy resto-bar. Food courts are also an emerging trend. From chat shops to multi-cuisine restaurants, food courts allow a group of friends to eat together without narrowing down their options. 

Social Life

OMR is one of the best neighborhoods in Chennai to keep your social life fun and exciting. Most apartments in OMR offer luxury amenities like swimming pools, gardens, etc. Altezza, our newest township, comes with a grocery store, a private movie theatre, sky parks, a rooftop garden, a banquet hall and a bespoke gym within the property. New shopping malls and theatres emerge on this stretch of road every day. OMR is also just a stone’s throw away from ECR where you can enjoy a quiet evening by the sea. However, if you are up for it, there’s nothing quite like the drive to Pondicherry to unwind and relax from the stresses of life.

With new apartments in OMR cropping up every day, now is the right time to invest in a home in this lush neighborhood. With better career opportunities as well as modern conveniences, OMR is the place to experience the very best of life. 

Bid Adieu to Roaches & Bugs

Pest control at home

Isn’t it frustrating when you regularly clean your home, but find that the pesky ants, rats, mosquitoes and flies return soon after? Not only are they uninvited guests, they also spread filth and disease like malaria, dengue, salmonella, yellow fever and many more. But, these hacks for pest control at home can keep your flats in Chennai bug free for a long time.

Pest Control at Home #1: Dust & Sweep Everyday

Sweep and dust your house without fail every single day. Most pests thrive in the dirt and grime. A clean home is the best and easiest way to reduce their presence. Also mop the floors with a disinfectant floor cleaner at least once a week, or more, depending on the foot traffic in your home.

Pest Control at Home #2: Care for Your Kitchen

Dirty dishes are a buffet for your pests.

Cockroaches, flies and lizards live off food particles left on countertops, stove nooks and sink drains. After every meal, give your kitchen counters a quick swipe with a disinfectant or a DIY vinegar solution and do not leave dishes in the sink every night.

Pest Control at Home #3: Vacuum the Mattress & Upholstery

Do you wake up to itchy, bite marks on your body? Then you might be sharing your bed with bed bugs. To prevent an infestation, regularly vacuum the bed as well any other upholstered chair or couch. Make sure to vacuum the underside of the bed. If you already have an infestation, then air out your mattress and pillows under the sun or soak them in hot water to kill the bugs.

Pest Control at Home #4: Check For Leaky Faucets

Everyone and everything on earth needs to stay hydrated to survive…even bugs.

A leaking tap or a hose is like a magnet for moisture-loving pets like cockroaches and centipedes. To maintain a pest-free flat in Chennai, fix any and all leaks as soon as possible.

Pest Control at Home #5: Seasonal Checks

Pests enter your home through cracks in the system. Routinely inspecting your furniture, fixtures and plumbing for signs of deterioration and fixing any issues can help you keep pests at bay.

Now that we’ve taken a look at how to prevent an infestation, let’s look into ways to get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Pests #1: Home Remedies

You don’t need to bring out harsh chemicals everytime you encounter a pest. Here are a few organic and affordable ways to keep pests away.

  • Spray affected areas with essential oil sprays such as peppermint for rodents, clove oil for bugs, spearmint for ants, etc.
  • Sprinkling salt around doors and windows can also keep ants away.
  • Lemon or lime juice is a spider repellant as well as an effective cleanser.

How to Get Rid of Pests #2: Plants for Pest Control

While basil and citronella repel mosquitoes and flies, beetles and bugs steer clear of peppermint. The right herbs and plants can help you keep your enemy at bay, so choose your home garden wisely.

How to Get Rid of Pests #3: Professional Care

Have the pests gotten the better of you? Then it’s time to bring out the big guns. Take the help of licensed, professional and experienced pest control service to treat your home. You can also get a contract for periodic maintenance if necessary.

Did you find these tips helpful? What are your stories of tackling pests at home? Let us know in the comments below.