Hi All ,

I hear that the Blue Ridge Phase II is not doing well. Anyone having any updates on this scheme? What is the possession date for phase II? Heard a lot of cancellations have been happening there any idea please update.

Thanks in advance.
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  • Originally Posted by Sat234
    A friend of mine lives in a 3bhk with one room locked, rented as a 2bhk. Nobody is even renting 3bhk there !! he pays 13000


    Hahaha. :D Lol. :D
    Nice way to get the deal for tenant.
    Btw, the investors must be banging their heads with such low returns.
    Also, I wonder how it makes sense to buy at BR when better options in developed localities are available at lower rates.
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  • At these prices you can own your golf course property in well developed and well connected suburbs of USA.
    That too as a properly fenced standalone house with all amenities and multiple garages.
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  • @sudhashbahu: Great feedback. I have forwarded most of it to a friend of mine who is in the society committee. This will help us to improve the living standards further as we have more control. Since you have rented a flat, I would request you to forward your feedback to your owner too.

    Couple of things in response to your cons (won't quote the message)

    - Location: There have been talks with BR management on starting the shuttle service again. They had one but did not get a good response because of low occupancy. Now, with 500+ families, it may make more sense to have one at regular intervals.
    Also because of security issues, it is not advisable to allow public transportation inside the complex for longer duration. However, dropping and picking up from outside each cluster's gate should not be a problem.
    Understand that, being a new township, there are certain restrictions in place to make the premises secure. Unfortunately, we have also come across residents, who do not follow specific rules & thus compromise security.
    Yes, people complain about three checkpoints to get inside the building, but trust me - that is for good. As for your relatives are concerned, they should be able to find transportation from the highway. May not be as efficient as Mumbai.
    - Evening walks: Even though there have been no incidents inside the township, late night walks will have to be limited at the podium level because of late night work & inaccessible sidewalks.
    - Social Interaction: I have to disagree on that one. Majority of the owners are families with kids. Due to exam season, followed by vacation, many families are away. Because of that, even some kid activities had to be cancelled. Otherwise, in the evenings, the podiums are busy with activity. Because of that, there is vehicle restriction at the podium level between 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM. Just spend few evenings at the podium level & you will make friends.
    - Privacy: I agree but there is not much choice when it comes to such projects. I have seen worst in the city.
    - Construction dust: That is short term as compared to the city's dust & air pollution. This has been raised with the Management too. Majority of the external work on SEZ building is complete, so hopefully that will reduce the dust. Plus once the landscaping has been completed, you will not see much dust due to high winds.
    - Shops: I'm not sure whom to blame here. The shops were set up but there is not much demand from the residents. Most of the residents do grocery shopping on their way back from work or have milk/newspaper delivered. So not sure whom to blame. In any case, I think that things will change once the new shops in towers 7,8 are ready.
    - Construction problems: Talk to your owner and get things fixed within the warranty. As in any new place, there will be issues. True, that workmanship is not up to the mark, but that is something that I have been fighting with other vendors too. The good thing is that if you lodge a complaint, then things get fixed.

    Please understand that the society was formed in Feb 2014. The transition from BR to the society will take a while. But both Unit A and Unit B societies are working hard to make life better for the residents. It is more of a proactive approach as residents expect a certain lifestyle at BR. The good thing is that people listen and work on it.

    Thanks again for your feedback.
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  • Originally Posted by pnq2012

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    Couple of things in response to your cons (won't quote the message)

    - Location: There have been talks with BR management on starting the shuttle service again. They had one but did not get a good response because of low occupancy. Now, with 500+ families, it may make more sense to have one at regular intervals.
    Also because of security issues, it is not advisable to allow public transportation inside the complex for longer duration. However, dropping and picking up from outside each cluster's gate should not be a problem.
    Understand that, being a new township, there are certain restrictions in place to make the premises secure. Unfortunately, we have also come across residents, who do not follow specific rules & thus compromise security.
    Yes, people complain about three checkpoints to get inside the building, but trust me - that is for good. As for your relatives are concerned, they should be able to find transportation from the highway. May not be as efficient as Mumbai.


    The public transport problem is linked to BR's location. BR is an exclusive township that is served by a single road and gate. And unfortunately the Blue Ridge SEZ and housing complex are the only entities on the road. There is no incentive for Auto or bus stops to open closer to BR. Most other entities close by are offices and colleges. The offices arrange for their own transport and the students mostly use bikes.
    BR will have to come up with its own transport solution. and that will be a challenge as it needs to be fully and solely dependent on BR residents.

    Originally Posted by pnq2012

    - Evening walks: Even though there have been no incidents inside the township, late night walks will have to be limited at the podium level because of late night work & inaccessible sidewalks.


    Yes, for all practical purposes the BR world is restricted to the within the society gates.

    Originally Posted by pnq2012

    - Social Interaction: I have to disagree on that one. Majority of the owners are families with kids. Due to exam season, followed by vacation, many families are away. Because of that, even some kid activities had to be cancelled. Otherwise, in the evenings, the podiums are busy with activity. Because of that, there is vehicle restriction at the podium level between 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM. Just spend few evenings at the podium level & you will make friends.


    You misunderstood. I did not say there is no social interaction. I said there will be no long-term social interaction. There are families with kids, but most are tenants who will change every 11/22 months. Owners are mostly from outside Pune and most don't stay there. Whoever I have met will date are tenants ... unless by some strange twist of fate, all owners went on holidays since I moved there and all tenants chose to stay behind, given impression that people staying are mostly tenants.


    Originally Posted by pnq2012

    - Shops: I'm not sure whom to blame here. The shops were set up but there is not much demand from the residents. Most of the residents do grocery shopping on their way back from work or have milk/newspaper delivered. So not sure whom to blame. In any case, I think that things will change once the new shops in towers 7,8 are ready.


    The problem is again with location. The shops have to be fully and solely dependent on BR residents for business. I don't picture people traveling from around Pune to BR to these shops.


    There is a saying that in RE, what matters is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.

    I believe it to be largely true. An ordinary society in a good location is better than a posh/exclusive society at an isolated location. And in my personal opinion BR's location is not currently conducive to a good quality of life. Agreed that BR has good amenities within the society gates but beyond the gates is a large void. It is like a bird in a golden cage.
    The Biggest Factor in favour of BR is the school. Without that at least 50% of the tenants wouldn't come near BR. The school is the ONLY reason I came to BR.

    I moved from Mumbai to an old complex in Pimpri four years ago. Even though I had no friends and relatives, the location of the complex was good enough that I did not feel an impact on my general quality of life. Then I shifted from there to a complex in Pimple Gurav and even there I did not feel an impact on my general quality of life. Kids wanted to go for movie, no problem. My wife managed. Kids wanted to go to a mall, no problem. My wife managed.

    I shifted to BR recently and see a tremendous negative impact on the quality of life. My Wife does not drive but the locations of my previous rentals were good such that my wife was independent and could do whatever she liked on her own. At BR she is fully dependent on me as she does not drive.

    Even I feel the impact. As I said in my previous post, I had to drive to Hinjewadi Chowk to get milk.

    My PERSONAL opinion is that fair value for BR is Rs 5000 p.s.f and max is Rs 6000 p.s.f. This is what justifies what is within the society gates. Why should you pay Rs 9000 p.s.f. if life outside of the society gates is a headache?
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  • My last few posts have been about why I feel BR does not deserve anything above Rs 6000 p.s.f. To put things in perspective, let me also state what I do consider good value.

    Before I shifted to Pune, I was looking at a flat in Thane. It was in a single building society with 32 flats and 8 shops and no amenities. Asking price as Rs 12000 p.s.f (I hear is it Rs 14000 to 15000 now).

    I felt that was a good deal to puruse because it had:

    - 2 KM walk to Thane Railway station
    - 450 meters to Major MSRTC bus stop
    - 50 meters to BEST and TMT bus stop
    - Auto stand at gate
    - All required shops in 100 meters
    - Superb Mall at 1.4 KM walking distance
    - Major recreational facilities (park, Lake with boating, play areas) within 2 KM walking distance
    - Lake view from living room.
    - 500 meters to national highway. Pick-up points for almost all companies within Mumbai/Thane from that point.
    - Vibrant neighbourhood, even at 10 PM
    - Families going out for walk at 11 PM. Eateries, Ice cream shops etc open late light to cater to these walkers
    - Basically anything you want within 2KM radius.

    I guess people get the point. There is a limit to what you pay for the stuff that lies within the society gate. Beyond that, I expect solid value to justify the higher price.
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  • I read in another thread that there was a way to check sale transaction online.

    Can someone guide how I can check re-sale transaction prices for BR that way? (What is the link and what data need to be entered/where that data can be found)
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  • Originally Posted by sudhashbahu
    I read in another thread that there was a way to check sale transaction online.

    Can someone guide how I can check re-sale transaction prices for BR that way? (What is the link and what data need to be entered/where that data can be found)

    not of any use... it shows the agreement value ... white money only...
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  • Originally Posted by kingkrunal
    not of any use... it shows the agreement value ... white money only...


    That's fine. at least let me learn how to check.
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  • Originally Posted by sudhashbahu
    The public transport problem is linked to BR's location. BR is an exclusive township that is served by a single road and gate. And unfortunately the Blue Ridge SEZ and housing complex are the only entities on the road. There is no incentive for Auto or bus stops to open closer to BR. Most other entities close by are offices and colleges. The offices arrange for their own transport and the students mostly use bikes.
    BR will have to come up with its own transport solution. and that will be a challenge as it needs to be fully and solely dependent on BR residents.



    Yes, for all practical purposes the BR world is restricted to the within the society gates.



    You misunderstood. I did not say there is no social interaction. I said there will be no long-term social interaction. There are families with kids, but most are tenants who will change every 11/22 months. Owners are mostly from outside Pune and most don't stay there. Whoever I have met will date are tenants ... unless by some strange twist of fate, all owners went on holidays since I moved there and all tenants chose to stay behind, given impression that people staying are mostly tenants.




    The problem is again with location. The shops have to be fully and solely dependent on BR residents for business. I don't picture people traveling from around Pune to BR to these shops.


    There is a saying that in RE, what matters is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.

    I believe it to be largely true. An ordinary society in a good location is better than a posh/exclusive society at an isolated location. And in my personal opinion BR's location is not currently conducive to a good quality of life. Agreed that BR has good amenities within the society gates but beyond the gates is a large void. It is like a bird in a golden cage.
    The Biggest Factor in favour of BR is the school. Without that at least 50% of the tenants wouldn't come near BR. The school is the ONLY reason I came to BR.

    I moved from Mumbai to an old complex in Pimpri four years ago. Even though I had no friends and relatives, the location of the complex was good enough that I did not feel an impact on my general quality of life. Then I shifted from there to a complex in Pimple Gurav and even there I did not feel an impact on my general quality of life. Kids wanted to go for movie, no problem. My wife managed. Kids wanted to go to a mall, no problem. My wife managed.

    I shifted to BR recently and see a tremendous negative impact on the quality of life. My Wife does not drive but the locations of my previous rentals were good such that my wife was independent and could do whatever she liked on her own. At BR she is fully dependent on me as she does not drive.

    Even I feel the impact. As I said in my previous post, I had to drive to Hinjewadi Chowk to get milk.

    My PERSONAL opinion is that fair value for BR is Rs 5000 p.s.f and max is Rs 6000 p.s.f. This is what justifies what is within the society gates. Why should you pay Rs 9000 p.s.f. if life outside of the society gates is a headache?


    Is BR 9000 PSF ? I thought its 6200 ?

    Agree BR is pain for people who rely on public transportation and things are unlikely to change in at least next 2-3 years....it might be still an ok option for nuclear families with two vehicles

    I sympathize with your situation...for pretty much for same reasons my wife is refusing to move to BR for next few years ( even though both of us never use public transport and have no penchant for local shopping for vegetables etc)

    anyways...why don't you go back to Pimpri Chinchwad ? Curious on what makes you stay at BR in spite of so many problems and seeing a such a -ve impact on quality of life ?

    Im sure you are not at BR to save few Ks on rent ....You mentioned kid's school but you can get schools in all parts of Pune....
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  • Originally Posted by Baruch
    Is BR 9000 PSF ? I thought its 6200 ?

    Agree BR is pain for people who rely on public transportation and things are unlikely to change in at least next 2-3 years....it might be still an ok option for nuclear families with two vehicles

    I sympathize with your situation...for pretty much for same reasons my wife is refusing to move to BR for next few years ( even though both of us never use public transport and have no penchant for local shopping for vegetables etc)

    anyways...why don't you go back to Pimpri Chinchwad ? Curious on what makes you stay at BR in spite of so many problems and seeing a such a -ve impact on quality of life ?

    Im sure you are not at BR to save few Ks on rent ....You mentioned kid's school but you can get schools in all parts of Pune....


    I took rental at BR solely due to school. My kids used to travel 50-60 minutes each way to school and were very tired. BR brings their travel time to zero (almost).
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  • Originally Posted by sudhashbahu
    I took rental at BR solely due to school. My kids used to travel 50-60 minutes each way to school and were very tired. BR brings their travel time to zero (almost).


    So are you suggesting that similar quality schools were not available in Pimpri/ Wakad ? Im a bit confused as your posts have all sorts of -ves for staying in BR and you still live there.... As a tenant you have ultimate freedom to choose LOCATION and Societies....What stops you from moving out ? Are there some positives of staying in BR which you are not sharing as freely as you are sharing negatives ?


    Even my daughter studies in BR and I have not got any exceptional feedback so far ....so planning to move to her to Vidya Valley Baner from next year...
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  • Originally Posted by Baruch
    So are you suggesting that similar quality schools were not available in Pimpri/ Wakad ? Im a bit confused as your posts have all sorts of -ves for staying in BR and you still live there ? As a tenant you have ultimate freedom to choose LOCATION and Societies ? What stops you from moving out ? Are there some positives of staying in BR which you are not sharing as freely as you are sharing negatives ?


    Even my daughter studies in BR and I have not got any exceptional feedback so far ....so planning to move to her to Vidya Valley Baner from next year...


    BR is a reasonably good school, both my kids are happy there. I don't wish to change kids school now (unless I move out of Pune).
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  • Originally Posted by sudhashbahu
    BR is a reasonably good school, both my kids are happy there. I don't wish to change kids school now (unless I move out of Pune).


    ok ...makes sense....so school is driving your decision...wish you had done more research before moving to BR as surely better schools are available elsewhere...would have helped you avoid such a -ve impact on quality of life...
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  • Originally Posted by Baruch
    ok ...makes sense....so school is driving your decision...wish you had done more research before moving to BR as surely better schools are available elsewhere...would have helped you avoid such a -ve impact on quality of life...


    When I came to Pune, I did not have any local knowledge. I took admission for kids in Podar International (pimpri) as the Podar school in Mumbai has a very good name.

    It turned out to be a useless school and changed to BR. BR is reasonably good school so now don't want to change school again.
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  • Anyone can share thoughts comparing the 2 schools in the BR locality:
    BR School and the Mercedes Benz School just outside the gates?
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