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Old 3rd August 2019, 17:11   #1
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Hi Bengalurur BHPians and other BHPains.

After having stayed in Mumbai all through my life, I am planning to relocate to Bengaluru in another 3 months time. This relocation is purely for office reasons. I was working with a subsidiary of Shell, now moving to main Shell company located in Mahadeva Kodigehalli near to the Bangalore Airport. Requesting help from Bengaluru BHPians to the queries below:

1) Stay options. Will need a min of 3 BHK to accommodate 4 adults and 1 child. For the first 5 months or so I may stay alone and wife and parents would join in Mar 2020. What areas should I be looking for? I am ok to stay max 15 kms from office. The office will be having bus options but will deliberate. Few of my office colleagues who moved from Mumbai to bangalore are staying in Yelhanka, Shobha city etc.
2) Schooling options. Son will complete 7th and progress to 8th Std. Presently studying in DAV school (CBSE), will be looking for CBSE board schools preferably
3)Since parents are aged a good hospital nearby will be another requirement
4)I own a Punto now, already done 70k + kms. Would it be prudent to bring the vehicle to Bangalore and if so what would be the cost implications. I would definitely like to own a vehicle.

To start with I am listing the above queries, as days progress I will be having a few more.

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Heart welcome to namma Bengaluru

Most of your questions have large open ended answers. One thing I can confidently say, stay as close as to office as much as possible. 15 Km is a V E R Y l o n g distance to commute in Bangalore, especially during peak hours, considering, I've experienced ridden (not driven) in peak hours of Mumbai & Bangalore traffic.

Just like there's a motorcycle club in every streets of Bangalore, there's also that many number of schools as well. Most of them are...less said better (in the entire nation, not just Bangalore)

Vehicle, yes you can drive Punto & drive it legally for up to an year. If you love the car, start the transfer process, otherwise, try to welcome a new car member in the family (RTO's acche din is not visible even in the horizon)
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Hi Bengalurur BHPians and other BHPains.
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To start with I am listing the above queries, as days progress I will be having a few more.
Congratulations on your new role/job and welcome to Bengaluru
I would suggest you to look for accommodation in apartments on Hennur road close to the Dodda Gubbi area like Salarpuria Gold Summit, Salarpuria Aspire etc. This will also be close to hospitals and CBSE schools like the Euro school (I think it's the zee group's school).
This will also be about 10-15km max from Shell office campus and very relaxed traffic conditions at least now. Not too far from the airport as well. Hennur road on the other side connects easily and quickly to the city centre as well. Coincidentally I know someone who stays in that area, works at Shell and their children go to Euro school

Another option for your accommodation would be to look at Ozone Urbana which is a massive housing + commercial campus that also has a National Public school in their campus (CBSE). However, this place is still developing and nearer to the airport just off the highway and you may not have as many closer options for shopping, etc like Hennur road.

On the car, you can use it in Karnataka for a year and after that pay life time tax here, which may not be worth it. Do consider selling off your car in Mumbai and buying a pre-worshipped or new car in Bangalore.

*Look up the map and you will see that the place on Hennur road I'm suggesting is the alternative road towards airport and against the normal direction of office traffic in Bangalore and hence not like driving inside the city/towards areas housing the IT corporates.

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Congrats, Ghodlur.

I suggest: get into a PG initially near the office. There are ones where you can get a single room. This will help you get a foot in, and then you can get familiar with the areas. Look for a school next - since they will have timelines for admission. Based on the locations of school and office, find a suitable apt.

15kms is too wide a range - esp considering our traffic, and all the construction work going on (roads, metro etc).
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Few of my office colleagues who moved from Mumbai to Bangalore are staying in Yelhanka, Shobha city etc.
Welcome to Bangalore.

Yelahanka is the right choice IMHO. The office route you need to take is the Hyderabad / airport highway with no pain points (except toll payment every day). I can surely tell so because my wife used to do this daily commute earlier.

Plus, it is the closest developed area possible near your office. Yelahanka now has a mall and Central with movie theatres, good connectivity in terms of bus stops, railway station, proximity to airport etc - and it's still not as congested as the city (or even considered a part of the city by a good majority of Bangaloreans.

PS: Considering FIAT resale value, I would suggest to bring the car rather than sell it. Road tax, if you opt to pay, should cost between 50-60k approx. Will calculate and share the amount later if you are not able to find the details (At present travelling).
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Hi Bengalurur BHPians and other BHPains.Few of my office colleagues who moved from Mumbai to bangalore are staying in Yelhanka, Shobha city etc.


3)Since parents are aged a good hospital nearby will be another requirement
Welcome to Bangalore.

Yelahanka is a logical choice but I don't think there are any good hospitals very close. The closest good hospital is Columbia Asia at Hebbal. So if hospital is a priority, you need to move closer to Hebbal, which is kind of where the city begins. You will get good accomodation and schools along with traffic

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When did you move to Bangalore? We need to meet up.
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Heartfelt thanks to all who responded with some super valuable suggestions. I am visiting Bangalore tomorrow to the office albeit for a training but will definitely speak to a few colleagues who have been residing in Yelhanka for over 6 months now.

@NPV - Will check out Hennur Road option too.

Please keep the suggestions coming. Thanks to all in advance. Hope to see you all in person.
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Hey ghodlur,
Do check out Sahakarnagar as well. It is close to quite a few good hospitals and has good schools nearby. It is also a very good residential area. You would anyway have the elevated airport road to reach your office.
Either ways, a very warm welcome to namma bengalooru.
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Welcome to Bangalore. Yelahanka should be your best bet. I know a few people in my extended friend circle who work with Shell and stay in Yelahanka new town area. Lots of CBSE schools in and around the area. If I were you, I would get my car, drive around and then later figure tax etc.
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A map to the location could give you more options. Few places that might suit you -
Jakkur; Amruthahalli; Sahakar Nagar; Yelahanka;...

Few things to prepare for:

1) A 10-month rental equivalent advance for the security deposit. You can certainly negotiate a bit most places. Be prepared to also forfeit about one month rent equivalent when it's time to move out!

2) Independent houses vs Apartment complex : My preference is typically for the apt. complex due to multiple advantages such as power backup (if one chooses such a complex); water backup; relatively easier to find cooks and domestic help etc.

Will add more points if I remember anything else.
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Yelahanka sounds like a good choice, but it is upcoming - so a lot of construction activity and chaos. The closest place 'with all amenities' should be RT Nagar since its located after the Hebbal bridge, (coming towards the city). 3 BHK would set you back by 25K. Anand Nagar (Behind Baptist) area is really calm and quiet. Get the vehicle, and use it. Fiat showroom and service is located right there. Some of my buddies have registered it in Bangalore as well, with charges being the same countrywide. Presidency school is located right at the entrance as a bonus. Most of my friends commute from there and highly recommend this area. Good luck mate!

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Yelehankha seems to be the logical choice. RT Nagar and surrounding areas would also be good as they more part of 'Proper Bangalore' and close to the city center areas. On the downside, staying in these places means crossing Hebbal which can be a traffic nightmare.

In general 15km in Bangalore is very very long, but considering a large chunk maybe covered in the Airport Highway, it may be ok to stay farther away on the basis of km.

Since you are coming alone, maybe start with some service apartment/long term room rental kind of place for a couple of months. Once you understand the dynamics and your must haves, you can decide on the apartment.

Edit: One other point to note is that I believe Shell has a major office in RMZ Ecoworld, Outer Ring Road. This will be around 50km and 1.5 hrs(on a good day) from the office you mentioned. Worth to check if you will be required to move between the 2 offices.

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I am also seconding yelahanka as a good choice purely for personal reasons as i too stay there . In yelahanka, i suggest you look at new town instead of the old town ( congested in my opinion ). There are some good gated communities near Mother dairy. The shell R&D unit is at Hardware SEZ near devanahalli which can be reached via sathur cross , so no need to get till toll plaza. If your office is in Kodigehalli , then its close to Hebbal. As on date , yelahanka looks an eye sore due to some BWSSB work , but we are hoping things settle soon.

Schools choices , Poorna Prajna , Nagarjuna , presidency etc. All of them are CBSE. As others have pointed out , good hospitals are in hebbal ( columbia asia and aster ) and then MS Ramaiah a little further.

The other choice is Hebbal, in which i would suggest TATA nagar and also RT Nagar.

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I suggest staying somewhere near Manyatha Tech Park Gate 5 (back gate of the tech Park) or near Rachenahalli Lake. There are many options in all budgets, irrespective of whether you are looking for an apartment or an independent house.

Your office commute would be away from the general direction of traffic during peak hours. Columbia Asia and Aster are two decent hospitals which are easily accessible from there. Elements mall for shopping, or plenty of smaller shops if you prefer that.

Regarding CBSE schools, I would recommend DPS North Bangalore.
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@starter, @procrj, @Sebring @Jaguar @Miyata @rajeevraj @srini1785 @KL01toKL03

Heartfelt thanks mates, appreciate all the inputs. Still in the process of jotting down all the options. I am in Bangalore presently for a week but for a training so have been using the opportunity to speak to my colleagues regarding the bus routes and all. Will have to think from my wife's point of view as she doesn't speak kannada (She's from Pune) although I can speak fluently. Once I zero the zones, will be requesting again for the possible renting out options.

Thanks again for the inputs. Thats the reason I trust the forum more than my relatives.
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