Two families, who have recently moved into DLF 5, talk about their experiences in the township.
Everyone dreams of a house they can call home. DLF 5 is one place that has helped many realise this dream. So when two new families moved into our residencies – Park Towers and Belaire – we decided to meet up with them and learn how their experience has been so far.
Offering round the clock water supply and power back-up, these fully air conditioned apartments are one of the few luxurious townships in the city that deliver as promised. Retired Major General RS Chand and Sandeep Verma – the proud owners of two luxurious apartments – believe that the DLF association is extremely responsible and responsive.
We take you through their luxe homes and their experience of moving in the locality. It’s interesting to note that both the families have moved in to the suburbs from plush South Delhi colonies.
Park Place, Park Towers
A pleasant drive through the Park Drive, a clean road and tall residential buildings on both sides, takes you to Park Towers where the Chands live. A family of four, along with two adorable dogs and a cat, the Chands moved into the society a few months ago.
Surrounded by the Aravallis on the east, the society has well-landscaped parks. Also an upcoming school and a sports club make this place self-sufficient. Talking more about the location, Major General (Retd) RS Chand says, “Unlike other societies, this is not bang on the road. Our building is located in the interiors of the residency and that’s why it’s quite calm.” Having attended a couple of society functions and gatherings, General Chand feels the society is vibrant and upbeat. “It’s good to be living in such an active and well-organised society. These activities are important to bring people together and staying here a pleasant experience,” he says.
As of now, the society has a couple of convenience stores which also home deliver. But once the club is launched in June, it’ll have a library, a chemist store, a gym and a squash court, this complex is going to be a self-contained unit. As Chand and his wife Radhika are art-lovers, paintings from around the country and crystals from Prague adorn their drawing-cum-dining hall. The view of the Aravallis and the parks from the apartment lets the family admire Nature and feel closer to the hills. Chand is also an ardent gardener.
“I used to be an avid gardener as for most of our lives, we have lived in places with huge gardens and parks. This particular block immediately clicked with us, due to the splendid view of the hills and the beautifully landscaped parks I can see from here. Also, there is no dearth of sunshine,” shares General Chand.
When compared with Moti Bagh in New Delhi where they stayed last, the Chands feel Gurgaon, especially DLF 5, is a better place to live in. “It’s termed as a millennium city by people and it is here where development is happening right now. So we thought, why not be a part of a place that is happening instead of staying in a place where things have already happened,” he says adding,“Today, this place is already an exclusive aspirational address.”
Located on the main road, close to the DLF Golf & Country Club, The Belaire is at a walking distance from the South Point Shopping Mall. Considered to be a luxury property, Belaire has six blocks. Of these, Sandeep Verma chose a fifth floor at C-Tower first but eventually moved into a sample flat on the second floor in another building. “We changed because when we saw this sample flat which offered a larger space and the view from the balcony was just magnificent. As we are four of us as also two dogs, we needed a place where we could live comfortably.”
The corridor at the entrance of the Vermas at The Belaire can symbolically be called a walk down the memory lane. On the left hangs a black and white framed photograph taken by the world’s biggest camera in Germany while on the right are two wedding photographs of Sandeep along with his father’s pictures that rest on table.The house is predominantly a mix of black and white, with some colour thrown in the form of orange and brown. One can hear an old Kishore Kumar number faintly in the background which the Vermas maintain is the fifth member of the house. The entire house is conceptualised by Sandeep who then let a team of designers execute it. “Not too much of remodelling went in to the house as we liked the use of straight lines and played around it. We just put some more colour against the black and white. And because we are not fond of the museum finish, this house worked best for us. We are extremely happy to be here.”
Considered to be one of the most luxurious complexes, the floor is situated at such a level that the parks on the ground can be seen closely. Sandeep’s wife Minakshi loves to spend her time reading by the balcony of the living room while looking at the green area right outside.
Having stayed at Vasant Kunj almost all his life where Minakshi joined him post-marriage,Sandeep moved to Belaire as it exudes luxury and has a lot of open space.
Extremely satisfied with the service Sandeep says he is thankful to the team at the condominium office. “DLF considers their clients as their first priority and that really makes us feel special,” says he. The family has been setting up the house since September and should be moving in soon. He adds, “We are moving in slowly, carefully and aesthetically planning every nook and corner of the house. Most of it is done now, I am sure the stay here will be just as pleasant.”