HT Cafe - - Lifestyle - Razvin Nam­dar­ian

Ur­ban liv­ing, while it gives the se­cu­rity of hav­ing the lux­ury of good in­fra­struc­ture, ex­cel­lent job op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cess to ser­vices, in­ter­na­tional level ed­u­ca­tion and health care, there is also the flip side to it where one ex­pe­ri­ences the as­so­ci­ated stress of city life and the dis­con­nect one feels from so­ci­ety. In the rat race to suc­cess, it is es­sen­tial to re­mem­ber that there is a lot more to build­ing a bet­ter life than just the pur­suit of ma­te­rial riches. How­ever, there are de­vel­op­ers who are ad­dress­ing the ad­verse is­sues of ur­ban­iza­tion and work­ing to­wards im­prov­ing qual­ity of life and work­ing with con­cepts such as mixed-used, in­te­grated de­vel­op­ments and smart cities.

The hu­man con­nect: Hu­man be­ings be­ing gre­gar­i­ous in na­ture, it’s very im­por­tant to make time for fam­ily and friends. Whether it’s go­ing to the park or a movie, re­lax­ing at the club­house, play­ing games with your kids, or just grab­bing a cof­fee with friends, this time out can work won­ders for stress lev­els. Projects like Palava City, Up­per Thane un­der­stand this in­trin­sic need for a sense of com­mu­nity and there­fore build projects with ameni­ties and spaces where peo­ple can forge new friend­ships and fam­i­lies can spend time to­gether.

A touch of green: There is noth­ing that soothes the senses more than ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the beauty of na­ture. De­vel­op­ers like The Lodha Group have taken into con­sid­er­a­tion this need for green open spaces and have en­sured that 30-40% % of space in all their projects is re­served for green open spaces. This is ev­i­dent in their projects like Palava, Up­per Thane, Amara and Splen­dora who have ded­i­cated green and open spaces.

Fo­cus on health: How many times has one heard the adage ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’? Yet, most peo­ple tend to take their health for granted and of­ten skip even mod­er­ate ex­er­cise. The Lodha Group works to­wards pro­vid­ing ameni­ties like a swim­ming pool, gym­na­sium, gar­den spaces for walk­ing, multi-pur­pose courts for sports, yoga and med­i­ta­tion halls amongst oth­ers. It is about pro­vid­ing the right fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to not just el­e­vate your life­style but to el­e­vate your health.

Re­duce stress: Eas­ier said than done, but stress in our lives is the si­lent killer. What’s im­por­tant here is to iden­tify and slowly elim­i­nate the stress el­e­ments in our lives. For in­stance, when you rent a home, it comes with the is­sues of con­stantly re­lo­cat­ing once your term is up, this be­comes more stress­ful if you have chil­dren and have to think of chang­ing their schools as well. In­stead, con­sider in­vest­ing in homes where one not only gets the op­por­tu­nity to put down roots but also re­ceives a sense of per­ma­nence along with it. The Lodha Group has cre­ated projects with homes that can suit the re­quire­ments across var­i­ous price points be it Palava or The World Tow­ers.

Walk­a­bil­ity: Another as­pect which adds to our stress is in­creas­ing ur­ban­iza­tion and poor trans­port in­fra­struc­ture. On an in­di­vid­ual level, it trans­lates into wors­en­ing qual­ity of life and long trav vel time. Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, Lodha Group p has planned in­te­grated de­vel­op­ments like Palava, New Cuffe Pa­rade and Up­per Thane which are in­spired from mod­els in de­vel­oped economies like Sin­ga­pore where homes, ed­u­ca­tion cen­ters, re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, ev­ery­day con­ve­nience stores, etc. are all co-lo­cated. The con­cept of walk­a­bil­ity im­proves the over­all life­style for all by adopt­ing the 5/10/15 struc­ture where ev­ery day needs are to be lo­cated at a 5 to 15 min­utes walk­ing dis­tance and 80% of daily trips of an in­di­vid­ual can be met through walk­ing or bi­cy­cling.

It’s not just about build­ing a bet­ter life; it’s about build­ing a bet­ter you!

New Cuffe Pa­rade Palava

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