Grex­ter Bengaluru

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The brain­child of Pratul Gupta and Nikhil Dosi, Grex­ter is a key player among the or­gan­ised op­er­a­tors of co-living spa­ces in In­dia. Founded in 2016, it cur­rently has prop­er­ties in Bengaluru, but plans to ex­pand to Hy­der­abad and Pune by 2020. “There are around 40,000 builders in In­dia who are ex­clu­sively con­struct­ing res­i­den­tial com­plexes for fam­i­lies where bach­e­lors are not wel­come. So, 18 to 30-year olds who form 30 per cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion have no place to stay,” says Pratul Gupta. A for­mer em­ployee of Acu­men, a ven­ture cap­i­tal fund com­pany, Gupta drew in­spi­ra­tion

from a pro­ject aimed at pro­vid­ing easy ac­com­mo­da­tion for bach­e­lors and de­cided to do some­thing sim­i­lar, but cater­ing to a pre­mium seg­ment. Grex­ter’s clien­tele pri­mar­ily con­sists of salaried em­ploy­ees, fresh grad­u­ates and techies in the age group of 18 to 25. It of­fers func­tional and built-to-suit ur­ban stu­dio rooms that pro­vide ameni­ties such as tech-en­abled round-the-clock se­cu­rity, reg­u­lar house­keep­ing and main­te­nance, power back-up, lift, park­ing, Wi-Fi and DTH. Each stu­dio home is equipped with a spa­cious com­mon kitchen and a large area of the prop­erty is des­ig­nated for lounges, gam­ing con­soles, cafe­te­rias and home the­atres. Spe­cial at­ten­tion is given to the look and feel of the prop­er­ties to make them look aes­thetic. Re­stric­tions are at a min­i­mum and the ethos of the place is main­tained by a com­mu­nity man­ager and a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy. “My pre­vi­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion used to have vis­it­ing re­stric­tions and cur­fews, which I found very lim­it­ing. The best part about Grex­ter is the free­dom that it gives me,” says Radha Deod­har, who has been living at Grex­ter for a year. Price `7,000 per month for dou­ble shar­ing room and `14,000 per month for sin­gle room

—By Ananya Sri­vas­tava

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