Amid proximity to the commercial hubs, safe commutation options, affordability and good healthcare infrastructure, Andheri, Vile Parle, Powai, Mulund, and Nerul are a few areas in Mumbai that have garnered immense attention from women tenants. To know more about these women-friendly rental locations in Mumbai, read on here.

Point to note

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), despite the huge population of 18.4 million (2011 census), the crime rate in Mumbai is about one-fifth of the National Capital, Delhi, where over three lakh crime reports were filed in 2018. Even Chennai precedes Mumbai with respect to the crime rate of over 72,000 criminal cases recorded in the year.

The Financial Capital of India and home to the first Film City, Mumbai, provides equal job opportunities to men and women. Thousands of women from across the world migrate to Mumbai every year for career opportunities. The city not only offers numerous job options but is also one of the safest cities to reside in India. The safe environment and robust judicial framework make Mumbai the most sought-after residential destination among migrants, particularly women.

While there are many women-friendly rental locations in Mumbai, Sushil Dabrai, Property Agent, Sushil Enterprises, Mumbai, avers that most working women prefer Andheri, Vile Parle and Powai for living on rent. The residential developments in these posh areas offer good security features and are well-connected to the popular commercial hubs via major roads. However, for those looking out for rental accommodations on budget, Mulund and Nerul are the ideal locations. With excellent rail connectivity, these micro-markets offer a host of rental housing options for women.

Women-friendly rental locations in Mumbai

Locations

Average monthly rent for a 1 BHK unit

Average monthly rent for a 2 BHK unit

 

Average monthly rent for a 3 BHK unit

 

Andheri

Rs 20,000-26,000

Rs 45,000-51,000

Rs 96,000-1.2 lakh

Vile Parle

Rs 36,000-42,000

Rs 55,000-61,000

Rs 94,000- 1 lakh

Powai

Rs 28,000-34,000

Rs 48,000-54,000

Rs 95,000-1.1 lakh

Mulund

Rs 19,000-25,000

Rs 39,000-45,000

Rs 57,000-63,000

Nerul

Rs 16,000-22,000

Rs 30,000-36,000

Rs 55,000-61,000

                                                                      Source: 99acres

Andheri - Andheri is a locality in the western suburb of Mumbai, and for administrative purposes, the area is divided into Andheri East and Andheri West, situated two km apart. Andheri is a well-developed commercial and residential hub with a good mix of completed and under-construction multi-storey apartments, replete with 1 BHK and 2 BHK configurations. The locality enjoys the reputation of a women-friendly neighbourhood as the crime rate here is low, and the Andheri Police Station is merely 2 km away.

With respect to connectivity, Andheri enjoys hassle-free access to different parts of Mumbai through the Western Express Highway (WEH), Western Railway Line and Line 1 of the Mumbai metro spanning the entire suburb of Andheri.

Along with ace connectivity and controlled crime rate, social amenities like markets, malls, hospitals, educational institutes and commercial hubs schools, which are an indicator of wholesome living, are also easily accessible. NESCO IT Park, Nirlon Knowledge Park and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) are a few famous office centres within 5-10 km of Andheri.

Vile Parle - Vile Parle is one of the most coveted localities among working women in Mumbai due to its proximity to the employment hubs like Andheri and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). The locality boasts about its uninterrupted connectivity even at wee hours. The Western Highway and the Vile Parle East Station on the Harbour Line connect the area with the rest of the city. Besides, the upcoming Sahar Road metro station on Aqua Line 3 will also improve the connectivity of the area.

With respect to residential choices, Vile Parle offers flats, builder floors and apartments in gated communities with security facilities like CCTV cameras. Vile Parle has also become a major educational centre after Churchgate. Hence, with many educational complexes and well-developed local markets for daily supplies, Vile Parle is now a popular rental abode not only for working women but also for nuclear families, says Sandeep Didwania, Owner, GRD Realty Private Limited.

Powai - Powai is an upscale residential cum commercial hub located in Central Mumbai. Most properties in Powai are multi-storey apartments, with 2 BHK being the most common configuration available. Powai enjoys all-around connectivity with excellent social infrastructure and is a popular recreational spot owing to the Powai Lake nearby.

Major roads like Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), Eastern Express Highway (EEH), and Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Road connect Powai to other parts of the city. Stationed four km away from Kanjurmarg Railway Station on the Central Line of the Mumbai Suburban Rail network, Powai ensures easy travel. The SakiNaka metro station is also nearby at about three km.

Besides connectivity, a locality should also cater to intellectual growth, sustenance and security. Powai has all three, as it houses the reputed Bombay Scottish School, Galleria Shopping Mall, and the Powai police station that rope in guards from time to time to maintain vigil.

Amid office complexes, the Hiranandani Business Park and Hiranandani Kensington SEZ are a few options within a two-km radius of Powai.

Mulund - Mulund is a pocket-friendly housing locality in eastern Mumbai. It mostly houses multi-storey apartments with 2 BHK configurations being preferred the most, followed by 3 BHK units. The most striking feature of the area is extensive green cover and open spaces. It is an ideal location for women who like to spend time with nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet close to all facilities.

Mulund enjoys proximity to both Thane and Navi Mumbai, which are the major employment hubs. Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane is just four km away, and houses varied IT parks and small industrial units. Additionally, it is within 10 km of Boyce Industry Estate, Kensington SEZ, and IT hubs in Navi Mumbai. Along with employment options, Mulund also has many educational centres like Bombay Presidency International School, St. Mary's Convent High School, Holy Angels Marthoma School and recreational spaces like Mulund Gymkhana and Neptune Magnet shopping mall.

Connectivity in Mulund is at par with posh localities like Andheri and Vile Parle. The Central Railway line, Mulund-Goregaon Link Road (MGLR), and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) connect it to the eastern and southern parts of Mumbai and Thane. Moreover, Mulund enjoys extra police vigil in the bordering areas, especially at night, which keeps in check the anti-social activities. This is a major plus point for women travelling at late hours.

Nerul - Nerul is a developed residential and commercial node in Navi Mumbai with ample greenery and a pollution-free environment. The availability of transport at wee hours, leisure and entertainment options and proximity to employment hubs of Thane, Vashi and Belapur make it a popular rental housing destination among women. Besides, the constant vigil by the police department also adds to the popularity of Nerul.

Nerul has an assortment of low and mid-range builder floor apartments and co-operative housing societies. The locality boasts of sound physical infrastructure and well-maintained roads. With a dedicated Railway Station on the Harbour Line of Mumbai Suburban Railway Network, it is the most preferred commutation mode for women travelling to Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.

Many hospitals, malls and recreational centres like Nerul Gymkhana Club are located 3-4 km from Nerul. While there are no prominent schools in the vicinity, Apeejay School and St. Xavier's High School and Junior College are reachable within 24 km.

To sum up, Mumbai is among the safest places for women to reside in India, with neighbourhoods like the above offering services until the wee hours of the morning. Be it from a security viewpoint, open spaces for recreation, or housing societies taking extra care for their women residents, females can safely rent a house in the above neighbourhoods of Mumbai.