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Renting a House in Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is federally run under Islamabad Capital Territory. It replaced Karachi as Pakistan's capital in the 1960s. It is ranked as the second most beautiful capital of the world owing to its picturesque landscape, majestic mountains and lush green environment. From Margalla Hills National Park, Rawal Lake, Shahdara, Shakarparian, Daman-e-Koh to Faisal Mosque and Centaurus Mall, the city has a lot to offer to tourists and residents alike. The newly built Islamabad International Airport is the biggest airport of the country. Islamabad is known for its good security system, modern infrastructure, clean and wide roads and, of course, scenic beauty.

The real estate sector of Islamabad is growing at a fast pace with many new and well-developed housing schemes emerging almost every year. One can find abundant options when renting properties in Islamabad. There are many gated communities and some residential projects that offer affordable rents, attracting people from neighbouring cities to find an abode here. The rental cost of houses depends upon the area size, location, number of bedrooms and the quality of fittings.  DHA, F-7, F-10, E-11, I-8 and Bahria Town are posh localities in Islamabad, where you can find a furnished house of your choice. There are other areas like Ghauri Town, Alipur Farash, Islamabad Expressway, Naval Anchorage and Jinnah Gardens where you can find a decent home at an affordable price. In the outskirts of the city, Bani Gala, Chak Shahzad and Bhara Kahu are popular choices among tenants, where you can find well-constructed and spacious houses on rent and, that too, at budget-friendly rates.  

Types of Houses in Islamabad

The houses on rent in Islamabad are available in different area sizes. There are 5 marla, 10 marla, 1 kanal and even 5 kanal houses available on rent in Islamabad. The 5 marla, single and double storey houses for rent are available, comprising 3-4 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a furnished kitchen, a car porch, a lounge. Most of the houses have a separate electricity meter and geyser connection. Usually, water boring is done to ensure constant water supply with no dependency on water tankers.

In 10 marla houses on rent, one can find 5-6 bedroom houses comprising a kitchen, living area, servant quarter, drawing room and bathrooms that have imported fittings. For those having bigger families, one can find single, double and even triple-storey, 1 kanal houses on rent in Islamabad.

Located near Islamabad International Airport, DHA Islamabad is one of the top gated communities in not just the city but the country, offering furnished, 2,3,4,5 and even 6-bedroom houses on rent. You will find single, double unit houses and upper and lower portions available on rent here. There are 5,10 marla and 1 kanal houses with spacious rooms having modern fixtures and furnishings.

Another popular housing scheme in Islamabad is of Bahria Town, where you can find a wide variety of 5, 10 marla and 1 kanal houses built on modern and contemporary designs. There are fully furnished houses also available on rent in Bahria Town. The most popular ones are 10 marla houses in Bahria Town, comprising 5 luxury bedrooms, 6 bathrooms with imported fittings, a living area, servant’s quarter with attached bath, a beautiful terrace and car parking. The best part about Bahria Town is that there is no load shedding with 24/7 uninterrupted supply of electricity. The community offers modern amenities, like opera theatre, mini golf course, safari club, horse riding club and mini formula one racing track, ensuring a lavish lifestyle for the residents here.

Rent Price Trends for Houses in Islamabad

The rental price trends in Islamabad vary according to area sizes, location, number of bedrooms and accessibility to markets, schools and other important locations. The overall rental cost of 5 marla houses in Islamabad is quite reasonable. It starts from PKR 11 thousand to PKR 1.9 lakh per month. The rental price trend for 10 marla houses ranges between PKR 22 thousand and PKR 4.5 lakh per month. 1 kanal houses have a slightly higher rental cost with prices starting from PKR 25 thousand and going as high as 3 lakh per month. For smaller families, one can find upper and lower portions available on rent here. The price trend of upper portions start from PKR 8 thousand and can go up to PKR 36 thousand per month. Similarly, for lower portions on rent, the prices range between PKR 10 thousand and PKR 40 thousand per month.

Schools, Universities & Hospitals in Islamabad

Islamabad has 98% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in Pakistan.  The city has reputable schools and colleges, imparting high-quality education. A number of primary, secondary, O’ Levels and A’ Levels schools are present. Lahore Grammar School, Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges, Roots School system, The Oaks British School, and Islamabad Japanese School are a few names of notable schools in Islamabad.

Top-ranked universities that offer internationally recognized degrees include Shifa College of Medicine, Al Kauthar Islamic University, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, Isra University, Air University, Bahria University, International Islamic University, Institute of Space Technology, Preston University, and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

In the case of a medical emergency, one can find a number of hospitals in Islamabad, providing 24-hour services. Bahria Town’s Saudi German Hospital is one of the most renowned international hospitals located in Bahria Town, Islamabad. Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Shifa International Hospital and Kulsoom International Hospital are renowned medical care facilities in the city.

Shopping & Restaurants in Islamabad

When it comes to shopping, Centaurus Mall is the top spot in Islamabad. Along with designer brands, you can go grocery shopping within the mall in Al Fatah store. There are many popular dining options available in the area. One can find a wide range of world cuisines at different restaurants in Islamabad. People hang-out at Savour Foods to enjoy the shami kebabs and pulao. Manhattan Steakhouse offers steaks and other continental dishes while the famous Sakura restaurant is for those who enjoy Japanese cuisine. For Thai food, The Royal Elephant offers Thai dishes while the Tuscany Courtyard serves Italian cuisine. Among popular cafes, there are Chaye Khana, The Little Eatery, Rock Bistro, Gelato Affairs, Islamabad Tea House and Sattar Bukhsh.

Facilities & Security in Islamabad

Islamabad has an efficient road network linking northern areas with Islamabad. Meanwhile, a motorway connects Rawalpindi/Islamabad with Lahore, while the Peshawar-Islamabad motorway links the northern areas of Pakistan with Islamabad. The city has many parks and picnic spots for people to relax and enjoy such as Rose & Jasmine Garden, Chattar Bagh & Fatima Jinnah Park. Japanese Park is a unique park with various Japanese style swings and slides.

Islamabad is a safe city to live in with 1900 video surveillance cameras installed throughout the city. The Islamabad police takes strict security measures to curb any untoward incident. As the Safe City Project is underway, advanced technologies are expected to be used in the future such as automatic number plate identification, field surveillance cars, video surveillance cameras and some police reforms in order to enhance Islamabad’s security even more.

Reasons for Renting in Islamabad

While renting a house in Islamabad, you’ll come across many options. From huge, luxurious houses to spacious individual portions, you can easily find type of accommodation that suits your requirements. Not only people from across the country but also the world prefer living here to living in any other city as Islamabad is relatively safe with less air and sound pollution. Plus, since it’s the capital city, Islamabad makes sure to maintain the standard of the amenities it provides to its residents such as drinking water, maintenance of public places, garbage disposal, public transport, modern infrastructure, carpeted roads and a good security system.