ABOUT CAPITAL SMART CITY, RAWALPINDI
Of the many housing schemes emerging in the real estate market of Rawalpindi, Capital Smart City is arguably a unique one, primarily because it aims to be Asia’s first-ever smart city, offering smart, automated, secure, and modern housing to its residents. The unique feature of Capital Smart City is the idea of establishing a society that is self-sustainable and based on eco-friendly principles.
The project is spearheaded by Future Development Holdings in association with Habib Rafiq (Pvt) Ltd. Investing in the properties up for sale in Capital Smart City can be a safe option since the project has a NOC from the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA).
This housing society is ideally located near the new Islamabad International Airport, along the M-2 motorway, which connects Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Lahore. Moreover, the project also boasts an approved interchange, which will connect future residents directly to the highway. The eastern route of CPEC also runs alongside Capital Smart City, adding value to its geographical location, appeal, and future financial growth.
AT A GLANCE
- Built on the principle of self-sustainability
- Aims to be an eco-friendly community
- Exceptional residential and commercial options
- Automated drainage and sewerage system
- 24/7 adequate water supply
- Uninterrupted power supply
- State-of-the-art security system
- CCTV cameras and facial recognition
- An effective BRT system is designed
- Electric bikes for efficient mobility of residents
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Finding public transport in Capital Smart City will not be a problem for its future residents. App-based ride-hailing services and traditional taxis are readily available to take you to and from the community. Also, unlike in Islamabad, local rickshaws operate in the neighbourhood.
Moreover, effective Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will also be introduced in the society for the ease of commute of future residents. Furthermore, Waris Khan Metro Station on Murree Road, Rawalpindi is only 35 minutes’ drive away from the housing scheme. Besides, the society has an approved interchange on the motorway, which is a bonus for people commuting daily to the central city.
Markets in and near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Capital Smart City, once entirely developed, will have a dedicated commercial zone in each of its sectors. Residents of the society would not have to leave the community for anything, be it for grocery shopping or requiring assistance from an auto repair shop. Until then, the closest market to Capital Smart City is a small auto market, which is basically a mechanic’s shop, at a distance of 900 m in Kanyat, Islamabad. Moreover, DHA Sector E Market is also just 5 minutes away by car. It features the famous D. Watson Pharmacy, grocery stores, cosmetic stores, and Kitchen Cuisine Restaurant. Also, Malik Market on Grand Trunk Road can be reached in an 11 minutes’ drive from Capital Smart City, while Bara Market, Fish Bazar, Imperial Market, and a local vegetable fruit market are approximately 30 minutes away from the society. Bara Market in Naya Mohala, Rawalpindi boasts a wide variety of bed sheets, kitchen utensils, fabrics, and grocery stores, while Fish Bazar in Raja Bazar features a variety of fresh seafood. Imperial Market, on the other hand, is a mobile phone market where you can buy the latest smartphones.
Mosques in and near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Capital Smart City includes a mosque in every block, plus the location of the society affords residence the additional convenience of finding mosques at regular intervals outside the community, regardless of which direction they head to. The majority of mosques located outside the society can be reached within 6 minutes by car, including:
- Masjid-e-Ibrahimi Garden City on Expressway
- Fatima Masjid in Bahria Town Phase 7
- Iqbal Masjid in Sector D of DHA Phase 1
- Safari Villas Mosque on Pine Road in Safari Villas II
- Masjid e Rabi Centre on Street 5 of DHA Phase 7
- DHA Sector F Mosque in DHA Phase 1
Moreover, residents will not need to go to nearby societies to pray once the mosques in Capital Smart City become fully functional.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in and near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Capital Smart City includes an Education City in its masterplan where schools, colleges, and universities will be constructed. Also, Capital Smart City and National Defense University (NDU) have signed an agreement to build a new international campus in the city. Furthermore, there will also be many daycare centers and a few medical colleges in the society. It is for these reasons that Capital Smart City is deemed an ideal neighbourhood to invest in.
Additionally, the project boasts proximity to the city's best private academic institutions such as Beaconhouse School System in Potohar on National Highway 5, Benchmark School System opposite Kahuta Sihala Mor on Main Grand Trunk Road, The City School and Westminster International School on Street 5 in DHA Phase 7, Bahria Town International Academy in Jasmine Avenue in Safari Villas II, and Roots School System on 2nd Avenue in Sector A of DHA Phase 1. All these schools are English medium and are reachable in approximately a 10-minute drive from Capital Smart City. The schools offer quality education from playgroup to matric, and schools such as Beaconhouse School System, The City School, City Grammar School, and Roots School System also offer O’ levels and A’ levels programmes.
Students looking to pursue higher education and enrol into a bachelors or masters programme will be glad to know that some of the best universities in Rawalpindi and Islamabad are present near Capital Smart City. To begin with, the Inspiration Center Baseerah Institute in Bahria Town is the closest to the society, only a 1-minute drive away. Baseerah Institute focuses on spreading traditional Islamic studies in compliance with modern education so the youth can easily find solutions to modern-day problems under the light of Islam. Apart from this, Roots Ivy University College, Beaconhouse Concordia University, and Republic University College on GT Road can be reached in a 13-minute drive from Capital Smart City. Roots Ivy is affiliated with the University of London and the BPP University and is managed by Roots Education System. The university enrols students looking to obtain a bachelors degree in the fields of economics & management, accounting & finance, business & management, information systems & management, economics & finance, economics, economics & mathematics, management with law, international relations, international development, ACCA, and computing and information systems. Beaconhouse Concordia University, on the other hand, offers intermediate and bachelors programmes such as BS Computer Science, BA, BBA, B.com, BSc and also assists in various entry test preparations. Republic University and College is famous amongst students eager to pursue their careers in architecture, design and built environment, business and social sciences, and digital and electronic media. Additionally, Foundation University Medical College, Dentistry and Hospital and Nursing on Defence Avenue in DHA Phase 1 is also reachable in a 12-minute drive from Capital Smart City.
Banks near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Managing finances will become a lot easier once banks in Capital Smart City become operational in commercial sectors of the society. It is expected that the community will feature all prominent banking facilities to assist its residents. Besides, the community is near several banks, and their ATM booths such as Summit Bank, Habib Metro Bank, Allied Bank, Bank Al Habib Bank, Standard Chartered, Askari Bank and Meezan Bank on Bahria Expressway are all reachable in a 6-minute drive from Capital Smart City.
Capital Smart City is a load shedding free zone with its grid stations and solar parks. The society is poised to generate its electricity, just like its portable water treatment plant, sewerage treatment plant, and solid waste management system. Capital Smart City also has a self-irrigation system, which will aid in keeping the housing scheme green.
Clinics and Hospitals in and near Capital Smart City Rawalpindi
The health city inside Capital Smart City will be a haven for doctors as well as patients. It will not only provide state-of-the-art healthcare facilities to residents but also offer employment opportunities for promising young doctors. Once entirely developed, it will boast clinics to cater to every possible medical need. Till then, you can go to several clinics near Capital Smart City, such as Skin Clinic on Bahria Expressway, a 3-minute drive away, or Smart Clinic Pakistan in Clock Tower on Bahria Town Business Bay to seek help from a dermatologist and a dietician. Also, there is a psychologist’s clinic at a 7-minute drive from the society in Square Commercial in Bahria Town, Phase 7. The clinic is rated 4.8 stars on Google and has positive reviews from patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Besides, Dental Arts Clinic on Business Bay Avenue in AR Arcade in Sector C of DHA Phase 1 is a modern orthodontics facility, only an 8-minute drive from Capital Smart City. The dental clinic is equipped with all the latest equipment to make your session painless and hygienic.
Hospitals such as Maryam Memorial Hospital in Bahria Town Block D, Phase 4, and Attock Hospital Ltd on Morgah Road are also quite close by, just 16 minutes’ drive away from Capital Smart City. Maryam Memorial Hospital has dedicated teams and departments to cater to all your medical needs including general surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, physicians, gastroenterology, dermatology, gynecology & obstetrics, ENT, paediatrics, radiology, ultrasound, ophthalmology, physiology, plastic Surgery, medical specialists, anesthesia, and psychiatry. Attock Hospital also features specialists available for medicine, general surgery, ENT, gynecology & obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, dermatology, neurology, urology, dentistry, psychology, ophthalmology, and physiotherapy. Bahria International Hospital is also 12 minutes’ drive away from the society in Bahria Safari Villas. It is a private hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities. Bahria International Hospital is also known for advanced liver, kidney and corneal transplant facility, expert diagnostics, and 24/7 emergency care.
Other hospitals near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi, include:
- Nawaz Memorial Hospital on Morgah Road, 14 minutes’ drive away
- Shaafi International Hospital on Main PWD Double Road in Doctor's Town situated at a drive of 20 minutes
- Riphah International Hospital opposite Gate 7 in DHA Phase 2 Sector K is 25 minutes’ drive away
- Reliance Hospital in Civic Center of Phase 4, Bahria Town, near KFC is 16 minutes away by car
PROPERTIES IN CAPITAL SMART CITY, RAWALPINDI
Sales Price Trends in Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Since the area is under construction, there are mostly plots available in the area. Prices are subject to change.
Plots for Sale in Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
The master plan of Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi, includes a variety of options including residential plots, farm houses and luxury villas. For now, the Future Development Holdings has opened booking of only residential plots of 5, 7, 10, 12 marla as well as 1 and 2 kanal, which come with a convenient installment plan. The project is so promising that all 5 marla residential plots are already sold out without the need of any marketing.
The 5 marla plots got sold out without the need of any advertisement because of the high-class living and eco-friendly environment this society promises. Also, since the plots for sale are quite reasonably priced, it is highly appealing for the buyers. On an average, price of 5 marla plots in Capital Smart City is between PKR 17 lakh to PKR 37.8 lakh. However, a 10 marla plot can be bought between the price range of PKR 30 lakh to PKR 38.5 lakh. Similarly, the price for 1 kanal plots starts from PKR 49 lakh and goes up to as high as PKR 90 lakh. All of these plots can be purchased on 10% or 20% down payment and the remaining price can be paid in instalments in three years.
Rental Price Trends in Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Since Capital Smart City is still being developed there are no properties available on rent yet but once there are homes built with proper facilities people can also rent apartments and houses in the society.
Capital Smart City is an ideal place for setting up a new business. There are plenty of commercial properties that can be used for investment in corporate offices, huge warehouses and shops. The Future Development Holdings has also started bookings for 4, 6, 8, 10 marla and 1 kanal commercial plots, which come with a three-year installment plan. Prices for plots in Capital Smart City are comparatively cheaper than other societies in the neighborhood like Bahria Town Phase 8.
Most Popular Blocks in Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Crystal Lake is a commercial plus residential project of Capital Smart City with shopping malls, cinemas, hotels, floating village, wonderful lights and a grand dancing fountain. This block is famous for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets by the lake. Hills Vista, however, is just a residential block with plots and villas. It is famous for its golf club which offers excellent food and beverages. China Village is nothing what people usually perceive when they hear the name of a village. It has apartments and offices as well as shopping malls, restaurants and hospitals. There is also an Overseas Block dedicated to overseas Pakistanis to make secure investments in a society that offers healthcare, education and many other leisure facilities.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
The masterplan of Capital Smart City includes a grand shopping mall within the boundaries which will feature the top brands operating in Pakistan. Even though the mall is under development as of now, residents do not have to worry about where to go shopping near Capital Smart City. You can buy designer jewellery at Yasir Collection Bilal Mughal located in Phase 7, Bahria Town at a distance of 1.5 km from the society. Right next to this jewellery store is Fadhi Collection, which is a cosmetic store with a variety of skincare and cosmetic brands. In the same market place you have a clothing store by the name of Malboos e Aliya. A drive of 2.5 km from Capital Smart City will take you to Plaza 96, Main Boulevard, Walyat Complex, Expressway in Bahria Town Phase 8, where you will have a variety of options for branded clothing outlets, including Minnie Minors, Chinyere, Bareeze, and Home Expressions. Emirates Shopper’s Paradise in Phase 7 of Bahria Town is another option, 3 km’s drive away from Capital Smart City. It is a shopping plaza featuring several local brands such as Farheen Designer Lounge, Lucky Toys Shop, Quetta Cloth, LG Home Appliances Store, Taha Boutique and many shoe stores, crockery shops, and home decor shops. China Centre in Wallayat Complex on Bahria Expressway in Bahria Town Phase 7 is 1.8 km away from Capital Smart City. It is an excellent shopping centre to buy gift items and home decor products at reasonable prices. Moreover, Amazonian Mall and Inertia Mall on National Highway 5 in Sector A of DHA Phase II are also in proximity to Capital Smart City at a distance of approximately 2.5 km only.
Restaurants and Bakeries near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Capital Smart City offers a comprehensive set of facilities that will include restaurants within the society, but since it is so ideally located, the housing colony is also near some famous eateries of the city, including all the restaurants located on Bahria Expressway such as Ali Bhai Dahi Ballay, Juice Land, Al Laham Takeaway, Paratha Party & Co, Sugar Bowl, Hot N Chilli, and Day Night Restaurant. A couple of eateries opposite DHA Main Bridge including Al Sureed Pulao Kebab and Hot N Spicy in Sector F, DHA Phase 1 are hardly a 3-minute drive away. International fast food chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Hardees and a nationally renowned steak house named. Roasters Cafe & Grill are located near Green Valley in Bahria Town Phase 7 at a distance of 2.2 km from Capital Smart City. If you are a fan of Chinese and oriental cuisines then you should check out Zuopin Chinese Cuisine, located in Plaza 49, mini commercial extension 2. The restaurant offers a nice fine dining ambience and delectable Chinese food. Also, residents of Capital Smart City can easily grab a plethora of sweet and savouries from various bakeries located no more than 5 minutes’ drive away from the society. Following is the list of bakeries near Capital Smart City:
- Al Khalifa Bakeri R Sweet in Nazir Bhatti Plaza on Sawan Camp Road in Bahria Phase 7
- Kitchen Cuisine in Sector E DHA Phase 1
- Bakery Cookies Crumble on Bahria Expressway near PSO Pump
- Bread ‘n’ Butter in Sector F DHA Phase 1
Some best bakeries that every citizen of Pindi loves all are near Capital Smart City. These include Kitchen Cuisine, Rahat Bakery, and Tehzeeb Bakery. You can reach Kitchen Cuisine, Rahat Bakery, and Moonlight Bakers within 6 minutes’ drive. However, you would have to drive for about 12 to 15 minutes to shop from Park View Bakers, Funky Bake, Bread and Butter, and London Sweet & Bakers in Civic Centre of Bahria Town. The nearest Tehzeeb Bakers is 22 minutes’ drive away on PWD Double Road in Block A of Police Foundation, but the snacks baked and sold there are worth the drive.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Parks in and near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Capital Smart City hosts quite a few options for a healthy lifestyle, with abundant green turfs and outdoor leisure facilities such as an 18-hole PGA Golf Course, theme parks, and much more. There are several outdoor activities that residents of Capital Smart City can enjoy, such as going to Raiha Cine Gold Plex inside Bahria Town, which is 7 minutes away by car. There is also a snooker place, situated 13 minutes’ drive away, called Legend Snooker Lounge and Café. People who enjoy swimming can go to Hotel Royal Palace Swimming Pool and Bilal Swimming Pool, which are just 13 to 15 minutes’ drive away from the society.
Moreover, there are a couple of parks in Capital Smart City, meaning residents will not have to travel long distances in search of green spaces. Two parks scheduled to be developed in the society are The Holiday Park and Garden Park. Holiday Park is a theme park with an exquisite display of birds and several food trucks for you to enjoy delectable street food near your residence. This park also features a holiday resort for visitors coming to Capital Smart City for entertainment purposes only.
Other than small neighbourhood parks, Capital Smart City has three types of gardens located within. These are a flower garden, linear gardens, and heritage gardens.
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Living a healthy lifestyle requires eating healthy and working out on a regular basis. Residents of Capital Smart City can benefit from one of the best fitness centers in Rawalpindi named Gym Fitnastic in Bahria Town Phase 7, opposite Gloria Jeans, 1.2 km away, while Almas Fitness Centre on Road H in Phase 7 is 2.6 km away. Also, there are a couple of gyms and fitness centres on Bahria Expressway that can be reached in a 3-minute drive from Capital Smart City including She Fitness Ladies Gym & Spa, Ayesha Sana Fly Fit Salon, and Ginnastic Arena in Sector F of DHA.
Salons and Spas near Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi
Look good to feel good is a philosophy that residents of Smart City can easily follow since many salons are reachable from Capital Smart City in less than 5 minutes’ drive. The closest beauty salon for men is The Lounge by Depilex Men on Bahria Expressway and the nearest salon for women is the Headlines Beauty Clinic and Somi Naqvi Salon & Spa in Sector F, DHA. Other salons near Capital Smart City include:
- Sobia's Salon in Sector F, DHA Phase I
- Nani's Salon and INCANTO Hair Lounge in Sector E, DHA Phase I
- Vegaro Salon on Street 5 in DHA Phase 7 Bahria Town
- Almas Beauty Salon on Street 10 in DHA Phase 7 Bahria Town
As of October 2019, Capital Smart City was still being developed, and as such, there are no social events that have been held here. However, once the society is entirely constructed, it is expected the administration will organise celebrations for various occasions such as Independence Day and New Year while making good use of its dancing fountains.
Capital Smart City occupies prime real estate since it neighbours prominent and posh neighbourhoods of Rawalpindi including DHA Sector E, Bahria Town Phase 7, Safari Villas, Bahria Veterinarian and Bahria Square Commercial.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Capital Smart City is an entirely legal housing scheme. It has an approved NOC from the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) along with an approved interchange on the M-2 Motorway. The location is ideal since it is nearly 30 km away from new Islamabad airport. It is a promising housing scheme as it aims to be Pakistan’s first smart city with free WiFi hotspots, automated traffic control, and a 24/7 supply of electricity. Moreover, security in Capital Smart City is top-notch with a dedicated police station within, a fire fighting system, and the surroundings monitored via CCTV cameras. Also, the motto of Capital Smart City “a Smart Economy, Smart Housing and Smart Environment,” suggests that this project will open up to 90,000 employment opportunities, will give residents access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, a proper public transport system, residential and mixed-use real estate, and 30,000 housing units in a self-sustainable and eco-friendly environment.
Importance of Capital Smart City, Rawalpindi from major locations nearby
- Islamabad International Airport is 40.7 km away via Kashmir Highway and National Highway 5
- Bahria Town is 10.4 km way via Bahria Expressway
- DHA Phase 1 is 5 km away via Defence Avenue and Bahria Expressway
- Ayub National Park is 7.6 km away via Grand Trunk Road and National Highway 5
- Rawat Fort is 12 km away via Grand Trunk Road and National Highway 5