ABOUT F-8 ISLAMABAD
Beautiful green belts, developed roads, a mega shopping mall, marvellous mosques, top-class academic institutes, a proper infrastructure and security arrangements - these are just some of the features that attract people to F-8 Islamabad.
Bordered by Main Margalla Road, Faisal Avenue, Jinnah Avenue Underpass, Kohistan Road and 9th Avenue, F-8 is home to the famous Centaurus Mall of Islamabad. From basic amenities to luxuries of life, everything is available in this part of the capital.
F-8, a classy and posh area, is often termed as the best sector of Islamabad. It has four sub-sectors and a commercial sector known as F-8 Markaz, which boasts shopping malls, a plenitude of eateries and other commercial spaces.
It’s a given that investing in this area will yield higher profits. Whereas, settling in this central location is ideal for families – not just because of all the facilities it offers but also because of the safety factor. The Margalla Police Station located in F-8 Markaz on Kaghan Road ensures maximum security at all times.
What adds more value to this area is its proximity to the beautiful Faisal Mosque and the spectacular Margalla Hills thriving in nature’s lavish green splendour and magnificent waterfalls.
AT A GLANCE
- Highly-developed and well-maintained sector
- Well-developed infrastructure
- Plenty of street lights
- Pedestrian sidewalks
- Home to famous Centaurus mall
- Ample commercial spaces
- Known educational institutions
- Lush green spaces
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in and near F-8 Islamabad
Pakistan’s capital is known for its advanced mass transit system. Most developed residential areas of the city are strategically located near active metro stations and bus stops. F-8 Islamabad also boasts a similar location.
Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Line Route 1 passes by F-8 Islamabad and its adjoining areas. Locals can take metros from Katchery Metro Bus Station on Main Jinnah Avenue in Sector G-8/2, PIMS Metro Bus Station in G-8/3, Ibn-e-Sina Metro Bus Station in G-9/3, Stock Exchange Metro Station in F-7/1, Khyber Plaza Stop in G-7/2, Centaurus Station South in G-8/3 and Chamman Metro Bus Station in G-9/4.
Moreover, the 7th Avenue Metro Bus Station is built inside F-8 Markaz. It takes about 7 to 11 minutes to reach these stations by road. The metro buses of Islamabad are air-conditioned, secure and they also offer free Wi-Fi to passengers. Locals can comfortably travel to different destinations covered by these metros at an economical rate.
Alternatively, residents of F-8 Islamabad can also use ride-hailing application-based services and taxis to get around Islamabad. People with personal vehicles can enjoy a smooth driving experience on the well-lit wide roads lined by green belts. Another thing that makes F-8 stand out is the reasonable distance from the highway, which means it is far from the heavy load of traffic and noise pollution.
Markets in and near F-8 Islamabad
Since the sector is highly developed, residents can shop for a variety of products from markets in F-8 Islamabad. Grocery stores in the sector include Islam General Store, Mega Groceries, Mini General Store & Cigarette Shop, Ayub Market and M & S Super Store in F-8 Markaz, Abdullah Groceries in F-8/2 and The Grocers in F-8/4. Locals can buy a wide range of items starting from dried shelf items to dairy products from these utility stores.
For fresh fruits and vegetables, residents can go to Abbasi Fruit & Vegetable Shop in F-8/1, Sarhad Fruit & Vegetable Shop in F-8 Markaz and Abbasi Fruit & Vegetable Shop in F-8/3, Sultan Chicken Shop in F-8/4. Other fresh food markets in the vicinity involve Farm to Home Store in F-7/2 and Vegi Xpress in F-7/4. A dry fruit shop called Quetta Dry Fruit can also be found in F-8/4. People prefer eating dry fruits, especially when the weather gets a little colder.
Moreover, meat shops and meat wholesalers in F-8 Islamabad include Go Fresh Meat M & S Store, Qureshi Mutton Beef & Chicken Shop and Meat Mart in F-8 Markaz, Nagina Mutton & Chicken Shop in F-8/2 and Manzoor Chicken Shop in F-8/3. Some more meat shops nearby are Ali Meat Shop in F-7/1, Jilani's Meat & Beef Shop in F-7/2 and Meat One in F-7 Markaz.
The fresh food markets and meat shops are situated on a road trip of almost 7 minutes.
F-8 Islamabad is great for families because a number of medical stores of pharmacies are operational here. Occupants can get medicines from Kausar Medicos, Bahria Pharmacy, Mehmood Pharmacy, Health Era Pharmacy and Al-Noor Chemist in F-8 Markaz. Other medical stores in the vicinity involve Imran Pharmacy in G-8/3, Shaheen Chemists in G-7/2 and D Light Medical Store in Islamabad’s Blue Area. These stores are located at a drive of nearly 8 minutes.
For purchase and repair of electronic items, people living here can go to Al-Rehman Stationary and Electric Store, Islamabad Electric Store in F-8 Markaz and Mughal Paint Hardware & Electric Store in F-8/4.
Home stores offering chic and stylish home accessories from drapes to furniture are also functional in F-8 Islamabad. People who move in this sector wouldn’t have to drive long miles in search of furniture shops and home stores. They can easily go to The Green Impex and Nabi Traders and in F-8 Markaz, Casa Bella & Luminara in F-8/3, Dolce Vita Home, Taneez Centaurus and Illusion in F-8/4 to experience a wide range of quality home goods.
Mosques in and near F-8 Islamabad
Locals can easily walk to the mosques in F-8 Islamabad including Mujaddiya Masjid, Madni Mosque in F-8/2, Masjid Khalid Bin Waleed in F-8/3 and Centaurus Prayer Mosque in F-8/4. These mosques are spacious, include a proper area for ablution and ventilated.
Alternatively, residents can also pray in the mosques situated nearby. Mosques near F-8 Islamabad are Jamia Masjid Sher-e-Rabbani in F-9 Islamabad, Rana Market Mosque in F-7/2, Masjid Bab-ul-Islam in F-7 Markaz, Jamali Mosque in E-8/1 and Masjid Abu zar Ghafari (R.A) in G-8/2. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to reach the mosques by road.
Moreover, the famous Faisal Mosque in Sector E-8 on Shah Faisal Avenue is also located at a drive of nearly 9 minutes. Faisal Masjid, named after Saudi Arab’s late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, is the largest mosque of Pakistan and the sixth largest mosque of Pakistan.
Schools, Colleges And Universities in and near F-8 Islamabad
F-8 Islamabad is particularly strong in academic institutions. Almost all known schools of Islamabad have their branches here. If you want your children to get the best education, it’s ideal to settle in F8 Islamabad. Parents in search of playschools can send their toddlers to Treehouse School in F-8/1, MSI Preschool in F-8/2 and The City School Nursery in F-8/3.
Moreover, popular private schools in F-8 Islamabad involve Hill House Boarding School and Beaconhouse School System, Junior Campus in F-8/2, Aims Education System F-8, Roots international Schools Repton Campus, Westminster Academy Islamabad in F-8/3 and Headstart School IGCSE /A-Level Branch, ASAS International School in F-8/4.
The co-ed schools cover primary to the secondary level of education, following the Cambridge system. Additionally, parents who encourage their children in the fields of performing arts can send them to Rung School of Music & Arts situated in F-8 Markaz to learn how to play different instruments, draw and paint.
As for public schools, Islamabad Model School for Girls in F-8/1 is a government school that offers primary and secondary education to girls. Some more government schools in close proximity to F-8 Islamabad are Government Girls Higher Secondary School in F-10/4 and Federal Government Primary School No.36 in G-9/2. It takes almost 10 minutes to reach these schools by road.
Besides, youngsters in search of professional institutes can get themselves enrolled in the colleges and universities near F-8 Islamabad. Some of them are Roots IVY University College, UCPE University and Skans Academy in F-8 Markaz, Legal Study Centre in F-8/1, University College of Islamabad in F-8/2, Institute of Business Leadership in F-8/3, Chanab Group of Colleges and Punjab College for Women in F-8/4.
Roots IVY University College offers International General Certificate of Secondary Education Courses, Bachelors in Science, LLB, ACCA and CIMA programs, on the other hand, UCPE University and Skans Academy offer Certified Accounts Technicians (CAT), Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Cost & Management Accountant (CMA) programs.
Legal Study Centre in F-8/1 offers degrees in law, University College of Islamabad offers bachelors in science, LLB programs, ACCA, CA and CFA programs and Institute of Business Leadership offers BTEC Pearson Qualifications, Professional Accountancy Qualifications, Professional Development Courses and English Proficiency Training Courses.
Similarly, Chenab Group of Colleges and Punjab College for Women are also professional institutes that offer intermediate, bachelors and masters programs in commerce, science and arts.
Banks in and near F-8 Islamabad
A cluster of banks and ATM machines can be found in F-8 Islamabad, making it effortless for residents to stop by the nearest branch and make a financial transaction.
Recognized banks in F-8 Islamabad include Askari Bank Head Office Branch, United Bank Limited, MCBN Bank, Pak Oman Microfinance Bank Limited, Meezan Bank, JS Bank F-8 Branch and Standard Chartered Bank Limited. All these banks are located in F-8 Markaz.
Additionally, banks near F-8 Islamabad include UBL Bank and MCB Bank in F-7 Markaz and Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited in G-7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad. It takes nearly 7 to 10 minutes to reach the banks by road.
IESC national grid supplies electricity in this posh area. Nonetheless, just like the residents who are already settled in F-8 Islamabad, future residents can install UPS batteries and generators in their houses and flats to avoid problems during load shedding.
Clinics and Hospitals in and near F-8 Islamabad
A key driver that attracts property seekers is healthcare facilities. Better access to clinics, hospitals, 24/7 emergency departments and specialist medical care, improves the quality of one’s life. Clinics in F-8 Islamabad include Best Skin Specialist Islamabad - Dr Jauhar Mumtaz Khan, Ali Medical Diagnostics, Islamabad Oasis Clinic, Dr Abdul Khaliq's Hair Transplant Center Islamabad, Prof Dr Nighat Bilal Clinic, Dr Wajahat Aziz Clinic and Physiotherapy Centre in F-8 Markaz.
Best Skin Specialist Islamabad works with Dr Jauhar Mumtaz Khan, the qualified doctor offers skincare treatments and procedures to treat skin problems of people, while Ali Medical Diagnostics and Prof Dr Nighat Bilal Clinic are general diagnostic centres that identify and prescribe medications for common illnesses including cold and flu, migraines, stomach infections and minor injuries, to name a few.
Furthermore, Islamabad Oasis Clinic and Dr Wajahat Aziz Clinic and Physiotherapy Centre are physical therapy clinics and Dr Abdul Khaliq's Hair Transplant Center transplants hair follicles on the scalps of people who are bald.
As for hospitals, Ali Medical Centre in F-8 Markaz offers specialized medical services in nephrology, pulmonology, paediatrics, general medicine, neurology, cardiology, physiotherapy, endocrinology and rheumatology. It also provides surgical services in ENT, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, laparoscopy, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric surgery, gynaecology and urology.
In case of emergencies, locals can also go to hospitals situated near F-8 Islamabad. Hospitals placed at a drive of 8 to 15 minutes are PNS Hafeez - Naval Hospital situated in Sector E-8/1, PAF Hospital in E-9/1, Maroof International Hospital in F-10/3, MEDICSi Hospital in F-7/4, Nori Hospital in G-8/3, KRL Hospital in G-9/1 and Shifa International Hospital in H-8/4.
PROPERTIES IN F-8 Islamabad
Sales Price Trends in F-8 Islamabad
If you’re interested in buying a property in F-8, Islamabad, you might find the following price trend analysis useful. However, please keep in mind that the following prices can change at any point in time based on the real estate market’s condition.
Houses for Sale in F-8 Islamabad
For now, just bigger units are up for sale in this area. The price for 1 kanal houses starts off at PKR 8.5 crore and escalates up to PKR 17.5 crore. With time, property units of 5 marla and 10 marla are also going to be available for sale in F-8, Islamabad.
Flats for Sale in F-8 Islamabad
An abundant supply of flats is available in F-8, Islamabad. The price for 1-bed flats in F-8 Islamabad is between PKR 1.65 crore and PKR 3.75 crore, while the price for 2-bed apartments starts at PKR 1.05 crore and goes up to PKR 4.75 crore. Moreover, the price for 3-bed flats is between PKR 5.1 crore and PKR 5.75 crore, the price of 4-bed flats in F-8 Islamabad is up to PKR 12 crore and the price of 5-bed flats is between PKR 12 crore and PKR 12.5 crore.
Whereas the price for studio apartments in F-8, Islamabad is anywhere between PKR 1.05 crore and PKR 5.8 crore.
Plots for Sale in F-8 Islamabad
Plots of 5 marla and 1 kanal are up for sale in F-8 Islamabad. The price of 5 marla plots is upto PKR 60 thousand, while the price of 1 kanal plots is up to PKR 8.5 crore.
Rent Price Trends in F-8 Islamabad
If you’d like to rent out a property, the following analysis might be helpful. Please note, that just like the sales price trends, these rental trends are also subject to change without notice.
Houses for Rent in F-8 Islamabad
Few 10 marla houses and a good number of 1 kanal houses are available on rent here. The monthly rental for 10 marla houses in F-8 Islamabad is up to PKR 2.8 lakh, while the rent price for 1 kanal houses starts at PKR 80 thousand and escalates up to PKR 6.5 lakh.
A plenitude of commercial properties are up for sale in F-8 Islamabad, meanwhile, some commercial properties on rent are also available in this sector. Commercial property units including office spaces, shops, plazas, full buildings and basement of buildings are available in this thriving sector of Islamabad.
Most Popular Areas in F-8 Islamabad
F-8 Islamabad is a chic residential area and according to Zameen.com's buying trends, the most searched sector of F-8 is The Centaurus, representing 63.5% of total searches. F-8/3 earned the second position with 14%, F-8/1 secured the third spot with 7.4%, F-8/2 raked in fourth with 6.1% and F-8 Markaz was the fifth most-searched area, accounting for 5.1%.
Again, when it comes to rental trends in F-8, The Centaurus ranked first with 75.6% of total searches, F-8/1 secured the second spot with 7.4%, F-8 Markaz came third with 6.6%, F-8/3 earned the fourth spot with 5.3% while F-8/4 pulled in 3% of total searches, securing the fifth position.
The Centaurus is popular among buyers and renters because of its size and available amenities. The project consists of three residential towers of 23-floors each, a 36-story hotel building, a shopping mall with 5 floors and some office towers. The 23-story residential tower offers everything necessary for a quality lifestyle.
Moreover, residents can easily go to the shopping mall to get their hands on a variety of local and international brands/products. Plus, locals can eat at various restaurants and cafes functioning in the mall’s food court, children can play in the play area of the mall, popularly known as Fun City, and enjoy 2D and 3D movies in The Centaurus Cinema. The food court, Fun City and Centaurus Cinema are all located on the fourth floor.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS, AND BAKERIES
Malls in and near F-8 Islamabad
F-8 Islamabad is home to Centaurus Mall, that happens to be among the most popular malls of Islamabad. Among many other things, from groceries to home accessories and luxurious brands of apparel, shoes and cosmetics can easily be spotted in Centaurus. Moreover, the mall developed by the Centaurus Group also houses some famous eating franchises in its food court, children can play in the fun city, while movie buffs can enjoy at the Centaurus Cinema.
Other than this mega-mall, residents can also go shopping at malls near F-8 Islamabad involving Kohsar Plaza and Amanat Plaza in F-10 Markaz, Eagle Plaza in G-7/3, Zeeshan Plaza in G-8 Markaz and Sohrab Plaza in G-6/3. These shopping malls are situated on a road trip of almost 12 minutes from F-8 Islamabad.
Restaurants and Bakeries in and near F-8 Islamabad
Apart from eating at the many options in Centaurus mall’s food court, residents can try out a plenty of restaurants including Mughlai Courtyard, Butt Karahi, Dainty Fast Food, Karachi Biryani & Nihari House, Habibi Restaurant, Pakora Junction, Rayyan's Fast Food, Subway, Lodhi Restaurant and Lahore Fish Khyber Shinwari. All these eating spots are running in F-8 Markaz.
Moreover, Pakistani food lovers can also visit Bismillah Tikka & Charga House situated in F-8/2, while those fond of Chinese cuisines can try Chinatown Restaurant and Jade Café and those who like fine dining can visit La Terrazza Islamabad in F-8/4.
Some more restaurants near F-8 Islamabad, at a drive of 6 to 10 minutes involve Roasters, The Corner Deli by Pappasallis and One Potato Two Potato in F-7 Markaz, Yum Chinese & Thai, Hardees in F-7/2, Char-Grill Central – CGC in F-7/3 and Haleem Ghar and Savour Foods in G-7/2.
Additionally, bakeries in and near F-8 Islamabad are Bakeman in F-7 Markaz, Funky Bake in F-8/4, Jamil Sweets in G-7/2, Tehzeeb Bakers in G-7/3 and Gourmet Bakers & Sweets and Toast'd Cafe and Bakery in F-7 Markaz. One can reach these bakeries in under 10 minutes by road.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in and near F-8 Islamabad
F-8 Markaz is home to a number of fitness centres including Fitdiction, TDS Fighting Club and Muscle World Gym and Fitness Centre. Whereas, gyms running in the vicinity include Naval Fitness Center in E-8/1, Fitness Gym Zone and Smarts Health & Fitness Club in F-7 Markaz and 313 Fitness Gym in G-7/3. These gyms are a little over 2 to 4 km from F-8 Islamabad, at an estimated drive time of 7 to 10 minutes.
Moreover, fitness enthusiasts who like to play different sports such as cricket, soccer, and tennis can go to Sukh Chayn F-8 Multi-Purpose Sports Ground situated in F-8/1. Other sports ground nearby are JCO Ground E-9/4, National Cricket Academy in G-8/2, Sukh Chayn Multi-Purpose Sports Ground in G-5, All-Star Football Ground in F-10/4 and F-6 Multi-Purpose Sports Ground in F-6 Markaz. It takes almost 15 minutes to reach these sports grounds by road.
Parks in and near F-8 Islamabad
Pakistan’s capital city is popularly known as the “Green City of Pakistan,” and sector F-8 adds more colours of green in that equation. Parks available to locals here include Madina Park in F-8/2 and Hill View Park in F-8/4.
Apart from these, a number of blossoming green grandeur surrounds this sector, adding more to its beauty. Parks near F-8 Islamabad, at a drive of more or less 10 minutes involve Naval Park in E-8 Islamabad, Melad Park in G-7/2, Jubilee Park in F-7 Markaz and Swiss Avenue Park in F-7/4.
Salons and Spas in and near F-8 Islamabad
Many hairstylists, makeup artists, masseuses and personal grooming experts work in the beauty parlours in this area. Locals can get a variety of personal care services in this sector, all thanks to the salons and spas in F-8 Islamabad including Hollywood Hair Salon, Terchno Hair Club in F-7 Markaz, Nadeem Hair Salon, Ayesha's Beauty Saloon and Naveeds Salon in F-8Markaz and Studio M: Hair, Nail & Beauty Salon and Rozella Salon in F-8/1. Residents can easily reach these salons in 5 to 10 minutes on foot.
Salons nearby entail Zassh Salon in F-7/1, Bia's Salon, Firdausi's Beauty Parlor in F-7/2 and Passions Men And Women Salon and Sobia's Salon & Studio in F-7 Markaz. The salons are located at a drive of nearly 5 to 10 minutes from F-8, Islamabad.
Cinemas in F-8 Islamabad
Movie buffs can go to watch the latest Hollywood and Pakistani movies at the Centaurus Cinema in F-8 Markaz. The theatre features, regular, 3D and 2D movies.
Quite a few events including events on Independence Day, Defence Day, Eid and Christmas take place in Centaurus Mall. Moreover, the mall also organises meet and greet sessions with celebrities, features arts and craft exhibitions and skill learning events featuring different private and public schools of the city.
Sector F-8, Islamabad is situated centrally, at a short commute from other sectors of the city including F-9, F-10, F-7, E-8, E-9, G-8, G-9 and the Blue Area. Furthermore, popular places of the city in proximity to F-8 are Margalla Hills, Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Heritage Museum, Daman-e-Koh and the beautiful Rawal Lake.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
It won’t be wrong to call F-8 the gem of Islamabad. The area covered with green spaces, outstanding academies, a top-class shopping mall and great transport links are just a few of the attractions.
The only little problem in F-8 though is the non-availability of plots for sale and flats on rent. Nonetheless, these are timely concerns that would be met soon after more plots are cut out in this area and apartments are made available on a rental basis.
Importance of F-8 Islamabad from major locations nearby
- F-7 and G-9 are placed at a drive of just 7 minutes
- Blue Area Islamabad is also placed at a 7-minute drive
- Pakistan Monument is a 10-minute trip from F8
- It takes about 11 minutes to reach sector F-10 and E-8
- The historical Lok Virsa Heritage Museum is at a 12-minute drive
- It takes nearly 12 minutes to reach sector F-9 from F-8, Islamabad
- It takes about 14 minutes to get to E-9 from F-8 Islamabad
- Daman-e-Koh can be reached within 17 minutes by road
- It takes nearly 22 minutes to reach Margalla Hills by road
- Rawal Lake is also at a 22-minute drive from F-8 Islamabad
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