ABOUT GULBERG ISLAMABAD
Gulberg is one of the best residential and commercial projects in Islamabad that was launched in 2005 by Intelligence Bureau Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme (IBECHS). It is also called IBECHS Phase III, Islamabad. This housing society is the epitome of luxury and the credit goes to famous Engineer Abdul Waheed. He is the chief consultant who oversees the development, design and town planning of the project. Moreover, as of December 2018 stats, Gulberg stands among the top two in most-searched localities in Islamabad for buying properties.
Developers aim to build Gulberg Islamabad as a new city within a city. They have planned to create a strong infrastructure and provide a clean and peaceful environment for residents, along with essential amenities. Furthermore, the community is nestled amidst lush greenery of the capital. All in all, the project is a seamless blend of nature and architecture.
It is one of the few residential projects, located in Islamabad’s Zone IV, experiencing high trading volume. This is because the properties in Gulberg Islamabad are much-in-demand. According to property experts, Islamabad’s Expressway expansion will lead to an upsurge of the value of properties here, making it an ideal option for potential investors.
Gulberg Islamabad enjoys a central location as it is situated on Islamabad Expressway, at the intersection of Zone IV and V. The society is close to the city centres in both Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It is only 20 km away from Aabpara Market, 15 km from T-Chowk Rawat, 8 km from Koral Chowk and 20 km via Gulberg Expressway and Islamabad Expressway.
History of Development
IBECHS has launched different projects that include IBECHS Phases 1 and 2. These two projects are situated in the proximity of PWD. After successful completion of the projects, IBECHS announced Gulberg Islamabad in the year 2005. Capital Development Authority (CDA) granted approval and issued NOC in 2009 and proper development work was initiated the same year.
Planning and Development
Gulberg Islamabad is a major housing and commercial project, which is spread over more than 42,000 kanal. The project is divided into three categories: Gulberg Residencia, Gulberg Greens and Gulberg Commercial.
Gulberg Residencia is divided into 21 blocks, named alphabetically from A to V, except U. The A, B and P block has further extensions and its block D, D Markaz, is referred to as the Commercial Centre of the community offering commercial plots. However, Gulberg Greens have 3 main commercial areas within. Gulberg Greens is renowned for offering beautifully constructed farmhouses and its plots on area sizes 5, 4 and 10 kanal. Gulberg Greens has six blocks, one is executive and the rest five are named A to E.
The residential plots for sale in Gulberg Islamabad are available in its residential block Gulberg Residencia. The plots for sale in this block are of area sizes 7, 10, 14 marla, 1 kanal and 2 kanal. The plots are completely developed and ready for possession. Many plot owners have built their dream homes and many have started construction on their respective plots. Also, Gulberg Residencia offers duplex garden homes, penthouses and apartments for sale.
Exclusively Constructed Underpass
Gulberg Islamabad has constructed a self-financed and signal free underpass for the convenience of its residents. It is built on Islamabad Express Highway, having two entries and exits from Chak Shahzad and Naval Anchorage. The residents will easily enter the housing community, without driving several kilometres to get a U-turn. This underpass has not only made commuting hassle-free for residents, but also for people travelling to and from Rawalpindi-Islamabad.
Signal Free Entry
The Gulberg Expressway is signal-free, connecting Gulberg Greens and Gulberg Residencia. This feature is rare in housing societies.
Clean and Green Property
Gulberg Islamabad ensures that the society is clean and provides a proper waste management system. Developers have not deforested the area, instead, they have utilized the greenery and have planted more trees, to provide a beautifully serene and green environment to its residents. Also, more than 300,000 fruit trees and 50,000+ different flower plants have been planted.
AT A GLANCE
- 80% green area
- Top class infrastructure and standard of living
- Consistent electricity supply
- Round the clock security and monitoring, gated-community, security staff active patrolling
- Team of 500 security staff
- Hassle-free transportation
- Easy accessibility to roads and prime localities of the city
- 220ft wide Gulberg Expressway
- Service roads are 80 to 120 feet wide
- All plots are developed on 50 to 160 feet wide roads
- Easy access to Islamabad Expressway through dedicated underpass
- Underground wiring
- Gas, water and electricity available
- Solar street lights
- Underground drainage
- Waste Management
- Complete maintenance services
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport near Gulberg Islamabad
This society is situated at an ideal location and hence, there is no hassle of finding public transport near Gulberg Islamabad. The bus stops that are found near the project are Judicial Bus Stop at a 9 minutes’ drive, Airport Society E-Bus Stop at 8 minutes, Koraal Chowk Bus Stop at 10 minutes and PWD Bus Stop at 15 minutes’ drive. However, there are other bus stops as well in the close localities, but located a bit far.
Markets near Gulberg Islamabad
The markets in Gulberg Islamabad are under construction. However, there are stores and markets in the proximity. For example, Mini Market in Ghauri Town Phase 7, Yousuf Zai Market in Madina, Fazal Ellahi Bhatti Market near Bhatti Society Road, Anchorage Fresh and Mini Mart in Naval Anchorage. Other individual shops in the proximity of Gulberg are Shafqat Fabric Ironing Shop in Naval Anchorage, Friends Book Shop and Stationary, Tiles and Bath Accessories Shop in Ghauri Town.
Mosques in and near Gulberg Islamabad
There are two under construction mosques in Gulberg Islamabad: Jamia Masjid Nooria Ghausia in Gulberg Greens Block A and Masjid Ameer Hamza R.A in Gulberg Residencia Block D Marqaz. Other mosques that are very close to the society are Jamia Masjid Siddique-e- Akbar in Madina and Naseeria Masjid in Koral Town. However, there are a number mosques in nearby areas, but those are situated at a long distance from here.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in and near Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Islamabad has dedicated land in Gulberg Greens block for Knowledge City, which is spread over 550 kanal. Knowledge City will house national and international educational institutes. The good thing is that top schools and universities i.e. Roots Millennium School, Froebel’s International School, Riphah International University and Agha Khan University have also purchased land in Gulberg Islamabad. Knowledge City has the highest standard of infrastructure, underground utility installation, security and healthy ambience that are essentially ideal for educational institutes.
Other schools and colleges near Gulberg are The Smart School at a 13 minutes’ drive in Airport Employees CHS, Siddeeq Public School at 12 minutes’ drive in Madina Town, Olives School at 10 minutes’ drive, Islamabad Model College for Girls in Kirpa at a 13 minutes’ drive, Bahria Foundation College and Bahria College in Naval Anchorage at 12 minutes’ drive, FC Group of Colleges in Ghori Town at a drive of 13 minutes from the society and the list continues.
Banks in and near Gulberg Islamabad
United Bank Limited is situated in Block B of Gulberg Greens in the vicinity of Gulberg Islamabad. Rest of the major banks are operating nearby that include MCB and Habib Bank Limited in Ghauri Town, Allied Bank in Jinnah Garden and Summit Bank in Naval Anchorage.
Gulberg Islamabad has set up a 132KV IESCO grid station that will solely operate for the society. Its commercial and residential areas are provided with electricity consistently. So even if there is a power failure in the locality, the community will not be affected. The community also has installed exclusive power transformers.
Clinics and Hospitals in Gulberg Islamabad
The hospitals and clinics in Gulberg Islamabad are under construction. However, Riphah International University has bought land for establishing a 600-bed hospital. This healthcare facility will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment as well as technologies. The hospital will have contemporary heating, ventilation and cooling system. Also, the facility will make effective use of sunlight, in order to provide an energy efficient environment.
In addition, MBF Group, which is a Dubai-based organization, has partnered with Gulberg Islamabad to build a medical city in Gulberg Greens at 100,000 square metres (approximately 200 kanal). It will be a 400-bed university hospital and all healthcare facilities will be of the highest standards. The medical city will be the first of its kind project in Pakistan that will feature a medical mall, orthopaedic centre, regional cardiology centre, spaces for recreation and therapy. Approximately, more than 100 medical and healthcare professionals, administrative and technical staff will be hired and they will be all Pakistani nationals.
PROPERTIES IN GULBERG ISLAMABAD
Sales Price Trends in Gulberg Islamabad
The residential area of Gulberg Islamabad is divided into Gulberg Residencia, Gulberg Greens and Gulberg Commercial. The details are discussed below:
Houses for Sale in Gulberg Islamabad
The Gulberg Residencia offers houses for sale in Gulberg Islamabad of area sizes 7, 10, 14 marla and 1, 2 kanal. The houses that are available for sale are built by the plot owners and are completely furnished with high-quality fittings and fixtures. Also, the houses are either a single storey or double storey, offering ideal living space with proper car parking area, lawn and servant quarters as well. Gulberg Residencia has 21 blocks and 1 commercial block i.e. Block D, rest of the blocks are labelled from A to V, excluding U alphabet. Three of its blocks have been further extended i.e. A, B and P.
The lowest asking price of a 7 marla grey structure house in Gulberg Islamabad is PKR 1.2 crore. Whereas, the highest price of a double unit, fully furnished house is PKR 1.75 crore. The prices of 1 kanal houses fall between PKR 2.9 crore and PKR 4 crore.
The Gulberg Greens offers farmhouses for sale on area sizes 4, 5 and 10 kanal. This area is divided into six blocks from A to E, including one Executive block. The A, B and C have some ready farmhouses that exhibit modern art and luxury. Each farm house is surrounded by lush greenery, providing a serene environment. Approximately, 85% of development work is complete in Gulberg Greens.
4 kanal farmhouses up for sale in Gulberg Islamabad have prices between PKR 2.2 crore and PKR 12.5 crore. The 5 kanal farmhouses are available for sale have a price range from PKR 2.6 crore to PKR 4.75 crore. The starting price of 10 kanal farmhouses is PKR 6.5 crore and goes up to 9.5 crore.
Flats for Sale in Gulberg Islamabad
There are a number of luxurious apartments for sale in Gulberg Islamabad, among which many are under construction and many are available for possession. The flats in Gulberg Islamabad offer studio apartments, 1-bed, 2-bed, 3-bed flats for sale with attached baths, tile flooring, American Kitchen and international quality fittings. The projects in Gulberg Islamabad are Shanghai Heights, Gulberg Trade Centre, Cloud Emporium, Karakoram Gulberg Greens, Sky Park One, Samama Star, Diamond Mall & Residency, Gulberg Emporium, Akber Arcade, Luxus Mall & Residency, Business Center and Cloud Emporium.
1-bed apartments for sale in Gulberg have a price range from PKR 8.75 lakh to PKR 75 lakh. The price of 2-bed flats starts from PKR 40 lakh and the highest asking price is PKR 2.3 crore. Rates are different of 2-beds because, prices depend on the project, quality of fittings, furnishings, design and amenities. The prices of 3-bed flats are between PKR 30.5 lakh and PKR 3.45 crore.
Plots for Sale in Gulberg Islamabad
Residential plots in Gulberg Islamabad are completely developed. The sizes up for sale include 7, 10, 14 marla and 1, 2 kanal. Plot files of 5 marla plots are also available, as of January 2019. Gulberg Islamabad offers an ideal location to build your dream home and the plots are also available on affordable rates. The starting price of 7 marla plots in this locality is PKR 20.5 lakh and the highest price is PKR 5.5 crore.
Sale Price trends for 10 marla plots in Gulberg Islamabad are between PKR 12.5 lakh and PKR 6 crore. Corner and park facing plots have are high in value as well as in prices. 1 kanal plots for sale in this project have asking prices between PKR 37 lakh and PKR 1.75 crore.
Gulberg Islamabad also offers farmhouse plots for sale, where owners can build their private farmhouses and enjoy their time with family and friends. Moreover, they can also rent them out. The Gulberg Greens block offers huge plots for farmhouses that include 4 kanal, 5 kanal and 10 kanal. Even a number of CDA sectors of Islamabad don’t offer plots of this big area sizes.
Gulberg Islamabad consists of five main commercial sectors that include D Markaz, known as Blue Area in Gulberg Residencia. The rest three are in Gulberg Greens named as Business Park, Civic Center and Business Square. Gulberg Commercial hosts corporate offices, businesses, malls and markets. The commercial plots in Gulberg Islamabad are also available for sale and are of area sizes 5 marla, 7 marla and 9 marla. Few of the commercial projects within the blocks are completed and some are under construction.
The commercial projects in Gulberg Islamabad are Samama Star, Diamond Mall & Residency, Fortune Destiny, Gulberg Emporium, Akber Arcade, One Piccadilly, Gulberg Arena, Luxus Mall & Residency, Business Center, Marvel Arcade, Royal Corporate Center, Gulberg Empire and Cloud Emporium.
Most Popular Blocks of Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Residencia is at the top among the most popular blocks for buying property in Gulberg Islamabad. It is the biggest residential block of Gulberg, which is further divided into 21 blocks. This particular block has the highest number of constructed houses. Also, basic to luxurious amenities are in close proximity to this area. Genuine buyers are showing great interest in its properties for their personal residence.
Whereas, as per Zameen’s January 2019 stats, rental property trends in Gulberg Islamabad show its Gulberg Greens has highest searched rates. This block hosts lavish and beautifully designed farmhouses, as well as four commercial areas of the society.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in and near Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Islamabad will house many shopping malls. Among which some are under construction and rest are near to completion. Majority of the malls have a residential block as well. The upcoming malls in Gulberg Islamabad are Gulberg Emporium Mall & Residency, Roshan Heights & Residency, Samama Gulberg Luxus Mall & Residency, Diamond Mall & Residency in Executive Block, Gulberg Arena, Fortune Destiny, Gulberg Trade Centre, Marvel Mall, Opal Square, Gulberg Regency and various others. The developers have ensured that its residents don’t have to commute for long hours and go shopping. Additionally, there is a Mega Mall under construction that will host international and local brands’ store and will provide a great shopping experience.
Ghori Mall in Ghauri Town and Capital Mall in Jinnah Garden are two shopping options in the proximity of the society. Both malls can be reached by driving approximately 15 to 16 minutes.
Restaurants and Bakeries in and near Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Islamabad is developing a new city within a city and hence, the developers are aimed at providing a complete lifestyle to its residents. The project has plans for open air and indoor eateries that includes fine dining restaurants and cafes in Gulberg Islamabad. People can also visit Babu Jee Restaurant in Ghauri Town, Root Bistro in Naval Anchorage and buy bakery items and sweets from Breads n Cakes in Ghauri Town. All of these places are nearly a 15-minute drive away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
5 Star Hotel in Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Islamabad has included a 5-star hotel in its layout plan. The hotel will have the best hospitality staff and management, along with top class facilities and amenities that guests would enjoy.
Clubs in Gulberg Islamabad
The project will feature Gulberg Club and Riders Club within the premises. The Gulberg Club will have distinct modern facilities for the residents. It will be one of the ideal places in the society, where family and friends will have a great time together. The Riders Club is for the passionate horse riders. There will be horse riding experts, who will also teach horse riding.
Golf Course in Gulberg Islamabad
The golf course in Gulberg Islamabad will have all the latest facilities. From beginner to expert level golf enthusiasts can practice their skills, without any hassle.
Artificial Lake in Gulberg Islamabad
A 1000 kanal artificial lake has been developed in Gulberg Islamabad for the entertainment of its residents. The lush green environment along the lakeside offers a beautiful experience to the visitors.
Zoo in Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Zoo will be a fun place to be with family, especially with kids. The management will ensure to bring all animals for the entertainment of its residents.
Cinema in Gulberg Islamabad
Gulberg Islamabad will establish a cinema, where new movies will be screened regularly. All the movie lovers will surely have a great experience.
Water Park in Gulberg Islamabad
There will be a water park within the vicinity of Gulberg Islamabad, having all the new water sports and activities.
Parks in Gulberg Islamabad
The entire area of Gulberg Islamabad looks like a park — a unique combination of nature and urban planning. Almost all of its avenues are decorated with beautiful flowers. There are lush green parks in different blocks; some have slides and rides for kids as well.
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centre in Gulberg Islamabad
Gym facilities will be operational as soon as development work in the area is complete. The gym will have top quality equipment and qualified instructors. At a drive of 18 minutes from here, residents can also reach Oxygen Fitness Centre, located in Ghauri Town.
To encourage healthy activities among its residents, a sports complex in Gulberg Islamabad is going to be established, where training will be provided to beginners in their field of interest and sports competitions will be held on different occasions.
Liaquat Ali Park, situated in Gulzar-e-Quaid, is a 12-minute drive away from the society. Residents can also visit Rawal Lake Park, nearly 25 km away, which offers a number of fun activities; it is situated on Lake Park Road and Music Theme Park in Bahria Enclave. They can also visit Orchid Kachnar Park, Shakarparian National Park and Mohammed Bin Qasim Park, all of which are a 20- to 25-minute drive from Gulberg Islamabad. Also, there is a Shakarparian Open Air Theatre, where fun activities and events take place, residents can attend the events as per their interest. For other attractions, residents can visit Islamabad View Point via Faisal Avenue within 31 minutes. To watch movies, there are options as well, for example, Islamabad Club Cinema, situated at a drive of 25 minutes from the society and Cine Gold Plex in Bahria Town Islamabad.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Investors are flocking to buy property in Gulberg Islamabad. The project has experienced a significant surge in demand since the beginning of 2018. The reason is investors are expecting high ROIs in the future. Moreover, prices of plots in this society are more affordable compared to CDA sector plots, despite the fact that Gulberg Islamabad offers more facilities.
Within a few years, the society has built a number of farmhouses, sold land to several top educational institutes and established a Telenor headquarters. According to experts, buyers are taking more interest in Gulberg Greens, as it is rapidly developing. This particular project contributed to a significant increase in the value of plots in 2018. It is expected that prices will shoot up, even more, in the future.
However, developers have yet not acquired possession of properties in six blocks: B, E, F, O, K and N. Nevertheless, experts believe that investment in these blocks is secure, as developers will soon get complete possession.
Importance of Gulberg Islamabad from major locations nearby
- Gulberg Islamabad is near Islamabad Expressway that assists commuting to and from Rawalpindi – Islamabad hassle free
- Koral Chowk is also near the society
Commute time to these locations
- Islamabad Expressway can be reached within 8 minutes from Gulberg Islamabad via Gulberg Expressway
- Koral Chowk is located at a drive of 10 minutes from Gulberg Islamabad