ABOUT NORTH NAZIMABAD KARACHI
North Nazimabad, Karachi is a neighbourhood of North Nazimabad Town. Before Pakistan was founded, this area was a barren land, comprising only a few small villages. The government of Pakistan bought the land in 1950 from a tribal leader, named Masti Brohi Khan, to accommodate Muslim migrants from India. In 1958, the land was purchased by Pakistan Public Works Department.
At first, it was called Timuria, named after Amir Timur, who was Babur’s ancestor. From 1983 to 1987, when Abdus Sattar Afghani was serving as the mayor of the city, North Nazimabad, Karachi planted thousands of eucalyptus saplings. Soon, the suburb was lined with dozens of tall eucalyptus trees and people started referring to it as Eucalyptus Town. But now most trees have been cut down as eucalyptus trees consume more water. Later, it was re-named as North Nazimabad, after Khawaja Nazimuddin, the second governor-general of Pakistan. In the beginning, North Nazimabad provided accommodation to federal government employees. It was originally designed by Carlo Scarpa & Aldo Rossi, who were Italian planners and architects. To this day, it is considered a meticulously planned town of Karachi.
North Nazimabad, Karachi is divided into 20 blocks: from A to T. One can find numerous facilities, including cricket grounds, sports complexes, well-maintained parks, reputed schools and a number of marriage halls. At the heart of North Nazimabad, where you are surrounded by busy shopping malls, schools and food streets, it is appealing to find a number of tranquil parks with jogging tracks and walkways – within walking distance for most residents. This has lured people from all walks of life to the huge neighbourhood. If you are a family with kids, you can easily find a house near schools or if you are a young professional, then the buses that stop at different stations in North Nazimabad can make your daily commute easier and more convenient. North Nazimabad’s property scene satisfies the demands and needs of people from all facets.
Sakhi Hassan is a popular neighborhood of North Nazimabad. It is named Sakhi Hassan because the shrine of a saint, Hazrat Sakhi Hassan R.A., is located here. There are a few other shrines of famous poets and pious men in the area, including those of Behzad Lakhnavi and Hakim Arfi Sarkar. People can also find a NADRA mega centre in Block L of North Nazimabad, where one can get their smart National Identity Card made in just 15 days.
AT A GLANCE
- Well-connected to the rest of the city through road networks
- Enjoys a prime, central location
- Famous shopping malls and entertainment facilities available
- Well-planned area, having nearby schools, colleges and universities
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in North Nazimabad Karachi
Residents of North Nazimabad have access to various modes of transportation. Be it bus, rickshaw, Qingqi motorcycle rickshaw, taxi or an app-based ride-hailing service, residents can pick any option, depending upon where they want to go. In public transport, 2k bus stop and Hyderi bus station is a busy nexus for North Nazimabad buses. From here, beautifully decorated buses pass through, picking up passengers and dropping them off at their desired locations.
Green Metro bus station is constructed here, which will further facilitate residents in their daily commute. KDA Chowrangi bus stop in Block B also provides easy access to inhabitants of North Nazimabad. Lal Kothi bus stop and Aslam Market bus stop are some of the other bus stations in the area.
North Nazimabad is also a part of Karachi Mass Transit Plan. The Orangi-Cantt mass transit corridor passes through Block A and B of North Nazimabad. A railway station on Karachi Circular Railway Route is also present. Whenever authorities will revive the Karachi Mass Transit plan, residents of North Nazimabad will surely benefit from it. North Nazimabad also has a railway station on the Karachi Circular Railway route, which, once operational, will also make travelling within the city easier for the suburb’s residents.
Markets in North Nazimabad Karachi
North Nazimabad has a number of supermarkets catering to the needs of the residents. Hyderi supermarket is the largest mart in the area. It provides household items, groceries and other everyday items. It is a bit pricier, though but the inhabitants enjoy the overall shopping experience.
There is Chase Up as well in Block-F, North Nazimabad. It offers a lot of variety. Be it shoes, grocery items, clothes, garments for children, household items, bakery or dry fruits Chase up provides a wholesome shopping experience at reasonable and affordable rates. People head to Khursheed market in Block G, if they want to buy gold jewellery. If you want to buy hardware or electronic items, then Memorial Market in Block E is the place to visit. In addition to larger supermarkets and specialized markets, there are smaller grocery stores and wholesale markets as well. Aam wholesale store, Pakeeza superstore, Tayaba store and Bismillah store are a few names in this regard.
Mosques in North Nazimabad Karachi
People living in North Nazimabad find spiritual solace and head to different mosques located in the area.
Jamia Masjid Alfalah in Block-H is a renowned mosque in the area. It is situated in the centre of Block-H, easily accessible for residents of this block, who offer five times congregational prayers in this mosque. It has a mini-mart inside for Madrassa students and a book shop selling Islamic books, ittar (perfume), miswak and dates.
Usman Masjid, Asha’atul Islam mosque, Al-Noor masjid, Tayyaba masjid, Al-Huda masjid, Farooq-e-Azam masjid, Shadab masjid and Al-Furqan mosque Ahl-e-Hadith are some of the notable mosques in the area.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in North Nazimabad Karachi
There is a long list of educational institutions in the area. You can find scores of well-reputed schools in the society, fostering a culture of learning among children. In addition, some of the famous schools have their campuses in North Nazimabad. It also attracts a number of families to shift to North Nazimabad for better educational facilities for their children. Dar-e-Arqam school (North Nazimabad campus) has a branch in Block-T. Happy Palace Grammar school (North Nazimabad campus), near 5-star roundabout, is in Block-I. Lady Bird Grammar school (North Nazimabad campus) and Usman Public School System (Campus 6) are in Block-J. The City School (North Nazimabad campus), Beaconhouse School System Primary III and Generations School System (North Nazimabad campus) are in Block B, while Falconhouse Grammar School (Campus 5) and Little Folks Paradise School are in Block-F.
Al-Jamia-tus-Saifiyah in Street 8, Block-C is a prominent educational institution for Bohri community. It is an architectural wonder, providing religious education as well as worldly knowledge. There are a number of intermediate colleges, like Government Degree Girls College, Government College for Women, Pakistan Shipowner’s Government College, Model College, Paradise Commerce College, Govt. Boys Premier College and Premier College of Commerce for Girls. Karachi Medical and Dental College, more commonly known as KMDC, is a famous college that teaches dentistry to medical science students.
A few notable and esteemed institutes of higher learning are situated within North Nazimabad and some of them are located in close proximity to this area. Jinnah University for Women in Block 5 is a popular university for women. KASBIT Hyderi and Virtual University of Pakistan is in Block-D. Dadabhoy Institute (North Nazimabad Campus) is in Block-A, PAF KIET (North Nazimabad Campus), Ziauddin University Faculty of Engineering and Al-Huda Islamic institution is in Block-B. Iqra University (North Nazimabad Campus) is also in Block-B.
Banks in North Nazimabad Karachi
For the convenience of residents, many branches of popular banks are present in the area. Habib Bank Limited, Summit bank, Soneri bank, NIB bank, Bank of Punjab, United Bank Limited, MCB bank JS bank are some of the reputed banks located in North Nazimabad.
Clinics and Hospitals in North Nazimabad Karachi
Inhabitants of North Nazimabad are blessed to have some of the best hospitals and clinics located here. Hamdard University Dental Hospital is a renowned medical institute in Block-L that provides affordable dental care.
Hanif hospital, Remedial hospital, Farooq-e-Azam medical hospital and Florence hospital are some of the hospitals in the area that provide first-aid services and medical care to residents. Imam Clinic is a renowned medical facility. It has a clean waiting area and doctors are experienced and qualified to deal with any medical emergency. You can also take appointments beforehand for consultation services.
Saifee hospital is famous in the city for providing advanced medical care with the help of qualified doctors and paramedic staff.
PROPERTIES IN NORTH NAZIMABAD KARACHI
Sale Price Trends in North Nazimabad Karachi
North Nazimabad has a number of flats, houses and plots up for sale.
Houses for sale in North Nazimabad Karachi
North Nazimabad offers a wide range of houses for investment purposes. The sizes of houses in North Nazimabad are broadly segregated into 5 categories, i.e. A, B, C, D, and F. 240 sq yd houses are found in category-A, 400 sq yd houses in category-B, 600 sq yd houses in category-C, 1000 sq yd houses in category-D and 2000 sq yd houses in category-F. For a 240 sq yd house in North Nazimabad, the asking price range is PKR 1.6 to PKR 4.6 crore. When it comes to 400 sq yd houses, the lowest price is PKR 2.5 crore and the maximum is PKR 8 crore. A 600 sq yd house is available in the PKR 5 and PKR 13 crore range. Prices shoot up if it is a double-storey bungalow, going as high as PKR 22 crore.
Plots for sale in North Nazimabad Karachi
One can find a variety of corner-facing, park-facing and west-open plots for sale in various blocks of the society. However most popular among investors looking for land in North Nazimabad are 250 sq yd plots and 500 sq yd plots. The asking price for 250 sq yds starts from PKR 2.5 crore, going up to PKR 4 crore.
Flats for sale in North Nazimabad Karachi
You will not be disappointed if you are looking for an apartment, as North Nazimabad has a wide range of options. Studio, 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed flats are up for sale in the area. The starting price for studio apartments is PKR 22 lakh. However, prices for these units can increase to a whopping PKR 2.2 crore. For a 2-bed apartment in North Nazimabad, prices tend to vary between PKR 18 lakh and PKR 1.5 crore while prices for 3-bed flats are usually between PKR 35 lakh and PKR 2.7 crore.
Rent Price Trends in North Nazimabad Karachi
North Nazimabad provides many rental options as well.
Houses for rent in North Nazimabad Karachi
Rental prices for houses depend upon a number of factors; the two most important being the exact location of a unit within a particular area and if it’s furnished or not. North Nazimabad is a popular location in Karachi especially when it comes to finding a space on rent. The rental price trends for houses in North Nazimabad start from PKR 22 thousand per month, going up to PKR 5 lakh per month.
Flats for rent in North Nazimabad Karachi
The rental price for apartments in North Nazimabad depends upon the facilities provided by the developers of complex and also the number of bedrooms available. There are a number of studio apartments available for rent in this area. Monthly rent for these units can be anywhere between PKR 11 thousand and PKR 65 thousand. Other options within North Nazimabad are 2-bedroom flats on rent which require a budget of PKR 11 to PKR 50 thousand per month while the rent of 3-bed luxury apartments is around PKR 20 to PKR 65 thousand monthly.
Most Popular Blocks in North Nazimabad Karachi
The most popular area when it comes to purchasing property in North Nazimabad, Karachi is Block-H. It offers a number of amenities such as nearby schools and superstores. Also, those investing in plots are more interested in North Nazimabad Block-F, as there are a number of schools, shopping areas, including Hyderi supermarket and Chase Up within its premises.
The most popular area when it comes to renting property in North Nazimabad, Karachi is also Block-H. As superstores and clinics are located nearby, a lot of people want to rent a space in Block H of North Nazimabad.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in North Nazimabad Karachi
With the rise of e-commerce, people have changed their shopping habits. But, even if we see, trends shifting towards online shopping, retail stores are still very much popular among people. That is the reason, on every weekend one can see people flock at famous shopping malls in the city. Dolmen Mall Hyderi, in North Nazimabad is one such shopping destination.
It contains outlets of high-end brands as well as local brands. Another reason for a large crowd visiting Dolmen Mall Hyderi on weekends - is Sindbad, a popular play area within this mall. Children enjoy taking token-rides and play other games at Sindbad. There is a food court, where shopaholics drop by to indulge in their favourite tikka or have a pizza, before continuing with their shopping rounds. All in all, it is a great place for shopping and hanging out.
Hyderi market in Block-H is probably one of the oldest markets that ever existed in North Nazimabad. It is a major shopper's attraction for people who seek bridal jewelry, casual dresses and cosmetics. The lassi & chaat house in Hyderi Market is something that no shopper passes by without drinking the chilled glass of lassi along with appetizing bun kabab and meethi poori.
Saima Paari Mall is also one of the most popular shopping areas in the city. Almost all popular brands are available. Prices are a bit on the higher side and many shops and retail outlets accept credit and debit cards to add to shopper’s convenience. People usually take their own car as there is ample parking space, however, on weekends or on public holidays it is advised to go there via public transport or hire a taxi, as the parking space is crammed up.
Al-Madni Mall, Mustafa cloth market, Khursheed cloth market, Jeans express are some of the other places to go for shopping in North Nazimabad. Sakhi Hassan market, in Block-M is known for its pocket-friendly rates, late night Friday and Sunday bazaars and also for a thriving mobile market, where you can sell or buy mobiles at good rates.
Banquets and Marriage Halls in North Nazimabad Karachi
People from all over the city choose marriage halls and banquets of North Nazimabad for any wedding function. It is convenient for guests to reach the venue as North Nazimabad is at the city’s centre. Therefore, North Nazimabad is known for its multitude of marriage halls and banquets.
North Marriage garden, Sofitel banquet, Oasis banquet, Caspia banquet hall, Modern Palace marriage hall, Sky view, City hall, Galaxy banquet hall, Iris banquet hall, Amir’s Palace, Casamento, Saffron lawn and Pearl banquet are some of the names in this regard.
Restaurants and Bakeries in North Nazimabad Karachi
North Nazimabad has its own food street in Block L and H. Some of the famous restaurants have their branches here. Block-D has some of the most famous restaurants in town. Ginsoy – Chinese restaurant has a lovely ambience and its delicious, hot soups are much-loved by everyone.
If you are in for grilled chicken, then Nando’s is the first-choice of food-lovers. It serves hot flame-grilled chicken with their signature peri-peri sauces, and peri-bites – hot chillies stuffed with some shredded chicken and cheese, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.
For fast-food options, people head to 14th Street Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Broadway Pizza, Bovi Chic, Pizza Point, Pizza Max, KFC, Chicago Burger Factor and Beezer Bytes. Delhi Muslim Kabab House, Meerath Kabab house and Kababjees specialize in BBQ items and desi cuisine.
For any big event, to order food for a large number of guests, people come from all over the city to North Nazimabad. Mateen food centre, Haji Sardar pakwan centre, Madina pakwan centre, Al Edhaam pakwan centre and Ghazi pakwan centre are known for their delicious food and timely delivery. North Nazimabad hosts some of the top bakeries in town. From mouth-melting chicken patties, freshly baked cakes and biscuits to the traditional rusks, you can find them all at Oven Fresh bakery, Medina bakery and Faisal bakery. Some of the top bakeries have their chains in North Nazimabad, like Delizia bakery, La Farine bakery, United King bakery and Pie in the sky. For any happy occasion, people get a beautifully decorated mithai ki tokri or small boxes of sweets from Dilpasand sweets in Block-A to be distributed among family and friends.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in North Nazimabad Karachi
People residing in North Nazimabad have access to scores of well-maintained cricket grounds. Eastern Star cricket ground has a huge ground, a nice outfield and batting strip. KCCA (Karachi City Cricket Association) cricket ground is available for club matches and net practice sessions as well as cricket tournaments. Nazeer Husain Young Fighter Ground has a good cricket outfield, well-maintained pitch and flood lights that are suitable for day and night matches. Asghar Ali Shah cricket stadium was founded by a renowned orthopedic surgeon of Pakistan, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, who was a cricket-lover. It is a small stadium but has facilities like team enclosure, pavilion, VIP enclosure and even a player’s hostel. Olympian Islahuddin Dr Shah Hockey Academy in Block H is an academy that gives training to hockey players. Jahangir Memorial Football Stadium is in Block J. It is in its development phase at the moment. North Nazimabad Gymkhana in Block-G is a popular sports complex, where people follow their exercise regime, jog at the jogging tracks and also enjoy a dip at the well-maintained swimming pool.
Those who like to maintain their health and agility, go to nearby gymnasiums. A few renowned gyms are Edge Physique Fitness club, Fitness Time, Get Smart gym, New Era Women’s gym, Diamond gym, Gold gym, Murtaza health club and Fitness Planet are popular fitness institutes in the area.
Beauty Salons in North Nazimabad Karachi
Beauty salons abound in North Nazimabad. From bridal makeup, whitening facials, manicure to a relaxing foot massage, people from all over the city visit the beauty salons and beauty clinics here.
Fabiolla beauty parlor, Trims n’ Tresses, Rose beauty parlor, Zara’s beauty parlor, Mahrose beauty parlor and Depilex Beauty Clinic are some of the most famous beauty salons in North Nazimabad.
Parks and Kids’ Entertainment Venues in North Nazimabad Karachi
Fateh Park in Block H provides much-needed relief from the hustle and bustle of the busy neighbourhood. Florence Family Park is a well-maintained space, where you can see people jogging in the early morning hours. Ibn-e-Insha Park, Pahar Ganj Park and Saeed Park, Batool Park and Khushbu Park are some of the popular spots in the area.
There is Mufti Ramzan family park and mini-zoo, where children enjoy slides and also watch animals that are kept in enclosures. Mehdi Hasan park is a good place for family outings as it not only has a lush green garden but it also has a mini-zoo, where animals like peacocks, rabbits and monkeys are kept in small enclosures.
Enjoying a central location, North Nazimabad has access to many important locations of the city. Nazimabad is a 15-minute drive away. Dr. Ziauddin Memorial hospital is a 14-minute drive away. Karachi Zoo can be reached within 20 minutes. Abbasi Shaheed hospital can be reached in 13 minutes. Also, if you are looking to get embroidery or bead work done on your dupatta or shirt, then Paposh Nagar is the place to go. It is a popular market place for women only a 17-minute drive away from North Nazimabad.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
People residing in North Nazimabad have to face traffic jams almost on a daily basis. Due to a large number of marriage halls and popular shopping malls located in North Nazimabad, residents have to face a lot of traffic during their daily commute. Moreover, the roads are in a dilapidated condition, adding to the woes of people living there
Importance of North Nazimabad Karachi from major locations nearby
- Just a 12-minute drive away from Nazimabad
- Board of Secondary Education is also 12 minutes away
- 6.5 km away from Samanabad
- University of Karachi is roughly 10 km away