Recognised as one of the most beautiful cities around the world, the capital of Islamabad is a peaceful city to live in. In contrast to its serene atmosphere, the metropolis serves as the regional hub for educational and economic activities.
People from all over the country venture into this city to pursue their educational and career goals. In case you are also moving to Islamabad anytime soon, then you need to search through a wide range of rental properties to pick a home suiting your budget and requirements.
So, to expedite your home hunting process, in this blog, we will unveil the names of the top-performing localities to search for a house for rent in Islamabad as per the volume of searches conducted on Zameen.com in the first quarter of 2021.
Here we go!
Top Areas to Look For a House for Rent in Islamabad
As per user behaviour on Zameen.com, here are the five most-searched localities for renting a home in Islamabad.
- DHA Islamabad
- Bahria Town Islamabad
- E-11 Islamabad
- G-13 Islamabad
- I-8 Islamabad
A dominant player in the capital’s property market, DHA Islamabad tops the list of popular areas among renters. Associated with the name of “DHA”, which enjoys a stellar reputation in the country-wide real estate industry, the neighbourhood offers a premium lifestyle backed by a robust infrastructure. It is also home to the up-and-coming “Zameen Ace Mall”, which upon completion will become the city’s biggest shopping mall. Along with providing state-of-the-art living facilities, the area of Defence, Islamabad is popular for its wide range of rental property options.
People usually hunt for 5 marla, 10 marla, and 1 kanal rental homes in DHA Islamabad. So, if you want to go with a 5 marla option, then its monthly rent will be around PKR 30 thousand to PKR 60 thousand. On the other hand, the monthly rent of a 10 marla house in DHA Islamabad starts from PKR 50 thousand and goes up to PKR 1.3 lakh. Similarly, if you are interested in renting a larger space for your family, then you can go for 1 kanal rental homes in Defence, Islamabad, which has a monthly rent ranging between PKR 65 thousand to PKR 2 lakh.
Bahria Town Islamabad
Bahria Town has become a renowned name in the real estate industry in Pakistan. Real estate projects under the banner of Bahria Town have strongly gripped the housing markets in the country’s three major cities: Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. All these property developments have been planned as world-class residential settings offering all the pros of living in a gated community.
When it comes to the searches made by rental home hunters in the capital city on Zameen.com, the popularity of Bahria Town Islamabad is quite evident. It is the second most-searched locality in the metropolis. It’s an upper-class gated neighbourhood that has a peaceful and secure environment. Not to mention, the housing society offers all necessary community services and amenities to its residents.
For the convenience of people moving around the housing society, Bahria Town Islamabad has well-paved roads and is dotted with navigational signboards. Even some of the city’s most popular commercial districts are now located in Bahria Town. To learn more about the best areas for commercial investment in Islamabad, read this blog.
So, if you prefer peaceful residential settings away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Bahria Town Islamabad may be an ideal option for you. Renting a 5 marla house in the posh locality will cost you around PKR 25 thousand to PKR 75 thousand a month. On the other hand, a 10 marla house in Bahria Town Islamabad comes with a monthly rent of PKR 35 thousand to 1.5 lakh. Renters in Islamabad with larger families can also look for a 1-kanal house for rent in the locality, which may range between PKR 60 thousand and PKR 2.5 lakh.
Like many other localities in the city, E-11 Islamabad is a neighbourhood with a clean and peaceful environment. It is the third most popular area among renters in Islamabad. Similar to other popular sectors of the city, E-11 is also marked with boundaries enclosing in a square shape. This locality is linked to the main Margalla and Ahmed Faraz roads. People living in Sector E-11, Islamabad have nearby access to popular educational institutions like the International School of Islamic Studies and Root Millennium School.
Properties that are most commonly searched by rental home hunters in E-11 Islamabad are 5 marla, 10 marla and 1 kanal houses. To rent a 5 marla house in E-11 you need a budget of around PKR 75 thousand to 1.1 lakh a month. The average price of 10 marla houses for rent in E-11 Islamabad is between PKR 85 thousand and PKR 2 lakh per month. Similarly, if you are interested in renting a 1 kanal house, then it will cost you around PKR 1 lakh – PKR 3.5 lakh.
Located adjacent to the Kashmir Highway, G-13 is another popular locality in the capital city. The neighbourhood may be small in size but it has a robust infrastructure and has been equipped with top-notch facilities to offer an elite lifestyle to its residents. In the first quarter of 2021, a lot of Zameen users have been searching for a house for rent in Islamabad, specifically in this upscale sector of the city.
So, if you are also searching through houses for rent in G-13 Islamabad, you will mainly come across 5 marla, 10 marla and 1 kanal residential properties. The average monthly rental budget for a 5 marla house in G-13 Islamabad is usually around PKR 40-60 thousand. Similarly, a 10 marla house for rent in G-13 Islamabad has an average monthly rent between PKR 60 thousand and PKR 1.5 lakh, whereas renting a 1 kanal house in the area will cost you around PKR 1.4 lakh to PKR 2 lakh per month.
Sector I-8, Islamabad, is another peaceful and upscale neighbourhood of the city. It is one of the most sought-after sectors of the Islamabad Capital Territory. The area has been recently developed as a fully-fledged commercial and business district.
It is also directly connected with the Srinagar Highway (formerly known as Kashmir Highway), which makes it easily accessible from other areas of the city. For example, it will hardly take you 10 minutes to drive to Blue Area from I-8 Islamabad via the route of this expressway.
Furthermore, this rapidly developing neighbourhood of the capital city now has many prominent educational and healthcare institutions in its immediate vicinity including SZABIST, Preston University, Shifa International Hospital, and the National University of Modern Languages (NUML).
Owing to all such features, I-8 has also emerged as one of the top areas to look for a house for rent in Islamabad, according to Zameen.com’s search trends. So, if you have plans to relocate here, then you can search for a 10 marla house for rent in I-8, the monthly rent of which ranges between PKR 1 lakh and PKR 2 lakh. Likewise, renting a 1 kanal house in the area would cost you around PKR 1.3-2.5 lakh a month on average. Unlike other neighbourhoods on the list, you’ll hardly come across any smaller homes like a 5 marla house available for rent in I-8.
According to Zameen trends, in addition to the top five localities mentioned above, other areas that are popular among rental home hunters in the capital city include G-11, G-9, Ghauri Town, G-10, and F-10.
Well, that’s a wrap for our detailed real estate guide on the most popular areas to look for a house for rent in Islamabad. We hope the information we have provided you in this piece will have you with your rental home hunting in the capital city. If you have any questions or feedback, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a side note, if you are interested in real estate investment in the city, you need to check out our real estate guide on the best areas with property for sale in Islamabad. Furthermore, specifically for corporate investors in the metropolis, we have written a comprehensive analysis of the best business locations to set up an office in Islamabad.
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