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OKha
( 156 posts )

[56 Answers]
Dear Experts,

I am a 36 year old married overseas Pakistani working in the Middle East. I plan to shift to Islamabad in a couple of years (2 years). By the way, I grew up in Islamabad so I love the Islamabad life style.

Considering my job type I will be working in some multinational company in Islamabad. So have budget for the following options considering my budget of 1.5+ Crore:

1. Bahria Town Islamabad (Safari Villas III as it’s a gated community)
2. DHA Islamabad II also gated
3. Bahria Enclave Islamabad also gated
4. F-15 or E-16 in Zone II (don't know if gated or not?)

My saving are in foreign currency i.e. dollars so as the dollar rate is very high these days I am thinking of making this purchase very soon. Please advise me regarding the pros and cons of the above mentioned options considering the following important preferences for me:

Maximum Security (gated), less commute to Islamabad for work, fully livable in 2 years from now, high quality living like Bahria Town or Islamabad Zone 1.

Thanks in advance.

    2686 days ago In General Advice
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    Syed Ibrhaim
    (1436 posts)
    Best Answer
    Dear Khalid

    You have a good budget for buying a plot or home in that range but the thing is you have to decide for the sector which is very tough and confusing.

    According to my knowledge if you want maximum security you must go for Bahria Tow as no other housing society can provide better security then them but if you would be working in central Islamabad then it will be hectic for you to travel daily on that route.

    Bahria Enclave will take time to get established, right now there are no possessions in it so you have to wait for that, otherwise the location is very good.

    F-15 this is a good option you can buy a plot there in range of 4.5 million and can built a beautiful home therein 10 million. I am talking about 40 x 80 size plot almost 13 marlas. Security is better in F15 than other sectors but security wise Bahria is on the top.

    i would not recommend you E-16 as there are land issues in that area.
    Bahria Town and F-15 is better options. You have to choose one of them. If you want the nearest place then go for F-15 and if you want very high security then go for Bahria Town.

    Future wise F-16 will raise it rates better then Bahria Town. Further God Knows Better.
      2686 days ago 

      Shehryar
      (9 posts)
      I would advise you to contact the property agents directly. They can guide you well and will give you a better advice for your investment.

      Regards,
      Shehryar
        2686 days ago 

        OKha
        (156 posts)
        Shehryar,

        I do plan to contact a property dealer and eventually I will have to but the thing is that some property dealers do also have vested interests too i.e. trying to sell a plot of relative/friend etc., so I would like to make the decision of choosing the area between Bahria/Safari Villa, DHA 2, Bahria Enclave, Zone II (f-15 or E-16) after getting to know all the pros & cons and then going a property dealer … as they say knowledge is POWER. :)
          2686 days ago 

          G. H. Mughal
          (6 posts)
          Dear, I am also living in the Middle East. My advice is don't trust this real estate mafia. Go to Pakistan yourself and see the location yourself on the ground.
            2686 days ago 

            Syed Ibrhaim
            (1436 posts)
            Remember one thing There are thousand of dealers in market and you will find every kind of person in market but that doesnt mean that all agents are same. I hope so you will find a good person to deal.

            Regards
            Ibrahim
              2686 days ago 

              Mustafa Khan
              (20 posts)
              Hi Khalid,

              I am not sure about all the areas as I live in Lahore, however have family based in DHA 2 Islamabad and they are absolutely loving it there. Its scenic and not to forget its DHA, safe and secure and a huge peace of mind.

              I believe prices in DHA 2 have risen in the past few months, however its still a premium investment option both in terms of long term ROI and value for money.

              Regards,
              Myustafa Khan
                2686 days ago 

                OKha
                (156 posts)
                Thanks Syed Ibrahim for your advise...
                  2685 days ago 

                  Kamran
                  (235 posts)
                  AOA Khalid,

                  DHA,Bahria,G-13,G-15,F-15 are few available options. There are pro & cons in zone 2 and zone 5. If your office will be in blue area or near by locality than distance of Bahia and F-15 from Blue area is almost same. Bahria phase 7&8 is very beautiful and cheap but far away from blue area.

                  The 2nd thing is schools and other required facilities. In Bahria town and nearby areas have very good schools like Roots,City etc but there is no quality school in G-15,F-15. In my opinion offices can be few kilometers far from home but schools must be very nearer to homes.

                  DHA is few more kilometer away from Bahria but it is still good for living.Quality hospitals are also not available in F-15.
                  One very important point is when ever people come on road for any type of strike they block Expressway and people even some time get late by 3-4 hours. In morning expressway vehicles are bumper to bumper.

                  So in my personal opinion zone 1 is still is the best option. But if budget is not allowed than you need to decide either you ready to face road block and other traffic issues or you ready to sacrifice quality education of your children.

                  If traffic,distance and schools are irrelevant than B-17 is also very good option in next couple of years time.Many professionals are doing wonderful developments there, rate is very attractive and road direct from B-17 to Faisal Mosque via D-12 is already approve (PC1).
                    2685 days ago 

                    Kamran
                    (235 posts)
                    Hi Again,

                    Investment in real estate just for investment and purchasing or looking for a plot for construction a house are totally different things.

                    Currently, people talk in this forum mostly about F-15,G-15. F-15,F-16,G-15 and few more options may be good for investment but they are not for quality living. There are no schools,Hospitals quality markets etc. I think Mr. Khalid and all those who want to live a good life at least for next 5-10 years not move from main Islamabad or buy a home zone 1 like G-9,10,11 (depends on budget).

                    If someone wants plot only for investment than DHA 2 is also very good option. F-15 development never matches DHA's or Bahria Town's development. In F-15,G-15 security is one of the main concern. I think in next 5-10 years these sectors will be fully developed and we can then perhaps compare them with some other sectors but not right now.

                    These are my personal views and I am not an expert....
                      2685 days ago 

                      Hamad
                      (31 posts)
                      I am from Islamabad working in Middle East. I had same question in front of me two years back. Then I decided to buy DHA villa in Phase I. Reason was quality of development, construction quality, security, nearby civic amenities like school (roots), hospital (Fauji Foundation) and main markets (Cosmos, Saddar). In case of DHA Phase I, all these conditions are met. However being typical Islamabad charater (Aabpara generation) I am not totally satisfied with my decision.

                      My advise to you would be to go for proper Islamabad (Zone I). Does not matter if you have to buy an old house in any of G sectors. The way Islamabad is growing, zone I of Islamabad would be like central London. When the speculative market starts again believe me this time it will not be in any body's reach. I am also planning to do so.

                      Good luck!
                        2685 days ago 

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