Urbanization, infrastructure development, economic opportunities, social development and entertainment have been the major factors that have increasingly fueled rural to urban migration in search of a better lifestyle. As a result, cities like Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad are growing horizontally as well as vertically. According to most recent overview, demand of housing units in Pakistan is 350,000 units per year, whereas supply stands at around 150,000 units per year. This means, there is still a housing shortage of 200,000 units per year. Out of the total shortfall, a housing unit shortfall of 70,000 units is in Lahore alone. To fill this gap, a lot of housing schemes have been launched in Lahore.
Having your own house in a good community which offers modern amenities and infrastructure and convenience is essential. In recent times, life in urban centres has become a little too hectic with communities getting over-crowded and amenities being unevenly distributed. Rapid changes in environment, daily traffic congestion, fragmented land development, and poor health and sanitation has become a permanent threat to citizen’s health. While some people do not bother this in their daily life others do give it a serious thought and want to enjoy a good clean environment with modern amenities at a safe and secure location yet being accessible to all touch points of the city.
The down side of mushroom growth of housing societies and negligence of government regulatory bodies is what we see in most housing societies these days. It almost always results in consumer exploitation. If one goes to find an appropriate residential space, there is very little chance one will find something worth buying as per requirement in the given budget.
There are very few residential housing societies in Lahore are providing a luxury lifestyle in an affordable price range and who also actually deliver what they initially promise. In Lahore; Firstly, Defense Housing Authority Lahore is a nationally recognized housing scheme that provides an opportunity to experience modern living. This scheme was initiated in 1971 bearing title of Defense Housing Scheme (DHS) to accommodate army officers. Its layout plan was approved by Lahore Cantonment Board in 1974 and plots were allotted thereafter. It is one of the most expansive and fast flourishing residential areas in Lahore. It has adequate civic provisions and good control by authority. People prefer to live in DHA because of healthy living environment, luxury amenities, advance road infrastructure, good health facilities and many more. However, prices in DHA are such that not a lot of people can afford to buy a place in the housing society.
Secondly, Lake City Lahore is also among one of the better developed housing societies of Lahore. It is a gated community and offers most the civic amenities. Where some people consider it as a drawback that, Lake City is situated far away from the main city, at the same times many people find it as a plus point because society is away from hustle and bustle of the city. However, the society lacks some basic amenities in a few areas and also, is a little over-priced for the product that is being delivered.
Thirdly, Bahria Town Lahore which is not just a name, but a brand. It is one of the best residential project in the world of real estate. The society is serving in almost all the major cities of the country including Lahore. It has all the basic amenities of life including a peaceful and secure environment. So far, the housing society has been delivering, what they had committed in beginning. Since its inception, it boasts different projects incorporated in the same society. In a nut shell, Bahria town provides its residents with the international standard amenities services and infrastructure. However, Bahria town’s image has often been shaded with doubts of over-selling. The picture is not clear yet but then people do feel hesitant at times.
Fourthly, everyone is familiar with the name of SA Garden. Management of SA Garden has established it exactly according to the legal statements and laws. It has become a significant and most trustable name in the real estate market Moreover, it has become a very prominent real estate name where different properties are available with bright living and investment opportunities. People will find the desirable living and investment conditions in SA Garden. Although, the development style and speed of SA Garden has been excellent but generally, the society has not been very friendly to the investors since a lot of people have not gained a lot on their capital.
Last but not least, an extremely high potential and one of the best upcoming housing societies of Lahore has been developed by ZAITOON, by the name of New Lahore City. The project is a marvel of good development and excellent planning and offers all modern amenities required for a healthy living and luxurious lifestyle. Following exceptional features, makes it unique among others housing schemes;
- High quality services at very reasonable prices
- Deliver quality products well on time (100 % of pre-allocation even before time and allotting plot numbers to 100% customers since the beginning of the company)
- Providing best advice for investment
- Prime Project Locality (direct access to five major roads of Lahore i.e. Lahore ring road (SL-3 Multan Road Interchange), Multan road, Canal road, Ferozepur road and Sunder Raiwind road)
- 150 feet wide main boulevard (16 feet service road, Foot path, lush green greenbelt, Monuments on every roundabout, Columns in the middle of Main Boulevard)
- Self-Sustained Housing Society
- 55% of the land has been allocated to lifestyle facilities
- Care for Community (ZAITOON Mehmaan)
- Beautiful Jamya mosque
- Clean Water Supply and advance sewerage system
- School of International Standards (Cornerstone School)
- Customers Care (ZAITOON Corporate Office – New Lahore City)
Here was a round-up of the major housing societies of Lahore. So now you can make your pick wisely as to where you want to put your money. To put in a nut shell, there are number of housing societies in Lahore, but few societies are providing best services.