Chennai is home to some of the most famous celebrities in India. These celebrities include politicians, K-town-biggies & sportspeople.
Many of these stars choose their homes in the most promising locations while others have made the location a promising one, just by the presence of their home in the vicinity. Some celeb-homes are a landmark by itself. Let’s look at the iconic abodes of some of the greatest minds in our city.
Poes Garden has been a landmark in Chennai for several years now. It is the heart of the city and gained its ‘richness’ after the ‘Veda Nilayam’. No one can forget the sight of the multitude of people storming the gates of Veda Nilayam just to get a glimpse of their leader waving. Yes, it was the home of J Jayalalithaa, the former Chief Minister, until she passed in 2016. Now the home is to be turned into a memorial open to the public after it was acquired by the state. Even though Jaya bought the house in the early 1960s at a Lakh approx. Veda Nilayam costs around 70 crores at present.
The square feet price of poes garden is approximately 23000 ₹. It is one of the costliest in Chennai.
Poes Garden is also the home of Rajnikanth fondly christened ‘thalaivar’ by fans. The Superstar has a huge fan base worldwide. He lives in his aesthetically designed home that was renovated, not long ago. The entire Rajini-family gathers at the Poes Garden home to celebrate events and festivals. Several people who have visited the star at his home, reveal that anyone who would enter in is greeted with the refreshing buttermilk. Even though the actor has a plush home in Pune, the Chennai Poes Garden home seems to be his favourite.
Several other business giants own their home in the quiet streets of Poes garden road.
The East Coast Road (ECR) along the coastline after its massive infrastructural development is one of the most sought after spots in Chennai. It has great connectivity to the IT hub, OMR. The number of sea facing apartments and villas of ECR has increased in recent times because of the calm and pollution-free environment. These un-ignorable location advantages have pulled the celebrity crowd to ECR. Who would be able to resist the sea facing tranquillity of the location? Movie stars like Simran, Sarath Kumar, Ramya Krishnan are among others who reside in ECR. The sq-ft price of Thiruvanmiyur, ECR is nearly 14000 ₹.
T-Nagar is one of the busiest places in Chennai. It is dotted with shopping complexes that are visited by many every day. Did you know that the street in T-Nagar, Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Road, was named after the greatest actor of Tamil cinema, Shivaji Ganesan? Annai Illam was bought in the late 1950s by the actor. It is now the residence of his family, who treats Annai Illam as a temple because of how much it meant to Mr Ganesan. Actor Prabhu and producer Ram Kumar, the sons of Mr Ganesan, invite a number of people who wish to visit their home and feed them with the tastiest home-cooked meals; and allow them to sneak-a-peak into the life of their late father. The home is located in the centre of the city and widely known by most Chennaites. The average sq-ft price in T-Nagar is 11500 ₹.
Adayar Boat Club road has become the habitat of the wealthiest in Chennai. The wide roads and the serene atmosphere has filled the area with celebs and business tycoons. Celebs like Prabhu Deva and Arjun live here. It is the habitat of families of various businesses such as the TVS group (Venu Srinivasan), the Sun Network group (Kalanidhi Maran), India Cements (N.Srinivasan) and many others. The average sq-ft price at the boat club road is around ₹23700.
Alwarpet is the synonym for actor-turned-politician Kamal Hasan who had recently started his own political party named Makkal Needhi Maiam. His home in Alwarpet has also been utilised as the office for his political party. Music director Anirudh Ravichandhran lives with his family in a lavish and stylish home, also in Alwarpet.
Most of the localities mentioned above are costly, posh and, they set the trend in the luxury-real-estate sector.