A few years ago, ‘North Chennai’ evoked pictures of narrow roads, slums, trucks, pollution, congestion and poverty. Today, its position has completely changed – due to recent developments, people are flocking here to invest in apartments or independent homes. In Tamil, the term ‘perambu’ means bamboo and ‘oor’ is city or place.
It is located in the northern part of Chennai, just 4 kilometres away from Chennai Central Station. The locality is beautifully connected to all parts of Chennai via train and bus. There are three rail stations in its proximity – Perambur Railway Station, Perambur Carriage and Perambur Loco Works. The Perambur terminus is opposite Perambur railway station, from where buses ply to all nearby localities as well as to south Chennai. The newly-built Perambur flyover has reduced traffic congestion, and has come as a big relief for thousands of motorists in north Chennai. The neighbouring localities are Jawahar Nagar, Periyar Nagar, Thiru-vi-ka Nagar, Agaram, Jamaliya, Kolathur, Vyasarpadi, Vepery and the commercial hub Purusaiwalkam.
Perambur is associated with heritage buildings which symbolizes its historic link. The oldest music club, Perambur Sangeetha Sabha, got the opportunity to hold concerts by the famous M.S. Subbalakshmi and it still continues to hold concerts. Another historic building is the Unity House which is the epicentre for Southern Railway Employee Sangh.
There is no shortage of good schools in this locality. Don Bosco School, Vivekananda Vidhyalaya (CBSE), Gnanodhaya Vidhyalayam, Gnanodhaya Girl’s High School, SKNS PMC Vivekananda Vidyalaya, St Joseph’s Girls High School, St Thomas’ Primary School, Railway Mixed Hr. Sec. School, Kaligi Ranganathan Montford (Matriculation and CBSE) and St. Mary’s Group of Schools are all found nearby. There is no dearth of good hospitals either; one can find Abhijay Multi-Speciality Hospital, NR Hospital (orthopaedic care), and G.K Hospital. The renowned Railway Hospital in Ayanavaram is just a few yards away.
Due to the huge population of Anglo-Indians, it’s easy to find churches here. The most famous are Our Lady of Lourdes’ Shrine (over 100 years old) and Saint Gregory Church CSI Wesley Church (over 150 years old). Apart from churches, this locality also has many temples and mosques.
The newly built Spectrum Mall is attracting around 7000 visitors everyday as visitors can shop, entertain themselves, and eat under the same roof. With the opening of new outlets like Big Bazaar, Levis, Health and Glow, Giny and Joni, Max Fashions and the S2 Cinemas, this place has become a must-visit in Perambur. Famous sweet brands like Krishna Sweets and Grand Sweets have set up their outlet here. The ICF Railway Museum is a visitor’s delight.
Perambur is not only a major railway hub in Chennai because of ICF but also due to a number of express/super-fast trains having stops. Perambur is regarded as the fifth-largest station in Chennai in terms of passenger volume. Employees working in railways are looking for affordable and comfortable flats for sale in Perambur.
Having a range of good schools and hospitals, with good connectivity to major localities and shopping centres in Chennai, this place is gaining momentum for the Perambur real estate business. Another reason is that the employees of IT firms with offices operating at Ambattur and staff working in the Minjur-Manali industrial belt are are ready to occupy the apartments in Perambur. Builders in Perambur who are constructing homes are Arihnat North Town by Arihant Foundations, Sri Subhalakshmi, Sri Amrutha Lakshmi and Sri Varalakshmi by Srivarie Foundations, Anushri and Gayathri by Ganga Foundations. Srivarie and Ganga Foundation are the oldest leading builders in this location. Seeing the demand and growth of the area, other builders are also flocking here and are interested in constructing apartments which are pocket-friendly.
The average price of flats in Perambur is Rs. 5169. Rental apartment may cost Rs. 12 per square foot. For commercial space in Perambur, average rent may cost approximately Rs. 2.5 to 3 lakhs per month.