If you want to live in a locality with political bigwigs as your neighbor, Anna Nagar in Chennai is the place, where property values range between Rs 9200-12500 per sq ft, well above Chennai’s average of Rs 5000 per sq ft. Anna Nagar’s success comes not only because of premium residences but also because of logical planning from way back in 1968 when it was designed for the World Trade Fair and was named after the eminent leader Annadurai.

The area is planned in matrix and grid style that maintains 90-degree angle between perpendicular roads and 180 degree between parallel roads.This criss cross concept was first practiced in ancient civilizations of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa in which the entire city planning was done on the basis of air flow direction and vastu compliance. The same idea has been replicated here which also guarantees easy commute between two regions. Says experts at Ikia Consulting Services. Since the roads are wide and strategically drawn in perpendicular fashion, water logging has never been a problem in Anna Nagar, unlike other areas of Chennai.

Here, localities and addresses follow the western grid pattern with even numbers, such as 2nd, 4th and 6th Avenues running from east to west and the ones with odd numbers, such as 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th Avenues run from north to south. Therefore it is easy to locate addresses.

Each avenue has its arterial road that connects the specific avenue to the main street. Moreover, the interior roads are planned in a way that each of them meets at a common point which is known as Central Park.

Each of the roads is designed in a way to provide ample greenery along pedestrian walkways. “Though these paths are often encroached by vendors, still global organisations like ITDP (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy) are working to make the area pedestrian friendly.

The area also sees demand of rental accommodation apart from property purchase. Majority of the rental housing demand is for multi-storey apartment available in the range of Rs 16,000-35,000 per month. So, if property buying or renting is on your mind, Anna Nagar can be a preferred choice for you.