Bahria College, Beach Luxury Hotel, Boat Club, classy locale, Clifton, crabbing Manora Island, Defence, Karachi, Karachi Club Annexe, Keamari, Lalazar, Maryam Gabaji, MT Khan Road, Port Grand, posh residential neighbourhood
Established in the 1970s, Lalazar is located on MT Khan Road in proximity to Karachi’s well known areas such as Clifton and Defence. This posh residential neighbourhood exudes a serene ambience, with large houses along tree-lined roads with minimal noise and traffic. Needless to say, Lalazar has been home to the city’s well heeled for decades.
Food and entertainment… The benefits of residing in Lalazar are not limited to its classy locale. It is relatively secure, well-maintained and home to several upmarket recreational venues (including the 19-century Boat Club, Beach Luxury Hotel and Karachi Club Annexe). Nearby is Port Grand, which provides plenty of dining and recreational venues, while Keamari is a short drive away, where boat rides are a-plenty for fishing, crabbing or even making a trip to Manora Island for a view of the lighthouse and dhaba chai at sunset.
Shopping and education… Although there are no major commercial hubs or educational institutions (the only exception is Bahria College) in Lalazar, this does not pose a problem for residents, as nearby Clifton and Defence provide ample shopping options as well as several schools and colleges of high repute.
The real estate take… Houses in Lalazar are primarily built on plots measuring 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 square yards. Several houses located on the main roads are increasingly being repurposed for commercial activities. The area is completely built-up and property is in high demand. Property prices increase by approximately 15 to 20% each year.
In a nutshell… Lalazar remains one of Karachi’s most sought-after residential areas, with its own unique charm due to its old, rambling houses and quiet lanes.
– Maryam Gabaji
First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 23, 2014.