An Overview of Whitefield

Posted in Real estate on September 21 2021 at 12:14 PM

Whitefield is a part of Bangalore that used to be a city in its own right, but which now is an indistinguishable extension of the urban sprawl. It was once called "The Garden City of India."

Whitefield's history ties up with that of Bangalore, a city that owes its name to a village called "Bangalore", which used to lie on the outskirts of the British cantonment of which it became a part.

In the early 1800s, Bangalore was a cluster of three tiny villages – Govindapura, Whitefield, and Gordalur. In one of these villages grew a tall grass that was commonly known as "Bangalore grass". The grass has been used since the 1820s for weaving blankets and mats, which have been exported to Europe. Around 1850, a couple of enterprising Scotsmen set up a company in Govindapura village to manufacture carpets with this grass.

Whitefield became an inevitable residential region of Bangalore after it was gifted to the Anglo Indian community by the Ruling Royal House of the state ever since it has seen a thriving society of Englishmen and housed famous figures in History like Winston Churchill as well.

And when Bangalore was famous as the Garden City, Whitefield became one of the steady points of growth and continued the trend even when it transformed to the Silicon Valley of India as well. Whitefield's greenery is still respected by Bangaloreans, who maintain their gardens in whatever space they can get.

Like most places surrounding Bangalore, Whitefield has become the target of ever-increasing real estate prices that are shutting out all but the wealthiest of people from buying or renting property here.

Today it houses some major IT parks like Mahindra World City (MWC), Mindtree (it was previously Wipro, but the company split in two and Mindtree took up residence in Whitefield), and many popular coffee shops like Starbucks, Barista Lavazza, Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), Costa Coffee, etc.

Today, Whitefield is an upmarket region of Bangalore that has seen steady growth in the last decade.

One of its most iconic and famous landmarks is the Dharmavaram Flyover (taken) which was built to ease traffic congestion at the junction of Outer Ring Road with NH 7. Its construction created a lot of controversies as it cut through lush green fields and led to further deforestation. This flyover links many important locations like Hebbal all the way to Mysuru road linking this area with Electronic city.

The area is dotted with IT parks like Wipro, I-flex solutions, Infosys, etc., which employ thousands of people every year. Every morning these commuters require reliable bus service from Whitefield to all over Bangalore.

Real Estate in Whitefield has grown over the years, with the entire stretch from Mysore Road to Hosur being a premium location.

The real estate here has been growing at a high rate and also attracting investors as well as IT professionals who work in this area.

Real estate here has been growing at a high rate and attracting investors and IT professionals who work in this area. Just like most places near Bangalore, Whitefield has now been transformed into an upmarket region that is seeing steady growth. There are many great residential projects in the area like Sobha Windsor, Provident Capella, Ozone WF48, Gopalan Aqua, etc., to name a few.

 

Today, Whitefield houses one of the largest IT hubs in India, which makes it a preferred location for large multinationals to have their offices or buy property here.

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