Villefranche – Retirement community near Pondicherry
Villefranche is a gated retirement community off the ECR close to Pondicherry. It is promoted by Harmony ElderCare and it is being planned as an assisted living facility.
Villefranche [pronounced Vill-Franch] is a gated residential complex with villa type two bedroom homes and row houses located near Pondicherry on the scenic East Coast Road. Phase-I contains several Villas, and a few row houses. Phase-II is also being planned. The neighbourhood is calm and quiet, the streets are nice and wide, and the landscaping is being maintained by people from Auroville.
Briefly about Harmony ElderCare:
Harmony ElderCare is part of Harmony Realtors and is associated with the Shriram Group, an 18000+ crore conglomerate. The company has built several landmark buildings in Chennai including Shriram Ocean Park and the Chennai Mathematical Institute. In addition they have completed several projects including KM82, Copacabana, and Misty Mountains, which they have developed, sold and are currently maintaining.
Villefranche is a new project of Harmony Eldercare, a part of Harmony Realtors that is focusing on retirement communities. The first phase of the project has been completed and nearly sold out. The gated community includes a common dining area with kitchen(vegetarian), a swimming and aquatherapy pool (nearly completed as on Dec. 2013), and a common entertainment room. The Villas and row houses are currently for purchase only. However, based on demand, the company is also looking into providing homes on lease and rental basis also.
For those interested in trying out the place for a few days, the company has allocated a couple of villas that can be rented out for even one or two days.
In terms of service, the entire facility management is undertaken by the company itself and hence residents do not have to worry about maintenance and upkeep of the property. Other services relating senior care and daily living activities such as assisted living, medical care, etc. are currently being planned. The company is serious about building a well-rounded retirement community that will cater to all the changing needs of its residents
VilleFranche is located on the East Cost Road that goes from Chennai to Pondicherry. It is inside Tamil Nadu, about 135 Kms from Chennai, 10 Km from Auroville, 3 kms from Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
The nearest airport is Chennai airport about 135 Kms from VilleFranche.
Nearest Railway Station:
The nearest major railway station is the Chennai Central.
Pondicherry is the nearest town/city. Chennai is the next nearest city.
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Prices – Jan 2014.
Prices for Villas start at about Rs. 55 Lakhs. Row houses start at Rs. 30 Lakhs and apartments are expected to be priced at around Rs. 25 Lakhs.