Argument 1: “Villas are way out of my budget.”

Argument 2: “Apartments offer no privacy and are too cramped.”

We’ve all wigwagged between these two extremes at some point or the other, isn’t it?Unfortunately, for most of us, there’s a gaping hole between what we aspire for and what we can afford.

Before we go any further into the discussion, let’s ask you a question. Have you ever heard of the word ‘villament?’ If not, you may want to add it to your lexicon. While many feel that it’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick, we’ll tell you why this portmanteau word, owing its existence to two well-known English words ‘villa’ and ‘apartment’, is increasingly becoming a darling of modern builders, sellers, and buyers alike.

Villaments are known to combine the luxury and exclusivity of a villa with the affordability and compactness of an apartment. They combine the privacy of a villa with the security and privileges of community living. Now, isn’t that cool?

Villa? Apartment? Can’t decide? Try a villament!

A home is where the heart is. Eventually, whichever option you choose, you need to fall in love with it. While it’s true thata 5-bedroom, 7000 sq. ft. villa with a sprawling lawn, a flower garden, a private pool, probably has enough space to accommodate just about all your desires, there is no running away from the fact that they are difficult to afford and even more difficult to maintain.

On the other end of the spectrum, a 1000 sq. ft. apartment, at the heart of a crowded city centre, with narrow corridors and narrower elevators, may not be the most appealing option for most of us.

We ask why put yourself through this constant tussle between the head and the heart? Why should you not look for a duplex home, a triplex home, a villa, or a penthouse within a self-sufficient micro-community that offers exclusivity, privacy, luxury, affordability and even space?

Take Total Environment homes for example. These homes not only offer you an overdose of warm, intimate spaces but also a touch of originality, understated elegance, and inspiration at every corner. Add to it, the overabundance of natural light that trickle in through lofty sunroofs and French doors. Not to forget the landscaped gardens with perennial flowers, seasonal fruits, and ornate statues to complete the look. All this and more without the need to bust open a bank. Isn’t that what you have always wanted?

Finally, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. You may have heard that villaments are nothing more than row houses, repackaged as per the demands of the modern times. Some may even say that they are nothing better than slightly more upscale apartments. In short, they are nothing but old wine in new bottle. We’ve a very different take on the issue. Here’s why.

Villaments offer luxury like no row house or townhouse can.

We don’t dispute the fact that lack of elevation and lower number of home units per floor per tower in villaments does strike a close resemblance to row houses or town houses of the past. But, the older versions of today’s villaments or villas, would barely qualify as luxury homes. Those homes, built on large parcels of land, were only about functionality. There was hardly any thrust on inspiring design. This is where things have fundamentally changed with the emergence of villaments.

Withmodern villa projects in India and other contemporary homes inside gated societies, the focus has shifted to precise detailing, sensitivity, and individualisation in addition to top-drawer amenities that make your experience fulfilling. Whatever you choose – a duplex apartment in Bangalore or one in Pune – don’t fall for it unless you’re convinced that the house has been built around you – designed to meet every single challenge that your lifestyle presents.

True that beauty and luxury are subjective. For some, a one-bedroom apartment could be aspirational. For others, a 5-bedroom villa in a posh locality may not be enough. For most of us, however, who are working hard and saving up every penny, a villament is probably the closest we would ever come to owning our dream home.


Published by Lynn Joesph