Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

5 Biggest Real Estate Deals of 2013

Samar Srivastava
Published: Dec 27, 2013 06:21:16 AM IST
Updated: Dec 26, 2013 11:42:37 AM IST
5 Biggest Real Estate Deals of 2013
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1. Express Towers, Mumbai
Blackstone India & Panchshil Realty
Rs 900 crore
Blackstone, which has a substantial real estate presence across India, added another feather in its cap in November by picking up Express Towers in the heart of Mumbai’s Nariman Point business district. The deal, for which the private equity firm teamed up with the Chordia brothers from Pune, marked their entry into the city. While precise numbers are hard to come by, estimates suggest that the building was sold at the rate of Rs 25,000 a square feet—a steal compared to NCPA Apartments, which sells at four times that rate.

2. Hindustan Lever House
DEAL: Rs 350-400 crore
After operating out of Ramon House since 1977, Housing Development Finance Corporation finally decided to buy an office of its own. Chairman Deepak Parekh had always considered Ramon House to be lucky. In July, HDFC bought Hindustan Unilever’s erstwhile headquarters at Backbay Reclamation in south Mumbai. While the value of the deal was undisclosed, it is expected to be about Rs 350-400 crore.

3. Darshan Apartments, Mumbai
The Bulchandani family
Deal: Undisclosed amount
The latest deal in this block of sea facing apartments in Mount Pleasant Road in Mumbai’s plush Malabar Hill area went for a staggering Rs 1.35 lakh a square feet. The buyers: The Bulchandani family who already own three other duplex flats in the same complex.

5 Biggest Real Estate Deals of 2013
4. Cadbury House, Mumbai
Dilipkumar Lakhi
Deal: Rs 350 crore
A Grade-A real estate property in the heart of the city was always going to be easy to sell, but the eventual winner was a surprise. It wasn’t the usual realty suspects but a rich diamond merchant who picked up Cadbury House on Pedder Road for an estimated Rs 350 crore.

5. Commercial Real Estate
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Deal: Rs 1,500 crore
In a bold move, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is investing $250 million (Rs 1,500 crore) in Hines India. Hines, which operates a portfolio of real estate offices around the world, is beefing up its presence in India. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has already invested $300 million (Rs 1,800 crore) with Kotak Realty Fund.

(This story appears in the 10 January, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)