Karachi In Focus: Affordable Living

11 A KEstablished in the late 1980s, Sector 11-A, North Karachi is a residential neighbourhood located near Shadman Town. It is accessible via Al-Amna Avenue and Shahrah-e-Usman.  Over the years, the sector has become a self-sufficient residential community thanks to its thriving commercial pockets.

Stroll around Sector 11-A and you will notice a mix of residential houses and apartment complexes; they are available at affordable prices and cater to every budget. The presence of reputed schools such as Falconhouse Grammar School and Oxford Grammar School as well as hospitals adds to the sector’s appeal.

For fitness enthusiast, consider heading to Gul-e-Lalah and Muhammadi Parks where you can do brisk walking and jogging on the tracks. Play area is the main attractions for children which include swing, slide, see-saw, merry-go-round, in addition to cricket sports ground for youngsters.

hilal-park-defence-karachiThe sector is dotted with several commercial pockets where you will find shops ranging from car repairs, tailors and groceries. Houses along main thoroughfares are increasingly being used for commercial purposes. A few banks, furniture shops, salons, pharmacies and wedding halls are also located on Shahrah-e-Usman that forms the sector’s commercial spine. A Wednesday bazaar is also held there and is a major crowd puller thanks to the bargains it offers.

If you are fond of cakes, consider heading to the Nice Bakers And Sweets, the sector’s first bakery that was established in 1990. Over time, the bakery has gained popularity for its delectable cakes and chicken patties as well as other menus which include mithais, biscuits and chips.

BakkeryFor food lovers, several small restaurants are located there. They include Dawat Inn Restaurant and Liaquat Bhai Food Centre which are famous for their karahis and fish katakat respectively. Fast food joints such as Pizza Max and Pizza Abroad also have a presence there.

Sector 11-A is poised to become a coveted residential neighbourhood thanks to the presence of foodie and shopping options, as well as a significant number of schools, hospitals and parks.

 

Shopping, Food And Much More…

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Accessible via Allama Shabbir Usmani Road, Block 13-D, Gulshan-e-Iqbal was established in the early 1970s. Over the years, the block has evolved from a sparsely populated residential area to a hub of commercial activity.

Thinking about jazzing up your home, consider heading to Block 13-D where several furniture and home stores are located. There you can find a wide range of dining tables, bookshelves, jhoolas, bed sets, vanity tables and cupboards. Not to mention, these furniture are also made-to-order.

One of the main attractions of these stores is the fact they offer reasonably priced wedding package deals for bridal furniture bedroom set – an ideal offer for newly married couples.

Other than furniture, you can also find a wide variety of stores dealing in curtains, carpets and mirrors to spruce up your home and that too on a budget.

There is plenty of choice in and around the neighbourhood when it comes to satisfying the appetite. For desi treats, head to Kashif Foods, Meerath Kabab, Baba Biryani Restaurant and Al-Shaikh Restaurant where you can devour kabab parathas, biryani, haleem, chicken tikka, gola kababas and paratha rolls.

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For fast food lovers, Pizza Point and Burger Lab are the go-to places where you can feast on delicious, juicy burgers and hot piping pizzas. And for those with a sweet tooth, a stop at Delhi Sweet Bakery is a must and grabs some fresh mithai, cakes and pastries on the go.

Walking through the neighbourhood, you will note the presence of well-maintained houses that have stood there for decades. Most of the houses located on the main road are increasingly repurposed and serve as commercial enterprises. An increasing number of banks, mosques, schools and wedding halls can also be found there, adding to the area’s appeal. Several grocery stores are located there, and cater residents’ daily requirements.

A few parks are also located in the vicinity where you can take a stroll or do mornings jog. In addition, Aladin Amusement Park, a popular recreational spot, is also few minutes’ drive away, where you can go with friends and family and enjoy rides on merry-go-round, ferris wheel, free fall, discovery, UFO ride, skater, bullet train, chairlift and many more.

If you are planning to buy a house in this area, do not give a second thought because this block has everything under the sun, be it parks, shops or eateries.