Are you thinking about moving to a new neighbourhood in Karachi but can’t decide which one will best suit your budget and space requirements? Fortunately, there is no shortage of well-established residential schemes for those looking to rent houses in Karachi.
However, visiting different areas and touring multiple properties can be a rather tiresome ordeal. Therefore, to help you narrow down your search for the perfect rental home, we are bringing you a comprehensive guide detailing the most popular neighbourhoods to rent houses in the City of Lights.
Most Popular Areas to Rent Houses in Karachi
These are the top areas with houses for rent in Karachi as of March 2021, according to the search trends recorded on Zameen.com.
Though before we begin, it is important to mention that the rent of houses in Karachi vary significantly depending on their location, construction, number of floors, number of rooms, overall condition, and amenities, among other factors. In other words, you may find an old 240 sq yd rental unit for a lower price than a newly-built 120 sq yd house.
Now that we’ve cleared this up, let’s get started.
There is a reason why a large chunk of the city’s population looks to rent a house in the well-established residential area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
Considered one of the most sought-after places to live in the City of Lights, the centrally-located area consists of several popular housing schemes in Karachi, including Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Bahadurabad and Gulzar-e-Hijri. It is also home to some of the most popular schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, shopping malls, sports grounds, fitness centres, and restaurants in the entire city.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town is also connected to all major neighbourhoods in Karachi through a wide network of roads and bridges. Jinnah International Airport is also only a short drive from this area. Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town also boasts sustainable infrastructure, dedicated commercial areas, parks and a host of other facilities required for a comfortable lifestyle.
As per the user behaviour observed on Zameen.com, the well-planned residential society of Gulshan-e-Iqbal appears to take the crown as the most popular area with houses for rent in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. The sought-after locality comprises 19 blocks and features both luxury and affordable property options. It also neighbours Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Federal B Area and Liaquatabad Town.
The second-most-popular locality to rent houses in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town is none other than Bahadurabad, yet another centrally-located neighbourhood that is known as a central shopping district of the city. It is well-connected to two of the major arteries of Karachi – Tariq Road and Shahrah-e-Faisal.
The starting rent of a 120 sq yd house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town is around PKR 30,000, while renting a 240 sq yd house in the area requires around PKR 50,000 per month, at the very least.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town is also one of the top areas with flats for rent in Karachi.
If you are planning to rent a house in Karachi, you have probably already considered checking out the rental trends in the posh housing society of Defence or DHA, Karachi, to ascertain that it fits your budget and space requirements.
Surrounded by the affluent neighbourhoods of Clifton and the Naval Housing Scheme, DHA Karachi has been subdivided into eight phases featuring complete houses as well portions for rent. The state-of-the-art housing scheme of DHA, Karachi, also boasts ultramodern infrastructure, top-tier facilities and a serene environment. Some of the most reputable educational institutes and health care centres in the city are also located in this area. It is also home to several well-maintained parks and green spaces, cafes and restaurants, libraries, sports grounds and stadiums, fitness centres, shopping malls, commercial areas, and tourist attractions.
When it comes to houses for rent in DHA, Karachi. Phase 8, Phase 6 and Phase 5 appear to be the most sought-after areas among those looking to rent houses in the housing scheme. While DHA Phase 8 is situated along the Sea View Road and offers its residents easy access to the beach, DHA Phase 6 is home to many popular commercial areas, restaurants, cafes, mixed-use complexes, and recreational spots. Meanwhile, DHA Phase 5 features DHA Hockey Stadium and Khadda Market – two of the most renowned landmarks in DHA, Karachi.
The monthly rent for houses in DHA, Karachi, is relatively high compared to other areas in the city.
Renting a 120 sq yd house in DHA, Karachi, is PKR 70,000 at the very least, whereas the minimum rent of a 240 sq yd house in the neighbourhood is PKR 1.3 lakh. The starting rent for 500 sq yd houses in DHA, Karachi, is upward of PKR 1.5 lakh.
DHA is also one of the top areas with property for sale in Karachi.
Home to some of the most popular apartment projects in Karachi, the central neighbourhood of Gulistan-e-Jauhar is also one of the top places to rent houses in the city. Apart from its ideal location between Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Malir Cantt, this area offers a wide range of luxury as well as affordable housing options, which has made it equally popular among low, middle and high-income classes. The top-notch facilities and amenities in Gulistan-e-Jauhar serve as the proverbial cherry on top.
The housing scheme falls under the administration of Faisal Cantonment as well as City District Government Karachi (CDGK). It comprises 20 blocks and is surrounded by Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karsaz, Shah Faisal Town, and Malir Cantt.
Apart from reasonably priced housing options, Gulistan-e-Jauhar also features campuses of top schools and colleges, universities, hospitals, parks, eateries, shopping malls, commercial areas, sports facilities and much more. The residents of this area also enjoy easy access to all major neighbourhoods in the city.
As per the data analysed by Zameen.com, the gated community of Askari 4 along with Jauhar Blocks 15 and 14 are the top areas with houses for rent in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi. The safe and secure residential scheme of Askari 4 is located opposite Millennium Mall features both flats and houses for rent. As for Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 15, this locality is situated along the Jauhar Chowrangi Road and is known for featuring several well-known market areas, restaurants and parks. Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 14 is located along Abu Asar Hafiz Jalandhri Road opposite Rado Bakery.
The minimum rent of a 120 sq yd house in Gulistan-e-Jauhar is PKR 30,000 while renting a 240 sq yd house in the neighbourhood will at least cost around PKR 45,000.
North Nazimabad, one of the oldest and most well-established housing societies in the city, is yet another top area to rent houses in Karachi. It neighbours the well-known residential schemes of Federal B Area, Buffer Zone, and North Karachi, and is divided into 20 blocks. Some of the blocks in North Nazimabad are considered particularly affluent while others offer affordable housing options, making it a popular option among middle and high-income tenants.
This area is also known for its diverse socio-economic demographic.
Offering a convenient lifestyle to its residents, North Nazimabad is home to some of the best educational institutes and hospitals in the city. It also features numerous sports facilities, restaurants, parks, mosques, shopping malls, market areas, and much more. Dolmen Mall Hyderi, Ziauddin Hospital, and Sarfraz Ahmed Cricket Academy are also located in North Nazimabad.
The top areas with houses for rent in North Nazimabad include Shadman, Block H, and Block L. While Shadman is situated in North Nazimabad Block B along Shahrah-e-Humayun in the vicinity of Ziauddin Chowrangi, Block H is located near Sir Syed Ahmed Road and Shahrah-e-Sher Shah Suri. The Govt. Premier College for Girls and Boy and Munawar Hospital are also situated in this block. Meanwhile, Block L is located right next to Block H alongside Shahrah-e-Sher Shah Suri and Akhtar Masood Road. NADRA Mega Centre and Eastern Star Cricket Ground are also situated in this block.
If you are looking to rent a house in North Nazimabad, please be aware the prices for residential units vary with each block. However, if you are looking to rent a 120 sq yd house in the area, you can find one for the minimum rent of PKR 26,000 per month. On the other hand, renting a 500 sq yd house in North Nazimabad will cost PKR 70,000 on a monthly basis.
If you are looking for affordable rental options, you should consider taking a look at houses for rent in North Karachi, also referred to as North Karachi Township. A part of the Central District in Karachi, North Karachi is located in the vicinity of the Lyari River and is surrounded by the well-populated areas of North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Naya Nazimabad, and Gulzarabad Colony among others. It is one of the most searched areas to rent houses in Karachi and is rather popular among middle-income groups.
North Karachi comprises six sectors, each of which has been further divided into subsectors. The residents of these areas can easily access the major arteries of the city such as Rashid Minhas Road and Sher Shah Suri Road through multiple main roads such as Shahrah Noor Jahan, Shahrah-e-Usman, Noorani Eid Gah Road and Godhra Road.
As far as amenities are concerned, the residential society boasts modern infrastructure and is home to several renowned market areas, mosques, schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics and more. To put it simply, the residents of North Karachi don’t have to travel far to avail any of these facilities as everything is within a few minutes drive from the area.
The user behaviour on Zameen.com indicates that Buffer Zone is the top locality to rent a house in North Karachi Township, followed by North Karachi Sectors 11-A and 11-B. Buffer Zone is located right next to North Nazimabad Block N and features several commercial areas, mosques, eateries and educational institutes. On the other hand, North Karachi Sector 11-A is situated between Shahrah-e-Usman and Al-Amna Avenue. Sector 11-B is located next to Sector 11-A and features several wedding banquets, schools and restaurants among other facilities.
The rent for 120 sq yd houses in North Karachi starts from PKR 18,000, while renting a 240 sq yd house in the area will cost a minimum of PKR 28,000.
This brings an end to our guide on the top areas to rent houses in Karachi. If you want to check out more housing societies, our in-depth Area Guides for Karachi will surely help you out.
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Disclaimer: The rental trends mentioned in this blog are for houses and do not include the rental prices for portions in Karachi.