When shopping for a home in Mumbai, your two main options are apartments and bungalows. Apartments are the most common type of accommodation for expats and are the smartest choice for many.
Mumbai high-rise apartments range from old and dilapidated to new and modern, from small to enormous, and from basic to luxurious. One, two, three, four, and five bedroom apartments and penthouses exist.
Strengths include: relatively low maintenance, security guards, various amenities, hardly any mosquitoes on high floors, wide selection for different budgets, and availability in all areas of Mumbai.
Weaknesses include: little or no green areas, possible noise from neighbors or construction work, and potential lack of storage space.
Most Mumbai bungalows are in dire need of repairs and maintenance. They are usually old buildings, and the vast majority have not been kept well by their owners. There are not many bungalows still standing, so the choice is slim.
Strengths include: relatively large size, lawns and/or gardens, and privacy.
Weaknesses include: repairs, limited selection, high cost, up-keep of grounds, risk for flooding, usually no security guards, and high risk for mosquitoes.