Retirement community profile: Melur Meadows, Coimbatore

The following information was provided by the management of Melur Meadows in response to my previous request for information about retirement homes in India. They are responsible for the accuracy of the information below:

Melur Meadows: Overview
A quiet, secure, gated cosmopolitan community created close to nature, blending rural ambience with modern amenities and various services at affordable rates. An ideal abode for people who prefer an active life without dust, sound and pollution of the cities. Situated at the foothills of the Nilgiris, it has only 136 units on 9 Acres with lots of Neem and other fruit trees. It offers a choice of privacy and community living on rental or purchase basis.

We are located in South India, 32 kilometers from Coimbatore which is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, and just 8 kilometers from the town of Mettupalayam. We are very close to the hill stations of Ooty, Kotagiri and Satyamangalam.
Our Exact Address is Kumaran Kundru Village (next to the Kalyana Subramani Kovil), Mettupalayam Annur Road, Coimbatore District.

Target Audience
Ours is a blended living concept. There is no age or caste restriction.We target both retired and retiring people who are looking for a place that is clean, green and some distance away from cities and pollution and are willing to pay for quality of both the building and the services provided.

Units can be bought or rented.  If purchasing, unit costs range from Rs. 8.5 Lakh for a studio to Rs. 25 Lakhs for a double bedroom deluxe cottages.  For rentals, units are available unfurnished from Rs. 3000 per month.
Living costs are divided into two:

  • Mandatory costs are basic maintenance costs which include water, security, street lighting and outside maintenance. This works out to about Rs. 500 now but is expected to go up to Rs. 1000 from next year onwards. This will have to be paid whether living onsite or not.
  • Optional Expenses : These are expenses which can be paid based on usage and include food , housekeeping, laundry, gym, physical therapy, transport. For food, monthly, weekly, or daily plans are available.
There are no contractual restrictions other those in the rental agreement.

Current Status
It is operational with our first phase of 12 full-time residential units, with 7 units occupied and our guest rooms offering short stays almost fully occupied. We have dining, laundry, housekeeping, maid and other services.  We regularly host family reunions and religious functions like sashtiabdhapoorthi.

We are a blended living community aimed at creating various value centres for health, education and medicine in the village. As a first phase, we are opening up a naturopathy center.  We are also currently building a space for children to play.

Contact Information:
Sathya on 9566033883 or Sai Prakash on 99400 74114


Anonymous said...

If you go to the website for the community, there are, in fact, no units available for sale at the prices listed of 8.5 lakh and 12.5 lakh. Instead for units of those size they have only rentals, which require a "refundable" DEPOSIT of 8.5 lakh or 12.5 lakh for a "3 to 20 year" LEASE.

I find it very questionable to have such a high deposit, the same as the units were said to have originally sold for (if in fact any were actually sold). Also, "short term" rentals are listed in days and "long term" rental prices are not given for over a month.

In 20 years cost are likely to have risen significantly. I question the wisdom of a lease agreement that requires the same money up front as if you were buying. I also question how likely one is (or one's children or other legatees) to be able to recover said "deposit", 10 or 20 years down the road should one turn toes up and die in one's "leased" yet still paid for in full up front abode in a foreign country.

In short, this is one of those things that sounds too good to be true, and as is typical with such schemes, in looking into it, indeed it does not in fact look good at all.

mona mishra said...

Would anyone know of retirement homes available in hyderabad or secunderabad areas?

Anonymous said...

Their website is out of date.
I contacted various people at Melur Medows about for details such as availability, terms and condtions, etc.
I was promised info by email,
but none received despite making number of phone calls and sending emails.
As they are indifferent right from the start, I wonder what it would be like to live there!

Anonymous said...

Recent visits to this location proves that this retirement colony for the elderly is bull-shit. There is nothing there. A few elders come and go there and regret for paying before knowing. Going to this remote corner is a horrible experience in the first place!. Kindly visit the place to see it for real.