Exploring Altamount Road- A Billionaires’ Boulevard

Altamount Road, also called the Billionaires’ Row, is the 10th most expensive street in the world. The beautiful winding tree lined road makes it one of the most desirable residential avenues. Situated on the Cumbala hills, the highest point of South Mumbai, the road is home to many high net worth residents. This includes big names such as Mukesh Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Narotam Sekhseria, Radhakrishna Damani and others.

Also, home to some of the most iconic and historic buildings, Altamount road was and remains till this day a community bound together by wealth and power – of royal India Princes, political leaders and pioneering industrialists.

Home to some of the most elite addresses such as -

  • The land where Lodha Altamount lies once belonged to the legendary Maharaja Hari Singh, the last king of Kashmir
  • Most prestigious piece of land bought by The United States of America in 1929 where the Washington House was built – official residence of the US Consulate. Today – it is the location of Lodha Altamount
  • The Cairn – 150 year old bungalow where JRD Tata famously lived
  • Official residence of the Bombay Port Trust Chairman – built in 1918 by the architect responsible for building the Gateway of India, George Wittet

Perched at the highest vantage point of Altamount Road is Lodha Altamount. The site has a remarkable history. Situated on the same site as the former home of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last king of Kashmir, it was later used as the U.S. Consulate (named Washington House). The three-storeyed Washington House covered 2,702 square metres, or nearly three quarters of an acre.

Not only does Lodha Altamount stand apart due to the site’s legacy of aristocracy and power, it also has a unique contemporary architecture, which is a first of its kind, conceptualized by the renowned German-Iranian architect, Hadi Teherani. Open on all three sides, gives you sweeping views of the ocean, the historic Haji Ali mosque, the race course, the stylish hotspots of Breach Candy and the city scape.