Tendulkar moves into his new dream house
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Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday fulfilled his long cherished dream of living in a house of his own as he moved into a sprawling bungalow at Perry Cross Road in suburban Bandra.
Tendulkar has shifted his residence from La Mer Housing Society, also in Bandra west, to the spacious villa that is spread over 6,000 square feet.
"Everyone has a dream of owning a house. I, too, had this dream. I am happy that I was able to fulfill it. The flat where I earlier used to live, I had received it under the sports quota. I have now vacated that place, so that some other sportsman can live there," he said.
"We had done the 'gruha shanti' and 'vastu-puja' on July 11, before I left for England. I could not visit Mumbai after that, but now that I am in the city, today I brought my mother to show the place," the senior cricketer said.
"I have lived here after the puja. But I have not been able to bring the children here yet," he said.
The batting maestro's new home has been reconstructed on a plot that housed a dilapidated bungalow, which Sachin had bought for Rs 39 crore in 2007.
The villa has been secured with high-walled fencing to avoid curious onlookers. CCTV cameras and sensors have also been installed.
Besides the three storeys above the ground level, the villa, designed keeping in mind Tendulkar's likes and dislikes, reportedly has two underground basements.
According to the sources close to Tendulkar, 90 per cent of the shifting process has been done.
According to reports, Tendulkar and his wife Anjali are likely to have their bedroom on the top floor, while the rooms of their two children -- son Arjun and daughter Sara -- and a guest room will occupy the first two floors.