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SECTOR D-12: VIEW FROM AN ARCHITECT’S EYE

Updated: Jun 12

Margalla hills define the geography, climate and beauty of Islamabad and nowhere is this definition more pronounced than in Sector D-12. Located at the foot




of Margalla hills, this sector provides splendid views, evergreen foliage and an idyllic environment for luxury living. This sector was launched in 1996, but the pace of development, as well as that of habitation, has been very slow. When I first visited the area in 2012, I realized that this slow pace was actually a blessing in disguise. At a 10 minutes’ drive from zero point you reach a serene, heavenly location that you may call “Home”

Nature has gifted this area with an environment, all of its own. The majestic Margallas are present and overlooking all. D-12 is actually located adjacent to margalla hills, and no matter where you are, margallas can be seen; In D12/2 & 3 they are literally across the road. The area towards north of D-12 constitutes Margalla Hills National park and its lush green foliage adds to the splendor of this area.

The margallas probably also account for the wind factor in D-12. It actually blows at all times. The wind too, like the mountains, is ever present, sometimes wild but always beautiful. That makes verandahs, rooftop terraces, balconies etc. a mandatory design feature for any house.

The fact that too few houses have been built so far, make the area feel, remote, wooded and even rural. It’s probably the only area in Islamabad where you find, goats and cows roaming around freely. They come from small hamlets in the Margalla hills areas. Some scenic spots and small scale resorts have also been developed inside the margalla hills territory for day trips and just roaming around.

D-12 has the potential to be a choicest living area in Islamabad, and will be so in future, if development pace picks up. That’s the reason Boutique Homes Islamabad, selected this sector for launching

the project. Our first Display home is under construction in D-12/2 and will be launched formally in March 2020.

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