Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India


A love story that started on the badminton court, and continues in an elegant home by the Arabian Sea.

Ranjana and Arun Auditto have lived in the Goldcroft bungalow for several decades, and the house itself is over a 100 years old! Tucked away in Walkeshwar, South Mumbai, it is a rare gem of an architectural era gone by.

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

Made mainly with stone, wood and metal, the house is built in a typically British fashion. The décor and stories it holds inside, are even more beautiful!

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

The family is comprised of Ranjana, Arun, their 3 children – one son and two daughters, and their 2-year old dog Lara.

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

With stain glass windows, interiors decorated with art and navy related paraphernalia, and beautiful mosaic flooring, Goldcroft is a reminder of an era gone by

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

Ranjana and Arun Auditto have lived in this house ever since they got married. It originally belonged to Ranjana’s mother, who’d lived here all her life.

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

Ranjana and Arun met at the Navy Club in Colaba and formed a close friendship while playing badminton! Ranjana was 21 at the time. They got married shortly afterwards. Ranjana worked as a teacher, and still occasionally gives home tuitions, and Arun is a retired rear admiral.

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

Arun is Bengali Christian, while Ranjana is Punjabi. While they have plenty of opportunity to celebrate throughout the year, Christmas is when the house truly comes alive!

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

The spacious Goldcroft house boasts of 8 bedrooms, which is such a rarity in Mumbai today!

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

 

One of the best parts of the house is the portico out front that overlooks the Arabian Sea.

Story 30: Goldcroft I Houses of India

‘Houses of India’ is our weekly photo-story project, where we discover one home, and its story. Follow us on Instagram @housingindia, and join us on this beautiful journey across the country.

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